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Ribbon Sling Bag

Posted on September 8, 2007

Crochet a cute ribbon sling bag!

This week’s recycled craft project is a crocheted sling bag. The bag is crocheted using recycled plastic bags. Red ribbon was added and tied into a bow at the front. Here is the link to my picture tutorial on how to make your own recycled plastic bag yarn or plarn.

I know many crafters out there are starting their Christmas gifts. This would make a great little gift for any young girl and even as a gift bag. You could fill it up with a few stocking stuffer items and you’d have a wonderful little Christmas package. Anyway just a few ideas that I came up with to use this little bag.

As always here is the free pattern for your use.

Free Crocheted Sling Bag Pattern

Purse measures 9 inches wide and 10-1/2 inches long
Strap length is 35 inches

One ball of recycled plastic bag yarn aka Plarn
2 yards of 1/8″ ribbon or other ribbon leftovers

Hook: Metal N (9 mm) crochet hook

Chain 22

Round 1
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook in each chain to end st. Work 2 Hdc in end st, then continue around the corner and down the back side of chain by working a Hdc in every chain stitch to end. Work 2 Hdc in end st.

Round 2
Hdc in ea st down to end, work 2 Hdc in end st, then continue around working Hdc in ea st down to end. Work 2 Hdc in end st.

Rnd 3-18
Hdc in each st around and do not connect at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc in rounds until 18 rounds are completed. Bag should measure about 8-1/2 inches long at this point.

Rnd 19
Work 1 dec over the first two sts of row at side of bag (work 1 Hdc together over 2 sts to create 1 dec) then Hdc in ea st down to other side of bag. Work 1 dec over 2 sts at side of bag, then Hdc in ea st of remaining rnd.

Rnd 20-22
Repeat rnd 19. Ending at side of bag to begin strap.

Strap: Start strap at side of bag. Ch 45. Attach strap to opposite 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. Make sure your strap is not twisted before attaching the strap end to the opposite side of bag. 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.

Join plarn with a Sl St at top edge of bag at the side. Sk next st, then 3 Dc in the next st, Sk next st, then Sc in next St, Sk next St, then work 3 Dc in next st. Continue in this pattern around top edge of bag to beginning. FO.

Using leftover ribbon, weave twice between shell row and Hdc row and tie a bow. (Tip: I had only very thin ribbon so I wove it through twice, but if you use wider ribbon, you may only want to weave around once.)

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

Ch – Chain
Dec – Decrease
FO – Fasten Off
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
Rnd – Round

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy of 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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15 Responses to “Ribbon Sling Bag”

  1. Sister Diane
    Sep 09, 2007

    This is such a cute bag, and makes such great use of the very type of plastic bag I have in abundance. Thank you so much for sharing all these great patterns – I love your blog!

  2. And Miles To Go....
    Sep 11, 2007

    gorgeous!! My daughter would love to carry that around!!

  3. Millie Smith
    Sep 11, 2007

    Thanks for all the wonderful patterns that you share and what great gifts to give. I sure do enjoy making them. so many people really like what I have made of your patterns. thanks again

  4. Amanda Pace
    Sep 11, 2007

    About how many plastic bags did this take to make? I just need a rough estimate.

    Response from Cindy–

    I didn’t count on this little purse but I would say around 30-38 should be enough. It really depends on your bags and how you cut them. That’s why I don’t like to quote it in the patterns. I hope this helps and puts you in the neighborhood of the number you need. Thanks for visiting my site.

  5. Wanda
    Sep 13, 2007

    Your blog absolutely blows me away! I came here from a link in another blog. I am saving it to favorites and will be visiting regularly. I started my first plastic bag strips project (a tote bag) over a year ago. Reading your blog this morning has inspired me to dig it out of hiding and finish it…um…as soon as I finish up the other projects I have going right now. 😉

  6. Nan Genereux
    Sep 14, 2007

    I know I haven’t commented in awhile, but I still come and visit your blog and see what new ideas you have and what you have been up to, since we seem to share some of the same interests, in recycling. so now I am here to tell you I have been tagged to play a short little game and decided to tag you to see if you might play and maybe learn something new about you, come to my blog for the details.

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  9. Lori
    Nov 17, 2007

    I just made this bag and I LOVE IT!

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  11. Staci
    Apr 21, 2011

    I would never have guessed that bag is made from plastic bags…how fabulous! I’m featuring this in my Earth Day round-up tomorrow!

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  14. Mom Photographer
    Dec 07, 2011

    Love it! I’m making plarn right now and searching for some crochet ideas for bags… . This is awesome! thanks for sharing!

  15. reham
    Mar 18, 2013

    easy and wonderfull.


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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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