Granny Square Messenger Bag

When my Aunty visited in late summer this year she saw some of my crocheted creatures and told me that she’d seen a friend in Folkestone who had a groovy granny square bag.
I gamely commented that it would probably be EASY to make one and told her to wait and see what Santa brings.

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Since then I’ve been learning how to crochet granny squares (I used the gorgeous Summer Garden Granny Square pattern from the amazing Attic24 blog), also trying to work out the best (easiest) way to construct the bag.
So, 12 granny squares later (6 for the back and 6 for the flappy top bit) I decided to crochet the front in just a plain, one colour half treble (UK) just to speed up the construction a bit.

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That worked out fine if slightly uneven ( must have dropped a stitch somewhere along the line!) which just left the strap, which would also form the sides and bottom.

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Again, I went for simplicity and crocheted a super long 10 stitch wide strap in double, which seemed to take forever! I added an old buckle on one side to fasten and adjust the strap, and also tied some little tassels to finish it off.
Then I had to tidy in all my ends (baaad fadgirl!), join my squares, then sew it all together with yarn.
The actual construction was a piece of cake really and I love that when i’m sewing with yarn I don’t feel the need to be super neat, good enough is good enough.

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I then very quickly sewed some scrap polyester into a lining with a pocket and a shaped base to give the floppy crochet bag some structure.
I added a length of grosgrain along the strap to strengthen it and prevent stretching:

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This looked a bit tatty, so I folded the strap in half lengthways and sewed it together, which looks much, much better.
The final, finishing touch; a little loop from grosgrain for hanging keys:

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Ta da!
Obviously I don’t want to send it to my Aunty now as it’s been such a labour of love, but it’s wrapped and addressed and hubby’s taking it to the post office tomorrow for me, just in case I can’t go through with it myself.
Success I think, let’s hope it’s well received and well used, oh and that it doesn’t unravel and spill purses and lipsticks and tampons everywhere the first time it’s used!