This little purse is so easy and cute and will delight any kid! Perfect for some crayons and a little pad of paper or for any other kid essentials! The mandalas here are slightly different in pattern but very much inspired by Alice at Crochet with Raymond.
2dc cluster (2-cl): yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining 3 loops on hook.
Treble Crochet (tr): yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch, yarn over pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over pull through remaining two loops.
Yarn: I used Stitch Nation Full O’ Sheep for colors A (thyme), B (passion fruit), and C (lavender) and Cascad Eco + in Charcoal for color C.
Gauge: Not critical, but for a 5 inch square, each 2-cl should be about a ½ inch wide at its widest point.
Granny Squares (Make 2):
Rd 1: With color A, ch 2 loosely, *2-cl in second ch from hook, ch1*, repeat * to * 5 times. (6 2-cl). Join and fasten.
Rd 2: With color B, join in any ch 1 sp from round 1, ch 1 loosely, 2-cl in same sp, ch 1, 2-cl in same sp, ch 1, *2-cl in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, 2-cl in same sp*, repeat from * to * around. (12 2-cl). Join and fasten.
Rd 3: With color C, join in any ch 1 sp from round 2, ch 1 loosely, 2-cl in same sp two times, ch 1, *2-cl in next ch 1 space twice, ch 1*, repeat from * to * around. (24 2-cl). Join and fasten.
Rd 4: With color D, join in any ch 1 sp from round 3, ch 1 loosely, 2-cl in same sp two times, ch 1, [*2-cl in next ch 1 space twice, ch 1*, repeat from * to * once, 2-cl, tr, ch 2, tr, 2-cl in next sp, ch 1], repeat from [ to ] around.
Fasten and weave in your ends.
Finishing and Strap:
With granny squares right sides together, start at one corner and sc through both squares around three sides, working 3 scs in each of the two corners at the bottom of the purse. Do not fasten.
Work a row of sc around the opening. Join to first sc. Do not fasten.
Ch 90, join to other side of purse with sl st making sure not to twist the ch. Ch1, turn, hdc back across strap to the other side. Join with sl st. Fasten and weave in all your ends. Turn right side out.
Step 1: Fold a scrap piece of fabric in half and place the granny square on top. Trace around it with tailor’s chalk or a pencil leaving about a half inch for seam allowance on the sides and the top. Cut lining out.
Step 2: At the opening, pin and sew Velcro on right sides about ¾ of an inch down from the top of the opening.
Step 3: With Velcro closed and right sides together sew sides leaving about ½ inch seam allowance. Press seams open.
Step 4: Fold top opening down about ½ inch towards wrong side and press.
Finishing: Put the lining in the purse, pin in place and hand sew around opening.
For more pictures etc. check out my tutorial on how to do it. Or you can check out this other great tutorial here. We have a slightly different approach. I think mine is slightly easier, but probably less professional looking : )
And you’re done!!!