Hi guys! I am so happy to be sharing this handbag with you! If you’re anything like me, you probably have a ton of casual and large purses (to fit all your mom stuff) but you don’t really have anything to use when you actually have a chance to get out somewhere nice without any kids.
I’ve been seeing round purses all over Pinterest and I love the way they look, so I used it as inspiration for this piece. Plus, I needed something that was not so momish, like all my other bags. I did a lot of searching for the right material for this bag and I decided on jute because it was totally what I had in mind when I pictured this piece. Now, jute is not an ideal material if you’re looking for soft, but I wanted this bag to be stiff and I was more concerned with the looks over the feels. Its texture is also why I made handles instead of straps because the thought of this guy rubbing on my sensitive skin anywhere was not appealing! I see a lot of people say this stuff hurts to work with but I honestly did not have much of a problem with that. It could be that my hands are rough or maybe that I didn’t work on it continually because I can never stay on one project at a time.. but I’m working on that!
Anyway, I hope you like this pattern and enjoy this summery handbag!
2 rolls of Natural Jute- I got mine from hobby lobby but I do see it sold at a lot of places. This particular one I used is 3-ply and comes in 400ft rolls. I only used a small amount of the second one.
4.5 mm crochet hook
2 stitch markers
In the pattern, when it says sc before a number, that means you’ll do 1 sc in each of the sts specified. for example, in row 3 it says (sc 3, 2 sc) that means you’ll do 1 sc in 3 sts and then 2 sc in the next st.
Each row ends with a sl st to join to the first sc in the round.
Circle Piece- Make 2
Row 1: In the magic circle, do 6 sc. join with a sl st to the first sc in the round. ch 1
Row 2: 2 sc in each st around. join. ch 1
Row 3: (1 sc, sc 2) 6 times. join. ch 1
Row 4: 1 sc, 2 sc (sc 2, 2 sc) 5 times. 1 sc in last st. join. ch 1
Row 5: (sc 3, 2 sc) 6 times. join. ch 1
Row 6: sc 2. 2 sc. (sc 4, 2sc) 5 times. sc 2 in the last 2. join. ch 1
Row 7: (sc 5, 2 sc) 6 times. join. ch 1
Row 8: sc 3. 2 sc (sc 6, 2 sc) 5 times. join. ch 1
Row 9: (sc 7, 2 sc) 6 times. join. ch 1
Row 10: sc 4. 2 sc. (sc 8, 2 sc) 5 times. join. ch 1
Row 11: (sc 9, 2 sc) 6 times. join. ch 1
Row 12: sc 5. 2 sc (sc 10, 2 sc) 5 times. join. ch 1
Row 13: (sc 11, 2 sc) 6 times. join. ch 1
Row 14: sc 6. 2 sc (sc 12, 2 sc) 5 times. join. ch 1
Row 15: (sc 13, 2 sc) 6 times. join. ch 1
Row 16: sc 7. 2 sc (sc 14, 2 sc) 5 times. join. ch 1
Row 17: ( sc 15, 2 sc) 6 times. join. finish off
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each st to the end. (9) ch 1. turn
Row 2-73: sc in each st (9) ch 1. turn
Row 74: sc in each st across (9) finish off
At this point I took one of my circle pieces and stitched the side on starting from the top of the side piece and ending at the bottom.
Here I want to explain what I did, originally I was going to have the seam on the inside of the purse but when I got it done, I didn’t like the way that looked and preferred the look of the seam on the outside of the purse. Also, I liked the ‘wrong’ side of the circle better than the ‘right’ side so I made sure the wrong side was facing out when I seamed the sides.
Next, grab your other circle piece and begin to sew it onto the opposite side of the side piece. I did not do any measuring here since both pieces are circle.
You should have your purse all sewn together now and just needing handles.
Handles- Make 2
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each st across (32) ch 1. turn
Row 2-3: sc in each st across (32) ch 1. turn
Row 4: sc in each st across (32) ch 1. now fold the piece in half so your starting ch lines up with row 4 of your piece and sl st into each st across. So, you’re going to go into your row 4 st first and out through your starting ch sts. finish off when you get to the end
To attach the handles, I measured 2 inches from the side piece and placed a st marker on both sides of each circle piece. The st marker represents where you want the outside st to be when sewing the handles on. So, when I was sewing the right side of the handle on, I started at the st marker and began to sew about 4 sts across just to make it sturdy. I went back and forth 3 times when sewing to ensure it would be thick enough to stand up on its own.
Weave in all your ends and your purse is done! I hope you love it!