Little doily bag

A little while ago my niece asked me (very nicely) if I might pleaasssssseeeeee fix her beloved purse:

knit purseIt has, as you can see, been very well loved… knit purse 2And while I could have sewed in those frayed ends and mended the handle, but I think you’ll agree it had come pretty close to the end. So I suggested I could make her a new purse.

Something nice and bright:Doily bag free crochet patternAnd a little bit different:Doily bag free crochet patternAnd when I was done I thought I would also share it with you! Doily bag 3This is a very simple, small purse measuring approximately 14cm x 10cm. The design is very basic, so these little purses are suitable for beginners and can be quickly made up.

You will need yarn in 8ply and a 4mm hook. I used cotton, but acrylic or wool would work too. These instructions are in US terms.

To make the purse chain 22, turn and half double crochet (hdc) in the third stitch from the hook and each stitch across (20hdc). Chain 2, turn and hdc in each stitch across the row. Keep working back and forth (remembering to ch 2 at the end of each row) until you have a rectangle approximately 20cm long.  I made this bag with stripes, alternating two rows in each color – and 4 rows (rows 8-10) at the bottom of the bag (where you fold it).009Fold rectangle in half and with wrong sides together, carefully (neatly!) whip stitch along the side seams. I tried this sewing both on the inside and turning it right-side out and on the outside. I found it worked better sewing on the outside because you could see exactly what your seam would look like (and be very neat with your stitches). An alternative would be to work in the round, which would work beautifully if you used a single color, however because I wanted to make a stripy bag this would have turned out jagged.

To make the doily flap:

1. Make a magic circle, ch 3, DC x 9 into the circle.

2. Pull tight, join with a ss to complete the round (10 DC).

3. CH3, DC in same stitch, 2DC in each remaining stitch around, join with a ss to complete the round (20DC).

crochet purse free pattern4.CH3, DC in next stitch, CH2. *DC in next 2 stitches, CH 2* repeat between * and * around, join with a ss to complete the round (10 x 2DC pairs).

0045. SS to 2ch space. CH3, DC, CH3, 2DC into same space. *2DC into next space, ch3, 2DC into same space* repeat between * and * around, join with a ss to complete the round.little crochet doily bag 26. Change color and join yarn in a 3ch space. CH3, DC 8 into first 3ch space, DC9 into each remaining 3ch space around, join with a ss to complete the round. Fasten off and sew in all ends.

0084. Attach doily to back of purse, approximately one third of the way down. Carefully sew in place.

5. Make a strap, chain the desired length, turn and SC in the second chain from the hook all the way back over your chain. Sew onto side of bag.

6. I like to line any crochet bag or purse I make, it stops things falling through and helps the bag to keep its shape. Just make a rectangle (approximately the same width and about 4cm longer than your bag), over sew the edges, fold over the top 2cm and sew up the side seam.0107. Carefully sew the lining into the bag…118. Enjoy!!! There’s loads of scope with these bags, you could embellish them to your hearts content.  They would also make a nice coin purse or tissue holder if you left off the strap.crochet doily bagcrochet doily bag pattern

Doliy bag 1

71 thoughts on “Little doily bag

  1. Anne-Maree says:

    Your work is so exceptionally pretty. I just love your work! Am totally looking forward to making the doily + and the doily purse. Thank you.


  2. Helen says:

    Afternoon Janette.,
    I thoroughly enjoyed perusing all of your great patterns. Since I always try to keep a few things around ready for gift giving I especially like your doily purse. I tried to download and print the directions to have with me ,,,, couldn’t do it even after several tries. Is there something Im missing? Thanks Helen


  3. Joana says:

    Hello! 🙂 I’d like to make a bigger one for my mum as she loves crocheted purses 🙂 how can I make it bigger? Thank you very much 🙂


    • Janette says:

      Perhaps add another round before the last round of fans. Another alternative might be to use two strands of yarn held together and a bigger hook. Good luck!


  4. Lin says:

    Love this cute pattern….my little girl will be so surprised !! How long of a chain did you make for the strap?
    Thanks again!


  5. Jane says:

    I love the little doily bag and wondered if you could give me some instructions for making a slightly bigger version of this for some of my women friends rather than your one that is for a young girl. They would make nice Christmas presents and as I am rather slow with my crafts I shall need to start thinking about making things before too very long! Thanks so much.


  6. Ruth says:

    I’m going to make one for my dgd who will be 10 in Feb so I’ll make it a little larger. She will love it so thank you for sharing the pattern. I may also make some different stitches in the body of the purse but basically it will be your design.


  7. Ruth says:

    I’m going to make one but a little larger for my soon to be 10 year old grandaughter. I hope I can get the doily part larger withought problem. I will also make the smaller one to put inside for tissues. Thank you for posting and sharing this It’s so pretty while still being easy to make


  8. Rebecca A Leedom says:

    I love this purse pattern, and it’s my granddaughter’s favorite purse. She recently requested a Cleveland Indians purse. It turned out so cute along with a matching headband.

    Wish I could post a picture.


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