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.
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. Solution: 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.
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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.
The Chic Slant Sling is a free crochet pattern for a small crossbody bag with a long sling strap. It measures 5.5 inches by 6.5 inches. It's the ideal size for lunch, coffee, picking up the kids, or going grocery shopping while carrying your keys, wallet, and a pack of tissues or glasses.
This particular fanny pack crossbody bag hybrid pattern is interesting as it gives you a medium-sized crossbody bag that is simple and not too overly complicated; hence beginners will feel less overwhelmed. This lovely simple monochrome color also makes it easy to match any outfit.
Piyumi's crossbody bag makes up for the lack of maturity in the previous bag with its overwhelming cuteness and ladylike grace. What I love about this crochet crossbody bag is that it also has a lace flap that really makes it stand out. The guide recommends an Intermediate skill level, and it uses half double crochet stitches.
This tapestry crochet showcases how a simple change of color can create a whole new design. Hence, this pattern requires you to know the ability to change colors. Really, do give this pattern a go, as the diamond detailing at the end is absolutely gorgeous.
You may wonder what tapestry crochet is. Well, tapestry crochet is the general term for colorwork in crochet. It involves working with two or more colors in a single row and changing between colors in a designated color pattern (often displayed on a chart). You can read more about it in the tutorial guide.
This is another crossbody bag with a dainty lacy flap that makes holding your everyday essentials like your phone, hand sanitiser, key etc. so much more dainty! The level for this pattern is stated as easy, so beginners give it a go!
When we look at crochet patterns, we inevitably venture into Boho styles. And dear lord, this long tassel is just absolutely elegant and graceful as it swings when you walk. The choice of using a chain as a strap also elevates this bag to the next level.
According to the guide, you can make this easy crochet pattern in just about 90 minutes with just about 90 yards of yarn.
All the stitches are classic double crochet, with just a few increases and decreases per row to make the crochet chevron pattern.
This woodland pattern crossbody bag really makes me feel like some mystical woodland fae that just emerged from the heart of the forest. With a rounded bottom, this lovely bag incorporates more than 2 colors to create this intricate coalescence of colors that just merge seamlessly into each other.
Named the Bobblelicious Bag this crossbody bag is screaming with personality with its super chunky bobble stitches. The Bobble Stitch is essentially a Double Crochet five together cluster (DC5TOG). This guide also teaches you how to line your crossbody bag to make it more like a crochet bag you'd get in a store and making them more lasting as well.
Another simple boho crochet crossbody bag that can be completed within a day featuring a round circular pattern. Although the crochet pattern may look difficult, but in reality, it's just two identical circles stitched together.
This whimsical satchel is as aesthetic as the author's page itself. Made almost entirely in one piece, it uses a bulky hemp yarn so it’s nice and sturdy. Perfect for daily use or to trips that require a lot of travelling.
One of the more colorful crochet patterns, this sunflower crossbody is simply a delight that will be loved by all those flower lovers. Some special stitches in this bag includes the bobble stitch and the puff stitch.
Its Cottagecore shabby chic meets simple quiet elegance. This messenger crossbody bag is bigger than the other crossbody bags mentioned above so big tote girlies this ones for you! This pattern does require a bit of sewing, but the extra effort is worth it!
Despite being stitched only in one color, you can very clearly appreciate each intricate stitch and design. You can download this intermediate level boho crossbody bag to handmake that perfect gift for your friends or family!
Who says crochet always has to look handmade? This sophisticated and lovely polished off bag sure doesnt! Made up of a waistcoat (or knit) stitch it creates a super simple texture that really shows how simple is sometimes the way to go!
This gorgeous, delightful, stunning, beautiful -- I've run out of adjectives to describe the loveliness of this well crocheted crossbody bag. The complex 3D structure of it is owing to it being made in 5 separate pieces which are front, back, "sides" panel, flap and strap. However, give it a go if you're up for a challenge!
This free circular pattern is a simpler rounder bag compared to most of the circular bags you've seen previously. However despite its simplicity (with the guide claiming the task can be completed in an hour), it does not pale in comparison. Simplicity instead leads to versatility. Beach? Works. Shopping? No problem. Cafe hopping? We got you covered.
The pattern on this crossbody bag is straightforward and only includes color switching. Hence this makes it an easily customisable bag as you can easily choose when to stop and how much more to add to increase the height and width of your adorable everyday crossbody bag.
Sporting a unique boxy yet pointed, triangular shape, this crochet bag pattern brings back the lively, textured era of 70's music festivals. This Bohemian rhapsody meets vintage cowgirl era bag is something you should add to next crochet project.
Do you not just love this flower crochet pattern on the top of the crossbody bag? This guide not only teaches you this basic but sweet crossbody pattern but it also includes an external link on how to crochet this lovely flower pattern. This bag is unique because it incorporates using buttons to seal your bag close so you'd better start collecting some lovely buttons to show off in this bag.
Isn't the choice of color stunning? What's even more stunning is this massive eye-catching flower detail in the center of the crossbody bag. Also with massive storage space, this is another free crochet pattern for all my big bag girlies!
Heart eyes for this crochet pattern! I mean, how could you not? It's rare to come by crochet patterns for crossbody bags that combine more than two colours and this one simply nailed it. The granny spike stitch doesn't look very granny at all! Instead its chic and if you turn down to the bottom of the bag -- I'm lost for words really.
Akin to little rosebuds just starting to bloom in the early breaths of Spring, this raised shell stitch gives this to-die-for unique texture that sets this crossbody apart from a traditional shell stitch pattern or any other pattern you see in this list. By using the back loop, it brings a flair of drama to this bag making it even more, ooh, enticing.
Easily one of the most unique patterns on crochet crossbody bags I have seen. Hands down. With 3 individual parts that have to be crocheted, you have your work cut out for you but , boy, is it not worth it? Imagine strolling down the street or the beachside or even just doing the groceries, heads will turn I assure you.
Recommended for intermediates, this Alpine stitch combination crochet pattern is very interesting. Incorporating an Aztec like pattern by combining different stitches, despite it being in only one color you can visibly be wowed away by the intricate details that really elevate this simple bag.
CUTENESS OVERLOAD. This is the perfect gift for your daughter or any girl really, I mean I would crochet this at my age for myself. Crocheted in a multi print yarn, the feathers add a certain dimension to the bag making it look more complex when in reality the pattern is relatively easy to pull off. So mothers, you know what your next gift for your child will be!
Combining a relaxed boxy shape of the body of the bag with an eccentric triangular flap and clasp is what makes this crossbody bag stand out from the rest. What's even better is that this guide includes a video for all you visual learners.
Okay let's take a moment to just appreciate the cotton chain magic we are getting from the straps. I mean coupled together with the lovely basket like diamond stitch, this crossbody bag is really serving! They also include a guide on how to include a zipper and and lining to your crossbody bag.
Remember how we welcomed the tie-dyed era of graphic tees again this year? Well this interwoven pattern of different colored stitches just bleed beautifully into each other creating the ombre gradient like palette that is just so lovely to look at.