girl wearing a green dress and a cross body raffia drawstring bag at the beach

This drawstring bag crochet pattern is a great beginner friendly pattern that is really easy!

With some basic crochet knowledge, you will be able to create a really pretty bag to wear during the summer months.

Made from raffia in a natural colour, this bag can go with any outfit.

woman walking on the beach wearing a green dress and a crochet bag

Crochet Bucket Bag Pattern

I wanted to make a small bucket bag that you can wear across your body.

These types of bags are perfect for the summer as you need free hands to shop, take photos or eat ice cream!

It’s also big enough for the essentials, like your phone, wallet, keys, sun cream etc but not too big that it becomes heavy.

*Don’t forget to pin and share*

a bucket bag made from raffia with a tassel charm

The idea for this crochet bag design came at first because I wanted to make a drawstring backpack.

But then I thought it would be easier to wear and probably safer to have it as a crossbody bag.

The raffia was the perfect choice to make this in, but you could use any alternative fibre that you want!

woman wearing a white dress and a raffia bag at the beach

Drawstring Bag

The bag is a simple design, you create a circle base first then continue to single crochet.

Once the bag reaches the height you want, you stop and weave through a cord, which can be pulled together to close the bag.

I bought a metre length of brown suede, that has a slight sheen on it for this.

I also added a raffia tassel with beads and bits I found in a local craft store.

woman at the beach standing in the sea wearing a white dress and a cross body crochet bag

The drawstring pulls the top of the bag closed and I tied it into a bow.

This makes it really easy to open and close when needed.

Alternatively, you could knot the ends or weave through two lengths of cord, pulling through to each end, so that you can pull the drawstrings closed in a more traditional way.

woman at the beach wearing a white dress and a drawstring bag


I used raffia from King Cole in a natural colour.

However, you can use raffia alternatives as there are many around, like Ra Ra Raffia from Wool and the Gang.

There are also other gorgeous colour choices from King Cole Raffia, including browns, greens and reds.

woman walking along the beach wearing a green dress and a crochet bucket bag

Free Crochet Purse Patterns

This crochet bag pattern is aimed at anyone who is learning how to crochet or if you already know and want a simple and fast project.

You will need to know how to create a chain and how to single crochet.

There is a bit of counting involved in creating the circle base, then after that when you build up the body of the bag, it is all single crochet for every round.

a circle made from raffia with a crochet hook

There are many other free crochet bags on my blog that you can view here or by clicking on the links below;

  • Large Beach Bag Crochet Pattern
  • Crochet Circle Bag Pattern
  • Crochet Circle Bag Pattern With Fringing
  • Crochet Clutch Pattern
  • Crochet Beach Bag Pattern
  • Crochet Boho Bag Pattern

If you are new to crochet and are thinking – how do you single crochet?!

Don’t worry, I have many crochet video tutorials that can help you. 

Take a look at the videos below, to help you with this project;

  • How to create a chain
  • How to single crochet

I also have many patterns for sale in my shop, which are all add free downloadable PDF’s.

Purchase the printable, ad-free crochet drawstring bag pattern here.

Yield: Drawstring Cross Body Bag

Crochet Drawstring Bag Pattern

Crochet Drawstring Bag Pattern

Make a crochet raffia bag perfect for the summer with this free crochet pattern.

Active Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Difficulty Easy/beginner
Estimated Cost $20


  • 2 x King Cole Raffia - in the colour Natural - (1456) 200g
  • Alternative raffia yarn - Ra Ra Raffia from Wool and The Gang
  • Thread or cord for the tassel.
  • Key ring clip x 1 for the tassel - 1.5 inch / ring - 1 inch
  • Key ring clips x 2 for the bag chain - 1 inch
  • Gold bag chain - 43 inches


  • Crochet Hook - Size 5.5mm (US 9/I)
  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle
  • Pliers (for the key ring clips/bag chains)


The base of the bag

Make a 4 ch and join with an ss in first ch to form a ring.

  1. Round 1: (RS) - 1 ch; 8 sc in ring (8 sts) PM (see notes)
  2. Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (16 sts)
  3. Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (24 sts)
  4. Round 4: 1 sc in each sc
  5. Round 5: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (36 sts)
  6. Round 6: 1 sc in each sc
  7. Round 7: *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (48 sts)
  8. Round 8: 1 sc in each sc
  9. Round 9: *1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (60 sts)
  10. Round 10: 1 sc in each sc

Round 11 - sc all the sts into the back loop only

The body of the bag

*Please note – keep the marker to denote which is the beginning/end of the round.

Continue to work in a spiral - sc all of the sts in every round (in both loops) – until the bag measures = 9.5 inches (rounds worked- 30)

You can make the bag as tall as you want.

Raffia bag work in progress shot showing the bag being worked in the round.

Finish the last st with a ss and cut the yarn.

Secure and weave in the ends.

Weave in all other loose ends.

The circle base of the crochet raffia bag

The drawstring cord

With the cord (around 1 metre) weave through the bag leaving 3 sts (or holes) between stitches.

About 1.5 inches or 2 inches below the top of the bag.

Pull together and tie in a bow to close the bag.

measurement of the drawstring cord for the raffia bag


Add the bag clips and chain to each side of the bag, the raffia is strong, so they will not pull the side of the bag out of shape.

You may need to use pliers to open the clasp on the key ring clip to attach the bag chain.

You can also add a bag charm - if you wish, made from beads and a raffia tassel.

You can see how to make a tassel in this tutorial here.

close up of the drawstring raffia bag to see the bag clips and chain


*Please note*

  • For the base - Do not turn at the end of the round, but continue working in a spiral, with the right side (RS) always facing.
  • Keep count of the sts by placing a marker (PM) on the last st of each round.
  • There are no turning chains in this pattern.


The drawstring bag measures - base diameter = 6 inches

Height - 9.5 inches

*You can adjust the number of sts you ch for the bag strap if you want to make it longer or shorter*

Strap = 43 inches

Tassel charm length = 12 inches

Gauge = 13 sts / 13 rows in 4"


CH - Chain

PM - Place marker

SC - Single crochet

SS - Slip stitch

RS - Right side

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