Drawstring Bag with Flap Cover | Crochet Pattern – Advanced Beginner

I first made one of these drawstring bags many years ago. I think I was about 13 and at that point, every project I made, I was just making up as I went. I’ve made so many of these bags ever since for baby shower gifts, birthday presents and personal use. The other day, I found that old pattern that was written down on the back of a coloring page while I was cleaning out old folders. This pattern is the exact pattern I wrote at 13, the only difference is the added flap on the front.

This project is simple to make. It’s rated advanced beginner because we are working in the round which is tricky for someone just starting out. If you’re new to working in the round, no worries. Check out this post to figure out how to do it!

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Drawstring Bag with Flap Cover- Crochet
Pattern | Advanced Beginner

Materials needed:

-WORSTED WEIGHT #4 YARN IN 3 COLORS (LESS THAN ONE SKEIN IN
EACH COLOR). COLORS USED IN THIS PROJECT: YELLOW, WHITE, AND
BLUE.
– 4MM CROCHET HOOK
– SCISSORS
– YARN NEEDLE
– BUTTON
– NEEDLE/THREAD TO SEW BUTTON ON

Abbreviations/Stitches Used:

– Stitch (st)
– Single Crochet (sc)
– Double Crochet (dc)
– Half Double Crochet (hdc)
– Treble Crochet (tr)
– Slip Stitch (sl st)
– Chain (ch)

*CH 1, does not count as a st in this pattern. Unless stated otherwise, crochet into the very first st of the row.

BODY OF BAG

YELLOW:

Make a magic ring, ch 1. (or ch 4, sl st to join ring, ch 1)

1. Make 10 sc inside ring, sl st in first sc to join round. Ch 1.

2. Make 2 sc in each st around. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <20 st>

3. Make 1 sc in the first st., 2 sc in the next. Repeat for rest of the round. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <30 st>

4. Make 1 sc in first 2 st., 2 sc in the next. Repeat for rest of round. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <40 st>

5. Make 1 sc in first 3 st., 2 sc in next. Repeat for rest of round. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <50 st>

6. Make 1 sc in first 4 st., 2 sc in next. Repeat for rest of round. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <60 st>

7. Make 1 sc in first 5 st., 2 sc in next. Repeat for rest of round. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <70 st>

8-16. Make 1 sc in each st. all the way around. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <70 st>

CHANGE COLOR TO WHITE

17-19. Make 1 sc in each st. all the way around. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <70 st>

CHANGE COLOR TO BLUE

20-26. Make 1 sc in each st. all the way around. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <70 st>

CHANGE COLOR TO WHITE

27-29. Make 1 sc in each st. all the way around. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <70 st>

CHANGE COLOR TO YELLOW

30-36. Make 1 sc in each st. all the way around. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <70 st>

CHANGE COLOR TO WHITE

37-39. Make 1 sc in each st. all the way around. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <70 st>

CHANGE COLOR TO BLUE

40. Make 1 sc in each st. all the way around. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <70 st>

41. Make 1 sc in each st. all the way around. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 4. <70 st>

42. Make 1 tr in each st. all the way around. Sl st in first tr to join round, ch 1. <70 st>

43-44. Make 1 sc in each st. all the way around. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <70 st>

CHANGE COLOR TO WHITE

45-46. Make 1 sc in each st. all the way around. Sl st in first sc to join round, ch 1. <70 st>

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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FOR STRAPS

Yellow:
Ch. 152

1. Beginning in 3rd ch from hook, make 1 hdc in each st.

Fasten off/weave in ends.

Repeat for next strap.

To attach straps:

Decide which side of the bag that you want to be the front. Lay bag with front side facing you. Take one strap and weave it in and out of treble crochet stitches from right to left on the front and back of bag. Both ends of the strap should be coming out of the left side of the bag. Repeat the opposite way with the next strap. Pull both sides of the straps and bag should pull closed.

Using a yarn needle and yellow yarn:

Take both ends of the strap on each side and attach them to the left and right
corners of the bottom yellow row of the bag.

FOR FLAP COVER:

Yellow
Ch 11
1. Starting in 2nd ch from hook, make 1 sc into first 9 st.
Make 3 sc in next st.
Make 1 sc in next 9 st along back of ch. Ch 1, turn

2. Make 1 sc in first 10 st.
Make 3 sc in next st.
Make 1 sc in last 10 st.
Ch 1, turn.

3. Make 1 sc in first 11 st.
Make 3 sc in next st.
Make 1 sc in last 11 st.
Ch 1, turn.

CHANGE COLOR TO WHITE

5. Make 1 sc in first 13 st.
Make 3 sc in next st.
Make 1 sc in last 13 st.
Ch 1, turn.

6. Make 1 sc in first 14 st.
Make 3 sc in next st.
Make 1 sc in last 14 st.
Ch 1, turn.

CHANGE COLOR TO BLUE

7. Make 1 sc in first 15 st.
Make 3 sc in next st.
Make 1 sc in last 15 st. Ch 1, turn.

8. Make 1 sc in first 16 st.
Ch 4. Skip next st.
Make 1 sc in last 16 st. Ch 1, turn.

9. Make 1 sc in the first 16 st. Make 7 sc inside of ch.
Make 1 sc in last 16 st. Ch 1, turn.

Shell stitch border row:
10. Make 3 dc in first st.
Skip next st.
Sl st in the next st.

Repeat pattern as follows for the rest of the row:
– Skip 1 st.
– Make 5 dc in next st.
– Skip next st.
– Sl st in next st.
*Your last st of row should be sl st.

Fasten off leaving a long tail to attach flap to bag. Attach flap to back of bag by using a yarn needle or by using your hook and sc. Make sure to face the wrong side of flap up when stitching so that the seam is to the inside of bag.

Weave in any ends.

Lay your flap over and decide where to place your button. Using a large
button and a sewing needle with embroidery thread or regular sewing thread,
sew on button securely to the front of bag.

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