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apricot bag – tutorial

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at the request of betty and a few other enthusiasts, you can find the pattern of the apricot bag here on my blog. it’s been a while since i’ve made the bag myself so i cannot show you pictures of the creative process. hopefully the manual is clear enough.

apricot bag by elisabeth andréeapricot bag by elisabeth andrée

sizes (please keep in mind that i’ve already used my bag and that he is washed in the washing machine, that affects the sizes).

apricot bag by elisabeth andrée
  • a square is about 11 cm
  • front and back: from edge to edge (from left to right) about 44 cm and 28 cm high
  • sides and bottom: 12 cm (width)
  • handles: about 41 cm (length)

used materials
  • punto (schachenmayr nomotta) – mix of cotton 55% and 45% acrylic – 50 gr = 90 m because it is a while ago i made this bag, am not 100% sure about how much yarn you need, but keep into account a number of 10 – 11 skeins.
  • crochet hook size 4 mm
  • 6 matching buttons or 4 extra if you like to replace the metal things named under point 4 (i explain this later in the pattern) (my buttons are about 2 cm – they were a bargain on the local market)
    Button for apricot bag by elisabeth andrée
  • 4 metal rings, key hangers, or something you can click together (available from hobby shops, hardware stores)Keyring for apricot bag by elisabeth andréeMetal_ring for apricot bag by elisabeth andrée
  • optional: for decoration i used vintage metal buttons which i attached to a smaller size key hanger and metal ringsDetail of apricot bag by elisabeth andrée

 

lining

if you want to line your bag too: i used shiny fabric from the local market in a brownish shade. 

(i dislike the job of lining very much and to make it as simple as possible is: measure all sides of the inside of the bag, cut a piece of fabric that fits the front, back and bottom with some cm extra for the hem. then cut two pieces that fit the left and right sides with some cm extra for hem and seams and sew it to the large piece, make the hem on top in one go. make one or more pockets from the same or contrasting fabric, sew it on the lining on the right side. zigzag all edges neatly, tie off threads and at last sew the lining by hand into the bag.)

 

used stitches (american terms)

ch – ss – sc – h dc – dc

 

pattern for the squares

you need to make 24 squares: 8 front – 8 back – 8 for sides and bottom

start with a magic ring
  • row 1. 2 ch and 15 h dc into the ring, ss to top of starting ch (= 16 h dc)
  • row 2. 3 ch (= first h dc and 1 ch), 1 h dc in next h dc, 1 ch, 1 h dc in next h dc, 1 ch, repeat this till end of row, ss to top of starting ch (= 16 h dc and 16 1 chain spaces)
  • row 3. ss to first 1 ch space, 2 ch and 1 h dc in the first space, 1 ch, *2 h dc into next 1 ch space, 1 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, ss to top op starting ch (= 32 h dc and 16 1 ch spaces)
  • row 4. ss to first 1 ch space, 2 ch and 1 h dc in first space, (1 ch, 2 h dc in next 1 ch space) 3 times, 2 ch, ((2 h dc in next 1 ch space, 1 ch) 3 times, 2 h dc in next 1 ch space, 2 ch)) twice, ss to top of beginning chains. the 2 chain spaces are the corners.
  • rows 5, 6 and 7.
    these 3 rows you make like this:

    • you start the rows with: ss to first 1 ch space, 2 ch and 1 h dc in first space, 1 ch
    • you end the rows with a ss to the top of the beginning chain
    • in every 1 chain space you make 2 h dc, 1 ch
    • in every corner you make 2 h dc, 2 ch, 2 h dc, 1 ch, 2 h dc in next 1 ch space
      (it is an unusual way to describe a pattern but i think it is compact and – hopefully – clear).
  • row 8. ss between first 2 h dc, 2 ch, 2 h dc in next 1 ch space, 1 h dc between next 2 h dc, 2 h dc, in next 1 ch space, repeat till first corner, make 2 h dc, 2 ch 2 h dc in first corner, 1 h dc between next 2 h dc, 2 h dc in next 1 ch space till corner, make 2 h dc, 2 ch 2 h dc in corner, keep repeating this until end of row, ss to top of beginning ch. fasten of.
one square ready.

 

how to put the bag together

hold two squares with the right sides together and ss them together through the outside loops only, you get this effect.

detail of apricot bag by elisabeth andrée

make 5 rows of 4 squares and crochet the 2 squares on the sides at last.

 

top edge of the bag

  • attach the yarn to any h dc, 1 ch and crochet 1 sc in every h dc, work in the bag loops only and don’t crochet in the stitches between the squares. at the end of the row you don’t need to ss to the first stitch but you keep crocheting sc until you have a height of about 3 cm (8 rows).
  • then you make buttonholes about 3 cm from the corner on all sides (front, back, left and right side: 2 buttonholes each). the buttonholes should be so small that the buttons, metal rings and/or key hangers cannot go through. the openings are there only to fix the parts together.
  • crochet another two rows of sc. 
  • do not fasten of.

 

handles

handle of apricot bag by elisabeth andréehandles of apricot bag by elisabeth andrée
  • the next row you crochet sc in every stitch until you are about 12 cm from the edge, then you start with the first handle. crochet chains until you have the length you like – i made 80 ch – then attach with a ss to the same side of the bag, 12 cm from the edge. keep crocheting sc to the other side of the bag and make the second handle in the same way as the first. keep crocheting sc until the end of row, ss to first stitch.
  • next row: 1 ch, 1 sc in every sc and 1 sc in every chain of you handles till end of row, ss to first stitch.
  • next row: repeat previous row but now you crochet the sc over the sc of the last row, it gives your bag a real edge (see photo’s below).
  • next row: make 1 ss in every stitch of the previous row.
  • fasten of.
edge of apricot bag by elisabeth andréeapricot bag by elisabeth andrée

 

the inside of the handles

  • attach the yarn at the beginning of a handle and crochet 1 sc in every stitch (that are the loops of the chains you have made).
  • at the end of the handle you then have the part between the beginning and the end of the handle, there you crochet 1 sc over every sc till you reach the beginning of the handle again.
  • at the beginning of the handle you start crocheting 1 sc over all the sc you made till you reach the end of the handle, ss in first stitch.
  • last row: 1 ss in every stitch, in both, the section between the beginning and end of the handle as the handle itself.
  • fasten of.
  • repeat this with the second handle.

 

finishing touches

please use the next photo’s as you guideline. sew button and key hangers (or metal rings) to each other through the buttonholes (do not sew to the buttonholes themselves). if you prefer to use buttons only, replace the key hangers or metal rings but the corners of the bag will stuck tighter together.

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closure

the ends of the closure are large enough to serve as buttonholes. measure where you want to sew the buttons of the closure and sew the closure and one button on one side. on the other side of the bag you only attach the button.

chart for closure apricot bag by elisabeth andréeclosure apricot bag by elisabeth andrée

 

you are done, congratulations! enjoy your bag!

 apricot bag by elisabeth andrée

28 thoughts on “apricot bag – tutorial

  1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog! :)Groningen really is a pretty town. Unfortunately they had a fair going on when we were there and the market place was crowded and full of rides (which were way too loud)..Just another reason to go again soon! HeheHugs to Zoetermeer,Vanessa

  2. Hello Vanessa, Too bad it was so noisy and crowded in Groningen. Coming to The Hague is perhaps an idea: many old buildings, close to the sea, canals for a boat tour, many shops in the center. But it’s obviously a lot farther away than Groningen.Thanks for hosting the link party on Sunday, I like it.

  3. What a really cute little bag!! I think I’m going to have to give this a go🙂

  4. Thank you Lamina. I hope you have fun making and using the bag!

  5. Hello Anna, Thank you for your comment. It is indeed a peace of cake to make this bag and if you want to give it a try…. just go for it. The result is a good big bag that is very useable. Feel free to ask me questions if you come across difficulties. If that is easier for you, I’m on Facebook too. Enjoy your weekend!

  6. This was a really awesome bag and LOOKS really easy to make yourself! Feel like I wan’t to try it out, even with my rather ambivalent feeling about crocheting… Probably not that difficult though…

  7. Thank you so much! I definitely will!

  8. Oops, peace of cake, I really wrote that? I mean piece of cake.🙂

  9. what a great bag, i realy need to get better at crochet so I can make this

  10. I’m gonna have to do some more crocheting. The bag looks beautiful! ;)Thank you so much for linking up to <a href="http://niftythriftythings.blogspot.com/search/label/nifty%20thrifty%20sunday"&gt;{nifty thrifty sunday}</a>!I hope to see you again tomorrow!xoxo,Vanessa

  11. You are very welcome! Of course I log on tomorrow on nifty thrifty! You are one of my favorites.

  12. This bag is beautiful! Love the colours you used !Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!Hope you have a great week!Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  13. Jill, thank you for your compliments and for hosting!

  14. It’s incredibly pretty! Thanks for sharing it with us at Fibers on Friday! Welcome!!

  15. Hello Beth, <br/>Thank you for your message AND for hosting the link party on Fibers on Friday. It is lovely to see what you and other people create.

  16. LOVE the bag!!! I’m featuring you tomorrow, come by and grab a button if you want🙂

  17. That is really kind of you Rachael! I feel honored, really! Of course tomorrow I will visit your website again.

  18. Wow. This is fabulous. I’m just learning to crochet so I’m extra impressed. Thanks so much for linking up at my link party. Hope to see you Tuesday at the next link party.

  19. Hello Carolyn,Thanks for your enthusiastic response, that is good to read. Thank you for hosting the linkparty!

  20. This bag is BEAUTIFUL! Now to teach myself how to crochet…;)Meganwww.CutTheCraft.com

  21. Thanks Megan! You’re a creative person yourself I saw on your own blog.

  22. Lovely pattern–and it looks so much sturdier than I would have expected from a crocheted bag. Definitely a project I’ll be trying out!

  23. Hi Haley, <br/>Thank you for your comment. It is indeed a sturdy bag, also due to the material I have used. I am happy with the bag. <br/>Have a nice day!

  24. Fantastic bag and awesome tutorial

  25. Thank you Kim:)

  26. I was looking for a bag to make for my best friend’s birthday, this will be perfect! Wish me luck sewing the lining….I hate sewing, But things poking out is more annoying!

  27. Hi Sue!
    What a great birthday present your best friend will receive. I think it is very sweet of you to make this bag for her. I do wish you luck with the lining, it isn’t my favorite activity either. Thank you for stopping by and your message.

  28. What a sweet purse. I am going to really look over how you did the links. What a great idea!I linked here through Boye knitting page.I am glad to find you!