Handbag Crochet Pattern – 1940s Jack Frost Straw Bag

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For today’s Freebie I’m thinking about Mother’s Day coming up soon. This is a 1940’s handbag crochet pattern from a Jack Frost Handbags booklet. The purses were made using Straw, Cordet, Soutache or Kordette, all were interchangeable and all are no longer available.

1940s Straw Bag 4814 Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

The pattern I’m sharing uses the Straw (3) 2-oz tubes and a size 4 crochet hook. In my research I’ve found that the yarns used for these patterns are cotton/rayon, strong and smooth. I found some Soutache, but I’m not sure if it is dense enough for the bag. I think some of this Premier Yarn Raffia may work for a replacement of the Straw required for this pattern.


This beautiful multi-color nylon crochet thread says it’s perfect for crocheting purses, totes, placemats and such, so it may work as well.

 

 

If you’re interested in using vintage patterns versus modern day patterns, this article on the KnittingGuru blog gives an excellent comparison and tips. The blogger, Veena Burry even uses one of the handbag patterns in the same booklet as an example. She points out that not only is some of the yarn required no longer available, the instructions themselves are much more vague than today’s instructions.

Many times I’ve done research to find a substitute (see above) for a vintage yarn that’s no longer available, only to find several different types that may work. Point is, using vintage patterns can be a lot of trial and error.

This article by Kristina Olson Designs, Makers, Vintage Patterns and Anonymous Designers besides talking about early women designers not receiving credit for their work, took a couple of vintage handbag patterns and made them her own, and even though they may not look exactly like the picture, it was her version of a wonderful vintage pattern.

Here’s the pattern straight from the booklet, I’ve rewritten it below:

1940s Straw Handbag Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More
CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS
ch . . . chain
sc . . . Single Crochet
st . . . Stitch
sts . . Stitches

STRAW BAG No. 4814
Jack Frost Straw – 3 2-oz. Tubes

Interchangeable with Cordet, Soutache or Kordette
Size 4 White Crochet Hook

Shell = (3 d c, ch 1, 3 d c) in next st

Ch 61. Skip first ch. Work 1 s c in each of the next 60 ch sts. Repeat for 12 rows, then work in pattern as follows:
Row 1: * Skip 2 s c; (3 d c, ch 1, 3 d c) in next st, skip 2 s c, 1 s c in next st; repeat from * across row (10 shell sts).
Row 2: Work a shell st in the s c of row below and 1 s c in the ch 1 of shell st below (11 shells).
Repeat above 2 rows for 18 rows.
Work a corresponding piece.
GUSSET: Ch 7, turn. Work 6 s c on ch. Work back and forth in s c for 29 inches. Join around 3 sides of bag with a row of s c. Fold in gusset at top. Sew the s c rows together at both sides. Fold down cuff. Insert zipper.

A note on the GUSSET, it says to work back and forth for 29 inches, but the number of inches may vary depending on the thickness of the thread or yarn you are using. The best thing to do is as you’re making the gusset, hold it against the length of the handbag’s sides and bottom to gauge the length needed.

The zipper can be inserted by sewing machine or by hand. It’s probably easiest to do it by hand. A fabric lining can be made for the inside of the purse by tracing around the bag on paper as a guideline, allowing for seams. Cut two fabric pieces for the front and back. Right sides together, sew around three sides, leave the top open. Fold the top edge over a quarter of an inch toward the wrong side, fold over again, then sew the edge down. Once your purse is assembled, insert the fabric liner and sew it in place.

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Cross Stitch Flower Border Pattern Charts

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

This is another pretty cross stitch chart from Thérèse de Dillmont. These particular patterns come from a DMC Library Cross Stitch New Designs 6th Series booklet (Bibliothéque DMC Point De Croix Nouveaux Dessins 6me Série) by TH. DE Dillmont.

It contains several different types of borders, wide, thin, and all over motifs plus designs of people. Some of the designs include three couples in national costumes, farmers, bakers and circus scenes including jugglers, acrobats and clowns.

Cross Stitch Flower Border - Vintage Crafts and MoresTo save these designs, simply click on the image above. It will open in a new window and there you can use the right click menu to “save image as” or print using your computer’s options. You can also use the green print friendly button at the bottom of this post.

I shared a chart of bunnies from one of her other booklets back in February. If you like this post, be sure to visit our Facebook Fanpage so you can get updates every time we post new patterns.

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Dutch Tulip Quilt Pattern from the 1930’s

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

It seems like I’ve been on a flower theme the last few weeks. Maybe because it’s almost Spring and I’m starting to see pretty blooms here and there in my town. Besides vintage patterns, I love gardening, and have been planning my flower beds for this year. I don’t dare go in a nursery until I have an idea of what I’m going to plant or the sky’s the limit once I get in there!

 

Today I’m sharing a pretty Dutch Tulip quilt pattern from 1931. Designed by Eveline Foland and published in the Kansas City Star Newspaper.

Dutch Tulip Newspaper Quilt Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

It is an applique quilt block using red, green and gold. Part of the instructions were cut off when it was added to a scrap book so I will try to repeat them here and fill in the blanks.

The glorious season of tulips that has just passed in Kansas City should suggest any number of lovely color combinations for this conventionalized applique design.  The pattern may be developed i many different colors and the narrow circle can either be appliqued or embroidered in a simple “chain” or “stem” stitch, using a rather heavy green thread. Cut a plain white block nine inches square for the background. Allow for narrow seams.

I’ve shared several other Kansas City Star Newspaper quilt patterns through the years. Check the Related Posts below or do a search for quilt patterns in the search box at the top of this blog.

Dutch Tulip Quilt Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

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