Today I want to share with you how to make your own crochet bag handle, which you can use with a Furoshiki bag or any crochet bag you would like to make. Furoshiki is a type of Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts and other items. It a wonderful way in which we can reduce and reuse what we have in our homes to create a beautiful practicel bag or wrap a gift without the need of gift paper or cellotape. Basicallly it is origami for fabric. Creating folds & knots in the fabric to serve a practical purpose.
For this tutorial I up-cycled an old linen table cloth which I was going to be throw away (as for me it had served its purpose and was no longer presentable to use as it had a few stains). I cut my table cloth to a 68cm square then double folded back the ends & created a 1cm seam, reducing my square down to 64 x 64cm. Once this was done I was ready to make my crochet bag handles.
One of my aims as a crochet designer is to find ways in which we can reduce our waste & be ‘Crochet Conscious’ through making items for ourselves & our home. Try my other Crochet Conscious patterns HERE.
My simple step by step written photo tutorial is below or if you prefer a video tutorial, I have also made a Youtube video.
- 3.5mm (US E) Crochet hook
- 80 meters Worsted Cotton string Yarn
- Two 2cm diameter buttons
- Two 5cm diameter rings
- Yarn needle
Gauge: 15st x 14 rows using sc over 10 x 10cms. Using the smallest crochet hook you can with your chosen yarn to create tight stitches, this will help your handle in shape and firm.
Size: Total length is 34cm. When rings are added the handle becomes 28cm.
Notes: The crochet bag handles is work in sc rows which are turn after each row. A button hole is created & buttons are sewn in place to easily secure the metal rings. Use any yarn of your choice but I would recommend a sturdy yarn which has no stretch such as string.
Crochet Bag Handle
Row 1: Chain 5, sc in the second from the hook. 3sc. Turn. Total: 4sc.
Row 2: Chain 1 (count as turning stitch), sc, ch2, skip 2 stitches, 2sc. Turn.
Rows 3 -38: Chain 1 (count as turning stitch), 4sc. Turn. Total: 4sc.
Row 39: Chain 1 (count as turning stitch), sc, ch2, skip 2 stitches, sc. Turn.
Row 40: Chain 1 (count as turning stitch), 4sc. Turn. Total: 4sc. Your strap should be 34cm in total now.
Row 41: Chain 1 (count as turning stitch), sl st, sc inc., sc inc., sl st. Chain 1 turn your work to crochet into the side. Sc in each row until you reach the other side,
chain 1, turn to work into the foundation chain, sl st, sc inc., sc inc., sl st, chain 1, turn your work to sc crochet into each row, sl st into the first chain 1. Fasten off & weave in your ends.
Fold your strap in half against itself along the long edge, at 10cm from one end sc both sides together (as shown in the photo below), continue sc until you reach 10cm from the other side. Fasten off & weave in your ends.
Sew a 2cm button 7cm up from te end of the strap (as shown in the photo below). Repeat for the otherside.
How to tie your Fabric
Insert two corners of the square fabric (from the same side) into the ring as shown below (the button of the handle will be away from you), pull the fabric through the ring until you have about 15 cm of corner,
pull the fabric around the ring and back to the front to tie a knot, add a another knot to secure. Repeat for the otherside of the fabric.
Congratulations you have made your own Crochet Bag Handle, I would love to see you crochet creation’s, please tag me on @moara_crochet on Instagram to share your work.
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