Put your yarn scraps to good use by making this Rag Rug inspired crochet scraps bag. Inspired by the many bags I have seen made from rag rugs on Pinterest. I knew I could create a similar look with my yarn scraps.
Over the last year, I have used Red Heart Super Saver and With Love in several of my crochet patterns. Half used skeins are starting to take over my yarn stash and I was ready to get them cleared out.
In order to make this project look like a rag rug, I took all the colors I wanted to use and started cutting them into 10 to 20 ft pieces. I then joined them together with a surgeons knot. I like to call this the unbreakable knot, because when done right, your yarn will break before the knot gives out. You can see how to make this knot on from this video tutorial on my Facebook page.
I thought it would also be fun to make this a no sew project. If you like to sew, then feel free to do so, but in this pattern we will slip stitch and crochet the sides together to complete the bag.
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Crochet Scraps Bag
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6.35 oz or 335 yds of Worsted Weight Yarn
I used Red Heart With Love and Super Saver Yarn
Crochet Hook, Size H, 5.0mm
75 inches Dritz Cable Cord, 9/32″ 10 yards
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Stitches and Abbreviations
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
St(s) – Stitches
Slst – Slip Stitch
Difficulty Level – Easy
Gauge and Finished Size
Gauge – 15 Sc x 20 rows
Finished bag is 12″ wide x 10″ tall x 2″ deep.
Crochet Scraps Bag Pattern
– Written in US terms.
– Do not treat your turning chain as a stitch.
– Do not work your last stitch into the turning Chain.
– You are welcome to sew the edges together instead of slip stitching.
– I recommend that beginners sew instead of slip stitching the bag together.
Prepping your Yarn
To get the rag rug look, I cute my yarn into various sizes between 10 and 20 feet. This is an optional step, but I love how the finished bag looks. Take all the yarn and mix it up, then join the ends with a surgeon’s knot. (Or you can just change colors and weave in the ends later).
To make crocheting with this yarn easier, you can wind the yarn into a cake or ball.
Now we will crochet a simple rectangle.
R1: Sc into the second Ch from the hook and in every Ch across. (54 Sc)
R2-108: Ch1, turn, Work a Sc into every stitch across.
When you finish row 108 we are going to fold our work in half to form a bag, Ch1, working through the front and back layers of the bag, crochet down the side of the bag.
Fasten off when you reach the bottom of the bag. Weave in your ends.
Slst your yarn to the other side of the bag and Sc though both layers of the bag to join the other side. Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Creating a Flat Bottom for your Crochet Scraps Bag
To create a flat bottom we are going fold the bag so that we have a point at the bottom corner. You will do this by folding the bag so that the side seam lines up with the center bottom of the bag. (See photos).
Make sure that your side seams are on the outside of the bag.
Using a ruler, slide the ruler up the side seam until you reach a point where the sides measure 2 inches across.
Slip stitch along the ruler to join the bottom and side of the bags. This will give us a 2 inch flat section at the bottom. fasten off and weave in your ends.
Repeat this process for the other side of the bag. Turn you bag so that the seams are on the inside.
Creating the Handles
First we will create two rectangle that will help us hold the rope handles to the bag.
R1: Sc into the second Chain from the hook and every Ch across. (8 Sc)
R2-6: Ch1, turn, Work a Sc into each St across. (8 Sc)
Using slip stitches, fold the rectangle you made in half and attach it to the side of the bag directly over the side seam. Repeat the process for the other side. Fasten off and weave in your ends.
The last thing you will need to do is weave one rope end through each side of the channels you just made and knot the ends together leaving a 3 inch tail of rope. I used a comb to brush out the ends of the rope to make this knotted area look like a tassel.
Now you bag is complete. Save your yarn scraps when you are done with any project and make more crochet scrap bags. The make wonderful projects bags or a stylish boho style purse.
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