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Whether you like to paint, crochet, knit, or decorate cookies, you may find some inspiration here for your next project. There is always a project in the works here.
Lately, I have been crocheting handbags from t-shirt yarn. Please visit this look book and the other videos on my channel showing how the bags are made.


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Crocheting a Basket Bag

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Basket bags are everywhere this spring. These bags look great with a pretty dress or with jeans.

The bobble stitch along with the plastic canvas insert makes for a stand-up bag. Leather and metal accents add interest and boho vibe. Working with the leather opens up a whole new hobby that has so many possibilities. The veg tan strips make nice straps. Some strips are rougher on the reverse side than others. I rubbed the rough side of the leather with Gum Tragacanth which made the surface quite smooth. Also I picked up a leather punch drive set, rivets, and rivet setter set at a Tandy Leather Shop. These items were not expensive and will give new options for bag making.

This videos takes you through the construction of the bag after the crocheting was complete. Enjoy and please let me know if you have any questions.



Crocheting with Gimp? See the video.

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Gimp or plastic lace reminds me of camp days. Besides key chains, you can make other things including purses. I made two. Here's another one:

Please see the video on how the pink and purple one was made:


New Granny Square Tote Video

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This tote was so much fun to make and even more fun to wear! I used canvas plastic to make a stand up bag. The canvas will enable me to use finer gauge yarns for the bag. I used Hobby Lobby's I Love this Cotton. So soft. Love this yarn!
Here is a link to the video showing how it was made.

Denim Swing Boho Bag

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This purse is easier to make than it looks. 
First, crochet the body rectangle from the back to the front. About Midway down the back increase one stitch on each side of the row and then increase again a couple of rows down to give you the flair you want. Then decrease on the corresponding rows going back up the front.
Next, crochet the sides and slip stitch them to the bag body.



Then, pick up stitches along the bag back for the flap and crochet. 
Sew a D ring at the top of each side.
For the strap, I cut a strip of leather and sewed the ends onto D rings and then looped chain through the D rings and connected the chain.

I used a large ring and toggle clasp for the closure.
See my lining calculator for help in measuring fabric needed for the lining and pocket. For this bag, the pockets covered the full width of the lining and were sewn in the lining side seams. I sewed seams up the middle of each pocket to give me 4 pockets.



The bag was made with Lion Brand's Fast-Track yarn.
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Irish Crochet Roses on the Pink Bags

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These little bags were calling for something extra. So I crocheted roses with leaves using DMC size 5 Pearl thread. To stabilize the motif, I sewed the flower and leaves onto plastic canvas which was easy to attach to the purse by sewing through all thicknesses with invisible thread.

Pink Denim Purse

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This yarn was another goodie from the Hoooked eBay purchase. An Irish Crochet 🌹 provides a nice accent. Later you will see this purse with leaves also. 

Mommy and Me Bags

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One of the Hoooked skeins from my recent eBay purchase was in this sandy color. The skeins are about 130 yards. I was able to make both of these bags from one skein with just a few inches to spare. It is part of a shower gift for a happy Momma today.