Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Make it ! Mini Bags to hang on the Easter Tree (… and fill them with little chocolate eggs!) !!!

… In few weeks The Easter Bunny will come hopping and with a huge amount of chocolate …. at least I really hope so!!!!

And I will be ready !!!! Some colourful mini bags are already hanging from my Easter Tree …





… with some other dangling things (eggs, bunnies and chicks!)

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO START ?




  •  hook (I've used a 5mm one)
  • some colourful yarn (I decided to have a go with some acrylics from Indonesia!) 
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • a couple of stitch markers
LET'S START !

These are the first colours combo I chose from the above drawer …


Please remember I follow the US crochet terminology! ;oD

Collect your hook, make a slip knot on it and chain 4.  Insert the hook in the first chain made and make a ring.

FIRST ROUND

Chain 1 and work 12 double crochets (=DCs) into the ring. Slip stitch  in the top of the first DC, cut the yarn and fasten off.



SECOND ROUND

Pick the new colour, make a slip knot on the hook.
Insert the tip of the hook in any space between 2 DCs and join the new yarn making a single crochet (=SC). Work 2 DCs in each space. At the end of the round you will have 12 shells of 2 DCs each.
Close the round with a slip stitch in the top of the first DC, cut the yarn and fasten off.



THIRD ROUND

Collect another colour and make a slip knot on your hook.
Insert the hook in any space between 2 shells and make a SC to join the new yarn.
Crochet 3 DCs in each space of the circle : you will complete the round with 12 shells of 3 DCs each.
Make a slip stitch in the top of the first DC, cut the yarn and fasten off.



FOURTH ROUND

It's the last one, too!
Pick the last colour chosen for your combo and make a slip knot on the hook.
Insert the hook in any space between 2 shells of 3 DCs and crochet 1 SC to join.
In this space work 3 DCs + chain 1. Repeat this in the following 11 spaces.
When completed the last shell+chain 1, make a slip stitch in the top of the first DC, cut the yarn and fasten off.
Trim in all the ends. 



Using a different colour combo …



…  to have a mini bag, you need 2 circles!!!

So, you have to crochet a matching one, but stop at the end of the 3rd round …



… and put the 2 motifs back to back, one on the top of the other …



… and decide how much wide you need the opening of your mini bag to be. I decided to keep it "3 shells wide" and I put 2 stitch markers to easily remember that, in the chain-1 spaces just before and after the 3 shells …

back view
front view

… then, you can start to crochet the last round of your second circle (make a slip knot on the hook with the yarn, insert the hook in any space of the circle, make a SC ) : work 3 shells of 3 DCs each, but don't crochet the third chain 1, because you have to start to join the 2 circles together …




In fact, after inserting the hook in the chain-1 space with the stitch marker on the left (see picture "back view") of the first circle


wrap the yarn around the hook, pull it back, so that you can make a slip stitch  to join the circles …



and after that, you can crochet another 3DCs shell : wrap the yarn around the hook and insert it from the front of the second circle into the chain-1 space and crochet 3DCs…


Remember not to crochet any chain-1 space, but just make a slip stitch for every join !
When the last shell is done, we can think about the last join …



… that is your last slip stitch, to be made in the chain-1 space where we have the other stitch marker!
Cut the yarn and fasten off …




… Now we have to crochet the last piece : the handle !
The handle has to be attached in the chain-1 spaces at the sides of the opening of the mini bag …



Collect a new contrasting colour and make a slip knot on the hook and crochet a SC in the selected chain-1 space, chain 30, and …



… attach the handle at the other chain-1 space ("0" in the above pic, on the left) and return back , by crocheting a slip stitch in each chain since you reach the begin of the handle. cut the yarn, fasten off and make a nice little bow, cutting then the excess of yarn …



So, what do you think ???









Remember : more mini bags, more chocolate eggs !!!! ;oD

xxxx, Alessandra

Today links : Link your Stuff !, Busy Fingers Showing Off #85 and Craft Schooling Sunday !!!












37 comments:

  1. Another lovely project. Hope you are having a good week. Tammy

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  2. That really sweet Alessandra! Happy colours too!
    Enjoy your week, xhaafner

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    1. Thank you Haafner!!!
      Are you still in Thailand? Hope you are enjoying it!!! ♡
      xxxx Ale

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  3. Such a fun idea! (And a good way to use up those bits and pieces!!!)

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    1. Thank you Zelna!
      ....and you are absolutely right!!
      xxxxxx Ale

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  4. Your bags are very cute!
    In some pictures, it looks as if they have a mouth :) (kind of creepy: mouth bags :) )

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    1. … you just made me laugh!!!! ;oD
      xxxxxx Ale

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  5. Belle e simpaticissime le tue mini borsettine pasquali!
    Isabella

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  6. Ale, these are adorable! The tiny bow on the handle is the perfect accent -- so sweet!

    -Amy

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  7. Those are cute and colorful bags:)

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  8. Very nice !!! great idea !!! Thanks for sharing !!

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    1. you are really welcome Geraldine!!!!
      xxxxx Ale

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  9. well done for the easter decorations, we are nearly there now! x

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  10. Well you are ready for Easter. Love the mini bags and in diffeent colors it will be great to see. Love Tinie

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  11. I have a little tree begging for these cute little bags. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Crystal
    Crochet A Day In The Life
    http://krystlewv.blogspot.com

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    1. Hope your tree will be happy now! ;oD
      xxxx Ale

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  12. Very cute indeed! And it seems easy to make...

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  13. Really awesome this tree with egg bags!Good idea and very nice when you have little kids or visitors for breakfast or lunch with Eastern!

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  14. Such great bright colors! Cute!
    Kate :}

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  15. Love your sweet and colourful mini bags to hang on the Easter tree! What an adorable idea, Ale!
    Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  16. These are so cute! I particular love your yarn shot with all the different colours of wool...oh swoon...xxx

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  17. Che carini Ale , davvero simpatici questi porta ovetti , ai bimbi piacerebbero un sacco ! Il tutorial mette allegria solo a guardarlo , crea l'atmosfera festosa e allegra della primavera !
    Un abbraccio
    Maddalena

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  18. They are so sweet, what a great idea again!
    Such a lovely sight all those colours....
    Love from Mirjam.

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  19. Bellissime, se le vedesse la mia piccola ....

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    1. …. fammi sapere cos a dice!!!! ;oD
      xxxxxx Ale

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  20. Adorable Ali, and would be great for so many occassions! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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    1. You are so right Sara!!!! ;oD
      thank you, xxxxx Ale

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  21. Super sweet and a great idea!! Thanks for sharing :-)
    Nata xxx

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