The idea had been mulling around in my mind for ages, time to think outside of the box (or square) and get into the round. I’ve been making crochet circles of different shapes and I’ve put them all together into my latest ‘purse’onality project.  

The rest of my crochet bags are either made with granny squares or stripes, so it was time for a change.

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 My bags are always lined, done at the end of the project.  This time I made the bag backwards, starting with the lining and the crochet strip that would hold it all together.

This was a great project to use up those odd balls of left over yarn from other projects.  There was material left over from my towel apron and that determined the colour of the yarn I would use for this first bag.  I keep all the odd balls of yarn organized by colour in storage bags, which is a great way to quickly find what you want.

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The lining was made (no photos while actually sewing it).   Then a strip of double crochet was made to fit around the top of the bag and then sewed onto the lining.  This would be the base line for attaching the circles.

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The circles were made from different colours of yarn, all in the beige and brown colour scheme.  At first I pinned them on to see if my idea would look right.  Each circle had a long tail left on it when finished off so this would be used to stitch them into place.  Some bigger ones were placed on first, then the medium sized ones got a bit of overlapping here and there and finally the small circles were used to stitch on top of the spaces as circles don’t fit together as well as squares.

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The ones at the sides and bottoms were wrapped around the sides or bottom and secured into place.  One thing to remember is to be working onto the wrong side of the lining, so that when finished all the seamed edges and left over tails were tucked inside.

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Here you get a peek at the inside with a good size pocket and the pinning on of the strap and lining.  This bag has a single strap done in double crochet and is attached at each side.  Adding the lining stops the strap from stretching out when in use.

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It’s all finished and ready for use.  Each side is different to the other.

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I certainly will make this bag again using some different colours … perhaps greens, or black/grey.  I’ll have to see what colours I want to use up next.

It is satisfying to cross off another project on my crafting to do list … towel apronfixing of the gate tree, , gnome logs, fairy pot house, stash afghan in blues, stash afghan in multi, crochet twiddle muffneedle casefingerless mitts, circle tote bag, driftwood, owl, hair bows.  Added this week is a cute pattern for hair bows that I saw at one of my favourite blogs and an owl that I’ve had on my workbench for awhile but forgot to add to the list.

I’m sharing  with The Really Crafty Link PartyMosaic Monday and  Cooking and Crafting with J & JStash busting party.


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  1. What a great idea. Starting with the lining! Would never have thought of that. This would work with freeform too, starting with the crochet band around the top and working down and out from there. Very creative!

    • I love the idea of freeform, must give it a try. I’m thinking I might use a ready made bag that has advertising on it for the lining and go from there. I’m always trying to use up those small balls of yarn that are left over from other projects.

  2. So nice to visit your site again Linda. I love this crafty idea. I like the photos you took of each stage of it. I think I like to look at crafts now and dream of doing them! Thanks so much for the visit to my blog. Hope you do not have too much snow there. cheers, Nora
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  3. Kea

    That bag is fantastic, I love it! You know you could have your own YouTube channel or even an Etsy shop if you wished. (That might take the fun of out it, I don’t know.)

    I’m always in awe of people who have an artistic bent and who can create amazing pieces, be it on canvas, via pottery, sewing/knitting/crocheting, carpentry, etc. I think I must have been a terrible disappointment to my mom (kidding), in that I can’t even sew a button on properly. 🙂

  4. The crochet circle bag is lovely, great colour palette to use. One item ticked off your list but two more added, you’ll never get to the end of it at that rate!
    Happy Mosaic Monday!