Take me out to the ball game… with my new Toronto Blue Jays crocheted tote bag

Have I mentioned that I’m a Toronto Blue Jays fan? So why not make myself a tote bag that screams my allegiance whenever I’m at a game! I crocheted 16 squares in the team’s colours, used red fabric for lining, and stitched everything together. For the strap, I attached a plastic shower ring to either side of the bag, crocheted over them in team colours, then crocheted a wide shoulder strap.

For embellishment, I traced the Blue Jay logo onto white fabric (which I believe is ok, as long as it’s just for personal use and not being sold), as well as the Ontario logo and Canadian maple leaf. Then I coloured them with fabric markers and sewed them onto some of the squares.

No matter what MLB team you root for, you can make yourself a tote bag; just switch up the colours.

Here’s how…

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn in white (colour A); royal blue (colour B); red (colour C)
  • 5.5 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • 2 round plastic shower hooks (purchased at Dollarama)
  • A large enough piece of matching fabric for lining + needle and thread or sewing machine

Optional: Coordinating thread and sewing needle; thin, white fabric for tracing logos onto; fabric markers

Bullseye Square (Make 16)

Using colour A, ch 4 and slip stitch to make a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3; 11 dc into ring (12 dc)

Round 2: Ch 3; dc in same space; 2 dc in each st around (24 dc) Fasten off colour A and join colour B.

Round 3: With colour B, ch 3; dc in same sp; *2 dc in next sp; dc in next sp; repeat from * around (36 dc)

Round 4: Ch 3; dc in same sp; *2 dc in next sp; dc in each of next 2 sps; repeat from * around (48 dc)

Round 5: Ch 7 (counts as ch 4 + dc and makes the first corner); 2 dc in next sp; *dc in next sp; hdc in each of next 2 sps; sc in each of next 4 sps; hdc in each of next 2 sps; dc in next sp; 2 dc in next sp; ch 4 (next corner); 2 dc in next sp; repeat from * around. Sl st in third ch of ch-7 to close. Fasten off colour B and attach colour C.

Round 6: To make red border, sc in each dc around, with 3 sc in each corner space. Fasten off and weave in end.

Assembly Instructions
Fasten squares together, following layout and using red yarn to slip stitch squares together on wrong side.

Lining
Fold lining fabric to double, then lay tote on it, with tote bottom lined up to fabric fold. Cut lining about half-inch larger than tote, then seam (quarter-inch) both sides of lining together on sewing machine. I then stuffed the lining into the tote bag, and used a needle and thread to secure the lining to the tote bag, just inside, around the top of the lining. I’m not very patient with a needle and thread, so yours may look much neater.
Shoulder strap
Next, I attached a shower ring to each side of the tote bag, through the corner spaces. Once clipped on securely, I then did a round of sc around them until the rings were completely covered. I did one ring in the colour B, and the other in colour C.
I made the strap two-toned, one side in colour B, the other in colour C.

Using your 5 mm hook and starting with colour B, ch 9; sc in second ch from hook and in each across (8 sc)

Turn, sc in each across. Continue back and forth for an even 8 sc in every row until the blue part of the strap is approx. 22 inches. Fasten off and attach colour C. Then continue crocheting rows of 8 sc until you’ve finished another 22 inches in colour C. Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
Next, attach the red end of the strap to the blue ring, and the blue end of the other end of the strap to the red ring.

To attach, simply fold the red strap end around the top of the blue circle, and using your yarn needle and the tail, sew the edge to fasten, just as it looks in the photo. Then cut a a piece of blue yarn long enough for sewing, and do the same with the blue end of the strap and the red ring.

Embellishing
I pulled up a Blue Jays logo on my laptop screen, used my magnifying glass tool to make it the right size to fit in the center of one of my squares, set the white fabric over the screen and held the sides in place with masking tape, then traced the design onto the fabric with a pencil, right from my screen. The computer screen is actually like having a light table—you can trace anything from it.
Once I’d traced 4 copies, I just coloured them in with fabric markers, then ironed over the fabric to set the colour. I did the same with an Ontario logo and a Canada logo.
Then I cut around the logos and used a needle and thread to just sew them onto alternating squares.
Go Jays Go!

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L’il grab-n-go crocheted envelope purses

bag_brown & cream envelope & otis

Otis loves the colours I used for this purse! 🙂

These little bags are ideal for those times when you need to run an errand and just want to grab your debit card or cash, car keys and phone, without having to lug your entire purse along.
pursesSo simple to make, you just (1) crochet a granny square, (2) fold the corners to make an “envelope” shape, and (3) stitch up the seams. To finish, you just crochet your desired length of shoulder or around-the-neck strap, and then attach a button on the front for fastening.
bag_brown & cream envelope3Depending on the tightness of your stitches, you may want to line the square, in which case you will simply cut a fabric square in a complimentary colour, the same size as the granny square, and sew it onto the wrong side before you do your folding and seaming.
bag_envelope taupe & cream2Use a small crochet hook to make a tiny purse, or increase your hook size to increase the size of your square. No matter the size, it’s a make-it-in-an-evening kind of project.
bag_navy envelope2There are countless designs online for crochet square patterns, so the endless choices mean that you can have a lot of fun making these purses in just about every colour imaginable. I just used a basic granny square to make most of the bags here.
bag_rainbow envelope2My mom and I are both major Toronto Blue Jays baseball fans, so I just had to make a Blue Jays bag using their signature colours for my mom to carry to games down at the Rogers Center. For the logo embellishment, I traced the Jays logo onto a piece of white fabric, coloured it in using Sharpie markers, and then stitched it onto the bag. I was so pleased with the results that I plan to make another one for myself. I’m sure that no matter what team you’re cheering for, you can use their team colours to make a cute bag for yourself.
bag_blue jays2If you want to use the same design that I used to crochet my Blue Jays bag, you’ll find the pattern called Half-n-Half 12” Square, by Melinda Miller at this Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/half-n-half—12-square (Thanks for sharing, Melinda!) It’s a really flexible pattern—she’s used it to make a variety of different-looking squares just by changing up the colour sequences.
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