Bags and Totes

Lately, knitted and crocheted totes have been trendy. I’ve seen them popping up everywhere, from couture collections to my local beach.

Perhaps you want to get in on this trend too — or maybe you could care less about the trends, and you just want a nice bag that will look good and last you a long time. Either way, the patterns on this page are worth considering.


Assuming you use durable materials and take proper care of them, knitted and crocheted bags can be surprisingly sturdy and long-wearing.

They are also versatile; they can be stylish, fashion-forward, classic and / or practical.


We invite you to browse through the following patterns to find your next bag or tote project.

1. Crochet Rag Bag Pattern

If you'd like to crochet a tote bag to use as a beach bag, book bag or shopping bag, this rag bag is an ideal project to use for any of those purposes. The free crochet rag bag pattern is available online.
If you’d like to crochet a tote bag to use as a beach bag, book bag or shopping bag, this rag bag is an ideal project to use for any of those purposes. The free crochet rag bag pattern is available online.

This pretty fabric bag is a versatile design. It makes a fabulous go-anywhere tote, and you can use it in whatever capacity you happen to need — book bag, diaper bag, market bag, overnight bag, beach bag…etc.


Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Not mentioned in the pattern.
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

2. Crochet Market Bag

Crochet Market Bag Pattern
Free Crochet Market Bag Pattern

Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Easy+
  • Pattern Designer: The Design Team at Lion Brand Yarns

Learn How to Combine Crochet and Leather Work to Make Spectacular Designer Bags

Find Patterns and Instructions in Crochetterie by Molla Mills


Crochetterie by Molla Mills: Modern Crochet Rug Patterns and More
Crochetterie by Molla Mills: Modern Crochet Rug Patterns and More

Have you ever seen finely-crafted designer handbags that were manufactured using a combination of crocheted fabric and other materials such as leather straps, metal rings and fabric linings? If you have, perhaps you’ve also wondered how to make these amazing statement pieces for yourself. I know I have.


While I do want to own such fabulous accessories, I’m not even a little bit interested in spending thousands of dollars to buy them. But I’d definitely be interested in learning the secrets of how to make them myself.

Well, guess what! There is a book that will actually teach you what you need to know to crochet your own designer handbags and combine the crochet work with leather bits and metal pieces. If you want to learn how to do this, too, check out Crochetterie: Cool Contemporary Crochet for the Creatively Minded by Molla Mills. Molla combines crocheted fabrics with other materials like leather to create sophisticated bags and other mixed media projects — and this is something she teaches us how to do in her book.


Crochetterie includes instructions for bunches of different types of craft projects, with quite a few interesting bags and packs among them. You’ll learn lots of different techniques from this book, including how to make crocheted bags with sturdy leather bottoms, how to attach leather straps and pieces to your crochet projects, and how to add zippers to your works-in-progress to finish them professionally.

Designer bags are not the only types of projects you’ll learn to make from this book. The book also includes lots of different tutorials, patterns and project ideas for a broad variety of other items including rugs, home decor items, accessories and more. I highly recommend the book.


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Vintage Crochet Purse Patterns

Want to make a purse that looks vintage using an authentic antique purse pattern? Perhaps you’d enjoy owning an Edwardian style filet crochet bag or a vintage beaded bag in the 1920s flapper style. If so, you’ll want to check out these vintage crochet purse patterns at antique-crochet.com.

If you want to make your own tote bag or purse, we hope you found one or more bag patterns that will work for what you have in mind. Be sure to check out our main directory of knit and crochet accessory patterns to find even more fabulous knitting and crochet projects. Thanks for visiting!

This page was last updated on 11-2-2018.

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