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Crochet Bucket Drawstring Bag Pattern (Free)

Clarise Jewel

Good day!

Just a week ago, I fell terribly sick after my previous entry. I remembered packing up my stuff after blogging and immediately I felt sick in my stomach and my head was spinning. Cody was having stomach flu then and I knew I must have caught it! Inevitable I guess since he puked on me at least 5 times. I quickly rushed to pack the house, took a shower and laid down to rest while waiting for the clinic to open at 6pm. I was the first patient to queue up to see the doctor! I just wanted to get the anti-vomiting meds so that I could still get through the night as I still have to take care of Cody. Thank God I recovered in 2 days and I was fit and ready by weekend to bring the kids out.

I think I'm starting to look forward to blogging every Wednesday, I actually put a reminder that today I am going to blog about the Crochet Bucket Drawstring Bag that I made last week! My daughter went to school really early today for her Year-End Concert rehearsal so I got to clear my work earlier today and now, I'm all settled down with a cup of coffee and ready to blog away! 

That's my Starbucks Christmas cup from last year, still loving that little penguin.

I had actually made a bucket drawstring bag a few years ago. I didn't get to use it, so I gave it to Jewel this year to put her toys when we went out.

This was made with cotton yarn and if I remember correctly, a 4mm hook. 

Recently, I was playing with T shirt yarn and I decided to crochet another bucket drawstring bag using T shirt yarn. 

Completely different yarn and completely different styles. 

The one made of cotton yarn took me a few days to complete, I love the colors but the bag doesn't hold its shape well. The one made of T shirt yarn, took only a few hours to complete and it holds its shape extremely well. I was making it for Jewel so it's rather small, and I made it look cute with the bow design drawstring details. The tassel at the side is made from T shirt yarn too. As for the chain, if you could get the kind with larger rings, you could run the T shirt yarn through it like what I did, provided that you like the look. 

So now I'm going to share the pattern on making the T shirt yarn version. Trust me, it's easy.

The finished bag size: 6 inch diameter, 6.5 inch height
Note that this bag is rather small, but you can easily increase the base size and height to make a bigger one to suit your preference.

What do you need to know:

Slip Stitch ss
Single Crochet sc
Magic Ring
Back Loop Only BLO
Chain ch

What you need: 

T Shirt yarn
7mm hook (actually depending on how thick your T shirt yarn is and your tension)
Bag chain (I use 120cm for myself, I'm 1.63m tall and 60cm for my daughter, she's about 90cm tall)



R1: 6  sc in Magic Ring
R2: 2 sc in each sc around [12 sc]
R3: (1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) X 6 times [18 sc]
R4: (2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) X 6 times [24 sc]
R5: (3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) X 6 times [30 sc]
R6: (4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) X 6 times [36 sc]
R7: (5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) X 6 times [42sc]
R8: (6 sc, 2 sc in next sc) X 6 times [48 sc]

Now we will continue on creating the height of the bag.
*If you want the bag base to be bigger, continue one with the increasing of the stitches to increase the base size.

R9: [BLO] 48 sc around

R10-26: 48 sc around

We are going to create holes for the drawstring to go around the bag in this next row
R27: (ch 1, skip the next sc, 5sc, ch1, skip the next sc, 6sc, ch 1, skip the next sc, 3 sc, ch 1, skip the next sc, 6 sc) X 2
You would have created a hole at every (ch 1, skip the next sc), and have a total of 6 holes.

R28: 48 sc around

R29: ss around

Fasten off and weave in the end.

Slip stitching around the top of the bag gives it a nice and neat border around.

Braided drawstring

For Jewel's bag, I used 2 lengths of light pink and 1 length of bright pink. Braid them together. The final length should be about 2-3 inches longer than the circumference of the bag. Tie a know at both ends of the braid to fasten it. Thread the braided drawstring through the holes. Refer to the 2 photos below if you're unsure how to thread the braided drawstring.

Now what do you call this thing?

Anyway to make this...

Ch 12, ss to join to the first ch

R1-2: 12 sc around, ss to join

Fasten off, weave in the end.

Wrap a piece of yarn tightly around the centre of this piece that you just made, weave in the ends. The end result looks like a little bow. Run each end of the braided drawstring through the holes of the bow to create an adjustable fastener for the drawstring of the bag.

That's the end of the pattern! If you do give it a try, do share with me photos of your completed bag, email or #dancingjewelbox if you share photos on IG. I spent time working on this pattern, so please do not claim this pattern as your own, sell this pattern or share this pattern on your social media without crediting. Let's keep the crochet community friendly, caring and sharing!


Just to mention to bit on our new workshop structure, it's now more straightforward as you only book the number of lessons you need and you can first purchase our material kit and decide if you want to attend our lessons (you might not need it!). Plus if you already have your own tools, you can save more money too.

However now we require changes to the workshop bookings to be done at least 7 days in advance. Previously we didn't have such a clause and there were alot of last minute changes and cancellations. There was one incident whereby I already bought cakes for 8 pax but the class ended up cancelled. I felt really bad about this, because firstly I didn't make plans for my kids and I already bought cakes for 8 pax... so... 

Moving forward, I hope to continue contributing new designs and patterns in the coming 2018. Sanrio characters are definitely coming up! 

It's been my dream to crochet and teach crochet and I am so thankful for all of you. Do let me know how Dancing Jewel Box can improve! 

 Thank you for reading and happy crocheting!

Your Truly,




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