Early on in the Stitching Santa, I had already decided that I was going to make a project bag for my ‘Yarny’ recipient as I knew I had lots of odd balls of yarn lying about. In effect, this was to be a ‘free’ handmade extra to add to the parcel as my £10 budget had been spent entirely on yarn.
Rooting through my leftovers to see what colours went well together, this is what I ended up with.
Quite nice and pastel-y, I thought, and the limited palette should be enough to make granny squares in a variety of colour combinations.
So, colours decided, I started on the squares and soon had a growing pile.
I used single crochet on the front to join the squares together, adding a bit of texture for interest.
I ended up with a rectangle of squares 10 wide by 3 high, and a base panel of 4 squares.
If you fancy making your own, you can use the photo below as a colour guide.
Obviously, the bag needed to be lined to prevent any knitting needles or crochet hooks slipping through. This was simply a process of cutting around the crocheted sections and adding a seam allowance.
Next, I crocheted the short edges of the bag together to form a tube.
Then the bottom panel was single-crocheted in place.
The lining was sewn by machine in the same way.
Two handles were crocheted as below with a starting chain of 75.
The handles were sewn in place by hand, before sewing in the lining.
The lining was just oversewn around the top edge only.
Here’s the finished bag: –
I added one of my labels, of course:)
It’s a good size for a jumper or something similar, so should prove quite useful to my secret recipient – let’s hope she agrees!