Flower Burst Handbag {Free Pattern}

This was one of my favorite bags to design.  A little motif works really does go far.

I love that it doesn’t ‘need’ to be lined, the small items in the bag usually drop to the bottom anyway and the big items will not fall out of the holes.

I have to mention that it does look like a Starling wearing a flower belt 🙂

If you want to add a rigid base check out this tutorial

Link to PDF pattern :Flower Burst Handbag (Free Pattern)

72 responses to “Flower Burst Handbag {Free Pattern}”

  1. I love this bag! I’d love to give it a go but I have so many things going on right now! I know what you mean about splitting the blog in to two. I had to do just that, last year.

  2. MAC says:

    I LOVE THIS BAG! Gonna make one pronto! Thanks for sharing!

  3. ze2red says:

    Jessy, ana 3awza wa7da. Did you add it to the things you sell?

  4. Jace says:

    Hi Jessyz,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Your bags are so lovely! I was admiring those at your Etsy shop. 🙂 This Flower Burst bag does look a little bit like Futuregirl’s Starling, but then most bags made from basic stitches in this design would look a bit similar to it. Keep up the great work!

    • jessyz says:

      That’s so true, I am going thru a phase of bags with more openwork to them 🙂 but I guess the flowers make some openwork too 😀

  5. Maria H says:

    What a great looking bag! Thank you so much for sharing your art!

  6. Elenna says:

    Very nice! I will definetly consider crocheting this one! Job well done!

  7. This is a very nice bag! The flowers do add a nice touch!

  8. Lisa says:

    So very cute! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Lisa says:

    BTW, your chocolate mints blog link on the side has an extra w in the url!

  10. sunheri says:

    cannot understand how 88 stitches are formed in round 1 of body ..i get 33+33+2+2 stitches, forgive my ignorance I am new to crocheting

    • jessyz says:

      Because you are supposed to do 11 rows and then stitch along them, so it will be 33 + 11 (from the first side) + 33 (from the starting chain) + 11 (from the other side) = 88
      Does that make sense to you now? If you are still stuck let me know

      • L7 says:

        I don’t know about Sunheri, but, sorry, I’m really stuck… In the pattern it seems you have 88 stitches at the end of round 1 of body. Here, as far as I understand it, you’re saying that you’ll have 88 stitches at the end of round 11. Which of these assumptions (if any) is correct? And, if it’s the second one, could you please explain again what I should do? Maybe it’s because English is not my language, but I don’t understand. Sorry again and thank you very very very much!

        • jessyz says:

          No I said 11 ROWS where you will be working back and forth and then ROUND 1 has 88 stitches. Does that make sense.

        • L7 says:

          OK, sorry, I hadn’t understood there are 11 rows IN THE BASE… There’s written “You should now have a rectangular base 33 stitches wide and 11 rows high”, but the font is a strange one and I had read “II rows high” and I thought it was 2. 🙂 Sorrysorrysorry, can you please remove my silly posts?
          Thank you very much for a really nice pattern, Yasmin, it will be a great bag. Have a great evening!

          • Kimberley says:

            L7, I made exactly the same mistake myself, the font is confusing! I have a row of SC to undo, but glad I’m not the only one 🙂

  11. futuregirl says:

    It’s beautiful, jessyz! I love the peek-a-boo flower motifs. 🙂

    • jessyz says:

      Thanks, I went through a flower motif phase. I still want to do one completely with motifs but all those ends to weave in scare me sometimes

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  13. Jeannie says:

    This is adorable!
    Thank you!

  14. Cose di Lia says:

    Hello! May I translate this pattern into Italian and publish it on my little website cosedilia.weebly.com ? Of course I’d give you full credit and add a link to your original pattern…

    • jessyz says:

      Sure no problem, let me know when you are done so I can link to it from here and Ravelry as well so more Italian crocheters can get access to it too.
      Thank you

  15. Cose di Lia says:

    I will! Thank you!

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  17. Jennifer U says:

    Love this bag! I started it yesterday and finished this afternoon. I’m afraid I did not do a good job of counting and ran into a few problems, but I’m okay with my work arounds. It is adorable! I’ll be posting a picture on my blog in a few minutes.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

  18. yodafatkitty says:

    I’m doing this bag as well. Just curious, but do you happen to know the gauge on the flower motifs themselves??

  19. jessyz says:

    I didn’t actually, I guess if you use the same hook and yarn your gauge should all be the same right?

  20. yodafatkitty says:

    That’s how I’m figuring it 🙂
    Thanx for the visit to my blog.
    Many thanks.

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    • Pam Peeples says:

      Love this pattern. I have made two now, one moving the motifs up higher by a few rows. There are so many things that can be done with this pattern. It is one of my favorites, and it is fun and fast! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  22. purse hanger says:

    I love this bag !! ^_^

  23. Leah Jozwik says:

    I’m just finishing making this bag .. I love this pattern!! I can see me making many more of them over time. I made this for a graduation gift .. I’m sure she’ll have lots of uses for it! Thanks for posting the pattern.

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  25. Judy says:

    the pdf said the file was broken, so I coudn’t download it…would love to make it….can you fix it???

  26. Susie says:

    Do you have an illustration on attaching the motifs in round 12? I just can’t seem to do it correctly! Thank you for the great pattern.

    • jessyz says:

      Sorry I still haven’t gotten the time to do it. Is your problem in the placement or in the actual crocheting?

  27. Susie says:

    Probably a little of both. Mostly placement I think…I seem to have a brain block getting it started!

    • jessyz says:

      regarding placement, just lay the bottom of the bag flat on a table and the flowers too above them, That way you can see how it will look when you have attached them, it seems tricky but it isn’t, it doesn’t matter where you place them it just makes it easier to follow the rest of the instructions. As for the techniqe, it is the same as join as you go slip stitching.

  28. Tangible says:

    In my search for a very cute bag to make I came across this one via Ravelry…I started it and the gals at work were all ”ooooh..what are you making now????”…I am excited to finish it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  29. Jackie says:

    Beautiful bag. Thanks for sharing. Just wondering what yarn you used, please. You say worsted weight but any certain types/brands you found work great for this pattern? Thanks again

    • jessyz says:

      The yarn I used was mystery yarn it didn’t come with a ball band. But from experience I can tell you that wool would be great for this bag. Also aclrylics work really well too since they don’t stretch too much. If you want to use a mainly cotton yarn then I would suggest lining it, cotton tends to sag after some use.

  30. Lee Ann says:

    Pretty purse pattern! Thank you! 🙂
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  34. Sheil says:

    thank you for the design pattern! i made one in pink, but im still new to crocheting so i dont really know i followed correctly 😀 here’s the link to the finished product 😀 thanks so much, i enjoyed every minute creating this!

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  36. Jennifer says:

    I hope you are still responding to these comments since this blog post is so old, but I am having a dickens of a time trying to crochet the motif band onto the bottom half of my bag. I’m just not quite understanding the instructions. The chain 3 goes up to the sl st between motifs, then you ch 3 again and does that go back down to the side of the bag? Then it is 5 sc, a sl st to one petal (petal #2 of the ch 3 attached at petal #1), then 3 sc between petals, another sl st to petal #3 and then 2 sc? When I count this gives me 10 stitches per petal (5+3+2) but wouldn’t I need 11 stitches since there are 88 stitches and 8 motifs? I would just hate to get to the end and find I am somehow 8 stitches short. Any help would be appreciated!

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  38. Ida says:

    The link for the pattern is not working. Could you please send it to me? Thank you so much.

  39. Linda blumer says:

    I do not understand your instructions regarding the base and body I understand you do 11 rows but after that I don’t. When does the base come together. U do 11 sc down the left side and then 11 down the right? Do u add the flowers while it’s flat? I really love the look of this bag i have the flowers done but I just don’t understand what do next and I really want to complete this. Pictures would help thanks