Crochet Pattern: Crossbody Pocket Purse

By Emilee Gettle – 21 Comments
This super simple project is the perfect purse to keep in your large bag. If you need a few dollars to run in the store, throw on this little crossbody beauty and you’ll have what you need without a backache from carrying a large purse for those quick errands. They also work great for simple gifts and can be stashed away for the holidays. My daughter especially enjoys keeping a few of these little purses handy for her dolls and play money. Whenever we go to town, she has to bring her own pocket purse and be just like mommy!

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 4″ (10 cm) wide, 4″ (10 cm) tall

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 50 yards)
Crochet Hook I (5.50 mm)
3/4″ button (for closure)
crochet yarn size 4

4 dc stitches = 1 inch
2 dc rows = 1 inch

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Crochet Pattern: Cross Body Pocket Purse
Row 1: ch 15, dc in fourth ch from hook (ch 3 counts as 1 dc now and throughout) and in each ch across: 12 dc
Row 2 – 18: ch 3, turn, dc in each dc across: 12 dc

Once you have completed 18 rows, fold the “purse” leaving 5 rows for the flap. Sl st both sides together and finish off.

If you want to add a strap, sl st yarn into the side seam of the purse and ch 150. Sl st to join in opposite seam and finish off.

Sew button to center front of the purse and close.

Need help with this project? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll help you out!

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  1. yvonne says:

    So cute and it looks so easy. I’m starting one today! Thanks for easy to follow and cute free patterns!

  2. Jackie says:

    You could use this to put your cellphone in.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Love this! I can’t wait to make it 🙂 What a simple pattern.

  4. Danielle says:

    Love IT!!!! I do a simular version using a sc stitch instead so nothing will fall or poke out and made them larger for every day use for adults 🙂 You can also use contrasting colors for a different look (color A for body and Color B for the strap). The possibilities are endless.

  5. Angie says:

    AWESOME! I can’t wait to try it out! 🙂

  6. Sarah Dee says:

    Really cute! Just concerned that the strap is weak, so I have a tip for anyone who is making this: Ch the specified amount, then sl st back down, so your strap is still thin, but much stronger.

  7. Emilee says:

    I am so happy that everyone likes the pattern! Some great tips too! 🙂 Have fun!!

  8. Linda Cee says:

    OOH, so cute!!

  9. Nice! Here is another tip for making a stronger strap and also making it fast. Instead of making the chain with just one strand of yarn, use 2 strands held together and chain to desired length. Also if you still want to use the double crochet stitch (which is faster than single crochet), but also make the bag firmer, use a smaller hook and check the gauge. If the height or width is less and you want to make it the same, adjust by adding more stitches and/or rows.

  10. Ika Masume says:

    I was wondering if any of you girls would like to make a yoga mat pattern in the near future? I am doing a yoga class this Monday and was looking up patterns and I was very disappointed at how little yoga patterns there are out there.

    Oh yeah, I submitted a request about a week or so ago and I know yall are hard at work, but is someone working on a book cover pattern? Just curious. 🙂

  11. Ika Masume says:

    I meant yoga mat bag.

  12. Diedra says:


    Thanks for sharing this pattern-I love it! My niece has asked for bag like this only larger…to fit her school supplies in. How can I increase the size? Thanks so much!

  13. Sarah Dee says:

    @Diedra: Just make the foundation chain longer and add more rows.

  14. Alice says:

    This is a great pattern. Thank you so much for the pattern and the picture of the finished pocket purse. I have some grandaughters that would love to have these. I plan on making a different color for each of the girls. The wonderful thing about this is that all ages would love and appreciate it. Now that I think about it, I’ll bet my daughter would like one of these too. Thanks again 🙂

  15. Emilee says:

    Diedra make your first chain longer and continue accordingly! You can make this purse as big as you want! 🙂 Thanks to everyone for the comments and tips!

  16. Fleurdelis says:

    These little patterns make my day!

  17. Liza says:

    It’s so tiny! :). Perfect for some lip balm and a few dollars. <3

  18. GeorgiaAnn Aeverman says:

    Thanks for the crossbody pocket purse pattern . It is so cute that I have to try it. I have no little ones; but I can give it to a young girl at church.

  19. Andi T. says:

    I made this purse in about an hour, and I’m a novice. I love this pattern, and can see making a larger, matching one, so my daughter and I can be twinsies!

    Thank you, Emilee!

  20. Joyce says:

    Hi there!
    I’ve made several change purses from your pattern. They come in so handy and become a wrapping when giving gifts. Thank you so much.

  21. Barbara says:

    I like the pattern. Unsure of the “sl st both sides” process. Any pics of the process? I’m an extremely visual person. Also, if add the strap for a 3 year old child any suggestions on length.

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