Patchwork crochet project bag

Hi lovelies,

I hope you’re having a good week? I can’t believe we are in the second week of January already – time is flying!

Today I want to share with you a project that I mentioned in this post before Christmas. I couldn’t say too much about it then because it was a Christmas present for my sister who had said she’d like a project bag to store her knitting in. But now that it has been given, let’s take a look shall we?

Ta dah!!

Patchwork crochet project bag ©The House of JonesWhat do you think? I have to say I was so pleased with this little bag! It’s made of 44 squares – each one is different. They may contain the same colours but not in the same order, so not one square is the same! Here’s the other side:

Patchwork crochet project bag ©The House of JonesAnd the base:

Base of the patchwork crochet project bag Patchwork crochet project bag - open ©The House of JonesThe squares are joined using slip stitches on the front of the work which is what gives the ridged effect.

Patchwork crochet project bag ©The House of Jones

And the handles are rows of double crochet, fastened in between the crochet panels and the lining.

Now, the lining was quite a triumph (if I do say so myself!). And this is the bit I was really worried about – because crochet I can do, but sewing machining does not come easily to me. Luckily it was all straight lines, but the instructions were quite confusing and on top of that the dimensions of my bag weren’t quite what the pattern suggested they might be so I had to calculate the amount of fabric I needed, including the seam allowances, and cut it out – which always scares me a little! You can unpick crochet, but you can’t un-cut lovely fabric!!

Lining of the patchwork crochet project bag Patchwork crochet project bag ©The House of Jones

For a while I dabbled with the idea of not lining the bag – too difficult – but I’m so glad that I did as it really makes the bag and will mean that knitting needles (my sister is a knitter) won’t get caught in the crochet etc. That said, I didn’t include the inside pocket – that felt like a step too far for my basic skills!!

Label in the patchwork crochet project bag Lining of the patchwork crochet project bag Patchwork crochet project bag ©The House of JonesOnce the lining was sewn, I hand to hand stitch it to the bag – I added one of my labels just so there was no doubt it was a handmade original!

Patchwork crochet project bag Lining of the patchwork crochet project bag Patchwork crochet project bag ©The House of JonesEee, it’s so lovely and colourful – a bit mad – but such a jolly bag!

Bag stats:

  • 44 squares
  • Wool: Drops Muskat 100% cotton in dark olive, off white, light blue, blue (I felt that was too strong for the bag which is why the squares that use that colour are on the base), ice blue, light yellow, old pink, dark purple and coral. The pattern asked for Rowan Belle Organic DK (50% wool, 50% cotton) but I was unable to get hold of that. I think it might be discontinued. Anyway the Drops Muskat came in similar colours and was lovely to work with. The squares did come up smaller though – which meant I did a 4×4 panel instead of the 3×3 panels that the pattern said.
  • Lining fabric: Sage dotty fabric from Dunelm Mill

And this is what it should have looked like::

Patchwork Bag ©The House of JonesSimilar, don’t you think!!

The pattern for this bag came from this lovely book: Cute and easy crochet by Nicki Trench. My sister gave me the book as part of my birthday present earlier this year so it seemed fitting that I make her something from it!

The book is filled with lovely projects. I’ve already made the Baby Bouncers (a present for my friend’s little boy back last summer): Mine are the blue ones::

Baby Bouncers ©The House of JonesBaby blue bouncers ©The House of JonesBut just look at some of these other things – the Stripy Wave Cushion:

Stripy wave cushion ©The House of JonesThe Roses and Posies Tea Cosy:: just imagine that on your tea table!

Roses and Posies Tea Cosy ©The House of JonesThese adorable Babushkas::

Babushkas ©The House of JonesAnd what about this gorgeous Springtime Throw::

Springtime throw ©The House of JonesYes, the whole book is full of great projects – it’s quite inspiring actually, it makes you sort of want to get cracking Right Away! and if it weren’t for all my other WIPs and projects brewing in my head then I probably would!

Happy Tuesday!

Jones x

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Hello! Thanks for visiting, it's lovely to see you! I'm Jones, I'm 31, and I live with my husband (The Bert) and chinchilla (JB) in Gloucestershire. When I'm not at work I love crochet, sewing, cooking, baking, taking photos and dabbling in a bit of gardening and grow-your-own, and this is what I write about mainly. That and the general chit chat of life. So, take a look around, comment if you'd like, just make yourself feel at home really!
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10 Responses to Patchwork crochet project bag

  1. Jacquie says:

    Wow Jones, you did a wonderful job on this bag. The crochet is gorgeous and the lining is perfect, and such a lovely fabric.
    I’m sure your sister will treasure it for many years to come.
    Jacquie x

  2. JJ says:

    what a splendid bag it is! Almost too beautiful to use as a project bag! ;)

  3. Mum says:

    Now that bag I like.
    And I wouldn’t say no to the crochet book either.
    Love from Mum
    xx

  4. Jackie says:

    The bag is lovely and I’m sure your sister loves it and it will be very useful. I have crocheted many things but cannot imagine ever being able to put a beautiful lining in. Well Done ~ it looks fantastic :O)x

  5. Patch says:

    The bag looks great. I have that book and wondered if that was where you got the idea. You have inspired me to get the book out and have a look at it ;)

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  7. Rachael says:

    I recognised that bag instantly because I have that book too. You’ve done a lovely job of it. I made a version of the grey shopper bag with roses on it and I often use it when I go to knit and natter. I know what you mean about the lining. I felt just the same when I lined mine. The nice thing about the one you made is the ‘gusset’ as it must be so much more roomy than mine. I also made the ‘Miss Mittens’ purse (you can see both these projects on my blog) and the lining on that is beyond mind blowing because it involves a zip too. It even confused my Mum and she taught textiles at school for years!

  8. Wow that is incredibly beautiful!

  9. Came across your blog and love it! The bag is great and just as lovely inside (love the material). Might get the book myself!

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