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Crochet a Tote Bag! 21 Free Crochet Bags Patterns to Choose From

Forget those non-eco plastic bags or flimsy store-bought totes. Look no further than this treasure trove of 21 FREE crochet bags patterns! Imagine hooking your own unique tote to carry your groceries, beach essentials, new clothes, or even hold your latest yarn project! With a diverse range of patterns, from beginner-friendly to customizable designs, you’ll find the perfect pattern to showcase your skills and personality.

Each of these free patterns include a variety of tempting photo tutorials, video tutorials, stitches and techniques to keep even the most experienced crocheters interested!

Free Tote Bag Crochet Patterns for Crochet Bags Patterns Collection

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Best yarn for a unique tote bag!

Although you’ll find the perfect yarn suggested within each of the free crochet patterns in this tote collection, I’d like to offer some more unusual and different weight yarns suggestions. Just for fun! The following yarns have been chosen, focusing on their visual appeal, range of different colors, and how they might impact the look and feel of your crochet tote bag.

  1. Lion Brand Mandala Sparkle Yarn [Light Sport Weight DK (3)]: This luxurious sparkly yarn adds a touch of glamor and softness to any tote. It’s perfect for creating magical bags that are sure to turn heads .
  2. T-Shirt Yarn [Super Bulky Weight (6)]: This upcycled yarn made from recycled t-shirts is not only eco-friendly, but also creates a unique rustic look with a beautiful drape. It’s perfect for casual and beachy totes.
  3. Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn [Worsted Weight (4)]: This worsted weight yarn with a nubby texture adds a fun and playful touch to any tote. It’s perfect for creating a sturdy and beautiful bag, that’s also machine washable!
  4. WeCrochet Shine Sport Yarn [Sport Weight (2)]: This luxurious blend of cotton and beech wood fiber creates a yarn that’s soft, lustrous, and practically care-free. So it’s a great option for showcasing stitchwork while offering easy washing, and it’s long-lasting. This makes it perfect for creating dressy crochet bags that are sure to make a statement.
  5. Cottage Craft Paper Yarn [Bulky Weight (5)]: Okay, this might not be totally practical – this yarn can’t get wet and therefore can’t be washed, but it’s super eco-friendly and different! And as a bulky yarn, it works up quickly. So I thought perhaps a quick and easy one time use bag would look great in this! It would certainly make a sturdy tote bag or (more appropriately) basket.

Unexpected Uses for Crochet Totes

Do you think your crochet totes are destined for a life of grocery runs and farmers’ market hauls? Think again! Your handcrafted, sturdy crochet tote is bursting with potential. Here are some unexpected ways to put your tote bags to work:

  • Picnics: Get rid of any plastic baskets and weave a delightful picnic tote. Line it with a wipeable fabric for easy cleanup and add sturdy handles! Pack in your gourmet spread, grab a blanket, and head to the park for an al fresco feast.
  • Book Carrier: Design a cozy book bag to keep your latest reads protected. If you’re confident and capable, design the perfect pattern and craft compartments for notebooks, pens, and even a water bottle, ensuring you have everything you need for toting your tomes.
  • Plants Galore: Give your greenery a stylish upgrade with totes used as hanging plant holders! If you’re up for a large creative project? Crochet pockets in different sizes to accommodate various pots, creating a living wall or a fun display for your favorite flowers.
  • Laundry Love: Laundry baskets can be boring, but not yours! Whip up a sturdy, machine-washable tote specifically for laundry duty. Choose sturdy yarn and handles that can contend with the weight, and you’ll have a functional and fashionable solution for dirty clothes.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Hopefully I’ve encouraged you to delve into your imagination, crochet with purpose, and discover the endless possibilities your favorite bag pattern hold beyond the supermarket!

Tote Bags Free Crochet Patterns roundup

Farmers Market Totes

Ditch plastic bags when going shopping at the farmer’s market or supermarket. Use a free crochet bag pattern to make a good-looking, sturdy bag that can handle the weight of a trip to the grocery stores. Pro Tip: Make yours in bright colors, so that trip doesn’t feel so much of a chore.

Floral Crochet Tote Bag Pattern by Made by Gootie

Floral Crochet Tote Bag Pattern by Made by Gootie

Photo Credit: madebygootie.com

This charming tote bag pattern offers a quick and enjoyable crochet project, perfect for beginners. Its key feature is the playful rows of flowers adorning the center. The bag is worked in the round, and provides opportunity to learn new techniques. I can imagine it doubling as an unusual gift wrapping option too!

Crochet Boho Grocery Bag pattern by Briana K Designs

Crochet Boho Grocery Bag pattern by Briana K Designs

Photo Credit: brianakdesignscom

This free crochet pattern brings a touch of boho flair to your grocery runs and everyday errands. Featuring beginner-friendly stitches and an advanced beginner skill level, you can easily create this stylish and practical tote. Perfect for grabbing fresh produce and other essentials, it’s a laid back design with practicality.

Sweet Stripes Free Market Bag Tote pattern by Green Fox Farms Designs

Sweet Stripes Market Tote by Green Fox Farms Designs

Photo Credit: greenfoxfarmsdesigns.com

This free crochet market bag pattern, offers practicality in a quick weekend project. Its simple stitch repeats and easy memorization ensure you’ll be hooking up this sturdy and adorable tote before you know it! Crafted with acrylic yarn, it’s perfect for carrying groceries, your WIPs and more. There are 3 sizes available; small, medium and large.

Easy Striped Tote Bag by Daisy Cottage Designs

Easy Striped Tote Bag by Daisy Cottage Designs

Photo Credit: daisycottagedesigns.net

Looking for a beginner-friendly tote bag pattern that’s quick to crochet? If yes, this pattern could be a fun pattern to work on next. Or make two – one for a gorgeous gift! Featuring cotton yarn and a simple stitch, this bag is just right for toting books, groceries, and more!

Round up of free crochet patterns for tote bags knitter knotter

Crochet Beach Bags

Sun, sand, and…crochet? Absolutely! Craft a spacious beach bag to hold towels, sunscreen, snacks, and your latest beach read. Choose breathable, quick-drying yarn and add pockets to these crochet bag patterns, for easy organization.

Easy Crochet Tote Bag Pattern by Jo to the World

Easy Crochet Tote Bag Pattern by Jo to the World

Photo Credit: jototheworld.com

Using two strands of medium-weight cotton yarn for a sturdy finish, the spacious design would work as a diaper bag, for beach trips, or even yarn-carrying needs. Learn to crochet it step-by-step with photos and video guidance, utilizing basic stitches like single crochet, chain, and slip stitches.

Take me to the beach tote by stitching together

Take Me to the Beach Tote by Stitching Together

Photo Credit: www.stitching-together.com

This free crochet pattern offers a practical yet stylish solution for carrying your seaside essentials. The captivating shell stitch, created by clusters of double crochets, adds beautiful texture and dimension to the design. Mastered with basic stitches, this beginner-friendly pattern lets you create a stunning beach accessory.

Summer Fun Tote Free Crochet Pattern by Green Fox Farms Designs

Summer Fun Tote Basket by Green Fox Farms Designs

Photo Credit: greenfoxfarmsdesigns.com

This free crochet pattern combines the sturdiness of a basket with the convenience of a tote bag. Ideal for carrying all seaside essentials, or your latest WIP project, the design features double-stranded yarn for quick creation and firm walls. Enjoy the round shape and generous handles, and there’s even a handy pocket for storing essential craft supplies – or easy to locate keys.

Alp Tote Bag Pattern for a beach bag by Briana K Designs

Alp Tote Bag by Briana K Designs

Photo Credit: brianakdesigns.com

Crafted with bulky cotton yarn for strength and stitch definition, this free pattern works up swiftly, making it perfect for intermediate crocheters looking for a satisfying weekend project. Whether carrying groceries, beach essentials, or poolside gear, this versatile tote blends effortless style with functionality.

Shoulder Bag Crochet Bags Patterns

This a crochet tote bag pattern section, for bags you can sling over one shoulder as you head out the door. A ready-to-go crochet project bag is one idea, as is a toy tote already packed, to keep the kids occupied when you’re out and about!

Chevron Bucket Bag Free Crochet Pattern by Made by Gootie

Chevron Bucket Bag by Made by Gootie

Photo Credit: madebygootie.com

This bucket bag crochet pattern strikes the perfect balance between style and practicality. Its lightweight design makes it comfortable to carry all day, while its roomy interior ensures you have space for all your essentials. Secure your belongings with the handy drawstring closure, and choose contrasting colors for a bold statement or neutrals for a classic touch.

FREE Crochet Sunflower Tote Bag Pattern by STart Crochet

Crochet Sunflower Tote Bag by Start Crochet

Photo Credit: startcrochet.com

Ideal for everyday errands like market visits or visiting friends, this tote works up quickly, making it an achievable project for advanced beginners. Crafted with 100% cotton yarn to minimize stretching, this tote features a really cute sunflower design and make a very special gift for your best friend or daughter.

Crochet A Dancing Grace Tote Bag by Teal Dragonfly on Kathys Kozies

A Dancing Grace Tote Bag by Teal Dragonfly (guest post on Kathys Kozies)

Photo Credit: kathyskozies.com

This is a unique tote bag pattern created for intermediate crocheters. It has a base that mimics a knitted look for added strength, while the captivating griddle stitch pattern creates a beautiful texture that’s quite stunning! Its strong handles and optional pockets add further functionality, making it a delightful bag for everyday use.

Blossom crochet tote bag by Nicki's Homemade Crafts

Blossom Crochet Tote Bag by Nicki’s Homemade Crafts

Photo Credit: www.nickishomemadecraftscom

Learn how to crochet the base of this pretty purse, using the sturdy waistcoat stitch, which also eliminates the need for lining.
This everyday bag pattern provides a step-by-step guide to creating an elegant and practical crochet tote bag, with the unique touch of an iron on decoration and leather handles.

Granny Squares and Granny Stitch Bags

Granny squares are more than just a nostalgic symbol of grandma’s handiwork. They’re a versatile building block for a treasure trove of stylish and functional crochet bags patterns. Modern crochet has taken the humble granny square on, and helped us to experience their timeless beauty in a whole new way!

Motif Market Tote Free Crochet Bag Pattern A Crocheted Simplicity

Motif Market Tote by A Crocheted Simplicity

Photo Credit: www.acrochetedsimplicity.com

This market bag pattern offers a both practicality and visual interest with its simple granny squares and airy openwork design. Perfect for toting your famer or flea market finds, it provides a fun challenge for advanced beginners while engaging experienced crocheters with its captivating texture.

Canterbury Edition Tote Bag by Jera's Jamboree

Canterbury Edition Tote Bag by Jera’s Jamboree

Photo Credit: jerasjamboree.co.uk

Crocheted using basic stitches, the featured granny squares in this design give a stylish look that’s right on trend. Pair that with your own color palette, and you’ll have an eye-catching yet functional tote bag.

Cotton Granny Tote crochet pattern by Zeens and Roger

Cotton Granny Tote by Zeens and Roger

Photo Credit: zeensandroger.com

A free pattern for a fun granny stripe bag. Although the bag’s outer is easy and fairly quick, there are a lot more parts to this pattern, which will appeal to those who love to dip their toe into many types of craft. There’s attaching a lining, hand sewing leather handles, and a magnetic clasp. Which all lead to a very stylish finished bag!

Magnolia Granny Bag Squares Crochet Tote Bag Pattern by Mama in a Stitch

Magnolia Granny Bag by Mama in a Stitch

Photo Credit: mamainastitch.com

A free pattern is for a vintage style bag that uses 24 basic granny squares. This generously sized tote is the perfect bag to carry around all Spring and Summer. It’s made with cool cotton yarn and can fit three towels inside, as well as your other daily necessities.

Delicate Flower Granny Square Tote by Selina Veronique

Delicate Flower Granny Square Tote by Selina Veronique

Photo Credit: selinaveronique.com

Crafting a pretty floral tote is the perfect way to add a touch of sunshine to your Spring and Summer. There are video tutorials with this free pattern, to help those at a more beginner skill level, crochet your own flower tote bag – and to insert a lining!

Summer Tote Crochet Bags Patterns

Crocheting a tote bag for Summer is a popular choice! You might use your crocheted bag every day instead of a handbag – and even design your own bag to coordinate with certain summer outfits! Often more modern crochet bag patterns, fit the bill for these summer projects.

Origami Friendship Bag

This lovely bag is made from just a rectangle folded into the shape of a bag! The pattern comes with a size chart to figure out the dimensions for your bag and you can use any yarn / stitch combination to make it!

On the Bias free crochet tote bag pattern by A Crocheted Simplicity

On the Bias Crochet Tote Bag Pattern by A Crocheted Simplicity

Photo Credit: www.acrochetedsimplicity.com

This free crochet pattern draws inspiration from the classic Japanese Azuma Bukuro, offering a versatile tote crafted from cotton yarn. Cotton’s beautiful stitch definition and lasting durability make it ideal for bags meant to withstand everyday use. The design utilizes a special stitch technique to create a textured fabric, while maintaining a simple construction with easily adjustable dimensions.

Fiesta Scrap Bag Crochet Pattern by Mama in a Stitch

Fiesta Scrap Bag Crochet Pattern by Mama in Stitch

Photo Credit: mamainastitch.com

A free crochet tote bag that features a sturdy design, perfect for carrying all your essentials, and its playful color combinations are easily achievable with various yarn scraps. Crafted with simple half double crochets and two strands of worsted weight yarn held together, it’s a beginner-friendly project offering endless customization possibilities.

Free Round Crochet Bag Pattern Rising Sun Bag by Blue Star Crochet

Round Crochet Bag: Rising Sun Bag by Blue Star Crochet

Photo Credit: bluestarcrochet.com

For adventurous beginners, this round bag is constructed from two simple circles. Use it as a project bag for your latest WIP, a beach tote, or transform it with a lining for everyday essentials. Enjoy the added benefit of crochet’s natural stretch – pack it full of towels for the beach or blankets for camping adventures – the possibilities are truly endless!

How to Make the Patchwork Tote Bag Free Crochet Pattern by Blackstone Designs

Photo Credit: blackstone-designs.com

This tote bag crochet pattern offers a playful solution for using up leftover yarn! Crafted with worsted weight yarn and featuring a helpful joining chart, this striped tote bag allows you to try vibrant colorwork while utilizing your yarn stash creatively. Detailed photo instructions guide you through the process, making it a rewarding project for those comfortable with intermediate crochet techniques.

This gorgeous collection of various free tote bag patterns has hopefully provided a wonderful glimpse into the diverse tote bag options available. Whether you’re a beginner eager to tackle your first granny square project with the easy crochet bag patterns, or an intermediate crocheter looking for a more challenging project, they’re all here!

I hope you feel encouraged to use your imagination to customize or even repurpose some of these crochet bags patterns! There are plenty of ideas for alternative uses! And perhaps you might even venture away from the regular cotton or acrylic yarn usually used for a tote bag project.

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