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Crochet “Junk” Pouch

I wasn’t sure what to call this project but I thought of the junk drawer everyone has – the drawer in the kitchen or bedroom or office where you stash miscellaneous things like rubber bands and measuring tape or journals and gum. Well, I don’t know about you but I tend to have random things in my purse or backpack that I do use/need but they tend to go all over the place. And even more frustrating is when I change purses and I forget to transfer every little random item from one bag to another! Keys, wallet, and cell phone are pretty standard items that I won’t leave the house without but there are other things I tend to forget. To solve this problem I made a pouch to store the small items so that when I change bags, all I need to do is grab this pouch and not worry about forgetting my lip balm or asthma inhaler. Of course, this would also be great as a make-up bag or a pouch to store crochet/knit/sewing notions, etc.

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Crochet “Junk” Pouch

To make this pouch I went with a basic single crochet stitch and, because I’m still practising, I did it in a checkered tapestry crochet design. For this pouch I did not carry the yarn between colour switches and instead left loosely hanging yarn – I found it helpful to hold the yarn with my finger while changing colours so it wouldn’t be too tight in the middle.

*Update* PDF version of the pattern can now be purchased in my shop. Free version is below.

Finished size : 7.5” x 4.5”
Gauge: 18 sc sts by 18 rows = 4” square
Materials :
Size 3.75mm crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn, such as Bernat Super Value in Soft Grey, True Grey, and Dark Grey, approx. 50 grams total
6” zipper
Needle and thread for sewing zipper
Yarn needle for sewing
Optional:
fabric lining

Notes: Pattern is worked in rows of single crochet stitches. Tension is a bit tight. For this project, if doing tapestry
crochet, it is not necessary to “carry” the yarn between colour switches and unused yarn can be left loosely
hanging, as pictured. You can create this pouch with a single colour if desired or you can make different
designs too!

Pattern
Row 1: ch 31, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn.
Row 2: ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Repeat Row 2 40 more times, making colour switches if desired. Fasten off and proceed to next steps.
If adding a fabric liner measure and cut the fabric using your completed rectangle as reference.
Because I added a liner it wasn’t a big deal to leave the loose bits of yarn hanging. In the end this is what the inside looked like:How to Tapestry Crochet - Pops de Milk3

After making the rectangle I sewed the sides together but because I did not want a flat pouch, I added a bit of width by crocheting sides. I picked up stitches in the centre, decreasing as I got to the top and then sewed the rectangle to the sides.Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk1 Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk2 Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk3 Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk4 I made a liner with some scrap fabric and added a zipper too. For the zipper I used a sharp yarn needle to sew chain stitches, which I later sewed directly to the second last row of the crochet pouch.Crochet Junk Pouch Liner - Pops de Milk Crochet Junk Pouch Liner - Pops de Milk1 Crochet Junk Pouch Zipper - Pops de MilkCrochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk8Now I have a fancy, and functional, pouch where I can safely store the little things I forget!Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk7

Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk

 

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10 thoughts on “Crochet “Junk” Pouch

  1. you did an amazing job of designing this little bag with a lot of thought of how you were going to create different aspects of it as well as how it would function! thank you for sharing it with all of us !

    1. Hi Melody, Thank you so much, I’m really glad you like the pouch 😀 It was pretty fun crocheting the pouch and was actually a little sad when it was over. I may have to continue making more checkered crochet projects!

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