Front Posts Clutch Purse

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This is one of my favorite bags and I have about 40 purses and have sold 2 and have given away some and some I gave as donations.  I love purses but I am very particular because it has to be durable and able to fit everything I need. I’m not a clutch person but I had a small amount of yarn and wanted to make something small. Now I love them and want to make more. It’s basically single crochet on the top and I used the sc flaps on the inside that stick out to add a zipper I made the sides first and with some math and estimation, crocheted a long piece from the side, bottom to other side.  I slip stitched it together.

Here is the video on how to do the front post stitches.

The flower is wool, the purse and leaves are acrylic. Let me know if you want to buy it. It holds my cell, keys, wallet, lip balm and pen. Since it is small and the stitches are close, it doesn’t need a lining.

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I am currently perfecting this pattern and have just sold one. Let me know if you would like to buy one, it is $15.

Zipper 7” to match Red Heart Super Saver Buff Color
Hook Size: 5.0 mm (H-Hook)

Foundation Chain: 56 ch, sl st close, ch 1 turn (Should be 7-7.5” when folded in half. The zipper is 7” and you want it to fit inside)

Top Band:
Row 1-3: sc 56, sl st, ch 1, turn Repeat 3 more times

Row 4: sc 56 in front ch to make a ridge in the inside to sew the zipper on to,

Row 5: same as row 1-3, finish off

Row 1 Again: Turn band upside down so edge of first foundation chains is up and do a row of 56 sc around the whole edge. Do not finish off yet.

Body of Clutch Purse:
Front Side and Back Side

Please note, the area where all these slip stitches are will be covered by a flower so remember it goes on the side front. Remember that so you know where the front and sides are.

Row 1: starting where you left off from above, ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st repeat this until you have filled 23 ch spaces. ( If you want to do another number you can, the front posts pattern is sets of 3 plus 2)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in first stitch, dc front post, hdc in next 2 stitches, dc front post next stitch, repeat to the end for a total of 23 stitches. Ch 2, turn

Row 3-11: hdc in first stitch, dc back post, hdc in next 2 stitches, dc back post next stitch, repeat to the end for a total of 23 stitches. Ch 2, turn. (It gets tricky where you do the back and front posts because you are leaving a stitch by itself undone. If you do a 3rd hdc in the back of the post where it is free you can but the purse will have a wide fan shape if that is what you want. You can skip it and not worry about holes because most of the stitches are in hdc to make the hole to be very small. If you do all the stitches in dc there will be more gaps when you attach the bottom of the clutch purse.) Finish off at the end of the 12th row.

Repeat Row 1-12 for backside.

Calculate this to know where to place the back side: Total foundation stitches was 56. Front Side was 23 stitches, Back Side 23 stitches so the total used was 46 stitches (23+23=46) The ones unused are 10 stitches. (56-46=10) Divide that number by 2. (10 / 2= 5) That is the number on each side of your purse that should be an empty space.

Bottom of Purse:

Row 1-12: Ch 6, sc in 3rd stitch from the end, sc in next 3 stitches for a total of 5 stitches, ch 2 turn, repeat next row to make 5 stitches again. Ch 2 , turn. Repeat for 11 more rows. Total of 12- five stitch rows.

Row 13-43: (Bottom of 23 body stitches) sc in same ch 2 space, sc 5 more times, add one extra sc in last ch. *sc 7 stitches each row, ch 2, turn*  Continue making 7 stitch rows for the entire of the 23 stitch bottom area.

Row 43-55: sl st first ch space and sc in next 4 spaces, on last 2 sc spaces do a sc decrease. (combine 2 sc in 1 stitch) Total stitches is 5. Ch 2, turn, continue to make 12 more 5 stitch rows.

With yarn needle and yarn, connect with a neat whip stitch from inside of purse and also add the zipper. Use pins to make sure each side is even.

Add zipper: Use pins, make it so the ridge inside the band close together to hide the zipper. Pin it in place and center zipper.

Attach a flower over the slip stitches on front.

Here is a flower you might want to try. This is a video tutorial.
I added a fabric button that happened to match. I used a wool yarn for the flower and I dislike the wool with acrylic. Keep it the same fiber as the body.

Butterfly Pouch Bag

cotton butterfly pouch

This is a small purse that has a cross over strap. I added a cute butterfly and a cute butterfly lining. It is very durable in cotton and I quilted the lining onto the purse from the inside. All my projects are very durable. This is great for all occasions, even hiking. It is made from a circle. I will link up the tutorial in case anyone wants to make one. It’s from the Bag-O-Day Youtube website that is pretty awesome. The tutorial has a square but I used a circle for this one. I made another bag that is closer to the tutorial on youtube.

grey bauble handbag

 

3 bauble grey bag

This is my own design, fits everything, I need to add lining because crocheted acrylic won’t hold anything more than 1-2 lbs without stretching out.

This was influenced by a pinterest photo that I was going to make a zipper but because of the narrow opening (7-8″across). It looks like a narrow opening but it fits my wallet and phone and keys and lip balm well with room to spare. I decided not to add a zipper but I think I will add a lining some other day.

bag influence

The top handle part is. is 44 sc. I made the bottom separately

To increase width I added dcs between the shell stitches, I just did some quick math in the beginning to divide the 44 stitches from above part. 6 dc, shell, 4 dc, shell, 4 dc, shell, 4 dc, shell, 6 dc.

8 rows adding baubles at the 4th row.
9th row I evened the stitches to make a straight line using sc, hdc, and double crochet.

For the bottom I added 4 sc rows in the round and at the end did a slip stitch and finished off. I whip stitched the bottom closed doing a 1″square pleat on the ends for a rectangular bottom without pointy ends. (Use pins to make even)

To attach the body I sc to handles and used yarn and needle to neatly press down the sc part sticking out. This makes it very neat and strong.

Crochet Eye Mask

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This easy crocheted sleep mask is 2 layers. I tried it 2 times. The first time I used 2 similar yarns in acrylic. The 2nd time I used an acrylic for the base and a cheap polyester yarn I got at the 98 Cent Store. I timed this project at about 1 1/2 hours and it can go faster or slower depending on how you do it. Canon Makes a bulky heather grey that is a good base for the bottom. The top can be a thinner yarn but to keep the same measurements, I used a J hook for the thinner yarn.

Yarn – 4 ply yarn, 1 or 2 colors

Hook Size – I Hook, 5.5 mm

Measurements – 9″ x  3.5″ (mask part)

 

You can easily adjust these measurements to fit your head better.

Foundation: 25 ch +1  (the 25 ch should measure out approx 9″ in length, must be an odd number for changing amount)

Row 1 : 1 sc in the 3rd ch from hook, 23 sc, ch 2, turn.

Row 2-5:  (the ch 2 from row 1 is 1st sc) *24 sc, ch 2, turn*. Repeat 3 more times.  ( Approx 1.5″ in width)

Row 6 (Left Eye) : 11 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 7: 11 sc, ch 2, turn

Row 8: 11 sc,  turn (no turn ch)

Row 9: sl st in first ch sp, 10 sc, ch 2, turn

Row 10: ch 10, turn

Row 11: sl st in 1st ch sp, 9 sc, finish off.

Row 6 again (Right Eye): Starting at outer edge, Attach yarn to last stitch of Row 5, ch 2, sc 11, ch 1, turn

Row 7-11: Repeat same as Row 7-11 of Left Eye

 

2nd outer color – Make the same way, use 1 hook higher for thinner yarns.

 

To Attach:  Sl St or sc around entire mask

 

Nose ridge: while sl st or sc around mask do this at the 3 chains where the nose ridge is (in 1st ch do 1 hdc, in 2nd ch do 2 dc, in 3rd ch do 1 hdc. This will make a ridge for the nose.

 

Thin Straps: ch 30 for top strap, ch 25 for lower strap

Thicker straps: Same as thin but ch 31 and 26 and sc or hdc. Use yarn needle and scrap yard to secure onto mask.

 

For a prettier mask, Use a moss stitch on outer layer with 2-3 sc on outer edges.