October 02, 2013
A while back, I decided to make a lunch bag to transport my daughter’s various boxes and bottles to daycare. The requirements were – something pretty, something big, something tall enough to carry her Dr. Browns feeding bottles. After looking around, I found this free design – the basket bag design by Pierrot. The design looked very pretty and do-able. The great challenge with this pattern – this design is a Japanese pattern. Meaning: there are no row by row instructions written in words – instead, there is a pictorial representation of what needs to be done.
However Pierrot have made it easy to understand how to decipher their design with very useful, minimal explanations on the side. I also found two other links which i have since bookmarked:
Here is what my bag looks like:
Here is the summary of my pattern:
Ravelry Link to my bag – https://www.ravelry.com/projects/ropeandtire/basket-bag
Pattern Link in ravelry – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basket-bag (by Pierrot (Gosyo Co., Ltd) – 213ss-39 Basket bag )
Direct Link to PDF – https://gosyo.co.jp/english/pattern/eHTML/ePDF/1304/213ss-39\_Basket\_Bag.pdf
Yarn Used –
Crochet Hooks Used
Total Time to make bag – Large ~ 10.5hrs
Crochet body of bag – 2hrs 07 mins (over many days)
Crochet handles – 34mins
Crochet Lid – 1hr 50 mins
Lining for body and lid, attaching lining and button ~ 6 hrs
Pattern Modification Notes:
I wanted the basket bag to be tall enough to hold feeding bottles – however I did not make it tall enough. for this purposes, I wish I had crocheted 5 more rows – bringing the number of rows on the basket side to 30.
After the bag was done, I blocked the bag and made the handles. I used some rope as a strong insert for the bag handle interior.
The design and pattern however did not specify a lining. And I definitely wanted a waterproof lining. So I went to my local Ross and bought a Vinyl tablecloth, flannel backed for less than $5.00 – which will provide lining for many many lunch bags or other projects I can think of in teh future.
I used this tutorial by futuregirl as a launching point to make my lining. I decided to cut out an oval, double it up and sew it as the lining bottom. When doubling, the two pieces of flannel were back to back – such that the bottom is waterproof from both sides. Here is my bottom lining cut out – one piece
I similarly cut out a long rectangular piece for the lining of the side.
I then used this tutorial by futuregirl to learn how to sew the lining into a bag. And this is what the bag with lining looks like:
I then made the basket lid and blocked it. What a difference blocking makes! It is so evident in the lid.
Lid without blocking:
Lid after blocking:
And here is the lid with its own lining:
And here is my final basket bag:
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