African Flower Purse – Part 2

african flower purse
We have done the first part of the African Flower Purse, now, let’s come to the 2nd part – the sewing of the “insert” or lining and handles for the purse.

The “insert” or the lining is essential to make the crochet purse more stable and won’t sag when you put your heavy belonging into it, coin purse and mobile phone for example. With it, the African Flower will maintain it’s beautiful shape of hexagons. In deed, this tutorial is about a complete sewn up purse with lining, and all you have to do is insert it to the crochet flowers purse(as shown in part 1) and stitch it up. In other words, you can take this part as an individual purse sewing tutorial, just change the plain fabric to something you like.

crochet african flower purse

It seems like it took ages for me to prepare these 2 tutorials, which involved a Hong Kong trip, stay at home taking care of my 2 sick kids full time (though I managed to slip into my craft room to get it done bit by bit when there is an opportunity) and a hospital admission (not me but my daughter) in between the processes. What a relief… that things have settled down and I back in action finally… I promised, more crafts to come on the way… While I am writing this tutorial, my craft room table is now being covered by SOCKS…. guess what is coming up next!!!

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african flower crochet purse with lining and handle

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  2. It is really a nice and helpful piece of information. I am happy that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love this pattern and plan on making it. I found the cutest owl fabric this weekend that I will use for the lining. I plan on working the yarn colors around the fabric colors. this is going to be fun thanks to your excellent tutorial πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

  4. hi, I am having trouble getting onto your site….I try every time you send me an e-mail update…but I can not connect…it keeps saying connection has time out? help ! πŸ™‚

  5. Dear Joanne,

    You are amazing! I love this and will have to increase my crocheting skills to make this one. I’m sorry that life has been such a challenge for you and I hope all is well finally. Dealing with sick children is no fun and adding a hospital stay is even worse. I haven’t written for a while but still check the blog and recommend it everyone.


  6. Hi Jean, I am not sure why but it could be due to blocked IP. I will have my host guy to look into it. Please check back later. Sorry for the inconvenient.

  7. I really like your bag. But how did you make that handles for your bag?

  8. amazing work dear!

    your gorgeous bags make me keen to try one..hope one day i have my African flower granny bag as yours..
    thanks for your free pattern:)

  9. Hi,

    I love your crafts and how creative you are! This purse is beautiful. I was able to find a substitute yarn, but not the canvas handles. I couldn’t find them online either. Do you know of an online store where I can find them? I had the same problem with the raffia bag and couldn’t make it either because I couldn’t find handles. πŸ™

    Thanks, Laina πŸ™‚

    • Hi Leina, sorry that you have difficulties in getting the canvas handles. The handles are in fact made from a woven cotton that were meant for belt, something like twill tape but thick. If it is really impossible for you to get it, may be try sewing it with canvas fabric.

  10. this bag look so awesome! I crocheted all the pieces and assembled them but got stuck on the sewing part since I don’t sew but I will figure something out. thanks for the tutorial.

  11. Wow… I can’t believe how talented you are. You’ve got magic hands. Thank you for sharing your amazing work with us and especially for this pattern, because it’s been a long time I’ve been looking for something like this and now I found it. Thank you!

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  13. difficolta reperire materiale e inesperienza . vorrei sapere se l articolo sopra indicato african flower pourse croket e vendibile privatamente sono interessata all acquisto se risposta positiva vorrei conoscere il costo in euro e tipo di spedizione gradirei se possibile gentilmente risposta ….bellissima borsa !!!

    Translation (by Google):
    difficulty finding material and inexperience. I want to know if the article above african flower pourse Croket and sold privately are interested to purchase if positive response I would get the price in euro and type of shipment if possible I would like to kindly reply …. beautiful bag!

    • Hi Milena,
      Thank you for your comment and the interest to purchase the bag. I don’t sell it in Craft Passion, but I have a group of craft buddies that might be interested in dealing with you.
      If you are still interested, I will ask her to contact you.
      Please let me know.

      • si sono molto interessata mandare indirizzo contatto tramite imail la ringrazio vivacemente per la vostra cordialita e gentilezza grazie

        Translation (by Google):
        you are very interested send contact via imail address brightly thank you for your kindness and friendliness thanks

  14. se possibile vorrei aquistare vostra borsa bellissima gradirei contatto per informazioni se possibile

    Translation (by Google):
    if possible I would like aquistare your beautiful handbag I would like contact information, if possible

    • non riesco a mettermi in contatto se possibile mandare altro contatto grazie x la gentilezza scusate x disturbo

      Translation (by Google):
      I can not get in touch if you can send another contact with the kindness x sorry x disorder

  15. what a beautiful things… makes me want to cry just to see this beautiful thing…

  16. Such a beautiful bag. Is it possible to be done in bigger dimensions. What are going to be the numbers of the hexagons on each row then. Will it be possible to just increase by one on each row?

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  18. Your bag is simply gorgeous and I’m trying to make one of my own. I do have a question about your rivets. Are they plastic or metal? I’ve been doing some searching on them. I’m assuming then that you need a special tool for that as well? Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  19. Owww….I really, really admire your neat finishing! I doubt that I can emulate your precision & elegance – but I really will do this – and most probably using similar colour combos! You’re really a talented & beautiful artist! πŸ˜€

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  21. Hi, Joanne
    I really loooooovveee your blog
    I’m working on this purse right now, but i don’t sew πŸ™ (the lining)
    I’m not sure mine will be as gorgeous as yours
    But it’s okay, i guess
    Because i love the process, whatever the result
    Thank you so much for this inspiring blog xoxo

  22. Hi Joanne… loving your blog. Thanks for another beautiful purse FREE pattern (this is my 2nd!!). Looks like I’m going to be busy.

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  24. Dear Jessy,
    I really love your work..
    Do you have the pattern in chart?

  25. Hi……awesome your craf… πŸ™‚
    one day i want to try it

  26. Hi Joanne ,

    A thousand thanks for this amazing tutorial ! I’ve just finished making the handbag and decided to use bamboo handles … Can’t wait to show it on my Facebook page and will give you credit for it ! Please feel free to visit . You are a star <3

    • Hi Tizi, glad to know this. Please keep me update once you have it on your page, I want to share it on my page too so others can see how your bag turns out πŸ™‚ Thanks!!!

  27. Lovely bag! Going to have a go at it. Could you tell me the batting weight please x

    • Hi Sharon, I don;t have the detail of the batting weight as I bought it in loose pack without any label. I think you can use those thicker and denser type of batting as long as it is for bag sewing.

  28. I’ve finished all my flowers and put them together by rows. Now I am stuck on how to sew the rows together. When I turn them to the wrong side go sew them, I can’t tell what I’m doing. What is the correct way. Do I crochet them together from the front side? Love you work

    • I did it on the wrong side but you can do it on the right side, it is just the matter of the seams to be appeared on which side. You may want to read this post for other type of joints for motif blocks and granny squares.

  29. would love to have the directions for those adorable sock monkeys e-mailed to me please and tnx u

  30. Thispurse is wonderfull.

  31. I have been unable to open the link to the sewing pattern. I really want to make this for my sister. Could you please help?

    • Hi Tania, Sorry to know this but I have no problem in opening the pdf file. If you open the website via the social media, please reopen it in web browser. The social media supported browser won’t let you open any page that need to be open in new tab or window.


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