This small purse for little girls works up in under an hour so you’ll be able to make several for her dress up chest. Of course, this purse is just the right size for a phone, id, and keys, so you may want to make one to match a prom dress, bridesmaid gown, or that great outfit you’ll wear to the clubs. This super simple purse uses just scraps of yarn and no two purses will ever look the same. The yarn you use can make this as sweet or sophisticated as desired. These purses work up so quickly you could even give them as favors for a birthday party or bas mitzvah.
Yarn and Craft Supplies
The pattern for the purse works two different yarns together at the same time. Use two medium weight yarns, one fine and one thick yarn, or a fine and a medium weight yarn. Two fine yarns may be too flimsy to create a purse that can hold anything without the shape warping. Experiment with different combinations; if after a couple of rows you don’t like what you see, rip out the stitches and start over.
Knit this project with size 10 (US) needles or an I-crochet hook. If you don’t like the results you are getting because of the yarn you are using, go up or down one size.
You’ll also need one button with a shank, scissors, and a blunt-point needle.
Free Pattern for a Crocheted or Knit Purse
Cast on or chain 15 to 20 stitches. Again, because each purse uses a different combination of yarns, you will need to adjust the number of stitches you will work with. You want to make a purse that is between four and six inches long; any larger and the final purse will be saggy.
Work in a garter stitch, stockinette stitch, or single crochet until your piece is square. Work a couple more rows, adding approximately another inch. Cast off.
Fold the shape roughly in thirds. The flap of the purse can be shorter than the body of the purse. Adjust the shape until you like the proportions.
Starting at the bottom corner of the purse, crochet the two layers of material together with a single crochet stitch. When you get to the flap, chain enough stitches to make a short handle. Then, crochet together the two layers on the other side of the purse. You can add more substance to a thin handle by crocheting single crochet stitches on either side of the handle. If you don’t know how to crochet, you can make a braid the length of the two sides and the handle and sew that in place.
Place the button on the body of the purse just below where the flap meets. Single crochet a loop, or if the yarn is sturdy enough, just add a loop of yarn that will fit around the button and hold the purse shut.
You can experiment with different colors and textures of yarn to create mini purses with unique looks. See Color Coordination for Knitting and Crochet Projects and How to Use Scraps of Yarn in Knitting and Crochet Projects for more ideas on creating one-of-a-kind projects.