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Denim Envelope Crochet Shoulder Bag – A Free Crochet Pattern

I’m so happy to share a new free crochet shoulder bag pattern with you today – The Denim Envelope Bag. I love making and designing crochet bags and have always loved how easily crochet lends itself to creating great sturdy fabrics perfect for bags that actually work as well as look pretty!

You can find the free pattern here in this blogpost or purchase and an ad-free version of the pattern in my pattern stores.

cross body denim blue crochet bag on woman in white shirt

About the Denim Envelope Bag

Not only do I love how versatile crochet is when it comes to creating fabulous bags but with this design I wanted to make sure the actual bag was versatile too. You can either use it as a crochet shoulder bag or tuck the strap away and it becomes a great crochet clutch bag too!

I’ve used this bag so much for just being out and about as it’s the perfect size for the essentials and I often wear it as a cross body bag when I’m out walking the dog or with the children. I’ve also popped a vintage brooch on it and worn it as a denim clutch bag at a wedding! It’s so easy to dress up or down!

The bag is constructed in three textured crochet sections – the Front Body, the Back Body/Front Flap (worked in one piece) and the Joining Flap. The Flap is then seamed along the bottom and sides of the panels and the strap is added using the metal D rings. It’s so simple and so stylish.

Pattern Options

The Denim Envelope Bag is a free crochet pattern in both UK and US terms on the blog for everyone to enjoy, just scroll down to find it. If you’d prefer an ad free version you can find them here:

Find an ad-free PDF version of the Denim Envelope Crochet Bag Crochet Pattern on Etsy.

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Other Free Crochet Patterns You Might Enjoy:

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  1. The Classic Cowl (free pattern and free PDF to download!)
  2. The Summer Stripes Bag (free pattern with ad-free PDF option)
  3. The Eyelet Lace Tee (free pattern with ad-free PDF option)

Yarn

I used Deramores Studio DK to create my bag which is 100% acrylic, 100g/250m.

You will need 2 balls of Blue Velvet.

I used a soft acrylic to make it feel lovely and luxurious but if you want to give it a more Summery feel then a great alternative would be to use Deramores Cotton DK which is 100% cotton, 50g/105m.

denim crochet shoulder bag

Tension and Sizing

18.5 st and 23 rows = 10cm x 10cm over 4 row pattern repeat.

The finished bag measures 21cm by 14cm.

Materials

Along with the yarn to make your crochet shoulder bag (or crochet clutch bag depending on how you want to wear it!) you will also need:

3mm (US D) crochet hook – my favourites are Furls Streamline Swirl crochet hooks or Clover Amour crochet hooks.
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitch markers if desired

You’ll also need –

A pair of 2 silver D ring clips, 40mm

Silver chain, 110cm long

Magnetic clasp

Notes

A ch1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.

Always turn your work after each row unless instructed otherwise.

The bag is made from three sections: the Front Body, the Back Body/Front Flap and the Joining Flap.

Glossary/Abbreviations

ch(s) – chain(s)

ss – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

rep – repeat

FL – front loop

Crochet Stitches

UK Terms US Terms
dc – double crochetsc – single crochet
tr – treble crochetdc – double crochet

Special Stitches

UK: 2-tr cluster (2tr-cl)/ US: 2-dc cluster (2dc-cl) –

(Yarn round hook/yrh, insert hook in space/st indicated, yrh, and draw through two loops) twice, inserting the hook in the same space/st each time, yrh and draw through all loops on hook.

UK: 4-tr cluster (2tr-cl)/ US: 4-dc cluster (2dc-cl) –

(Yarn round hook/yrh, insert hook in space/st indicated, yrh, and draw through two loops) four times, inserting the hook in the same space/st each time, yrh and draw through all loops on hook.

Denim Envelope Crochet Shoulder Bag Pattern – UK Terms

FRONT BODY
Foundation chain: 
ch40
Row 1: RS: dc in 2nd ch from hook and each to end [39]  Row 2: ch1, dc in each to end
Row 3: ch1, dc in 1st st, *4tr-cl in next st 2 rows below, dc in next st; rep from * to end
Row 4: ch1, dc in 2sts, *2tr-cl in next st 2 rows below, dc in next st, rep from * to last st, dc in last st
Row 5: ch1, dc in each to end
Row 6: Rep Row 5
Rows 7-34: Rep Rows 3-6 another 7 times.
Fasten off.

BACK BODY AND FRONT FLAP

Foundation chain: ch40
Work Rows 1-6 as given for Front Body. 

Rows 7-62: Rep Rows 36 another 14 times. Fasten off.

JOINING STRIP
Foundation chain: 
ch13
Row 1: RS: dc in 2nd ch from hook and each to end [12]  Row 2: ch1, ss in FL of each to end
Row 3: ch1, dc in FL of each to end
Rows 2 and 3 create the pattern.
Rows 4-141: Rep Rows 2-3 another 69 times.
Fasten off.

denim crochet clutch bag on woman in white shirt

Denim Envelope Crochet Shoulder Bag Pattern – US Terms

FRONT BODY
Foundation chain: 
ch40
Row 1: RS: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each to end [39]  Row 2: ch1, sc in each to end
Row 3: ch1, sc in 1st st, *4dc-cl in next st 2 rows below, sc in next st; rep from * to end
Row 4: ch1, sc in 2sts, *2dc-cl in next st 2 rows below, sc in next st, rep from * to last st, sc in last st
Row 5: ch1, sc in each to end
Row 6: Rep Row 5
Rows 7-34: Rep Rows 3-6 another 7 times.
Fasten off.

BACK BODY AND FRONT FLAP

Foundation chain: ch40
Work Rows 1-6 as given for Front Body. 

Rows 7-62: Rep Rows 36 another 14 times. Fasten off.

JOINING STRIP
Foundation chain: 
ch13
Row 1: RS: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each to end [12]  Row 2: ch1, ss in FL of each to end
Row 3: ch1, sc in FL of each to end
Rows 2 and 3 create the pattern.
Rows 4-141: Rep Rows 2-3 another 69 times.
Fasten off.

How To Join Your Crochet Bag

Sew the dog clips to each end of the Joining Strip by slotting the end of the strip through the clip and sewing together on the inside to secure.

With RS together and WS facing out, pin the Joining Strip to Front Body, leaving the dog clips above. Sew in place.

With RS together and WS facing out, pin the Joining Strip to Back Body, leaving the dog clips above. Sew in place.

Turn right side out, attach the chain strap and add the magnetic clasp to the centre front.

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