The Chevron Stripes Pouch is so fun to make and has such endless color possibilities! Whether you choose two solid colors of yarn, a solid and a variegated yarn, or even make each stripe different colors, your pouch is going to look amazing. You may even have some friends and family members asking for one of their own too! I hope you enjoy making this tapestry crochet pouch!
To make the Chevron Stripes Pouch, you will start by making a chain and crocheting around it to make the base of the bag, then you will add rounds of SC stitches for the height. For the chevron stripes design, I followed a graph that you will see later on in this pattern. Following making the bag, I also added a zipper. This bag is currently unlined, but there are also links at the end of the pattern for a photo and video tutorial on adding a lining to a crocheted bag.
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- Worsted weight yarn – You can use any worsted-weight yarn (cotton or acrylic) for this crochet pouch. The bag in the photo is made with I Love This Cotton yarn in Turquoise and Pink, Teal & Orange Print
- 3.5 mm crochet hook – I honestly love and always use my Clover Amour hooks! You can find them here!
- Tapestry needle to weave in ends
- Sewing needle and thread to sew on the zipper.
- Zipper – I used a 7-inch zipper, but you could use any length depending on the size of bag you are making. It’s easy to cut a longer zipper if you don’t need the whole length.
- Optional: If you’d like to line your bag, you’ll need some fabric.
- Ch – chain
- Sl St – slip stitch
- SC – single crochet
- When finished, this zip-up pouch measures approximately 7” wide and 5” tall.
- Gauge is not important for this bag, but as a guide for size references, 2 inches square is equal to approximately 9 rows of 10 SC stitches
- Joined Rounds–At the end of each round, you will be joining the last stitch of the round to the first one with a slip stitch. Then you will chain 1 and start the next round in the same stitch. This will create a more hidden seam. Chain 1 stitches do not count towards stitch count.
- Color Changes – you will be chaining colors often in this pattern and carrying the colors you are not using along with you under your stitches. To change colors, complete the last single crochet in the first color up until the last yarn over. Yarn over with the new color and pull through last step of the single crochet stitch. So, your SC will go like this: insert hook into last stitch in the first color, pull up a loop, yarn over with the new color, pull through all loops on hook. Now you will be working in the new color until you change colors again. I have a video tutorial for making color changes in tapestry crochet here.
- Tapestry Crochet Tips – You will be carrying the inactive yarn colors behind the active yarn you are using. Try to keep your tension a little on the tighter side to help keep the stitches tightly together and hide the yarn you are carrying from showing between the stitches. The smaller hook size helps with this too. I have included a color change photo and video tutorial below to help you make smooth color changes. If the first stitch of the next round is in the new color, you will complete the color change in the last stitch of the round before joining.
Tapestry Crochet Chevron Stripes Graph
Below is the graph that I created for the zigzag pattern on the Chevron Stripes Pouch for this zip-up pouch. Each box counts as one SC stitch. You will need a main color for most of the bag and then an accent color for the stripes. First, you will start by working the first round of the pattern for the bag base and then you will start the first row of the graph.
The graph can be used as a guide so that you know what your repeat is for the round you are working on and how each end starts and ends. It will be easy to follow. You can also continue the pattern longer or taller if you would like to make a larger bag.
To read this graph, you will be starting at the bottom and working your way upwards (from right to left or left to right).
With the graph being 70 stitches wide, it’s kind of tiny and might be hard to read for you, depending on the device you are using. Basically you are repeating the section below for a total of 5 times to create the pattern.
Bag Base: In main color, chain 34, SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each stitch across, make 4 SC in last stitch. Now, working on the other side of the chain, SC in each stitch across, make 3 SC in last stitch (this will be in the same stitch as your starting SC). Join to first SC with a slip stitch, Ch 1. (70)
Now we will start the graph and the chevron pattern with round 1 of the pattern and row 1 of the graph.
Rounds 1-20: Work these rounds in the back loops only. SC in each stitch around. Join, Ch 1. (70)
*You will be using the graph above for the color change pattern needed to create the chevron stripes. I have also written out the color instructions for each round just in case you find that helpful.
To make the same bag as in the photo, A = Turquoise, B=Pink/Teal/Orange variegated yarn
Round 1: 1 A, *4 B, 4 A, 4 B, 2 A. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then, 4 B, 4 A, 4 B, 1 A
Round 2: 2 A, *4 B, 2 A, 4 B, 4 A. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 4 B, 2 A, 4 B, 2 A
Round 3: 1 B, *2 A, 8 B, 2 A, 2 B. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 2 A, 8 B, 2 A, 1 B
Round 4: 2 B, *2 A, 6 B, 2 A, 4 B. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 2 A, 6 B, 2 A, 2 B
Round 5: 3 B, *2 A, 4 B, 2 A, 6 B. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 2 A, 4 B, 2 A, 3 B
Round 6: 4 B, *2 A, 2 B, 2 A, 8 B. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 2 A, 2 B, 2 A, 4 B
Round 7: 1 A, *4 B, 4 A, 4 B, 2 A. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then, 4 B, 4 A, 4 B, 1 A
Round 8: 2 A, *4 B, 2 A, 4 B, 4 A. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 4 B, 2 A, 4 B, 2 A
Round 9: 1 B, *2 A, 8 B, 2 A, 2 B. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 2 A, 8 B, 2 A, 1 B
Round 10: 2 B, *2 A, 6 B, 2 A, 4 B. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 2 A, 6 B, 2 A, 2 B
Round 11: 3 B, *2 A, 4 B, 2 A, 6 B. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 2 A, 4 B, 2 A, 3 B
Round 12: 4 B, *2 A, 2 B, 2 A, 8 B. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 2 A, 2 B, 2 A, 4 B
Round 13: 1 A, *4 B, 4 A, 4 B, 2 A. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then, 4 B, 4 A, 4 B, 1 A
Round 14: 2 A, *4 B, 2 A, 4 B, 4 A. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 4 B, 2 A, 4 B, 2 A
Round 15: 1 B, *2 A, 8 B, 2 A, 2 B. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 2 A, 8 B, 2 A, 1 B
Round 16: 2 B, *2 A, 6 B, 2 A, 4 B. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 2 A, 6 B, 2 A, 2 B
Round 17: 3 B, *2 A, 4 B, 2 A, 6 B. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 2 A, 4 B, 2 A, 3 B
Round 18: 4 B, *2 A, 2 B, 2 A, 8 B. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 2 A, 2 B, 2 A, 4 B
Round 19: 1 A, *4 B, 4 A, 4 B, 2 A. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then, 4 B, 4 A, 4 B, 1 A
Round 20: 2 A, *4 B, 2 A, 4 B, 4 A. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then 4 B, 2 A, 4 B, 2 A
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Now you have made the crochet bag portion of this pattern. If you’d like to add a zipper and/or a liner to your chevron stripes pouch, continue to the instructions below (or you can add the zipper and/or liner using any technique that works for you).
How to Sew on the Zipper
There are also written instructions below with a few photos. If you need more detail than the photos provide, be sure to check out the video. The only difference is that in the video I use yarn and a yarn needle, whereas for this heart pouch a sewing needle and thread are used.
First, you will need a zipper long enough for the bag you made. If the zipper is too long, you can measure how much you need and then cut off the remaining length but leaving enough left so you still have some to tuck in the bag and sew around. If you cut your zipper, be sure to put a couple stitches across the teeth closer to the end so that the zipper doesn’t fall off while you’re sewing.
I used a sewing needle and thread to match the zipper. You will see the stitches in the zipper a little on the inside of the bag; however, if you pull the thread tight between each stitch, you will not see any of the thread on the outside of the bag (even if the color doesn’t match the bag). Thread is thin enough that it hides well under the crochet stitches.
To start, I overlapped the two fabric pieces at each end of the zipper and put a few stitches through it to keep them together. Then I lined up the zipper at one end of my bag and made a few stitches to secure it. Next, you will continue making stitches along the zipper to attach it to your bag. Insert your yarn needle in and out of each crochet stitch around the top of the bag, passing through the zipper fabric with each stitch. To keep the stitches invisible on the outside of the bag, I worked my stitches right under the loops of the last SC round at the top of the bag.
*You’ll need to decide how high you want to sew your zipper, depending on how much of the zipper you want to see at the top of your bag or if you like a more hidden zipper.
After you make a few stitches, it is easier if you open the zipper to make it easer to hold and line up your stitches. When you get to the end, add a few extra stitches around the end and then continue along the other side of the bag. Finish off by adding a few stitches at the end of the zipper where you started and then secure and cut the yarn tails.
If you’d like to add a lining to your Chevron Stripes Pouch, continue to the instructions below (photos from a different tapestry crochet pouch pattern on my blog).
How to Sew on the Lining (optional)
I made a video tutorial to help show you how to sew a lining inside a crochet bag. You can find the video on my YouTube channel HERE. There are also written instructions below with a few photos. If you need more detail than the photos provide, be sure to check out the video.
To sew the lining, you will need a sewing needle, thread (I used white) and fabric. First, you will be cutting the fabric and preparing the bag liner. To do this, start by measuring your bag. Add about 1.5-2 inches to the bag width and double your bag height and then add about 1.5 inches to this measurement. These are the dimensions of the piece of fabric that you’ll need to cut. For example, my bag measured about 6.25 inches wide and 3.5 inches tall. Therefore, I cut a piece of fabric that measured about 8 inches wide by 8.5 inches tall.
Start by folding the fabric in half, keeping the right side of the fabric on the inside. Then, using the bag width as a guide, make a small fold in each side and then sew up the sides. The liner should be about the same width as your bag.
Next, fold the top of the lining down about half an inch to an inch and then fit the liner into the bag. You can adjust how much the top of folded down when it’s in the bag. I lined up the top of the liner just over the stitches I made from sewing on the zipper. You may want pin the liner in place for easier sewing.
Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end of your thread. I kept my thread doubled so it was sturdier. Starting at one end of the bag, insert your needle in the lining and pull through to the knot. I hid the tail behind the lining, between the lining and the bag. Sew on the lining by sewing slip stitches passing through the liner and then in and out of the zipper fabric, and then back into the liner fabric. Make sure that your stitches through the zipper are below the crochet stitches on the other side. This is to ensure that they will be hidden and not visible on the outside of the bag. Continue making stitches around the whole bag before tying off and cutting your thread.
That’s it! You’re all finished! You should now have a beautiful and super cute crochet pouch with a zipper and a lining. Now you can have fun finding things to put inside! 😉
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