The only problem i had with this was that you need a bag bottom for, well, the bottom of the bag. I just used a very small crochet hook with the regular belstraw art (i used smaller hook so stitches would be tighter and sturdier) and just crocheted until i got the size i wanted and then sewed cloth to the inside. You can do what ever you want or you can to to the Free Vintage Crochet website where they have a bunch a crochet bag patterns or theAntique Crochet Patterns website (where i got this pattern) for more. Oh yea, and if you're a knitter, be sure to check out Free Vintage Knitting website.
Have fun crocheting!!!
Free Crochet Purse Pattern:
Crochet a Stylish Bag
REQUIRED MATERIALSHiawatha Belastraw Art. 35, 3 Tubes
Hiawatha Leather Bag Bottom No. 6515
Steel Crochet Hooks No. 1 and No. 0
Lining Material, Buckram and Snap Fasteners
Gauge: 5 sc = 1"
Springtime Bag - Sides
Using No. 1 hook start work in hole nearest one seam.
Rnd 1: With right side facing, work 2 sc in each hole around. Change to No. 0 hook and work sc even until crocheted section is 6" deep. Sl st in next st. End off.
Springtime Bag - Flap
With No. 0 hook make 5 1/2" chain.
Rnd 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch to end, 5 sc in end ch, do not turn but continuing around, work sc in each st along other side of starting chain, ending with 5 sc in end ch.
Rnd 2: Sc in each st to 5 end sts, place marker along edge just worked to indicate back section of Flap, work 3 sc in next st for back corner, sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 so in next st (front inc.), sc in each st of front section to 5 sts at other end, 2 sc in next st (front, inc.), sc in each of next 3 sts, 3 sc in next st for hack corner.
Rnd 3: Sc in each st to 3 sc of hack corner, sc in next st, 3 sc in next (center) st, inc. 2 sc evenly across front section (not directly over inc. of previous rnd), work to next back corner, sc in next st, 3 sc in next (center) st. Repeat 3rd rnd until Flap measures 8 1/4" across back section. Work 1 rnd even, Sl st in next st. End off.
Springtime Bag - Handle
Make 22" chain.
Rnd 1: Same as 1st rnd of Flap.
Rnd 2: * Sc in each st to 5 end sts, sc in each of next 2 sts, 3 sc in next (center) st. Repeat from * once more. Work 1 more rnd with 3 sc in center st at each end. Sl st in next st. End off.
Finishing for Springtime Bag
Sew back edge of Flap to outside of one long edge of Sides 1/2" below top edge, making sure ends of Flap are directly above corners of leather bottom. Line crocheted portion of bag with double fabric and buckram interlining. Fold in top edges of short ends of Sides (to form gussets). Tack at folds. Sew 2 snap fasteners to curved edge of flap. Line Handle with ribbon and attach as shown. Tack Flower in place.