Thursday, 8 September 2016


free crochet pattern, free crochet D.I.Y bag, Free crochet toileteries bag

free crochet pattern, free crochet D.I.Y bag, Free crochet toileteries bag


If you’re following my blog, you’ll know that some days back I chanced on someone selling some simple bags, and I bought a few just for kicks.. and then decided to ‘up-cycle’ and bling them up.  I gave the first one to my friend, who travels a lot, and she totally loves it – so I thought I would carry on with the others I have purchased too (else they *could* have joined some of that stash lying way way way back in my cupboard.. you *know* what I mean, right )
So let’s have fun as we work on this creation… and if you like this idea, do keep an eye out for further such jazzed up toilet bag ideas .. I do have a few more we purchased from that day 

For my earlier pattern on the D.I.Y bag, check

For this pattern, the African flower and more patterns is from

I then tweaked it a bit to fit the bag and covered it.  So come along and let’s see what we’re working on today.

Materials used : Acrylic yarn, with a 4 mm crochet hook ; Embroidery and sewing needles ; and a ready-made bag with a zipper (if you are doing this D.I.Y bag) ;
Optional : Water Insoluble Glue.

Skill level : Easy to Intermediate While the stitches used are easy enough, there is a fair amount of thought that goes into this creation.

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link

How to join sides of the bag with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join sides of the bag with whip stich : Check the links below :

How to line your bag : Check this link below

How to attach a zipper on your bag : Two self-explanatory links for you here

How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at

Abbreviations used : Using U.S terminology
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                  sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                      ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                         sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                              hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                              fsc : Foundation Single Crochet
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet                      dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-together

As I mentioned above, I have decided just to jazz up a bag and have a ready-made inner bag with zip.  However, if you decide to work this pattern up for a bag, without an ready-made inner, then there are links above on how to line your bag and attach a zipper as well.

My bag is 10.5 x 5”.
So *ideally* we want a granny square that is 5” x 5” – and then we will extend two sides to get the length of 10.5” such that we keep this beautiful African Flower in the centre.

So for the pattern, off you go to for the African flower pattern.. and then you can come back here if you want to follow my tweaks – or you just go and create your own tweaks! 

Decide if you’re making one or two African flower motifs. So if you’re making two motifs, then you will just make the extensions for the sides. 
If you decide to make one motif, then you will make a plain back for the bag.
Yet again.. choices & decisions for you.

Also, measure the bag you are working with so you can decide which round you are going to end with on your African flower.

 The ready-made bag that saves me lining :)

I have worked my African flower and got it about 5” x 5”, which is perfect for my bag.

I decided to add one more row of dc all around, with (2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc) in each corner ch-sp and I have the perfect size I need (so I can manage to join sides and bottom without stretching and buckling)

So for this bag, I’m going to add sides to it, and then attaching the front and back together.

If you’ve followed my earlier two blogs on jazzing up this bag, then you’ll know what I’m about to suggest.. but let’s get it done too.

So you’ve got your two African flower motifs that you are going to keep in the centre of your bag, and then figure out how much you will need to extend on either side.

Look at the motif.  You have four corners with ch-sps in each corner.  For the side extensions, you will attach your yarn, in the dc just after the ch-sp and then work all the way along that dc row till the dc just before the ch-sp.  Continue working dc in each dc all the way down this side till you have the little extension you need to make it fit this side of the bag.
You will then repeat this three more times for the other side of this motif, and both sides of the back motif.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

1.       I first joined the sides, using an embroidery needle and yarn.
2.      I then put my toilet bag on the inner side of the sewn edge, such that we now have the right side of the work facing outside, and the toilet ready-made bag on the inside. I then attached one side to the bag with a regular needle and thread (as the embroidery needle and this acrylic yarn will make very large holes, so ensure you use a thinner needle and regular sewing yarn).  So slip your needle inside the bag, and sew through the bag and the crochet side, securing them both together. Fasten off when you reach from one end to the other.
3.      I then continued with my embroidery needle and yarn, working on the crochet rectangle, down the longer edge and joined all the way to the end, ensuring I have a neat first corner.
4.      I turned around at my second corner, once again ensuring I had a neat corner, and worked down the side.
5.      Once again, I joined the bag working from the inside as before, and worked a line of stitching down this side as well, securing the crochet work to the inner bag.
6.      With three sides sewn and the bag now neatly inside, I decided to use a little of my water insoluble (very important) glue – securing the centre of my crochet neatly onto the centre of the plastic bag.  As mentioned before, glue is optional, so you don’t need to do it.. but I just want my work to be neat and tight. Remember you cannot use a hot glue gun as the inside bag is plastic – and if you use glue that is not water insoluble, then you are defeating the purpose of gluing it down.. This is, after all, a toilet bag, and water and bathrooms .. ummmmm!
7.      The final sewing is to secure the top of our crochet work to the top of the bag – and this once again, I did with a regular sewing needle and thread.
8.      Fasten off and ensure there are no peeping ends.

Ta da.. you’re done.  Now come on.. show off your color combination and creation on Facebook, and do remember to tell the world who took you on this crazy journey.
If you’ve liked this pattern, I appreciate if you could share my blog when you make your creation

Please also remember to credit for the superb flower square.

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