Recycled Crochet Bag Handle (Free Pattern)

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This post will show you how to make a circular bag handle with things found in every home and some yarn. There are lots of crochet patterns that ask for circular bamboo handles and this could be a good alternative. Take a plastic lid from any throwaway container.
Use a sharp knife to make a slit near the edge of the circle. Insert your scissors through the slit and cut in a neat circle. My yogurt container had a line on it that I could use as a guide. But if your lid doesn’t have it, use a marker and a smaller circular object to draw a circle on your lid first. You can see your handle take shape now.
Using your yarn and hook, I used a size H hook, work around the lid. Insert hook into the circle and put a slip knot on the hook from behind, pull up the slip knot and slip st around the handle as shown in pic 3 below. You can tighten it by pulling the tail. Now you have to start doing single crochet stitches around the handle. Insert the hook into the circle, yarn over and pull the loop up to the level of the outer circle, yarn over and pull through both loops on hook- single crochet made! See pic 4 below. Keep doing single crochet till the full circle is covered making sure to move the stitches close together after every few stitches to get a smooth finish. Fasten off and weave in the ends using a yarn needle. You have your very own handmade handle for your next crochet bag!
1. Cut out the inner circle

2. Your handle takes shape

3. Slip stitch around the handle

4. Make single crochet around the the handle

5. Completed handle

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  1. July 24, 2010 / 3:24 pm

    That is such a great idea, thanks for sharing it! I'm always looking to use those circular handles but can never find them here.

  2. July 26, 2010 / 1:29 am

    Wow that was very clever.

  3. Anonymous
    July 27, 2010 / 11:04 pm

    You have just become my hero! Thanks for sharing!

  4. October 7, 2010 / 3:51 pm

    Wonderful patterns & great ideas 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  5. August 13, 2011 / 6:57 pm

    Srsly, I did not lie. I'm still browsing all your creations. This handle is def something I can do .) thnx

  6. May 23, 2012 / 1:28 pm

    Great idea for a recycled handle for a purse or bag.

  7. May 24, 2012 / 7:40 am

    I Would like to share some thing – I used a plastic pipe as handle, on which you can crochet around, like the way you did on this lid circle!!

  8. September 23, 2013 / 4:58 pm

    What a fabulous idea!! Could you write another post on how to use these handles in our projects? Thanks!!

  9. January 18, 2014 / 2:34 am

    What a fantastic idea… thank you for sharing this!

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