The Bobblelicious Bag is a fun, free crochet purse pattern that is made of super chunky bobble stitches. Once it is assembled, it kind of looks like a pillbox bag. The chain style strap gives it a professional touch that will make your friends wonder “where did she buy that bag?”.
The Bobblelicious Bag is crocheted by holding two strands of Cascade Yarns Sarasota Chunky Yarn together. Sarasota Chunky is a cotton/acrylic (60%/40%) mix size 5 yarn. It’s machine washable and dryable (yay!) and it comes in a variety of colours. (www.cascadeyarns.com) I really enjoyed working with this yarn for this project.
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I decided to take my hand at lining this bag and I am so glad that I did. It is one of my favourite parts of this bag. I picked a cotton fabric in a vibrant teal colour to line my bag. So although the outside of my bag may be a subtle silver/grey colour, there’s that beautiful pop of colour when you open it. I can’t wait to see what colour combos you all come up with when you’re making your Bobblelicious Bags made with this free crochet purse pattern!
Skill Level: Intermediate
- 10 mm hook
- Approximately 1 ball** (6.9 oz/195g) of Sarasota Chunky Yarn in Silver (Colour No. 222) **See Note section regard the potential need for a second skein.
- Tapestry Needle
- Stitch Marker
- 9″ Zipper in a coordinating colour
- 51” Purse Strap – I got mine on Amazon. It came with the tassel that I attached to the zipper
- 2 – 1” wide triangle rings for making detachable straps (I used these from Amazon)
- 0.25 meters of heavy weight fusible interfacing (this is the amount that I used, I recommend ordering a bit more to be sure you have enough)
- 0.25 meters of fabric (I used cotton) in your preferred colour for lining the inside of your bag (this is the amount that I used, I recommend ordering a bit more to be sure you have enough)
- Sewing Needle
- Sewing thread that matches the colour of your bag
- Sewing Machine for lining your bag
- Fabric marker/pencil or something to mark your fabric with
- Fabric Scissors
- Sewing Pins
- CH = Chain
- ST = Stitch
- SL ST = Slip Stitch
- SC = Single Crochet
- DC = Double Crochet
- MC = Magic Circle
- FO = Finish Off
- Bobble = Bobble Stitch
- Bobble Stitch – The Bobble Stitch is essentially a Double Crochet five together cluster (DC5TOG). To complete it: Yarn over (YO) and insert hook into indicated stitch. YO and draw up a loop. YO and pull through two loops on your hook. (Two loops remaining on hook). (YO and insert hook back into the same stitch, YO and pull up a loop. YO and pull through two loops on your hook). Repeat instructions in brackets until you have 6 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 6 loops on your hook.
Finished Size: Approximately 9 inches tall x 9 inches wide x 3” deep. Measurements do not include strap
Gauge: 7 sts across x 5.5 rows = 4” square
- This bag is made out of two different panels that are worked in the round and then sewn together. The end of each round is joined with a sl st.
- This bag is made holding two strands of yarn together. You can use one skein of yarn and pull from both ends of the skein or get two skeins and pull from the center of each skein.
Panels (Make 2)
Row 1: Holding 2 strands of Sarasota chunky yarn together, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. Join with a sl st to first stitch. CH 1. (6)
Row 2: *SC 1, Bobble* in each stitch around. Join with a sl st to first stitch. CH 1. (12)
Row 3: (SCINC) x 12. Join with a sl st to first stitch. CH 1. (24)
Row 4: (Bobble in the first stitch, SC 1 in the next) x 12. Join with a sl st to first stitch. CH 1 (24)
Row 5: (SC in the first stitch, SCINC in the next) x 12. Join with a sl st to the first st. CH 1. (36)
Row 6: (SC in the first stitch, Bobble in the next stitch) x 18. Join with a sl st to first stitch. CH 1. (36)
Row 7: (SC 2, SCINC in the next stitch) x 12. Join with a sl st to first stitch. CH 1(48)
Row 8: (SC in the first stitch, Bobble in the next stitch) x 12. Join with a sl st to first stitch. CH 1. (48)
Row 9: SC in each stitch around. (48)
FO and weave in ends.
Lining Your Bobblelicious Bag
Fold the fabric you will be lining your bag with, in half so you can cut two circles at the same time. Lay one of your bag panels on top of the fabric and trace a line around the circle to get an approximate size for your lining. Cut your fabric (through both layers) on the line you just drew. You should now have two fabric circles. Repeat these steps again on your interfacing so you have a total of 2 fabric circles and 2 interfacing circles.
Using your iron, fuse one of your fabric circles to each of your interfacing circles. This means you’ll have two interfacing circles with fabric on them.
Place your interfacing circles (fabric side facing the wrong side of your panel so that if there are holes in your panel, the coloured fabric will show through) on the back of each of your panels. If your circles are too big to fit inside the panel without stretching it, trim the circles down until they fit snuggly inside each panel.
Once you’re confident with the fit, of your interfacing circles, lay one of your interfacing circles on top of the fabric that has been folded in half and trace a line around the circle to get an approximate size for your lining. Cut your fabric (through both layers) on the line you just drew. You should now have 2 interfacing circles (fused with fabric) and 2 fabric circles.
Measure the width of your bag and add 1” for seam allowances. Measure the circumference (around the outside) of your bag and subtract 8 inches from that measurement (to leave space for your zipper). Using these measurements, cut a strip from your fabric.
Pin a fabric circle to each edge of the long strip you just cut, leaving a 1/2” seam allowance. Sew around the edge of each circle to seam it to the strip, stopping at the end of the strip. This is honestly probably the most time-consuming part so take your time.
Adding the Zipper
Cut a 9.5” – 10” long x 4” wide piece of fabric and cut it in half. These pieces will be sewn onto either side of the zipper. Fold the long edge of each strip a ¼” and iron it down to hold it in place. Pin that edge to your zipper (with nice side of fabric facing up) ensuring that you leave enough for the zipper to move freely. Repeat with the second strip. Sew the strips onto your zipper.
With the zipper facing up and the bag lining with the wrong side facing out, line up your zipper with the opening on your lining that was left for the zipper. Pin together, leaving a ¼ to ½” seam allowance and sew together, around the entire piece.
Place your interfusing panels inside each of your crocheted panels. If your panels aren’t fitting snuggly you can tack them in place by hand sewing them with a coordinating thread to your crochet panel. Place the two crochet panels together with right sides facing out. Holding two long lengths of yarn together, whip stitch the two panels together, leaving an opening of at least 9.5” for the zipper. You may want to wait until you are done sewing in your zipper before you weave in the ends from this so if you need a little extra wiggle room to get your zipper in, you’ll have some give in the seam because it isn’t finished.
Place your lining (with the wrong side facing out) inside the purse and using a sewing thread and needle, hand sew the zipper to the opening of your bag. Weave in your ends from your whip stitch seam.
Line up your triangle rings on each side of the bag, approximately 2.5” inches below the edges of your zipper. Using a length of yarn, sew to your bag. Attach your purse strap to the triangle rings. If using a tassel, attach it to the zipper.
Viola! You’re finished your Bobblelicious Bag! I hope you enjoyed this free crochet purse pattern! 😊
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