Moira has been crocheting since she was 14 years old. She loves experimenting with small crochet projects.
Because I wanted so much to join a bazaar, I had to create mainstream plarn products such as pouch bags. The Bushy pouch is part of the first three pouches I made. I utilized the shell stitch patterns from the book Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. For this bag, I used the Bushy stitch - thus the name. It creates a gorgeous texture perfect for a pouch.
To make this bag, I consumed about 10 medium-sized plastic bags to make plarn or plastic yarn. These plastic bags were lovely because they were soft and think. Using these plastic bags resulted into a pouch that is easy to the touch and a treat to the eyes.
I used my flower pattern Dr. Jeckyll's Crochet Flower Experiment #2 as a focal point for this crochet pouch. Dr Jeckyll's Crochet Flower Experiments are my experiments of mashing up various free small flower patterns on the net.
If you have a surplus of beautiful plastic bags, why don't you make plarn and crochet/knit it? I wrote articles about the various methods of making plarn and conditioning it for crochet/knit to get you started.
As for my free pretty patterns, you can find them all HERE.
My Free Pouch Patterns
Materials and Tools
I used #7 steel thread hook, 1/4-in single-strand plarn from pink plastic bags, pink YKK zipper, and pink cloth from my failed sewing project.
- cloth for lining
- suitable crochet hook for yarn
- sewing pins
- sewing needle and thread
- ch - chain
- sc - single crochet
- dc - double crochet
- sk - skip
- sp - space
Foundation Chain: Ch 43 (multiple of 3 + 1).
Row 1: Sk 3 ch, (1 dc, 2 ch, 1 sc) in next ch, [sk 2 ch, (2dc, ch 2, 1 sc) in next ch] repeat to end. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2: [(2dc, ch 2, 1 sc) in ch-2 sp] repeat to end. Ch 2, turn.
Repeat Row 2 for pattern to create a rectangle with a length of about 9.5 in.
The structure of this pouch is similar to the Ripple Pouch. So I didn't bother taking pictures for this one.
Fold the crocheted rectangle and [join sides with single crochet, turn, sl st the sc's.
When the top is reached, sc on all the sts towards the other side.]Repeat instructions in [ ].
To apply zipper and lining, I followed this very useful tutorial by Carrie Wolf. The tutorial has various photos taken from different angles so you'd really know what you're doing every step of the way.
Optional Flower Detail
If you love the flower, it's crocheted with plarn twice as thick as the one made for the purse. Unfortunately, I have lost the pattern for THIS flower because the webpage that hosted it already closed and I was off the grid for that time.
However, you can use any flower you like. Check this other flower patterns.
After crocheting the flower, sew it to the pouch.
- How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial | carriewolf.net
How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial
- All My Free Crochet Patterns
A list of my free crochet patterns: earrings, bracelets/bangles, flowers, hearts, squares, butterflies, dragonflies, necklace, jewelry Set, cross, headbands and cell phone cozies/holder.
- Methods of Making Plarn
Compare double-strand and single-strand method of making yarn from plastic bags for crochet or knit
- Conditioning Plarn (Plastic Bag Yarn) for Crochet
This article discusses how to spin plarn with videos to the best tutorials. I also shared how to "soften" it if you can't spin it.
© 2011 Moira Durano-Abesmo
Comments Make ME Happy!
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on October 05, 2011:
Thank you, everyone! I'm glad you found my hub useful and well-written. It means so much to me that you appreciate the time and effort I put into my hubs.
Kimberly Schimmel from North Carolina, USA on October 04, 2011:
Well written and illustrated instructions! I like your blog, too.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 04, 2011:
This was so beautiful. Thanks for writing and share with us. Well done, my friend. ~prasetio
Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on October 04, 2011:
I just picked up my crochet hook after a looong :) time of not doing it so i am re-learning everything! the plarn looks really interesting but what I really like is your picture diagram of the instructions! Ive seen ddiagrams for crochet before but yours is the first that I can actually follow! and your written instructions, the entire hub in fact, is very user friendly! huge thumbs up!