Cam Drawstring Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

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The Cam Drawstring Bag - Two Toned, fabric lined, deep front pocket with a zipper, the perfect summer crochet project.

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The Cam Drawstring Bag was inspired by my own drawstring bags hanging in my closet, each one used and abused to the very end of their existence. I had been planning on purchasing a new one (I use them as project bags for my crochet and knit projects) and then it hit me, I can make one! With a simple construction; two panels and a tube to feed the cord through. That’s pretty much it!

As I started working toward the finish of the adult size my daughter became obsessed with the bag! She wanted one of her own, so naturally, I needed to design a child size as well! Make a matching drawstring bag for you and your little one this summer. I know we’ll be loving these bags during our early morning hikes!

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Materials

5.50mm Crochet Hook

Color A (246, 413) yards Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in Taupe OR any light weight 3 cotton yarn

Color B (136, 304) yards Lion Brand Flikka in Toucan OR any light weight 3 cotton yarn

Scissors

Yarn Needle

Approx. 12” Polyester Zipper

½ yard Cotton Fabric (Optional)

2 Extra Large Eyelets (along with Eyelet tools)

Bulky 5 weight Cotton Cord (Cara’s Cotton Craft Cord)

Washi Tape (optional)

Gauge

In HHDC using a 5.50mm crochet hook

16sts & 12r  = 4”

Abbreviations

Ch - Chain

SC - Single Crochet

HHDC - Herringbone Half Double Crochet

Sl St - Slip Stitch

Sts - Stitch(es)

Notes

This bag is worked in 2 separate panels, seamed together at the end.

Size adjustments are listed as such (Child, Adult)

Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial - https://youtu.be/UcWMhEqQjs8

Full Video Tutorial Part One - https://youtu.be/cJZhkF-OP-w

Full Video Tutorial Part Two - https://youtu.be/4IW-qXn2BNs

Zipper and Fabric Lining Video Tutorial - https://youtu.be/kyo71Gi5XXM

Pattern

Front Panel

Color B

Ch (37, 47)

R1 - Turn, HHDC into 2nd Ch from hook and across (36, 46)

R2 - Ch1, Turn, HHDC into each stitch across (36, 46)

Repeat R2 for a total of (10, 17) rows

Pocket Opening

R(11, 18) - Ch1, Turn, HHDC into next (4, 6)sts, Ch(28, 34), Sk next (28, 34)sts, HHDC into remaining (4, 6)sts (36, 46)

Remaining Front Section

Repeat R2 for a total of (14, 22) rows

Color A

Repeat R2 for a total of (40, 58) rows

Sides

Color A

R1 - Ch1, HHDC into each row across the length of the panel (40, 58)

R2 - Ch1, Turn, HHDC into each stitch across (40, 58)

R3 - Repeat Row 2

Repeat the last  2 rows on the opposite side. Fasten off.

Drawstring Tube

Color B

Attach yarn to the corner of the foundation row side

R1 - Ch1, SC across

R2 - Ch1, Turn, SC across

Repeat R2 for a total of (6, 8) rows

Fasten off.

Seaming Tube closed - Using the Whip Stitch, sew R6 to R1 of the Drawstring Tube.

Watch Video Tutorial Here (skip to 4:10 for seaming) - https://youtu.be/4IW-qXn2BNs

Pocket

Attach Color B yarn to the pocket opening (the skipped stitches). Ch1, HHDC, using a stitch marker mark the first stitch made, work continually in the round until you have reached your desired pocket depth. I recommend 4” for the child size and 5” for the adult size.

Seaming Pocket Closed

With pocket folded in half, slip stitch across both sides to close the pocket.

Watch Video Tutorial Here (skip to 24:40 for the Pocket) - https://youtu.be/cJZhkF-OP-w

Back Panel

Color A

Ch (37, 47)

R1 - Turn, HHDC into 2nd Ch from hook and across (36, 46)

R2 - Ch1, Turn, HHDC into each stitch across (36, 46)

Repeat R2 for a total of (40, 58) rows

Sides

Color B

R1 - Ch1, HHDC into each row across the length of the panel (40, 58)

R2 - Ch1, Turn, HHDC into each stitch across (40, 58)

R3 - Repeat Row 2

Repeat the last  2 rows on the opposite side. Fasten off.

Drawstring Tube

Color B

Attach yarn to the corner of the foundation row side

R1 - Ch1, SC across

R2 - Ch1, Turn, SC across

Repeat R2 for a total of (6, 8) rows

Fasten off.

Seaming Tube closed - Using the Whip Stitch, sew R6 to R1 of the Drawstring Tube.

Watch Video Tutorial Here (skip to 4:10 for seaming) - https://youtu.be/4IW-qXn2BNs

Seaming Panels Together

With right sides facing each other, attach yarn below the drawstring tube, slip stitch down one side, across the bottom, and up the opposite side stopping before the drawstring tube. Fasten off. Flip so seam is on the inside.

Watch Video Tutorial Here (skip to 9:45 for seaming panels) - https://youtu.be/4IW-qXn2BNs

Cord Straps

Following the instructions on the packaging of your Extra Large Eyelets, place one eyelet on each side of the bottom of the bag. Cut 2 cords measuring (50, 70)” each, place Washi Tape on ends to prevent fraying.

Watch Video Tutorial Here (skip to 13:30 for the straps) - https://youtu.be/4IW-qXn2BNs

Watch Video Tutorial Here (Fabric and Zipper) - https://youtu.be/kyo71Gi5XXM

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