Today’s craft is a toiletries bag that would be an excellent item to make and donate to your local homeless shelter, or Community Service center. It would also work well to keep drawing supplies, or other small items in while traveling.
Simple sewing and braiding are also part of this easy craft that you’ll be able to finish in an afternoon or a couple of evenings, depending on how fast you crochet.
If you are not familiar with how to read a pattern, please see my previous post from September, that describes how to do this. If you’re ready, let’s get started!
- 4 mm (G) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
- 2 balls Peaches and Cream cotton yarn in Navy, or 2 balls Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in “Blue Jeans”
- Yarn needle
- 1″ Button
- ch = chain
- sl st = slip stitch
- sc = single crochet
- hdc = half double crochet
5 1/2″ tall by 9 1/2″ wide
16 sc stitches in 4″
-When working the design for the flap, you will want to make sure your stitches are off-set so the each slip stitch has a half-double crochet worked into it, and each half double crochet has a slip stitch worked into it.
-ch 1 at beginning of row does not count as a stitch.
“Essentials” Toiletry Bag Pattern:
Row 1: ch 33, sc in second stitch from hook, sc in each ch across, ch 1, turn (32)
Rows 2-52: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (32)
Your rectangle should measure 11 1/2″ tall by 9 1/2″ wide at this point.
Row 53: hdc in first stitch, sl st in the next *hdc in next stitch, sl st in the next* ch 1, turn (32)
Row 54: hdc in first stitch, sl st in the next *hdc in next stitch, sl st in the next* ch 1, turn (32)
Repeat rows 53 and 54 13 more times.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Fold your rectangle in thirds, cut two 18″ lengths of yarn, and sew up each of the lower two sides, but not the textured flap. This will create a pouch.
After sewing, turn the pouch inside out. If it’s a little lumpy along the edges, gently tug and press on the seams to straighten them. You’ll be stuffing these with goodies, which should help to straighten out some of the bumps.
Securely fasten off the ends, and weave them in.
Cut six three-foot pieces of yarn. Use three pieces to make each braided tie. Knot the ends.
Attaching the ties:
Fold first tie in half, and push the center through the flap (making a loop). Pull the ends of the tie through the loop, and snug tight.
Repeat with the second tie at the other end of the flap.
Stuff your essentials bag with toiletries like combs, tooth paste, shampoo, deodorant, or dental floss, and donate to your local homeless shelter or church outreach center.
Tie by wrapping the ties around the bag. The length of the ties allows for more items to be stuffed in the bag!
Did you like this pattern? See more of my free crochet patterns, here.