Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag

Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree

Crochet trends spread fast in social media groups. The latest one is this crossbody bag made with 4 granny squares. There are a few versions floating around but my favorite was the Juniper Festival Crossbody Bum Bag by Casey Crochet. It's a paid pattern and is available on Etsy and Ravelry. I liked this one the best because it uses the sunburst granny square which I've used in other projects before and LOVE. Also, I really liked the look of the strap she designed. These bags are meant to be like fanny packs but worn as crossbody bags.

Obviously, I'm not writing this blog post to give out the pattern, you'll have to purchase that yourself. I do want to show what my finished one looks like and try to explain how I added the lining. This blog post has been updated with more photos and more detailed instructions.

I will be offering a limited number of these bags for sale in my Etsy shop

Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree


Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree

This design is pretty simple and honestly, I considered just throwing my own version together instead of buying the pattern but I'm happy to spend $6 and save myself the headache! I mean, have you ever written your own pattern? There's a reason people charge money for them, they take a LOT of time. Not only do you have to trial and error the project until you get it perfect, but then you have to type it up for yourself or other people to understand! It always takes longer than you think and inevitably you wonder "what was I thinking?"

First things first, You need to choose a color coordinating fabric and zipper. My finished bag measures 15 inches across the top and I did not want the zipper to go across the whole length. I chose a 9-inch zipper, the perfect size to get items in and out of the bag without getting caught up. Fabric size...not too hard to figure out, I just grabbed a fat quarter. Your exact size will vary depending on your gauge. 

Sooo...my one nitpicky regret here is that I got gray fabric and a white zipper for my first bag. The gray zipper they had I thought at the time was too dark. It wasn't until I put everything together that I noticed you can see the edge of my bright white zipper through the holes in the crochet. In hindsight, the darkish gray probably would have worked out better but no way I was starting over! A couple of the photos show the white zipper and the updated ones have a gray zipper.

I found it to be a good idea to assemble all the squares and weave in ends then add the lining before the strap. Lay your finished bag body onto your fabric(folded in half for 2 sides) and cut out the shape for the lining. I used pinking shears to reduce the frayed edges. Make sure you have enough for seam allowance.

Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree

Fold your zipper and lining in half and pinch tight so you can mark the center and line them up accurately. 

Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree

My fabric is solid so it doesn't matter, but if you're using patterned fabric, when you pin the zipper to fabric for sewing, fabric right side face up, zipper face up. 

Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree

Sew zipper to fabric, leaving space for the zipper to move easily. Stop stitches where the zipper stoppers are.

Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree

This is what it should look like after you sew both sides of zipper. I think it makes attaching the lining to the bag easier if you iron the seams at this point.

Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree

Now you pin the side of the lining together and sew the top edges next to the zipper and across the bottom. Avoid the zipper and make sure to leave the zipper ends outside of the lining.

Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree

Many people attach fabric linings to crochet by hand but I feel like if you're going to be yanking on a zipper to get in and out of this, it needs to be 100% secure. With the lining all done, I slipped it into the crochet bag and pinned the zipper edge to the edge of the crochet, sewing it together with a zig-zag stitch. You need to go slow and stop to adjust your stitches if you have to. Here is where I feel like an extra row of sc across the top might have been a good idea so my sewing machine would have more to grab onto.  Obviously, if machine sewing onto crochet stitches offends you, go ahead and hand sew it.

Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree

Pin the ends and center first, then fill in with the rest. This will ensure it's all lined up properly.

Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree


Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Trend: Crossbody Bum Bag- Over The Apple Tree

Now the zipper is secure but the sides of the top edge are still open and you can see the lining. Here is where to start the instructions for adding the strap. It will get all closed up and be perfect! 

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1 comment:

  1. This crossbody bag you made came out beautiful looking and functional too. Have fun using your cute crocheted bag!

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