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31 Free Crochet Crossbody Bag Patterns

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As crocheting becomes a popular hobby, crochet crossbody bags become the latest fashion trend that women (and some men) of all ages love.

Casual and chic — crossbody bags NEVER go out of fashion.

Crossbody bags are known for being versatile, comfortable, and useful. They are just what you need to finish off your look for a picnic with the girls, a day at the beach, or even as a busy but stylish mom running errands.

Here at Made from Yarn, we have put together a list of easy-to-follow crochet crossbody bag patterns.

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Why use a crossbody bag?

Crossbody bags let you keep your hands free, make you feel light, and make it easy to get things done. They are great for moms, athletes, and other people who want to be practical and stylish at the same time.

Crossbody bags are also helpful because they put the weight of the strap on one shoulder and the weight of what you’re carrying on the other side of your body. This means that if you have a lot to carry, your shoulder won’t get tired as quickly as it would with a tote bag.

Do you feel ready to make your own after reading this?

How to crochet a crossbody bag?

It is easier than you might think. Most crochet bags are made in pieces that are sewn together at the end. If you want an easy project, choose a bag pattern with the same stitches on all sides.

The majority of crossbody purse crochet patterns will incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Crocheting two squares or rectangles, sewing them together, and adding a strap at the top.
  • Work in rounds from the bottom up, and add a strap to finish.
  • Crocheting the base, sides, and straps separately and sewing them together at the end.

Well, there’s more to consider than just picking your favorite style from the long list below. How your crochet crossbody bag turns out depends on things like the yarn, stitches, lining, and so on.

Check out this Complete Guide to Crochet for Beginners if you want to learn how to crochet for the first time. We’ll talk about the basics of crocheting, including the tools and materials you need, the basic stitches, and the most important ways to crochet.

What material is best for a crochet crossbody bag?

You probably don’t want the beautiful bag you worked so hard on to fall apart in a few weeks or months. And therefore, it’s crucial to choose durable yarn while crocheting a bag. The sturdier your yarn, the longer your bag will last, even without lining the insides with fabric.

For crocheted bags, I typically use cotton or linen yarns because they are incredibly strong and machine-washable.

Besides the yarn materials, the way the yarn is spun affects how strong it is. Braided, chainette, and tube yarn tend to be stronger than traditionally spun yarn.

The weight of your yarn also plays a role. For a bulkier acrylic yarn, it might hold your bag up much better than sportweight cotton. T-shirt yarn is also another thick and sturdy option.

However, it really comes down to what bag you plan on making and for what occasion, as well as how long you want it to last as well.


What yarn should I use to crochet a bag?

You should use the yarn that the pattern tells you to use.
But if you want to learn more about the best yarn to crochet a bag, you can think about how easy it is to care for, how well it holds its color, how well it doesn’t pill, what kind of fiber it is, what color it is, how much it costs, and where you can buy it.

What stitches are best to crochet a bag?

Use a stitch that is tight and dense, such as single crochet or half double crochet. If loose stitches are used, holes in the crochet fabric could cause things to fall out.

Why is my crochet bag smaller/bigger than the pattern?

There are two possible reasons why your finished size doesn’t match the pattern:
1. The weight of the yarn and the size of the crochet hook you use might be different than what the pattern says. 
Solution: Use the yarn and hook that the designer says to use. If you can’t find the exact yarn, you can ask the designer or the yarn shop to suggest a similar one.
2. Crochet tension is either too tight or too loose.
Solution: Use a smaller or larger hook to get the correct tension.

Why does my bag have bumps and waves in it?

This is what most crochet projects do right after they are finished but before they are blocked into shape.
Spray the bag with water or soak it in water at room temperature for a few minutes, then dry it with a towel. Place the damp bag on a dry towel, adjust the shape, flatten the wave, and let it dry overnight. You can use a steam iron to block the bag, too, if the yarn can handle some heat.
In some instances, a fabric stiffener may be required to create a bag with adequate structure.


  • Start crocheting and share your completed handmade on Facebook and/or Instagram. Remember to tag us, @madefromyarn, so that we are able to see them.
  • Pin it to Pinterest for a future To-Crochet List.
  • Share with your crochet groups for a crochet-along event.
  • Browse more free crochet patterns to make

31 Free Crochet Crossbody Bag Pattern Ideas

Here are 31 free crochet crossbody bag patterns with full instructions and tutorials on how to make them. Make your own personalized crossbody bag that shows off your personality and gives you the freedom to change it up for any special event.

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Born into a creative family, Joanne Loh has over 40 years of experience in knitting and crocheting. Well-known for her creative approach to yarn crafts, her creations demonstrate a strong dedication to quality and spreading her enthusiasm among the crafting community.
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