TUTORIAL: Crochet Sweetheart T-shirt Yarn Purse (FREE PATTERN)

I have always been a big fan of novelty materials. Way back in 2008, I experimented with knitting with fabric strips. Obviously, I had a poor understanding of fabric and how they work back then. The woven fabric I used worked out poorly and it was a failed project.

In recent years, the use of jersey aka T-shirt yarn has gotten “in vogue” again and I have always wanted to embark on a project using T-shirt yarn. When I got this sweet pastel pink T-shirt yarn, I knew I had to make something for Valentine’s Day with it. Rather than plowing through the Internet for something specific, I decided to write my own pattern for my purse. And since I already wrote it, I might as well share it with everyone too!

The best thing about T-shirt yarn is that they are considered a bulky weight and are worked with a large hook, meaning you get to a large size quickly! This sweetheart purse was made with 2 pieces of flat heart-shaped motifs sewn together, and each heart-shaped piece is made up of just 9 rounds.

Materials:

Yarn: 85m of t-shirt / jersey yarn

(e.g., Darn Good Yarn’s Reclaimed Cotton T-shirt yarn, Hoooked’s Zpagetti, or make your own using thrifted/old T-shirts via the Mollie Makes tutorial here: http://www.molliemakes.com/diy-fashion-2/how-to-make-t-shirt-yarn/)

Hook: 9.0mm

Other notions: Tapestry needles, 1 button, materials for making option lining (i.e. fabric, sewing needle and thread), plastic bag strap (or make your own using the same yarn)

Details:

Size: One size, finished bag measures 23.5cm across

Lining is optional

Instructions

GwenstellaMade Crochet SweetHeart T-shirt Yarn PurseRnd 1: Create magic ring with 6 sts

Rnd 2: 2sc in each st – 12 sts

Rnd 3: (1sc, 2sc in next st) * rep until end – 18 sts

Rnd 4: (2sc, 2sc in next st) * rep until end – 24 sts

Rnd 5: 7 sc, (2sc into next st)* rep 3 more times, 2sc, (2sc into next st)* rep 3 more times, 7sc – 32 sts

Rnd 6: (3sc, 2sc in next st,) * rep 2 more times, 2sc in next st, 4sc, (2sc in next st, 3sc)* rep 2 more times, 3sc – 38 sts

Rnd 7: 2sc in first st, 7sc, 4hdc, 4dc, 2hdc, 2sl st, 2hdc, 4dc, 4hdc, 8sc – 39 sts

Rnd 8: 2sc in first st, (4sc, 2sc in next st) * rep 1 more time, 3hdc, 2dc in next st, 1dc, 2dc in next st, 2hdc, 1sc, 1 sl st, 1sc, 2hdc, 2dc in next st, 1dc, 2dc in next st, 3hdc, 2sc in next st, 4sc, 2sc in next st, 3sc – 48 sts

Rnd 9: 2sc into first st, 7 sc, 2sc into next st, 3hdc, 2dc, 2dc into next st, 4dc, 2 dc into next st, 1dc, 1hdc, 2sc into next st, 6 sl st, 2sc into next st, 1hdc, 1dc, 2dc into next st, 4dc, 2dc into next st, 2dc, 3hdc, 2sc into next st, 4sc – 57 sts

TO FINISH

Rnd 10: 1sc, 2sc into next st, complete with blind sl st (see pictures below for details)

GwenstellaMade Crochet SweetHeart T-shirt Yarn PurseCut yarn off, learning a long tail to weave in or for stitching the 2 heart pieces together. Sew in a loop and a button as the closure for your purse. You can use a store-bought strap for your purse like I did or simply crochet your desired length of chain stitches for the strap of the bag.

GwenstellaMade Crochet SweetHeart T-shirt Yarn PurseTo give my purse a more professional finish, I also added a lining and a store-bought plastic bag chain to go with it. The lining is really optional, but for anyone who is interested in making one as well, here’s how I did mine:

  1. Create a paper pattern for the lining by tracing the shape of the heart motif on a paper. Using the paper pattern as a guide, cut 2 pieces of fabric in the main colour as your yarn, and 2 pieces as the contrast fabric.
  2. With wrong sides together, sew along the lower and side edges of the 2 pieces of fabric in main colour. Repeat this for the 2 pieces of contrast fabric. Snip notches on the bottom pointed corner.
  3. With right sides together, place the main fabric and contrast fabric pieces together. Sew along the upper edge, pivoting at the corners (as shown in the picture). Leave about 5cm of the upper edge free for turning the lining inside out. Cut notch along the curved seam.
  4. Turn the lining inside out. You should now have a lining with the main fabric on the outside and the contrast fabric on the inside.
  5. Sew the 5cm upper edge that was left unsewn using slip stitch. Press the seams if preferred.
  6. Hand stitch the lining into the bag using slip stitch.

I had so much fun taking my new purse out for a spin last weekend. This is such a fun and quirky bag, and is just the perfect size for a quick dash out of the house. If you have lots of old T-shirts lying around at home, it could also be a great upcycle craft! I hope you’ll have fun with T-shirt yarn with this pattern.

Download the FREE PDF version of this pattern which includes step-by-step progression of the rounds via my Ravelry page here. You can share your versions of your project on the Ravelry page and on my Facebook page here!

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MADE: 1960s style crochet twin set

vintage retro 1960s crochet twin set suit handmade outfit fashion

vintage retro 1960s crochet twin set suit handmade outfit fashion gwenstella

Wearing: 1960s style crochet twin set suit (handmade), retro saddle shoes (DIY), vintage white hoops (thrifted op-shop find)

Last year, I wrote a blog post about a few vintage inspired knitting and crochet projects that I was planning to embark on. After completing a 1950’s inspired polka dot sweater, I immediately started working on the next thing that was on my to-make list – this 1960’s inspired crochet twin set.

vintage retro 1960s crochet twin set suit handmade outfit fashion gwenstella

vintage retro 1960s crochet twin set suit handmade outfit fashion gwenstella

vintage retro 1960s crochet twin set suit handmade outfit fashion gwenstellaThe pattern for this crochet twin set is from Patons Book 1318 Vintage Charm: Archive patterns from the 40’s to the 70’s, a pattern booklet I purchased from Spotlight (Singapore). I was initially tempted to make an identical one using pink yarn that is similar to the one used in the book, but I couldn’t find anything suitable in Spotlight. Every pink ball of yarn I found in the shop was wool, and wool is icky for hot and humid Singapore. Fortunately, I was shopping with a friend and she persuaded me to pick this sunny pastel yellow acrylic instead. I know, acrylic ain’t the best substitute but where do I find cool cotton yarn in Singapore!?

vintage retro 1960s crochet twin set suit handmade outfit fashion gwenstella

vintage retro 1960s crochet twin set suit handmade outfit fashion gwenstella

vintage retro 1960s crochet twin set suit handmade outfit fashion gwenstellaFibre aside, this colour was a great recommendation! I am glad that I listened to my friend and didn’t submit to my 16 year old mini-me on the left shoulder that screams for anything in cotton pink.

This crochet twin set has turned out to be such a lovely addition to my capsule wardrobe for the months of March and April so far. Matching twin sets are the best for people (like me) who are trying to expand their vintage/vintage-inspired outfit repertoire without hurting the wallet, wardrobe, or world. *insert twin heart emoji*

Here’s how I have styled my crochet twin set:

vintage retro 1960s crochet twin set suit handmade outfit fashion gwenstella

Wearing: 1960s style crochet blouse (handmade), second-hand vintage 90s does 60s mini-skirt (online purchase), vintage white purse (thrifted op-shop find), ballerina flats (ASOS), white hoop earrings (had them for as long as I can remember)

vintage retro 1960s crochet twin set suit handmade outfit fashion gwenstella

vintage retro 1960s crochet twin set suit handmade outfit fashion gwenstella

vintage retro 1960s crochet twin set suit handmade outfit fashion gwenstella

Wearing: New York Herald Tribune T-shirt (DIY), 1960s style crochet skirt (handmade), retro style huaraches (ASOS), wicker tote (thrifted op-shop find), ice-cream necklace (handmade), cat-eye glasses (ASOS)

Hooray to a versatile capsule wardrobe. I can’t wait to wear these out more often! xx G

MADE: Crochet Bacon and Eggs scarf

Bacon and eggs scarf, very NSFW, innit?

Bacon and eggs scarf, very NSFW, innit?

It’s been a long time since I made a scarf. Actually, it’s been a long time since I made any knitted or crochet objects, really. And by a long time, I mean a looooong time. To be honest, I don’t think I have ever posted a knitted/crochet project here? Shame on me who previously had a blog called “because she started knitting“.

This is long overdue project, a birthday gift that was promised to my friend over a year ago. Ah, better late than never.

I whipped up this bacon and egg scarf on my own without following a specific crochet bacon and eggs scarf pattern out on the Internet. There are tons of versions out there and all you need to do is type “bacon and eggs scarf” into Google to get inspired. So, unfortunately, I have no pattern to share. All I can say is that this pattern was made using about 9 balls of yarn (x 4 red, x 3 beige, x 1 yellow, x 1 white), 5 days of recuperation at home from wisdom teeth removal, and 2 seasons of 2 Broke Girls.

P.S.: If you like my bacon and eggs scarf, you might also be interested in checking out my knitted/crochet projects from the past such as the knitted pencil scarf and the knitted panda hat. I am also on Ravelry.

Made: Amigurumi Potted Plant

A pot of irises

I cannot remember the last time I crocheted something for myself. This is a pot of purple flowers which I crocheted for a friend last year. I was meant to attend her wedding in Sydney, but things didn’t work out and I didn’t end up flying back to Sydney for the wedding…


Long story short – this is something I made for a friend called Iris. I like to imagine that those purple flowers are actually irises…

If you like this, you can check out the crochet pattern that is available for free on the Lion Brand website here. And, as usual, I didn’t follow the pattern fully. I was meant to make crochet green leaves for the plant too, but I figured I wouldn’t have the space. I was right – I didn’t end up using a couple of flowers! I made brooches with those leftover flowers. 

Also, I was meant to sew the flowers on the potted plant. But why go through the trouble when I have a glue gun sitting in my drawer?

Purple flowers
The pot
The filled pot
This quick and easy project reminded me of how much I used to love making crochet flowers. I should start knitting and crocheting more often again. And now, I think I am going to have a quick look at all the vintage crochet and knitting patterns I have collected over the years and start a new project… x