Could this be the cutest bag ever? I’m biased of course but I’m totally in love with this adorable new crochet bag design.
If you love mushrooms and toadstools, are a woodland lover, or a fan of fairies, you are going to love the Toadstool Tote Crochet Bag.
This fun bag idea floated around my head for years! I made lots of doodles, a few failed design attempts and then it got stashed away as another Autumn passed only to think about it again the following year.
This year, I was prompted by a magazine design submission call by Happily Hooked Magazine to make this design a reality and create this adorable bag!
And I did it! In 2 sizes! The Toadstool Crochet Bag has big and small sizes, perfect for Mummy & Me matchy bags. How cute are they together?
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If you follow me, you might know I love to use an eco-friendly yarn whenever I can, and I do love the bulky weight recycled ribbon yarns especially.
They are so good for making beautiful bags and come in a fantastic range of colours.
I chose the amazing Hoooked Ribbon XL in gorgeous red and off-white to work up my bigger toadstool bag and used discontinued recycled aran weight cotton for the mini version.
I found an adorable toadstool fabric on Etsy that I just had to use to line my bigger bag, and I was so pleased with how it worked out. But not being a sewing whizz or even knowing how to use my sewing machine, it was pretty time consuming. However, it turned out so lovely that I might even consider making and lining more (and learn how to use my sewing machine!).
I didn’t line the mini one and it looks just as lovely without.
You can find the pattern in the October Edition 2021 of Happily Hooked Magazine. This is an e-zine subscription magazine that publishes 16+ amazing patterns every month, all from indie designers. It also has the most wonderful crochet community members-only Facebook group, where I can honestly tell you, support is second to none. Why not pop over to see more about what you’ll get with a subscription, it’s incredibly good value and there’s awesome freebie goodies for new subscribers.
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Hoooked Ribbon XL, super bulky weight #6 yarn (80% cotton, 20% other fibers; 131 yds/120 m per 8.8 oz/250 g skein)
- 1 skein Pearl White (Off-White)
- 1 skein Lipstick Red
Substitute: Paintbox Recycled Ribbon. (exact substitute). Alternatively, use chunky cotton or 2 strands of aran weight held together.
Hoooked Soft Cotton, DK #3 yarn (80% cotton, 20% other fibers; 93 yds/85 m per 1.8 oz/50 g skein)
- 1 skein Moscow White (White)
Mini size: King Cole Big Value Recycled Cotton Aran (Discontinued) worsted/aran #4 yarn (85% cotton 15% other fibers; 175 yds/160 m per 3.5 oz/100g skein) and DK as above. Substitute with any aran weight cotton.
Hook & Other Materials
US size 7 (4.5mm) and US Size E (3.5mm) crochet hooks for Mini size
Big Eye Yarn needle:
Sharp scissors – these rose gold ones are sooo pretty!
Stitch Markers – locking ones are the best and the only ones I use.
Optional – Sew on Magnetic fastening 18mm (Amazon UK) – this one comes in different colour options too:
Optional – Fabric for lining there’s a wonderful selection to be found on Etsy.
Pattern uses US crochet terminology
Skill Level EASY
12” height by 13.5” wide Mini Size: 7” height by 8.5” wide
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