I've been on a crochet kick lately, especially purses. Or as they say down here, handbags. :-)
I have 2 listed on The Craft Star so far...
I had an old pattern cut from a magazine of a large summer beaded bag and about 18 or 20 years ago I had made a red one for me, a white one for my step-daughter, and a brown (I think) one for Amanda. When I "re"found the pattern, I modified the pattern some to create this lilac beaded handbag. I shortened the size of the bag, and the strap. Then I reinforced the strap with a cord inside. I made the back longer then the front to create the flap, and added a scalloped edge. Then I lined the bag with pretty light purple cotton fabric to stop anything from poking through the stitches. This purse is listed in my Craft Star shop.
I found some left over bright yellow yarn in my stash and after a little searching, I found the pattern for this small bag on the Lion Brand website. But instead of a crochet strap, I used some cool acrylic handles I purchased at Hancock Fabric. Of course, this one is lined also.
This last bag I made when I saw the new neon yarn for sale at Michaels. And I had a 40% coupon, whoohoo. I used the same pattern as the beaded bag, but without the beads. It was a bit of a pain since each row is a different color, so there was a lot of ends to weave it, but I love the finished product. So much so that I kept this bag for myself. :-D
If you like these bags, but maybe in a different color, I can do that for you, just let me know.
And because I don't like to hog the limelight all to myself, and I love to promote handmade, here's a few other bags I discovered on my favorite sites, The Craft Star and Handmade Artists.
|duct tape handbag|
|Honolulu vintage clutch|