Monday, September 19, 2016

Fat Bottom Bag - project instructions

Fat Bottom Bag... you make the rockin' world go round!

I've sewn a lot of bags in the past but haven't crocheted anything with handles!  So when I saw these handles at my local Lens Mill store, I couldn't resist a project!  I saw a pattern on Ravelry that I loved, but it was only in print so I looked around online and found some great instructions that I followed.  My step by step process is detailed below!
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  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn (I used Bernat Super Value in Plum Mist Heather)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Lining fabric, mine was some leftover polka dot lightweight cotton
  • Thread (I used white and purple)
  • Purse handles (mine are wooden ovals, would work just as well with circles)
  • Scissors


I found this amazing blog post and followed it almost exactly, except for the handles.  I did the exact instructions for the creation of the bag piece (I've inserted the chart here for reference)

This makes a pocket-shaped piece, just like the blog says.

I cut the lining to be a tiny bit bigger than the folded-in-half outer bag, then I top stitched a folded and pressed seam all the way around in white thread, and seamed up the 4 sides.  Then I simply pinned the lining in place on the pocket and sewed it all the way around to the crocheted piece using purple thread.

Then I followed the rest of the instructions.  For this I did 5 rows of sc on either side to make the band, and then SEPARATELY joined the yarn to the handles and then did a row of sc to join the handles to the band on each side.  I used this video to create the handle:

And voila!  A pretty awesome bag!  Note that the first time I constructed it, I accidentally sc'ed up the sides between the handles, so when I finished the bag it wouldn't actually open.  Oops!

The finished bag is 12" wide by 8" tall.  A great size for a multi-function bag!  I'd love to see your finished projects so link them in the comments below.

Happy crafting!

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