Could this be the cutest bag ever? 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 small 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 a bit time consuming. However, it turned out so lovely that I might even consider making and lining more (and perhaps learn how to use my sewing machine!).
I didn’t line the mini one and it looks just as lovely without. So it’s totally optional.
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)
Small 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 worsted weight cotton. If you’d love to use a recycled yarn, consider the new ‘Gentle’ 100% recycled cotton by Yarn and Colors, they have the perfect colours (Red Wine and Cream and White), note this is a thin yarn, exactly the same thickness in reality as Hoooked Soft cotton. I think they both sit in between DK and Worsted (aran) weight.
Pattern is now available
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 is written in both US and UK crochet terminology (both PDFs are included).
Skill Level EASY
12” height by 13.5” wide Mini Size: 7” height by 8.5” wide
** A supporting Video for making the strap will be here soon! ** In the meantime if you have purchased the pattern and need any help please contact me so I can help.
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The pattern was first published 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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