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 Laptop Messenger Bag
Having recently discovered printable miniatures, I made the laptop from Simple Kids Crafts. For Barbie to carry the laptop around, I created this free crochet pattern for a messenger bag. It also fits other 12" (or 1:6 scale) dolls like Monster High, Pullip, etc. You can also make it fit 1:12 scale dolls by following the general directions of making the bag and doing the math.
Materials and Gauge
- Size No. 3 steel crochet hook
- Size No. 10 crochet cotton thread
- 1 small bead (for the button)
- Gauge is not important for this project
Starting with the base:
Row 1: Ch 18, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (17)
Row 2 - 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (17)
Continuing on to the sides:
Round 5: Working in back loops only for this Round, ch 1, sc in each sc of Row 4 across, rotate the base and continue working 1 sc for each end of row, rotate the base and work 1 sc on the opposite side of the working ch (from Row 1), rotate the base again and work 1 sc for each end of row, join with sl st in the first sc, do not turn. (40)
Round 6 - 18: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join. (40)
Now working on the flap:
Row 19: Working in back loops only for this Row, ch 1, sc in 17 sc, sk the remaining sts, turn. (17)
Row 20 - 27: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (17)
Row 28: Ch 1, sc in the first 7 sc, hdc in next sc, ch 1, sk 1 sc, hdc in next sc, sc in the last 7 sc, turn. (16)
Row 29: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch-1 sp across. (17)
Fasten off. Sew a bead in the front of bag to serve as a button.
Finishing with the strap:
Row 19: Join thread with a sl st on the next stitch of Row 18 we skipped previously when making the flap, ch 1, sc in the same st, sc in the next 2 sts, turn. (3)
Row 20: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (3)
Repeat Row 20 until you reach the desired strap length.
Sl st the end of strap to the matching end on the opposite side of the bag.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
What's in My Doll's Bag?
Since I keep seeing "What's in My Bag" videos on YouTube, I decided to make a doll version of it featuring the bag in this project. As the name implies, this bag was made to fit a laptop for Barbie or a 1:6 scale doll. I made the laptop by following the simple tutorial from the video below.
How to Print the Laptop
Instead of printing out the template provided, I went to Small Stuff's Print Mini and printed out the Laptop (Simplified Version) template in play-scale size. This gave me photos for the inside as well as the outside of the laptop.
You can also fit in folders, documents, and papers you print from the site. In the photo, I used the folder template and just cut small pieces of paper to use as documents.
Have fun filling in this easy-to-make bag for your dolls!
Ceres Schwarz on July 17, 2013:
The laptop messenger bag looks good. The images really show how nice the crocheted bag turned out. This will be useful for all those that want to make their own messenger bags for their dolls.
Donna Herron from USA on July 16, 2013:
This pattern is super cute. What a great idea! Voted up!!