Free Crochet Pattern: Hip Pouch / Purse

By Rachel Choi – 43 Comments
For the days when your pockets just aren’t big enough and you don’t feel like carrying around a giant purse, the hip pouch comes to the rescue! When I was a kid my mom always carried a hip pouch to put here stuff in because she hated purses. Since then I associated hip pouches with old people (no offense mom, and anyone else). Finally I come to the realization that I can create a hip pouch that isn’t just handy, but it is one that I would actually wear! This hip pouch can also be worn as a small purse if desired. So give this crochet pattern a shot! crochet hip pouch
Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 6 ¼” (16 cm) wide, 5 ¼” (13 cm) tall not including belt
Note: size can be altered as you desire by following instructions within the pattern

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 2oz / 95 yards)
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: not really important

Crochet Pattern: Pouch
Start by chaining 25 or a chain as long as the width of the pouch you desire.
Round 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, sc in each ch on opposite side of foundation ch, place marker: 48 sc
Round 2: sc in each sc around: 48 sc

Repeat round 2 twenty two times or until pouch is as tall as you want it, then finish off. Note that the hip pouch in the photo uses self striping yarn, so feel free to change colors as you desire.

Closure Flap
Row 1: ch 2, 3 sc in second ch from hook: 3 sc
Row 2: ch 1 turn, 2 sc in each sc across: 6 sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) across: 9 sc
Row 4: ch 1, turn, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) across:12 sc
Row 5: ch 1, turn, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) across:15 sc
Row 6: ch 1, turn, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) across:18 sc
Row 7: ch 1, turn, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc) across: 21 sc
Row 8: ch 1, turn, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc) across: 24 sc
Note: to increase the size of your closure flap, continue to increase the size of this semicircle.
Row 9: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, ch 3, skip 3 sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc: 27 sc
Note: If you altered the size of the closure flap, then you will have to alter row 9 as well by shifting the chain 3 to the center of the closure flap.
Row 10: ch 1, turn, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) across, finish off: 30 sc
Note: if you altered the size of the closure flat, then you must change row 10 such that it increases the semicircle.

Round 1: ch 2, 5 sc in second ch from hook: 5 sc
Round 2: 4 sc in same ch (overlapping previous round), finish off: 4 sc

Start by chaining 130 or a chain as long you want your belt.
Row 1: ch 3, dc in third ch from hook and in each ch across, finish off: 130 dc

Sew closure flat the top backside of the pouch. Sew button to the front side of the pouch, such that it is aligned with the hole in the closure flap. Sew the belt to the top backside of the pouch.

To wear the pouch, simply tie it around your hip. You can also sew on slip rings or a belt buckle if desired. This pouch can also be used as an over the shoulder purse by attaching the ends of the belt together and draping it over your shoulder.

If you need help with this crochet pattern, leave a comment and I’ll be glad to help!

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  1. chits says:

    hi the pouch is very cuteee.. would you please a post a pattern for crocheted socks for a two year old?
    thanks a lot for the pouch pattern…

  2. Peggy says:

    Have you ever tried to sell your patterns to a crochet magazine? They would love your patterns.

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Peggy!
      Thanks for the suggestion and compliment 🙂
      I haven’t tried it, I wonder if there is a very long process for it. Maybe I’ll go look it up.

  3. Renee says:

    Oh cool , thanks for sharing, Im off now to make one 🙂

  4. Marlita says:

    Thanks for the great pattern! I made the bag and it was quick and easy. I did make the belt too short. LOL So, I made belt loops on the back.

    Thanks for always sharing your patterns!!

  5. Shirley says:

    As always beautiful!
    I’m also with your mom I hate purses. And I too associated hip pouches with old people. No offense.

  6. K.Taylor says:

    I enjoyed looking at your pattern! I’ve thought about making a small purse-pouch but haven’t yet.

    I’ve been carrying a passport pouch for years, though! It is such a handy size! I have fibromyalgia, and what with the “fibro-fog”, I kept leaving my purse at restaurants & such, so I told my DH one day that my guardian angel was tired of guarding my purse for me (since I left it so often – forgot I took one)! Since that time, I have carried a passport pouch instead, with bare essentials in it. I fasten it around my waist or put it in my pocket – fastened to my belt loop. That way it NEVER gets misplaced or lost or forgotten – even if it drops from my pocket (since it is fastened around my belt loop). I have had it fall out of my pocked, but although the cord is dangling and annoying when it drops (which is very rarely), since it is attached – I don’t lose it!

    Glad you found it a handy size 🙂

    Sure beats a bulky purse!

    Sometimes I miss having room to put odd things in, but I never miss having forgotten it somewhere!


  7. needing help says:

    this is a crazy question – Ican chain stitch and double stitch in a straight line to make blankets and scarfs. How do you get the “round” shapre for the purse or a hat. I can’t seemto figure it out.


    • Rachel says:

      To get the round shape, you don’t turn at the end of each row. You either keep crocheting on the other side of the chain or keep crocheting in a circular fashion. Here is the How to Crochet a Beanie link if you would like to see a hat pattern and how the rounds are done.

  8. sherry says:

    Hey I didn’t get the cute little critter pattern named Cara. please send it to me.


  9. Hannah Truelson says:


    I love your website SOOOO much! Im 11 but love to crochet. i’ve already made 4 or 5 hats
    and i love this pouch, it was fun and easy to make! Keep posting patterns!!!


  10. Teresa says:

    Your things are so fun I made the hand warmers and round cloths,do you have any easy leg warmers? I would love these,thanks,Teresa

  11. Carlotta says:

    You don’t mind to sending your pattern on the purse to my e-mail address. I stop used the purse that Ladies carry after I got robbed second time. I miss my beautiful lather billfold with art works of horses. Thanks.

  12. Faith says:

    Rachel, can this pattern be made out of cotton yarn?

  13. Faith says:

    another question Rachel what if I don’t want to use it as a hip pouch and want to use it as a purse. Making this for my oldest daughter for her birthday

    • Rachel says:

      You can just sew the strap on differently. Instead of sewing it behind the pouch as instructed, sew one end of the strap to one side of the purse and the other end of the strap to the opposite side. You can also adjust the strap to make it longer or short as you see fit by making a chain as long as you want your strap to be.

  14. Faith says:

    Ok thanks Rachel I will do that

  15. Faith says:

    Rachel I am yet again lost now when you say finish off how are we suppose to do the closure flap? Sorry for a dumb question

  16. Rachel says:

    Faith, the closure flap is made seperately then sewed onto the pouch when you are done. Here is a post about how to finish off: Finish Off and Weave in Ends in Crochet

  17. Faith says:

    Ok thanks I was confused there thanks for the explanation

  18. Carlotta says:

    Ok, thanks, Rachel. I have been working on afghan which I just finished last wk Thur – Fri. I’m working on another one.
    I just check your Home page. Oh wow, soap savers, that will be great for ladies that have diabetic. I need to do this one for Mother Kathleen. How can I get this pattern & is it free?
    Have a good crocheting fun.

  19. Rachel says:

    Hi Carlotta, the soap savers are free only if you are a monthly Premium Pattern Member, you can learn more about membership here:

    If you aren’t a member, then you can still purchase the pattern in the store here:

  20. Fleurdelis says:

    Hi Rachel,

    How do you keep the body of the pouch from twisting? Similar patterns do the same twist and do not lay flat. A photo of the back of the pouch would help when assembling the flap and strap. I’ve now exhausted the number of friends to give the lanyard to and am on a coaster kick. My grandaughter loves coasters.


  21. Rachel says:

    Hi Fleurdelis, try blocking your crochet when you’re done. Here’s some info about blocking

  22. Jane says:

    By sew, you mean on a machine, or by hand with a yarn needle? If by hand, what stitch type? and using thread or yarn? thanks

  23. ladyjah says:

    this is my new fav. site. hey there I used your pattern to make a a bigger bag/hippie type bag without the flap though. the problem now is on how I make the bag,do I make it separate or crochet it to the bag? I’m so confused it’s really not clear to me. if you ca pliz help me there,thankx…..

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Ladyjah, I’m not sure I understand your questions. Are you having trouble with the bag or making something to add to the bag? Please clarify so that I can help you better.

  24. ladyjah says:

    hey Rachel.I’ve never made anything that’s not a hat before,I was having trouble understanding if I have to make the flap and the belt separate from the bag and then saw it on.but I think I got it now,I must make them separate no?

  25. ladyjah says:

    thankx Rachel I’ll do that..

  26. Carlotta says:

    Sorry, Rachel, I change my mind, & not printing the little purse.

  27. Sandi Heuvel says:


    I am new to crocheting. I am a bit confused as to how to get to 48 single crochet, if I am starting with 25. Do I work in the front and back of the stitch at the same time.

    Please help! I would like to crochet this purse,



    • Rachel says:

      Hi Sandi, on row 1 after you do the “sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across” you’ll have a total of 24 single crochets. Then after you “sc in each ch on opposite side of foundation ch” you’ll make another 24 single crochets, for a total of 48 single crochets. Here’s tutorial a tutorial that might help you visualize how to crochet on the opposite side: How to Crochet on Opposite Side of Foundation Chain

  28. kals says:

    great work, will do this, nice and simple

  29. Lora says:


    Great idea. I am going to make one of these soon. I think I’ll sew the strap on in a way that I can tie it in front.

    Thanks for patiently helping those with questions. You’re great.


  30. Maureen Taylor Parker says:

    I wonder when you say sc in each chain opposite side of foundation chain, do you mean in the back of the stitch?

  31. fleurdelis says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I just found my hip purse that I made 6 years ago. I needed something to carry my phone, a few tissues, eye glasses and my medications around the house. I am getting ready to make a new one in kitchen cotton. And to think I almost gave it away!
    Thanks to all of you for sharing your creative ideas.

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