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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 from the lid


2. Your handle takes circular shape


3. Slip stitch around the handle


4. Working single crochet around the the handle


5. Completed handle covered in purple yarn



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Sharon Maxwell

Saturday 18th of January 2014

What a fantastic idea... thank you for sharing this!


Monday 23rd of September 2013

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


Thursday 24th of May 2012

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!!


Wednesday 23rd of May 2012

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

Christy, Home-Mom

Saturday 13th of August 2011

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