Are you ready to take your granny squares beyond the blanket? From market bags to totes to crossbody bags, the versatile granny square has been combined and shaped in all sorts of ways to carry your things in style. In this list of free crochet granny square bag patterns, you are sure to find your next favorite crochet projects.
The humble granny square is one of those classic and timeless motifs in our crochet-world, so it is no surprise that designers love to find different ways to use squares. Making crochet bags with granny squares is a great way to quickly make a useful crochet item and display those unique grannies.
What Skills Are Needed to Finish Granny Square Bag Patterns?
Many of the bags featured only require simple crochet stitches and use a classic granny square motif. Some of the bag patterns use unique granny squares but, don’t worry, each pattern has instructions on how to crochet the squares for that bag.
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As you scroll through the patterns, you may notice that many of them are rated as an intermediate skill level. They are rated that way because most of them have more involved stitch work, color work, plus joining techniques. Does that mean a beginner cannot make a granny square bag? I don’t think so! Start with one of the smaller bags that just uses basic grannies like the Basic Granny Square Bum Bag and then keep trying new patterns as your skill increase.
If you are ever curious about skill levels, the Craft Yarn Council has a great breakdown of the skills generally required for each project level. For a long time, I didn’t know that patterns rated as beginner and patterns rated as easy are not the same thing.
Beyond knowing basic crochet stitches, many squares instruct you to start with a magic circle. I have a great magic circle tutorial in case you haven’t mastered that technique yet. Each bag will also require some sort of joining techniques in order to join your squares to make the different shapes. The most common joins used are the whip stitch, invisible join, and flat slip stitch.
Beyond crocheting, many of the bag designers give suggestions for how to line the bag with fabric. Lining a bag generally only requires basic sewing skills and there are plenty of tutorials out there to help you if you get stuck.
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What Do I Need to Make My Own Bag
There are a few common supplies that you will need before starting your own crocheted bag.
Most of the crochet bag patterns use cotton yarn because it is so versatile and durable. It doesn’t stretch out like other fibers and it is great for making sturdy bags.
My favorite cotton to use for bags is 24/7 Cotton yarn from Lion Brand Yarn. It’s a mercerized cotton that is so easy to work with. Most of the bag patterns call for worsted weight yarn but there are a few that use light or bulky weight yarn.
You can substitute acrylic yarn in your bags, however, you want to be mindful that it may stretch more, especially if you are crocheting the handles or straps. You can go down a hook size or two and make the straps shorter to compensate for any stretching. There are a couple of patterns included that call for acrylic yarn and they are just as beautiful and functional as the other bags.
Finding crochet hooks that you enjoy using is such a game-changer. Clover Amour Hooks are incredible for their comfortability, versatility, and cost. I can crochet for longer, without fatigue with my Clover Amour hooks than with any other hook I have tried.
For each pattern you make, you’ll want to select a hook size that corresponds with the yarn you are using or that is suggested in the pattern.
Weaving in all those ends, especially on colorful grannie can be a whole job in itself. Since I purchase these tapestry needles that have a plastic loop on the end, I don’t mind weaving in ends nearly as much as I used to. The plastic hoop makes it easy to thread the yarn in the needle and the needle shaft is strong and easy to work through those stitches. You’ll also need tapestry needles for joins that require sewing like the whip stitch.
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How many squares do I need for a granny square bag?
How many squares you need for a granny square bag totally depends on the size and style of bag you want to make. A few of the patterns featured only require two squares whereas one of the larger tote bags takes 27 squares. Some of the patterns also use many small squares and there’s even one pattern that uses just one huge square. That’s the great part about granny square bags, the possibilities are almost endless!
You’ll love watching the beautiful granny squares come together to form the gorgeous Caldwell Crochet Market Bag. It only takes 13 squares! Add some rope handles and you'll have a bag to tote all your fresh finds in style!
Just look at those gorgeous squares. I love the open design of this bag, which is perfect for a market bag. This gorgeous crochet tote bag pattern takes 13 granny squares to make and there are great photo instructions to help you as you go.
This has to be one of the cutest little coin purses I have ever seen. I imagine it would sell really well at markets. It's made with two unique granny squares which have a video tutorial that covers how to make them, plus there are included instructions for lining the body of the bag and adding a zipper to the top of the bag.
Make your boho vibes stand out with the fringed Urban Nomad Boho Bag. You just need to crochet two squares and two triangles to complete the body of the bag. There are strap instructions and additional strap ideas plus lining instructions.
Look at this adorable crossbody bag that features two sunflower squares. It's the perfect size at shape for when you are running out the door and don't need to bring much with you. The strap is connected to the bag with D-rings which I think elevates the whole look.
This bag is everywhere and I mean everywhere. I see it posted all over social media and it's been the bag of the summer for the last couple of summers. Timeless sunflower squares in a cute bag shape are hard to resist. You'll want to grab your hook and yarn and get started right away on this bag.
The Breezy Days Daisy Bag only takes 13 squares whip stitched together to make such a beautiful bag. The squares themselves are beautiful and reminiscent of daisies with the dc clusters making the petals. There are plenty of photos in the free crochet pattern including how to crochet the squares and how to assemble the bag.
The simple and neutral color combo used in these basic granny squares gives this bag a modern feel. This crochet pattern allows you to create a spacious bag using 24 traditional granny squares plus crocheting the handles. I'd love to use this as a project bag to tote around all my whips.
Did you see the handles on this bag? The handles are my favorite part if I can pick a favorite part of an overall adorable pattern. The daisy square design makes this bag a perfect spring and summer accessory.
I know the title says basic but I think this adorable fanny pack is anything but basic. While I am a little appalled that fanny packs are back in style, even I can be upset about a classic granny square and convenient bag combo. Plus this bag only takes 4 basic granny squares and there is a video tutorial for adding a liner to the bag.
Little girls will swoon over this tiny pink bag perfect for toting all their most precious treasures. It's made from two granny squares and with the pink and white color choices, it looks like it is covered in little hearts. This adorable bag would be perfect as a Valentine's gift.
The Wildrose Bag is a great way to tote all your fresh finds home from the market. It uses 13 large squares seemed together with whip stitches plus crocheted straps. As you view instructions, please note that the easy square pattern and strap pattern are in separate posts as a part 1 and part 2 of the bag instructions.
The 11 granny squares in this pattern are cleverly seamed with a reverse single crochet to make an adorable sling bag. There are plenty of instructions and pictures to help you with the pattern and the instructions even include crocheting a button to close the bag.
The burst of gradient yarn color in the middle of the squares makes this large tote bag pop! The bag takes 27 squares to make and uses a stabilizing fabric to help keep its shape. I love the rectangular shape of the tote! The easy crochet pattern is a free Ravelry download that you can get started on right away!
The pattern made by the solid squares on this bag is just so cute! Like many of the other bags featured, it only takes 13 squares to make. Because the squares are solid, it isn't really necessary to line this bag and it could easily be used as an everyday purse.
I am not sure what I love more, the moss stitch squares or the contrasting whip stitch seams. This bag is just so cute! Like many of the other bags of this shape, it's made with 13 squares and easy crochet handles.
This is a large tote that would be great to use as a beach bag! Because it uses classic granny squares, it is also a great scrap yarn project and I can just imagine how fun it will look with so many different scraps of color. If you don't have time to make a scrap blanket, why not a scrap yarn bag?
I have a friend who would absolutely adore this bag and now that I've found it, I am probably going to have to make it for her! To make the Smiley crochet bag, you'll make 11 solid squares and 2 smiley squares which just add an extra bit of fun.
This is a simple, two-sided bag that uses 18 colorful granny squares to make a great bag. There's no need for complicated square layouts with this bag. This would be a great scrap project to use up that leftover yarn and I love the idea of using the back to tote my yarn and crochet WIPs. This is a free crochet pattern, but you do need to join for free in order to view the pattern.
Isn't it great that you can make a cute messenger bag with just two large squares? These solid squares can be made in a variety of colors to tailor a bag that'll match your wardrobe. The crossbody strap uses buttons and two button holes to make the length of the strap adjustable.
It's amazing what fancy yarn can do to the humble granny square. The gorgeous yarn and contrasting seam work elevate this bag to something you'd find in a high-end boutique. This is sure to be one of your favorite bags you make!