Bags

Here is my collection of free crochet bag patterns, including purses and other crochet tote bag patterns that you can use every day. Make them for yourself or give them as gifts to your friends and family. Not only do they make for great gifts, but you can actually use them as gift bags as well! How cool is that?

There is something here for everyone! Whether you’re looking for a purse, a tote, beach bag or a market bag, this collection of free crochet patterns has got you covered!

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Collage of a few crochet bags.
Free Crochet Bag Patterns

One of my favorite of these free patterns is the Blossom Crochet Beach Bag. It is a simple pattern with a bit of an open stitch, making it perfect for all your beach items on hot summer days. And if you’re looking for something textured, I love the Bouncy Bubbly Tote, which is versatile and easy to customize.

There’s something here for every skill level too, including beginners! Two ideal crochet projects for beginners are the Single Crochet Bag and the Moss Stitch Beginner Crochet Bag. Not only are they beginner-friendly, but they are nice enough for everyone to enjoy!

Some of these crochet totes feature an open stitch pattern. An excellent use of these is to use them as market bags for fresh produce as they allow the produce to breathe until you get home. They are great if you make a lot of lengthy trips to the farmers market or even the grocery store. It’s a great way to help save the environment as you’re not always resorting to the plastic bags that tend to end up in landfills.

Customize Your Crochet Bag Pattern

Regardless of the bag pattern you choose, you can customize your bag to match your outfit, the seasons or any holiday of the year. The possibilities of stripes and bright colors are endless, as you can add a single stripe along the top, or bottom, or even just a few stripes in the middle to make it stand out.

Size is also easy to adjust for many of these. For more bag instructions, I like to start my bags at the bottom with a long chain. I work the first stitch into the second chain from the hook, and then crochet into both sides of the starting chains to make a rectangle.

I join each round with a slip stitch, and increase at the four corners in each round until I have the size that I want for the bag.  A stitch marker can help to keep track of first and last stitches as well as where to make your increases.

It’s super easy to adjust the size, but just remember that when making changes to the bottom of the bag, that you need to end up with the stitch multiple that is needed for body of the bag.

As for the handles, they can be adjusted for any size bag! Here is a tutorial on how to make bag handles, along with a formula to help you calculate your stitch placements.

Lining Your Bag

Last, but not least, you can add a sturdy lining to make the bag strong and durable for use as an everyday handbag or purse. You don’t need to be a sewing expert, but knowing how to work a machine can help to speed up the process. With that said, you don’t need a machine, as you can, with patience, sew the lining by hand.

When choosing the fabric for your bag liner, you have the option to choose something that matches or is contrasting to your yarn.

Here is a tutorial on how to line a bag with or without a zipper. The tutorial also shows how to add small pockets on the inside to hold your keys, phone and other accessories.

What is the Best Yarn for Crochet Bags?

It depends on what you want to use it for. Do you want to use it as a market bag, or as a beach bag? Then in that case, you’d want to use a strong and durable cotton yarn. Or, any other strong material that you like and works out with the gauge/stitch pattern.

Although there are many to choose from, Bernat Handicrafter Cotton and Lily Sugar ‘N Cream are two good cotton yarns that work well for bags.

Acrylic yarn can also be used, but it tends to stretch a lot, and is not near as strong as cotton. BUT, if you choose a strong inner lining, you can get away with an acrylic or any other worsted weight yarn, as the bag liner will be the main strength for the bag.

Choosing Your Crochet Hook

Your best option is to use the recommended hook size that is given in the pattern. That way you know that the size will come out as planned. But, if you choose a smaller hook than the recommendations, you will end up with a tighter and stronger material. Just remember that you’ll need to make adjustments for the size as it’ll come out smaller if the pattern gauge changes.

Crochet Bag Pattern – Blue-Water

Crochet Bag Pattern – Blue-Water

Make this easy crochet bag pattern in your favorite colors. It is shown in an ombre yarn, but choose a solid color, or add a few stripes to make this yours.

Crochet Tote Bag Pattern

Crochet Tote Bag Pattern

This crochet tote bag pattern is worked up in the double crochet and cross stitches. It’s very simple, yet a nice stitch pattern that you’ll enjoy showing off after you line it.

Crochet Tote

Crochet Tote

Free pattern for a crochet tote. The tote works up quickly due to the open laced stitch pattern. To keep the stitches as intended, you will need to line this bag.

Over-The-Shoulder Crochet Bag

Over-The-Shoulder Crochet Bag

This crochet shoulder bag features a pretty lace that you’ll enjoy working with. Plus, it’s a fairly nice size making it great for just about every need.

Single Crochet Bag

Single Crochet Bag

This beginner-friendly single crochet bag pattern is nice and sturdy and perfect for everyday use.

Crochet Watermelon Bottle Holder

Crochet Watermelon Bottle Holder

Cyndee Kromminga from Restyled Junk is back with a crochet watermelon bottle holder pattern. You may have enjoyed her previous fall craft project using an empty wine bottle. This crochet bottle bag is whipped up in the watermelon colors, which is perfect for the summer. Black snap buttons resemble the watermelon seeds. And the handle is sewn…

Ribbed Crochet Handbag Pattern

Ribbed Crochet Handbag Pattern

This crochet handbag pattern is worked up in the cross stitch and then finished with a nice ribbed texture at the top and along the handles. The bag is worked in one piece from bottom to top, and the ribbing rows are worked separately for a clean finish. To give this bag a professional makeover…

Cabled Diamonds Bag Crochet Pattern

Cabled Diamonds Bag Crochet Pattern

This bag crochet pattern features a nice cabled and textured design. It takes a bit to crochet up, but the extra time will be appreciated. It is shown here unlined, but I highly recommend to line the finished bag to maintain the lovely textures. Here is a tutorial on how to line a crochet bag….

Clutch with a Bow by Cream Of The Crop Crochet

Clutch with a Bow by Cream Of The Crop Crochet

This elegant evening clutch by Cream Of The Crop Crochet features a lovely bow on the flap. Depending on your style, you can easily omit the bow, or crochet another to wear on your hat and/or cowl. The stitch pattern is very straightforward, making it a mindless pattern once you get going on it. The final result,…

Crochet Handbag

Crochet Handbag

Today we have another beautiful pattern from Lubna of A Crafty Homemaker. This crochet handbag has a beautiful style that you will be proud to show off where ever you go. My favorite part about this crocheted bag is that you only need to know basic crochet stitches to create these beautiful textures! And it…

Little Girls Purse

Little Girls Purse

This cute little girls purse is the perfect bag for every princess while out on her shopping trip with mom. It’s just the right size to hold her small toys to keep her occupied while mom is shopping. Or, if she’s old enough, she can use this to carry her wallet, chapstick and other items…

Crochet Butterfly Bag for Child

Crochet Butterfly Bag for Child

Make this crochet butterfly bag for a child or for anyone who loves drawstring bags. It is great for year-round use, especially the summer.

Crochet Change Purse

Crochet Change Purse

Today we have a free pattern for a crochet change purse by Lubna from A Crafty Homemaker. The finished size makes it great for keeping coins and other small items such as keys. It’s the perfect size for trips when you don’t have room for a big purse. Or, keep the small things handy and…

Cherry Blossom Bag by Laurie Beranek of GreenGirlCrochet

Cherry Blossom Bag by Laurie Beranek of GreenGirlCrochet

This beautiful drawstring bag has a nice sturdy bottom to hold your stuff. However, what caught my attention is the beautiful ribbing rows in the middle of the round bag. The finished size of this crochet bag measures 6″ across the diameter and 9″ tall. It’s the perfect size to hold your personal items for…

A Bullion Stitch Bag for Children

A Bullion Stitch Bag for Children

Here is a cute child’s bag for small toys and trinkets. It might also make for a cute gift bag for small children’s books, or for the teacher. And, if you make the straps longer, you could also use this as a handy purse for your phone and keys. Just make sure to line it…

Basic Necessities Purse

Basic Necessities Purse

This crochet purse is the perfect size for your very basic needs or for young girls and children. This cute purse is able to hold my phone, my wallet and change purse, my keys and my water bottle. Mind you, it gets stuffed to the top with everything, but it fits. And it beats having…

Slanted Puffs Summer Bag

Slanted Puffs Summer Bag

I made this bag in red and white for our Canadian celebrations. It features a pretty lacy stitch, so you’ll definitely want to line to prevent it from stretching out too much. And if you’re not Canadian, feel free to crochet it in any colors you like. It actually works out perfect with the US…

Blossom Drawstring Pouch

Blossom Drawstring Pouch

The blossom drawstring pouch pattern is perfect for taking your lunch to work or to the park. Or, line it and use it to take along your small crochet projects. When laying flat, the finished size measures 9 by 10 inches, making it great for just about anything you like. Might even make for a…

Lotsa Beads Drawstring Pouch

Lotsa Beads Drawstring Pouch

This crocheted pouch is a fairly nice size with a measurement of 9.5 by 9.5 inches. It’s great for the beach, the ball game or for an afternoon in the park. It’s big enough to hold your wallet, phone, water bottle and a few snacks and/or other items. Or use it as a cool lunch…

Snowy Ridges Purse

Snowy Ridges Purse

This purse is the perfect size for all your needs … at least in my opinion. When laying flat it measures 13 inches wide by 10.5 inches high. It’s not too big, and not too small; but just the right size for your wallet, phone, keys, notebook, makeup purse and a few other things as…

Picot Friendly Purse

Picot Friendly Purse

Free crochet pattern for a Picot Friendly Purse. The purse features a nice striped design to suit just about everyone.

Alternating Clutch

Alternating Clutch

FREE crochet pattern for an Alternating Clutch. The crocheted clutch requires two colors of yarn in order to bring out the gorgeous color design.

Simple Purse Closure

Simple Purse Closure

Free crochet pattern for a Simple Purse Closure. The closure folds over the top and closes at the side of bag. It can be crocheted to any length or width.

Alternating Crochet Bag

Alternating Crochet Bag

FREE crochet pattern for an Alternating Bag. The bag is crocheted with two colors, and it’s a great size for books, a purse or anything of that nature.