Totally inspired by the tropical chic bohemian look when I came across round bags online. What an innovate shape for a bag! As soon as I saw one, I knew I wanted to make one for myself. Ok, to be very honest, I wanted to buy one but then I realised, why buy when you can make? So here I am.
For this bag, I chose a jute yarn which gives it a handmade rustic feel for that bohemian effect. Feel free to use any thick yarn that you prefer, like T-shirt yarn etc.
This jute yarn is 5.1mm in diameter and a 0.2inch crochet hook is recommended.
Instead of continuous rounds, we are joining each round with a slip stitch only on the back loop to make each circle equal. As the jute yarn is quite stiff, the back loop method would create seamless rounds and also not create holes. Also, depending on your yarn thickness you might increase or decrease the size of the circle until your bag is in the size that you want. I recommend stopping when it is around 20-25cm in diameter.
The rows for the circle. Remember to stop one you reach your desired size! You can also experiment with colours for each row and have a colourful bag. It is all up to you!
What you need:
- Thick yarn in the colours that you like.
- Some stiff cardboard, plastic film or cloth
- A zipper
- A bag strap (or you can crochet one!)
For the front and back:
- Magic ring 6sc (join with slip stitch in back loop for each row unless mentioned)
- 2sc x 6 (12)
- (2sc, 1sc) x 6 (18)
- Ch 2, in outer loops: (2dbl, 1dbl) x 9, 1dbl in starting chain (28)
- (2sc, 1sc, 1sc, 1sc) x 7 (35)
- (2sc, 1sc, 1sc, 1sc, 1sc) x 7, 1sc (42)
- Ch 2, in outer loops: (2dbl, 1dbl, 1dbl) x 14 (56)
- (2sc, 1sc, 1sc, 1sc, 1sc, 1sc) x 9, 2sc, 1sc (63)
- (2sc, 1sc, 1sc, 1sc, 1sc, 1sc, 1sc) x 9 (72)
- Ch 2, (2dbl, 1dbl, 1dbl, 1dbl, 1dbl) x 14, 1dbl, 1dbl (86)
You should end up with a flat circle around 20+cm in diameter.
We have to add a base which is simple:
1. 1sc all around in the inner loops
2. 1dbl all around
3. 1sc around half the bag. (Count your stitches and divide by two)
Make two of this. One for each side. On one side, leave a long tail for attaching the two sides together.
Now, sew on your zipper to the other half without the extra 1sc.
Next cut out two circles the diameter of your bag out of stiff material. I used clear film because I have many of these lying around. You can even use a plastic plate!
I roughly cut some pretty scrap fabric larger than than the circle, it doesn’t even have to be a circle. Just wrap your disc, use hot glue and stick the fabric. When you are done, use more hot glue and stick the ugly side onto the inside of the bag. When you are done with both sides, you will end up with a stiffer bag that will sort of maintain its circle shape.
Now I make two tiny crochet loops on the top sides of the bag to hold my strap.
And it is done! Do try making one for yourself, it will be worth all the effort and you will get so many good compliments.