Mom ‘n’ Me Crossbody Bag- Free Pattern

The bag is finished! I managed to finally sit down and sew in my lining yesterday afternoon while Olivia was napping.  I first posted about making this bag HERE. Looking at the date of the post, June 9th, I feel shocked that it really didn’t take me too long to make it, or actually, to make two of them!  (I didn’t even work on them every day…they both sat around untouched for at least a few days out of the approximate 10 days they were in the process of being designed and made). So, having said that, I can tell you that it’s a quick project. I was intimidated, at first, about putting a lining into the bag, but after having done it I now see just how easy it is. I feel completely confident in doing it again, and I know that you can do it too! At the end of the pattern I’ve provided a link to the tutorial that I followed for lining it. Easy Peasy 🙂

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Mom ‘n’ Me Crossbody Bag

Free Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2018

Materials Used:

Adult sized purse:

Red Heart Super Saver- 100% acrylic medium weight yarn, 7 oz/198 g, 364 yards/333 meters-

MC- Turqua

CCA- Bright Yellow

CCB- Grenadine

CCC- Spring Green

Child sized purse:

Red Heart Super Saver- 100% acrylic medium weight yarn, 7 oz/198 g, 364 yards/333 meters-

MC- Bright Yellow

CC- Amethyst

Additional Materials used for both purses:

– 5.5 mm hook

– Stitch markers- 5- 1 for marking beg/end of rounds, 4 for marking where straps are placed

– (optional) 1 Single Fat Quarter 100% cotton fabric (18”x21”) for lining (1 pack per purse being made)- these can be found at Walmart for 97 cents each (shown in this photo below)

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– yarn needle for weaving in ends

– sewing needle for sewing lining into purse (or a sewing machine if you have one, or that’s what you prefer to use…I don’t have one 😦 )

– coordinating sewing thread for sewing lining into purse

– sewing pins for pinning lining to bag

– scissors

– iron for the lining (optional, but very helpful)

Gauge: 4 sc and 4 rounds= 1 inch ** Please note that different colors of Red Heart Super Saver vary in their thickness. The gauge in my child sized purse is ever so slightly different from the adult sized purse. This will not affect the sizing very much, and it is ok if your gauge is a slight bit off. Just try to get as close as you can to my gauge.

Finished Measurements: Adult sized purse- 10 inches wide x 9 inches tall, with a ½ inch deep base. Strap- 44 inches long; Child sized purse- 8 inches wide x 6 1/2 inches tall, with a 1/2 inch deep base. Strap- 22 inches long

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

MC- main color

CC- contrasting color

CCA- contrasting color A

CCB- contrasting color B

CCC- contrasting color C

RS- right side (of work)

Ch- chain

Sc- single crochet

Sl st- slip stitch

Beg- beginning

Special Notes:

  • When making the color changes, I did not cut the MC when working 2 rounds of the CC’s. I only cut the CC’s, since the color changes for the CC’s are so far apart. Since there are only 2 rounds of CC between the 4 rounds of MC’s, I just kept the MC running up the join sts. Since there is a lining, I did not feel there was a need to make the inside of the bag too pretty. However, if you are not using a lining, you can change this method, by cutting the yarn and weaving in the ends,  to make the inside of the bag prettier and neater.
  • Also with making the color changes, you are free to use whatever method of changing the color that you wish to or are accustomed to. What I did was at the end of the round I made my join with the old color, and then changed to the new color in the ch-1 at the beginning of the next round. This helped keep the color-change a little less noticeable. 20180611_162745
  • The child sized purse directions are listed first, with directions for the adult sized purse in (parenthesis)
  • Different colors of Red Heart Super Saver vary in their thickness. The gauge in my child sized purse is ever so slightly different from the adult sized purse. This will not affect the sizing very much, and it is ok if your gauge is a slight bit off. Just try to get as close as you can to my gauge.
  • Feel free to play around with different striping patterns, or even no striping pattern at all. This purse would look really cute in a solid color with appliques or embellishments sewn on to the front of it.  Customize and make it to your liking!
  • The strap is made in 2 sections; one strap on either side of the bag, and then sewn together to meet in the middle.

Instructions:

With MC

Ch 31 (41),

Round 1- make 1 sc in the second ch from the hook, make 1 sc in each ch across row. Next, working in a round, make 1 sc in the first unused loop from the other side of the foundation ch, and make 1 sc in each of the rest of the unused loops in the foundation ch. Join with a sl st to the first sc 60 (80 sc) **the photo below shows how it will look when you work around to the other side of the foundation chain. The stitch marker (safety pin) is in the first sc of the round.

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And then this photo below shows what the beginning round will look like once complete and joined to the first sc:

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Round 2- ch 1, make 1 sc in each of the sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc 60 (80 sc)

Repeat Round 2, following the color pattern (you are free to do your own color pattern, but this is the color pattern I made):

Child sized purse:

Rounds 3-4- MC

Rounds 5-6- CC

Rounds 7-10- MC

Rounds 11-12- CC

Rounds 13-16- MC

Rounds 17-18- CC

Rounds 19- 22- MC

Rounds 23- 24- CC

Rounds 25- 28- MC

Adult sized purse:

Rounds 3-4-  MC

Rounds 5-6- CCA

Rounds 7-10-  MC

Rounds 11- 12- CCB

Rounds 13- 16- MC

Rounds 17- 18- CCC

Rounds 19- 22- MC

Rounds 23- 24- CCA

Rounds 25- 28- MC

Rounds 29- 30- CCB

Rounds 31- 34- MC

Rounds 35- 36- CCC

Rounds 37- 40- MC

At the end of Round 28 (40) fasten off.

Strap:

Flattening the bag, find the middle sc of the edge on both sides of the bag (see photo below).  Place markers 3 (4) sts over on either side of the flattened edge [so there will be 4 (6) scs between the 2 markers]. Do the same with the other side edge of the bag. These markers are where you will begin the straps.

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**Next, with RS of the bag facing, attach MC in the first sc to the left of the first marker. Make 1 sc in the same st, and 1 sc in each of the next 3 (5) sc up to the next marker. Ch 1, turn (leaving the remaining of the sts unworked). This will give you 4 (6) sc’s to work across.

Next- make 1 sc in each of the sc across the row, ch 1, turn – 4 sc (6 sc). The photo below shows what the beginning of the strap will look like.

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Repeat this last row until the strap is approximately 11 (22) inches long (or whatever your strap length preference is).**  This will make the first half of the strap. When you have you reached the right length, fasten off and then follow the instructions from ** to **  for the second half of the strap. At the end of the second strap, fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail. Use this yarn tail to sew the 2 strap halves together.

Trim- at the base of the strap, in the first unworked sc of round 28 (40), attach MC. Work a sl st in the first sc (place a marker in this sl st) and in each sc across the top of the purse opening, and around the edge of the strap (one sl st in the edge of each sc row of the strap) to the st marker. Join with a sl st to the first sl st and fasten off. Repeat this on the other side of the purse.

Tie in all loose ends. If you are making a lining, you do not have to worry about tying in the loose ends from the color changes of the body of the purse. The lining will hide this “mess”. However, be sure to tie in the loose ends of yarn around the top opening of the purse.

Lining-

Since this is my first time lining a bag (following instructions anyhow, lol), I looked up how to do it online. I found a very simple photo tutorial on Craftsy and followed it. You can use this tutorial too, by clicking HERE. I did do a couple of things extra/different:

In the first step of sewing the lining seams, after I folded the lining, and before sewing, I ironed the folded edge to help keep it in place while sewing, in addition to pinning it in place.

Also, since my bag doesn’t have any real depth (only a 1/2 inch), I skipped the optional step of sewing a boxed corner.

Here is a photo of what my bag with lining looks like:

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And a photo of Olivia wearing her purse. Olivia’s purse is not lined, yet. But the instructions for the child-sized purse lining are the same as the larger purse.

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UPDATE: JUNE 24, 2018

I found a really cute fabric for Olivia’s purse yesterday, My Little Pony, and last night I sewed it in for the lining:

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