Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

This Stars and Stripes Bag is super easy to make and is very special as you can change its size and colors as you wish. I marked and mention below how to do just that.

I used my absolute favorite yarn for this project which is the Premiers yarns Deborah Norville collection yarns.  It is super soft and easy to use. You could use Caron Simply Soft yarn, but the feel will be different.

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Furthermore, I used only 3 different crochet stitches, two of which you would need to know how to increase and decrease the stitches. But that is super easy.

Make sure you also check out my most popular crochet pattern for a bag, which is the Multipurpose Crochet Bag.

Now let’s get started and let me explain to you how you can change the colors and size of the bag before I actually explain to you how to make the bag.

I created this bag by keeping in mind that crocheters could and even would change the colors of this bag to accommodated their current needs, whether it was for a special person you love, for Christmas, for people who love the rainbow (or unicorns :-D), or for any other event with any other color combination. It even would work for almost any country and their colors.

In order to make it easier for some to decide their color combination, I created some picture with ideas below. I even added on blank one that you could use to create your own version.

I did make the picture ideas so you can see the parallelogram that would be made into a square later. But still added the extension on top. Of course, the bag will be a square in the end.

Again, these are just ideas. If you have your own version of color combinations and you would like to share it with me, please let me know in the comments below and I might also add your version as an example.

 

 

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern
1. Rainbow theme 2. US Flag theme 3. Christmas Tree theme 4. Heart/ Love/ Valentine’s Day theme 5. Peppermint Christmas theme 6. German Flag theme 7. Christmas with Stars theme 8. Blank theme

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

Furthermore, I created the bag in a way that you could easily change the size of it. So, all you need to do is change the number marked in bold by either increasing or decreasing the number.

So here I will explain the pattern for the Stars and Strips Bag I created using this template for the 4th of July/ US Flag.
Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

 

You will need (click on the item to see which ones I used):

Gauge:

4 sc x 5 rows = 1 square inch

Stitches used (click on a stitch to see the tutorial):

Final size of the bag:

The bag itself is 10.5 (flat in width) x 11.5 (height) inches.

Instructions:

Bag

Start with Red

Row 1:  ch 41, 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and the remaining chains, ch 1, turn (40 sts in total)

Row 2: 1 sc inc, 1 sc in every st until you have 2 remaining, 1 sc dec, change color to white during the last st (do not cut the yarn, just drop it to pick it up later again), ch 1, turn (40 sts)

Row 3: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn (40 sts)

Row 4: 1 sc inc, 1 sc in every st until you have 2 remaining, 1 sc dec, change color to blue during the last st (do not cut the yarn, just drop it to pick it up later again), ch 1, turn (40 sts)

Row 5: Repeat row 3

Row 6: 1 sc inc, 1 sc in every st until you have 2 remaining, 1 sc dec, change color to red during the last st (do not cut the yarn, just drop it to pick it up later again), ch 1, turn (40 sts)

Row 7: Repeat row 3

Row 8-75: repeat rows 2 thru 7, ending with the blue yarn (not changing colors after doing row 4) (40 sts)

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

Fold the parallelogram so it makes a square (see pictures). Now using slip stitches, crochet the first row and the last row together.

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

Do not cut off the yarn for blue (cut the red and white though, leaving enough yarn for weaving in) as you continue with it. Turn the bag right side out so the seam is inside.

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern
Pointing at the seam not being shown from the outside!
Extension of Bag

Now you will work on extending the bag with blue and using the waistcoat stitch.

Round 1: ch 1, 1 sc per row created for the colors red, white and blue (so 2 sc per color) all the way around which creates 75 sc’s

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

Use a stitch marker now, so you know which round you are in as these are now continues rounds with NO slip stitch

Round 2: 1 wst in each stitch all around

Round 3: 1 wst dec, 1 wst in every st until you have 2 remaining, 1 wst dec

Round 4: repeat round 2

Round 5: repeat round 3

Round 6 – 13: repeat round 2

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern
This pictures shows the extension and the strap already (plus where I stopped doing the extension as shown with the stitch marker).
Adding the strap

Now you will work on the strap

Row 1: 1 wst in the next 6 sts, ch 1, turn

Row 2 – 167: repeat row 1

Feel free to shorten or extend the strap as you need or like.

Now using the wst connect the strap to the exact opposite side of the bag having the seam on the inside of the bag.

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern
While creating the seam from inside of the bag – attaching the strap too bag
Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern
Inside view of the seam
Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern
Outside view of the seam

Fasten off and weave in the end.

Closing the bags bottom

Now add the blue yarn on the bottom (which is still open) bag right on one of the “corners” when the bag is flattened out. You will now add one row of single crochets just like you did when you add the extension on the opening of the bag.

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

Round 1: ch 1, 1 sc per row created for the colors red, white and blue (so 2 sc per color) all the way around which creates 75 sc’s

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern  Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

Now flip the bag inside out and close the bottom using single crochets. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

Stars (make 5):

Round 1: Using the white yarn, make a magic ring, ch 1, * 2 sc, 1 ch, repeat from * 4 more times (5 in total), sl st to the first st

Round 2: *Ch 3, 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook, sl st to the chain that was created after you made 2 sc’s in the 1st round, repeat from * 4 more times (total of 5)

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

 


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Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing the stars to the front of the bag where the blue extension was created. Sew them on about equal distance from each other.

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

If you prefer adding stars to the back of the bag also, feel free to do so.

You are now finished with the bag. Be sure to share it with the world on social media 🙂 Thanks!

Stars and Stripes Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Stars and Stripes Bag – Free Crochet Pattern”

  1. Do you have a video tutorial for the bag? Something isn’t coming out correctly and I don’t know why. My bag isn’t the same on both sides, in fact, one side looks like / and the other side looks like \ and there is no way that will allow for a square to be made at the end. The only thing I did was chain 61 stitches instead of 41 because 41 is too small for what I need.
    It also doesn’t help that you didn’t include how many stitches are supposed to be for each row. Is it 40? (or in my case, 60?)
    Do we skip a stitch at the beginning of each row, or do we start right at the very first chain of the row (not the turning chain)?

    1. Hi Kayla,

      I am sorry I was not clear, I did mention that it is 40 stitch in total. The reason I did not repeat the total number is because I assumed one can see it is still 40 stitches after every row even on the rows where you have 1 sc dec and 1 sc inc. I now added it to the pattern to make it more clear. In regards to the making it square, you will need to make the it longer before making it into a square as you use 60 sts per row instead of the 40, it definitely needs more than 75 rows as I had it written it in the pattern. Also, the direction of the lines will be different in the front and in the bag when looking from the top down (when it is a circle), but should be the same direction when looking at it flat. Please send me pictures (via facebook) if you still have trouble. Thank you for contacting me.

      1. Honestly, I’ve ripped this thing apart like 5 times and it’s ruining my yarn. I’m not getting a square at all and there is no way the shape I’m getting will ever create a square. It’s a cute bag and is perfect for what I’m looking for but I have to pass on this pattern before I ruin more yarn.

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