Perfectly Plarn Purse

This sturdy purse is crocheted from plarn, a plastic yarn made out of upcycled shopping bags.

It is a fairly easy crochet pattern. The only real counting involved is at the very beginning, when you work the purse bottom, and the end, when you work the straps. The body of the purse is worked in a spiral of single crochets that you will continue until your purse reaches the desired length. You will be working from the bottom of the bag up to the straps.

The finished purse is 10 inches wide x 11 ¼ inches tall with two, 25 inch long shoulder straps. The gauge is not super critical in this pattern as long as you don’t mind your purse being a little smaller or a little bigger. But, if you want to check your gauge,15 sc and 16 rows = 4 inches.



  • ch - chain
  • sc - single crochet
  • dec – decrease by inserting hook in next stitch and drawing up a loop, insert hook in next stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all three loops.
  • sl st – slip stitch


Purse Bottom

Ch 36.

Rnd 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 33 ch, 3 sc in last ch. Turn work slightly so you can continue working in the bottom of the chain. Sc in the bottom of next 33 ch tucking in the tail of the plarn as you go, 2 sc in bottom of last ch. (72 sc)

Purse Body

Do not turn the piece over. Continue working 1 sc in each sc in a spiral around the purse until it is 10 inches high, stopping on the side of the bag. It is very important that your last stitch of the spiral is on the side of the bag so that the straps are placed properly. Do not finish off. 

Adding the straps

Rnd 1: *Sc in next 11 sc, ch 90, skip next 14 sc, sc in next 11 sc. Repeat from *

Rnd 2: *Sc in next 8 sc, dec twice, sc in next 88 ch, dec twice, sc in next 8 sc. Repeat from *

Rnd 3: *Sc in next 7 sc, dec twice, sc in next 86 sc, dec twice, sc in next 7 sc. Repeat from *

Rnd 4: Sc in next 6 sc, dec twice, sc in next 84 sc, dec twice, sc in next 6 sc. Repeat from *

Finishing: sl st in next 8 sc. Finish off.

Care Instructions

Believe it or not, this purse is washable. You can wash it by hand in cool soapy water and then rinse. Or, you can wash it on the handwash setting of your washing machine with cold water. Hang or lay flat to dry

A little common sense warning, DO NOT PUT YOUR PURSE IN THE DRYER OR EXPOSE IT TO HEAT OR FLAME. After all, it is made of plastic bags and they will melt!

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