I often revel in my lack of craftiness. I love making things, but I am just not all that skilled. Fortunately, the art of crocheting is one that is very forgiving and welcomes innovation. Whether you’re looking for a last-minute gift for a birthday or for a special occasion, this sweet spring purse will be sure to please the small people in your life. The best part? If you’re sitting in a meeting or sitting at the park, this purse takes only a short while to make in the bits and pieces of time you have available.
To create the purse, you will need:
- A ball of yarn or a few balls of yarn scraps, preferably something colorful and washable
- A crochet hook that fits the width of your yarn
That’s it! If you’re making a tiny purse or you have compatible yarn scraps from many different balls of yarn, this is an excellent project for using up your scraps.
How to Make the Purse
Essentially, you’ll be crocheting one large, long rectangle to create this purse. It’s very easy. I find that if my yarn looks fancy, I don’t need to worry about doing spectacularly complicated crochet stitches. A simple single crochet stitch works well. I prefer the tight single crochet stitch so that there are no holes in the purse.
How Big is the Purse?
That’s up to you. You can use the same pattern for a huge purse or a tiny, crocheted clutch. Figure out how deep and how wide you’d like the purse to be. Triple the depth measurement, and that’s how long your rectangle should be.
Start to Crochet
Begin to crochet, making consistently tight single crochet stitches so that nothing will fall out of the purse at the end. As you begin, make a line that’s the right width, knowing that sometimes yarn will shrink or expand as you go along, depending on your yarn. Crochet along this line until you’ve gotten to three times your desired depth for the purse.
Making the Fold
Before you cut the yarn and finish making the rectangle that will become your purse, make sure that your rectangle is the right size. Place it flat on a table, and fold the bottom up into the middle as if you were folding a piece of paper to slip into an envelope. Move that bottom piece up just a little bit more, and then fold the top down over it. The bottom piece becomes the front of the purse, the middle piece is the back, and the top piece becomes the flap that folds over the front of the purse. If you’d like a smaller flap, you will have a larger body to the purse. Adjust this until you feel comfortable with the dimensions, add more rows of crochet if you wish, and then cut the yarn.
Amazon has lots of books about crochet and crochet patterns. I found this ebook for free: 8 Different Crochet Stitches: Learn to Crochet Something New with Crochet Patterns.
Connecting the Pieces
You now have a large, folded rectangle that you need to attach together. I usually single crochet through each side of the purse to attach the sides together. When you’re done, turn the purse inside-out and you have a completed clutch purse!
If you’d like to add a strap, crochet a long strip and tuck either end of the strap inside each side of the purse.
Give your purse to your child, and enjoy!
Note to experienced crocheters: this process is likely a little unorthodox, but that’s how I roll with my invented projects! Please add your comments at the end to help make the purse project even better.
Have you ever crocheted a purse?