How to Crochet My Mini Bag – DIY Tutorial – Easy Handbag Purse Clutch Bolsa Borsa

Hi I’m Donna Wolfe from
Today i’ll show you how to crochet my mini bag. The written pattern is
on I am using 225 yards of size 18 nylon crochet thread, a
one-inch button and an F crochet hook. By the way be sure to click on the
subscribe button to get notified of new videos from me each week. To begin make a slipknot and chain 33. Make 3 single crochet stitches in the second chain
from the hook, and mark that first stitch. Tthen make 1 single crochet in each chain across except for that last chain. In that last chain make three single
crochet stitches. Pivot your work a bit and make one single crochet on the
opposite side of that starting chain. Keep going up that chain. We’ll be working in spiral crochet so for round two just make one half double crochet in that
first stitch and then mark it. Now just continue by making one half double
crochet around all of the stitches. As you can see we’re making somewhat of an oval shape. It will be normal for your work to curl inwards a bit. For the next round take out your stitch
marker and continue by making one half double crochet around. Always mark your
first stitch so you know where you started. Keep going around and around until you
achieve a total of 21 rounds which should equal about 8 inches. With spiral
crochet it has a slant so you’re ending stitch might not be precisely at a
corner. Just add a few more half double crochet stitches until you reach the
nearest corner. By the way wanted to give a shout out to my good friend Kathy who
runs an awesome Facebook crochet group. Be sure to join the ELK Studio Crocheters
group, which is one of my favorite groups to hang out in. Now the purse flap. Turn
over your work and figure out where thirty-one stitches would be centered,
then mark the first one and the last one with a paperclip. Slip stitch over to the
paperclip. Now we’re going to do the star stitch so if you need extra help be sure
to check out my star stitch video on YouTube. To do the star stitch draw up
one loop in the next five stitches so that you have six loops on your hook,
yarn over and draw through all six loops. Chain one. Next star – insert hook under
the chain then along the side loop of the stitch then at the base of that
stitch. Then one loop from the next two stitches. Draw through all loops. Chain
one. And here it is again – insert hook under the chain then along the side loop
of the stitch then at the base of that stitch then one loop from the next two
stitches. Draw through all loops. Chain one. Continue this across the row. When
you get near the end do your last star stitch like this. And then in your marked stitch make one
half double crochet, chain two, and turn your work. Now you’ll make two half
double crochet stitches in what’s called the eye of the star stitch. It’s where you
originally made that chain one. Continue with these two half double crochet
stitches across the row. At the end you’ll need to make two half
double crochet stitches in the side loop of the end of the previous row’s star. Chain three and turn your work. Now this
next row is a bit different with starting the stars. Draw up a loop from
the second and third chain then one loop from the next three stitches and pull
through. Chain one. Now you’ll just continue with your normal star stitches
across the row again. And at the end do your last star stitch. And in the very last loop make one half
double crochet, chain two, and turn. Do your two half double crochet stitches in
the center of each star stitch from the previous row. At the end, remembe, two
half double crochet stitches. Chain three and turn your work. You’ll continue to
repeat rows 3 and four for a total of 14 rows for the flap. Once completed you can add an edging. Chain one and turn your work. Just do a single crochet edging
along the flap’s bottom. For the buttonhole I stop in the middle and
chain five or six then continue on with your single
crochet stitches around the flap. I like to put three single crochet stitches in
the corners. Now move up the flap like this. For the handles I like to stop with my
edging here and chain 160. Then I single crochet the chain to the other side of
the purse. Then I just loosely slip stitch along the chain back to the
original part of the handle. And I continue on with single crocheting along
the inner edge and around the flap. By the way if you’re on social media you
can also find me on Facebook Instagram Pinterest and Twitter. I have videos on
how to line a purse – but the easiest is to take two pieces of craft felt and cut
it the size of your bag. Then either hand sew or machine sew
along the three edges. Place the sewn felt inside of the bag and then hand sew
it along the edge of the bag. You can purchase tassel kits for adding tassels
to purses. And here’s my mini bag. I hope this video has helped you. Please
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  2. Thank you for the pattern and video. Very hard to get that nylon. I'm using Lion brand 24/7 cotton in jade. It's working up nicely. Will post pictures when done

  3. I am half way done with the body of the bag and the nylon yarn was split in the middle of the spool. Do you have any suggestions for how to fasten the rest of the spool of nylon yarn to the end of the yarn so I don't lose my work? Or am I just out of luck? How can you tell before you start a project if the spool will be split somewhere in the middle? I hope this makes sense!

  4. Hi Donna! Thank you for another great tutorial! Which are the final dimensions of the bag please? Can we make it bigger by just making the starting chain longer? Thank you in advance! Good morning from sunny Greece! 🙂

  5. Hi Donna: Somehow my husband's name attached itself to you tube. My name is Rosemary and love your videos. I just finished making the body of the purse. However, I lost my stitch marker so I don't know where I started. Is there another way to figure this out. Thank you.

  6. That is one fabulous purse. I love the excellent quality of your videoing, the focus is sharp and it's easy to see exactly what your hook is doing.

  7. Hi, i just open your video and i just want to say that you are an amazing person. I love how you teach, making this project easy to make. If you can make a few steps a little slower for a few rows it would be even more better, just to see how it is made. Im a beginner crochet. I got this hobby to relax, to have a me time. I love your video thank you

  8. Hey I was watching your video on how to make a pocketbook i have a loom can i make the same one on the loom

  9. Ohhh thanks for translator un espanish! And thanks because your video os very easy for learn! Sorry for my english …

  10. Какая молодчинка!!! Просто изумительно,красиво!💞💞💞💞👍👍👍👍👍👍

  11. What is the length and width of the bag .? Can increase number of chain .If yes how do I start the flap count in star stitch .

  12. Καλησπέρα!
    Με το βίντεο σας αυτό και τις σωστές οδηγίες που δώσατε , κατάφερα κι εγώ να φτιάξω ένα.
    Ευχαριστώ πολύ!

  13. Hi! I just saw this video and it's great I love the purse. I have that same yarn and want to make it , but will like it just a little bigger can I just add some stitches and keep following your instructions ? I'm new on crocheting. Thank you for any help you can give me.

  14. I’m crocheting mine right now, but I don’t know why the flap is backwards. When I flip it over, it shows the back

  15. I am so proud of my bag! Thanks for your pattern. I made one simple change but everything else is your design. I'm waiting for my lining. I will iron on fabric stiffer then some cute lining. I'm looking for the right kit for the tassel. Have you an idea where I might find that? Again, thank you for this very cute shoulder bag.

  16. Love this video thank you and also I find it funny that we both use a paper clip to Mark are stich to know where we started

  17. Hi Naztazia I want to make oval broad base of the bag so please tell me with how many chains I should start thanks alots

  18. Hi I was wondering (I couldn’t find it anywhere) How do i attach 2 pieces of 100% #18 nylon thread? I tried melting it with a lighter but it didn’t hold up 100% thank you

  19. I am a beginner painstakingly working to learn how to make simple bags, lined with a zipper. I love this bag design (when I'm better practiced), love your sweater at the video beginning, I like working with yarn like this because I don't split yarn as often and can see the stitch shape more easily. When making wider bag straps, how do you prevent them from stretching once the handbag is loaded and in use? And thank you for the helpful videos!

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