your Buckle Bag, I am trying my hand at a tutorial. I took these photos during construction and
tried to capture every step that needed clarification. I apologize for the quality of the photos – I
was working on this at night after the little ones were asleep so the lighting
is not the best.
dimensions as crocheted pieces and hand stitching to backs.
the bag full. This is two layers of
crinoline, but I was originally looking for a very stiff canvas. Any stiff fabric should do fine.
placing slide buckle through ribbon before stitching. (I didn’t take a picture of just the pocket
with the ribbon folded, but this is how I laid it out before I tucked the ends
under and sewed in place.)
leaving top open.
taller than crocheted pieces and sewing together by hand or machine with ½”
seam allowances on all sides. I
apologize, I did not take a picture of just the lining after it was sewn.
next step after finishing the crochet and fixing the pocket. I love having a lining as it really makes the
bag look professional. I get so many
compliments on this bag!
desired, and pin to top of crocheted bag with right side of fabric showing
inside bag. Here it is ready to be sewn
with pins in place. Fits nicely!
even went through the crocheted bag with my machine stitching – you can’t even
really tell.) I wish I had taken a
picture of this step! You can see how
the bias tape is positioned in the photo below. Hand sew the rest of the lining with a whip stitch,
or machine stitch around the top of the bag.
my CGOA conference, not thinking that I would carry it much (especially with it
being white), but I have found that I love
this bag!! It is roomy and easy to carry
and I’ve even managed to keep it clean after carrying it for weeks! I did add a very stiff piece of cardboard to
the bottom to help the bottom stay flat and next time I make one I will add
interior pockets, but for a basic tote it is amazing. I can’t wait to try my hand at another bag
design! Hope you enjoy!
The crochet instructions for the bag can be found here.
I created this bag to take to the CGOA conference a couple of weeks ago. I wanted a large tote (this measures 11″ tall x 14 1/2″ wide and 5″ deep) that I could carry all of my class info and papers in. I like chunky textures so I used three strands of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease held together with a P hook – it worked up super fast. The pocket on the front carried business cards and keys. Since I wanted it to keep its shape I gave it a fabric lining and added real handles instead of crocheting them.
Overall I am really pleased with how this turned out and got great reviews of it at the conference from other crochet lovers. The skill level on this is easy and it makes a good project for beginners since there is no shaping – simply hdc and slip stitches. So – without further ado…
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- Yarn needle
- Lining and Backing Fabrics (optional) – 1 yard each
- Purse Handles
- 1/2 yard 1 ½” ribbon
- 1 slide buckle 1 ½”
hdc, 1 hdc into next sl st; rep from * ending sl st into top of turning ch,
Sew ribbon in place around pocket, placing slide buckle through ribbon before stitching. Sew lining fabric to back of pocket, if desired.
seam allowances on all sides.
desired, and hand sew to top of crocheted bag with a whip stitch with right
side of fabric showing inside bag. Attach handles.
|Me with amazing designer Jenny King|
I just returned Saturday from the CGOA conference in Indianapolis and it was every bit as great as the one I attended last year in Manchester, NH. The conference is full of well-known designers, great classes, and tons of useful information about all things crochet.
Wednesday, July 17, I attended Professional Development Day which told us everything you need to know about a book proposal and marketing ourselves as professionals. I met some new friends there, including Jenny King – pictured above. She is one of the friendliest and funniest people I have ever met! I’m so glad to have met her.
Thursday was a class called Crochetmorphosis with Joyce Renee Wyatt. It was a six-hour class that was all about converting knitting patterns to crochet. Great information! Now I have a much better idea of how to design a sweater that looks similar in both knit and crochet.
Friday I only took a morning class but it was a great one. It was called Swatching for Fun and Profit and was taught by Edie Eckman. It was extremely helpful as I often find that my gauge for the actual project differs from my swatch. I know that might still happen sometimes but feel much more confident about swatching than I did before taking the class. I also loved seeing her swatches for sweaters she’s designed. Her work is so good even her swatches were flawless!
Friday night was the CGOA Dinner and Fashion Show and this was my first time attending. I can’t believe I didn’t go last year! I entered my Weekend Cardigan and was even asked to model other people’s designs so I went up on the runway several times in some fantastic crocheted pieces. I felt so glamorous! I will most definitely be attending this next year and entering more than one item!
Saturday I was going to go to the Designer Meet and Greet like I did last year, but my poor husband had such a rough time with the boys while I was gone (especially Friday for some reason) that I decided to head home first thing Saturday morning. Being home with a three and a half-year-old and a seven month old by yourself isn’t too much fun. (Single parents – I have no idea how you do it!!) My husband was gone for two months for military training and I kind of thought this would show him how hard it was while he was gone – and I was right. He only made it four days and thought it was rough!
So even though I didn’t get to show any of my new sketches, I still got so much more out of this conference than new designs to work on. It will be in Charlotte, NC in the fall and is supposed to be in Manchester, NH in the summer next year. If you live close or are able to travel, I highly recommend it! You won’t be sorry.
For the conference, I designed my first free pattern for the website – be on the lookout for it very soon.