Thursday, February 9, 2012

Free Crochet Owl Purse Pattern




I. am. so. excited. about. this!!!!! Is this not the cutest dang thing ever?!

I love owls. I mean, who doesn't right now? But I am old school. I loved owls before they were so cool, lol!

I wasn't planning on making this at all, but lately I have been on a mission to get rid of some of my craft supplies. I have so much stuff! Especially yarn, so I have been making all sorts of stuff lately. This purse is a great size for a toddler/preschooler. It would be really easy to make bigger too, just by adding some rounds (you can now find my pattern for the "Owl Stuffie/Pillow" which is an enlarged version of this and could either be made into a stuffie or left open to make a larger purse).

What you will need:

Hook Size- H for the body and an F for the eyes and beak.

Yarn- I used Lily Sugar and Cream 100%. I think any worsted weight yarn would work. As you can see I used lots of different colors. I think a solid color purse would be adorable as well.

Other notes: For this pattern I chose to bring my stitches up through both "loops" of the previous chain (you can see this in the second picture below this sentence). I find doing it this way gives the owl a tighter appearance.

Stitches Used: SC-single chain, HDC- half double chain, YO-yarn over


Row 1:You have two options here: you can either ch 3, and then 11 hdc in the first chain of the chain 3 (which is what I did to end up with the picture about), or you can do a magic ring, ch 2, 11 hdc in the middle of the ring, pull tight. For either way, join at top of original ch 3 with the new color (Check out 2 pictures down for a better idea. I forgot to take a pic for this round).

Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in same space, 2 hdc in each space around (see how I use both "loops" of the previous row instead of using the front or the back? Not sure if this makes sense, just email me if you have questions).

Join at the top of the ch 2 with a slip stitch in the new color.

Row 3: Ch 2, hdc in same space, *2 hdc in next space, hdc in next space *. Repeat from * to * around. Join at the top of the chain 2 with a slip stitch in the next color.

Row 4: Ch 2, hdc in same space, *1 hdc in next space, 1 hdc in next space, 2 hdc in next space*. Repeat from * to * around. Join in the top of ch 2 with a slip stitch in the next color.



Row 5: ch 2, 1 hdc in next 14 spaces (Check out pic above, this is going to be the top of the purse where the eyes will go). Ch 2, turn your work, 1 hdc in next 14 spaces). That is side 1 of two for your owl.


Make another side just like the one you just made. I chose to do the second one in a solid color.


For the eyes, switch to your f hook. Start with a magic ring, ch 2, 9 hdc in ring. Pull tight and join with a slip stitch with your white at the top of the chain 2. Ch 2, 1 hdc in same space, 2 hdc in each space around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the chain 2. Make one more eye (obviously! ;) )


For the beak, use your F hook. Do another magic ring, ch 2, 1 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc into the ring. Pull tight and join with a slip stitch in the top of the chain 2. This should give you a little triangle.

Now attach your eyes and beak however you want. Do this before you attach the two sides of the purse together, it is much easier! Use a darning needle and some yarn to sew the pieces on.

Now join your two "owl sides" wrong sides together. Try to line up them up so they match. You are going to sc around the outside of them to attach them and you want to them to be perfectly lined up. Now stick your hook through both sides, like I have pictured above. YO and pull the yarn through. Ch 1, insert your hook into both sides again (like pictured above) and sc. Sc in each space of both sides around.


This is what your purse should look like when you are done! Now all you have to do is the strap:


Chain 40.


This is where it gets crazy (not really, it is just hard to explain). Insert your hook into the opposite top corner of the owl (don't twist the strap). YO and pull though. Turn your work so that you can sc back up and over the strap. Join with a slip stitch next to the 1st of you original 40 chains. Make sense? If not, let me know!

Hopefully this is what you ended up with! As you can see, I added some cute little pigtails to the sides of the head. I just used some scrap yarn, pulled them through and tied them.

Like I said, if you have any questions, just shoot me an email!

If you liked this pattern you can find more of my free crochet patterns here. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook  to get updates on my newest patterns!

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89 comments:

  1. Cool, thanks for sharing. I have a little girl who loves little bags - I now see an owl bag in her future!

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  2. Thanks Aine! I sure hope she enjoys it as much as my little girl does :)

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  3. This is adorable!!! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern -- can't wait to try and make one!
    (Pinning this!!)

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  4. how adorable - I found this via Sara at Tangled Happy blog. The Simply Knit magazine I bought this month has a free needle guage in the shape of an owl, and another free gift next month in the shape of an owl. I need to make this so I can keep them inside. I am now following xxx

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  5. I am new to your blog. LOVE IT!! Found it thru tangled blog. This owl bag is precious. I am going to start making the first of 4 today. I am a stay-at-home gramma to 4 little girls, ages 3, 5, 7, & 8 and 2 little boys, ages 4 months & 2. The girls are going to go crazy.

    Thank you for sharing the pattern.

    barb

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  6. Oops, I should have said I found your blog on tangled happy's blog.

    barb

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  7. just saw your owl bag on Tangled Happy - it's ADORABLE!!! Kuddos to you! Thank you so much for sharing your fab idea. What a great way to use up some scraps too. (my husband thanks you too) HA! - jenn

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  8. very cute bag! thank you for sharing!

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  9. Wow, thank you so much for all of the kind comments. I really mean it! I am so glad you all like it so much :) :) :)

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  10. I love this little bag it's beautiful :)

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  11. Followed the link from Tangled Happy. Great pattern, thank you for sharing it (and for the excellent tutorial)
    Carol xx

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  12. My granddaughter's school mascot is the owl. I look forwrd to make it for her for Easter. Thanks, for sharing.

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  13. wow, such a great pattern!! thank you for sharing. Love it..

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  14. Wonderful:-) Really - it is OH SO CUTE OWL PURSE!

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  15. I'm popping over from Tangled Happy. Your owl purse is soooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute! I think I might try to make one for my girlfriend's daughter who is 8. Thanks for sharing! Best wishes, Tammy

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  16. Thanks!It is pretty small but it should be pretty easy to add rows and make it bigger. Just follow the pattern of adding stitches. Let me know if you want me to write down some instructions :)

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    1. I just made this today and it was SO SUPER FUN and EASY! Im a new crocheter and whipped this out in no time! :) I am also a whimsical owl Lover and would love to make one for myself in a ''normal'' size. Would you tell me how and where to make increases? I guess i know how to increase, just not sure how to put it all together in the pattern...Thanks so much!!!! :)

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    2. Glad you like it! My "Owl Pillow/Stuffie" pattern should work great! It's under "crochet patterns" at the top of the page. If you get to the end and it's still not big enough email me and I will work up the pattern for a few extra rows glennfamilygardens at gmail dot com

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  17. Waaaaw, i like this one, thx for sharing this pattern!!!!
    Greets Sofie

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  18. I made this afternoon an owl purse, you can see it here! And I linked up to your blog;
    http://lekkerbekkenmaar.blogspot.com/2012/02/uilentasje.html
    Greets Sofie

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  19. So very cute, thank you for sharing your pattern!

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  20. Thank you so much for sharing this! I can't wait to make this for my little girl! It's beautiful!

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  21. This pattern is way too cute. I can't wait to try this out for my girls!

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  22. Thank for sharing, I made one myself.
    I put it on my blog with a link to your blog.
    Grtz,
    Chris

    http://chrisindehaak.blogspot.com

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  23. Thank you for the pattern, I love owls and this adorable.

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  24. Thanks for posting such a cute pattern! I made a couple of these purses for gifts and have shared them on my blog. And of course, I linked back to your pattern too!

    http://growcreative.blogspot.com/2012/03/crochet-owl-purses.html

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  25. So cute purse. I pinned to my Crocheted & knitted bags pinboard on Pinterest.

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  26. Thank you so much for sharing, I would love to make and sell these for our epilepsy charity.

    Thank you again

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  27. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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  28. What a lovely idea and what an adorable purse!
    I'll have to make one for my little baby niece - she is only 14 months but already LOVES to carry purses from one room to the other and changing things to put into, haha, truly girly she is!
    Thank you for sharing your pattern, you'll make one little girl very happy :)

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  29. Hi, just wondering what size the purse comes to when finished? Cheers

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  30. I wanted to say a belated thank you for your tutorial. I used it to make my twin nieces some purses to match owl hats I made them this past winter. I added two rows to make them a little bigger (the girls are 3). They are super cute, thank you again!
    http://danikate-designs.blogspot.com/2012/02/owl-purses.html

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  31. totally cute! I'm linking to this over at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

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  32. Thank you, nice tutorial! I pinned it to the Do Something Awesome community pinboard (http://pinterest.com/jamiescissors/do-something-awesome-crafting-community-pinboard/) Email me if you'd like to be added as a contributor :)

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  33. TY for this. I've decided to leave tge blankets this weekend and make something small...this is it! Great pattern.

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  34. Actually I didn't make him till today, come and see him :-)
    I've linked to the pattern here for my readers.

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  35. I actually ended up making this little owl purse today. I've linked to your blog for my readers to see the pattern. TY.

    http://thelittleroomofrachell.wordpress.com/

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  36. Hi, love this adorable tutorial. I have linked up over at Little Abbee: http://www.littleabbeepatterns.com/
    Thanks :)

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  37. how do i make it bigger?

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  38. To add another row do: Ch2, hdc in same space, *hdc in each of next 3 spaces, 1 hdc in next space,* repeat from * to * around. You can add another row by doing the same thing, just make it 4 hdc in each space in between the 2 hdc in same space. Does that make sense? Let me know :)

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    1. Oops, forgot to mention that you will want to make the "head" a little bigger. I would guess that if you add one round, 17 across for the head would be fine.

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  39. Hi? I'm Lutya, from Russia. I've read all your blog? it's brilliant! The bag is nice, my daughter liked it very much! If you don't mind, I'll knit it for my girl!

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  40. Thanks for sharing:) i am a norwegian girl, and I love to make things.
    Have a Nice day!!

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  41. I made one of these for fun and a friend who has an owl-themed shop up north said I could sell a few in her shop if I wished.
    Although you said above you now don't mind these purses being sold, I didn't want to do anything without getting in touch first!
    It would be different colour schemes and probably a couple of different sizes.
    Would you be okay with that?
    Warmly,
    Poppy

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  42. Hi Thanks for making this pattern so cute and sharing it. I am asking permission to make a purse in tan and blue and a light yellow for my friend's 21 birthday gift and it is great because she is in a sorority called F.A.D. and their iconic symbol is an owl. I hope this is okay, and thank you for being so kind and explaining the steps for excellent understanding. You are so nice!!

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  43. Thank you very much for sharing this pattern! I made this bag for my little daughter!

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  44. Thanks for sharing with us this beautiful purse patterns. I love it. Thanks a lot. I like your blog.

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  45. I just finished my first one! Thank you for such a relatively easy pattern. I'd like to post a picture of my finished purse on the Ravelry website with a link to your instructions. Is that OK? and how do I do that if it is.

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  46. thank you for not removing your pattern just because of a few 'bad apples'! I can't wait to make my own little owlie purse!!

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  47. Thank you so much for sharing. Your post has been featured on Monday Funday at Mel's Daisy Patch. Come Grab a Brag button you deserve it!!
    http://melsdaisypatch.blogspot.com/2012/10/monday-funday-9-owls.html

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  48. Thanks for sharing the pattern. I will make one for my niece as a gift from Santa this year. she is only three years old and love owls.

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  49. Okay, first of all, yes. That *is* the cutest owl ever! Second. Thank you for sharing your pattern, you're very very kind to do so, and I appreciate it. Third. Wow, you are super kind to allow us to use it for commercial use ~ even when others abused the privilege. And again, this owl lover thanks you tremendously! :)

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  50. Haven't been on here in awhile but wanted to say thanks for all the kind comments. I am glad you like the pattern!!!

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  51. Thanks so much for sharing and letting us use your hoot-astic pattern! My little girl is going to love one of these and I'll be sure and link back to your blog if I put up pictures or anything. Cheers!

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  52. Thanks so much for this pattern! I just made my first one for a "big sister" present for a friend, and I fall more in love with the purse every time I look at it. Can't wait to make some more!

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  53. I made one of these for my daughter two days ago and she loved it. I just started my own blog add me if you can I would love to keep up with your projects leonardanna321.blogspot

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  54. Oh my God,

    So love ittttt,

    Thanks so much dear :x

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  55. Hi! I was looking for a cute little purse pattern for my 3 year old to give her for Christmas and happened upon your blog, I just wanna say this is so freakin cute! I have already made 2 and plan to make more! shoot, I might even alter it to make it big enough for ME to have one!

    Anywho, I did a blog post about it, and linked back to your page here.

    Thank you s much for the pattern and God Bless!

    <3 Bethany

    here's the link:
    http://thesepiapuppy.blogspot.com/2012/12/sweet-baby-owl-purse-money.html

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  56. I am new to crochet and can't wait to give this a try as a gift to my 7yo and her friend...matching purses...too cute. THANK YOU!!!


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  57. I made 2 of these (one for my youngest daughter and one for my niece) for Christmas. Your pattern was so well written and easy to follow, it worked up perfectly. I was thrilled with the outcome - the best owl purse pattern on the web, for sure! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful pattern, free. An absolute favorite :-)

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  58. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! I just finished making one as a gift and I absolutely love it! :) Have a great day!!!

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  59. Thank you for sharing this pattern did a few of them in different colors and sold them like hot fries jajaja thanx againg have a great week.

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  60. Thank you for sharing this pattern did a few of them in different colors and sold them like hot fries jajaja thanx againg have a great week.

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  61. thanks for this beautiful pattern love it. have a great week

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  62. I just finished this purse...ADORABLE!!! I added a little tab and button to keep it closed. I also did a slip stitch through the strap to make it a bit stronger. Can't wait to get this too a sweet little girl.

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  63. Hi

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern :) Just made this purse for a little girl. Wish I could post the picture to u..am so excited....xxxxxx

    Indu

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  64. Could you do this pattern like lion's brand homespun? I have a color that would be perfect for this.

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  65. Thank you, this purse has made wonderful gifts for my little granddaughters. Thanks again for sharing your pattern. Maggi Mae

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  66. thank you very much for this pattern!
    i send you sun from medinet Habu
    Marie
    http://marieluxor.canalblog.com/

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  67. hermoso trabajo y buena idea para un lindo regalito hecho con amor!!!!

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  68. Thank you for sharing the pattern. I LOVE this!

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  69. I love this!
    I saw you're "Do not sell" change into "yes, you can sell" so I figured it would be polite to ask anyway - Would you mind if I sold some of these at my market stall / my online store?
    I always make sure to credit where the pattern came from :)

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    1. Jessica I am so sorry I missed your comment, yes you may! And thanks for asking.

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  70. I would like to make this for my granddaughter, Nellie. I am pretty new at this so I already have a question. Is half double crochet the same as half double chain? I have never heard of half double chain? Thanks, Kathy

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  71. Thank you so much for the pattern! My sister loved the purse I made her from your pattern! Great bday present :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=550736428313665&set=pb.428721793848463.-2207520000.1383408443.&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-ash3%2F1379683_550736428313665_326080102_n.jpg&size=500%2C500

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  72. Thank you..going to make this for my granddaughter in Alaska!

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  73. Thanks for the comments all! Sorry I haven't been able to reply in awhile but I appreciate all the love!!!

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  74. I love this pattern. I modified it a little bit to make refrigerator magnets in a vintage light lavender color that I got from my great-grandmother. :) I was so happy with the little beauties that I made three. :)

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  75. I'm like you, I've loved Owls since the '70's when we Macramé them. I still do lol THANK YOU for sharing this cutie.

    CONNI

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  76. PS. What size is this little purse?

    Thank you!
    CONNI

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  77. Thanks Conni! The purse ends up being only 5 in. across I think? Just the right size for a 2-4 year old. If you want it bigger check out my Owl Stuffie pattern as it's the same pattern but bigger.

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  78. I am a complete beginner with Crocheting and i just made this purse and it turned out perfect! I LOVE IT!!!! So easy and quick and FUN!!! :) I plan to make a bunch in different patterns/colors. I would love to figure increasing to make a big purse for myself as i am a collector of whimsical owls! LOVE them! Thank you SO MUCH!! :)

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