Leftovers Purse/ Bag

Apr 8, 2009
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Chriss Smith


So, I had all these swatches of Sari Silk lying around and I felt that it was kind of a waste. But anyone who has worked with Sari Silk knows that ripping back either makes a hairy scary mess of the yarn or you end up with tangled knots. So I came up with this idea to use up my swatches and some leftovers from projects.

Materials List

Leftover Swatches of any kind really (I used Sari Silk)
Left over Yarn from other projects ( I used Sari Silk and Some Wool)
5 mm Hook or suitable hook for your weight of Yarn
Darning Needle
Leftover Material to line your bag if desired

Optional Button for Closure ( lots at the thrift store)

Finished Size

Not really important, but I traced a rectangle and arranged the my swatches in it. Then I filled in the gaps. My Bag is 10 inches wide by 14 inches Long (not including strap)


Not important


Once you have an idea what size bag you want Trace the shape onto a piece of paper. Start arranging the pieces inside your shape, remember to keep in mind any edging you may add or how you will join the pieces together.

The Pattern

1) Grab a Stitchionary, if you don't own one borrow one from your local Library. Find some "swatch or shape" patterns you like.
2) Arrange your current swatches on your traced shape. Measure for sizes of other squares, rectangles, or ? to fill in the blank areas with in your traced shape. (Keep in mind how you will be assembling your bag or if you are adding edges to your "swatches")
I used granny squares, rounds that I squared, and rectangles of stitch patterns I liked.
3) When you are happy with your pattern, start edging your swatches with a sc stitch (be sure to put 3 sc in each corner), in a color of your choice.
4) Sew your swatches together. Weave in ends.
5) Edge the top of your bag.
6) I chose a simple strap pattern of 1 row sc and 1 row hdc and repeated it. I then edged the straps and top of the bag in one continuous row with sc.

7) Add any hardware or closures!

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on Apr 10, 2009 5:30 AM
mad for crochet!

Very nice idea. YOur bag turned out pretty. Thanks.

on Apr 11, 2009 8:42 PM

This is beautiful. Thank you for your creativity. I'm not nearly so talented but I'm gaining confidence every day.Judy Putnam

on Apr 11, 2009 10:29 PM

Thank you for your encouragement.

rogersor wrote
on May 3, 2009 7:48 PM

This is a wonderful pattern to me for a variety of reasons.

One, I bought some recycled sari yarn because it was beautiful but I haven't had a clue as to what I was going to do with it.

Two, I've been wanting to make a purse and didn't even think to use this yarn.

Three, it'd be a great way to try out some freeform crochet, also called scrumbling. You make shapes, squiggles or whatever you want to call it and one of the ways you then put all the goodies together is to lay them out on top of a drawing or pattern or something the size and shape of what you want the final product to be. Then you stitch the pieces to one another via your preferred method.


LyniHop wrote
on May 12, 2009 4:40 PM

I love this bag - the more I crochet the more I realize that what I like looking at most is any kind of patchwork effect. I love mixtures that give depth and texture, so I do a lot more sort of "ad hoc" stuff like this now - the rich colors and mix on this make it really lovely - you just want to touch it, don't you?? VERY NICE!

nododo wrote
on Aug 1, 2009 5:24 AM
Thanks so much.
This is a brilliant idea and I can use it for many items.
I have oodles of wool [could start a shop] and lots of left overs. Never thought of putting on paper. Brilliant - now I can pull out all my sewing patterns and think about making oringal yarn items this way.


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