Saturday, July 10, 2010

Crocheted Rag Bag Pink

Crocheted Rag Bag Pink


My finished bag measures 12" wide x 9" tall x 3" deep.


Here are some of the sheets and curtains I bought at Goodwill and found in my linen closet to cut into strips to crochet. I found the Locker Hook Needle at Hobby Lobby for a little over $4.00. I want to use it sometime to work on a Locker Hook Crochet project.


Here's the first piece of material I cut into 1" strips. I used sissors to cut.


Now I have two balls ready.

I started crocheting. I used a size N crochet hook and I made 5 sc (single crochet) wide and 20 rows. Then I just sc around and around. 



I went and bought a rotary cutter (because I couldn't find my old one), and I cut up a pink sheet and made several rows of that color. Now I'm ready to change colors again.


I made it about as tall as I wanted now measured off for my handles.


Now here again is my finished product. I didn't line it yet. I don't know if I will or not.  I think I might make some more bags and experiment with different colors, hook sizes, and strip widths. I like it, but it's a little heavy though and the stitches are really tight and makes the bag stiff. For a practical purse for myself, I think I'd like it a little bigger and not so stiff....probably a different color too...although I DO like pink. :) I want to look at a color wheel and see what colors might look good together. I'm thinking maybe: (1) Black, Red, White; (2) Red, White, Blue; (3) Black, White, Pink; (4) Race Flag colors--Green, Yellow, Red, Black, Blue, White; (5) Purple and ???....
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11 comments:

  1. Great job, Cheryl! Wow! That's an awesome bag. You sure are good with that crochet hook. Susan

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  2. Hi Susan! Thanks! :) I like to crochet. I like projects like this that work up fast and easy, and I dont have to think too hard about what I'm doing while I'm sitting in the front room with the family watching a show on tv. :)

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  3. I love this! Oh, I wish I knew how to do it. You should sell them. =0)

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  4. I love the pocketbook! very pretty.

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  5. Thanks Libby and thank you Holly. :)

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  6. Hi Elisheva. Thank you very much. :)

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  7. Hi Cheryl! Your bag came out stunning! Love the different colors. I am almost finished with my bag (I used orange stretch knit fabric) and also cannot decide if I should line it or not. It is rather thick, but I love inside pockets to find my important stuff quickly. How did you cut your fabric? The tutorials I saw are all for cutting up T-shirts where it is already in a tube and easy to cut. I tried two methods so far, the first just cutting strips and knotting them together, the second I cut continuous but it's not perfect. Would love top know how you handled the ends.

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  8. Hi Pinktulip :) I just now saw your note, but I'm getting ready to go to my oldest daughter's birthday dinner. I'll get back on here later and answer your questions and I want to go to your blog too and check out your crocheted bag. I love it! :) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note! :) I'll be back later and visit. I love to share. :)

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  9. Hi Pinktulip. :)

    The first two balls of fabric I cut with scissors. I cut 1" strips. That took too long for me, and I couldnt find my rotory cutter, so I bought a new one. I kept folding my fabric in half and in half again, and again until I had about 6-8 layers and then laid it on my rotory cutting board that has inches marked off and just kept cutting 1" strips until I had the whole sheet cut. This made cutting the strips SO much faster! :)

    Then I followed a tutorial showing me how to snip about a half inch in each end and loop two strips together. I just kept connecting strands together as I crocheted.

    So, by doing this, I never had any ends to work in except at the end, and then I just worked that end in as you normally do with yarn.

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