Mesmerizing Messenger Bag

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It’s impossible not to fall in love with this Mesmerizing Messenger Bag. This homemade bag is stylish and roomy, which makes it the perfect bag to tote around every day. It’s also great for using as a school book bag because it’s big enough to store a 3-inch wide binder. The long over the shoulder strap makes it easy and comfortable to carry, and the optional strap adjuster is a nice added touch. This free crochet pattern also includes instructions for adding fleece lining, which is a great way to ensure your valuables stay protected.

Materials:
• US – H, 5.0mm hook
• 750 yds worsted/aran weight yarn, 250 yds each of 3 colors (Red Heart Soft in Teal, Dark Leaf, and Berry shown)
• 47″ by 17.5″ fabric for lining – fleece or other non-raveling fabric preferred
• 2 yds 1″ wide polyester/nylon strap/webbing, or strap of your choice
• 2″ button
• crochet thread, size 5 or 10 • sewing thread
• sharp tapestry/yarn needle
• strap adjuster (optional)
• stitch markers
Instructions for the Front Piece: (Finished measurement: 13.5″ wide x 12″ long)
Row 1: With Color A, ch 50. Dc in the 4th ch from hook, then dc in the next ch. *Ch 2, skip 2 ch, dc in next 2 ch. Repeat from * until last ch remains, dc in the last ch. Turn. (48 sts and ch)
Row 2: Ch 1 and sc in the 1st st. Ch 2, skip next 2 sts. *Working over the chains and into the unworked foundation chains below, dc in each of the next two foundation chs. (The chains from Row 1 are enclosed within these dc sts.) Ch 2, skip the next 2 sts. Repeat from * until last st remains. Sc in the last st (top of ch 3), finishing the st with Color B. Drop first color to carry along the side. Turn. (48 sts and ch)
Row 3: Continuing with Color B, ch 1 and sc in the 1st st. *Working over the chains and into the top of the sts from two rows previous, dc in each of the next two sts.** Ch 2, skip the next 2 sts. Repeat from * across, ending last repeat at ** with last st remaining. Sc in the last st. Turn. (48 sts and ch)
Row 4: Ch 1 and sc in the 1st st. Ch 2, skip next 2 sts. *Working over the chains and into the top of the sts from two rows previous, dc in each of the next two sts. Ch 2, skip the next 2 sts. Repeat from * until last st remains. Sc in the last st, finishing the st with the Color C. Drop last color to carry along the side. Turn. (48 sts and ch)
Rows 5 – 43: Repeat Rows 3 and 4, switching colors every 2 rows. If using 3 colors, Row 43 should be made with Color A.
Row 44: (Continuing with Color A) Ch 1, sc in the 1st 3 sts. *Working over the chains and into the top of the sts from two rows previous, dc in each of the next two sts. Sc in the next 2 sts. Repeat from * until last st remains. Sc in last st. Break yarn and weave in ends. (48 sts)
Instructions for the Back & Flap Piece: (Finished measurement: 13.5″ wide x 24″ long)
Rows 1 – 88: Repeat the directions for the Front Piece above, switching colors every 2 rows, with Row 88 the same as Row 44 above (the finishing row). If using 3 colors in the same pattern as the Front, Rows 87 and 88 should be made with Color B.
Instructions for the Sides & Bottom Piece: (Finished measurement: 3″ wide x 37.5″ long)
Row 1: With Color A, ch 14. Follow stitch pattern directions as above. (12 sts and ch)
Rows 2 – 134: Repeat the stitch pattern, switching colors every 2 rows, with Row 134 the same as Row 44/88 above (the finishing row). If using 3 colors in the same pattern as the Front, Rows 133 and 134 should be made with Color A.

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Assembling the Crochet Pieces:
Using color(s) of choice, sc the Front and Back/Flap pieces to either side of the Sides/Bottom Piece. While crocheting, hold the WS of the pieces together, with the Front or Back facing you, and the Sides/Bottom facing away from you. Use stitch markers or paperclips to hold the pieces together so the stitching is even. Make sure to leave the Flap portion (the second half) of the Back free and unworked!

Instructions for the Lining and Handles:
Starting with a 41″ x 17.5″ piece of fleece or other non-raveling fabric, fold one end of the fabric up 14″ from the bottom, so that 13″ is left at the top. (The bottom becomes the pouch or bag lining, and the single layer top becomes the flap lining.)
Sew a line 1/2″ from the edge on both sides of the pouch, so that the seams are 16.5 inches apart. Then, fold the corners as shown below, so that the seam is in the middle of the triangle, and sew across the fabric where it is 3 ” wide. This creates the flat bottom of the pouch.

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Insert the lining in the bag, and trim off the excess on either side of the flap, as shown below. Remove the lining from the bag.

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If your strap is polyester or nylon, melt the raw edges of the strapping using a lighter or match. If it’s natural fabric that frays, be sure to fold over and sew the ends securely. Sew the ends of the handle to either side of the outside of the pouch, along the seam line, as shown below. (Please ignore my messy hand stitching here!)

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If you are using a strap adjuster, length isn’t as important (as long as it’s not too short), but if not be sure the strap is the right length before sewing it on. Cut the strap and add the strap adjuster according to package directions if desired.

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Assembling the Lining and Bag:
Sew around the entire opening and flap of the lining with the blanket stitch, using the tapestry or yarn needle and crochet thread. Skip over the handles. You make wish to practice on a scrap of fabric first. Try to make the sts about as far apart as the crochet sts, but don’t worry if it’s not perfect – you can see mine aren’t!

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Place a stitch marker in the center of the end of the crocheted flap. Insert the lining in the bag. Sc all around the open edges evenly, being sure to go through a blanket stitch with each sc st.

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You can skip a blanket st occasionally if necessary to make sure it all lines up. Use stitch markers to hold the corners and halfway points together to help you stay on track!

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When you come to the stitch marker in the center of the end of the flap, sc in the marked st. Then ch 10 (or length needed to get around button you chose). Sc in the same st and then continue around the opening as before.

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Sew the button to the front of the bag so that it lines up with the loop. Sew through the lining, handle, and crochet pieces on both sides to secure the handles all the way through the bag.

Granny Square Purse Pattern
By: Kara Gunza from Petals to Picots
This Granny Square Purse Pattern is an easy crochet pattern to whip up in one weekend or less. This over-the-shoulder bag is just the right size to fit your daily essentials. Lining the interior of this free crochet pattern is optional.

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