My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
How to Crochet a Drawstring Bag for Barbie
I wanted to make something that could carry the Barbie Bikini I crocheted, and I thought it would be a good idea if Barbie could also carry it around with her to the beach or pool. The bag has a drawstring to make sure nothing falls out of the bag when you store it.
- No. 1 Steel Hook
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread
- Tapestry Needle
Gauge is not important for this project.
Abbreviations Used in American Terms
- Ch: chain
- St(s): stitch(es)
- Sl st: slip stitch
- Dc: double crochet
- Shell: 5 dc in the indicated stitch
Drawstring Bag Pattern
Below are the instructions for making each portion of the bag.
Round 1: In a magic circle, ch 2 (does not count as dc all throughout), work 12 dc in the circle; join with sl st in the first dc. (12)
Round 2: Ch 2, work 2 dc in each dc, join. (24)
Round 3: Ch 2, (work 1 dc in the next dc, work 2 dc in the next dc) around, join. (36)
Round 4: Ch 2, (sk 1 dc, dc in the next dc, dc in the previously skipped dc) around, join. (36)
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in each dc around, join. (36)
Rounds 6–11: Repeat Round 4 and 5 alternately. (36)
Round 12: Ch 2, (work 5 dc in the next sc, sk 2 sc) around, join. (12 shells)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Round 4 Photo Tutorial
Before going to the next part of the pattern, here is a brief photo tutorial on how to do the stitch pattern in Round 4:
I made a twisted tie to fasten this bag, but you can also make a chain if you prefer that kind of look. Weave the tie into Round 10 and trim off the ends.
Since there are 12 shells on top, you want to work on the side shells with 5 shells each in between them at the front and back. Because I’m a lefty, I joined my strap to the 4th dc of the selected side shell (for a righty, I think it is the 2nd dc of the selected shell since you count from right to left instead of left to right).
Join with a sl st to the dc stated above, ch 50, sl st in the 2nd dc of the other side shell (4th dc for righties). Sl st in the 3rd dc of the same shell, turn, sc in each of the 50 ch, sl st in the 3rd dc of the first side shell. Sl st in the 2nd dc of the first side shell, turn, sc in each of the 50 sc, sl st in the 4th dc of the opposite side shell (2nd dc for righties).
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
How to Pack Barbie's Bikini in the Bag
I fold the top and bottom, respectively, and tie opposing ties to look like the photo above. This minimizes the space the bikini takes up, and it can now fit inside the drawstring bag perfectly. Enjoy making this for your doll, and have fun playing on the beach!
Laurie Doolin on March 11, 2020:
Awesome Designs can't wait to do these for my niece Thank You
Kathy from California on August 09, 2013:
What a great idea. I just started crocheting again and I love a new pattern. They are fun to share too. I will give this a try as time allows. Good job!
Xeng from Philippines on August 08, 2013:
Wow! Like Kathryn, I don't crochet as well but seeing your works inspired me to learn. I still have my Barbies at home. I might try following one of your awesome crochet patterns. Especially this crochet drawstring bag. I might even make one for myself (if I find the time). Thanks so much. Voted up! :D
Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on August 07, 2013:
I don't crochet, but I checked this out because it is a really cool idea! Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up, and I am sharing this (in case any of my followers are crochet-ers)!