Free Tutorial: Crochet a Handbag for Small Stuffed Animals and Dolls

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Nancys Handbag
Nancys handbag completes the ensemble of a crocheted bear in Emma Varnams Cute Crocheted Animals.
Nancys Handbag

Nancy's Handbag

Photo: (Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications, 2016).

Free Crochet Project from Cute Crocheted Animals

Designed by Emma Varnam for her latest book, Cute Crocheted Animals (Guild of Craftsmen Publications, 2016), this adorable crocheted handbag is the perfect little accessory for your crocheted dolls or stuffed animals. Note: Emma uses UK crochet terms in these instructions.

Make Nancy's Handbag

You will need
Debbie Bliss Rialto 4-ply, 100% extrafine merino (197yds/180m per 50g ball):
 Small amounts in 44 Rose (A),
 39 Amber (B), 36 Willow (C) and
 12 Pale Blue (D)
3 mm (UK11:US–) crochet hook
Tapestry needle

Bag sides (make 2)
Using 3mm hook and A, ch 5 sts, sl st in first ch to form a loop.
Row 1: 3 ch, 2 tr in loop, 3 ch, (3 tr, 3 ch), rep twice more, sl st in 3 ch (4 tr clusters).
Row 2: Change to B, attach yarn to any 3 ch sp, 3 ch, 2 tr in ch sp, 3 ch, 3 tr, 1 ch, (3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr, 1 ch) in next ch sp 3 times, sl st in 3 ch (8 tr clusters).
Row 3: Change to C, attach yarn to any 3 ch sp, 3 ch, 2 tr in ch sp, 3 ch, 3 tr, 1 ch, (3 tr, 1 ch) in next ch sp, *(3 tr, 3 ch, 3 tr, 1 ch) in next 3 ch sp, (3 tr, 1 ch) in next ch sp; rep from * twice more, sl st in 3 ch (12 tr clusters).

Strap and sides
To begin with, work one row of dc sts around the edge of one granny square.
Round 1: Using D, attach yarn to one 3 ch corner sp, 1 ch, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc in corner, 1 dc in back loop of each st, and ch, working (1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc) in each 3 ch corner, sl st in 1 ch.
Round 2: 35 ch, miss sts along one side of the granny square, dc in next corner, 1 dc in each dc around 3 sides of the bag.
Rounds 3–4: 1 dc in each 35 ch of strap, 1 dc in each dc along the edge of the bag. Fasten off.

Finishing
With WS together, sew together the side seams of the bag and the edges of the second granny square.
On the second square, using D, attach yarn to one 3 ch corner sp, 1 ch, 1 dc in each st along one side of the granny square. You will now attach the second side of the bag to the first side. Then, with RS facing, match the other three sides of the square to the sides of the bag. Dc the sides together through both sts along the edge of the bag. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Interview with the Author

To learn more about author Emma Varnam and her latest book, check out the previous post featuring an exclusive interview with this crochet expert.

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