My happy bag–crocheted purse pattern

What do you do with a bag full of granny squares? Should you buy more yarn and crochet a blanket? A poncho? A scarf? A baby blanket? What to do….

Make a happy bag!

The inspiration for this project came while searching the term “granny squares” on Pinterest.

I dug into my bag of completed granny squares and started arranging….once I found a design I liked I set to work. Here are the basic instructions if you want to make your own “happy bag”

The Happy Bag Crocheted Purse Pattern – made by marni

This bag is made using 9 crocheted granny squares with ends all woven in and cut. My granny squares are made with worsted weight yarn from my stash. There are a lot of great tutorials out there for making the basic granny square. Below is the way I do it, which I notice is slightly different from others.

Marni’s Granny Square (make 9)
Using worsted weight yarn, such as Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, and a size H crochet hook.

  • Ch 4 and then form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch.
  • ROUND 1: (Color A) ch 3, 2 dc in ring, * ch 1, 3 dc *, repeat from *-* a total of 3 times and finish with ch 1 and 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round. Turn piece.
  • ROUND 2: (Color B) ch 3, 2 dc in first ch-loop, ch 1, 3 dc in the same ch-loop (= first corner), * 3 dc in the next ch-loop, ch 1, 3 dc in the same ch-loop *, repeat from *-* a total of 3 times, finish with ch 1 and 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round. Turn piece. Change color if desired.
  • ROUND 3: (Color C) Continue in rounds with two groups of 3 dc’s with ch 1 in each corner, and along sides 3 dc in every space.
  • ROUND 4-5: (White) Repeat round 3.

Layout your squares

Here are the squares laid out prior to joining them. Notice the bottom squares and side squares are folded.

Granny Squares laid out for assembly

granny squares arranged

Assembling the bag
Using a darning needle and white yarn from my stash I got to work stitching the granny squares together. I decided to try a technique I hadn’t done before. I think it’s called “ladder style” I followed the directions from doyoumindifiknit.com.

After the squares were assembled I wove in all the loose ends and cut the tails. So now all that was needed was a strap. I thought of making two straps but didn’t have enough yarn after the first one was done so I improvised. One strap would have to do.

Here’s how I made the strap:

I crocheted a chain as long as I wanted the strap to be: around 29 inches.

ROUND 1: sc into the second loop from the hook to end. Keeping the work facing the same way ch 1 and continue sc in each stitch along the other side of the beginning chain loops to end.

ROUND 2-4: Continue sc around and when you get to the ends sc in the end stitches. I just kept going until I had the right width for my strap. On the last round I sc twice in the corners to make it more of a rounded square.

Cut a long tail to use to sew the strap to the outside of the bag.  I positioned it right on top of the side seams on either side.

Add a cute button or a crocheted flower or any other type of decoration you like.

SMILE!

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