Wednesday, 27 December 2017


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I am sure using a doily for a bag is not an original idea, so let’s see what we can do with this round doily pattern.

Throw in the beads for a little bling and you have a lovely beaded bag for an evening out..or just to carry your mobile phone and keys.  The beauty of this bag is that you can make it in just about any size you want.

So what’s a Potli ? {poTali} = SWAGis the Hindi equivalent for Swag bag.
We will start our little potli bag from the base and work up to the top – so no drama here..let’s just start with this cute lil’ bag.

Materials used :Polyester purse yarn in cones  , with a 3.5 mm crochet hook
This yarn has a 4-ply or sport ply thickness, but do check gauge if you’re using a different yarn.

Stitches used :

Magic circle :To refresh your skill, please view this easy video

Chainless dc start :Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour :

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

How to line the bag :View the link below to see how to easily line your handbag.

How to add beads in crochet :


 Instructions : 

free crochet doily pattern, free crochet potli bag pattern, free crochet swag bag pattern,

For this lovely doily inspired potli bag, I’ve used the pattern (in part) from this free link.. in part because I stopped at the point when I thought I had a large enough doily to make this potli/swag bag. J

Go crazy.  Have fun.

Finishing :
Join the sides of the doily leaving a small space on the top as opening.

For the strap, you can make an I-cord, thread it into the spaces ; or you can work a loop on either side of the bag and work the I-cord around that.

Line our bag as desired. Check the top of this blog for lining “how to”.

…and voila!  You have a lovely doily inspired potli bag all ready to go!
You’re ready to show off this lovely creation too.

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