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Crochet Drawstring Bag Pattern Bramble

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, my crochet drawstring bag pattern is designed for everyone.

If you’re a confident beginner, you will enjoy learning new stitches and techniques while making a useful bag.

Advanced crocheters can showcase their skills and have fun with colour changes and stitch variations.

Drawstring Bag crocheted in bobble stitch using orange and stone colors

My pattern uses different stitches to make the bag interesting. You’ll work the bobble stitch and ‘acorn’ clusters, as well as basic crochet stitches double crochet (US single crochet) and treble crochet (US double crochet). These stitches will give your bag a unique and beautiful look.

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We’ll be changing colours often throughout the bag, which makes it more exciting. You can play with different colour combinations and let your creativity shine. This will give your bag a vibrant and eye-catching appearance.

The bag handles are very strong. They won’t stretch too much, so you can confidently carry heavier items. Don’t worry, crocheting the handles is easy, and they add a nice finishing touch to your bag.

crochet bucket purse is resting on white and orange flowers

Design Inspiration

I wanted to design a bag using at least two complimentary stitches. Trying out different stitches to use after the base of the bag was crocheted was trial and error! but I finally chose two different stitches.

I’ve used bobble stitch for the majority of the crochet drawstring bag. 

close up image of bobble stitches used in the crochet bucket purse
bobble stitch in a honeycomb pattern

The honeycomb pattern of the bobbles worked really well! This stitch gives the crochet bag a lovely texture.

The cluster stitch I’ve used look like acorns (and yes, that’s exactly what the stitch is called)!

A close up of the acorn cluster stitch used in the crochet bucket bag

The acorn clusters work really well for threading the drawstring through to secure the opening.

close up image of a crochet bucket bag with orange flowers in the background

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How the bag pattern is worked

The Bramble crochet drawstring bag is worked in rounds and rows using two different colors (Yarn A and B).

The free crochet pattern uses double crochet (US single crochet) stitches, bobble stitch (in a honeycomb pattern) and acorn clusters.

The base of the drawstring crochet bag is worked first in Yarn A for 10 x rounds of double crochet (US single crochet) with increases in the first two rounds.

Bobble stitch in a honeycomb pattern is then worked in rows using both Yarns A and B.

The body of the bag is then finished in rows of acorn clusters in Yarn A.

Two bag handles are crocheted in four rows of double crochet with two strands of yarn held together to create a ‘rope.’  The crochet fabric is sewn together leaving each end of the rope open to sew onto the outside of the bag.

Crocheted rope for the bucket bag handle

Finally, a drawstring is made by holding three 60” strands of yarn together and chaining.  This is threaded through every second acorn cluster to secure the opening of the bag.

I didn’t have beads large enough to secure on each end but if you do, threading a bead through at the start and end of the chain for the drawstring will give this crochet bag a lovely finish.

Yarn

I used DK yarn from my stash.

This project is perfect for using yarn you already have.

Keep in mind that if you use a heavier weight yarn than #3 light you’ll need a larger hook and different amounts. Your crochet bag will also be bigger.

Pattern Notes

  • Read the pattern through before you start to crochet
  • Chain 1 does not count as a stitch
  • Chain 3 counts as a stitch
  • Yarn A = Orange
  • Yarn B = Oatmeal
  • The new color is joined on the last pull through of the stitch before the color change takes place
  • Bobble stitches are worked on the wrong side of the bag (the bobble will show on the right side)
  • Acorn cluster stitches are worked by treble 3 together (US double 3 together) in the same stitch in the chain spaces from the previous row
  • Bobble stitches are worked in rounds, acorn clusters are worked in rounds but turning at the end of each round
  • Place stitch markers at the end of acorn cluster rounds to guide you for beginning the new round
  • Corners at the bottom of the bag are sewn after the body of the bag is crocheted (this helps with the shape)
  • Make sure the handles aren’t twisted before sewing on to the bag
  • Pinning on the handles will ensure there is less movement as you sew them on

Level

Confident beginner – intermediate

Materials

  • 200g DK yarn (Yarn A – orange)
  • 200g DK yarn (Yarn B – oatmeal)
  • 4mm Crochet Hook (body of bag)
  • 6mm Crochet Hook (straps)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Stitches and Abbreviations

Bobble Stitch (Bo):

Yarn over, insert hook into indicated stitch, pull through loop, yarn over, pull through first 2 loops on hook, *yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, pull through loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook, *repeat 3 more times.  6 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through 6 loops.  Bobble stitch made.

Treble 2 Together (tr2tog)  /  US Double 2 Together (dc2tog):

Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull through loop, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops.  Yarn over, insert the hook into the same stitch, yarn over and pull through loop,  yarn over and pull through 2 of the 4 loops, yarn over and pull through the 3 loops on the hook.  Treble 2 together made.

crochet bucket purse hanging from trellis in a garden

Treble 3 Together (tr3tog)  /  US Double 3 Together (dc3tog):

Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull through loop, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops.  Repeat 2 more times.  Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on hook. Treble 3 together made.

Double Treble (dtr)  /  US Treble Crochet (tr):

Yarn over twice around the hook.  Insert the hook into the stitch (or chain space).  Yarn over, pull through the stitch (or chain space).  4 loops on hook.  Yarn over, pull through the first 2 of the 4 loops on the hook. 3 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through the first 2 of the 3 loops on the hook. 2 loops on the hook.  Yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops on the hook to complete the stitch.

  • Ch = chain
  • St/s = stitch/es
  • Opp = opposite
  • Sl st = slip stitch
  • Incr = increase
  • Rep = repeat
  • WS = wrong side
  • Prev = previous
  • Sk st = skip stitch
  • Sp = space

Measurements

Body of bag:

38 cm/15” (W) x 27 cm/ 10.5” (H)

Bag Handles Height

25cm/10”

Bucket Bag Instructions UK Crochet Terms

Base of bag (worked in rounds)

With Yarn A and a 4mm crochet hook, ch 60 (foundation ch)

Round 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc to last st, 2dc in last st, turn to work along the opp side of the foundation ch, dc to last st, 2dc in last st, join with a sl st

Round 2: ch1, dc in ea st to incr from last round, 2dc in next st, dc to last st, 2 dc in last st, join with a sl st

Round 3: ch1, dc around to end, join with a sl st

Round 4 – 10: rep round 3

Change to Yarn B

Bobble Stitch – Honeycomb Pattern (worked in rounds)

Row 1: (WS) ch1, dc in next 2 sts, *1 Bo in next dc, dc in next 2 sts, *rep ending 1 Bo in last dc, turn

Change to Yarn A

Row 2: ch1, *1dc in top of Bo from prev row, dc in next 2 sts, * rep to end, turn

Change to Yarn B

Row 3: ch1, 1 Bo in first dc, *dc in next 2 sts, 1 Bo in next dc from prev row, *rep to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn

Change to Yarn A

Row 4: ch1, dc in first 2 sts, *1dc in top of Bo from prev row, dc in next 2 sts, *rep ending 1 dc in last Bo, turn

Row 5 – 10 : rep rows 1 – 4 ending with row 2

Change to Yarn B

Row 11: rep row 3

Row 12: rep row 4

Row 13: rep row 1 with Yarn A

Row 14: rep row 2 with Yarn B

Row 15: rep row 3 with Yarn A

Row 16: rep row 4 with Yarn B

Row 17: rep row 1 with Yarn A

Row 18: rep row 2 with Yarn B

Row 19: rep row 3 with Yarn B

Row 20: rep row 4 with Yarn A

Row 21: rep row 1 with Yarn B

Row 22: rep row 2 with Yarn A

Row 23: rep row 3 with Yarn B

Row 24: rep row 4 with Yarn A

Row 25: rep row 1 with Yarn B

Row 26: rep row 2 with Yarn A

Row 27: rep row 3 with Yarn B

Row 28: rep row 4 with Yarn A

Row 29: rep row 1 with Yarn B

This completes the Bobble Stitch pattern for the drawstring bag

Acorn Clusters (worked in rounds but turning at the end of each round)

Change to Yarn A

Row 1: ch1, dc in next st, [dc, ch2, dc] in next st, *sk st, [dc, ch2, dc] in next st, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 2: Ch3, *tr3tog in the ch sp of prev row, ch1, *rep to last st, dtr in last st, turn

Row 3: ch1, [dc, ch2, dc] in first ch1 sp from prev row, *sk st, [dc, ch2, dc] in next ch1 sp from prev row, *rep to end, turn

Row 4: ch3, tr in next st, *ch1, tr3tog in ch sp from prev row, *rep to last st, tr2tog, turn

Row 5: ch1, dc in next st, [dc, ch2, dc] in next st, *sk st, [dc, ch2, dc] in next st, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Round 6: rep row 2

Round 7: ch1, dc in each dc and top of tr3tog from prev row.

Fasten off

Sew in ends

Bag Handles (make 2)

With a 4mm hook and 1 strand each of Yarn A and B held together, ch101

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc across, turn

Row 2: ch1, dc across, turn

Row 3 and 4: rep row 2

Fasten off leaving a long tail of Yarn B to sew the edges of the fabric together.

Sew edges together leaving  2”/5cm open at each end for sewing onto the bag.

Bucket Bag Instructions US Crochet Terms

Base of bag (worked in rounds)

With Yarn A and a 4mm crochet hook, ch 60 (foundation ch)

Round 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc to last st, 2sc in last st, turn to work along the opp side of the foundation ch, sc to last st, 2sc in last st, join with a sl st

Round 2: ch1, sc in ea st to incr from last round, 2sc in next st, sc to last st, 2 sc in last st, join with a sl st

Round 3: ch1, sc round to end, join with a sl st

Round 4 – 10: rep round 3

Change to Yarn B

Bobble Stitch – Honeycomb Pattern (worked in rounds)

Row 1: (WS) ch1, sc in next 2 sts, *1 Bo in next sc, sc in next 2 sts, *rep ending 1 Bo in last sc, turn

Change to Yarn A

Row 2: ch1, *1sc in top of Bo from prev row, sc in next 2 sts, * rep to end, turn

Change to Yarn B

Row 3: ch1, 1 Bo in first sc, *sc in next 2 sts, 1 Bo in next sc from prev row, *rep to last 2 sts, sc in last 2 sts, turn

Change to Yarn A

Row 4: ch1, sc in first 2 sts, *1sc in top of Bo from prev row, sc in next 2 sts, *rep ending 1 sc in last Bo, turn

Row 5 – 10 : rep rows 1 – 4 ending with row 2

Change to Yarn B

Row 11: rep row 3

Row 12: rep row 4

Row 13: rep row 1 with Yarn A

Row 14: rep row 2 with Yarn B

Row 15: rep row 3 with Yarn A

Row 16: rep row 4 with Yarn B

Row 17: rep row 1 with Yarn A

Row 18: rep row 2 with Yarn B

Row 19: rep row 3 with Yarn B

Row 20: rep row 4 with Yarn A

Row 21: rep row 1 with Yarn B

Row 22: rep row 2 with Yarn A

Row 23: rep row 3 with Yarn B

Row 24: rep row 4 with Yarn A

Row 25: rep row 1 with Yarn B

Row 26: rep row 2 with Yarn A

Row 27: rep row 3 with Yarn B

Row 28: rep row 4 with Yarn A

Row 29: rep row 1 with Yarn B

This completes the Bobble Stitch pattern for the drawstring bag

Acorn Clusters (worked in rows)

Change to Yarn A

Row 1: ch1, sc in next st, [sc, ch2, sc] in next st, *sk st, [sc, ch2, sc] in next st, *rep to last st, sc in last st, turn

Row 2: Ch3, *dc3tog in the ch sp of prev row, ch1, *rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Row 3: ch1, [sc, ch2, sc] in first ch1 sp from prev row, *sk st, [sc, ch2, sc] in next ch1 sp from prev row, *rep to end, turn

Row 4: ch3, dc in next st, *ch1, dc3tog in ch sp from prev row, *rep to last st, dc2tog, turn

Row 5: ch1, sc in next st, [sc, ch2, sc] in next st, *sk st, [sc, ch2, sc] in next st, *rep to last st, sc in last st, turn

Round 6: rep row 2

Round 7: ch1, sc in each sc and top of dc3tog from prev row.

Fasten off

Sew in ends

With WS facing outwards, measure 1” square at the bottom of each side of the bag and sew across.

Fasten off and sew in ends

Bag Handles (make 2)

With a 4mm hook and 1 strand each of Yarn A and B held together, ch101

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across, turn

Row 2: ch1, sc across, turn

Row 3 and 4: rep row 2

Fasten off leaving a long tail of Yarn B to sew the edges of the fabric together.

Sew edges together leaving  2”/5cm open at each end for sewing onto the bag.

Assembly Instructions (UK and US)

Placement of bag handles

Place the open end of the handles 2.5”/6cm from the edge and 4”/10cm from the top.  Pin in place.  Sew around the open edge of the ‘rope’ handle.

2.5" from the edge of the bag to sew on the bag handles
4" from the top of the bag to sew on the handles for the bucket bag

Shaping the bottom of the bag

With WS facing outwards, measure 1” square at the bottom of each side of the bag and sew across.

crocheted bucket purse inside out with black triangles to show where to sew the corners at the bottom of the bag
Black triangles show where to sew the corners at the bottom of the bag

Fasten off and sew in ends

Drawstring

Measure 60” for 1 strand of Yarn A and 2 strands of Yarn B.

With a 6mm crochet hook and holding all three strands together, ch 75.

Fasten off.

Thread drawstring evenly through row 2 of the acorn cluster stitches.  Every 2nd sp works well.

close up of the threaded drawstring

Copyright Notice

The pattern and photographs of this design are the property of Sharon Goodwin at Jera’s Jamboree.  This pattern and design are subject to copyright and are for personal, non-commercial use only.  You may not share, resell, alter or redistribute this pattern in part or in whole. You may, however, sell any finished items you make.  If you would like to include this pattern in a roundup, you may take one photo and link back to this pattern.

Happy crocheting!

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