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Raffia Bucket Bag (Small) Crochet Pattern

September 23, 2017 /

Hi there, I am back with more raffia yarn crochet patterns. I hope you like this small Raffia Crochet Bucket Bag I designed and made as a small bag to bring out for tea and coffee with friends and family.

raffia bucket bag

This stylish crochet bucket bag is lightweight and handy when you don’t feel like bringing a big purse out. The leather drawstring and straps perfected the raffia bucket bag by adding bits of luxury touch, making it look like those just came out from the branded luxury designer shops. The best part is that you can make this raffia crochet bucket bag with my free pattern that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

mini raffia bucket bag

This crochet bag is about 6″ in diameter and 7″ in height. Crochet by raffia yarn, Raffia With Passion, with a 3.5 mm hook. The free crochet bag pattern came with a written pattern, instruction, and step photos, including 2 tapestry designs: Checkerboard (LV Damier inspired) and Chevron. The holes for the drawstring are covered by eyelets, so it is easy for the drawstring to glide through.

Small Raffia Crochet Bucket Bag

scroll ⬇️ to get the free pattern & how to crochet the bag

raffia bucket bag crochet pattern

Besides the crochet bag pattern, there are instructions on adding a lining to the bag. Be mindful that not all bags will come out exactly the same dimension as I did for this raffia bucket bag; hence, the lining instruction will include the direction on how to size your own lining according to your bucket bag.

small raffia bucket bag

It was a hot sunshiny afternoon when my daughter and I brought along these 2 raffia bucket bags while having our family lunch and tea at the heritage site of Penang island. The crochet bucket bag is able to carry my small purse, keys, mobile phone, a pack of tissue paper, lipsticks, and a pocket mirror perfectly. We had a wonderful time together strolling along with the beautiful heritage landmark, admiring the wall murals, cherishing the conservation has done on the historical building and construction; of course, we took lots of photos with my new gear Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

Damier Checkerboard Drawstring Bucket Bag

damier raffia bucket bag

I hope you enjoy crochet with raffia as much as I do. Though the yarn is not as flexible as wool or cotton yarn, some may find it is hurting their fingers. However, the result of making crochet bags, crochet purses, and crochet hat with raffia is stunning. Click the link for all the free raffia crochet patterns.

Chevron Crochet Bucket Bag

chevron raffia bucket bag

Just love that raffia yarn is absolutely non-pilling and will not have little balls, pills, or thread on the surface of the bag after using it for an extent of time. Raffia is lightweight, so much lighter than canvas and leather, and yet holds its shape perfectly.

drawstring bag crochet pattern

Stay tuned for more new raffia crochet patterns soon. Meanwhile, check out the crochet pattern of this raffia bucket bag.

Raffia Bucket Bag (Small)

Size: 6″ diameter x 7″ tall

Skill level: Intermediate / Avid Beginner

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
ssc = split single crochet / knit stitch / waistcoat stitch
inc: increment stitch / 2ssc in a stitch
sk = skip
slst = slip stitch
st = stitch

Materials:
1. Crochet raffia yarn, Raffia With Passion, 170 gram / 250 m, 1 roll
2. 3.5mm crochet hook
3. 15mm eyelet, 12 sets (available soon at Craft Passion Shop)
4. PU leather sling shoulder straps
5. PU leather drawstring cord
6. D rings and short length of ribbon
7. Fabric for lining (fat quarter size, 22″ x 18″), optional

Tools:
1. Eyelet installation tool and hammer set
2. Sewing needle and matching thread for lining
3. Tapestry needle

Finished dimension:
Approx. 6″ (dia) x 7″ (H) excluding strap
Tension gauge: Approx 18 sts x 20 rows split single crochet in 4 inches square

Crochet Bucket Bag Pattern

in American crochet terms

Damier Checkerboard Pattern

damier

The Damier Raffia Bucket Bag uses about 60g (150m) of Chocolate raffia yarn (#7619) and 40g (100m) of Kraft raffia yarn (#7987).

Base (circle bottom)

With Chocolate Raffia
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring, join with slst to the first st to make a ring {6}
Round 2: ch1, [inc] around, slst to the first st of the round. {12}
Round 3: ch1, [inc, ssc 1] around, slst to the first st of the round. {18}
Round 4: ch1, [inc, ssc 2] around, slst to the first st of the round. {24}
Round 5: ch1, [inc, ssc 3] around, slst to the first st of the round. {30}
Round 6: ch1, [inc, ssc 4] around, slst to the first st of the round. {36}
Round 7: ch1, [inc, ssc 5] around, slst to the first st of the round. {42}
Round 8: ch1, [inc, ssc 6] around, slst to the first st of the round. {48}
Round 9: ch1, [inc, ssc 7] around, slst to the first st of the round. {54}
Round 10: ch1, [inc, ssc 8] around, slst to the first st of the round. {60}
Round 11: ch1, [inc, ssc 9] around, slst to the first st of the round. {66}
Round 12: ch1, [inc, ssc 10] around, slst to the first st of the round. {72}
Round 13: ch1, [inc, ssc 11] around, slst to the first st of the round. {78}
Round 14: ch1, [inc, ssc 12] around, slst to the first st of the round. {84}
Round 15: ch1, [inc, ssc 13] around, slst to the first st of the round. {90}
Round 16: ch1, [inc, ssc 14] around, slst to the first st of the round. {96}
Round 17: ch1, ssc around, slst to the first st of the round. {96}

Body (vertically upward)

With Chocolate (C) and Kraft (K) Raffia to make a checkerboard pattern of 3 sts x 3 rows size for each color.

Round 18 – Round 20 (3 rounds altogether): [  ch1,  ssc 3 with C, ssc 3 with K  ] around, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 21 – Round 23 (3 rounds altogether): [  ch1, ssc 3 with K, ssc 3 with C  ] around, slst to the first st of the round.

Repeat Round 18 to 23 until round 52 or until the vertical height measure around 6″. Continue to work on the checkerboard pattern for the bag body for the following instruction.

Next Round: ch1, ssc 3, ch1, [ssc 7, ch1] 11 times, ssc 4, slst to the first st of the round. The chain stitch creates the hole for the drawstring of the bucket bag, there should be a total of 12 holes for this round.
Next 2 Rounds: ch1, ssc around, slst to the first st of the round.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Chevron Pattern

chevron

The Chevron Raffia Bucket Bag uses about 70g (175m) of White raffia yarn (#7901) and 30g (75m) of Daffodil raffia yarn (#7965).

Base (circle bottom)

With White Raffia
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring, join with slst to the first st to make a ring {6}
Round 2: ch1, [inc] around, slst to the first st of the round. {12}
Round 3: ch1, [inc, ssc 1] around, slst to the first st of the round. {18}
Round 4: ch1, [inc, ssc 2] around, slst to the first st of the round. {24}
Round 5: ch1, [inc, ssc 3] around, slst to the first st of the round. {30}
Round 6: ch1, [inc, ssc 4] around, slst to the first st of the round. {36}
Round 7: ch1, [inc, ssc 5] around, slst to the first st of the round. {42}
Round 8: ch1, [inc, ssc 6] around, slst to the first st of the round. {48}
Round 9: ch1, [inc, ssc 7] around, slst to the first st of the round. {54}
Round 10: ch1, [inc, ssc 8] around, slst to the first st of the round. {60}
Round 11: ch1, [inc, ssc 9] around, slst to the first st of the round. {66}
Round 12: ch1, [inc, ssc 10] around, slst to the first st of the round. {72}
Round 13: ch1, [inc, ssc 11] around, slst to the first st of the round. {78}
Round 14: ch1, [inc, ssc 12] around, slst to the first st of the round. {84}
Round 15: ch1, [inc, ssc 13] around, slst to the first st of the round. {90}
Round 16: ch1, [inc, ssc 14] around, slst to the first st of the round. {96}
Round 17: ch1, ssc around, slst to the first st of the round. {96}

Body (vertically upward)
With White (W) and Daffodil (D)   Raffia to make a chevron pattern of 12 sts x 10 rows size for each V-shaped stripe. For this chevron raffia bucket bag, there are a 2 rows top and bottom pattern overlap respectively at the middle chevron pattern, hence, total rows for this 3 chevron stripe pattern is 26 rows/rounds, the rest of the rounds is all off white color

Round 18: ch1, ssc 5 with W, ssc 1 with D, [ ssc 11 with W, ssc 1 with D ] 7 times, ssc 6 with W, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 19: ch1, ssc 4 with W, ssc 3 with D, [ ssc 9 with W, ssc 3 with D ] 7 times, ssc 5 with W, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 20: ch1, ssc 3 with W, ssc 5 with D, [ ssc 7 with W, ssc 5 with D ] 7 times, ssc 4 with W, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 21: ch1, ssc 2 with W, ssc 7 with D, [ ssc 5 with W, ssc 7 with D ] 7 times, ssc 3 with W, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 22: ch1, [ ssc 1 with W, ssc 4 with D  ] 2 times, [ ssc 3 with W, ssc 4 with D, ssc 1 with W, ssc 4 with D ]  7 times, ssc 2 with W, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 23: ch1, [ ssc 4 with D,  ssc 3 with W, ssc 4 with D, ssc 1 with W ] 8 times, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 24: ch1, ssc 3 with D, [ ssc 5 with W, ssc 7 with D ] 7 times, ssc 5 with W, ssc 4 with D, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 25: ch1, ssc 2 with D, [ ssc 7 with W, ssc 5 with D ] 7 times, ssc 7 with W, ssc 3 with D, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 26: ch1, [ ssc 1 with DD,ssc 4 with W ] 2 times, [ ssc 3 with D, ssc 4 with W, ssc 1 with D, ssc 4 with W ]  7 times, ssc 2 with DD,slst to the first st of the round.
Round 27: ch1, [ ssc 4 with W, ssc 3 with D,  ssc 4 with W, ssc 1 with D , ] 8 times, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 28 – Round 35 (8 rounds altogether): Repeat Round 20 to Round 27
Round 36 – Round 41 (6 rounds altogether): Repeat Round 20 to Round 25
Round 42: ch1, ssc 1 with D, [ ssc 9 with W, ssc 3 with D ] 7 times, ssc 9 with W, ssc 2 with D, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 43: ch1, [ ssc 11 with W, ssc 1 with D ] 8 times, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 44 to Round 52 (9 rounds altogether): ch1, ssc around with W, or, until the vertical height measure around 6″
Next Round: ch1, ssc 3, ch1, [ssc 7, ch1] 11 times, ssc 4, slst to the first st of the round. The chain stitch creates the hole for the drawstring of the bucket bag, there should be a total of 12 chain holes for this round.
Next 2 Rounds: ch1, ssc around, slst to the first st of the round.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Important Note: Pull the slst and chain stitches snug at the end and beginning of every round to tighten these transition stitches in order to give a less obvious seam.

More Details on how to crochet a small Raffia Bucket Bag

bucket 1

This is the base of the bucket bag. Since this is tapestry crochet (carrying another yarn color inside the crochet stitches) of 2 colors, I carried the khaki to have equal tension gauge and thickness throughout the whole bag yarn from 2nd round onwards.
Use Off White yarn for the Chevron bucket bag as the carrying yarn inside the stitches to give a clean white base.

 
bucket 2

Pretty much similar to a normal single crochet stitch, instead of inserting the hook under the loops, Split Single Crochet Stitches is done by inserting the hook between the legs of the next stitch.

 
bucket 3

Change yarn color just before the final “yarn over” of the preceding color (color 1) for the new color (color 2) in the next stitch.

 
bucket 4

With two loops of the single crochet remaining on the hook, drop color 1 and pick up color 2 from the bottom (with color 1 on top of color 2).

 
bucket 5

Make the final “yarn over” and pull the new color (color 2) through both loops.

 
bucket 6

Crochet the Split Single Crochet as usual. Repeat the above process when you need to change the yarn color for the next stitch.

 
bucket 7

Follow the pattern to crochet the body of the bag until you have completed round 52, or, until the height measures 6″.

 
bucket 8

Make holes for the drawstring with chain stitches before completing the crochet bag with the final 2 rounds of tapestry crochet.

 
bucket 9

Set iron to medium and press the raffia bucket bag with the warm iron (Only do this if you are using the same raffia as mine, please test on a small surface if you are using other raffia yarn.). This is to block and set the stitches of the raffia bucket bag in shape. You may block the base before working the body, but if you have missed that, just pad your fist with thick socks or fabric, insert your fist into the bucket bag, and press the base against the iron.

 
bucket 10

Install the eyelets in the holes by using the eyelet installation tool.

 
bucket 11

If you wish to make a lining for this small raffia bucket bag, measure the circumference of the bag, named A, and the vertical height from the edge of the base to about 2 stitches under the eyelet, named B.
Make a lining by cutting the fabric into the following pieces (calculation excluding seam allowance):
1. Circle base piece, diameter = A/3.14. Add seam allowance of 3/8″
2. Rectangle side piece, A as width, B as height. Add a seam allowance of 3/8″ for sides and bottom edges, 1″ for the top edge.
3. Pocket, around 4.5″ x 4.5″. Add 3/8″ for sides and bottom edges, 1/2″ for the top edge.
Sew the short edges of the rectangle piece together, press seam to one side, topstitch. Sew the pocket to the rectangle piece. Sew to join circle base to them to complete the lining.

 
bucket 12

Install the D-rings at the sides of the lining with a short-length ribbon.

 
bucket 13

Hand sews the lining to the crochet bag.
Hook the straps and insert the drawstring.
If you are using the same drawstring as mine, please remove the metal head from the end of the string with a small screwdriver. Insert it through the eyelet holes, cut the drawstring to the desired length, and put the metal head back.

 
bucket 14

Add the drawstring stopper to complete the raffia bucket bag.

 
damier bucket bag raffia

I just love how this raffia bucket bag holds its shape up even with a full load of items in it. Furthermore, it is light in weight and easy to carry around. It makes a perfect small bag on days that you simply do feel like lugging a big bag around.

crochet bucket bag

Stay tuned for more new raffia crochet patterns soon.  Click raffia at the sidebar for more raffia crochet patterns.

crochet drawstring bag

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Kathleen H

Friday 29th of March 2019

Hi, I was hoping you could tell me who supplied your straps and the hardware.

Jean McDonald

Wednesday 25th of March 2020

May I please ask where you purchased the straps and hardware for the raffia tote? Thank you.

Craft Passion

Friday 29th of March 2019

Hi Kathleen, there are links to the product at the material list. Just click the link and it will direct to the shop to purchase. Happy shopping :)

Ash

Wednesday 26th of December 2018

Thanks for sharing the pattern! Can I ask what type of fabric was used for the inner lining? I want to use a fabric that can hold up the shape of the bag, and I'm using cotton for the exterior instead of raffia. Any suggestions?

Craft Passion

Sunday 30th of December 2018

You may want to use canvas fabric to hold up the bag if your bag is sloppy by using cotton yarn.

Mohamed Khalid A

Saturday 21st of April 2018

I need 1 bag it’s very urgent pls send the details

Natalia Batalla

Thursday 1st of February 2018

Hi, your works is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pattern! May I ask you where you buy the leather drawstring and straps? Regards,

Craft Passion

Thursday 1st of February 2018

Thank you for the compliments. There are links to Craft Passion Shop for the drawstring and straps. You can get them from the shop, they are in limited stock. Hope to see you order and start making the bucket bag soon.

Annaliz

Sunday 24th of September 2017

Beautiful