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 Make a Tote for Barbie
Because of the plastic ban here in the Philippines, most girls who go out bring a large shopping bag to put their purchases in. I thought I would make one so Barbie can always be ready to shop.
Materials and Gauge
- Size 10 crochet cotton thread
- No. 6 crochet steel hook
- Gauge is not important for this project
Step 1: Make 8 Granny squares. As I used a traditional Granny square, I will not be writing out the pattern. Just look for a tutorial on how to make a Granny square and work the first 2 rounds of the basic pattern for each square. What is great about this pattern is that you can use up your scrap threads and make a very colorful bag. Remember to leave long tails for each square for sewing later.
Step 2: Arrange the squares with the tails facing the next one in a clockwise (or counter-clockwise) manner. Join the squares with whip stitch by making sure you work on the wrong side of the project (making the right sides face each other before starting). Here is how you arrange the squares:
Step 3: After sewing the squares together, you will end up with two 2 x 2 squares. Now, I added a round of dc's on the back loops only on 3 sides of the squares. Make sure to place 3 dc's in each corner. Your components will now look like this:
Step 4: Join the two parts together with sc by making the wrong sides face each other and working the stitch on both parts. Remember to work 3 sc's in the corners again. Once you reach the last dc, do not fasten off.
Step 5: Now it is time to add a sc border along the top of the bag. Ch 1, work 2 sc in each dc edge, sc around the top of the bag, sl st in the first sc to join.
Step 6: Now for the handles. I really hate sewing, so I try to save myself the trouble by attaching the handles to the bag itself. So work a sl st on the sc located in the middle of 1 Granny square, ch however long you want the handles to be, sl st in the sc located in the middle of the other Granny square. Sl st in the next sc on top of the bag, ch 1, turn, sc in each ch, sl st in the st beside the first joining sl st to attach the handles.
For my bag, I did 30 chains. The sl st's in the st beside the joining st is done so the thick handles will be joined better to the bag. If you do not do this, the handles will only be joined in a single point and will look like it's about to unravel.
Step 7: Weave in all ends. Barbie is now ready to go shopping.
Liz Rivera on March 11, 2016:
This is so cute. I can make a lot of them in different colors.
Mónika Markolt on January 14, 2013:
I just want to thank you for all the great patterns! I know how much work to do patterns. I'm here every day and looking for your hubs! Sorry for my bad english, oh, and greeteings from Hungary! :)
Priyanka Estambale from United States on January 14, 2013: