Circle bags are all over the stores this summer and this airy jute version is super simple to crochet! You’ll see the free pattern below as well as a picture tutorial to help you along (the ad-free printable version is in my shop here). I’ve seen a lot of other cute crochet circle bags as well, but wanted to make my own style with this inexpensive but beautiful jute. What I love most about this bag is that it looks store bought and it cost only $6.00! It also features an airy look and uses a circular granny stitch (similar to what I recently used in my Boho Crochet Top here) to start that’s very easy. It has a bit of the bohemian look, but it’s still got clean, classic lines that I love. This purse is so pretty for the summer time and I think it would make a lovely gift for my friends as well.
So airy and fun for summer break! That’s why I’m calling it the “Summer Break Jute Circle Bag”. See that touch of boho granny circle in the middle?! Just enough to add a little interest.
This particular jute cord came from Wal-Mart and it was only $1.99 per roll. I used a total of three rolls and it worked up in just a couple of days time. The construction is really easy as it’s essentially two crocheted circles that are then connected. Handles are added at the end and are made with slip stitches. Simple, right?
Do you plan to go anywhere over the summer? We hope to do some camping trips and visiting family and friends. These shots were taken in Pueblo West, Colorado.
Wouldn’t this be a fun bag to take to the beach or farmers market? I plan to use mine all summer long! New fave bag right here. 🙂
This bag does remind me a bit of the Palmetto Tote Pattern (pictured below) and the Manhanttan Market Tote (here).
See the free pattern and photo tutorial below, or you may purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern including all important photos on Etsy HERE.
Summer Break Circle Bag – Jute Free Crochet Pattern
Description: While this looks store bought, it’s made with beautiful, inexpensive jute cord! Simple to make and beautiful to use all summer long. A touch of boho with classic lines, this is a keeper!
You will need:
US Size K 6.5 mm crochet hook
3 rolls of Jute Cord 170 g/roll 400 ft/roll 2 ply #20 ( I purchased mine at Wal-Mart for $1.99 each)
13″ diameter x 3″ wide
Abbreviations & Skills:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sts – stitches
hdc – half double crochet
hdc flo – half double crochet through the front loop only
sp – space
You will start by crocheting two circles. From there, you will make the center of the bag and then seam together. Finally, you’ll crochet the simple handles and attach with a tapestry needle and length of jute. Enjoy!
Ch 5, sl st in 1st ch to join and form a ring
Round 1 Ch 3 (counts as dc st), dc 11 times into ring, sl st into 1st st to join (12 sts)
Round 2 Ch 3 (counts as dc st), dc in sp just below, 2 dc in each sp around, sl st to join (24 sts)
Round 3 Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same sp as ch 3 between dc set, * 3 dc in next sp between dc set; repeat from * around working 3 dc in each sp between sets around, sl st to join (36 sts )
Round 4 Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st as ch 3, *1 dc in each of next two sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to join (48 sts)
Round 5 Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st as ch 3, * 1 dc in each of next three sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to join (60 sts)
Round 6 Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st as ch 3, * 1 dc in each of next four sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to join (72 sts)
Round 7 Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st as ch 3, * 1 dc in each of next five sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to join (84 sts)
Tie off and weave in ends.
Once you’ve made your circle, you now want to make the base of the bag.
Base of The Bag
Secure jute to one of the circles outside stitches.
Row 1 Ch 2, hdc flo in each st across the row, working around the circle, until you’re hook and stitches are about 8″ from the first st of the row (see photos below for assistance)
Row 2 Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across the row
Row 3 Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across the row
Row 4 Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across the row
After four rows, tie off and weave in ends.
Next, you will attach the 2nd circle to the bag by seaming with a slip stitch.
Attaching the 2nd circle
Secure yarn circle, slip stitch to base, working through both loops on the circle and the front loop only on the base, matching the front of the bag.
Handles (Make 2)
Row 1 Sl st in each st across the row (28)
Tie off and weave in ends
With a tapestry needle and length of jute, whip stitch the handles evenly onto the bag. Tie off and weave in ends.
Block if necessary. My bag needed a little shaping, so I made it damp, filled it with polyfil to shape it, and let it air dry. It turned out beautifully!
Below: Completing round 3
Below: Beginning the base of the bag. Attached the jute and now half double crocheting through the front loop only.
Below: Finishing the base. Next, you will slip stitch the 2nd circle onto the base of the bag. Tie off and weave in ends.
Below: Slip stitching the second circle onto the bag (through the front loop only)
Below: Starting the handles
Below: Attaching the handle
And that’s all there is to it my friends! Such a fun, practical bag. I hope you enjoyed it and please consider sharing it! It really helps me be able to continue to post free patterns like this one. You’re the best!
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I love this Jute bag!! Can’t wait to make it!!! Thank you for another great Pattern!!!!!!
So happy you like it, Brenda!
Kim Domingue says
Lol! I already have the jute! Starting on it this evening! Thanks so much for the pattern!
Awesome, Kim!! I love jute after making this bag!
Hi, I love your free patterns and thank you so much for all of them . I am allergic to Jute, is there a yarn I could use as a substitute? Have a great weekend!
The jute is quite sturdy, so I’d pick a hefty worsted or chunky weight yarn to make it! But yes, you can sub for sure.
Paula Carli says
Great pattern!! I have seen these purses for sale and now happy I can make one. I have made a couple rugs using jute and only problem, well two problems, the jute can rub on your fingers and the fibers sometimes bother me after crocheting with it for a while. But this purse looks like a quick make. Thanks so much for sharing.
I hear ya Paula – the jute is ROUGH! But I worked slowly and because it’s a quick project, I personally didn’t have any problems. Wouldn’t want to make anything huge with it in a short amount of time. Thanks for pointing this out!
You are such a lovely person for sharing all of these beautiful and free patterns with the public. I’ve liked all of the patterns you’ve given us. Thank you so very much!
You’re so welcome Kelly! I’m thrilled to be able to share these. Have a great weekend!
You always have the best patterns. I have to make this bag. Thank you for what you do.
Ahh, it’s my pleasure Sandy! I love doing it!
Thank you for the free pattern. Going to Walmart this afternoon to buy cord.
Liz Nosal says
I can’t wait to start this
Thank you for all the great patterns you give us, I am anxious to make this Jute bag, I have never used Jute before so this will be a great experience for me, Thank you so much
I love your bag! Is the color Natural jute. Can only find it on Amazon.
Patricia A Seibel says
the fibers on jute come off so easily is their something you can spray so that it wont make such a mess?
I don’t know if there’s something to help lessen the fibers coming off. It is messy for sure! But it was worth it to me in the end. Thanks for bringing that up!
Hi This bag looks like small or slim items might fall thru could the bag be lined with a stretch fabric sewn in.
Thank you for this pattern. I saw one at a store last week for $24.99. I loved it but thought I bet I could make that. I am more of a knitter, but know I can tackle this.
Hi Jessica. I would like to inquire what section of Wal-Mart you found the jute? I asked at the service desk and was told they didn’t carry it. I walked around looking but I did not find any.
Leslie Fazio says
Is there any way you could make a knitted one? I love this one but am a knitter.
This cord has a funny odor. How can I get it to go away?
Annabel Carroll says
Hi I’d love to make this but live in the UK and we don’t have Wal-Mart! Is there an alternative yarn you could suggest that I could use that I could try and get hold of? Many thanks Annabel
Hi Annabel! You can substitute with any chunky weight yarn. 🙂
Hi Annabel, I am in the UK. I’m just using garden twine – 3 ply as I felt the 2 ply was too thin after doing a swatch. I got mine jn Wilko for a reasonable price.
Paula Carli says
Thank you Jessica for the jute purse pattern. I had been seeing those cute round purses and wondered if possible to make!!! I am not only a yarn person, but I love to knit and crochet with all types of strings, like cotton linen paper or pure linen yarn, or nettle yarn from nepal, banana silk, help and different types of jute. So I am making your purse right now using Nutscene Jute from Scotland, comes in lots of colors and a bit finer jute so I am doubling it. I will attach a photo if possible, but wanted to say thank you so much for sharing. I really enjoy your blog and sharing.
On the base do I hdc flo on the first row only, then hdc in the stitch on the remaining rows or continue with flo? Thank you!
Looks like it’s flo throughout.
Heidi D. says
After round 7 on the circles, what should the diameter be? I am working on it now and hoping for a quick answer. Thank you!!!!
I was wondering that to with base hfc flo all rows?
Owh I really lovethis bag I made 4 of it for my daughter daughter in law and for my 2 granddaughters. And they love them
Trish Rose says
Just completed for my daughter’s 31st birthday. I added a bright pink yarn to the jute as I did a border stitch across the top and also the handles. I attached a crochet rose also. Into the mail today, from ID to CA! Thanks for another great pattern!
Betty Tuxhorn says
I loved making these purse bags from jute, thinking of putting on my FB page and giving credit to you for pattern, I did some extra like doing a liner in purse an made strap longer to be a crossover purse, just so enjoyed crocheting this, love it and all your patterns you give love getting your email updates too!
Thanks for sharing the pattern for this bag. Made one today with yarn instead of jute. Will be posting it soon on my Facebook page called Calming Crafts.