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The Mystic Bag ~ Free Crochet Pattern

Gorgeous Boho Chic round bag—a sturdy and functional accessory that blends style with practicality.
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Introducing the Mystic Bag Crochet Pattern – your perfect accessory for everyday adventures. This round bag isn’t just visually appealing; it’s also sturdy and highly practical — exactly what you desire in a crocheted bag. I’m excited for you to give it a try and add a touch of handmade charm to your outfit.

A colorful crochet round bag on a jean jacket.

Crafting the Mystic Bag is a breeze; I simply used basic stitches to crochet two round panels and a long strap that wraps around the bag.
To make the bag more useful, I added lining and stiff interfacing for extra firmness. If this sounds intimidating, don’t worry—I’ve made the process easy with a simple, step-by-step photo tutorial. Trust me, it’s manageable, only needing basic hand sewing skills, and definitely worth the effort.

Best Yarn Choice for The Mystic Bag

I usually prefer cotton yarn when crocheting bags to reduce stretching. However, for the Mystic Bag, I opted for acrylic yarn mainly for its captivating color. Since we’ll be incorporating fabric stabilizer and lining the bag, acrylic yarn is suitable for this pattern. So, feel free to choose your favorite worsted-weight yarn without concerns about stretching — we’ve got it all covered!

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Lining a Round Bag Made Easy

Lining a round bag can be challenging, particularly for those of us with limited sewing experience. But don’t fret! Here’s a simple tip to make it easier: Instead of lining the bag after you put it together, line the panels and strap separately before assembly. Just cut your fabric to fit around each piece and hand sew it in place. You’ll find all the details in the pattern.

Adding Structure Your Bag

To add firmness and support to the bag, I used fabric stabilizers (interfacing), available at craft stores like Michaels, Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, and online platforms like Amazon. They come in various firmness levels, and for this pattern, I chose an extra-firm stabilizer. After finishing the panels and before lining, I trimmed the stabilizer to fit around each panel and part of the strap that encircles the panels. Then, I attached it to the panels using fabric glue—a simple and efficient method! Alternatively, you can opt to sew it onto the panels. More details in the pattern.

In this pattern, I’ll guide you through every step, providing all the materials and detailed instructions required to craft your own Mystic Bag. Additionally, I’ll include a straightforward full lining tutorial. So, without further ado, let’s dive in and get started on this exciting project!

Feel free to check out my Bag Collection for more inspiration!

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Recommended Yarn For the Mystic Bag

I Love This Yarn, #4 worsted weight yarn. Color shown: Royal Gorge.

Yardage

About 252 yards (1 skein)

Yarn Substitution

Crochet Hook

G/4 mm hook

Gauge

4”square = 8 rows and 15 DC

Finished Dimensions

9” in diameter

Materials

Abbreviations

  • CH: Chain
  • ST: Stitch
  • SL ST: Slip stitch
  • SC: Single crochet
  • DC: Double crochet
  • YO: Yarn over
  • SP: Space
  • Rnd: Round
  • Rep: Repeat

Pattern notes

  • This pattern is written in US terms.
  • The skill level is easy.
  • The bag consists of two crocheted circles (the panels) and a long strap that wraps around them.
  • Lining the bag is highly recommended to improve its functionality and prevent stretching. The process is easy and only requires basic hand sewing skills.
  • For sturdiness and functionality, I suggest using fabric stabilizer (interfacing), details further.
  • To close the bag, I used magnetic snaps.

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Step 1 –  Crochet the Panels (make 2)

Rnd 1

CH4, SL ST into the 1st CH to make a circle. CH 3 (counts as a DC), 9 DC in the circle, join with a SL ST into the top CH3, CH1. (10)

Rnd 2

CH3 (counts as a DC), DC in last CH1 sp,*CH1, 2DC in next ST*, rep *to* around, join with a SL ST into the top CH3, CH1. (10-2DC clusters).

Rnd 3

CH3 (counts as a DC), 2DC in last CH1 sp,*CH1, 3DC in next CH1 sp*, rep *to* around, join with a SL ST into the top CH3, CH1. (10-3DC clusters).

Rnd 4

CH3 (counts as a DC), (DC, CH1, 2DC) in last CH1 sp,*CH1, (2DC, CH1, 2DC) in next CH1 sp*, rep *to*, join with a SL ST into the top CH3, CH1. (10-[2DC, CH1, 2DC] clusters).

Rnd 5

CH3 (counts as a DC), DC in last CH1 sp,*CH1, 2DC in next CH1 sp*, rep *to* around, join with a SL ST into the top CH3, CH1. (20-2DC clusters)

Rnd 6-7

Repeat Rnd 3-4.(20 clusters)

Rnd 8

Repeat Rnd 5. (40-2DC clusters)

Rnd 9

CH3 (counts as a DC), 2DC in last CH1 sp,*3DC in next CH1 sp*, rep*to*, join with a SL ST into the top CH3, CH1. (40-3DC clusters)

Rnd 10

SC in every ST around, join with a SL ST then fasten off. (120)

Note: Depending on your tension or the type of yarn used, the panel may become slightly wavy at the end. Don’t fret; it will flatten out after blocking and stabilizing.

Step 2 – Crochet the strap (about 54”long)

Row 1

CH 6, SC in 2nd CH from the hook, SC in every ST across, CH1, turn. (5)

Row 2

SC in each ST across, CH1, turn. (5)

Row 3-250 (or crochet to the desired length)

Repeat Row 2.

Note: Make sure the strap length fits your height before crocheting the border. Remember that the strap isn’t attached only to the top; it goes all the way around the panels.

Crochet the Border

Crochet a SC border all the way around the strap, making a SC in each row and 2 SC in each corner. Join with a SL ST in the 1st SC, CH1.

Add a SL ST round

SL ST at the base of each ST around referring to the picture. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

A crochet piece with a hook

Step 3 – Block the panels (optional)

  • Lay out the panels on a cardboard surface.
  • Gently stretch the panels to remove any wrinkles.
  • Securely pin the panels to the cardboard using pins or clips.
  • Spray the panels lightly with water to dampen them.
  • Allow the panels to air dry completely before use.

Step 4 Cut out the fabric stabilizer

  • Place the stabilizer on a flat surface.
  • Lay the panels on top of it and secure them with pins.
  • Trace around the panels without leaving any margins.
  • Cut out around the traced lines.
  • Trim the stabilizer all the way around so it’s ¼” smaller than the panels.
  • For the strap, cut a 20” long and 1 ¼” in wide piece of fabric stabilizer.

Step 5 – Attach the fabric stabilizer

For the panels

  • Apply fabric glue to the fabric stabilizer.
  • Attach the stabilizer to the wrong side of the panel and press it down.
  • Let it dry. Optionally, you can sew the stabilizer to the panels.

For the strap

  • Fold the fabric stabilizer in half, then mark the middle with a pin.
  • Fold the strap in half, then mark the middle with a pin.
  • Apply fabric glue to the fabric stabilizer.
  • Place the fabric stabilizer on top of the wrong side of the strap, aligning the middle of the strap with the middle of the fabric stabilizer.
  • Press the fabric stabilizer onto the strap and let it dry.

Step 6 – Line the panels and strap

This step is for those with limited sewing skills. You’ll line the panels and strap separately before assembling the bag. You can choose to line your bag after assembling it, if you prefer.

  • Lay your fabric on a flat surface.
  • Place your panels and strap on top of the fabric.
  • Secure them with pins to hold them in place.
  • Trace around the panels and strap, leaving about a 1/2-inch margin.
  • Carefully cut around the traced lines.
  • Place the fabric you cut on top of the wrong side of the panel (the side with the stabilizer), ensuring the right side of the fabric is facing up.
  • Secure the fabric with a few pins to hold it in place.
  • Fold the fabric approximately 1/2 inch all the way around the panel, securing it with pins as you go.
  • Hand sew the fabric onto the panels and strap all the way around, leaving a 1/4-inch margin.

Note: Feel free to line your bag at the very end. Watch here how to line a round bag.

Step 7 – Assemble the bag

  • With the right side of the front panel facing out, mark the opening of the bag by placing two stitch markers 30 stitches apart at the top of the panel.
  • Place a 3rd stitch marker at the bottom, 45 stitches from the top stitch markers.
  • Use a pin to attach the middle of the strap to the 3rd stitch marker.
  • Pin the strap to the panel all the way up on both sides to the marked stitches.
  • Using a tapestry needle and yarn, sew the strap to the panel one stitch at a time, from the top right stitch marker all the way to the top left stitch marker, working through the back loops only. Grab one stitch from the panel and the opposite stitch from the strap. Fasten off.
  • Attach the strap to the back panel following the same method used for the front panel.

Step 7 – Finish the bag

Magnetic closure

Make 2 crocheted circles for the magnet snaps.

  • CH4, SLST in the 1st ST to make a circle, CH3 then 11DC in the circle, join with a SLST to the top CH 3. Fasten off and weave in ends.
  • Attach each part of the magnets to a crocheted circle.
  • Use a thread and needle to sew the crocheted circles to the top middle of each panel.

Sew the strap

  • Align the 2 ends of the strap making sure the strap is not twisted.
  • With the tapestry needle and the long tail, sew the ends one stitch at the time, grabbing one stitch on one end and the opposite ST on the other end. Fasten off.

Crochet and attach the string

  • (leave 2” long tail on both ends to attach the beads) CH 40 to make a string, cut the yarn.
  • Thread the long tails through the beads using a tapestry needle on both ends of the string. Make a couple of tight knots to secure them, then trim the excess yarn. Optionally, use a drop of glue to secure the beads.
  • Insert the hook into both the top corner of the front panel and the corresponding stitch on the strap. Pull the string through (from the middle) to create a small loop.
  • Pull the end of the string through the loop and tighten to make a knot.
  • Attach a tag and you’re all done.
Crochet bag with beads

Step 8 – Sharing is caring!🤝

I love seeing your finished projects! If you enjoyed making Mystic Bag, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @thecrochetvillage. If you are on Facebook, stop over to The Crochet Village Community Facebook Page and share a photo!

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Hi, I'm Assia

The passionate crochet designer behind The Crochet Village. I'm all about infusing my patterns with a mix of my modern outlook and contemporary flair, while staying true to the solid crochet techniques that have been passed down through generations in my family. Making crochet cool, trendy, and, most importantly, fun! ❤️

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