Big Bow Toddler Purse

This spring, your little fashionista will show off her personal style wherever she goes with this Big Bow Toddler Purse. Roomy and rectangular in shape, the body of this bag is made in one piece and topped with an oversized bow for extra charm. Chic and easy to make, this little bag is not only perfect for playtime, but perfectly functional too.

Time: Weekend Project

Skill Level: Easy

Finished size: 7.5” wide x 5” tall x 2” deep

Gauge: 5 shells and 11 rows = 4” [10 cm] in patt st

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Premier Yarns Everyday Worsted (100% Acrylic; 203 yards [186 meters]/113 grams): Color #100-51 Spa 1 ball

Hook: US size H/8 (5.00 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: Tapestry needle, removable stitch marker

Special Stitches

Shell = (1 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in same st

Pattern

Bag Body

Ch 26.

Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn. (25 sc)

Row 2: Shell in first st, *sk 2 sc, shell in next st; rep from * across, ch 1, turn. (9 shells)

Row 3: Sk 2 sc, shell in next ch-1 sp, *sk 3 sc, shell in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across, ch 1, turn.

Rep Row 3 until work meas 5”, place marker at beg and end of that row.

Rep Row 3 for 2” more, place marker at beg and end of that row.

Rep Row 3 until work meas 16” total.

Final Row: Sk 2 sc, 3 sc in next ch-1 sp, *sk 3 sc, 3 sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across.

Fasten off.

Strap

First Half

With RS facing, orient work so that you can work along the side of Bag Body.

Row 1: Work 2 shells evenly spaced between markers, sl st in next turning ch of Body piece after the marker, turn.

Row 2: Sk 2 sc, shell in next ch-1 sp, sk 3 sc, shell in next ch-1 sp, sl st in next turning ch of Body piece, after the marker, turn.

Row 3: Sk 2 sc, shell in next ch-1 sp, sk 3 sc, shell in next ch-1 sp, sl st in next available turning ch of Body piece.

Rep Row 3 until there are no more turning chains to join into on short side of Bag Body.

Next Row: Sk 2 sc, shell in next ch-1 sp, sk 3 sc, shell in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, turn.

Rep last row until piece meas 18” from bottom of bag. Eliminate ch-1, turn on final row.

Fasten off.

Second Half

Rep instructions for First Half on opposite side of bag.

Bow

Ch 17.

Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook (skipped 4 ch counts as dc, ch 1), *ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in next ch; rep from * to end, ch 4 (count as first dc, ch 1), turn.

Row 2: Dc in next dc, *ch 1, dc in next dc; rep from * to end, ch 4, turn.

Rows 3-10: Rep Row 2. Do not ch 4 at end of last row.

Fasten off.

Bow Band

Ch 6.

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, ch 2 (does not count as a st), turn. (4 hdc)

Row 2: Hdc in each hdc across, ch 2, turn.

Rep Row 2 until piece meas 3.5”. Do not ch 4 at end of last row.

Fasten off.

Finishing

Wrap Bow Band around center of Bow piece and sew first row to last row, gathering the center of the bow.

Stitch assembled Bow into place on flap, securing the Bow Band securely and tacking the upper corners of the bow as shown in photo.

Sew to halves of Strap together.

Weave in all ends.

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