After my well-loved Cactus Cat amigurumi design and pattern success, I wanted to create another cactus design, but this time for a bag: a crochet baby cactus bag! The idea came along the way while making the base pattern, to make it a cute baby cactus bag crocheted with the softest of yarn that exist: the velvet yarn! So let me show you how to crochet this super cute bag now!
Material for the crochet Baby Cactus Bag
- Green and pink Velvet Yarn, I used the Alize Velluto brand, 2 skeins of 100 gr / 3,53 Oz, 68 m / 74,3 yds
- Amigurumi cotton yarn (hot pink, light pink, purple, black)
- a 3 mm and 8 mm crochet hooks
- white felt fabric
- 2 gold D-rings for the chain strap
- a Chain strap
- a 20 cm green zipper
- plastic canvas
- cotton lining fabric
- polyester fiberfill for stuffing
- yarn needle, sewing needle and a green thread for sewing the zipper and lining
ch : chain
sl st : slip stitch
sc : single crochet
hdc : half double crochet
dc : double crochet
tr : treble crochet
BLO : back loops only
dc2tog : 2 double crochet together
sc4tog : 4 single crochet together
inc : increase
dec : decrease
R : row / round
How to make a crochet Baby Cactus Bag
We’ll start by crocheting the bottom of the bag.
Note: every round finishes with a sl st in the 1st stitch of the round. The same way, every row finishes with a ch 1 then turn your work to continue the next row. Unless it is indicated otherwise.
With your velvet yarn and the 8 mm crochet hook, make a magic circle.
Round 1: 4 sc (4)
Round 2: (3 sc in one stitch) x 4 (12)
R3: 1 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch, (2 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch) x3, 1 sc (20)
R4: 2 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch, (4 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch) x3, 2 sc (28)
R5: 3 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch, (6 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch) x3, 3 sc (36)
R6: 4 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch, (8 sc, 3 sc in the next stitch) x3, 4 sc (44)
R6: 44 BLO sc (44)
R7 to 20: 44 sc (44)
Cut yarn and weave in ends.
We will now divide the square we have in 4 sides: the front and back should have a total of 12 stitches, while the sides will have 10 sc each. (see picture below)
The top front and back of the crochet baby cactus bag
In one of the side where you have 12 stitches, join the yarn with a sc. We will work in rows. I highly recommend for the front top to cut yarn at the end of each row, and join back with a sc for the next row, it will look way better this way. (the only sad thing is you will have lots of ends to weave in, haha).
Row 1 to 3: 12 sc (12)
R4: dec sc, 8 sc , dec sc (10)
R5: 10 sc (10)
R6: 4 sc , sc dec, 4 sc (9)
R7: sc4tog, 1 sc, sc4tog (3)
Cut yarn and weave in ends. With a piece of yarn, make the outline of the top by slip stitching around, giving the top a rounded shape. Repeat this for the back side of the bag too.
The top sides of the crochet baby cactus bag
For the sides, we will have to let the stitch right next to the front of the bag, unworked, giving the zipper a space to be sewn in. So for the left side, skip the 1st stitch and join yarn, while for the right side of the bag, we will not work on the last stitch of the 1st row.
Left side of the bag:
Skip the 1st stitch of the 10 we left earlier, then join yarn with a sc in the 2nd one:
Row 1 to 10: 9 sc (9)
Cut yarn and leave a tail for sewing later.
Join yarn in the 1st stitch
Row 1 to 10: 9 sc (9)
Cut yarn and weave in ends.
Setting up the plastic canvas
Now it’s the time to cute 5 panels of plastic canvas: one for the bottom, and 4 for each side. For the sides ones, you will have to make sure it will not go beyond the 20th row of the bottom we previously made. Because we will sew the lining on top of it, and we will need space to sew.
These are the dimensions I personally used:
Bottom Canva: 11,5 x 11,5 cm
Front and back canvas: 11,4 x 12 cm
Left and right sides canvas: 11 x 12 cm
But you might need to adapt the dimensions depending on the size of the inside of your bag.
Once you have your 5 panels, you will need to sew them on the inside of your bag. (I highly recommend you to round the corners of the canvas before).
You can add some glue with a glue gun to secure the canvas even more (be careful to not burn your fingers with the hot glue).
We will proceed with the cactus arms and other details before sewing the lining fabric inside.
The cactus arms
Make a magic circle. We will work these amigurumi style (no sl st at then end of the rounds).
Round 1: 6 sc (6)
Round 2: 6 sc inc (12)
R3: (1 sc, sc inc) x6 (18)
R4 to 6: 18 sc (18)
R7: 6 sl st, (2 sc, sc inc) x4 (22)
R8: 6 BLO sl st, (2 sc, sc dec) x4 (18)
R9: 6 BLO sl st, (1 sc , sc dec) x 4 (14)
Cut yarn and leave a long tail for sewing. Make two of them. Fill the arms with the polyester fiber then sew them on each side of the bag, making sure that one is higher than the other, while keeping a space on the top for the bag’s straps.
Round 1 to 4: 2 sc (2)
Insert your D-ring in the middle of your strap, then ch 1 and join top and bottom together with 2 sc.
Make 2 of them this way, then sew them on the sides, above the arms, at the same height level.
The eyes and blush for the cheeks
For these, we will use the amigurumi cotton yarns and the 3 mm crochet hook.
Pick your black yarns for the eyes, and make a magic circle.
Round 1 : 6 sc (6)
Round 2 : 6 sc inc (12)
Cut yarn and leave a tail for sewing. Make 2 eyes.
With the hot pink, follow the same pattern as the eyes for the cheek’s blushes.
To complete the eyes: cut a small round piece of a white felt fabric, then glue it on the eye. Do this for both eyes.
The baby’s pacifier
Pick your purple amigurumi yarn and the 3 mm crochet hook, and make a magic circle. (note: join rounds with a sl st at the end of the round each time).
Round 1 : 10 sc (10)
Round 2 : 10 sc inc (20)
R3 : (1 sc, sc inc) x 10 (30)
Round 4 : 3 sl st, 1 hdc, (1 dc, 1 tr), 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sl st, 1 dc, 1 tr, ( 1 tr, 1 dc), 1 dc, 6 sl st, 1 dc, (1 dc, 1 tr), 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sl st, 1 dc, 1 tr, (1 tr, 1 dc), 1 hdc, 3 sl st . (34)
Cut yarn and finish with an invisible join. Make 2 of them.
Still with the purple yarn, ch 21 and starting from the 2nd loop from the hook make 20 sl st. Cut yarn and leave a tail for sewing.
With the light pink yarn, make a magic circle. We will work it amigurumi style.
Round 1 : 6 sc (6)
Round 2 : 6 sc inc (12)
R3 : (1 sc, sc inc) x 6 (18)
R4 : 18 sc (18)
R5 : (1 sc, sc dec) x 6 (12)
Cut yarn and leave a tail for sewing. Fill the inside of this ball with the polyester fiber, then sew the ball in the center of one of the large purple piece we’ve made previously.
Then pick the 2nd piece and sew it on the back of it, while stuffing the inside with the polyester fiber.
Sew each ends of the purple chain to each side of the light pink ball, and your baby pacifier will be finished.
Time to sew everything on the cactus’s face!
Sew the eyes, the pink cheeks and the baby pacifier on the front of the bag. Add two little strands of black yarn on the top side of the eyes to give your baby cactus some eyelashes.
The lining fabric
Now that you have sewn the arms and the face details, it’s time to sew your lining inside your bag. I will have a short video on my tiktok profile to show the process of making the lining for the bag. You might want to check it out to give you a better idea of how to make it.
Use the same dimensions you had for the plastic canvas, for each piece of fabric (1 piece of fabric for the bottom of the bag, 1 piece for each side), don’t forget to give your pattern a 1 cm margin for sewing. You can hand sew it or use your sewing machine to go faster.
Start by sewing the bottom of the sides piece of fabric, to your bottom piece of fabric. Then sew the sides together, leaving a 1 cm marge at the top. Then, once your lining is done, sew it inside the bag.
First, sew one side of the zipper to the top of the front of the bag (on the inside part of the bag, of course).
After that, you are going to join the 2 sides of the bag together, to form the middle top of your bag. Sew the 2 sides together, front loops only, it should look like a “bridge”.
You will now be able to sew the other side of the zipper to it.
The only thing left to do at this point, is to sew the top back to the middle top bridge, to close your bag.
With the 8 mm crochet hook, and the pink velvet yarn, make a magic circle.
Round 1 : (ch 2, dc tog, ch 2, sl st in the magic circle) x4
Close the magic circle, cut yarn, leaving off a long tail for sewing. Make 2 flowers this way, then sew them wherever you want on the cactus.
The final touch of the crochet baby cactus bag
Finally, set up your chain strap on your bag, and you’re good to go! Yay congrats, you made it to the end! You can now enjoy your new kawaii crochet baby cactus bag and make everyone around you jealous! It’s easy to carry around and has enough space for your every day items such as your phone, wallet and whatnot.
Now I’m curious to know your opinion and comments on this new pattern, do you like it? Would you carry this around proudly like I would? haha, I would love to know! The comment box below is there for you to express yourself, so don’t hesitate to do so.
You can also share your opinion with me on my instagram, I would love to hear from you (you may also follow me there too).
See you in the next one, until then stay healthy and have a wonderful day!