There is no such thing as too many handbags. They come in so many shapes and sizes, from tiny little night out bags, which just hold a lipstick and a bank card, to great big practical bags, that would make Mary Poppins feel envious.

Have you ever been in a situation where you find the perfect handbag for an event, it matches your dress, it is just right size but you don't like the handle, for example?  Or you find a perfect everyday bag to fit all your day to day bits and bobs, but you don't like the colour....?  Me too!

Why not make your own?  I recently made this gorgeous bag from Hoooked Zpaghetti t-shirt yarn which is made from textile left overs from the fashion industry and turned into a fantastic new and trendy recycled fabric yarn.  It comes in a huge selection of colours, but I really loved this hot pink yarn with indigo stripes.

If you want to have a go at making one yourself, this is what you will need:

Equipment

Two skeins of Hoooked Zpagetti Yarn

A size 8-9mm Crochet Hook

Two Handbag Handles

A large Button (optional)

 Abbreviations

Ch - Chain Stitch

DC - Double Crochet (Single Crochet in the US)

SL - Slip Stitch

R - Row

RND - Round

It is important to note that this yarn will probably have knots at various points throughout the skein.  This is just where the lengths are attached and is a common feature in recycled yarn.  So, just carry on crocheting and they will be hidden in the pattern.

Ch 24

Base of the bag

R1 - DC in 2nd SL from the hook. DC in all remaining CHs (23) CH1, Turn.

R2-10 - DC in each stitch in this row (23) CH1, Turn. 

R11 - DC in each stitch in this row. (23)

Sides of the bag

RND 1 - 2 DCs in each of the corners.  1 DC in each stitch and 1 DC in each of the rows along the sides of the rectangle. (76)

Put a place marker in the 1st stitch.

RND2-14  - DC in each stitch.  Do not join at the end of each round, continue stitching to the next RND. Do not fasten off. (76)

If you wish your bag to be taller you can add additional RNDs.

RND 15 - This is the point where we shape the bag.

Firstly, mark each corner.

*Pinch in the sides and make a DC in the next corner.

DC along the next edge - up to the next corner marker.*

Repeat ** 

RND 16 DC in each stitch.  Fasten off.

Sew in loose ends.  Sew on handles and a button (optional)

You now have a gorgeous new bag and the perfect excuse for a matching manicure!  Now I just need to plan a fun night out with the girls to show it off.

These bags are easy and cheap to make and can easily be customised.  They would make gorgeous gifts for friends or family and can be made in a variety of sizes or colours.