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Teddy Bear Purse (Free Crochet Pattern)

by - November 20, 2020

 


Dear fellow crocheters,

I'm super thrilled to share with you my Teddy Bear Purse design!!  Ta-da!


I adore it!!  I know it's the little child in me who's speaking here, but I just love:
  • Soft, fluffy things
  • Anything resembling an animal
  • Pouches to hold my favorite items!


The amazing soft and fluffy texture is made from Lion Brand Go For Faux™ Yarn, which was really fun to crochet with! For this project, I used the color "Bear" for this project...which is oh-so-fitting for a Teddy Bear purse, wouldn't you say?  However, there are so many amazing colors to pick from -- take a look below! 

If you'd like to learn more about the Go For Faux yarn, check out my Go for Faux Yarn Review here!  There's even a video review included.  You can also check out my roundup of free Faux Fur crochet patterns below if you'd like to see how this yarn can be used in many more ways! 


In addition to using faux fur yarn, I also mixed it up with worsted, medium-weight acrylic yarn for a nice mix of texture.  As you can see, I used the thinner, acrylic yarn for the bear's muzzle and inner-ear pieces. 


I love using the huge plastic safety eyes.  Typically, I make smaller amigurumi dolls, and my most frequented sizes include 6mm, 7mm, or 8mm eyes.  This time, I used a whopping 18mm!  


I also added a plastic safety nose, which I think is rather cute, as opposed to my typical sewn-on noses.  For this project, I used a 15mm nose.


The strap that goes with this bear purse is easily adjustable, so you can make it for a child, teen, or adult!  As you can see, mine is adult-sized because I'm an adult-sized child. 😅


I've also made a quick Product Preview video of this project!  Check it out below~ 


If you like this design of mine, you can check out related categories on my site, including Amigurumi Patterns, Clothing & Accessory Patterns, or click to see all my Free Crochet Patterns


You can also PIN it for later on your Amigurumi or Crochet board!


Scroll down for the free, written pattern instructions.  If you would like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  This pattern, along with most of my other designs, is also available in my Etsy shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!

(Includes photo references)





Teddy Bear Purse

Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern


Copyright Notice -- © 2020 Sweet Softies (www.sweetsofties.com). You have permission to sell finished products made from this pattern, but you must credit Sweet Softies as the owner/creator of this pattern by linking to my website (www.sweetsofties.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SweetSofties). No wholesale. You may not copy, alter, or sell my patterns in part or in whole in any way. My patterns may not be used in teaching online classes. My patterns may be used in teaching in-person classes ONLY with written consent from me. You may link to this pattern but you may not copy any part of the pattern instructions on other websites.


Introduction:

The Teddy Bear Purse is an adorable, little fluffy pouch that is perfect for carrying small treasures!  This satchel is suitable to gift a young child, who will surely enjoy the whimsical look of a bag shaped like an animal.  It uses a combination of faux fur yarn (Lion Brand Go for Faux) and medium weight yarn.  This project works up quickly and can be easily adjusted to make different animal ears (such as cat, dog, or bunny rabbit).  The length of the straps can also easily be made longer or shorter.  Crochet this cute bag as a birthday, Christmas, or holiday gift today!

The Teddy Bear Purse's PDF pattern file includes complete written instructions with helpful visual references for the strap and finishing directions. 


Size:

Bag height and width: 8 inches (20 cm). 
Strap length is easily adjustable.


Level of Difficulty:

★★☆☆☆  Easy / Familiar Beginner 
Requires familiarity with stitches used (below), basic sewing skills for making the bag lining.


Stitches/Terms Used:

  • Magic ring (MR) 
  • Chain (ch) 
  • Slip stitch (sl st) 
  • Double crochet (dc) 
  • Double crochet increase, a.k.a. 2 dc in same st (dc-inc)
  • Double crochet decrease, a.k.a. 1 dc in two sts (dc-dec) 
  • Yarn over (YO) 
  • Fasten off (FO)

Materials:

  • 1 skein (~55 yards) of Lion Brand Go For Faux™ Yarn (I used the color ‘Bear’) or similar super bulky weight (6) yarn. 
  • Medium weight yarn for inner ears, muzzle, and straps (I used the colors Cream and Black) 
  • 9 mm crochet hook 
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook 
  • Large-eyed yarn needle 
  • Fabric scrap, sewing thread, and sewing needle for bag lining
  • Scissors



~ CROCHET INSTRUCTIONS ~

Notes (Read before beginning):

  • The beginning chain(s) of each row do not count as a stitch in the ending stitch count. 
  • Tips and video tutorials for working with the fluffy, Go for Faux Yarn can be found in my blog post here.
  • Here's a video preview of the finished product.

HEAD 

Use super bulky faux fur yarn and a 9mm crochet hook.
R1: Ch 4. In 4th ch from hook, insert 12 dc. *Join with a sl st to the first dc. (12 dc)
R2: Ch 3, (dc-inc) around. *Join. (24 dc)
R3: Ch 3, (dc, dc-inc) around. *Join. (36 dc)
R4-R7: Ch 3, dc around. *Join. (36 dc)
R8: Ch 3, (dc 4, dc-dec) around. *Join. (30 dc)
R9: Ch 3, (dc 3, dc-dec) around. *Join. (24 dc)
Fasten off and weave in the ends.

EARS (x2)

Use super bulky faux fur yarn and a 9mm hook.
R1: Ch 4. In 4th ch from hook, insert 5 dc.
Fasten off with a long tail for sewing later.

INNER EARS (x2)

Use medium weight yarn and a 3.5mm hook.
R1: Ch 4. In 4th ch from hook, insert 5 dc.
Fasten off with a long tail for sewing later.

MUZZLE 

Use medium weight yarn and a 3.5mm hook.
R1: Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook. Insert a sc in each of the next 3 ch. Insert 3 sc all in the last ch. (Now we are working on the other side of the ch.) Sc 3. Insert 2 sc in last ch. Join with a sl st to the first sc you made in this round. (12 sc)
R2: Working in BLO: Inc. Sc 3. Inc 3. Sc 3. Inc 2. Join with a sl st to the first sc. (18 sc)
Fasten off with a long tail for sewing later. 


~ FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS ~

Part 1: SEWING PIECES TOGETHER 
Sew the inner ear pieces to the ears, then sew the ears to the head.  Position the plastic safety eyes, plastic safety nose, and muzzle over the bear’s face.  Weave in all loose ends. (Note that the placement of these facial will allow different looks/styles.) 

Part 2: BAG LINING 
Cut out two semi-circles for the inner lining of the bag.  Sew the outer edges together, fold down the top edge, and sew it inside the bag.

Part 3: STRAPS 
Use medium weight yarn (black) and a 9mm hook. 
  1. Attach black yarn to one side of the bag, 3 sts to the side of one ear. You’ll need 3 sts to make it a stronger hold. To do so: insert hook into a st, YO, pull u pa loop, insert hook into next st, YO, pull up a loop, and insert hook into 3rd st, YO, pull up a loop. YO and pull through all 3 loops on your hook. 
  2. Ch 100, or however many ch you want your strap’s length to be. (Mine is about 30 inches with 100 ch.) 
  3. Insert hook into other side of the purse. Like how you started the strap in Step 1, you’ll also be inserting your hook into 3 sts and pulling up those 3 loops for a stronger hold. YO and pull through all 3 loops. 
  4. Work back to the start of the ch by inserting a sl st in each of the ch.  Upon inserting a sl st back in the first ch you made in Step 2, FO.  Weave in the end, fastening it securely.

Congratulations on finishing your Teddy Bear Purse!




If you enjoyed this free project, you can make a donation to support my work!  Any amount is greatly appreciated and will go directly towards the yarn and supplies I use to keep creating new designs! 

Also, if you would like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  This pattern, along with most of my other designs, is also available in my Etsy shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!

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