Crochet Cross-Body Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet Pattern Cross Body Bag - Megmade with Love

Who says crochet has to look handmade? I mean… I don’t! I love trying to whip up designs that look tasteful and professional— and this one totally fits the bill. It’s the perfect cross-body purse… and pairing it with a beautiful suede leather and antique brass notions? Possibly my favorite combo yet 😏

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The actual bag itself is made up using the waistcoat (or knit) stitch, and creates a super simple texture that I love. And the fact that it’s made with super bulky yarn means incredibly fast work-up. Holla!

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In this post you’ll get the pattern for the bag, along with a full photo tutorial showing how I assembled this entire bag. Yup, it’s a lot! But I wanted to give you as much help as possible for creating this beauty yourself.

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What I think is so fun about this bag is that it could be so customizable. You could personalize it to your own style very easily.

Don’tcha love the lovely vintage floral fabric lining? Found my fabric at Joanns, and I love how it pairs with the olive colored yarn.

Don’tcha love the lovely vintage floral fabric lining? Found my fabric at Joanns, and I love how it pairs with the olive colored yarn.

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I hope this is a bag you get to create! I’m excited to switch all my stuff over into it, and wear it proudly. Oh and can’t forget about the fun part: answering, “hey thanks, I made it!” when people compliment it. 😉

What you’ll need:

For the crocheted purse only:
-approximately 130 yards of 6 weight super bulky yarn, I used Yarn Bee Astounding in Olive (3 skeins)
-10mm hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
-stitch marker
-yarn needle with large eye

For the assembly of the purse, as I did it:
-8.5” x 11” piece of suede leather (linked here). I also used a piece of Pellon fabric stabilizer Ultra Firm (one side fusible), also 8.5” x 11”, to make the top leather piece more sturdy. You can find this at any fabric store.
-1/3 yard of fabric of choice to line bag, optional
-all purpose cement or strong glue, and paint brush. I found this one by the leather crafts
-bag closure of some sort, and pliers to tighten them. I used this press lock in antique brass. I will say I’m kinda disappointed by how difficult it is to unlock this particular one, but it’s already installed sooo.. yeah. Just thought I’d tell you which one I used, perhaps for an example if nothing else
-sewing machine with heavy duty needle, sewing pins, needle, thread that matches bag/fabric color
-d rings to attach to purse strap, I used these antique brass ones
approximately 3.5-4 feet chain for strap (found at hardware store)
-jump ring/lobster clasp to attach strap to d rings, I used these
-super glue
-rotary hole punch or awl, I used this rotary punch

Finished Measurements:

Approximately 11” wide, 9” tall, and bottom (depth) is 2” wide


7 sc (regular, not waistcoat stitch) by 7 rows equals a four-inch square


-this bag is worked starting at the base, which is an oval, then worked upward in the continuous round

-the stitches are worked in the bottom part of the sc, in between the little v of each stitch (the post), not in the two loops on top you usually work in (this is called the waistcoat stitch, or knit stitch), see photo below for assistance on where to insert hook

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—-oval purse bottom:

Round 1) ch 15, then work 2 sc in BLO of 2nd ch from hook, then sc into BLO of next 12 ch, work 2 sc in BLO of last ch. Next you’ll be working into the other side of the chain you just worked into (the front loops), see photo below for assistance. work 2 sc in 1st ch (of other side), sc into next 12 ch, 2sc in last ch (32 total sts)

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**At this point you will be working in continuous rounds, using a stitch marker on the first st of the round will help.

Round 2) (***working all sts into the post of each sc from prior round, doing the waistcoat st, see photo in notes for assistance) starting into 1st st of round 1: work 2 sc, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in next four sts, sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in last two sts (40 total sts)

—-now moving onto the top portion of the purse

Round 3) sc in BLO of each st around, NOT working into the bottom post (40 total sts)

Rounds 4 - 19) (***working all sts into the post of each sc from prior round, doing waistcoat st) sc in each st around (40 total sts)

to finish off, sl st into top two loops of next st and weave in ends

—-assembly of purse

I’m just showing how I made it, there’s tons of ways you could finish off this purse!

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Since my leather piece wasn’t as sturdy as I’d like, I decided to add some stabilizer to the back of it, along with fabric behind it.

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So I cut my fabric stabilizer a hair smaller than the leather, and then cut my fabric 1/2 inch bigger for sewing. Then working with only the stabilizer and the fabric, I fused the two together, fusible side to the wrong side of the fabric.

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Next I folded my fabric over the stabilizer, ironed it, then sewed it with my sewing machine about 1/4 inch from the edge.

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Then I adhered the fabric + stabilizer to the leather piece (wrong sides together) by using the all purpose cement + brush, and let it dry. Make sure the area is well-ventilated, it’s strong! Then I sewed the fused fabric to the leather with my sewing machine, using the stitches of the fabric as my guideline (you’ll need a heavier duty needle, since it’s so much material).

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Next you’ll use your rotary punch, and make holes where you’re going to attach the leather to the bag (this will be the back side). Align the leather piece onto your crocheted bag and see where you’d like it to be, then make holes about 1/4 inch from the edge (I used the sewing stitches as my guideline). The holes will need to be big enough for your yarn needle and yarn to go through. (I was thinking you could even put holes around the entire piece of leather, and sew around the edges of the front also if you liked the look, I really considered doing it!)


Set your leather piece up how you’d like it on your purse, then you’re ready to sew them together (using yarn needle and extra long piece of yarn) Come up from the inside of the crocheted purse, through the hole, then over the edge of the leather piece and back down into the purse. Repeat around the entire “back side” to attach your leather to the purse. Then, to finish off, tie a couple knots on the back sides of the leather, and weave in your ends into the crocheted purse.

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Next you’ll want to set your bag closure (I used a press lock). Depending on what kind you have, you’ll probably need to create holes to connect it to the middle of the leather piece, like shown in photo above. For mine, I decided where it should be by closing the leather over the top, eye balling where the top of the press lock should be set so the bag would close securely— then I punched holes where the prongs laid on the leather piece. I inserted the prongs into the holes, then tighten with pliers. Since the crocheted purse already has “holes” in between each stitch, I just lined it up where the bag would close, and inserted the prongs of the bottom part of the press lock into the stitches of the bag, then tightened with pliers again.

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Next up is the bag lining. I cut two pieces of fabric that were 12” by 9”, and one piece that was 12” by 2.5” (allowing for seams). You could really just account for the smaller piece and make this all one big piece if you wanted, I just thought I’d make a “bottom” to the lining. I first sewed the pieces together with sewing machine, like shown in the photo above to make one big piece (sew right sides together).

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Once I had one big piece for the lining, I folded it in half like shown in the photo above. Then sewed the side closed with my sewing machine.

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For the top seam of the lining, I made a line, one inch from the top of the lining. Then I folded over the top to match up with the line, then ironed and sewed it about 1/4 inch from the edge with my sewing machine.

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Next you’re ready to sew the lining into the crocheted bag. I lined up the lining one row below the very top of the bag, then pinned them together.

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Now you’re ready to hand-sew the lining in. Grab a long strand of sewing thread and needle. You will be using the seam of the lining as a guideline for your hand stitches. I started by going in through the crocheted bag, and into the back of the lining, coming up on the seam of the lining.

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When I sewed, I made a running stitch along the seam guideline, and through the crocheted bag. I didn’t go all the way through to the outside of the bag, just through the middle of the stitches of the crocheted bag because I didn’t want it to show on the outside. I made multiple rounds, hand stitching around the top of the lining, making sure it was stable and all sewed. Make sure not to pull too tightly or the fabric will bunch up. I finished off through the back of the fabric, tied a couple of knots then weaved into the crochet purse a bit.

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Then I sewed on my d ring on the sides of the purse using yarn needle and piece of yarn, these hold the strap, so they need to be super secure to the bag.

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For my cross-body strap, I took the chain, and wove the yarn in and out of it using my yarn needle. For the ends, I came back through one chain, then tied and knot and put a couple of drops of super glue to secure. I loved the look of the two materials together!

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I connected the strap to the purse using the jump ring/lobster clasps. I attached the ring to the chain, then clipped the clasp onto the d ring that was sewed onto the purse.

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Whew! And that, my friend, is the conclusion of this tutorial! I know it looks like a lot, but truly.. focusing on one step at a time makes it totally doable. And you could even add so many more things to the bag, like tassels, buttons, studs… possibilities=endless. It’s fun to personalize things to make them “you”. Hope you like this design, it is one I’m very proud of completing. If you make one, be sure to tag me over on Insta!

Happy hooking my friends!

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Free Crochet Pattern for The Cute Jute Circle Purse

Free Crochet Pattern for The Cute Jute Circle Purse - Megmade with Love

***You can find the PDF version of this pattern in my shop by clicking HERE. Great for easy printing!***

The jute is baaaaackkkkk! And today it's in the form of a cute little circle purse. For some reason I like to put my hands through torture by working with jute, but every time it is 100% worth it because the results are so rustic and unique! I think you GOTTA make this summer staple :)

Free Crochet Pattern for the Cute Jute Circle Purse - Megmade with Love

I'm sure you've seen all the cool straw-like circle bags circulating the internet recently-- they're really in style this summer! And it makes me happy because they look so cute with any outfit. Especially paired with a swimsuit, shorts and your favorite sunnies. :) If you're anything like me, this is the perfect bag because you can just toss the essentials in, like your wallet and keys (and of course a snack for your toddler haha), and you're set.

Free Crochet Pattern for The Cute Jute Circle Purse - Megmade with Love

Since this pattern calls for such thick jute, it makes for a very easy, weekend project. And I chose the 5mm jute because I wanted a really structured bag (even though it still has some "move" to it). I chose to spray it with heavy starch to add a little extra stiffness to it-- I talk about this in the pattern below.

It's worked up in two circles, plus a bottom-- it also features a button-closure on the top that is simple and cute! The cross body handle was actually recycled from an older purse, but you could totally find some unique straps at a thrift store-- or even crochet your own! Craft stores also sell lots of options.

Free Crochet Pattern for The Cute Jute Circle Purse - Megmade with Love

Since jute can be such a pain to work with, I thought I'd leave a few tips below on how to make working with it a bit easier...

A few tips for working with jute:

-try holding the yarn a different way for more comfort. For some reason, it's easier for the jute to glide through my hand when it's wrapped around my pointer finger as opposed to my pinky-- which is how I usually hold it. I'd just suggest trying different ways of holding it to see what feels best to you. I held it very loosely because it was too much on my hands to have a tight grip.

-I've had some people say they've used gloves while working with it. It's worth a shot if your skin is sensitive!

-take breaks. I usually have to take breaks to give my hands a rest after working with jute for awhile. 

-jute can be messy-- leaving little particles of the fibers when you work with it. Just be aware of that, in case you work with it in a place you'd rather not get messy.

Overall: yes, jute is hard to work with-- but the way it looks all worked up is so cool to me. I feel like it's worth it! But that's just my opinion :) Now for the jute purse pattern...

Free Crochet Pattern for The Cute Jute Circle Purse - Megmade with Love

(PDF version HERE)

What you'll need:

-5 mm thick jute (This is a very thick jute-- I used this 900 ft roll of Natural Jute from Hobby Lobby [link here], use a 40% off coupon!)
-15mm crochet hook
-button for top closure (I would suggest using a "shank" type button)
-purse handles (I just used some I already had off an old purse-- they had clip-on clasps that I just attached to the sides. You could sew some on or even crochet your own! Also consider thrifting an older purse and taking off the handles.)
-needle and thread
-heavy starch (I used "Faultless" brand)


Circle circumference is about 11.5 inches


ch=chain, st(s)= stitch(es), sc=single crochet, BLO=back loop only, FLO=front loop only, sl=slip, 2sc= work two single crochet in one stitch


-jute can be really rough on the hands, and hard to work with. Since this project is so small, I found it was worth the little bit of struggle!

-chains at beginning of rounds/rows do not count as stitches

-first st of each round is worked into the same sc you joined to in the previous row with a sl st

-you will crochet the purse in two pieces-- two circles, and one of them will have the purse bottom. The circles have two sides that look different, I thought they both looked cute, but decided to face the "rougher" side out!

-I wove in all my ends with a crochet hook since the jute was so thick, just a tip!


-First Circle-

Round 1) Make magic circle, ch 1, work 10 sc into circle, join to back loop of first sc with sl st (10 total sts)

Round 2) ch 1, work 2 sc into BLO of each st around, join to back loop of first sc with sl st (20 total sts)

Round 3) ch 1, sc into BLO of each st around, join to back loop of first sc with sl st (20 total sts)

Round 4) ch 1, (2sc, sc) into BLO of each st around, join to back loop of first sc with sl st (30 total sts)

Round 5) ch 1, sc into BLO of each st around, join to back loop of first sc with sl st (30 total sts)

Round 6)  ch 1, (2sc, sc, sc) into BLO of each st around, join to back loop of first sc with sl st (40 total sts) 

-finish off

-Second Circle-

Rounds 1-6) repeat instructions from first circle

-do not finish off, you will now start working the purse bottom, you're working it attached to this second circle

-Purse Bottom-

7) ch 1, sc into BLO of 28 sts (you could easily customize this number to how far up you'd like the purse bottom to come) (28 total sts, and for the remainder of purse bottom)

8) ch 1, turn, sc into FLO of 28 sts just worked in previous step

9) ch 1, turn, sc into BLO of 28 sts just worked in previous step

-finish off and leave a very long end to sew the two pieces together.

**At this point, I decided to starch my two pieces. I did so by lying them flat on the cement outside and sprayed both sides generously and then let them dry outside (still on a flat surface). This really helped stiffen them up so the bag would be more structured. Keep spraying and letting them dry until they are to your desired stiffness. You will also need to decide which side you would like to be the outside of your purse, and adjust your purse bottom accordingly. I decided to go "bumpy" side out, as opposed to the side with the rings on it (below photo shows the two different sides).

Free Crochet Pattern for The Cute Jute Circle Purse - Megmade with Love

Above is a photo of the two circles complete-- the one on the right has the purse bottom attached. After you've starched them to your liking you are ready to sew them together.

Free Crochet Pattern for The Cute Jute Circle Purse - Megmade with Love

Since this jute is so darn thick, I chose to "sew" them with a crochet hook. Using the extra long tail from your circle, whip stitch the edge of the first circle to the open edge of the purse bottom. 

Free Crochet Pattern for The Cute Jute Circle Purse - Megmade with Love

Continue all the way along the purse bottom until you reach the other side, and then finish off and weave in your ends.

Free Crochet Pattern for The Cute Jute Circle Purse - Megmade with Love

Now you're ready for the button closure of the purse. I used these cool wood beads I saw at Walmart-- I wanted something simple and rustic looking.

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Sew on your button onto the very top middle of your purse with needle and thread. I put mine about 3/4 inch from the top. 

Free Crochet Pattern for The Cute Jute Circle Purse - Megmade with Love

Next for the closure, cut a piece of jute that is 6 inches long, depending on how big your button is and where you place it, you may need to adjust the length. This will go on the INSIDE of the other circle, and will loop around your button to secure the top of your purse.

Free Crochet Pattern for The Cute Jute Circle Purse - Megmade with Love

Fold the little piece of jute in half to create a loop. Like previously mentioned you are placing it on the inside of the other circle, at the top middle. Adjust it until it fits snugly around your button and to your liking.

Free Crochet Pattern for The Cute Jute Circle Purse - Megmade with Love

Then you will sew the two ends to the purse, wrapping around them (see photo above). For this part I decided to use a thin jute string because I didn't want string to show on the opposite side. Continue sewing until your loopy-piece is extra secure. You could super glue ends to prevent fraying if you wanted to!

After your closure pieces are sewn on, all you need to do is attach your handles and your cute jute purse is complete :)

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Do please share with me over on Insta if you make one of these for yourself! I think it'd be perfect for your summer vacay :)

As always, happy hookin' friends,

Free Crochet Pattern for the Cute Jute Circle Purse - Megmade with Love