Sunday, January 10, 2016

Crochet Valentine’s Day Treat Bags

I volunteer as a Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor at the local elementary school once a week. I wanted to put together a little something for the kids for Valentine's day. 

These little bags are quick and easy to make and they use only a small amount of yarn. I am filling mine with candy, but these would also be great for small toys, stickers, erasers, etc.

The finished bag is 3 ½” wide and is 4 ½” high. You can easily adjust the size of your bag by changing the hook size, using a different weight of yarn, or increasing the length of the foundation chain.

Needed Materials:
Crochet Hook Size H
Worsted Weight Yarn Main Color – 20 g (bag)
Worsted Weight Yarn Coordinating Color – 5 g (drawstrings and heart)
Tapestry Needle

4 1/2 sc = 1”
The gauge is not really important for this. I crochet tightly, but this gauge made a 3 ½” x 4 ½” bag.

Using the Main Color, Ch 16
2 sc in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in 13 ch, 2 sc in the last ch. Do not turn. Working on the opposite side of the foundation ch, sc in next 13 ch, join. (30 st) You may want to place a marker on the last sc to help you remember where the round begins.
Row 1: Sc in each sc around. Continue to sc until the bag measures 4” tall or about ½” less than your desired end height.
Drawstring Row: Sl st to join, ch 1, (sc in next sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc) around, join. (10 - ch 2 spaces)
Final Row: Ch 1, (sc in each sc, 2 sc in each ch 2 space) around, join, fasten off.

Drawstring (Make 2):
Using the Coordinating Color, make a chain until it is about 16” long. Fasten off.

Using the Coordinating Color, Ch 3
Row 1: (2 dc, 1 hdc) in the 3rd ch from the hook. Turn. (4 st)
Row 2: Ch 3. 1 dc in each of the (2 dc, 1 hdc), 2 dc into the top of the ch 3. Turn. (6 st)
Row 3: Ch 2. 1 dc in 1st st, 2dc in next st, sl st in next st, 2 dc in next st, (1dc, 1hdc) in next st, sl st into the top of the ch 3 of row 2.
Fasten off leaving a long tail.

Starting at one side of the bag, weave a drawstring through the ch 2 spaces. Starting at the other side of the bag, weave the other drawstring through the ch 2 spaces. Knot the ends of the drawstrings.
Sew the heart onto the bag using the long tail.
Weave in all ends.

Ch = Chain
Dc = Double Crochet
Hdc = Half Double Crochet
Sc = Single Crochet
Sc2tog = Single Crochet Two Together
To make it easier to print, you can download a pdf of the pattern.

Have a happy Valentine's Day!