Sometimes a girl needs a tiny bit of cuteness to brighten up an otherwise dreary day. Something small and sweet to carry phone and keys. Maybe a bit of cash. This Sassy Sunflower Crochet Crossbody Bag is just the thing!
I have a crochet confession. I am completely smitten with the crochet sunflower trend. I’m not alone. Several of my readers dubbed the Sweet Summer Sunflower Bag THE crochet bag of the summer. And the Sunburst granny at the heart of it all is one of my all-time most popular posts.
The time around I thought a little crochet crossbody bag for that quick trip to the coffee shop might 100% be needed in life. Sometimes I need a little sassy something-something over my shoulder.
You know like maybe it’s been a rough day and I’m totally not feeling my best. But I look across the room and this cute thing speaks of sunshine and happiness like nobody’s business.
This crossbody bag pattern is also a great choice for a crochet bag if boho crochet is more your crochet style. It also is a beautiful crochet project for a music festival. I mean.. really.. can you ever go wrong with a handmade crochet sunflower bag? I think not!
There’s a few tweaks in the pattern this time around, so be sure to follow the directions in this post instead of getting completely caught up in the others. However, if you do get confused in round 4 when we work stitches of varying heights, you can pop back over to the Sunburst Granny post to see a labeled photo of that part.
This Crochet Crossbody Bag is open at the top. That might totally be your vibe. But I think I might not like that, so I plan on sewing an easy cloth lining and attaching a magnetic closure. If you decide to try this, be sure to remember to iron on some heavy duty interfacing under where you place the closures. It’s kind of amazing how strong the magnet can be and it can rip right through the cloth if you don’t have some reinforcement underneath. Ask me how I know this.. Sigh.
In the meantime, grab your yarn and get ready for a fun and fast crochet bag perfect for your crochet style! Let’s go!
Crochet Crossbody Bag
- US G6/4mm crochet hook Did you know you can purchase my go-to hooks on Amazon?)
- Tapestry needle and scissors
- Worsted weight cotton yarn. Sample used Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton, 2-1/2 oz Denim (Dark Blue), 1/2 oz Curry (yellow), 1/4 oz Antique Gold (caramel color), 1/4 oz Brown, 1/2 oz Sage (Green) and 1/4 oz Stonewash (Light Blue).
- (2) 1″ D-rings. I get all my purse hardware here.
- Tapestry needle and scissors
Resources and crochet tutorials you may find helpful in following this crochet bag pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches and basic crochet skills on the “Tutorial” menu. Getting Started will show basic crochet stitches such as the slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet stitch and chain stitch used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.
Puff Stitch: Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop to the height of a double crochet (3 loops on hook). Then yarn over again and insert hook into the same stitch and pull up another loop ( 5 loops on hook). Yarn over again, insert hook into the same space and pull up another loop. (7 loops on hook). Pull yarn through all loops. Chain 1 to lock in the stitch.
Bobble Stitch: Yarn over, insert hook into space between 2 puff stitches and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (this leaves 2 loops on hook). Make 3 more incomplete double crochet stitches. There are now 5 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops. Chain 2 to lock in the bobble stitch. Here’s a detailed bobble stitch tutorial.
Crochet Sunflower Crossbody Bag is approximately 6.5″ wide by 29″ tall (including the strap). The bag portion (without the strap) measures 6.5″ wide by 7.5″ tall.
Crochet Sunflower Square (Make 2)
R1: Using brown color and a G hook, ch 5 and join with a slip stitch to the 1st chain to form a loop. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), make 15 dc into the loop. Sl st to top of 1st stitch in the row to join. Fasten off. (16 st)
R2: This row is comprised of puff stitches (described above). First, attach the Antique Gold color in any stitch and chain 2. *Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch as joining and and pull up a loop to the height of a double crochet (3 loops on hook). Then yarn over again and insert hook into the same stitch and pull up another loop ( 5 loops on hook). Yarn over again, insert hook into the same space and pull up another loop. (7 loops on hook). Pull yarn through all loops. Chain 1 to lock in the stitch. First puff stitch made.
Make puff stitches in all the stitches in the previous row as follows: Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop to the height of a double crochet (3 loops on hook). Then yarn over again and insert hook into the same stitch and pull up another loop ( 5 loops on hook). Yarn over again, insert hook into the same space and pull up another loop. (7 loops on hook). Pull yarn through all loops. Chain 1 to lock in the stitch. At end of round, sl st to top of 1st puff stitch. Fasten off. (16 puff stitches).
R3: Attach yellow color and work this row is worked in bobbles (described above). You can start the row in one of 2 ways. Either attach yarn in between 2 stitches and chain 3. Or start with a standing stitch. I started with a slip stitch of the new color on my hook, carefully held a yarn over and worked the first bobble. Continue to work bobbles across the row into the spaces in the previous row. At end of row, slip stitch to top of 1st bobble stitch. (16 bobble stitches) Fasten off.
In the next round, stitches of varying heights are worked to turn the circle of crochet into a square.
R4: Join green color in any space in previous round. Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc). 2 dc in same space. *In next space, work all of the following: (3 triple crochet, ch 1, 3 triple crochet). Corner made. 3dc in next space, 3 hdc in next space, 3 dc in next space*. Repeat from * 3 more times. Then work 3 dc in next space, 3 hdc in last space and join with a sl st to top of 1st dc in row. (I like to use an invisible join for a nice finish instead of the sl stitch join). Fasten off yarn and weave in the ends.
R5: Join light blue color in a stitch on the side of square. Ch 1 and work sc in same stitch as joining. *sc in every stitch across to next corner space, in next space, work all of the following (2hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc). Corner made. Continue from * around. After final corner, sc in every stitch until starting sc, sl st to starting sc and fasten off.
R6-9: Join dark blue color to any stitch on side. Ch 1 and work sc in same stitch as joining. *sc in every stitch across to next corner space, in next space, work all of the following (sc, ch 2, sc). Corner made. Continue from * around. After final corner, sc in every stitch until starting sc, sl st to starting sc. Ch 1 to start the next row. At the end of round 9, fasten off.
Sew Sunflower Squares Together:
Thread a tapestry needle with a long strand of dark blue yarn. Hold right sides of squares together and whip stitch along 3 sides of the square. Fasten off and weave in all ends. Turn right side out before proceeding to next step.
Crochet Top of Crossbody Bag:
Attach dark blue yarn to any stitch along the top edge of bag.
R1-2: Ch 1 and sc in same stitch as joining. sc around top edge of bag. Be mindful of your work and add an additional stitch or two at each seam point if needed to keep the bag straight on the sides.
The D-Rings are crocheted right into the work on round 3. To determine placement, mark the center 5 stitches on each side of bag before starting round 3.
R3: Ch 1 and sc in the same stitch as joining. sc around edge of bag until reaching the marked 5 stitches on the side of the bag. Hold the D ring so that the flat edge of the metal is even with the stitches and then work a sc over the D ring and the stitch below for 5 stitches. Sc across the bag until the opposite side of the bag and attach the 2nd D-ring in a similar manner. Then sc to the starting sc and sl st to join.
R4: Work a row of reverse single crochet (crab stitch) around. Fasten off.
Crochet Crossbody Bag Strap:
With Dark blue, chain 200
R1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc across chain. Turn at the end of the row.
R2: Ch 1 and sc in same stitch, sc across row. At the end of the row, fasten off.
R3: Reattach yarn on opposite side of starting chain. Ch1 and sc in same stitch, sc across row. Turn at the end of the row.
R4: Ch 1 and sc in same stitch, sc across row. At the end of the row, fasten off.
Fold over end of strap and sew onto curved edge of D-ring. Repeat on opposite side. Weave in any remaining ends.
Crochet Handbag Variations
Sometimes it’s fun to mix things up a bit with some variations. The easiest way to change the size of this crochet pattern is to use a thicker or thinner yarn. Use a bulky or super bulky weight yarn and a larger crochet hook for a larger crochet bag. You could use a DK or even thinner weight yarn for a crochet mini purse or a crochet crossbody phone bag.
Tweaking the purse strap is another way to change the look. It’s easy to swap out a pre-made adjustable strap for the crocheted bag. Or make a shorter strap for a handcrafted crochet handbag instead.
Definitely a fun crochet pattern to tweak to your crochet style! I can’t wait to see your crochet bag!
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