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25+ Free Granny Square Bags Patterns

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Looking for the best granny square bag patterns? This collection of free crochet patterns will inspire you to transform those stacks of grannies into practical and stylish bags you’ll love to use.

Our Favorite Granny Square Bags

Like many crocheters, I adore granny squares. They’re simple, quick, relaxing, and a great way to play with creative color combos.  

But when the stacks of grannies start piling up, I look for fun ways to use them. Practical and fun granny square bags are the perfect solution!

That’s why I put together this list of my favorite granny square bag patterns, with lots of options for all skill levels. Whether you need roomy totes for market runs, cute purses for everyday wear, or hands-free fanny packs for summer adventures, you’ll find inspiration and your next favorite pattern in this roundup. 

Some of the designs include:

  • Granny square tote bags
  • Everyday purses
  • Granny square fanny pack
  • Beach bags
  • Market bags
  • …and more!

25+ Free Granny Square Bags Patterns

Take a look at these free and beginner-friendly granny square bag patterns for your next crochet project. Happy crocheting!

Necessary Supplies

Granny square bags are great for stash-busting! Chances are you already have all the supplies on hand, including:

  • Yarn. Use yarn that you already have on hand, or refer to our tips below on selecting the best yarn for crochet bags.
  • Crochet hook. Your pattern and/or yarn label will help you choose the correct size.
  • Other supplies: scissors, stitch markers, tapestry needles, etc.
  • Optional bag enhancements: fabric liner, handles, zippers, buttons, clasps, tassels, etc.

Your specific pattern will let you know exactly what supplies you’ll need and give you tips and suggestions for choosing optional bag enhancements.

What is the best yarn for a granny square bag?

You’ll want to choose a sturdy, durable yarn for your bag in order to create a design that can carry whatever you need to hold! Worsted-weight cotton is an excellent choice. It’s not only durable, but is also easy to wash in case your bag gets dirty.!

In this list, we’ve included suggested yarns for each pattern, so you can make a quick choice and get on with crocheting your bag! A few of our favorite options for crochet bags are Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton, and Lion Brand Pima Cotton.

Techniques to Know

Here are some common techniques and stitches that you might run into as you pick out your favorite granny square patterns:

Can beginners make crocheted granny square tote bags?

Granny square bags are a great project for beginners. If you can make a granny square, you can definitely make a granny square bag.

Here are some of the best beginner patterns in this list:

Granny Square Tote Bag (#2), Fun Crochet Granny Square Bag (#11), and Crochet Granny Square Bag Pattern (#14).

How many granny squares will I need for a standard-sized tote?

The number of granny squares you’ll need depends on how big the bag is, and how big each square is. For an average-sized tote (approximately 12″ x 12″), you’ll need 10-15 average-sized granny squares.

Your pattern will let you know exactly how many squares you’ll need, and how to adjust them to change the size of your bag if you wish to do so.

Tips and Tricks for Granny Square Bag Patterns

Keep these tips in mind when crocheting your next granny square bag.

Consider your Color Scheme

You’ve got lots of options when picking colors for your granny square bag! You could go with one solid color, choose a few coordinating colors, or use up every color you have in your stash – that’s the beauty of granny squares!

If you’re stuck, grab a color wheel or use Canva’s color palette generator to play with color combos. 

Make it Sturdy

Choose a durable, sturdy yarn so that your bag will last a long time, especially if you plan to carry heavier items. Pay special attention to your seams and weaving in your ends, too.

Add a Lining

Adding a fabric lining is a great way to make your crochet bag even more practical. Definitely consider adding a lining if you plan to carry small important items (like keys!) that you wouldn’t want to slip out between the holes in your granny square fabric. 

Block First

Take the time to block all your granny squares before stitching your bag together. Blocking your squares helps create uniformity and gives your project a polished, finished look. For best results, block each square individually. Then, follow the granny square bag layout in your pattern to assemble your bag!

Add Embellishments

Add tassels, pom poms, beads, or stylish handles to customize your bag!

More Free Crochet Patterns

If you love to crochet as much as I do, check out the following pattern collections.

photo collage of one person wearing a crochet sunburst granny square messenger bag, with wooded background; one crochet hexagon bag against white background, one crochet purse hanging on a decorative ladder against white background, and a person holding a multi-colored bag made from colorful granny squares.

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