Barbie Duffle Bag (Free Crochet Pattern)
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.
- Ch - chain;
- Sc - single crochet;
- Dc - double crochet;
- Sl st - slip stitch; and
- Inc - work 2 sc in the indicated stitch.
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.
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.
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:
Weave in all ends and stuff your bag with whatever you want to fill its shape.
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.
Here is a link to MyFroggyStuff's No Sew Gym Bag, for those who do not crochet: