Sling Bag

Sling Bag

An easy to make crochet pattern for a sling bag.

What you need

About 8 oz. of Worsted weight cotton yarn (e.g., Sugar ‘n cream)
size H hook or whatever hook gives you the correct gauge.

GAUGE: 6 dc= 2 in., 2 rows = 1-1/4 in.


Pattern notes: The body of the bag is worked in rounds until you get to the strap section, then the ends of the strap are worked in rows.


Cotton Yarn


Rnd 1: Ch.2, work 10 sc into 2nd ch from hook, forming a ring. Do not join, but mark beginning of each round.

Rnd 2: 2 dc in each sc: 20 dc.

Rnd 3: *dc in next dc, 2 dc in following dc, repeat from * around: 30 dc.

Rnd 4: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, repeat from * around : 40 dc.

Rnd 5: dc in next dc, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc, repeat from * around, end with 2 dc in next dc, dc in last 2 dc: 50 dc.

Rnd 6: dc in next 2 dc, * 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc, repeat from * around, end with 2 dc in next dc, dc in last 2 dc: 60 dc.

Rnd 7: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc, repeat from * around: 70 dc.

Rnd 8: dc in next dc, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc, repeat from * around, dc in last 5 dc: 80 dc.

Rnd 9: dc in next 2 dc, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 7 dc, repeat from *around, 2 dc in next dc, dc in last 5 dc: 90 dc.

Rnds 10-32: dc in each dc around, until bag measures approx 20 in. Do not end off.


First Half of Strap

Row 1: dc in next 42 dc: 42 dc

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), turn, work decrease over next 2 sts (*yo, insert hook into next st, pull up loop, yo, draw through 2 loops*, leaving 2 loops on hook, repeat from * to *, then yo and draw through remaining 3 loops on hook = dec made), dc in each dc until last 2 dc, work dec over last 2 dc: 40 dc.

Row 3: Repeat Row 2: 38 dc.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2 :36 dc.

Row 5: Repeat Row 2: 34 dc.

Row 6: Repeat Row 2: 32 dc.

Row 7: Repeat Row 2: 30 dc.

Row 8: Repeat Row 2: 28 dc.

Row 9: Repeat Row 2: 26 dc.

Row 10: Work as in Row 2 instructions except work one additional dec in middle of row: 23 dc.

Row 11: Repeat Row 10: 20 dc.

Row 12: Repeat Row 10: 17 dc.

Row 13: Repeat Row 10: 14 dc.

Row 14: Repeat Row 10: 11 dc.

Row 15: Repeat Row 10: 8 dc.

Row 16: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, dec over next 2 dc, dc in each of last 3 dc: 7 dc.

Rows 17-32: Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc and in each dc of row: 7 dc. Strap section will be approx 20 in. End off, leaving a tail of yarn long enough for sewing ends of strap together.

Second Half of Strap

Row 1: Going back to end of row 1 of first half of strap, skip next 3 dc of round 16, then join yarn with sl st to next dc,ch 3, work dc in each of next 41 dc: 42 dc.

Rows 2-32: work as for First Half of Strap.


Sew together upper ends of strap. Work edging of sc (or any other desired edging) around each side of strap and top of body of bag. If desired, add lining of cotton or whatever fabric you prefer.

If desired, in the space made by the unworked 3 dc of round 16, sew on snap closure or button closure by attaching a toggle button, using a crocheted loop or band attached to opposite side of top of body of bag as fastener.

Weave in all loose ends.

This project was contributed by Marsha Lavoie Copyright (C) 1996.


  1. Actually not hard to do, even for a beginner like me!

  2. I love this pattern! I’m 11 and have taught myself to crochet, and this is one of my favorite patterns. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for this

  4. Thank you for this beautiful bag. I am a beginner, I had some trouble doing the straps but it turned out awesome. My family loved it and I am so happy, cant wait to do my next project.

    thank you

  5. bluangell says

    This does look a bit hard,but I am going to give it a try~~~(I’m not the best at crochet)lol

  6. I whipped this up as a Christmas gift in one night! Very easy and attractive.

  7. It was really hard but i finished mine and it looks just like it.

  8. xoBorn2Shopxo says

    this is the coolest bag i’ve ever seen!! well, that you could actually make! good job!

  9. cool!

  10. Beautiful sling bag!

  11. wow thats look hard

  12. Doglover1028 says

    How hard is it fora begginerr to do?

  13. Doglover1028 says

    looks cool. noe if only i could crochet.

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