Little Red Felted Make-up Bag

Jan 24, 2010
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Merri Purdy


This is a very easy beginner bag to make, especially if you have never made a crocheted felted bag before. I made this as a gift for a friend. 

Materials List

1 skein (4 oz) Lamb's Pride Worsted Weight 85%Wool/15%Mohair

Size J Crochet Hook


Finished Size

8 1/2" wide X 6 1/2" high

The Pattern

Bottom: Chain 31, turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 29 chs (30 sc total) Row 2-6 sc in both loops in each sc across (30 sc/row.

At the end of row 6, turn work 90 degrees clockwise, evenly space 6 sc along short edge; turn, work 30 sc along foundation chain; turn, work 6 sc along opposite short edge; turn, work 30 more sc along long edge for a total of 72 sc. Do not fasten off.

Place marker through loops of last stitch and move up as you continue each round.

Now, working in BACK LOOPS only, continue to work "in the round" until bag measures approximately 8.5 - 9 inches from beginning (Or until desired height has been reached). Once I was approximately 1 inch from desired height, I sc through BOTH loops for a few rounds before ending. Fasten off. Note: I usually slip stitch into the top stitch of the next 2 scs to get a more even edge at the end of my piece before fastening off.

Attach yarn with a sc in the 15th stitch of long edge and chain 25 for little strap, sc in next (16th) stitch, turn and slip stitch back through each ch to make the strap a little more durable.

Handle Strap: Make 2 Chain 86, turn and hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across (85 hdc), ch 1, turn, slip stitch along long edge, around side and through each foundation chain to opposite side, ss to first stitch, fasten off. Weave in end strand.

Felt your pieces to desired size, cut small slit approximately 2 inches from each side to place and knot handle straps. (See first image.) Add button on top. You're done!




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on Jan 24, 2010 2:34 PM

that is too cute.  Is it big enough to use for a small purse?

MerriP wrote
on Jan 25, 2010 4:10 PM

The bag, when felted is big enough to carry a small wallet, keys and a cell phone. Not too big, but you could easily alter the pattern by adding 5-10 additional stitches in the foundation chain, adding a few extra rows as you crochet up from the base of the bag. It really is easy to make!

pinenut wrote
on Feb 25, 2010 10:28 PM

What a fun pattern!  This was my first felting project.  Thanks for such a well written pattern.  I made mine a little taller.  It'll make a great small/medium purse.  

on Mar 16, 2010 9:51 AM
donabel wrote
on Apr 16, 2010 6:15 AM

what is felted means?

mmalex wrote
on Jul 3, 2010 4:12 PM

This bag is so cute...and I'm trying to make it even though I'm new to crocheting.  Can someone more experienced explain what working "in the round" means?  Is it the series of single crochet stitches in one stitch alternated with single crochet stitches in subsequent stitches?  Is there a point at which stitches aren't added?  Thank you so much!