These little zip-up bags/pouches were super fun to make and are very handy for storing items. The first bag I made was the perfect size for storing my crochet hooks. My second bag is a little larger, but my almost 4 year old daughter already has her eyes on it for a purse (maybe I’ll even add an arm strap for her).
To make these bags, I started by crocheting around a zipper and then adding rows of half double crochet stitches before closing the bottom to finish off. You can make this bag in any size, depending on the length of zipper and the number of rows of HDC stitches.
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- Worsted weight yarn – You can use any worsted-weight yarn for this project. Here is what I used for my bags:
- Zipper – I used a 7 inch long zipper, but you could use any length.
- 3.5mm (E-4) crochet hook (Psssssst!! You can buy a set of Clover Amour hooks on sale on Amazon right now! This is a great deal!!)
- Yarn needle
- Optional: To make the holes in the zipper fabric, I used this Fiskars Contour Rotary Cutter with this skip-stitch cutting blade. This is a quick and easy way to cut even holes in fabric to crochet around. The blade I have cuts holes that are ¼ inch apart. As an alternative, you can also achieve this by using a ruler and a pen to make marks on the fabric and then use a blade or a needle to poke the holes through. If you are using the cutter for this project, having a self-healing cutting mat is super handy!
- Ch – chain
- Sl St – slip stitch
- SC – single crochet
- HDC – half double crochet
- Joining – at the end of each round, be sure to join by making your slip stitch in the top of the first stitch of the round, instead of in the chain space. This will create a more hidden seam.
- Starting each round – start each round in the same stitch as the chain 2. Do not skip to the next stitch.
- Color Changes – change colors at the end of the round before joining. Complete last half double crochet of the round until the last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and pull through last step of the half double crochet stitch. So your HDC will go like this: yarn over, insert hook into last stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over with new color, pull through all loops on hook.
**Note – there are no stitch counts in this pattern due to there being different possibilities in sizes for these bags. Different lengths of zippers may be used, more rows can be added, the holes on your zipper may not be the same distance apart as mine, etc.
Step 1: Cut holes in the zipper and crochet around
If you are using the rotary cutting blade, start at one end of the zipper and glide the cutter along the zipper fabric until you are at the other end. Repeat on the other side of the zipper. Make sure you start in the same place on each side of the zipper so that the holes line up. It will make your stitches look nice and even if they match up with the stitches on the other side.
If you do not have a cutter blade, you can use a ruler and a small blade or your yarn needle to poke holes. My cutter cuts little holes/slits ¼ inch apart.
Step 2: Join yarn and single crochet around the zipper.
Next, you will need to insert your hook into a hole at the end of the zipper part and pull up a loop of yarn. Chain 1 and make 2 single crochet stitches in the same hole as the chain 1.
Continue to make 2 single crochet stitches in each hole across one side of the zipper.
When you get just past the zipper, you will need to cross to the other side of the fabric to continue your single crochet stitches. To do this, insert your hook into the next hole that lines up on the other side of the zipper, pull up a loop and make your single crochet. Remember to do 2 single crochet stitches in this hole and in each hole across to the other end of the zipper fabric.
Continue to the other side of the fabric, just past the end of the zipper part. I went one hole past the one that lines up. Now, insert your hook into the next hole on the other side, make your single crochet plus one more single crochet in that hole. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the 1st single crochet of the round and chain 2 (make sure you are joining in the SC stitch and not in the Ch 1 space of the pervious round).
Step 3: Crochet as many rows needed to get your desired size of bag.
Now that you are finished the first (and most difficult) part of this pattern, it is easy from here to the end! I promise! Now you are just going to make as many rounds of half double crochet stitches as you need to reach the size of bag you desire.
After you join to the top of the first SC of the first round and chain 2, you are going to make one HDC in each stitch around (starting in the same stitch as the Ch 2). When you get to the end, join to the top of your first HDC stitch and Ch 2, then start your next round of HDC stitches. Repeat, changing colors as needed to achieve your desired look. For my bags, I changed colors every 2 rows of HDC stitches.
After completing a couple rows of HDC stitches, I flipped my bag inside out to stitch together the zipper ends so they don’t stick out. It is easier to do this before your bag gets too big. Use your yarn needle to sew around each end of the zipper fabric to keep it together and from poking out the ends.
Step 4: Sew the bottom of the bag closed.
When you have reached the desired size of bag, join with a slip stitch to the top of your first HDC of the round and fasten off leaving a long tail to sew bag closed.
When you fasten off, because the seam moves a bit, your end might not match up with the side of the bag. Use your yarn needle and weave the yarn through behind your stitches until you are at the corner of the bag.
To sew the bottom of the bag closed, use your yarn needle and sew around the outer loops of each stitch. I used a whip stitch to close my bags. When you get to the end, weave in the tail and you are ALL DONE!
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