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In California, it is starting to get pretty warm already. And when it get so nice and warm, I all I want to do is go outside and get inspired by nature when crocheting. Then I realized I also needed a new shoulder bag, but instead of buying one, I made one for myself.

I added a flower which was inspiration from my garden. But instead of using the normal flower colors, I used a beautiful green metallic yarn. The reason for using green, you asked?  Well, I decided to mix the color of grass with a flower. And I love it. It makes it special, because I never seen a green flower so.

Well, before I explain and list how I made this flower shoulder bag, I would like to also mentioned that I added a zipper while crocheting, for which I included a video below. So if you have never attached a zipper while crocheting, please check out this video on the bottom of this pattern.

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You will need:

Gauge:

4 hdc x 3 rows =1 square inch

Stitches used:

  • Half double crochet = hdc
  • Single crochet = sc
  • Slip Stitch = sl st
  • hdc in BLO (back loop only) and FLO (front loop only)

Instructions:

Start with the Strata yarn

Ch 60, sl st to first chain to make a circle, Ch 1

Be sure to use a stitch marker now so, as you are going in continues rounds without using a sl st till the end.

Round 1-23: 1 hdc in each st all around

***Stop here, but do not sl st, we are preparing the zipper now so we can include it in the last round.

 

Outside of the Flower Shoulder Bag
After finishing all the rounds, it looks like this. This is where you stop, as you will prepare the zipper now, so it can be added for the last round.

 

Inside of the Flower Shoulder Bag
The picture shows how the inside of the bag looks like. If you like that side better, you use that as the outside, but I left it the way I had it.

Prepare the zipper:

Using the cotton thread (make it double thread) and a threading needle sew all the way around the zipper a straight line (26 on the elongated sides, and 2 on each side on the shorter sides), like the pictures show below.

Preparing zipper for Flower Shoulder Bag
100% Cotton thread, threading needle, and 9 inch zipper
Prepared zipper for Flower Shoulder Bag
Zipper opening

 

Prepared zipper for Flower Shoulder Bag
Zipper end
Prepared zipper for Flower Shoulder Bag
Back side of the zipper

 

Now adding the zipper while crocheting:

Now add the zipper while crocheting the last round of the bag. Switch to the 2.25mm hook as that makes it easier to go thru the thread on the zipper.

Keep crocheting cdc’s in each stitch. So to add the hdc with the zipper, do this: yo, insert hook thru the stitch, insert hook thru the thread stitch, yo, pull the yarn thru both the thread and yarn stitch, yo, pull thru all 3 loops.

Start adding the zipper on the zipper opening. 1 hdc in each of the thread stitches and yarn stitches (60 in total).

Do this all the way around. But place 2 hdc in each of the 2 sides thread stitches, such that you have 4 hdc’s on each the zipper opening and the end part of the zipper.

You should finish on one of the sides of the bag (zipper opening), you will now add the shoulder strap.

Pictures to show better how to add the zipper while crocheting:

Adding the zipper to the Flower Shoulder Bag
YO, insert the hook thru the stitch and the thread stitch, yo, pull thru the thread stitch and the yarn stitch
Adding the zipper while crocheting the Flower Shoulder Bag
Now you have 3 loops on your hook as you normally do for a hdc. To finish the hdc, yo and pull thru all three loops

 

After adding the zipper to the Flower Shoulder Bag
After adding the zipper to the Flower Shoulder Bag

If the zipper feels too loose on the yarn, use superglue or hot glue to secure it tighter!

To add the shoulder strap, do the following:

Row 1: place 4 sc exactly where the zipper opening is, Ch 1, turn

Row 2-36: 4 sc, Ch 1, turn

If you like the shoulder strap to be longer, just do more rows. I made it bit shorter, because when you add items into the bag, it will be pull down and therefore stretch a bit. So you should consider that when elongating the strap.

Slip stitch the shoulder strap to the end side of the zipper area.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

 

Adding the inside pocket:

Turn the bag inside out.

Ch 16

Row 1: 1 sc in the second ch from the hook as well as the the 3rd loop of the hdc that was created when crocheting the bag (start on the 7th round from the bottom). See picture if you do not know what I mean. Do you see the wavy horizontal lines? Those are the 3rd loops of the hdc’s.

Repeat the process, by placing 1 sc in each ch as well as the 3rd loop of the hdc from the bag, Ch 1 , turn

Adding the pocket to the Flower Shoulder Bag
Crocheting the first row of the inside pocket

 

Inside pocket of Flower Shoulder Bag
After adding the first row onto the bag

Row 2-16: 1 sc in each stitch across, Ch 1 , turn

Inside pocket of Flower Shoulder Bag
After you finished all the rows for the inside pocket, it will look like this.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing the sides on the bag. Again use the 3rd loop of the cdc’s from the bag vertically up and down to sew the sides onto the bag and in order not to have to cut the yarn for the opposite side, just weave the yarn thru the bottom part and work your way up the other side. See the picture below for a better idea how to do the pocket and how to sew it onto the bag.

 

Inside pocket of Flower Shoulder Bag
Right side sewn onto the bag

 

Inside pocket of Flower Shoulder Bag
Weaving yarn needle thru to the other side, so it can be sewn on.

 

Inside pocket of the Flower Shoulder Bag
Left side sewn onto the bag

Closing the bottom of the bag

In order to close the bottom of the bag, turn the bag inside out (unless you already have it inside out) and sew from one side to the other side. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Closing the bottom of the Flower Shoulder Bag
Closing the bottom of the bag
Closing the bottom of the Flower Shoulder Bag
Closing the bottom of the bag

 

Closing the Flower Shoulder Bag
After closing the bottom of the bag

Now turn in it the right way around again.

View inside the Flower Shoulder Bag
Here I show you how the pocket now looks like empty
View inside the Flower Shoulder Bag
Here I show you how the pocket now looks like with my phone inside

 

 

To add the strings to the bag, do the following:

Use the same yarn (aran), cut 25 pieces of about 23 inches long.

Now to add one string, fold it in half and pull it thru the top left corner (see picture), now pull both strings thru and pull tide, like shown below.

Adding the strings to the Flower Shoulder Bag
To add on string, fold one in half and pull it thru the top left corner
Adding the strings to the Flower Shoulder Bag
Pull both strings thru
Adding the strings to the Flower Shoulder Bag
Pull both strings tide

 

Add more strings so they create a funnel/triangle, as seen on the picture below.

Adding the strings to the Flower Shoulder Bag
All strings attached (12 on each side, plus the tip, equals 25 strings)

To cut the yarn strings all the same length, do as I show in the pictures below:

Adding the strings to the Flower Shoulder Bag
Cutting the yarn strings the same length
Adding the strings to the Flower Shoulder Bag
After cutting the strings the same length

 

 

Now, it is time to add the flower. If you do not want to put a flower on it, you, of course, do not have to. This just gives it a focus point and something special to look at.

 

To add the flower do the following:

Using the Patron yarn

Round 1: Make a magic ring, Ch 1 and crochet 10 hdc’s into the ring, pull tide, sl st to the first st

Round 2: Using the front loop only, place 2 hdc’s in the first st, *sl st to the next st, 2 hdc in the same st, repeat from * all around

Round 3: Using now the back loop only of the created round 1, place 2 hdc in each stitch all the way around, sl st to the first st

Round 4: Using the front loop only, place 2 hdc’s in the first st, *sl st to the next st, 2 hdc in the same st, repeat from * all around

Round 5: Using now the back loop only of the created round 1, place 2 hdc in the first stitch, place 1 hdc in the next st, *2 hdc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st, repeat from * all the way around, sl st to the first st

Round 6: Using now both loops, place 2 hdc’s in the first st, *sl st to the next st, 2 hdc in the same st, repeat from * all around

Fasten off and use the yarn to tie it to the bag where you would like the flower. Also use the same yarn to add a yellow Botton to the center of the flower.

Flower Shoulder Bag
Flower Shoulder Bag

Congratulations, you now finished your Flower Shoulder Bag.

Don’t you love it? It is just so beautiful, functional and elegant.

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Flower Shoulder Bag – Free Crochet Pattern was last modified: July 12th, 2017 by Nicole Riley

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5 thoughts on “Flower Shoulder Bag – Free Crochet Pattern”

  1. Lovely bag, easy pattern to follow, waiting for some beads to add to tassels. Did a different flower as I found this one difficult to follow.

  2. Hi Nicky. It would be sturdier and neater if you crochet around the zipper with a sharp hook/crewel needle and the same yarn for the project with slip stitches and crochet the sl st to the body of the bag where the zipper is intended to be. That way the zipper lays flat across the body of the bag and it wont move around when it is opened/closed. The bag is awesome. Thank you for the pattern. Would try this after I get some control over the ever growing chunk of WIPs. xoxo from India

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