I joined in round two of the Secret Tote Bag Swap, and this time we had a theme, 'nature'. It could be anything from animals, flowers, trees, seasons, sceneries or anything we could think of associated with nature.
Once the signups were closes and I received my partners info, I got excited at her preferences. Lucky for me, she is not fussy, and one of her likes was crochet bags. So I immediately jumped at the opportunity to try and make a crochet bag.
It was much simpler to make than I originally thought, and I would love to make another for myself. To make the African Flowers I used Heidi Bears tutorial, and for the rest of the bag I used Gunilla Karlsson's pattern I found on Ravelry.
I added three pockets to the bag lining, which by the way is a piece of 'recycled' table cloth, I hope my partner will forgive me for using that, but the colour fit the bag perfectly, its strong and will definitely handle a lot of wear and tear.
This bag is very big, measuring 19½ inches high, 16 inches wide at the bottom, and when the drawstring is completely pulled together it measures 9 inches wide.
The only thing I am a bit concerned about is the strap. My partner wanted a long strap to carry the bag across her body over her shoulder, but I fear it might be too long. I tied a knot at the top, for the purpose of taking photos, but think it looks pretty this way too, so should the strap be too long the knot works well too... I think?
'Partner, I really hope you like your bag! It was a pleasure to make...'
If you'd like to see the bag I made in Round 1 of the Secret Tote Bag Swap, click HERE.
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