Crochet on the Go Bag Pattern + Tutorial

on February 21 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 14 Comments

Andrea Bertone from The Sewing Fools calls herself a “serial collector of hobbies,” who fell in love with sewing early on in life. Andrea offers professional longarm quilting services and sells quilts, quilt patterns, accessories and more in her shop. Adrea designed the Crochet on the Go Bag so you can easily tote your projects on trips or as you wait for appointments (or for your favorite sports/music star to complete their practice/lesson!).

This Crochet on the Go Bag was made using fabric from the Mochi collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale (Mochi Floral Linen, Hot Cross Buns in Plum and Mochi in Sky). You can find these and other Cotton + Steel prints in stock at Jones & Vandermeer.

Andrea is hosting a giveaway at The Sewing Fools! She’s giving away the sample bag shown here, so head over to enter. While you’re there look around on Andrea’s site for her latest projects and tutorials (like this easy casserole carrier).

Oh how I wish I could sew on the go, but that just isn’t practical unless someone creates a battery powered sewing machine with a portable table. So what is a craft girl to do to keep her fingers busy? Crochet on the go! This handy bag, inspired by a wine bottle tote, will hold two skeins of yarn, several crochet hooks, pattern, stitch markers and scissors. Let’s get started!


  • Main Fabric: 1/3 yard
  • Lining Fabric: 1/3 yard
  • Outside Pocket Fabric: 1/3 yard or a Fat Quarter
  • Inside Pocket Fabric: 1/3 yard or a Fat Quarter
  • 1 Ponytail Holder
  • 1 Large Button
  • Crochet on the Go Bag PDF Pattern

Cut List:

  • Main + Lining Fabric: Using the downloadable PDF pattern, cut 2 each on the fold.
  • Outside Pocket Fabric: 8.5” x 12” rectangle and 8.5” x 10” rectangle
  • Inside Pocket Fabric: 8.5” x 12” rectangle and 8.5” x 7.5” rectangle

Unless otherwise noted, all seams are 1/4”.

1. Tape the two pattern pieces together and lay it on the fabric against the folded edge. Pin and cut.

2. Cut the rectangles of your outside and inside pockets. With wrong sides together, fold the 8.5” x 10” and 8.5” x 7.5” rectangles in half along the 8.5” edge and press. This creates the pieces for the front pockets.

3. On the right side of the bottom two corners, mark a 2” square. This will help you create the squared bottom in later steps.

4. Next, mark the stitching lines for the pockets. You can customize them for your own needs but here is the layout I used. It easily holds four crochet hooks, a pattern, scissors and stitch markers.

5. Lay the 8.5” x 12” rectangle of inside pocket fabric with right side up. Then, lining up the bottom raw edges, add the 8.5” x 5” folded rectangle. Stitch on your lines to create the small pockets. Make sure to backstitch at the top of the pocket to strengthen the pocket. You’ll then repeat the step with the smaller 8.5” x 3.75” folded rectangle.

6. To keep your items nice and safe, you’ll be adding a button and pony tail holder to your pocket unit. The button is centered from left to right and the bottom is approximately 1” from the bottom edge of the fabric.

7. Lay the 8.5” x 12” rectangle of outside pocket fabric with right side down on top of the pocket unit. You will sandwich the ponytail holder in the center of the top edge. Stitch around the pocket unit leaving a 2-3” opening along the bottom. The ponytail holder will poke out the top. As you stitch over it make sure to pull to ensure it has been caught by the stitches. If not, reverse stitch over it to secure.

8. Clip the four corners and turn right side out. Press. The opening will be closed when stitching it to the bag.

9. Lay one of the outside bag pieces right side up and layer the pocket unit on top of it centered and 2” from the bottom. Mark the two sides 6” from the bottom, pin and stitch around the two sides and the bottom.

10. Time to move onto the bag! With right sides together stitch the top edge of the main fabric pieces together. Repeat for the lining. Press seams to the side. With right sides together, stitch the main fabric and lining fabric together along the curved edges.

11. Pull the bag through so the right sides are outside. Press.

12. Fold the outside fabric so they are right side together and the lining fabric so they are right side together. It sounds confusing, but hopefully the picture makes it clear.

13. Turn the bag inside out and line up the bottom edges. Stitch across all four layers. To clean up the edge, serge or zig zag.

14. Now, using the boxes you drew in Step 3, create the boxed corners and pin. Stitch and across, trim to 1/4” and then serge or zig zag to finish the edge.

15. Load up your bag and start crocheting on the go!

This post is sponsored by Jones & Vandermeer. The crafty explorers at Jones & Vandermeer scour the globe for exquisite fabrics, knitting yarns, buttons, ribbons and other wondrous supplies for makers. They carry a delicious selection of Liberty Tana Lawn, Yuwa Life Life Collection, Sevenberry, Cotton + Steel, Nani Iro and more.

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14 Responses to Crochet on the Go Bag Pattern + Tutorial

  1. Barbara says:

    This is a lovely project, and although I don’t crochet or knit any longer, it is a nice bag for a lot of other reasons and other hobbies. Pockets can be made tool-specific. I also have to trek to a sporting goods store every couple of weeks to get my Soda Stream CO2 bottles refilled with gas, and I don’t like to have them rolling around in the car, and a bag that’s easy to carry them in would be nice to have. I can attach the store’s rewards card to the bag, too, so it won’t get lost.

    May I make a suggestion? It would be really nice to have all your tutorials in PDF format (not just the pattern pieces) for easy download. I like to keep such things in Dropbox, where I can open them on my tablet, which sits right next to my sewing machine. I can’t take the big old PC tower to my dining room table, so I have to tediously copy and paste the tutes into Word (except for the photos; they won’t paste). Tablets are the best thing ever to use in in this way! I also uploaded my scrapbooked recipes and use it in the kitchen, and I enjoy seeing them in a huge 7″ x 10.5′ size where I can read them clear across the room! Thanks for listening! I enjoy your site every single day!

  2. Dawn Leslie says:

    The bag is lovely many thanks for taking the time to post it. I know it takes a long time. Much appreciated by many

  3. Jennifer says:

    I recently made gussets for the first time and this tutorial helped me:

  4. Andrea says:

    Step 12 is the hardest to illustrate. It is where you sew the sides together. You will open up the bag so that lining and outside fabric are each right sides together. The handle will be sandwiched in between. In one continuous seam on each side you will sew the lining fabric to lining fabric and outside fabric to outside fabric at the sides. I hope that helps!

  5. Laura says:

    Ok I’ve attempted this bag twice now…and aside from the fact that I’m not sure I know how to make a boxed corner (I’m still new to sewing)…I think Step 12 is where you sew the straight sides together? Maybe? I am not quite clear on if this is part of the boxed corner or if this is a missing piece but it seems like it might be. Otherwise it’s a cute bag…and for my purposes less than perfect is still function.

  6. Christi says:

    Great tutorial! What a beautiful, useful and versatile bag! I can carry my stuff for finishing binding my quilts on the go!

  7. elsa says:

    Such a darling bag ~ I have just the fabric for it too! Thanks for the tutorial ~ I’ll be using mine for knitting tho.

  8. SoozeM says:

    Thank you so much for the bag pattern, I love it and can’t wait to make one!

  9. Andrea says:

    Aww, gee, thank you 🙂 Many years of practice!

  10. Raquel says:

    Love it! and love how exact and tidy your work is 🙂

  11. Andrea says:

    What a great idea to use it as a lunch bag. Thank you so much!

  12. Julie says:

    I ADORE this! So fresh and practical. Heck I don’t even crochet but this bag works for a ton of other ideas! Thanks Andrea!!!

  13. Kate says:

    Oh. My. God. I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!! I am totally going to make this for me and my mom (we both crochet) AND adapt it into a lunch bag with the silverware and napkin in the side pocket!!!!!! Thank you so so much!!!!!!!!!!

    Happy dance!!!!!!!

  14. Sharon says:

    Great job Andrea! Can’t wait to make one! You are so talented!

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