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Crocheted Plastic Wristlet Bag

Posted on August 18, 2007


Crochet yourself this cute summer wristlet purse. Wristlet purses have gotten very popular lately and I wanted to get one crafted using recycled materials before summer was over. This purse was crocheted using recycled plastic grocery bags. It’s a quick little purse that is just right for a summer outing or as a great gift idea.

As always, here is the free recycled pattern. I hope you’re enjoying my recycled patterns and if you have a moment, please post a comment or drop me a note at my contact link above. I love to hear from other crafters. Enjoy!


Free Recycled Plastic Wristlet Bag Pattern

Purse measures 6 inches wide and 5 inches long.
Strap length is 14 inches.

Material: One ball of plastic bags cut into 1 inch strips.
One button – 1/2″ shown on bag.

Hook: Metal N (9 mm) crochet hook

Chain 16

Rnd 1
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook in each chain.
Continue around the corner and down the back side of chain by working a Hdc in every chain stitch.

Rnd 2-9
Hdc in each st around and do not connect at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc in rounds.

At desired length of main body of purse, stop doing rounds at side mark of purse. (Then only Hdc across back side of purse to create flap for purse.)

Row 10
Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across back half of purse for flap.

Row 11-13
Ch 2, turn. Hdc across row. Mark center st of flap.

Row 14
Ch 2, turn. Hdc across to center st. Work Hdc in center st, Ch 1, Hdc in next st and in ea st of remaining row.

Row 15
Ch 2, turn. Hdc across to center space for button. Work 4 Hdc in center sp and then Hdc in ea remaining st of row.

Fasten off and weave ends under on inside of the bag.

Strap: Create strap by attaching your plarn yarn with a Sl St to spot where you want to start strap on side of purse next to flap. Chain 32. Attach strap in stitch next to beginning st at side of purse with a Sl St. Turn and work back up the chain by working a Sc around the chain until you get back to opposite end of strap handle. Adjust your Sc stitches around chain as needed to provide a smooth strap for your bag. The Sc’s slide a bit and this allows for you to adjust your stitches as needed. Attach your yarn with a Sl St next to the st where you started the strap. Fasten off and weave ends under on inside of the bag.

Sew button on purse under buttonhole space.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
Sm – Same

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy at My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use is permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable. ©2007

****Please do not copy my patterns on your blog site or post my patterns on Internet sites. I do not allow my patterns to be republished without expressed written permission. Posting of my patterns, without written permission is in violation of my copyrights and is content theft.

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10 Responses to “Crocheted Plastic Wristlet Bag”

  1. Silvia
    Aug 19, 2007

    What a great project!

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  3. kwrenb
    Aug 21, 2007

    What a clever site! This is going into my craft blogs folder!

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  6. pam
    Oct 08, 2007

    Hello, Not sure if this is a site just to look in or a site where you can find patterns. I enjoy crocheting and I like surfing the web in hunt of something different to try my hand at. I found crocheting with plastic bags, but I don’t know how to get the patterns to come up. But, then like I said maybe their just for lookin at. Thanks, Pam

  7. reviews
    Nov 14, 2007

    Hi, just surfed in. I enjoyed looking around your web site. This site has been very useful to me so far and I have barely scrathed the surface of it.

  8. Laura
    May 14, 2008

    Your ideas have completely galvanized my friends and acquaintances! Some mornings I come into the office and there is a stack of neatly folded plastic bags waiting for me! My mother sent me a box of bags! And one friend’s daughter is actually actively shopping only at stores that has “interesting” bags!!! My crafts room is starting to resemble a warehouse! Thank you!

  9. 2thfairyLori
    May 09, 2009

    This, along with many of your other patterns, are so cute, easy & economical. I work for an Orthodontist and want to make these for our patients. Orthodontic retainer case bags will be handy for kids (and adults) to keep their cases handy so they won’t lose those expensive retainers!

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Hello, I’m Cindy or aka RecycleCindy. Welcome to my blog site that is dedicated to recycling and crafting. I love to crochet and create crafts and other useful things from recycled materials. I share many free tutorials and patterns for creating recycled projects as well as other handmade items.

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