When looking for some projects to take away with me on holiday, I quite fancied making myself a crocheted bag. I have seen several that I like the look of, usually along the net market bag style. I went into my local shop and asked the knowledgeable owner what sort of yarn would she recommend in order to crochet a bag from. Her response was not what I wanted to hear: You will have to line it so the yarn doesn’t get stretched. Humph!
Having got used to this idea (and choosing some awesome yarn) I decided that I could go to town and do any design I fancied. I chose to adapt a design that I had used before in wire:
I came back from holiday with this and then did a second one. With a border around the edge I was ready to make the bag!
Out came the machine!
Warning: I can get by with sewing but am no expert. I am sure that I made some silly mistakes but I thought it may give some people an idea. (If you do sew please skip over this next bit :).)
Obviously to measure the size required and then to cut the material into pieces. As this was a large bag I decided that I would add 2 side panels and a bottom rather than simply stitching the two sides together:
(I added on an extra 1.5cm along each edge for the seams.)
As I had made such a hash with the cutting out I decided to iron the edges so I could see where the hem allowances were to make it easier when sewing. (You could miss this bit out.)
(Not needed with all materials.)
I then ironed all the seams flat so that they would lie down well when it is turned in the right way.
Step 6 Making the handles.
I again made a mini seam along each edge to prevent any future problems with fraying. I then simply put the right sides together and sewed along the long edge. My next challenge was to turn them out the right way. (Not as easy as it sounds!)
In order to add a bit of substance to the handles I threaded a bit of rope into each handle before sewing it onto the bag.
All that now remains is to sew the crochet panels onto the cloth bag. I did this by hand!
If you look closely you will see that the yarn is a slightly different colour way. I have a bag that suits my mood, slightly subdued or brighter and bolder!! (Intentional of course!)
As always I am now heading over to Handmade Harbour (to see how it should have been done!) Do grab a glass of wine or a cuppa and follow me over there.
Thanks for being patient with me this week :).