A crochet bag holder is a fun and useful accessory to make for your kitchen. It can be not only functional, but also a beautiful styling piece in the home! Today I have a pretty plastic bag holder crochet pattern to share with you. It uses puff stitches for a unique design!
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Crochet a Plastic Bag Saver/Dispenser
If you love eco-friendly crochet projects, this is a great one for you! Just save all your plastic bags after going shopping (Joann bags, anyone?) 😉 You can simply stick the bags in the top of the holder, and then pull them out from the dispenser at the bottom when you’re ready.
You can hang it up on the side of your fridge, the side of a cupboard, or anywhere you’d like!
As I mentioned, this bag saver uses a pretty puff stitch pattern all up the sides. If you are new to puff stitches, make sure to watch the video tutorial. It will help you sort out any kinks you run into along the way.
Another thing that always helps me is printing out the pattern to follow along with the video. If you like this too, check out the link below to get the ad-free printable version!
Puff Stitch Crochet Bag Holder
Let’s get started on the pattern now!
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Explanation: A modern, lightweight crochet grocery bag holder to use in your kitchen! This bag holder features a beautiful puff stitch pattern that will bring style to your home.
- Shine Sport Yarn: (60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal, 110 yds / 101 m, 1.75 oz / 50 g) 2 skeins Hydangea or color of choice
- Or any sport weight yarn (if you use a heavier yarn, you may want to adjust size)
- G/4mm crochet hook
- Thick hair rubber band
- Yarn needle” data-wpil-keyword-link=”linked” href=”https://desertblossomcrafts.com/crochet-tools/”>Yarn needle
I really do love We Crochet’s Shine Sport yarn (highly recommend!) However, if it’s impossible for you to get, you can sub other sport or DK yarns. If you use a heavier yarn, you may want to adjust the size (see sizing section).
- Ch 2 at beginning of rounds does NOT count as a stitch unless otherwise specified.
- Bag holder is worked in joined rounds.
- Written instructions will be shown first, with a tutorial farther down in the post
- There will be times where we join the rounds with a single crochet or a half double crochet rather than a slip stitch. This is a special joining method where the sc/hdc functions as a chain space and allows us to start the next round in that space.
Approximately 6” wide by 19” tall
Size may vary slightly depending on tension. I have not included a gauge because this pattern is so easy to adjust. To make the bag wider, you can add or subtract increase rounds at the beginning (just make sure you have a multiple of 10 before starting the puff stitch pattern). To make the bag longer, you can simply add more rounds at the end.
Abbreviations/Stitches Used (U.S.)
Chain – ch
Repeat – Rep
Round – Rnd
Single crochet – sc
Foundation single crochet – fsc
Half double crochet – hdc
Double crochet – dc
Between – bet
Each – ea
Slip Stitch – sl st
Stitch(es) – st(s)
Space(s) – sp(s)
Puff Stitch (PS): [YO, insert hook in indicated st. YO, pull up a loop to ½ inch height] 3 times in same st. YO, pull through all 7 loops on hook.
Bag Holder written Instructions:
Rnd 1: Make 40 sc around rubber band. Join with sl st to first sc. (40 sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, dc in ea st around. Join with sl st to first dc. (40 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc in same st as sl st. Dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st. [Dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st.] 9 times. Join with a sl st to first dc. (50 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, dc in same st as sl st. Dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st. [Dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st.] 9 times. Join with a sl st to first dc. (60 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in same st as sl st. Ch 3, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc. Ch 1, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc. [Ch 3, sk 2 dc, dc in next in next dc. Ch 1, sk 1 dc, dc in next dc. Ch 3, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc. Ch 1, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc.] 5 times. Ch 3, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc. Sk last dc, sc in first dc to join (counts as the ch-sp). (6 groups of dc, 6 groups of sc)
Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in last sc made (the sc that counts as a ch-sp). Ch 3, (PS, ch 2, PS, ch 2, PS) in ch-1 sp bet sc. [Ch 3, sc in ch-1 sp bet dc. Ch 3, (PS, ch 2, PS, ch 2, PS) in ch-1 sp bet sc.] 5 times. Ch 3, join with a sl st to first sc. (6 clusters of puffs, 6 sc)
Rnd 7: Sl st in next ch-3 sp. Ch 1, sc in same sp. Ch 3, dc in next ch-2 sp. Ch 1, dc in next ch-2 sp. [Ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp. Ch 3, dc in next ch-2 sp. Ch 1, dc in next ch-2 sp.] 5 times. Ch 3, sc in last ch-3 sp. Sc in first sc to join. (6 groups of dc, 6 groups of sc)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, PS in last sc made (the sc that counts as a ch-sp). Ch 3, sc in ch-1 sp bet 2 dc. [Ch 3, (PS, ch 2, PS, ch 2, PS) in ch-1 sp bet sc. Ch 3, sc in ch-1 sp bet 2 dc.] 5 times. Ch 3, (PS, ch 2, PS) in same ch-1 as beginning PS. Join with a hdc to first PS (counts as ch-2). (6 clusters of puffs, 6 sc)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, dc in last hdc made. Ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp. [Ch 3, dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-2 sp. Ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp.] 5 times. Ch 3, dc in last ch-2 sp. Join with a sc in first dc. (6 groups of dc, 6 groups of sc)
Repeat rnds 6-9 until you have 40 rounds total (end on a round 8). If you’d like to adjust the length of the bag holder, do it here. Just keep in mind that the holder will stretch out a bit once you put plastic bags inside.
Rnd 41: Ch 1, sc in last hdc made. Make 2 dc in next ch-3 sp. Dc in sc, 2 dc in next ch-3 sp. [Sc in next ch-2 sp, sc in PS, sc in next ch-2 sp. 2 dc in next ch-3 sp, dc in sc, 2 dc in next ch-3 sp.] 5 times. Sc in last ch-2 sp, sc in last PS. Join with a sl st to first sc. (48 sts)
Rnd 42: Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st and next 3 sc. Sc2tog over next 2 sc. [Sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog] 7 times. Join with a sl st to first sc. (40 sc). Do not fasten off but continue to handle.
Row 1: Ch 2 (doesn’t count as a dc), dc in same st as sl st. Dc in next 15 dc. TURN. (16 dc)
Row 2: Ch 2 (DOES count as a dc for rows 2-4), sk next dc, dc in next 12 dc. Sk next dc, dc in last dc. TURN. (14 dc)
Row 3: Ch 2, sk next dc, dc in next 10 dc. Sk next dc, dc in last ch-2 sp. TURN. (12 dc)
Row 4: Ch 2, sk next dc, dc in next 8 dc. Sk next dc, dc in last ch-2 sp. TURN. (10 dc)
Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), dc in next 2 dc. Make 3 fsc. Sk 4 dc, dc in last 3 dc. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Bag Holder Tutorial
If you’re more of a visual learner, this photo tutorial will show you how to do a few of the techniques used in the written pattern.
Joining With a Single Crochet:
Joining with a single crochet rather than a slip stitch allows us to then continue the work IN the joining single crochet. The single crochet functions as a chain space. Take a look at the step by step photos below. Note: this concept is the same when we join with the hdc stitch, but the hdc counts as 2 chains rather than 1.
Finishing a Puff Stitch Round:
Every other puff stitch round, you’ll start by making the PS cluster in two different sections. At the beginning, you’ll make a chain 2 and 1 PS. You’ll work all the way around, and then finish the cluster of puff stitches at the end. Here is what that looks like:
Making the Hanger:
To make the hanger, we’ll do a series of double crochet decrease rows. Then, we’ll do a final loop that consists of foundation single crochet. If you are unfamiliar with the fsc technique, check out this tutorial.
Common Questions About Crochet Bag Holders
How do you crochet a plastic bag holder?
Plastic bag holders are typically crocheted from the bottom up, as you can see in this pattern. Technically, you can make your own custom bag holder by crocheting around a rubber hair band, increasing for a few rounds, and then working your desired stitch pattern around!
Where should I hang up my bag holder?
I have a few different places I like to hang mine: inside a pantry cupboard (or any cupboard) on a hook, OR on the side of the fridge with a magnetic hook. Really though, you can hang it anywhere you would like!
Can I use a different yarn than this pattern recommends?
Yes, you can! However, if you use a heavier weight yarn, you’ll probably want to adjust the size so it doesn’t turn out huge. To make the width smaller, you can omit one or two of the double crochet increase rounds at the beginning. And the length is super easy to adjust—just make sure you end on a round 8.
What bags work in this holder?
I recommend putting lightweight bags into this holder. Think Joann & Michael’s bags, or grocery store bags that aren’t super thick. Unfortunately, the super thick ones are a bit hard to get inside any bag holder.
Crochet grocery bag holders are a fun, practical project great for the home! You can make them in a variety of different sizes and styles. This bag holder features a lighterweight yarn and beautiful puff stitches. I hope you enjoyed the free pattern!