Welcome to Part 3 of the Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL! Today we’ll be creating the base and straps for our bag and assembling it all together. This is the FINAL pattern stop on our CAL! (But don’t disappear yet, because there are still giveaway winners to be announced next week!)
If this is the first time you’ve heard of the CAL, be sure to check out this post that lists all of your needed materials. Even if you’re a little late to the party, you can still join in!
This pattern is written in American Standard Terms. It is also available in UK Terms, Nederlandse, Deutsch, Dansk, Français, Español, and Norsk translations. Please click here for a complete listing of all translations and their links.
And, don’t forget to join the Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL Facebook Group to share your progress, get tips from others, and maybe answer a question or two yourself. We’re in it together, and that’s what makes it fun!
The schedule for the CAL is as follows:
June 25: Start Here! Intro Post and Materials List
July 2: Part 1, Flower Squares
July 9: Part 2, Body of the Bag
July 16: Part 3, Base, Embellishments and Strap (this post)
Each pattern post will include clear instructions, helpful photos, and a great tutorial video. When you’re done with each week’s assignment, head over to the Facebook Group to share your progress. –
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WILDFLOWER SHOULDER BAG CAL PART 3: CONSTRUCTING THE BOTTOM OF PURSE
You Will Need:
Hook (the same one you’ve been using throughout)
Your chosen yarn
1 large sheet of plastic canvas (found at most craft stores)
Sharpie marker or pen
(1) Make 2.
(2) You will join your rounds with a slip stitch to the first SC of the round.
(3) The first SC of each round is always done in the same ST as the CH1.
STEP 1: THE PATTERN (MAKE 2)
To begin: With H hook (or whatever hook you’ve been using), CH36.
Round 1: 3SC in 2nd CH from hook. SC in each of the next 33 CHs. 3SC in last CH, working around the tail to the other side. Coming over to the other side, SC in each of the next 33 CHs. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (72)
Round 2: CH1 (does not count as a stitch, here or throughout). 2SC in same ST, 2SC in each of the next 2 STS. SC in each of the next 33 STS. 2SC in each of the next 3 STS. SC in each of the next 33 STS. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (78)
Round 3: CH1. 2SC in same ST. SC in next ST. (2SC in next, SC in next) two times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. (2SC in next, SC in next) three times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (84)
Round 4: CH1. SC in each of first 2 STS. 2 SC in next ST. (SC in each of next 2 STS, 2SC in next) two times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. (SC in each of next 2 STS, 2SC in next) three times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (90)
Round 5: CH1. 2SC in same ST. SC in each of the next 3 STS. (2SC in next ST, SC in each of the next 3 STS) two times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. (2SC in next ST, SC in each of the next 3 STS) three times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (96)
Round 6: CH1. SC in each of first 4 STS. 2 SC in next ST. (SC in each of next 4 STS, 2SC in next) two times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. (SC in each of next 4 STS, 2SC in next) three times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (102)
Round 7: CH1. 2SC in same ST. SC in each of the next 5 STS. (2SC in next ST, SC in each of the next 5 STS) two times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. (2SC in next ST, SC in each of the next 5 STS) three times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (108)
Round 8: CH1. SC in each of first 6 STS. 2 SC in next ST. (SC in each of next 6 STS, 2SC in next) two times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. (SC in each of next 6 STS, 2SC in next) three times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (114)
Round 9: CH1. 2SC in same ST. SC in each of the next 7 STS. (2SC in next ST, SC in each of the next 7 STS) two times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. (2SC in next ST, SC in each of the next 7 STS) three times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (120)
STOP! At this point, WITHOUT cutting off your yarn (because you still have another round to complete), you need to trace what you have so far onto a sheet of plastic canvas. You’ll only need to do this once. See the video for a tutorial. When you’ve cut out the plastic canvas, continue to Round 10.
Round 10: CH1. SC in each of first 8 STS. 2 SC in next ST. (SC in each of next 8 STS, 2SC in next) two times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. (SC in each of next 8 STS, 2SC in next) three times. SC in each of the next 33 STS. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (126)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Please note: Your base is going to look too small for the bag. It’s not. As long as your stitch count is correct, just trust the pattern and proceed. 🙂
STEP 2: SEWING THE BASES TOGETHER
We now need to crochet together the two bases we’ve just made, with the plastic canvas in the middle. Place your base pieces, one on top of the other, so that they are lined up exactly the same. Use your seam to visualize this:
Then, insert your hook right at the seam, going through both pieces, and attach your yarn.
SC in the same stitch and continue to SC about halfway around, going through all 4 loops every time. When you get halfway, insert your plastic canvas.
Then, continue to SC around the rest of it, completely enclosing the plastic canvas inside. At the end of the round, join with a slip stitch to the first SC. Fasten off and weave in your ends.
STEP 3: PREPPING THE BOTTOM OF THE BAG
We need to add 1 round of 126 SC to the bottom of the bag in order to help it match up perfectly with the base we just created. Set your base aside and lay your bag out in front of you upside-down, with the split rings on the outer edges. Insert your hook and attach your yarn in the right corner of the square all the way to the right (the one that lines up with a split ring), in the CH2 space from that square’s final round:
SC in that same space. Then, SC in each of the SCs along the edge. There are 20 of them, so adding that to the one we put in the corner, we will get 21 SCs. Skip the square’s left-side corner, and skip over the seam. Repeat the directions 5 more times by SCing into each square’s right-side corner, and along the edge of 20, skipping the left-side corner and the seam. Join with a SL ST to the first SC of the round.
STEP 4: ATTACHING THE BASE
Find the centermost stitch on one of the ends of your base (you can eyeball it). With your hook still inserted in the last stitch you made from the previous round, put your hook through that center stitch as well. Yarn over and pull the yarn through both stitches.
Working through all 4 loops, SL ST around the bottom of the bag to attach the base to the body. When done, SL ST to the first ST of the round, fasten off and weave in your ends. (Do so on the inside of the bag, not the outside. Use a yarn needle to poke the tails through to the inside of the bag before weaving in.)
BASIC STRAP PATTERN
The options for bag straps are endless. You can purchase a leather strap like this one for a more sophisticated look, or you can search on Pinterest for a crocheted strap pattern that suits your personality. I’m going to provide you with a very basic and beginner-friendly strap pattern that will give your bag a casual style.
You Will Need:
Hook (the same one you’ve been using throughout)
Your chosen yarn
Scissors and Yarn Needle
Hardware (see notes)
(1) After you make your strap, you’re going to be sewing it to a ring. You can sew it right to the rings on your bag, if you don’t want it to be detachable. If you do want to make it detachable (and interchangeable), you can sew it to a pair of hooks with clasps. These are basically just rings with metal hooks attached that will hook and unhook to the rings on your bag. You can find them in the jewelry section of most craft stores.
(2) SP = Spike Stitch. You’ll complete an SC by inserting your hook one stitch lower than usual. Photos are provided below, or you can watch the tutorial video.
With H hook (or whatever hook you’ve been using), CH6.
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each CH across. (5)
Row 2: CH1, turn. SC across. (5)
Rows 3-? Repeat Row 2 as many times as you wish to achieve preferred strap length. The strap in this photo, using Cotton-Ease and an H hook, is 90 rows long (the model is a petite 4’11):
Edging Round 1: CH1. SC evenly around the entire strap, putting 3SC in each corner. Join with a SL ST to the first SC of the round. (If you are unsure of where to put your SCs, please watch the tutorial video.)
Edging Round 2: SP one row down, around the entire 1st round of edging, putting 3SP in each corner. Join with a SL ST to the first SP of the round. (The yellow dots in the photo are where you need to insert your hook for the Spike Stitch, which is basically just a SC that stretches down a row.)
Fasten off but do not weave in ends.
ATTACHING TO HARDWARE
Slip one end through your chosen hardware (either the rings on your bag or a detachable ring and hook) and fold it over itself. Use the tail to sew it to itself, then weave in the tail securely. Repeat with the other end of the strap, being sure to fold it over at the same length you did the first side.
LINING YOUR BAG
As much as I would’ve loved to create a tutorial on lining your bag, I don’t sew. (My idea of lining my bag is sending it to my friend who knows how to sew and begging her to do it for me.) Fortunately, there are many tutorials out there. This one by CarrieWolf.net is the closest I’ve found to the style of our bag, and it’s a very well-written tutorial. Be sure to thank her in the comments on her blog post if you use her instructions!
I love this, thanks for.sharing.
Making for a gift.
Wondering if you can advise me.
I made one with only 2 florals per side.
80 sc each panel.
Can you please help.me adjust the bottom panel..
Thank you for tutoring for newcomers in crotchet work.
Your tutoring encourages everyone, newcomers and experts alike.
Please keep doing your good work. All the best.
Loved doing this pattern Thanks.
This is a beautiful purse and I can’t wait to Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Rebecca for this CAL – I have never made anything like this before and really enjoyed it. I learned many things and everyones input was a great learning experience. I have made blankets and beanies for the babies at hospitals but never something like this. I love it. My hubby even said I did a great job. Yea me! Look forward to following you for a long time to come.
Just above the Video Tutorial section is a small gray button that says “print” that you can use. If you want to save yourself the trouble of maneuvering through that for 3 different blog posts AND a supply list, I have put together a complete, ad-free PDF in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/241181167/purse-crochet-pattern-crochet-shoulder
really have enjoyed this project and am starting another but a bit smaller. Thanks for the pattern and inspiration
Lovely pattern. You have been so flexible and helpful to everyone who has had any questions. It is always more fun to work a pattern with a designer who goes with the flow.
I have not been able to find the download button. I have looked very carefully through everything, but I guess I am just missing it. Can you give the precise location?
Hi just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful project. Will not be able to snap you a pix of the finish project, Im a beginner is still making my squares by the time I’m finish it will be too late. Againt thank you it is a nice challenge and learning soo much. Have a wonderful day.
Thank you for taking the time to make this detailed pattern and the excellent videos! This has been both my first crochet bag and my first CAL. I’ve really enjoyed making this bag so far, and I’ve learned a few things with technique as well. I was checking the blog over and over yesterday waiting for part 3 to post! I think I actually did a little dance when I saw it there. Haha! I think I may actually attempt to line it with fabric and add a zipper- thank you as well for the link to the excellent tutorial for that. I’m so excited to get finished and use my new bag! I’ll try to post a picture when it’s finished. I tried before on part 1, but for some reason the file was too big.
Thanks for sharing this pattern. I have enjoyed it and can’t wait to finish my bag.
Thank you so much for this clever and very detailed pattern. I have loved everything about the CAL and have gained so much confidence with it and learned so much. I was like a child on Christmas Eve last night waiting for the final part – an 80 year old child, I might add. You have done much for many. Thank you.