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Monday, February 27, 2012

Tiny crocheted gym bag charm pattern

It's a tiny gym bag! I stuffed this one with lavender, and sewed it shut, but it could be left open just as a miniature. It's also super quick to stitch, using just chains, single crochets and slip stitches.

To make it you'll need:

  • 2 colors of size 10 thread- small amounts! I used some of my thrifted thread
  • size 7 (1.65mm) steel crochet hook
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle
  • small amount of stuffing if you're going to sew it shut
  • pins
Abbreviations: (American terminology used throughout)
  • ch= chain
  • sc= single crochet stitch 
  • sl st= slip stitch
  • st or sts= stitch or stitches
In the diagrams the Os are chains, the X are single crochets, and the dots are slip stitches.
With the first color
Disk pattern- Make 2
Ch 2
Round 1: 6 sc in first ch, sl st to first sc to join
Round 2: ch 1 (does not count as first stitch) 2 sc in each st around, sl st to first sc in round to join (12 sts)
Break off thread leaving a 6 inch tail for sewing

Ch 50, sl st to join without twisting, sl st through all chains

With second color
Ch 12
Row 1:  ch 1 (does not count as first stitch) sc in each stitch across (12 stitches)
Row 2-8: Repeat Row 1
Now to sew it all together! Start with putting the strap on the body of the bag. The bag stitches to the sides along the long chain 12 edges. So the strap goes on that way stitching between the second and third row of stitches. Fold the strap in half and the body in half to find the center of both, and pin them together. You don't sew the entire length. Skip the first 2 columns on the top and bottom so you're only sewing 3/4s of the length. The arrows show where to start and end the stitching. Sew with a running stitch, and knot off and weave the end on the wrong side of the fabric (the side without the strap)

Now with the long tails on the disks, sew them to the body of the bag, working around the circles.
If you're going to stuff it, stuff it now, then sew the top shut. Weave in all ends.

It stitches up fast, and it's so very tiny. It might be a good purse for a Barbie doll, or like mine, a charm on a key fob. 

If you like tiny things, I really recommend the book Microcrafts. ( affiliate link)- it's full of adorable tiny projects. 

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