Granny Square Purse

granny square purse



Here it is.
granny square purse

Last time I showed you these squares.

They were so much fun to make.

You can find the tutorial here.
granny square purse

After I finished the squares (and stared at them lovingly for about three hours) I went on and crocheted them together to make two panels.

One panel has more yellow in it, the other one has more green tones.

AND, I’ve found out that by crocheting things together I can make the seams look so much neater.

Love that.
granny square purse

The last thing I made was a long strip that I used to join the panels with.

And again, I connected the panels and the strip by crocheting them together.

That’s a good thing to do.
granny square purse


There’s one more ‘last thing’.

The really last thing that I am considering to do with this bag is to line it with fabric.

And here’s where I’d like to ask you, dear skillful crafters out there: Have you ever done that?

(I mean lining a bag with fabric.)

And have you ever done that by hand?

(I mean lining a bag with fabric.)

What do you think?

Is that and easy job to do?

(I mean lining a bag with fabric.)


And thanks.


11 thoughts on “Granny Square Purse

  1. 1
    Pam in Sewickley, PA says:

    I actually have lined a bag by hand before! It’s pretty easy 🙂

  2. 2
    Teresa says:

    I remember from my childhood that around home there was a little purse made from 2 crocheted circle (in green tones), with a zipper and fabric inside. I think that it would be easy. The question is, do you know sew by hand or machine? You only need 2 squares, the measure of every pannel, plus 1 centimeter on every side, sew them together leaving one side, the upper side open, then put the wrong side inside your crochet bag, and then sew with an invisible stitch the fabric to the bag. English is not my mother language, so it is difficult to me to explain how to sew!!!
    Sorry by my english and good luck

    PS. You can put a zipper or maybe a little pocket inside

    • 2.1
      ZoomYummy says:

      Thanks Teresa!

      I am planning to sew the lining by hand.

      I understand everything you’ve said and it makes perfect sense. Thanks to you I’ve found out there’s such thing as an invisible stitch. I am definitely going to learn more about that.

      Oh, and yeah, the inside pocket is a gorgeous idea. I might make another square and use it as a pocket actually.

      🙂 Petra

    • 2.2
      Jana says:

      I like Teresa’s suggestion – I’d go a step further and simplify things a bit:

      Cut out a rectangle as wide as one of the panels (with a 1cm allowance) and with length twice the height of the panel (with a 2cm allowance).

      Lengthwise, fold the rectangle in half and stitch both sides together (the bottom of the bag -where the fold is- won’t need to be stitched, making the lining sturdier, and your work easier).

      You now have an insert.

      To make a neat top seam on it, fold the top edges over and back-stitch* them together to create a hem.

      Turn the lining inside out, and insert it in your bag (you should not see any seams at all). Attach the lining to your bag with the invisible stitch like Teresa suggested – I’d make sure it’s attached 0.5-0.75cm below the edge if I wanted the lining to be invisible from the outside.

      *If you’d like to learn how to back-stitch, my post about an embroidered quote has a neat explanation 🙂

      By the way, Petra – the bag is adorable! How did you crochet your strap? I find that crocheted straps can sometimes be too stretchy for bags (well, if you’re like me and fill the bag with five books and a binder, anyway). Did you support it with lining as well, or did you use a special stitch?

      • 2.2.1
        ZoomYummy says:

        Awesome! Will give it a try soon! 🙂

        • ZoomYummy says:

          Also, Janka. The strap is just single crochet stitches. It is stretchy, but not that much.

          Supporting the strap with lining is a gorgeous idea. Thanks for that! It’s never occurred to me. You deserve Nobel Prize! 🙂

        • Jana says:

          Such flattery! I could get used to that!

          But seriously – learning from my own mistakes here, I guess. I crocheted a couple droopy bags before I realized the stretchiness of the strap was to blame for why they suddenly sat parallel to my knees instead of my hip.

          Though I never went back to fix them, I kind of always dreamt about a strap that would have leather lining for both durability and support. So I thought I’d ask what your strap situation was. I’m really glad it inspired you – create away, and don’t forget to spoil us with pictures when you’re done.

  3. 3
    blair says:

    i’ve been putting off this comment for a long while, but i think it’s time. i think you are so lovely, you are funny and spunky, and i used to LOVE your blog. but i don’t care about knitting, and by the looks of it, neither do your old veiwers. i really wish you could get back to the heart of your blog because that’s what was so charming about it, that you had this love of food, and loved to share it with us in the most whimsical way. i have now unbookedmarked you, and a bunch of my gal pals whom i have introduced have done the same thing. it really makes me upset, because you were one of my favourite blogs! i wish you the best of luck petra my dear, i hope i come back to your blog and see it filled with tasty little ditties, instead of the same crocheted nonsense. much love,

    • 3.1
      Jana says:

      I for one love that you are incorporating crafts into your posts, Petra. In my eyes, it gives your blog a new dimension, lifting it from “just another food blog” to an intriguing level in which your readers have a chance to get to know you just a bit better.

      Didn’t you start this blog with posts predominantly devoted to crocheting and photography, anyway? I’ve always seen your blog as filled with art: art of crafting, cooking, and gorgeous picture taking 🙂

      But I still admire the time, love and passion Blair has put into writing this very personal good-bye letter to you. Though the message kind of makes me sad, the way she worded it is both admirable and inspiring.

      It hurts to see a reader go. But such is a life of any blog: what somebody doesn’t care for, someone else might find charming.

    • 3.2
      ZoomYummy says:

      Hi Blair.

      I hope I haven’t lost you for good just as I definitely haven’t lost my will to cook and document the process in enormously obnoxious detail. I am a truly devoted foodie, always will be and plan to flood this site with many more yummy recipes for you to enjoy. That is a huge part of my life. That is who I am. It’s unstoppable. And I like it that you like it.

      But the fact remains that I haven’t documented much of my cooking recently. You are totally right.

      Things have reasons. This thing has one too. The fact is that I’ve been a little ill lately and it has been hard for me to concentrate on anything else than finding a reason to my problems. Crocheting helps to relax.

      So, there it is.

      Now I know I should have let you know beforehand.

      Live and learn.

      Anyway, thanks for your comment and your concern. I appreciate it. Really.


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