Watermelon Clutch: Free Crochet Pattern

You guys, it’s watermelon season! Watermelon has always been my favorite warm weather treat. It’s sweet, it’s juicy, and it tastes excellent after a long run. There is also something aesthetically pleasing about watermelon with it’s contrasting red and green colors, and variety of shapes that it can be cut in to. It’s no wonder that it served as inspiration for my crochet project.

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I was inspired to do a watermelon clutch after seeing several half-circle shaped clutches in stores this spring. I love the shape and thought a watermelon design would be unique and fun. This crochet clutch is made from two identical half-circle panels stitched together. I added black buttons to the front side of the clutch as “seeds” for an extra touch of cuteness.

I’ve made a few crochet bags in the past, but don’t tend to carry them because they don’t hold small items well. For this clutch, I decided to line the inside with fabric. My sewing skills are very basic, but I found that lining the bag was actually quite easy and made a HUGE difference in its functionality. I also added a zipper and a small wristlet-style strap. Hello professional crochet bag! I can now use it to carry small items such as crochet hooks and stitch markers. I can also throw in my phone, cards, and a lip gloss and use it for a night out!

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Your girl is providing you with the watermelon clutch crochet pattern, as well as instructions for lining the bag, adding a zipper, AND creating a wrist strap. The lining, zipper, and wrist strap are all optional of course, but these touches really make the bag look more professional and functional. Note: If you plan to complete this bag with all the added touches, you should be comfortable with basic hand sewing. It will require sewing two pieces of fabric together and sewing buttons. On that note, let’s get started!

Clutch Pattern

Materials

Abbreviations

  • St = Stitch(es)
  • DC = Double crochet
  • SC = Single crochet

Instructions

You will make 2 of these panels.

Row 1: Magic Circle. 6 DC in magic circle. Turn work.

Row 2: 2 DC in each st. Turn work.

Row 3: *2 DC in one st. 1 DC in next st.* Repeat* to end. Turn work.

Row 4: *2 DC in one st. 1 DC in next 2 st.* Repeat* to end. Turn work.

Row 5: *2 DC in one st. 1 DC in next 3 st.* Repeat* to end. Turn work.

Row 6: *2 DC in one st. 1 DC in next 4 st.* Repeat* to end. Turn work.

Row 7: *2 DC in one st. 1 DC in next 5 st.* Repeat* to end. Turn work.

Row 8: *2 DC in one st. 1 DC in next 6 st.* Repeat* to end. Turn work.

Row 9: *2 DC in one st. 1 DC in next 7 st.* Repeat* to end. Turn work.

Row 10: *2 DC in one st. 1 DC in next 8 st.* Repeat* to end. Do not turn! Work SC in st along the straight portion of the half circle. Make sure stitches are evenly spaced.

Row 11: Switch to white yarn. Beginning in the last DC at the end of Row 10 – *2 SC in one st. 1 SC in next 9 st.* Repeat* to end. Turn work.

Row 12: Switch to green yarn. *2 DC in one st. 1 DC in next 10 st.* Repeat* to end. Turn work.

Row 13: *2 DC in one st. 1 DC in next 11 st.* Repeat* to end. Cast off.

Adding the “seeds”

Once you have created two panels, choose one panel to be the front of your clutch. Arrange black buttons in the red portion of the panel. Sew the buttons to the panel individually using black thread and a sewing needle.

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Connecting the two panels

Align front and back panels on top of each other. Using green yarn and a tapestry needle, stitch panels together along the green “rind” leaving the top portion open. Weave in all ends.

Lining the Clutch

Materials

  • Scrap fabric – I used two 12 x 15 in. pieces
  • Sewing thread – I used beige to sew fabric together and red to sew fabric to bag (colors aren’t that important though because you won’t see the thread from the outside of the bag)
  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Place bag in the middle of scrap fabric. Using bag as a stencil, cut fabric around bag, leaving about a 0.5 inch of space. Repeat with second piece of fabric. Don’t worry if your edges aren’t super straight – we will clean them up later.

2. Line up the two pieces of fabric on top of each other.  Use sewing pins to pin the fabric together along the rounded edge.

20180512_062329.jpg3. Using a sewing needle and beige thread, begin hand sewing the two pieces of fabric together just above the sewing pins, about 0.5 inches from the edge. Once the rounded edges have been sewn together, cut and tie off thread and remove pins.

20180512_062432.jpg4. Turn bag inside out. I repeat, TURN BAG INSIDE OUT. This is important! Place bag inside of the lining.

5. Using a sewing needle and red thread, sew lining along the red rim off the bag. Note: There should be about a 0.5 inch of space between the lining and the top rim of the bag. Once you reach the end of the red rim, cut and tie off the thread. Flip bag over and repeat on other side.

20180512_062634.jpg6. Once the lining has been sewn to the rim, use scissors to clean up any rough edges of fabric. Be careful not to cut any of your stitches. Flip bag right side out. Now you have a beautiful lining inside of your clutch!

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Adding the Zipper

Materials

  • 14 inch red zipper
  • Sewing pins
  • Embroidery needle
  • Red embroidery thread

Instructions

  1. Unzip zipper and line it along the rim of the bag. Use sewing pins to pin zipper to the inner rim of the bag, teeth facing up. There will be some extra zipper at the opposite end of the zipper pull. This is okay, just let the extra fall on the inside of the bag.

2. Using embroidering needle and red embroidery floss, begin sewing the zipper to the inner rim of the bag below the pins. Note: pick up the “inner” portion of the crochet stitches so that the embroidery thread does not show on the outside of the bag.

20180513_192952.jpg3. Continue sewing zipper to the inner rim of the bag, removing sewing pins as you go around.

20180513_193027.jpg4. Once zipper is sewn in to place, cut and tie off thread. You now have a bag with a functioning zipper!

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Making the Wrist Strap

Materials

  • Green yarn (the same yarn used to crochet the “rind”)
  • Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Key ring

Instructions

  1. Using the green yarn and crochet hook, chain 51.
  2. Turn and SC in in second chain from hook. Continue with 1 SC in each chain.
  3. Cast off. Use tapestry needle to weave in ends.
  4. Tie handle to key ring and add key ring to the zipper on the bag. Note: The key ring allows you to add and remove the handle as you please. Yay!

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All done! Now pack up your delicious new watermelon clutch and go live your best life!

I would love to see your creations! Tag me on Instagram @darsi_stitches and share this pattern with your friends and followers.

I am new to writing patterns and always appreciate feedback. Leave me a comment down below with your thoughts

Copyright
You may use this pattern for personal projects. You may also sell items made using this pattern, but please do not use my photos. Please do not copy, distribute, or sell this pattern as your own. Thank you!
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