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Cosmetic Bag Crocheted from Bread Bags

Posted on January 3, 2008

Here’s my little cosmetic bag I crocheted from old recycled bread bags. I’ve had this on my to-do list for quite a while and finally got it done.

Here is a picture taken with the flap open.

Here is the bottom of the bag.

This very durable cosmetic bag can hold several things and easily fit into your purse or overnight bag. Below you will find the free pattern for this bread bag project. If you don’t want to use bread bags, just substitute plastic bags for your cosmetic bag.
Pattern for Crocheted Cosmetic Bag

Materials needed:
One ball of plastic bread bags cut into 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch strips
Approx. 15-18 bags
One small button

Hook: N (9 mm) size metal crochet hook

Description: Cosmetic Bag
Bag measures 6 inches wide and 4 inches long with 2-1/2 incches bottom

Ch 11

Rnd 1
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea chain st down to end. Work 2 Hdc in end st, 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 2
Hdc in each st around to first end, work 2 Hdc in the two end sts, then Hdc in ea st to other end, then work 2 Hdc in the two end sts. Do not join at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc’s in rounds as this creates a seamless bag.

Rnd 3
Hdc in each st around to first end, work 2 Hdc in the three end sts, then Hdc in ea st to other end, then work 2 Hdc in the three end sts.

Rnd 4-7
Hdc in ea st around to beginning of rnd. Repeat to 7 rnds by working 1 hdc in ea st. End at side of bag.
(Form bottom flat after rnd 4 to create flat area for the bottom of bag. Just use your fingers to press down to make your flat bottom on bag.)

Row 8-11
Starting at side of bag, Ch 2, turn. Hdc in ea st across back only to create flap for bag.

Row 12-17
Ch 2, turn, work 1 Hdc over next 2 sts, (1 dec. made.) Hdc in ea st to last 2 sts of row, work 1 Hdc over last 2 sts (1 dec. made.)

Row 18
Ch 2, turn, work 1 Hdc over next 2 sts, (1 dec. made), Hdc in ea st to center st of bag. Skip center st, then Hdc in ea st to last 2 sts. Work 1 Hdc over last 2 sts of row (1 dec. made.)

Row 19
Ch 1, turn, Sc in ea st across to make smooth edge on bag flap. Finish off.

Sew a small button on front under buttonhole at center.

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

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

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. ©2008

****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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12 Responses to “Cosmetic Bag Crocheted from Bread Bags”

  1. rebecca
    Jan 03, 2008

    Cindy, you are certainly very creative. Hope you’re new year was wonderful. I’ve done a lot of crocheting, but only with yarn.

  2. meghnak
    Jan 05, 2008

    Hi Cindy,
    This is so gorgeous or lovely I’d say. Happy new Year to you and hope you have a good time blogging this year too. Keep smiling 😀

  3. Stephanie
    Jan 06, 2008

    Another lovely creation Cindy!

  4. Dennise
    Jan 06, 2008

    Do you cut the bags the same way as the plastic grocery bags?

  5. Cindy
    Jan 06, 2008

    Yes I cut and loop them the same as my plastic bag yarn tutorial. I did cut these about 1/2 or so wide as the plastic is harder to work with due to the thickness of bread bags. Good luck and thank you for your interest in recycled crafts.

  6. cathie filian
    Jan 07, 2008

    Love the bag! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love re-crafting and can tell that you do too!
    Have a crafty day,

  7. Lesalicious
    Jan 08, 2008

    Great bag oh so colorful and cute.:)

  8. Wonderful bit of artwork! Very crafty!

  9. Azura
    Jan 22, 2008

    This bag is gorgeous, my mum who is an avid “chrocheteer”(thats what I call her) said this is lovely .
    BTW , very nice blog you have and what a creative person you are!

    Feb 08, 2008

    It’s lovely a lot
    i give you a award, is in my blog

  11. Crowette Jenny
    Apr 11, 2009

    What an innovative ,crafty bod you are! My word ,to think I threw all those bags into the rubbish,destroying our environment.You are an “Environmental Warrior”.Lets use craft to savethe world.

  12. Regina
    Sep 04, 2010

    How precious! What a neat way to use those bread bags! THANKS!

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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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