I love crochet bags, but I also like to use up my fabric scraps! So, I decided to mix the two up a little and I created this super easy Wildwood Project Bag by sewing up the fabric into a bag bottom and then adding crochet around the top to make a cute and quick project bag that is perfect to hold a ball of yarn and your hook.
The great thing about this project is that you have so many options in fabric and yarn!
This would look great with a print on the bottom and a solid yarn on top or solid on the bottom and a variegated on the top.
You really can’t go wrong with any color choices for this one!
The Wildwood Project Bag is really easy to resize too…just resize your fabric and use it as the guide for the crochet.
Have you crocheted onto fabric before? It really is simpler than it looks and with a few simple tools, you can do it even faster.
Let’s get started!
- Fabric of choice – I recommend a heavier fabric, or double layer the fabric to make it sturdier
- Cotton yarn of choice – I used Lion Brand Cotton 24/7
- Rotary cutter with perforating blade
- tapestry needle
- Sewing machine to make the bottom of the bag
Techniques and Abbreviations
- ch – chain
- sl st – slip stitch
- st(s) – stitches
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
Crochet and Fabric Wildwood Project Bag Pattern
Step 1 : Cut fabric and seam on 3 sides.
Cut two pieces of fabric to the size of bag you want.
My fabric was 12 inches wide x 9 inches tall.
With right sides together, seam on three sides to make a bag.
Step 2: Cut holes for yarn.
Using a rotary cutter with perforated blade, cut holes on the open sides of the fabric for your yarn to attach to.
*Note – if you want a more finished look, you can hem the top of the fabric with a wide hem first, then cut the holes, then seam the two pieces together.
Step 3: Seam ends to make bag bottom.
With the bottom seam facing up, sew a seam across the corner approximately 2 inches from the end.
Repeat with the other corner.
Turn the bag right-side out, folding corners in to make the bag stand up.
Step 4: Add yarn to top of bag with a blanket stitch.
Using the blanket stitch, add yarn to the top of the bag using the holes from the rotary cutter.
If you aren’t familiar with the blanket stitch, you can see that worked here as a video – Learn How to Attach Crochet Edgings with Vickie Howell or you can see step by step photos from Vincent at Knot Bad Ami in his How to Yarn Punk Your Clothing post.
Step 5: Crochet around the top of the bag.
The number of stitches will vary with your own bag.
Round 1: Create a loop in first blanket stitch and ch 2, work 1 hdc in first stitch and each stitch around, join with a slip stitch to first ch 2.
Round 2: Ch 2, work 1 hdc in first stitch and each stitch around, join with a slip stitch.
Round 3: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch), skip next stitch, *work 1 dc into next st, ch 1, skip next stitch; repeat from * to end of round, slip stitch to join to ch 3 of ch 4 from start of row.
Round 4 – 5 – Ch 1, work 1 sc in first stitch and each stitch around, including the ch spaces from the row below.
Round 6 – This is where we will start our handles. My handles are 3 1/2 inches. Decide on your size handle and then measure the top of Round 5 to plan where to begin your handle.
Mark the center of Round 5 on the front of the bag and the measure the 3 1/2 inches with the center in the middle (so, 1 3/4 on each side of the center). Mark the two ends with a stitch marker and count the stitches in Round 5 between the two stitch markers. This is your handle chain measurement.
Ch 1, work 1 sc in first stitch and each stitch until you reach the first stitch marker, ch the number of stitches that you are skipping to get to the next stitch marker, work 1 sc in next stitch marker stitch and in each stitch end of that side. Repeat on the back so that the handles line up. Slip stitch to join.
Round 7 – 8 – Ch 1, work 1 sc in first st and each stitch across (including the same number of sc worked into the ch handle space), slip stitch to join.
Finish and weave in ends.