Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Crochet Seashell Bag

 

A while back I set out to make a mermaid Seashell Adventure Bag (coming to the blog later this month) and whilst I was making that bag, I played around with a couple of different cottons and designs.   I ended up making the adventure bag in Lily Sugar n Cream cotton leaving me with 2 spare  Caron Cotton Cakes.   I already had one seashell motive made up when I decided not to use it for the adventure bag, so I decided to use the rest of the cotton to make a normal bag and so I ended up creating the Crochet Seashell Bag.

The bag itself is made with 2 seashell motives which are made in two parts which are sewn together.   They also make use of surface slip stitch to add decoration to the seashells.    The bag side is made in one piece and crocheted to the seashell panels which are finished off with a decorative shell stitch edge.   The edging also adds the D rings for the bag strap which is crocheted and added last.   I decided to add a lining to this bag and wanted it to retain its shape more easily so I used some Bosal in R form which is sewn into the lining before the lining is added to the bag.

I experimented with different bag fastenings before finally settling on using a button and ribbon.   I considered adding a zip but I didn't have one at home that was the right colour and size and sewing in zips is one of my least favourite things to do, so I looked for other options.   I have some snaps at home that were the perfect colour, however, I really struggled adding them due to the thickness of the Bosal, so after several failed attempts I abandoned that idea.   The other issues with the snaps was that they really restricted what the bag could hold when they were done up, and this issue was the same with magnetic bag clasps.   The bag is an awkward shape anyway for holding things and I didn't feel it needed to be any more restricted by its closing.   In the end I settled on sewing a loop of ribbon into the center of the lining which loops around a button sewn on the opposite side of the bag.   This option has worked the best and I love the fact that I had coordinating ribbon and buttons at home already which looked perfect with the bag.



I used my sewing machine for the sewing of the lining and I am glad I did.   Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while will know I am not a fan of hand sewing.   The sewing machine really did it all much quicker and neater than I could and I am glad I bothered to get it out.   In fact I was so happy with the use of the sewing machine and my crochet bag (I was scared to use it before incase the machine ruined the crochet) that I think I will be incorporating more sewing linings into my work in future.   I already have an idea for a Christmas Adventure Bag with a sewn inside which will be coming to the blog this autumn.

Seashells and mermaids are very in at the moment and this perfect little Crochet Seashell Bag will fit right in.   Its not huge at 30 cm long (at the longest part) and 20 cm tall, but it will fit a purse, phone, keys and a few other small items, so it would be perfect for a night out, or just to go out for a little while.   However, as I love experimenting with working up the same patterns with yarns of different thickness I decided to work up a larger bag using Aldi's Chunky Yarn.   The bag worked up much larger at 35cm tall, 60cm wide (at the top) and 20cm deep and is the perfect sized beach bag to carry everything you will need for any beach trip.

There are some slight differences in the way I worked up the larger seashell bag.   I changed the way the handles were made, this is not the sort of bag for a longer cross over body strap, instead I used eyelets and my kumihimo disk to create a rope which I threaded through the eyelets and knotted the ends.   This bag fastens with a magnetic bag clasp, which doesn't get in the way of space like it would have in the smaller bag.    I changed the final edging to a simpler slip stitch round rather than the shells, partly as I ran out of yarn and partly because it didn't need such a decorative edge on a larger bag.   Finally I also added a pocket on the inside when making the lining for all those smaller items you might need.   I really love the larger bag and it will be great for trips to the park and beach with the kids.

If you want to make your own Crochet Seashell Bag then you can get the pattern's for both the small and large for FREE here.  I hope you enjoyed this week blog post.   See you next week,

Vicky x

Small Seashell Handbag


1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this bag

·        Caron Cotton Cakes x 2 – in Calico Flowers (49003)

·        5mm hook

·        Bosal in R Form or bag wadding/foam

·        1 fat quarter in colour of your choice

·        Large Button & small amount of ribbon

·        2 x D rings

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        surface sl st – surface slip stitch

  

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        Gauge is 20 stitches by 23 rows in a 4” square.

·        The bag is made and crocheted together before the lining is added.  

·        It’s helpful although not essential to have a sewing machine to sew in the lining.  It made it much quicker and neater than I could do by hand, although you can hand sew if preferred.

·        You do not have to make the bag hand 200 rows long, stop when it is long enough for you.

  

4.  Pattern

Seashell side – make 2

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

5 sc in m/c, turn, ch 1

5

2-3

Sc across, turn, ch 1

5

4

(sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

10

5-6

Sc across, turn, ch 1

10

7

(sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

15

8-9

Sc across, turn, ch 1

15

10

(2 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

20

11-12

Sc across, turn, ch 1

20

13

(3 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, Ch 1

25

14-15

Sc across, turn, ch 1

25

16

(4 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

30

17-18

Sc across, turn, ch 1

30

19

(5 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

35

20-21

Sc across

35

22

(6 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

40

23-24

Sc across, turn, ch 1

40

25

(7 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

45

26-27

Sc across, turn, ch 1

45

28

(8 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

50

29-30

Sc across, turn, ch 1

50

31

(9 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

55

32-33

Sc across, turn, ch 1

55

34

(10 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

60

35-36

Sc across, turn, ch 1

60

37

Use surface sl st to make diagonal lines across the front of the shell, place each sl st across 2 rows of the shell.

 

 

Seashell Base –make 2

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 26, sk 1st ch and then sc in each ch to end, turn ch 1

25

2-8

Sc across, turn, ch 1

25

9

Sc around the edges of the rectangle putting 3 sc in each corner, cast off leaving a long tail and sew to the base of the shell.

 

 

Bag Side– make 1

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 16, sk 1st st and sc in each st to end of ch

15

2

Turn, sc across

15

3-100

Rep row 2

 

 

·        Holding wrong sides together, sc the side panel around the edge of the first seashell panel leaving the longest edge at the top unattached.

·        Repeat as above to add the second seashell panel to the bag

Bag edging

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Thread both D rings on to the working yarn and attach yarn on the right hand side of either of the side panels and work as follows;

 

2

10 sc turn

 

3

5 sc, turn

 

4

5 sc, turn

 

5

5 sc, turn

 

6

Pull the D ring up and over the little piece you just made, then you need to fold it down to contain the D ring and place a sc through each stitch on the top of the rectangle and match to the 3rd loop on the back of the edge from the start of row 1.  Repeat this 5 times in total to secure the piece in a loop containing the D ring

 

7

5 sc to get to the end of the edge piece of the bag

 

8

Then working all the way along the edge of the shell, (5hdc in same st, sk st, sc, sk st) rep to end of shell top

 

9-15

Rep steps 2-8 on the opposite side of the bag.   Sl st to starting st and cast off.   Sew in all ends.

 

 

Bag Strap– make 1

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 6, sk 1st st and sc in each st to end of ch

5

2

Turn, sc across

5

3-200

Rep row 2

 

 

Loop 1 end over the D ring and sew the end to the rest of the strap.   Repeat with the other loop.

 

 

To make the lining

1.     Cut out 2 seashell pieces 1 bag side piece, slightly bigger than the bag, in both the lining material and the bosal in R form, leave at least an additional inch of the fat quarter top edge for a seam allowance.

2.     Pin the lining and the bosal in R form together so the right sides face each other and sew together leaving the top edge unworked.

3.     Turn the lining in the right way (so the material is facing inwards) a and place inside the bag.

4.     Fold the additional inch of the lining material over the bosal in R form and pin to the bag.  

5.     Fold a small length of ribbon (large enough to go around the button you choose, plus an additional inch for sewing) in half and put the ends underneath the lining in the middle of one side of the bag and pin in place

6.     Sew the lining and the ribbon into the bag.

7.     Sew the button on the opposite side of the bag to the ribbon.  The ribbon can slip over the button to secure the bag shut. 


Large Seashell Handbag


1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this bag

·        1200g Super Chunky Yarn in colours of your choice (I used Aldi Chunky in Navy, Storm and Platinum)

·        10mm hook

·        1m2 of Bosal in R Form or bag wadding/foam

·        1m2 of cotton fabric in colour of your choice

·        1 x magnetic bag clasp

·        4 x 1” wide eyelets

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        surface sl st – surface slip stitch

 

 3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        Gauge is 10 stitches by 10 rows in a 4” square.

·        The bag is made and crocheted together before the lining is added.  

·        It’s helpful although not essential to have a sewing machine to sew in the lining.  It made it much quicker and neater than I could do by hand, although you can hand sew if preferred.

·        The handles were made using a Kumihimo disk, however if you do not have one, you could plait several strands of yarn to the desired length or use some rope.

  

4.  Pattern

Seashell side – make 2 in your colour choices

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

5 sc in m/c, turn, ch 1

5

2-3

Sc across, turn, ch 1

5

4

(sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

10

5-6

Sc across, turn, ch 1

10

7

(sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

15

8-9

Sc across, turn, ch 1

15

10

(2 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

20

11-12

Sc across, turn, ch 1

20

13

(3 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, Ch 1

25

14-15

Sc across, turn, ch 1

25

16

(4 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

30

17-18

Sc across, turn, ch 1

30

19

(5 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

35

20-21

Sc across

35

22

(6 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

40

23-24

Sc across, turn, ch 1

40

25

(7 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

45

26-27

Sc across, turn, ch 1

45

28

(8 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

50

29-30

Sc across, turn, ch 1

50

31

(9 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

55

32-33

Sc across, turn, ch 1

55

34

(10 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1

60

35

19 sc, ch 1, sk 1, 20 sc, ch 1, sk 1, 19 sc

58

36

19 sc, sc in ch 1 gap, 20 sc, sc in ch 1 gap, 19 sc

60

37

Use surface sl st to make diagonal lines across the front of the shell, place each sl st across 2 rows of the shell.

 

 

Seashell Base –make 2

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 26, sk 1st ch and then sc in each ch to end, turn ch 1

25

2-8

Sc across, turn, ch 1

25

9

Sc around the edges of the rectangle putting 3 sc in each corner, cast off leaving a long tail and sew to the base of the shell.

 

 

Bag Side– make 1

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 16, sk 1st st and sc in each st to end of ch

15

2

Turn, sc across

15

3-

Rep row 2 until piece measures 28” long

 

 

·        Holding wrong sides together, sc the side panel around the edge of the first seashell panel leaving the longest edge at the top unattached.

·        Repeat as above to add the second seashell panel to the bag

Bag edging

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Attach yarn at any point and sl st around the top edge.

 

 

 To make the lining & handles

1.     Cut out 2 seashell pieces 1 bag side piece, slightly bigger than the bag, in both the lining material and the bosal in R form, leave at least an additional inch of the fat quarter top edge for a seam allowance.

2.     Pin the lining and the bosal in R form together so the right sides face each other and sew together leaving the top edge unworked.

3.     Turn the lining in the right way (so the material is facing inwards) a and place inside the bag.

4.     Fold the additional inch of the lining material over the bosal in R form and pin to the bag.  

5.     Attach the magnetic bag clasp to the lining before sewing the lining to the bag.

6.     Sew the lining to the bag at the top.

7.     Attach the eyelets through the holes made in row 35 of the seashell panels.

8.     To make the handles, I used a Kumihimo disk and some chunky pink yarn I had.   I used 8 strands to make the handles, threaded them through the eyelets and secured with a knot.  

  

  

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