October 04, 2011

Better! Nylon Crochet Bag

I've been meaning to write a post about this bag for a long time!  I probably wasn't to pressured to do it too quickly, though, since I wrote a post about this one: Custom Bag - Inside and Out

This new-and-improved bag is made with the same pattern than I came up with for the first one.  However, this time around, I did Nylon Crochet thread #18.  It's a similar thickness to standard acrylic yarn (which is what I used the first time), but doesn't fray or get gross-dirty quite as quickly as the acrylic!  I'm okay with that!  I originally got the idea to find nylon cord when I was looking in a store at the crocheted purses sold there (like Walmart, Kohl's, Target, JCPenney, etc).

I love the result!  It's heavy, which means it's durable (masons, construction workers, etc. use this type of cord in their work.  The string is often measured in its capability to carry pounds of weight.).  It's shiny, because it's got a nice coated finish.  It's not getting nappy and hides stains well.  It also keeps the structure of the individual crochet stitches which gives it a "just-made" look for a long time!

On top of that, I also learned how to make round braids, so that I could make longer short-straps.  The ones I could find at the craft store were never what I wanted - too short, too hard, wrong color, etc.  So I looked up a bunch of sites and found one that worked for my understanding!  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtWWA6MQXGE)

My husband's little brother is working on leather creations (http://www.etsy.com/shop/shopannavirginia?section_id=10383591), and offered to make leather handles for my new-and-improved bag.  He stained them to match the brown cross-strap.

All in all, I think this bag has turned out very nice!  And I've finally found a couple of places with more selections of color for this type of crochet cord:
Creative Yarn Source most colors!
J.P.Coats nuetrals!
Red Heart at Walmart!


  1. Ooo, are you making MY bag one of these new and improved ones? I love it!

  2. It's definitely a new and improved one! :)

  3. Is the pattern for this for sale? Or the bag itself, maybe? I couldn't see where to order either. I'd love some information. Beautiful work!


  4. Joelle,

    Thanks for looking at the bag! I'm wanting to make a pattern, but haven't yet. I can offer them for sale, but I haven't made a listing yet!

    Email me at annavirginiafashion@gmail.com if you would like to order one.



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