Looking for your next crochet project? In this post, I’ve put together a list of 25 free modern crochet bag patterns, so you can choose the perfect bag to fit your style and functionality needs. In this collection of free crochet bag patterns for beginners, you’ll find options for backpacks, market bags, totes, zipper pouches, crossbody bags, and more!
Modern Crochet Bags and Purses
Crocheting your own bag or purse is a perfect way to make a functional, practical project that shows your style No matter your taste, there are tons of options for crochet purse patterns and crochet bag patterns that will blend in just right with your favorite looks.
The perfect warm-weather project. A crocheted bag is an excellent spring or summer project when you don’t feel like stitching up a warm blanket or a chunky scarf.
Great gift idea. If you don’t need a bag of your own (although who can’t use another bag?), a handmade bag can make the perfect gift. Or, stitch up a few for your local craft fair!
Functional and stylish! Crocheted bags have so many uses, from holding your goods at the farmers market, toting around beach supplies, carrying your groceries on your weekly supermarket trip, and more!
Recommended Supplies for Crochet Bags
Most of these easy crochet bag patterns only require a few simple supplies. Of course, you’ll need yarn and the correct size crochet hook for each one.
Many patterns suggest having stitch markers, and some require a fabric liner, button, or zipper.
You’ll notice that natural fiber yarns, like cotton, are popular for crochet bags since they’re often stronger and more durable than acrylic yarns.
And while the suggested yarns vary for each crochet bag pattern, medium-weight cotton yarn is a popular choice for many. If you’re not sure which yarn to choose, you can’t go wrong with Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton. However, many of these patterns below are great projects for using up whatever extra yarn you may have on hand.
Tips for Crocheting Bags
Here are a few tips for creating the perfected crocheted bag.
Use the right yarn.
While there’s certainly room for creativity, using a durable yarn that fits your project type well will make for a stronger, longer-lasting bag. I’ve listed the ideal yarn weight and a suggested yarn type for each pattern to make picking out the perfect yarn easy. All you have to do is choose your favorite color!
Check your gauge to get the right size.
Unlike a sweater or a pair of socks, a bag is usually a little more forgiving when it comes to size. Still, if you want your bag to work up to the pattern’s suggested size, it’s important to make a gauge swatch to ensure you have the correct size hook before getting started.
Consider adding a lining.
Many of these modern crochet bag patterns include instructions for adding a liner to your bag. While not always necessary, a liner will add a professional look while ensuring that your belongings are safe and sound in your bag. Adding a liner is relatively simple and will increase the quality and durability of your bag for years to come!
However, since most of these bags are made with durable yarn and feature tight, dense fabrics, a liner usually isn’t an absolute necessity.
25 Modern Crochet Bag Patterns
Here are some of my favorite free modern crochet bag patterns and purse patterns. Keep reading for backpacks, market bags, totes, zipper pouches, crossbody bags, and more!
This stylish backpack is ergonomic, comfortable, and easy to throw on your back whether you’re going to the farmers market or out for a day at the beach. It has drawstrings to keep it closed and secure your possessions safely inside.
The leather handles and magnetic clasp give this tote a classy touch. Add a fabric lining to keep your belongings safely inside. With the recommended hook and yarn size, you’ll create a dense, tight fabric for this bag.
Have you tried Tunisian crochet? If not, you can add to your crochet skills with this unique drawstring bucket bag. This pattern blends traditional crochet with Tunisian crochet, a technique that is often considered a blend between crocheting and knitting.
Yep, this pattern is a 2-in-1! It’s the ideal bag for toting around your crochet and knitting supplies, so you can easily take your projects with you wherever you go. If you want to convert it into a yarn basket to use at home, simply fold the handle under. Its 3D shape creates a base so that it can stand on its own.
Unlike the airy, cotton bags of summer, this soft, flexible, wooly bag is an excellent tote for the fall and winter months. This bag is worked in rounds, so make sure you have stitch markers on hand to keep track!
This cute crocheted pouch is the perfect place to keep your crochet hooks safe and sound! It even zips up to keep your hooks securely inside, so you’re ready to crochet at any time! Since this is a small bag, it’s great for using up extra yarn.
Since this project is fairly small and works up in one piece, it’s a breeze to make! Its bulky weight makes it sturdy, and the cross-body strap means it’s easy to sling over your shoulder securely and go!
This compact, rectangular pouch is worked in the round. If you’ve never crocheted using the star stitch, you’ll get to try it out in this pattern (don’t worry, there’s a video tutorial linked!). You’ll love the intricate design that the stitch makes.
Homemade, or purchased from Target? This shoulder bag sports a professional look that will have your friends asking if you can make one for them, too! Fortunately, it’s very easy to make! Tote your most important belongings easily with this unique, stylish bag.
Here’s another granny square bag that’s seamed together to create a modern look. Its roomy size and thick strap make it comfortable for carrying around groceries, beach supplies, or just about anything else!
Stay hydrated with this practical water bottle pouch. This seamless bag is easy to carry wherever you go. Plus, it’s great for using up scrap yarn. If you’d rather sling your bottle over your shoulder, just lengthen the strap.
What better way to carry around your yarn projects than with this bag made from your project leftovers? Collect your favorite yarn remnants and a barrel button, and you’re ready to start stitching. You’ll work this bag by holding three strands of yarn together.
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