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This granny square crochet bag pattern will send you back to school in style. The added zipper makes a pe3rfect crochet granny square zippered pencil case! It really is a simple project and a great way to keep beautifully organized.
Don’t be afraid of the zipper! You might also like to refer to this how to make a zippered pouch tutorial. You are not going to believe how easy it is!
Crochet Pencil Case Supplies
- Size H Crochet Hook
- Cotton Yarn (I used Sugar n’ Cream by Lily)
- Yarn Needle
- Fabric for lining
- Sewing Machine
Step by Step How to Make granny squares
This written pattern is a basic granny square crochet pattern. Once you get the hang of it use the classic granny squares to make a variety of projects from bags to granny square blankets.
Crochet STITCH ABBREVIATIONS
- Slip stitch→sl st
- Single crochet→sc
- Double crochet→dc
- Repeat pattern x more times between * and *→*…* x times
- Round → rnd
- Space → sp
Note: Ch 5 at beg of each round counts as 1 dc and ch 2 space throughout.
With the first color, ch 4, join with slip stitch.
Base round: Ch 5. (3 dc. Ch 2) 3 times in ring. 2 dc in ring. Sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 5. Finish off.
Round 1: With new color, slip stitch in next ch. Ch 5. 3 dc in same sp. *Ch 1. Miss next 3 dc. (3 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in next sp (corner made). Rep from * twice more. Ch 1. Miss next 3 dc. 2 dc in ch 2 sp from beg of rnd. Sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 5. Finish off.
Round 2: With new color, slip stitch in next ch. Ch 5. 3 dc in same sp. *Ch 1. Miss next 3 dc. 3 dc in next sp. Ch 1. Miss next 3 dc.** (3 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in next sp (corner made).* Rep from * to * twice more, then from * to ** once. 2 dc in ch 2 sp from beg of rnd. Sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 5.
Make 4 crochet squares.
How to Attach granny squares
Join two granny squares side by side by placing two squares back to back (wrong sides facing each other).
In the right corner of the top granny square fasten on new color and chain three.
Three double crochet in corner of the back granny square. Chain 1.
Three double crochet, chain 1 in next chain 1 space on the front granny square.
Continue along the entire edge of granny squares ending with a double crochet in the corner space of the back granny square. Fasten off.
Three double crochet, chain one in each chain 1 space all the way around the two joined granny squares. (3 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet in the corners)
How to make a crochet granny square zippered pouch
Cut two pieces of lining fabric the same size as the crochet granny square pieces. You will need 1 zipper the length of the joined granny squares.
Place 1 crochet piece right side up, then the zipper (face down), and then the lining right side facing down. Line up the three edges.
Use a zipper foot on your sewing machine to sew across the top between the edge of the zipper and the zipper teeth (closer to the zipper teeth). It is easier to baste the zipper to the crochet piece first, then place the lining and sew through all layers. It is a bit tricky sewing the crochet. Use a long stitch length (at least a 3) and go slow trying not to stretch the crochet. No worries if the bottom end of the zipper sticks out, just trim even with the edge of the fabric.
Bring lining and crochet piece to the same side.
Repeat layers on the other side of the zipper. The crochet piece face up, zipper face down, and lining face down. Sew along the edge close to the zipper.
Open it up and it will look like this. Trim zipper.
Bring both pieces of lining to one side and both pieces of crochet to the other side. Un-zip the zipper at least halfway so you can turn it once it is stitched. If you forget to un-zip the zipper you won’t be able to turn your pouch right side out.
Pinch zipper towards outer fabric, making sure it is laying nicely as you pin. Using 1/4 inch seam stitch all the way around the pouch leaving a two-inch opening in the bottom of the lining for turning. I reinforce by going back and forth as I pass over the zipper.
Use the opening to turn the entire pouch right side out. Hand stitch (or machine stitch) opening in the lining closed.
Push lining inside the pouch and it is finished!
There you have it! You can granny stitch crochet and you have a crochet pencil case pattern. A fashionable way to carry your pencils for sure. Really though this crochet pouch is great to carry anything.