Looking for an eco-friendly crochet project? Try crocheting a market bag. With just some yarn and your hook, you can create reusable bags in a variety of colors and styles.
Crochet market bags are a great way to make a useful project fast. Many of these bags can be made in an evening or a weekend.
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Most of the bags begin with a solid base for the bottom of the bag. Once the bottom is completed, you begin working the body of the bag. Others use different kinds of construction so be sure to follow the instructions for the bag you choose.
Uses for Crochet Market Bags
You can use your market bag in several ways:
- Bring your own market bags on your next trip to the grocery store or the local farmer’s market
- Use them as tote bags for your essentials for a trip to the beach or a picnic
- Add a fabric lining and use them as a project bag to store your next crochet project
- Use them as gift bags for presents for special friends and family any time of year
- Carry sand toys to the park for a play date
Yarn and Crochet Supplies
Cotton yarn is a great choice for market bags. It’s durable and can be easily washed.
Most of these bag patterns use either worsted weight or Dk weight yarn in 100% cotton. Some great choices for 100% worsted weight cotton yarns include: Lion Brand 24/7 cotton, KnitPicks/WeCrochet Dishie, and Lily Sugar ‘N Cream.
In addition to cotton yarn, some of these bags use sturdy acrylic yarns. You’ll find information about the suggested yarn under each pattern.
Be sure to pick a sturdy yarn that won’t tear easily. And you’ll probably want a washable and dryable yarn. That way you’ll be able to launder your finished bags easily.
You’ll also need an appropriate hook for your yarn, scissors, a tapestry needle, and a stitch marker or two.
Types of Bags
You’ll find a huge variety of free crochet bag patterns below. So you’ll be able to choose one that you love!
There are easy and beginner-friendly patterns that use basic crochet stitches. If you know just a few simple stitches, you can make a market bag! You’ll find many easy crochet market bag patterns below.
If you’re ready for a little more stitching adventure, there are more complicated patterns too! Crochet a chic market bag with beautiful stitch designs. Several of the patterns use granny squares too.
If you enjoy making market bags, you might also enjoy making gift bags. Check out the Gracie Gift Bag and the Velvet Gift Bag for free gift bag patterns. For other patterns that use 100% cotton yarn, check out the Quick Crochet Bucket Hat pattern Quick Dice Bag pattern.