Rainbow Straw Bag: Free Crochet Pattern

It’s officially straw bag season, ladies and gents! I live for a good straw bag during the summer. They look so adorable with dresses and shorts, and give off major *picnic vibes*. Around this time last summer I crocheted a circular straw bag with a fun tassel detail. I had so much fun designing that bag that I decided to design another one for this year. Introducing the Rainbow Straw Bag!

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Inspired by Pride month and its celebration of the LGBTQ community, I decided to incorporate some new straw colors for a rainbow design. Last year, I searched high and low for the perfect straw-like yarn to use, and discovered Woodi by Hikoo. This yarn is a mix of wood pulp and cotton. It’s sturdy yet soft to the touch, making it absolutely perfect for a straw bag. Turns out it comes in a nice variety of colors too!

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For the body of the bag, I crocheted two half circle shapes incorporating differed colors of Woodi for a rainbow-like design. Then I added two crochet straps. Lastly I decided to go the extra mile by lining the bag with fabric and adding a snap closure. Lining the bag is completely optional, but it gives it more functionality and a professional touch.

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This project requires you to be able to create a magic circle. You should also know how to single and double crochet. The straps are i-cords. For your convenience, there is a video linked below on how to crochet an i-cord. If you plan to add a liner and snap, some sewing experience is recommended. Now let’s do the damn thing!

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Materials

  • Straw-like yarn, Size 4 – I used 4 skeins (240 yards total) of Woodi by Hikoo in the following colors:
    • Poplar (yellow)
    • Sequoia (red)
    • Spruce (navy)
    • Palm (beige)
  • Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Tape measure or ruler

If you are lining the bag, you will also need:

  • Two pieces of scrap fabric (10 in. x 16 in.)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Sew on snaps, size 10

Key

  • DC = double crochet
  • SC = single crochet
  • St = stitch(es)

Instructions

Bag body – make 2

Using red yarn, create a magic circle.

Row 1: 6 DC in magic circle. Turn work (6)

Row 2: Ch 2. 1 DC in first st (note – the ch 2 counts as a DC). Continue with 2 DC in each st till end of row. Turn work (12)

Row 3: Ch 2. 1 DC in first st. 1 DC in next st. *2 DC in one st, 1 DC in next st* Repeat * till end of row. Turn work (18)

Row 4: Ch 2. 1 DC in first st. 1 DC in next 2 st. *2 DC in one st, 1 DC in next 2 st* Repeat * till end of row. Turn work (24)

Row 5: Ch 2. 1 DC in first st. 1 DC in next 3 st. *2 DC in one st, 1 DC in next 3 st* Repeat * till end of row. Turn work (30)

Switch to tan yarn

Row 6: Ch 2. 1 DC in first st. 1 DC in next 4 st. *2 DC in one st, 1 DC in next 4 st* Repeat * till end of row. Turn work (36)

Switch to yellow yarn

Row 7: Ch 2. 1 DC in first st. 1 DC in next 5 st. *2 DC in one st, 1 DC in next 5 st* Repeat * till end of row. Turn work (42)

Row 8: Ch 2. 1 DC in first st. 1 DC in next 6 st. *2 DC in one st, 1 DC in next 6 st* Repeat * till end of row. Turn work (48)

Row 9: Ch 2. 1 DC in first st. 1 DC in next 7 st. *2 DC in one st, 1 DC in next 7 st* Repeat * till end of row. Turn work (54)

Switch to tan yarn

Row 10: Ch 2. 1 DC in first st. 1 DC in next 8 st. *2 DC in one st, 1 DC in next 8 st* Repeat * till end of row. Turn work (60)

Switch to navy yarn

Row 11: Ch 2. 1 DC in first st. 1 DC in next 9 st. *2 DC in one st, 1 DC in next 9 st* Repeat * till end of row. Turn work (66)

Row 12: Ch 2. 1 DC in first st. 1 DC in next 10 st. *2 DC in one st, 1 DC in next 10 st* Repeat * till end of row. Turn work (72)

Switch to tan yarn

Row 12:  2 SC in one st, 1 SC in next 11 st* Repeat * till end of row (78)

Cut and tie off yarn. Weave in all ends.

Bag straps – make 2

Crochet an i-cord that is 30 inches long. Leave long tails at each end of the i-cord for sewing. If you need a tutorial for crocheting i-cord, please refer to this video.

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Assembling the bag

  1. Grab one strap and one piece of the bag body. Mark the center of the straight edge of the bag body with a stitch marker. Using a tapestry needle and a long piece of tan yarn, sew one end of the strap 3 inches to the left of the center stitch marker. Sew the other end of the strap 3 inches to the right of the center stitch marker.
  2. Repeat step 1 with the second strap and bag body piece.IMG_20190703_142421~2.jpg
  3. Sew the two bag body pieces together along the rounded edge, keeping the straight edge open. Note: when sewing, I had the wrong sides facing outward. When finished, I turned the bag right side out.IMG_20190703_145009~2.jpg

Lining the bag

  1. Place two pieces of scrap fabric on top of one another. Using the bag body as a template, trace the half circle shape on to the top piece of fabric.img_20190704_1125032.jpg
  2. Cut the half circle shape from both pieces of fabric at the same time so they match.
  3. Using a needle and thread, sew two pieces of fabric together along the rounded edge, keeping the straight edge open.
  4. Turn the bag inside out and slide it inside the liner.
  5. Using a needle and thread, stitch the liner to the bag along the straight edge. The liner should be sewn about 0.5 inches below the top of the bag.

Adding the snap

  1. Split the snap in to its two separate pieces.
  2. Place one piece of the snap in the center of the two handles, about one inch from the top of the bag.img_20190705_1422342.jpg
  3. Using a needle and thread, sew the snap to the liner/bag. I did this by simply passing the needle through each “sewing hole” on the snap approximately 3 times.
  4. Place the second snap piece on the opposite side of the bag and repeat step 3. Note – before sewing, ensure that the snap pieces come together properly when the bag is turned right side out.

Flip the bag right side out, fill it with things, and wear it out in to the world!

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

Please note that I am in no way, shape, or form a *professional* pattern writer or designer. I simply write my patterns in a way that works best for me and share them with all of you. Please leave a comment or send me a message if you have ANY questions or feedback (positive or negative). I am always trying to improve!

xoxo,

Darsi

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