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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Bobbly Tote Shopper

Well, the last week seems to have flown by and I cannot believe that 
Meg and Adam have now been married for one whole week !

We all had the most wonderful day and as soon as all the photo's come back
 I will put together a whole post chock full of photo's 
of all the little things that made the day so fab.

Life is beginning to get back to normal here and
 after having had a week off work while annual maintenance was carried out 
at the Nursery we are rapidly heading towards Tuesday 
and the start of the new academic year. 

 I think this Bank Holiday weekend is mostly going to be spent getting
 the house straight again after all our visitors and trying to get back in to a bit of a routine, 
but before all that I couldn't resist putting together a quick post about my last pattern
 and tutorial that went out on last weekend.

 In amongst all the excitement of the wedding it went by completely unnoticed
 but as this was such a fun make I really wanted to share it with you.

The full details are all available completely free over on the Blog
 at and I'll make sure I include the full link
 at the end of this post.

Anyway ...... here it it....

... my Bobbly Tote Shopper !

If you're anything like me you will probably have several bags around the house, 
of all varying shapes and sizes, 
but this one is certainly up there with my favourites.

I've always been reluctant to put hours of work into making a crochet bag
 up until now as I worried that in no time at all the yarn would stretch
 and the bag would loose its shape .... 
so, after a bit of head scratching I came up with the idea
 of  making a crochet bag with a hessian bag inside it, 
that not only gives the bag a solid framework and extra strength
 but also provides you with the handles !

The hessian bag is just one of the reusable bags that you can get
 very cheaply at the supermarket and my one came from Sainsburys. 
I chose this one because I particularly liked the round handles.

The crochet part of the bag is made up of a front and back panel and
 a long strip that makes the two sides and the bottom of the bag.

I added a few little finishing pieces around the top edge

and ta-dah ..
... you have one very super stylish and unique bag !!

If you fancy giving it a try full details can be found here:


  1. Brilliant Kate, I love this idea - a crochet bag without a saggy bottom! :o) Looking forward to seeing some wedding photos, glad you all had a wonderful time. Jxx

    1. Thank you Jane - no soggy bottoms round here !! Can't wait to show you all the wedding pics, K xx

  2. Hi Kate, that's such a good idea covering an existing bag with pretty crochet! I love to make bags but I know what you mean about them stretching if they don't have a decent lining!
    Congratulations to the married couple, I'm glad the day went well and I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures.
    My daughter's nursery has also been undergoing some renovations too, they are just finishing it all off and it looks all nice and new.
    Enjoy your bank holiday, Sam xxx

    1. Thank you Sam - it was such fun to make too ( there just may be another version appearing soon on love crochet - shhh ) K xx

  3. Congratulations to Meg and Adam!!!! I am so happy to hear that all went well for their big day. I hope they have a very long and happy marriage!!! I love your bag, great idea to do a bag in a bag and have the handles all built in! Clever you. xx

    1. Aww thank you so much Amy, it was the best day ever and I can't wait to show you all the photo's, K xx

  4. It's brilliant, I absolutely love it. And what a clever idea putting a strong hessian bag inside to keep the shape. I'm glad the wedding went so well, I am really looking forward to seeing your photos, especially of the garland which I'm betting is amazing. CJ xx

    1. Thank you CJ, can't wait to show you all the photo's - Meg and Adam are back from their honeymoon on Friday so hopefully photo's will be following soon ! K xx

  5. I love this idea; I was looking for a good way to make a crochet bag for work, and this might just work....

    1. Thank you Angel Jem - I hope you get to give it a go ! K xx

  6. Hi, love the last couple of post, garden blanket, swag and bag. Hope you all had a great time at the wedding looking forward to seeing pictures. Thank you for continuing to crochet at a busy time in you life with wedding plans. Your makes are inspiring.

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