My finished bag measures 12.5 inches (32 cm) wide, by 8.75 inches (22 cm) deep. Or 13.5 inches (34 cm) tall from top of handle to bottom of bag.
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•Size J crochet hook
•Yarn Needle with large eye
•Large stitch markers
•5 T-shirts. Adult size large. If you are looking at using the same colors I have used in my pattern. (2 adult large Navy Blue for 9 Rounds / 2 Mens large white for 11 rounds / 1 Mens Large Grey for topper and handle straps)
•12” wide bamboo handles or something similar to what is picture ( I bought mine at Joanne Fabric Stores)
CH = Chain
Sl St = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
TC = Treble CrochetFO = Fasten off
Best NOT to use T-shirts with seams at the sides. Remove the hem from your shirts, and remove from the armholes upwards. You should have a clean tube now. Cut your T-Shirt in approximately 1 inch (2.5cm) strips. Make sure you do this in a spiral motion to keep the length of your strips as long as possible. Once your Strips are cut, tug at them so they resemble yarn. (I'd tried forever to get this right, and it wasnt until I came across the PolkaDotPineapple blog that it all made sense. For a great detailed tutorial, you may want to CLICK HERE)
This bag is worked in continuous rounds. Use your stitch markers to identify the beginning of each round.
Ch 31, insert second chain from hook (counts as 1st SC)
Round 1: SC 59 in the round (60 stitches)
Rounds 2-20: Repeat above
FO at the end of round 20
Using your stitch markers, count 29 stitches on each side of bag and mark so that there is one lone chain in between each stitch marker
Row 1: Insert hook into 1st stitch where marker is, Ch 2 (counts as 1st SC), SC 28 (total 29 stitches)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, SC 28 (29 stitches
Repeat for Rows 3 and 4
Repeat the above steps on the opposite side of the bag.
Making your Handle straps:
Follow these instructions for each side of your bag
Working on each side of the bag separately
Row 1: Insert hook into 29th Loop, Ch 2, SC 5 (total of 6 stitches)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, SC 5 (6 stitches)
Rows 3-7: repeat row 2
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, SC 1, DC next 2, SC 1, Sl St 1, FO
In same row of 29, Insert hook into 6th Loop, Ch 2, SC 5 (total of 6 stitches)
Repeat instructions for Rows 2-8 above
To make the center strap, Insert hook into 13th stitch from end of left handle
Row 1: CH 2, counts as first SC , SC 8 (for total of 9 stitches)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, SC8 (for total of 9 stitches)
Rows 3-5: Repeat instructions for row 2
Row 6: CH 1, turn, SC2, DC 1, TC 1, DC 1, SC 2, Sl St 1, FO (9 stitches)
Place bamboo handles in front of handle straps, fold over, use large safety pins with no coils to hold in place and use large yarn needle to stitch against flat panel
Because the bag is very durable, it will not lose its shape , and nothing will fall through. Lining the bag is not necessary. However, if you prefer inside pockets to keep yourself organized, I’d suggest a simple liner with pockets and a magnetic closure.
Unless you have a heavy duty sewing machine, I would suggest stitching the liner on your machine, but attaching the liner to the bag by hand