Is it too early to mention the ‘C’ word? I’ve been sitting on this Santa Belly Gift Bag pattern since last Christmas as I wasn’t able to get it out in time. So why now, you ask? Because it’s Christmas in July! It’s a great time to get an early start on those Christmas projects and this little bag is the perfect packaging for small items and gift cards.
I always have good intentions when it comes to Christmas but things don’t always pan out the way that I want them to. If this is you too, no worries just bookmark the pattern for later.
The bag is worked in one piece from the bottom up and the buckle is sewn on at the end. I’ve written the pattern slightly differently than I normally would so make sure to read through the notes section. Once you’re accustomed to it, it’s a really quick and easy project – perfect for a lazy night in front of the TV.
- Worsted Weight Yarn in red, black and yellow
- 5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle, scissors
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- hdc-inc – half double crochet increase
- sl st – slip stitch
- sk – skip
- st/s – stitch/es
- (…) – indicates stitch count at end of round
- […] – repeat the instructions in brackets
The pattern is written using US terminology and measures approximately 6″ x 4.75″ (15.5cm x 12cm) when using the materials listed.
The ch 1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a st. Always join to the first hdc not the ch.
The pattern is written in such a way as to prevent the hdc seam from slanting. It’s important that we keep a straight seam when it comes to adding the handles at the end.
R1: Ch 11, hdc-inc in 2nd ch from hook, 8 hdc, 5 hdc in last ch. Working down other side of ch – 8 hdc, 3 hdc in last ch. Sl st to first hdc to join (26)
R2: Ch 1, hdc-inc in next 2 sts, 8 hdc, hdc-inc in next 5 sts, 8 hdc, hdc-inc in last 3 sts. Sl st to first hdc to join (36)
R3: Ch 1, skip the first st where you made the sl st. Hdc in the next st and in each st around. Hdc in the st that we skipped at the beginning by working over the ch 1. Sl st to first hdc to join (36)
R4: Ch 1, hdc in same st as sl st. Hdc in each st around, sl st to first hdc to join (36)
R5: Repeat R3 (36)
R6: Repeat R4 (36)
R7: Repeat R3 (36)
R8: Repeat R4 – change to black when joining with sl st to first hdc. Leave red yarn attached (36)
R9: Repeat R3 (36)
R10: Repeat R4 – change back to red when joining with sl st to first hdc (36)
R11: Repeat R3 (36)
R12: Repeat R4 (36)
R13: Repeat R3 (36)
R14: Repeat R4 (36)
R15: Repeat R3 (36)
HANDLE (continuing in red)
R1: Ch 1, hdc in same st as sl st, 4 hdc, ch 10, skip 10, 8 hdc, ch 10, sk 10, 3 hdc, sl st to first hdc to join.
R2: Ch 1, skip the first st where you made the sl st. Hdc in next 4 sts, 10 hdc around ch, 8 hdc, 10 hdc around ch, 3 hdc. Hdc in the st that we skipped at the beginning by working over the ch 1 (36)
Fasten off invisibly in first hdc. Weave in end.
Ch 20, join with a sl st to the first ch to form a circle – do not twist ch.
Ch 1, sc in same ch as join, sc in next 3 chs. Sc, ch 1, sc in next ch. [4 sc, sc, ch 1, sc in next ch] x3
Fasten off invisibly in first sc leaving a long tail for sewing.
Sew to the front of the bag centred over the black section. Weave in ends.
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