I love to use up my partial skeins of leftover yarn for smaller projects. The Velvet Gift Bag is a great way to make a luxurious and reusable bag and use up leftover velvet yarn. This free crochet pattern calls for about 1/5 of a skein of Bernat Baby Velvet or approximately 100 yards of a similar velvet yarn. You could even make someone a Velvet Hat or a few Velvet Ornaments and present your gift in a matching bag.
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The pattern begins at the bottom working in the round. Then, a combination of double crochet and front post double crochet stitches create the textured ridges that go up the body of the bag.
About the Inspiration for Velvet Yarn Bag
After making the Gracie Gift Bag, another gift bag pattern seemed like a fun project for gift-giving. This time I wanted to use up some of my leftover velvet yarn. I was inspired to use a ribbing similar to that in the Velvet Hat pattern because it works so well for velvet yarn. With the right color choices, this also seemed like it could be great for particular holidays like Valentine’s Day or Christmas.
About the Yarn
Bernat Baby Velvet has been my go-to velvet yarn for a variety of projects. It comes in generously-sized skeins. I love that the yarn is machine washable and worsted weight too. It’s also been relatively easy to find at my local craft stores. I’ve used it in a number of projects including my Velvet Hat and Velvet Scarf patterns.
Bernat Velvet yarn could work for this gift bag pattern. Since it is slightly heavier than the baby velvet, you would need to use a larger hook. Your bag would similarly come out to a larger size.
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The Velvet Gift Bag is a free crochet pattern for a gift bag in U.S. crochet terminology. It is included for free on the blog below.
Velvet Yarn Gift Bag
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Worsted weight velvet yarn (#4 Medium) approximately 60 – 100 yards. For a heavier weight velvet yarn like Bernat Velvet, use a larger hook and expect your bag to come out bigger.
Shown above: Yarnspirations Bernat Baby Velvet (100% polyester), 492 yds [450m]/10.5 oz[300g]: #86005 (Orchid Hush) about 1/5 skein.
Hook: Size G/6 (4.0mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Sizing and Gauge
Size: Approximately 12” circumference and 5.5″ high.
Gauge: Exact gauge is not critical. Work stitches tighter than normal to prevent the yarn from “worming.” At end of round 3, diameter of circle should be approximately 3”.
- Magic loop tutorial at https://craftingeachday.com/magic-loop-tutorial/.
- Beginning chains do not count as stitches.
- Use stitch marker to mark the first and last st of each rnd and move these markers up for each new rnd.
- The pattern uses U.S. crochet terminology.
- Tutorial for fpdc stitch at https://craftingeachday.com/fpdc
Standard Stitch Abbreviations (U.S. Crochet Terminology):
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
rep = repeat
rnd = round
sp(s) = space(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
Velvet Yarn Bag Crochet Pattern
Begin with magic loop.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), work 12 dc in magic loop, join with sl st to top of first dc. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, work 2 dc in each st of previous rnd, join with sl st to top of first dc. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first dc. (36 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st to top of first sc. (36 sc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join with sl st to top of first dc. (36 dc)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, *fpdc around st, dc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first fpdc. (18 fpdc, 18 dc)
Rnd 7 – last rnd: Rep row 6. For small gift bag, do 19 rnds. Or choose the number of rnds for the size of bag you desire. At end of last rnd, fasten off.
Ch 70. Fasten off. Trim ends leaving ½ inch of yarn at ends.
Run the drawstring underneath the fpdc sts in the rnd that is three below the last rnd. To close bag, pull on drawstring and tie a bow.