For today’s project, I’m combining sewing and crocheting into one!
I decided to use a triple or treble crochet stitch to pump up the texture.
It also gives a subtle peek-a-boo effect to the chartreuse lining underneath.
Let’s make one shall we?
worsted weight yarn – less than one skein (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Linen, 170 yards, 3.5 oz per skein)
size I-hook ( to get a looser weave, you may decide to use a smaller hook for a tighter weave)
zipper (any size will do, I used a 9 inch gold zipper from Coats & Clark)
lining fabric – preferably fabric with no noticeable wrong side, yardage depends on the size you want to make your zip pouch
sewing machine and matching thread
TECHNIQUES & ABBREVIATIONS
For this tutorial you need to know these crochet techniques:
*Note: This is a tutorial rather than a pattern, so that you can adjust everything to the size of your choice of zipper and how large you want your zip pouch.
*Make sure to stretch your chain out a bit to see how long it will be. Once you start crocheting into the chain it will stretch out into it’s actual size. When it’s just a chain it tends to spring up shorter.
2. Single crochet into the second chain from the hook and then all the way across.
3. Turn. Chain three and then treble (or triple) crochet into the the next stitch and all the way across.
*Traditionally you are supposed to chain four before proceeding with a row of triple crochets. I have found that this creates ripples and hanging loops in my work, so I have shortened the beginning chains. If you are more familiar with the traditional method, please do what works for you.
4. Once you get your piece about as tall as you want it, you can tie it off and get to sewing. Or…you can single crochet around the edges of the whole piece. I did this to help ensure the everything would be nice and stable for sewing. It really doesn’t make that huge a difference though.
*Edge crochet tips: I crocheted about three sc in the sides of each tr. At the corners, I also crocheted three stitches in one spot to make a corner. Because of the way these pieces are, that meant I crocheted 8 sc in one corner loop for each corner (3 stitches in one tr, 3 stitches for the corner and then 2 stitches after that before continuing onto the sc side). Crochet the tail into your edge stitches. It will most likely be hidden after sewing, but you might as well crochet over it while you’re at it, so that it doesn’t accidentally stick out of the pouch later.
I honestly wasn’t as exact with this as I would be for say a blanket, because I knew it was going to get sewn over. You can see a drooping edge. ;) No big! Just crochet around for stability. It will not be visible after sewing.
5. Now do it again, so that you have two pieces.
6. Cut your lining fabric the same size as your crocheted pieces. I used this really slippery polyester (hence the no ironing ;)), but almost any fabric will do . Just stay away from knits. Because the crochet pieces already are stretchy like knit fabric, you need a liner with little to no stretch. Also…It’s best to make your lining fabric two sided, since it will be visible through the crochet spaces.
7. Take one crochet piece and pin it right sides together to one edge of the zipper. Lay one lining piece onto the other side and pin in place. *Double check to make sure the zipper pull side is facing the crochet piece.
8. Sew with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Open it up so that the right sides are facing out and the other side of the zipper is exposed.
*TIP: Sewing a crocheted piece is like sewing a very fussy piece of knit fabric. Be sure to a. sew slow, b. lengthen your stitch, c. use a walking foot if you are still having trouble.
10. Open everything up, right sides out. Now top stitch the liner down for a cleaner look and to help prevent any lining fabric from getting bunched up and caught in the zipper pull.
11. Open the zipper up about half way, so you can pull the bag right side out after sewing.
12. Lay the crocheted pieces right sides together and the lining pieces right sides together. Pin in place. Mark a 3 inch opening in the middle of the lining piece, so that you won’t sew there. This is where we will turn everything right side out.
13. Sew around, avoiding the marked middle section of the lining piece. *I sewed with a generous 5/8 seam allowance.
14. Snip the corners of the lining, being careful not to clip any threads. Then trim the lining seam allowance back with some pinking shears. This part of the liner will not be concealed perfectly by the crocheted bag, because of the texture holes. Pinking the edges will help prevent fraying.
*DO NOT, however, trim back the crocheted pieces at all. Even though they are sewn down, it is best to not clip any of the yarn so it doesn’t unravel.
16. Pull the lining out and sew the hole closed with a line of straight stitching close to the edge, across the bottom.
17. You are…done!
If you want a denser/sturdier crocheted outer bag, you can use all single crochet stitches instead. You also wouldn’t need a double sided lining either.
This is a great project to experiment with and make your own. Use sc, dc, or tr…or a mixture of them all!