Free Crochet Pattern: Wild Strawberry Lunch Bag

Recently I found myself in need of a reusable lunch bag. My college classes were scheduled right through lunchtime, which meant I was packing a lot of meals, and I wanted something to carry them in. Reusable lunch bags are great for the environment and easier to carry than a paper bag. I had a lovely ball of cotton yarn in my stash that was waiting for the right project, and the color changes make me think of wild strawberries, hence the name. Perhaps best of all, the cotton yarn means you can toss the bag in the washing machine.

Skill Level:

Finished Size: approximately 4″ (10 cm) wide, 6″ (15 cm) long, 8″ (20 cm) tall

Materials:
Fine weight yarn (approximately 200 yards)
Crochet Hook D (3.25 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge:
12 dc = 2″
7 rows = 2″
Gauge Swatch: 2″w x 2″h (5 cm x 5 cm) ch 14.
Row 1: dc in third ch from hook and in each ch across: 12 dc
Row 2 – 7: ch 2, turn, dc in each dc across: 12 dc
Finish off.

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Crochet Pattern: Strawberry Snack Bag

Base of Bag
Row 1: 24 fdc
(Alternatively, if you do not wish to use the fdc method you can ch 26 and dc in third ch from hook and in each chain across.)
Row 2-13: ch 2, turn, dc in each dc across: 24 dc
Do not finish off, continue with base edging.

Base Edging
Round 1: ch 2, turn, dc in each dc across (for a total of 24 dc on this side), turn to work across row ends and work 2 dc in the end of each row (for a total of 26 dc on this side), turn to work across opposite end of foundation and dc across (for a total of 24 dc on this side), turn to work across final edge and work 2 dc in the end of each row, except the last row, make 1 dc into the last row (for a total of 25 dc on this side), sl st to first dc: 99 dc
Round 2: ch 2, bpdc around each dc, sl st to first dc: 99 bpdc
Do not finish off, continue with sides.

Sides
Round 1: ch 2, ([dc, ch 1, dc] in next dc, skip next 2 dc) around, sl st to first dc: 33 ch-1 spaces
Round 2-20: [sl st, dc, ch 1, dc] in first ch-space, ch 2, [dc, ch 1, dc] in each ch-1 space around, sl st to first dc: 33 ch-1 spaces
Do not finish off, continue with top edging.

Top Edging
Round 21: ch 1, 2 hdc in each ch-1 space around, sl st to first hdc: 66 hdc
Round 22-24: ch 1, hdc into the back bar of each hdc around, sl st to first hdc: 66 hdc
Round 25: ch 2, hdc into the back bar of the first 2 hdc, (ch 3, skip next 3 hdc, hdc in back bar of next 3 hdc) around until 4 sts remain, ch 3, skip next 3 hdc, hdc into back bar of last hdc, sl st to first hdc: 11 ch-3 spaces, 33 hdc
Round 26: ch 1, hdc into the back bar of each hdc and make 3 hdc into each chain space around, sl st to first hdc: 66 hdc
Round 27-29: Repeat Round 22, but do not sl st to join at the end.
Round 30: sl st into back bar of each hdc around, Seamless join to first hdc: 66 sl st
Finish off.

Drawstring
Make a Stretch-Free Crochet Cord about 16″ long or as long as desired, leaving an 8″ tail to sew the ends together. Thread the cord through the drawstring holes. Since there are an odd number of them, the ends of the drawstring will come out the same hole. Use the long tail to sew the ends together. Feel free to substitute an easier cord if you’re a beginner.

Need help while crocheting? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll help you out!

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