My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
Learn to Crochet a Duffel Bag or Gym Bag for Barbie
I really appreciate the innovative shapes that designers create for new bags. One of my personal favorite bag types is the duffel bag. What I like about the duffel bag is that it is actually functional and spacious, compared to other bag styles.
I finally crocheted my own Barbie duffel bag after watching My Froggy Stuff's No-Sew Duffel Bag video tutorial, which I will link at the bottom of this article in case you want to make her version, too.
- 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.
Gauge: 23 Sc Rows = 2 inches
- Ch: chain
- Sc: single crochet
- Dc: double crochet
- Sl st: slip stitch
- Inc: work 2 sc in the indicated stitch
Follow these steps to make each component of the bag.
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 duffel 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 MyFroggyStuff's No Sew Gym Bag video tutorial, for those who do not crochet:
marissa lopez on April 22, 2017:
email@example.com on April 16, 2017:
hope i can do these
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on June 23, 2016:
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.
Helen on June 16, 2016:
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.
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on April 26, 2014:
Thanks for the comments! Handmade doll stuff is definitely more interesting than those in retail (much cheaper, too!).
Moira Durano-Abesmo from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on April 25, 2014:
How cute! I'll make one for my daughter.
Mackenzie Sage Wright on April 25, 2014:
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.
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 25, 2014:
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!
Kristy LeAnn from Princeton, WV on April 25, 2014:
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. =)