Mini Tunisian Drawstring Bag


It's summer! Summer is the perfect time for taking a day trip to the beach, bringing a picnic lunch to the park, and visiting your local farmer's market. School's out, the weather's nice, and it's a great time to get out of the house.

These perfect days often become a little bit stressful when you start to pack for it. Trying to remember everything but then you get to the park only to realize that the picnic blanket is back at home. Maybe you get to the beach and think you forgot the sunscreen only to find it in the bottom of the bag later that day. Does any of that ring a bell?

Well, it resonates with me and it is what inspired a new bag design. The Tunisian Drawstring Market Bag is perfect for all of your summer bag needs. Honestly, it's good for all year round, not just summer. I recently put a question on Instagram asking what my followers would use this bag for and I got all sorts of answers.

  • Picnics

  • Beach Bag

  • Everyday Purse

  • Toy Bag

  • Shopping Bag

  • Project Bag

  • Book Bag

There were so many great uses for it! I even had several comment about how great a makeup bag it would be. I was mind blown. A makeup bag that laid flat? Perfection!

One thing led to another and before I knew it, I had two bag patterns in the works. A market sized and a mini sized Tunisian Drawstring Bag. Both bags having the ability to lay flat, make everything in the bag visible, and now even an option for different sizes.

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Down below, I am sharing with you the pattern for the Mini Tunisian Drawstring Bag. You can also find a very helpful and informational pdf in my Etsy and Ravelry stores. The Tunisian Drawstring Market Bag pattern can also be found on Etsy and Ravelry.

Alright, time to cut the chit chat. Here's what you'll need for the Mini Tunisian Drawstring Bag.

Materials:

Hook: I (5.5mm) Tunisian Hook with cord (Find my favorite hooks here)

Yarn: Any Worsted Weight Yarn, cotton is recommended. You'll need about 164 yards for the whole

bag, 17 yards for each section (a perfect scrappy project).

Handles: 4mm rope - 4 feet (Check pdf for the size rope needed for the Market Bag)

You may want to use grommets to make the button holes sturdier if you are planning to carry

heavier objects.

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

Notes:

  • This bag is constructed using Tunisian Short Rows. Short Rows are made by picking up two additional stitches each row until reaching the end of the original chain or row. Once the beginning panel is complete, the pattern will be repeated 9 more times. The final bind-off row will be sewn to the beginning chain and the middle opening will be closed up.

  • Only the forward pass is noted in the pattern below, the return pass is as follows. YO, pull through first loop on hook. *YO, pull through next two loops on hook. Repeat from * until one loop remains. Rows 5 and 12 have a special RetP so please note the difference in the pattern below.

Abbreviations:

Tss: Tunisian Simple Stitch

STss: Special Tunisian Simple Stitch

YO: Yarn Over