How to Make a Raffia Bag From Scratch Using Easy Crochet Techniques

by Gulsen
10 Materials
8 Hours

Summer is coming and a raffia crochet bag is perfect for a summer getaway, beach or pool party, or even just a lazy shopping day. If you know to crochet, you already know the techniques of how to make a raffia bag.

This DIY crochet bag tutorial will show you how to make a structured and lined DIY raffia bag that’s ultra-chic. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • 1-2 rolls of raffia
  • 3.0 mm crochet hook
  • Lining fabric
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Snap handles
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Pins
  • Safety pins
  • Iron
Chain stitching the first row

1. Make the sides

Start by making 72 chain stitches for the first row.

Chain stitching the second row

For the second row, leave the last stitch and go to the third stitch of your first row. Continue stitching along the row for each single stitch. You should have 70 single crochets.

Crocheting with raffia

At the end of the second row, do two more chains going upward.

Crocheting a raffia bag

Do a single crochet into the last single crochet you make for the second layer.

Crocheting the side pieces for the bag

Continue this pattern of two up to the 45th row. 

Raffia bag side pieces

Make sure you turn your work at the end of each row to make it easier for you to continue the pattern.

When you reach row 45, make 3 chains instead of the usual 2. At row 46, measure the space to place your handles on either side, making sure they are equally spaced. 

Measuring the sides for the bag

In this tutorial, mine measured 4 inches (10cm) which is 20 single crochets.

Marking the spot with a safety pin

Mark this spot with a safety pin.

Double crochet into each single stitch

Double crochet into each single stitch of the first 20 stitches.

Checking the width of the handle

Check the width of your handle. In this tutorial, it is 4 chains.

Crocheting the top

Go across the the top and start with the double crochet afterwards. 

Making sure the sides are symmetrical

Make sure the other side is symmetrical. Each side from the edge to the handle is 20 double crochets. Each handle has 4 single crochets. In between is 25 double crochets.

At the end of the row, make 2 more chains and then one row of single crochets. The single crochets will help to straighten the row, especially for the chains you left in the previous row. 

How to crochet a bag

For the last row of the side pieces, do two chains and then single crochets all along. Repeat all these steps for the other side of the bag.

Crocheted side panels for the bag

You should have two equal side pieces.

Crocheted bottom piece for the raffia bag

2. Make the bottom

The bottom has to have the same length as the side pieces. You’ll follow the same structure as the side pieces: the first row will have 72 chains.

Leave the last two chains and do 70 single crochets from the third to the last chain. Then two more chains and 70 single crochets. In this tutorial, the bottom has 18 rows following this pattern. 

Crocheting the gusset of the raffia bag

3. Make the gusset pieces

These pieces connect the bottom and sides together. They look similar to the side and bottom because they follow the same pattern but have different numbers.

The first row has 26 chains. Leave the last two chains and continue with 24 single crochets. You can make it wider, depending on your preference.

To work out how many rows you need for the height, keep going until it matches the height of your side piece. Repeat for the other gusset piece.

Laying the gusset next to the side

4. Assemble the pieces

Lay the gusset alongside the side piece.

Crocheting the pieces together

Do single crochets through both layers along the chains that were left in each row. 

DIY crochet bag tutorial

The chains should all line up. This will get a bit more complicated as you get to the rows with the double crochets. Follow this technique to attach both sides and the gussets together. 

Attaching the bottom of the raffia bag

To attach the bottom, pin the first corner to help you get the bottom into the right position. Do single crochets to attach the entire bottom to the sides and gusset.

Lining pieces for the bag

5. Make the lining

Cut your fabric pieces:

  • 4 side pieces 12 X 15 inches (30 x 39 cm)
  • 4 gusset pieces 12 X 5 inches (30 X 12 cm)
  • 2 bottom pieces 15 X 5 inches (39 X 12 cm)

Cut fusible interfacing to match:

  • 2 side pieces 12 X 15 inches
  • 2 gusset pieces 12 X 5 inches
  • 1 bottom piece 15 X 5 inches
Attaching the interfacing

For each side, press 1 piece of fabric with the fusible interfacing. Lay the second piece of the side fabric on top, right sides together, Pin across the top and sew along the top.

Repeat this technique for the second side pieces. Do the same for the bottom and gusset pieces. 

Assembling the lining

Assemble all of the pieces. Make sure the pieces with interfacing are touching each other and the fabric without interfacing are touching each other. Pin and sew.

How to make a raffia bag with lining

Fold the fabric over the interfacing. Press the fabric at the top of the seam to flatten.

Sewing the lining pieces together

To attach the bottom, make sure the interfacing of gusset and sides touches the bottom interfacing. Pin along the edges and sew.

Leaving a gap for turning the fabric

Leave a 2-inch space unsewn on one of the seams. Turn the entire lining inside out through that space. Sew the hole closed. Your lining should have the shape of your bag.

Inserting the lining into the bag

6. Insert the lining

Insert the lining, pin, and sew to the crochet by hand. This hides the attaching stitches and gives a nice clean finish. 

How to make a crochet raffia bag

7. Attach the handles

Attach the handles. Mine had an easy snap fastening.

How to make a raffia bag

How to make a raffia bag

You’ve made this gorgeous DIY raffia bag. I hope I showed you how to make a raffia bag. Please let me know in the comments if you made this beautiful summery bag!

Suggested materials:
  • 1-2 rolls of raffia
  • 3.0 mm crochet hook
  • Lining fabric
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