Bobble-licious Crochet Bag Pattern

crochet bag for girl

This is a quick little crochet bag, perfect for a small child. The color reminds me of Bubble-licious Gum, and it is mainly comprised of bobble stitches, hence the name. You will make the main body of this crochet bag in the round, then attach the straps. The body measures about eight inches by six and a half inches at its widest points. The strap length of your crochet bag will be up to you. Here is a graph of what the first round (the bottom of the bag) will look like:

crochet bag chart

You will need to know these stitches: chain (ch), beginning bobble (beg bobble), bobble, single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), and double crochet (dc). You will also need to know how to decrease stitches.

To make beginning bobble: ch3, [yarn over, insert hook into stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through2 loops on hook] twice. (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook. (beginning bobble made)

To make bobble: [Yarn over, insert hook in stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook] three times. (4 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through all four loops on hook. (bobble stitch made)

To decrease one hdc: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop. (5 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through all five loops on hook. (one hdc dec made)

For this project you will need: worsted yarn, a 5mm hook, a 5.5mm hook, large blunt tapestry needle, ribbon, fabric, sewing needle, thread, and sewing machine (if you want to line your bag).

Bobble-licious Crochet Bag

  • 1) With 5.5mm hook, ch 26. Make beg bobble in third chain from hook (do not chain 3 for this one—starting in the third chain from the hook counts as your ch 3). Ch 1, skip next ch. * Make bobble in next ch, ch 1.* Repeat * to * until the last chain. Make two more bobble, ch1 groups in last chain (see graph). Spin your work so that the completed bobbles are facing you. You will now crochet into the other side of the chain (you are now crocheting in the round). *Bobble in same ch as next bobble, ch 1.* Repeat * to * around to first beg bobble. Make another bobble in the first chain (so each end has 3 bobbles). Join with a sl st to top of beg bobble. (26 bobble stitches)
  • 2) Sl st into first spc. Make beg bobble, ch 1. *Bobble in next ch 1 spc, ch 1.* Repeat * to * around. Join with sl st to top of beg bobble.
  • 3 to 6) Repeat round 2
  • 7 to 8) Change to 5mm hook. Repeat round 2.
  • 9) Sl st to first ch 1 spc. Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in same spc. Make 2 hdc into each ch 1 spc around. Join with sl st to top of first ch 2.
  • 10 to 11) Ch 2 (counts as first hdc). Hdc into each hdc around, decreasing 2 evenly around (Meaning, you will only make a total of 2 decreases in this round — just make sure they’re not right next to each other). Join with sl st to first ch 2.
  • 12) Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Dc into each hdc around. Join with sl st to first ch 3.
  • 13) Ch 2 (counts as first hdc). Hdc into each dc around, decreasing 2 evenly around (Meaning, you will only make a total of 2 decreases in this round — just make sure they’re not right next to each other). Join with sl st or invisible join to first ch 2. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

To make the strap:

  • Lay your bag body flat and find the center side stitch. Join your yarn two stitches to the right of the center side stitch. Make 5 sc into bag side. *Ch 1, turn, sc into each of the five sc below.* Repeat * to * four times (until you have five rows total).
  • Decrease one sc (this will be ch 1, insert hook into first sc, yarn over, draw up a loop, insert hook into next sc, yarn over, draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook). Sc in next sc. Decrease one sc. (3 sc)
  • *Ch 1. Sc into each of the 3 sc below* Repeat * to * until your strap measures half of what you want the length to be. Finish off and cut yarn, leaving a sewing length.
  • Repeat first 3 steps to make the other side of the strap. Using yarn ends, sew the strap halves together with a whip stitch. Knot and weave in ends.

Finishing:

  • With right side facing you, join yarn in any hdc on top of bag body. Ch 1. Sc evenly around bag body opening as well as strap. Join to first sc with sl st or invisible join. Cut yarn, weave in ends. Repeat for other side
  • Cut a long length of ribbon. Pin a safety pin to one end of the ribbon and use it as a guide to weave in and out of the double crochets from round 12. Tie a bow, trim the ends, and apply Fray Check (if desired). I also sewed a little stitch in the center knot of my bow to keep it in place.

You can stop here, or you can make a lining for your bag.

Here’s how I did mine:

crochet bag lining

First, I traced around the main body of my crochet bag. Then, I added a quarter inch seam allowance to the tracing before cutting it out.

tracing the crochet bag lining

To lessen the amount of tracing I had to do (which I hate), I ironed my fabric in half (right sides facing). Then, I folded my paper pattern in half and traced around it on the fold. You will need four lining pieces made from this pattern (my fabric was only pretty on one side, and I wanted it to look nice from the inside and outside).

crochet bag linings

Iron your lining pieces. Pin each pair together, right sides facing. For the first pair, stitch around the sides and bottom of the lining with a quarter inch seam. For the second pair, just sew the sides and part of the bottom (leaving a couple inches open at center bottom). It’s easiest to start each of the seams on this pair on the bottom and move out to the top sides. Oh, use quarter inch seams for this pair also.

After sewing the seams, turn your first lining (the one without the hole) right-side-out (shown in that bad picture up there). Shove this inside the other lining so that the right sides of both are facing each other. Pin together, matching up side seams. Using a quarter inch seam, stitch the tops of the lining together. Then, pull everything right-side-out through the opening that you left in the lining. This is what it looks like:

turning the crochet bag lining

Once everything is right-side-out, sew the opening on the bottom of the lining shut. Make sure the lining piece with the completely finished bottom (the one that didn’t have the turning hole) is inside (you won’t see the hole you sewed shut through the bag). Press the top seam, and top stitch around the opening, very close to the edge.

crochet bag linings

You’re almost done! Now, follow this tutorial from Future Girl to sew the lining into your little crochet bag. All righty, that’s it! As usual, if you see anything wrong with this pattern, please let me know. Also, you may sell items made from this pattern, but please don’t sell the actual pattern or pass it off as your own. Thanks!

crochet bag with lining

crochet bag with lining

124 thoughts on “Bobble-licious Crochet Bag Pattern

    1. Ahhahaha. Funny. Wish I would have thought of that earlier. Maybe I will scheme up a boobalicious bag. BTW, people always think it’s “Speckles” instead of “Speckless.”
      Boobalicious. *snort*

  1. I just saw this on whiupup and had to come over and check it out! I love both the pattern and the color you chose for it! The name is appropriate!
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. This is so pretty! And an awesome tutorial. I started a blog that is a crochet pattern collective. So many creative bloggers out there! Hope you don’t mind I linked to one of your photos with a short description and a link back here for the pattern. It will post 11/23/10. Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern! http://www.tangledhappy.blogspot.com

      1. Just getting started and have a lot to learn about blogging but I’m fun with it. Thanks again and I appreciate you letting me share it with others! I will be lining my first bag for a Christmas gift so this post will be lots of help to me.

  3. This bag is extremely beautiful. Thank you very much for the explanations, and the very clear and beautiful pictures. Would you authorize me to translate it for my French readers, of course with a link to your blog? Best wishes,
    Gisèle

      1. The French translation has now been published on my blog, I have used some of your pictures, I hope it is not a problem 🙁 Again thank you so much for this very clear pattern and this beautiful bag 🙂

  4. I just wanted to pop in and say “Thanks” for the great response to this pattern! I would love, love, love to see any photos of completed purses!

    1. I wanted to ask if there is a bigger pattern or adult size that I could use. I love this and would love to make a spring/ summer bag for myself.

  5. *Sigh* What a beautiful project.

    I sigh, because now I will have to chose, which to make today. This or another pattern I ran across this morning.

    The other pattern I know I can get done in an evening, this one, I am not so sure.

    Thank you so very much, for your kindness and generosity.

    1. I’m so glad you like it! This can definitely be finished in an evening if you don’t line it (unless you’re a quicker seamstress than I am–and I think most people are quicker than me)!

  6. Hi Heidi,

    I’m working through your Bobble-licious bag (ha! I just wrote booba-licious too) bag and I’m not that familiar with decreasing. Could you please explain what you mean by “decreasing 2 evenly around”? Do I hdc then do the decrease hdc in alternate stitches? Hope you can help!
    Cheers,
    Cas

    1. Oops. Sorry, that is a little unclear! Don’t decrease every other stitch, just do two decrease stitches in the row (or each row indicated). So, just do a decrease stitch, continue doing regular stitches, then when you get about half way through the round, decrease one more. This is just so that you don’t do both the decreases right next to each other (which could look a little wonky). I hope this helps–I often wish I could be right there with you to help!

      Let me know if you need some better explanation!

      1. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! That’s perfectly clear – thanks for explaining.

        And thanks for sharing the pattern – my niece will love her bag!

        Cheers,
        Cas

      2. Thanks for explaining this. I only wish I had read the comments before nearly finishing the bag and realizing something was very very wrong. oooopsie! Really super cute bag!

  7. Thank you for this free pattern. I have a few questions on Row 1. I’m literally scratching my head. LOL!

    After the * Repeat * until the last chain, should I only have 11 bobbles?

    Once I make two more bobbles in the last stitch, should I have 13 bobbles?

    What does ch1 groups in last chain? I looked at the graph but I’m not quite sure where the
    “last chain” is that you are referring to.

    “Spin your work so that the completed bobbles are facing you”, do you mean the WS will be facing you? Once I finished the last two bobbles, the bobbles are already facing me.

    Am I like totally lost somewhere? Sorry this is so long on your blog page but I was unable to find a contact page for you.

    1. UPDATE…as soon as I finished writing, I picked up my work and the light bulb went off. Sorry for being such a slow boat…newbie on board!

  8. Hi Tasha,
    As per your most recent post, I am assuming (hoping) that the pattern makes sense to you now. Please let me know if you need some further explanation. Yes, you’re right, the right side of the work will always be facing you for the entirety of this project, as you are working in rounds–I guess what I meant by “turn the bobbles so they are facing you” was this: spin the work (like a steering wheel) so that the completed bobbles are pointing at your belly instead of pointing away from you (does that make any sense?).

    Anyhoo, let me know if you have any more questions. And don’t be sorry–we all run into issues when reading a pattern for the first time! 🙂

    1. Thank you for being so gracious!

      I just hope I finished Round 1 correctly. I believe I was suppose to make two bobbles in the last stitch…right? Then sl st to top of beg bobble. I wasn’t quite sure, so I ran with your comment to have three bobbles on each end…I did come out with 26 bobbles on Round 1 though.

        1. I’m on Row 5 and I notice that all of my Beg Bobbles are in a diagonal. Meaning, they are not lined up on top of each other. Shouldn’t the Beg Bobbles be aligned near the edge/side of the bag? I would hate to rip it all out. It still looks pretty good. If this is wrong (diagonal beg bobl’s), can I just make the beg bobbles into regular bobbles?

          Here is a picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/learn2sew/5399546522/

          1. Hi you!
            This “diagonaling” is normal for most crochet projects, and it appears that you are on the right track! You need to do the beginning bobble (with the ch3 start) to get your stitch to the right height. There are two other alternative methods for this (to replace the ch3), so if you want, you can try them out and see how you like them. You might want to do a search for these, as I don’t know how well I can explain:

            The chainless start: After you sl st to join the round, yarn over, insert your hook in the stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop (yo, draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Essentially, you are making a double crochet right off the bat instead of using the chain 3 to start.

            Or: make a single crochet, then chain 2 instead of making the ch 3

            Making the ch 3 is the easiest, and I find that it gets hidden well in a bobble stitch. I think your bag looks great so far, but like I said, do a search for chainless start or “alternative ways to begin crochet row” or something like that if the ch3 start is getting your goat!

  9. I almost fell out when I saw the ch3 for the beg bobble. I TOTALLY forgot about the ch3. I’m just crochetin’ away making my beg bobble the wrong way. I couldn’t stand knowing that I had did five beg bobbles wrong. So, I ripped it all out down to Row 1. I even found that I missed a ch1 in Row 1. I felt much better as I chugged back thru all of the rows. I’m ready to start Row 10.

    I’m not quite sure about Row 10. I need to read it again to make sure I have a clear understanding. I gather that I can make a decrease anywhere in this Row just as long as the decreases are not side by side…right?

    1. You got it–just decrease a total of 2, just not smack together. Curious: how were you doing the first bobble of each round? From your picture, I thought everything looked pretty dang good!

      1. Ha! I thought my beg bobbles were on point also. I was just making it without the ch3:

        yarn over, insert hook into stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through2 loops on hook] twice. (3 loops on hook)

        Ok, so after Row 9, I should have 52 hdc’s.

        By the end of Row 10, I should have 104 hdc, 102 because of the 2 dec’s, or do I just need Math 101. LOL!

  10. I actually didn’t count the hdc’s when I made the pattern . . . so . . . sure! At this stage of the game, I think you will find that even if you are off by one or two stitches, everything will still turn out!

    1. I was WAY off. Now I know how my ds feels when he gets a word problem wrong in homeschool. It’s 50 hdc not 104…

  11. I got a big chuckle out of that one (an extra 50). Yea, is there any way to erase my comment with the math calculation. Just don’t let my ds read that. LOL!

    1. It made me laugh, too. I agreed, after all! If you really want me to delete that bad math comment, I can. I’m anxious to see your bag when it’s finished, so let me know if you post pics!

  12. I LOVE this bag! I’ve been looking for something to make for my niece’s birthday gift, and this looks like what it’s going to be! Thank you for sharing!

      1. Unda, I think it looks almost right! The photo is a little blurry, but I can see that something is a little off.
        1) Are you working in the round (if you are turning your work at the end of each round, that could be creating the odd looking stitch). 2) At the end of each round, you need to slip stitch to the next space to start the new round, so are you slip stitching in the top of the bobble, then slip stitching into the first space? If not, this could make the stitches look strange. 3) When working in the round like this, you will always see a little bit of a diagonal “seam” where the round starts and ends, so maybe it is a result of the multicolor yarn (maybe the yarn makes it more noticeable). 4) The last thing I can think is this: from the picture, it kind of looks like you ended the round, then made the first bobble in the wrong space (like you “backed up” one space to the right rather than moving forward). If this is the case, at the end of the round, you will need to slip stitch in the very top of the first bobble, then slip stitch in the first space to the left of that bobble, then begin your next round.

        Geez, I hope this makes sense! Like I said, you are definitely on the right track, but let me know what you think of all this. It definitely seems that the problem is a result of an incorrect join or an incorrect beginning bobble that is pulling at the work.

  13. this bag soooo amazing…i love it…i’m a beginner, i try to make this but small version and not exactly follow the instruction..i have problem with begin the row, it’s make the project not too neat…
    sorry i think my english bad…

    1. Hello!
      I can help you out if you can give me some more specific information on what you are having problems with. This purse is a pretty small project, so I would suggest that you not try to alter the pattern, and follow the instructions exactly (this will ensure the best results for your first time making it). The diagram at the top shows exactly how to make the first round.

      Also, reading the comments might help with any questions you may have. Let me know what you think!

  14. Beautiful! I am planning on this being my next project. I am going to do it in purple and give it to my great niece for christmas, but I was just curious as to how much yarn to purchase.

    1. It doesn’t take much yarn — one skein would for sure be enough for one, and probably enough for two or three. I made this with an already-used skein of Red Heart Acrylic, so it’s hard to say exactly how much :/

    2. Thanks for the quick response. That was what I was thinking but in the picture you really can’t tell the size.

  15. Hello, I would love to make this purse. I have a 7 y/o and would like to make it a tad bit bigger. Would that be possible? If so, can you please post new chain amount to make a medium sized purse. Thank you very much! It looks soooo cute!

    1. The pattern is a multiple of 2+1. Now, I hope this makes sense: just add a multiple of 2 more chains to the original “chain 26” pattern to make it wider. I would maybe start with a chain of 32 and see if that’s wide enough. Then just follow the pattern (making the extra bobbles, of course). To make it taller, just add more rounds. Also, you can increase your hook and yarn size.

  16. I love this pattern! Thank you so much for posting it! I found it through a google search as it stood out among the rest (during an image search) and I was in love! 🙂 I just made it for a 10yr old girl and she LOVES it! I did the strap slightly differently and added a pocket to the lining.

    You may have already stated your answer to this question, but I cant find it. Am I allowed to sell my project, made from your pattern?

    Thanks again! It is so cute!

    1. Hi-ya! Yes, you may sell finished items from ANY of my patterns (free or sale). I just ask that you don’t sell or distribute the pattern itself (like printing it and sharing it, or e-mailing it to someone). And, just the old honor-system thingy that you don’t mark or declare these items as your own original design. Other than that, sell, sell, sell! I’d love to see your projects, too, if you’re interested in posting photos on the Flickr page (link on the sidebar).

      I’m so glad to hear that you liked the pattern!

      1. Great to know! Thanks! Yes, I posted the one I made to flickr today! 🙂 it is the grey one with a blue ribbon.

  17. Again, I love your patterns . They are such neat stitches and written more easy to understand and follow than any I’ve ever used. Thank you for them. I just found the Bobbolicious purse! And just finished the scalloped hat and cowl. LOVE them.
    Diana

  18. Hey! Thanks for posting your lovely pattern :). I’ve just made 3 in different colours and sizes for my lil’ cousin’s 8th birthday :). She’ll love them! (hopefully ;))

    Thank you!

  19. A beautiful little gem, made it in white for my daughters first holy communion,she loved it and the pattern was perfection.

  20. Beautiful bag, I love the way you explain very clear, easy and fast ….

    Thanks for your time … I am lucky to have found your stuff …. Stunning !!!!

  21. I make most of my purses, just a suggestion, I also make pockets for the inside, for my cell phone or meds or lipstick, also a little case for my glasses…in additon I also line the handles so they won’t stretch. But I am going to make this one, in RED, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PATTERN…

    1. HaHA! Yes, lining the handle is a super-extra bonus. I have a larger bag that I wish I would have lined the handles — they do get stretched under a heavy load!

  22. I love this bag, and am looking forward to finishing it! I’m in the middle, and I have a question. I have completed rounds 1 – 6. For round 7, you wrote to change hooks (which I assume is what makes the bobbles come out smaller), but in the picture it looks like there are 8 rounds with the larger hook. Is there a mistake, am I supposed to change hooks only after round 8? thanks,

    1. Nope, this is how I made it. But, you could change hooks at round 8 if you wanted — or not change hooks at all — for varying results. There are also decreases in upcoming rounds, so the shape will come in at the top a little even if you don’t change, or change later!

  23. This was very helpful in seeing how to write out a crochet pattern. Adding the graph definitely helps a lot. I actually prefer the graph over written out patterns. I was wondering how you did that. Did you use a program? 🙂 thank you!

    1. I draw my graphs with pencil, then scan them, then make the symbols in Illustrator. I’m sure there’s a better way, but that’s what I know!

  24. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this adorable pattern! I just one in black sparkly yarn for myself for an evening bag and am getting ready to make a bright pink one for my 3 year old!

  25. Cute purse. With forty plus years of crocheting under my belt, I have never seen that stitch called a bobble. It’s called a cluster stitch. There is a completely different stitch called a bobble stitch, I believe.

  26. Thank you for this fabulous pattern! It was very easy to understand and I enjoyed making it. It will make a great present for my niece for christmas. I was able to make it last minute very quickly. You rock!

    1. That shouldn’t happen — you should be able to click the print button at the bottom of the post and it should print without the comments. However, if this isn’t working for some reason:

      1. You can select only the pages you want to print from your computer’s print screen (like, choose 1-3 instead of “all”).
      2. You can copy the text of the pattern and paste it into a new file in your computer’s Text Edit program (or Word or whatever), and print from there.

  27. cute pattern but I won’t print 23 pages to get it and I didn’t find a print friendly icon.

    1. At the bottom, there is a button that says “more.” If you hover over this, a print button will appear. Alternatively, you could copy and paste the text portion of the pattern into Text Edit or Word and print that.

  28. Would you able to tell me what kind of yarn did you use, or what would you recommend. I’m new to crocheting. I went to Hobby-Lobby and asked for worsted yarn and they had no idea what I was talking about.

    1. Oh my! I used a Red Heart Acrylic yarn for this bag. Any acrylic or mixed acrylic (like acrylic + cotton), will work as long as it has a crochet hook symbol on the package with a “5mm” marking on it. Sheesh, that is strange — sorry about that.

      I hear that Hobby Lobby has a popular yarn called “I Love This Yarn,” and I believe that will do the trick!

  29. I think I’m the only one who has had trouble on the very first row LOL! The way I read it, where the stars are for repetition.

    “1) With 5.5mm hook, ch 26. Make beg bobble in third chain from hook (do not chain 3 for this one—starting in the third chain from the hook counts as your ch 3). Ch 1, skip next ch. * Make bobble in next ch, ch 1.* Repeat * to * until the last chain.”

    I did the first beggining bobble, chained one, then skipped the next. But don’t the stars say to just repeat, the bobble, then chain 1? Should the star be placed here maybe and have a chain removed?

    *Ch 1, skip next ch. Make bobble in next ch.* Repeat * to * until the last chain.”

    I ended up with over 20 bobbles because it didn’t think it specified to skip a chain in between every bobble.

    Thanks!

  30. When I originally commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I
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    There has to be an easy method you can remove me from that service?
    Many thanks!

    1. When you receive these notifications, there should be an option within the e-mail to “unsubscribe.” Alternatively, I think you can unsubscribe through your Google account somehow!

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