Robin Cotton Purse

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I am falling more and more in  love with this chunky cotton yarn.

This purse works up super fast, and it pretty simple to assemble.

I hope you enjoy making yours as much as I enjoyed designing it!

Dimensions

  • Height: 7” (18 cm)
  • Circumference: 32” (81 cm)
  • Strap Length: 14” (36 cm)

Materials

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  • Bernat Handicrafter Chunky
    • I used Grey, Robin’s Egg and Cool Variegated for the pictured purse
      • each panel requires 75 g (2.6 oz), 37 m (41 yds)
      • the edging, sewing and handles require an additional 85 g (3 oz), 42 m (46 yds)
    • you could also use regular worsted (#4) cotton held triple to make this purse
  • 8 mm (L/11)
  • tapestry needle
  • measuring tape
  • scissors

Abbreviations Used – Us crochet Terms

  • st – stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet

Gauge – Not critical, each panel should measure 6” (15 cm) x 12.5” (32 cm) with the edging.

Main Panel

  • make 4 – 1 Grey, 1 Robin’s Egg, 2 Cool Variegated

starting with a slip knot, ch 13

row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, and each ch across (12 st)

row 2: ch 1, turn, sc across. (12 st)

repeat row 2 until your piece measure 10.5” (27 cm)

last row: ch 1, turn, sc in the first 10 st, ch 3 and sl st to the end of the row below

Weave in your ends.

Edging

Join Robin’s Egg yarn in the bottom right hand corner of the panel (shown in the picture), 2 sc in the corner. Work 27 stitches up the long side, place 2 sc in the corner. Work 9 sc along the top, place 3 sc around the ch 3. Work 26 stitches down the other long side, 2 sc in the corner. Work 10 sc along the other side of the starting chain. Join to the first sc.

Weave in your ends.

Assembly

Start by laying out your panels as shown in the picture above. Make sure the holes for your handles are all in the same position (shown by the black circle). You will always start sewing at the black X in the center. Place the right sides together and stitch through the outside loop on both panels.

(RED LINE) Using Robin’s egg yarn, begin to whip stitch the grey and variegated panels together. When you reach the corner at the bottom of the variegated panel, just continue sewing up the side. Once you reach the end of the grey panel, tie off your yarn and begin again at the center.

(BLUE LINE) This time we will attach the blue panel to the variegated panel. Again, starting at the black X in the center, sew your way along the short edge of the blue panel and continue until you reach the end, and fasten off.

(GREEN LINE) Restart sewing again at the center and attach the second variegated panel to the blue panel just like the others.

(PURPLE LINE) Now close your final seam by sewing the second variegated panel to the grey panel

Straps

Determine how long you want the straps on your bag. I like handles on the shorter side, so I went with 30” (76 cm). They shrink down quite a bit, so go longer as opposed to shorter, and you can cut them to whatever length you like. Cut 6 strands of each color. Take 3 of each color and make an overhand knot, leaving and inch or two (3-5 cm) tail.

Thread your yarn through one of the holes in the corner of your panel. You can leave the knot on the inside or outside. Braid your handle, and run the other end through the next hole. Secure it with an overhand knot.

Repeat this process on the other side. Trim your tassels evenly, and weave in any ends you may have left.

If you liked this project and have some yarn leftover, why not check out the Bella Cotton Bag?