Adorable Little Girl Purse
I found the idea for this adorable little girl purse pattern from a pinterest post. It is the design of Rebecca at Little Monkey’s Crochet. She calls it the ‘Princess Purse’. I made one for each of my four granddaughters for Easter along with a matching Princess Crown. The contrasting colored yarn has some sparkles in it for extra girly-glamour.
The main body of the purse follows her pattern. For me, it was very simple to do and worked up quickly. I did not follow her pattern on the strap because I do not care for the ‘chainless foundation’ method. I’m sure it’s one of those things that just takes practice, but for me it is awkward, and doesn’t lay flat. Using the main color of the purse I chained the length of the strap to a length long enough to be a cross-body strap. Then I singled crocheted in the chain stitch one row. Next I single crocheted along both edges with the contrasting color. The straps are sewn securely to the inside of the bag. On the inside center at the top, I sewed a large snap so the bag has a fairly secure closure.
For the flower ornament on this adorable little girl purse her pattern calls for 8 SC in a magic circle. If you would like a more ruffled flower, use 10 SC in the magic circle and follow the pattern as per her instructions. I made two of the small pattern flower on the purple purse. Sew on a button center. I used a fauceted glass-look button for some extra bling.
The princess crown was another pinterest find, however the ‘visit’ link is now a dead-end. But a google search shows the pattern for free on Ravelry as ‘Tiara Headband’. My headbands generated a lot more single crochets onto the band than hers did. So, I marked the top middle of the headband with a crochet marker, then counted extra spaces down the side of the band to about the point I wanted the crown to start. This adds a few extra SC underneath the foundation row stitches, but it works out a lot better. Once you get the hang of it they are very easy to make.
If you are particular about having the front of the SC to the front of the crown, be sure to start on the back side for the foundation row. That way, when you turn the work for the crown stitches, the front side of the SC is front.
These blingy ‘jewels’ can be purchase anywhere they sell craft supplies. They are flat on the back. Be sure and use a good glue or they will fall right off. I used Scotch tacky glue, and they stay on fine. However, if you have waterproof glue that would be best. One granddaughter was wearing her crown (pictured below) when she took off her shirt for the day, and it came off inside the shirt, which then went into the dirty clothes and through the washer & drier by mistake. The crown lost a few jewels, but I am happy to report it does go through the wash and comes out OK. The yarn just looked a little more frayed. She still wears it. I happily made her two more crowns in white and pink. She even wears them to school.
I filled the purses with a small notebook, a sparkly mechanical pencil, tissues, lip balm, and sunglasses.
I neglected taking pictures of the girls with their purses, but I did get one of my youngest granddaughter with hers. They have loved these purses as much as I could have hoped. They carry them with them often.