Barbie Duffle Bag (Free Crochet Pattern)

Updated on December 28, 2017
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My favorite hobby is to crochet doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.

Barbie Duffle Bag
Barbie Duffle Bag | Source

One of the things I appreciate the most about new bags is the innovative shapes that designers come out with. One of my personal favorite types of bag is the duffle bag. What I like about the duffle bag is that it is actually functional and spacious, compared to the other bag styles.

I finally crocheted my own Barbie Duffle Bag after watching My Froggy Stuff's No-Sew Duffle Bag, which I will link at the bottom of this article, in case you want to make her version, too.

Materials and Gauge

  • Size No. 1 Crochet Steel Hook;
  • Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread - 2 colors, MC (main color) and CC (contrast color);
  • Optional: Stuffing, for this tutorial, I used cotton balls, but you can also put Barbie accessories inside, like shoes or hats; and
  • Gauge: 23 Sc Rows = 2 inches.

Abbreviations

  • Ch - chain;
  • Sc - single crochet;
  • Dc - double crochet;
  • Sl st - slip stitch; and
  • Inc - work 2 sc in the indicated stitch.

Close-up view of Barbie Duffle Bag. You can see the cotton balls in this photo peeking out.
Close-up view of Barbie Duffle Bag. You can see the cotton balls in this photo peeking out. | Source

Pattern

Body:

Row 1: Using MC, ch 21 (ch 3 counts as dc from here throughout), dc in the 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (19)

Note: If you want to make a bigger bag, just make a longer starting chain, and follow the pattern.

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in each dc across, turn. (19)

Rows 3 - 12: Repeat Row 2. In the last Row, do not turn.

Fasten off.

Sides: (Make 2)

Round 1: Still using MC, starting with a magic circle, work 6 sc and join with a sl st in the first sc. (6)

Round 2: Ch 1, inc in each sc around, join. (12)

Round 3: Ch 1, (inc in the next sc, sc in the next sc) around, join. (18)

Round 4: Ch 1, (inc in the next sc, sc in the next 2 sc) around, join. (24)

Joining the Sides to the Body:

Sew the Sides to the Body by matching each stitch of the Side to the end of Rows of the Body.

Note: Each dc stitch in the Body corresponds to 2 sc stitches of the Sides.

Sl st through both thicknesses to sew the bag close. Continue with 4 sl st's on the Ends of the Body to close the top of the Duffle Bag. Now, working on just one edge, continue sl st until you reach the last 4 sts (for the other side). Fasten off.

Repeat to make the 2nd Side.

Sides of the Barbie Duffle Bag.
Sides of the Barbie Duffle Bag. | Source

Handles:

Note: You can also opt to do this step first, before joining the sides, if you find it easier. Because the design was a step by step process for me, I will be showing photos in the order I have written out the pattern.

Using CC, in the 7th dc post from either side of the bag, starting from the base (in order to hide the seam of the handles), work 2 sc in each dc post. Once you reach the top of the bag, ch 25 to form the handles, and continue working 2 sc in the opposite side (7th dc post from the end, 6th dc post from the first side of the handle). Join with a sl st to the first sc. Fasten off.

Here are some photos to help you out with this step:

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Crocheting through the dc post, sideways, and working 2 sc in each dc post. Here is my hook inserted through the next dc post.Here is a photo of an sc in progress.Here is what the detail should look like. I used CC so you can see the stitches better.
Crocheting through the dc post, sideways, and working 2 sc in each dc post. Here is my hook inserted through the next dc post.
Crocheting through the dc post, sideways, and working 2 sc in each dc post. Here is my hook inserted through the next dc post. | Source
Here is a photo of an sc in progress.
Here is a photo of an sc in progress. | Source
Here is what the detail should look like. I used CC so you can see the stitches better.
Here is what the detail should look like. I used CC so you can see the stitches better. | Source

Weave in all ends and stuff your bag with whatever you want to fill its shape.

Styling

Barbie can carry it two ways: holding the handles on her hand or slinging it on her shoulder to function like a single strap backpack.

An alternative way to carry the Barbie Duffle Bag.
An alternative way to carry the Barbie Duffle Bag. | Source

Here is a link to MyFroggyStuff's No Sew Gym Bag, for those who do not crochet:

MyFroggyStuff's No Sew Gym Bag

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        marissa lopez 12 months ago

        thanks:)

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        marilyng8888@hotmail.com 12 months ago

        hope i can do these

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        dezalyx 22 months ago from Philippines

        Hi, Helen! The shorts and top are also my patterns which I linked near the end of the hub - Barbie Peplum Tank Top and Barbie Short Shorts.

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        Helen 22 months ago

        Duffle bag is great! tk u for sharing pattern. Love the shorts & top - is that your pattern as well? If you do is it available or do you know where it could be obtained. Many tks. Again, many tks for your talent & sharing it with the rest of us. You are talented.

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        dezalyx 3 years ago from Philippines

        Thanks for the comments! Handmade doll stuff is definitely more interesting than those in retail (much cheaper, too!).

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        Moira Durano-Abesmo 3 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

        How cute! I'll make one for my daughter.

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        Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

        Wow that is cute. I loved Barbies when I was little, I could play with them for hours. My daughter never got into them though. Nice work here.

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        Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

        Soooo cute! When I was a kid, a family friend would crochet and knit fashion doll clothes for us. I think they're so much more interesting than those in retail.

        I'm finally getting back into some crafty things and will have to try some of your designs. Thanks for sharing your art with us!

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        Kristy LeAnn 3 years ago from Princeton, WV

        This is so cute and it's interesting that it showed up in my hubpages feed because right before I logged into hubpages I was looking at crocheting videos on youtube. I think it's something I'd really like to learn but it looks hard lol. Seems like such a handy skill to have though. =)

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