Do you want to learn how to crochet your tote bag? You’ve come to the right place. Crocheting a backpack is a fun, rewarding project that even beginners can master. You’ll have a custom bag to carry all your essentials in style in just a few easy steps.
All you need to get started is a few basic supplies: some yarn, a crochet hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle. Don’t worry if you’ve never picked up a theme—this simple pattern uses basic stitches you can learn as you go. Follow along, and in no time, you’ll be the proud owner of a handcrafted tote bag perfect for everything from market trips to the beach. Ready to get crafting? Let’s dive in!
Gathering Your Crochet Tote Bag Supplies
To crochet your tote bag, you’ll need some basic supplies.
First, pick out your yarn. Medium-weight cotton yarn works well for tote bags. You’ll want an adventure that can withstand repeated use and hold its shape. I’d recommend going with a worsted-weight cotton yarn. You’ll need about 1 to 1 1⁄2 pounds of wool for a typical-sized tote bag.
Next, you’ll need a crochet hook. For worsted-weight yarn, use a size H or I hook. An H hook will give you a tighter stitch, while an I turn will loosen it. Either will work, so go with what you prefer.
You’ll also want a tapestry needle to weave in your ends, a pair of scissors, and stitch markers. The stitch markers help keep your place so you know where each round starts and stops.
Other useful items:
A ruler or tape measure to keep track of your bag’s size
A notebook to write down your pattern rows
Extra yarn in a contrasting colour (to use as stitch markers)
With the proper materials gathered and a basic knowledge of crochet stitches like single and double crochet, you’ll be well on crafting a custom tote bag to carry all your essentials in style. Happy crocheting!
Step-by-Step Instructions for Crocheting a Basic Tote Bag
To make your own cute crocheted tote bag, here’s what you’ll need to do:
Gather your supplies
You’ll want a size H or I crochet hook, cotton yarn in your colour, a yarn needle, and scissors. For your first bag, stick with a light or medium worsted-weight yarn.
Make the base
Chain 41 stitches. On row 2, work one crochet in the second chain from the hook and across each chain. Chain 1, turn. Repeat this row until your base measures about 13 inches.
Shape the sides
Now, you’re going to single-crochet up the side of your base. Chain 1, turn—single crochet in each stitch across the floor. Chain 1, turn. Single crochet in the first stitch and each stitch across. Repeat this row until your side is the same height as your base.
Finish the top edge.
You’re almost there! Single crochet around the top edge of your bag, working three single crochets in each corner stitch. Slip stitch to join the round. Chain 1 and cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.
Add handles (optional)
If you want handles, chain 20-25 stitches and single crochet in the second chain from hook and each chain across. Attach handles to the top edge of each side of your bag. Weave in all ends, and you’ve got a cute new tote!
With some practice, you’ll be churning out custom totes quickly. Happy crocheting!
Decorating and Customizing Your Crocheted Tote Bag
Once you’ve finished crocheting the essential tote bag, it’s time for the fun part—decorating and customizing it to your liking! There are so many ways to make the bag uniquely yours.
For easy carrying, attach handles to the top of the bag. You can crochet basic handles using the same yarn as the bag or pick up leather or fabric handles and sew them on. Handles 10 to 16 inches long generally work well for a tote bag.
Add a lining
A lining helps keep smaller items from falling out of the holes in the crochet pattern. You can sew in a matching fabric lining or use a removable liner that attaches with Velcro or snaps. Either way, a lining takes your bag to the next level.
Embellish with buttons, patches or appliqués
Buttons, patches, and appliqués are simple ways to decorate your tote bag. Sew or iron them on for a cute embellished look. Pick a theme that matches your style or interests.
Add tassels or pom poms.
For a boho chic vibe, attach tassels, pom poms or fringe along the edge of the bag opening or handles. Crochet your own or purchase pre-made ones to match your yarn.
Weave ribbon through the holes.
For a whimsical touch, weave coloured ribbon, yarn, or twine through the holes in the crochet pattern. Tie off the ends in knots or bows. This helps accentuate the beautiful texture of handmade crochet.
Customizing your tote bag uniquely makes it a one-of-a-kind accessory you’ll love to carry everywhere you go. Get creative and have fun with it! The possibilities are endless.
You’ve done it, your very own crocheted tote bag! Congratulations! You should feel immense accomplishment for learning a new skill and creating something unique and handmade. The next time you’re out shopping or need something to haul your things around, grab your new bag – you’ll turn heads and inspire a few people. And the best part is, now that you know the basics, you can start experimenting by changing the colors or pattern and making bags for friends and family. Crocheting is addictive, so get your hook and yarn ready for your next project! You’re well on your way to becoming a crochet pro.