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Satchel Styled Tote Bag

Posted on June 18, 2010

I am back sharing another free recycled plarn pattern that I created. I used a satchel style strap design in this crocheted tote bag using plastic bags. The white bags are just regular grocery sacks and the pink ones are plastic newspaper bags that I have been getting from my local library. I used the combination to craft this satchel styled tote which I hope you will enjoy.

Best wishes and happy crafting to all!


Satchel Styled Recycled Tote Bag Pattern

Materials needed:
One large ball of plastic bag yarn “Plarn” in white (approx. 40 bags)
Small ball of pink plarn (approx. 20 bags)

Hook: “J” U.S. size metal hook

Description: Tote bag
Bag measures 14” wide and 10” long with 14” handles

Directions:
Using pink plarn, Ch 26.

Rnd 1
Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in ea chain st down to end. Continue around other side of chain by working a Hdc in ea st to other end. Do not connect at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc’s in rounds as this creates a seamless bag.

Rnd 2
Work 2 Hdc in end st (corner), then continue around other side of chain by working a Hdc in ea st to other end then work 2 Hdc in end st.

Rnd 3
Hdc in each st around to first end, work 2 Hdc in ea of the two corner end sts, then Hdc in ea st to other end, then work 2 Hdc in ea of the two corner end sts. (Picture 4 corners on the bag with 2 corners on each end. You work 2 Hdc in ea of the corner sts.)

Rnd 4 – 6
Work 2 Hdc in ea corner st (where you worked 2 Hdc on prior round). Then work Hdc in ea st down to other corner st, work 2 Hdc in ea corner st (where you worked 2 Hdc on prior round). Repeat this for other side and other corners.

Rnd 7
Working in back loops only (Blo), Hdc in ea st around to end st. Work 2 Hdc in ea of the end corner sts. Continue around the other side by working a Hdc in ea st, work 2 Hdc in ea of the end corner sts.

Rnd 8 – 12
Working through both loops now, Hdc in ea st, work 2 Hdc in each of the two corner sts on each end. Repeat for other side and other two corners.

Rnd 13
Hdc in ea st around, ending at side of bag with a Sl St into the last 3 sts. FO pink plarn.

Rnd 14 – 27
Using white plarn, attach at side where you just left off. Ch 1 and Hdc in ea st around. Don’t join but continue working in rounds. FO white at end of round 27 at side of bag with a few Sl Sts to make an even edge.

Rnd 28
Join pink plarn, at side of Ch 1, Hdc around to beginning of bag. Join with Sl St to top of Ch 1.

Rnd 29
Ch 1, Hdc in ea st around. Join with Sl St to top of Ch 1. FO pink.

Handles (Make two)

Row 1
Ch 95 with pink plarn for strap. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea st of chain. Turn and Sc down the back side of chain.

Row 2
Attach strap at bottom lower edge of bag as shown. Sc in ea st and down through both layers of strap and into the bag in the colored area only. When you reach the white area of bag, only Sc in the strap as you do not attach strap to white area of bag. Continue working Sc’s until you reach the top of the bag, work Sc’s into the strap and bag to secure strap to top edge of bag. Then Sc in ea st of handle until you reach the other side. Attach strap to top edge on the other side making sure to match the side you already attached.
Tip: Working along the outside edge of strap, Sc to secure strap to bag. Your sts don’t show in the colored area so you can put your hook over a bit on the bag to really attach ea st of strap securely to the bag.

Row 3
At bottom of strap and bag bottom, turn and Sc thru strap and bag in colored area as you did in row 2 but this time you are working on the inside edge of strap. FO when you reach the other side’s bottom edge of strap.

Make another handle and repeat for other side.

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

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

Abbreviations:
Blo – Back Loops Only
Ch – Chain
FO – Finish Off
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch

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12 Responses to “Satchel Styled Tote Bag”

  1. Ladygoodwood
    Jun 19, 2010

    What a great idea – the world is over-flowing with carrier bags and they take hundreds of years to decompose in landfill. Couldn’t you send this off to one of the environmental charities?

    We were in Mexico earlier this year and we saw Mayan women making really pretty necklaces by cutting, folding and then plaiting magazine paper. They had been sponsored in starting their cottage industry by The Body Shop.

    Your recycled bag addresses the blight of all the bags everywhere, could create enterprise and has a practical use.

    So many great ideas start like this.


  2. Carmen
    Jun 22, 2010

    I love it! I had it on my list to try this idea with the straps going all aroung the bag like so many canvas bags I have in that style…I will file this in my library of things to do!


  3. Stephanie Lynn
    Jun 22, 2010

    What a fantastic idea! These look super fun! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~ Stephanie Lynn
    .-= Stephanie Lynn´s last blog ..Recycled Cereal Box Sunburst Mirror =-.


  4. Michelle
    Jun 22, 2010

    That is a gorgeous bag! I love, love, love it! I’m definitely going to have to give this pattern a try. I’m still working on my first plarn bag, and enjoyed the art of crochet so much that I purchased a few skeins from my local hospice. Thanks for sharing your tremendous talents with us. Peace. :)
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Green Tip | Keep Your Food Fresh With This Simple Gadget =-.


  5. Maris
    Jun 25, 2010

    What a pretty bag! The last time I’ve crocheted something was way back furing my elementary years when I got so addicted to making my doll’s mittens, socks, and cap by crocheting(my mom taught me). It has been quite q while, but I guess that it is sure worth doing again if I were to have a bag this pretty.
    .-= Maris´s last blog ..Welcome the Summer With Chili-Rubbed Chicken =-.


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  8. I’m so excited to see you on Craft Schooling sunday, a really nice surprise!
    Love the bag and thanks for sharing! I been crocheting with up-cycled sheets and just finished a nice sized rug, that I’ll be sharing soon. I was thinking this pattern would be great for sheet yarn (sharn?) too! all the best.


  9. Monica
    Aug 29, 2010

    Hi,

    I love your bags! This one is especially cute. I have made a few plarn bags myself just following regular purse patterns. I am considering lining one of my bags but I’m not really sure the best way to proceed. Do you ever line your plarn purses?

    Thanks

    Monica


  10. Cindy
    Aug 29, 2010

    Monica:
    Yes I have lined many of my bags. Here is my lining picture tutorial that shows how I sew the lining. You can also put a zipper in or a magnetic closure.


  11. Crocheter
    Nov 01, 2011

    Do the corners each get 2 hdc in each? So the first corner has 2hdc then the next row would put 2 hdc in each of the previous row’s 2 hdc for a total of 4 in each, then continuing on so 16 the next row etc?? Thx!


  12. Cindy
    Nov 01, 2011

    @Crocheter:
    I worked just 2 hdc in each corner on each round. I basically pick the corner stitch to work the 2 hdc into. So you have just 2 hdc in each corner on each round. You don’t want to do anymore than that otherwise you wouldn’t have a true corner.

    Hope this helps. Email me back if you need any help with this.



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