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Belt Bag - For a child on the go! + FREE PATTERN included below

This is the first item I crocheted.  I made it for my daughter, Kayleigh, to hold her MP3 Player and I put a belt on it so she could wear it around her waist.  This was very straight forward and easy to make.  I made one long rectangle for the bag, changing colour (by fastening off at the end of a row and attaching the new yarn) approximately every 4 rows.  Then all I did was fold it over to the size I wanted and sewed up the sides.  For the belt, I chained to a length that fitted around my daughter’s waist and treble crocheted 2 rows.  I sewed on a popper fastener so she could put the belt on and off easily.  I also sewed on a button with a loop of yarn to do up the flap of the bag.  Kayleigh still uses this bag now, usually when she is vacuuming, riding her bike or roller skating.


The pattern is available for download on www.loveknitting.com and www.lovecrochet.com.


The finished size of the bag was approx. 4.7″ (12cm) by 4.7″ (12cm).  The belt was approx. 35.4(90cm) in length.


I worked in UK Treble Crochet/tr [US Double Crochet/dc] and UK Double Crochet/dc [US Single Crochet/sc] stitches.


Yarn

Robin Double Knit/DK (shade - Lavender 053, Pink 046).

1 (each colour) x 100g (3.5oz/328yds/300m) balls.

Weight category: UK DK [US 3/Light worsted, DK].

Tension/gauge: 24 stitches x 32 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 3.25mm/UK 10 [US D/3] - 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6] hook.

The crochet hook I used was a 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6].


I would give the Robin DK yarn a 3 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It was easy to work;

- There is a large choice of colours available;

- The feel of it wasn’t brilliantly soft but does get softer and floppy after washing.  It would make great cardigan’s, jumpers and accessories;

- The cost of yarn is very reasonable - I paid about £1.79 per 100g ball;

- Would I use this yarn again? YES.



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FREE Belt Bag Pattern for Beginners

Materials

1 x 25g ball any DK yarn in Colour A

1 x 25g ball any DK yarn in Colour B

4mm/UK 8 [G/6] Crochet Hook (or size to achieve tension/gauge you desire)

Yarn/Darning needle

Scissors


NOTES: The instructions are written in UK terms.  US terms are in [SQUARE PARENTHESES].  For other countries see

    “Crochet Conversion Charts”.

               The ch 3 counts as a st throughout whole pattern, unless otherwise stated.


Instructions

Bag

With Colour A, ch 20.

Row 1: tr [dc] in 4th ch from hook, tr [dc] in each ch to end, turn (18 tr [dc]);

Row 2-3: ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, turn (18 tr [dc]);

Row 4: ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, fasten off Colour A (18 tr [dc]);

Row 5: With Colour B, ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, turn (18 tr [dc]);

Row 6-7: ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, turn (18 tr [dc]);

Row 8: ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, fasten off Colour B (18 tr [dc]);

Row 9: With Colour A, ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, turn (18 tr [dc]);

Row 10-11: ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, turn (18 tr [dc]);

Row 12: ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, fasten off Colour A (18 tr [dc]);

Row 13: With Colour B, ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, turn (18 tr [dc]);

Row 14-15: ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, turn (18 tr [dc]);

Row 16: ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, fasten off Colour B (18 tr [dc]);

Row 17: With Colour A, ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, turn (18 tr [dc]);

Row 18-19: ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, turn (18 tr [dc]);

Row 20: ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, fasten off Colour A (18 tr [dc]);

Row 21: With Colour B, ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, turn (18 tr [dc]);

Row 22-23: ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, turn (18 tr [dc]);

Row 24: ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in next st and each st to end, fasten off Colour B and weave in ends (18 tr [dc]).


Fold bag so fch lines up with Row 21.  This will leave the last 4 rows, in Colour B, as a flap.  Turn inside out and sew side seams together.  Then turn correct way in.  Attach a button to front centre of bag and a loop of yarn to the flap, big enough to fit round the button.  (You can use any kind of fastener to close the bag it doesn’t have to be a button).


Belt

With Colour A, ch 107.

Row 1: tr [dc] in 4th ch from hook, tr in each ch to end, turn (105 tr [dc]);

Row 2: ch 3, sk first st, tr [dc] in each ch to end, fasten off (105 tr [dc]).


Either sew two buttons/poppers on or tie belt in a bow around waist to fasten.


Belt Loops (make 2)

With Colour A, ch 11.

Row 1: dc [sc] in 2nd ch from hook, dc [sc] in each ch to end, fasten off (10 dc [sc]).


Sew bottom and top of each loop onto the back of the bag.  Then thread belt through both loops.



I hope this brings you creative joy.  You can sell anything you make using this pattern but please

do not copy or sell it, nor pass it off as your own (FOR FULL TERMS PLEASE SEE OUR “TERMS & CONDITIONS” SECTION).  Get yarning and please share your creations with me on social media, I would love to see them.  Or you can leave your comments below, I would love to hear from you.




ABBREVIATIONS

ch - chain;

dc - double crochet;

fch - foundation chain;

sc - single crochet;

sk - skip;

st - stitch;

tch - turning chain;

tr - treble crochet.

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