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Weekend Wanderer Mesh Bento Bag Free Crochet Pattern

by | Accessories, All Designs, Crochet, Free Patterns, Summer

Whether you’re off to the farmers’ market, the beach, the library, or just strolling around town, this origami-inspired Weekend Wanderer Mesh Bento Bag will come in useful to haul all your summer treasures!

bento bag over the shoulder

After finishing my last market bag and fully realizing that I am, indeed, a bag lady, I knew I wanted to make more bags, more bags! I saw a bento bag and it occurred to me that, once again, crochet creates fabric, and fabric can be turned into a million different things. So anything that can be made with fabric can most likely be made with crochet. In this case, a bento bag is simply made with a single piece of fabric, which makes things even easier!

side view of bag

I used Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton yarn because it’s a sturdy, non-fuzzy, vibrant yarn. I find the texture of the yarn, and its weight, is not my favorite for clothing, but it’s perfect for bags, and this won’t be the last time I use it for that purpose!

The pattern for the Weekend Wanderer Mesh Bento Bag is so simple, it’s going to take just a few lines to explain it all. The magic is in the assembly. Basically, you want to crochet up a piece of fabric that has a length to width ratio of 3:1, and then fold it up into the bento bag shape, seam it, and secure the “handle”. That’s it!

bento market bag on ground

I added a box bottom to the bottom of my bag to give it a bit more shape, but that’s optional. I also debated whether to macrame wrap the “handle” with leather straps, but decided to hold off and just enjoy the bag for its simplicity.

over the shoulder mesh bento bag

Once you weigh the bag down with stuff, it does stretch quite a bit, but I never found it to be too slouchy. It’s just the perfect length to throw over your shoulder and go wandering!

mesh bento bag pin image

Supplies

Abbreviations

Pattern Notes

  • Skill level Beginner.
  • Gauge: approximately 14 stitches and 6 rows in 4 inches.

Weekend Wanderer Mesh Bento Bag Crochet Pattern Instructions

Row 1: Work 63 foundation double crochet. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 4 (ch 3 + 1), sk 1. Work [dc, ch 1, sk 1] until last st. Work 1 dc in last st. Turn.

Repeat Row 2 for another 81 rows.

Row 84: Ch 3 (counts as st). Work 1 dc in each st across.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Assembly

Once you have the rectangle complete, lay it out on a flat surface, and use your stitch markers to mark the long sides of the rectangle into thirds, at approximately 28 rows in from either edge.

add stitch markers to rectangle

If you have your ratio correct, that means that you’ve marked 3 squares. Fold the bottom left corner up to the stitch marker, and the top right corner down to the stitch marker, as seen below.

fold corners to the stitch markers

Next, fold one side of the bag up to meet the other diagonal corner, along the yellow dotted line in the photo below.

fold rectangle along dotted line

That’s the shape of your bento bag! Sew up the two seams, one on each side of the bag. You can use the mattress stitch for a quick invisible join.

dotted lines show seams

Once the bag is seamed up, you’ll need to connect the top corners into a “handle”. I tried just knotting it together, but that was too bulky, so I laid the corners next to each other and whip stitched them together. You can choose how much or how little overlap you want on the corners when you sew, to create a short, or long handle.

sew together the two corners to make the handle handle close-up

Optionally, I added a box bottom by approximating about 3 inches straight in from the corner, and sewing across to box that corner off. I didn’t cut off the extra corner as some like to do with fabric. I just turned the whole bag inside out so the extra piece is actually reinforcement for the bottom of the bag.

how to sew the box bottom

This was such a fun and easy bag to make! I can definitely see myself making other ones with the same shape but with different designs and different yarns. For now, what color will you be making yours?

weekend wanderer selfie walking away carrying mesh bento bag

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15 Comments

  1. Chelsea

    I love this bag! I love the color! I love it! This is so much easier to make than I thought it would be. I like that this is not the typical bag crochet pattern. I am definitely adding this to my must make list! Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • ChiWei

      Thanks Chelsea!

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  2. Carrie

    I love your designs. Can’t wait to make this bag and I know exactly who’s going to get it! Love this!

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  3. Barbara Tighe

    Made it, Love it. Am assuming that once it has items in it it will stretch a little. Seems like mine is short in the handle area. But I still love it. Am starting another one tonight.

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    Wow! It’s easier than I thought. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!! Can’t wait to make this bag!

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  5. Amanda

    I’m pretty much a super newbie. Your instructions started with “Row 1: Work 63 foundation double crochet. Turn.” So, how many chain stitches do I need to make to start that?

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    • Kim

      Chain 63 and then double crochet into those ????

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  6. Karen himel

    Love love. Made one for my daughter and her boss just had tohave it. Making my girl a new one.fun to make fun to use thanks for the beautiful pattern

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  7. Debbie

    Could you use worsted weight acrylic yarn. I have been trying to use my leftover yarn scraps. Thanks for the pattern.

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  8. Jen

    Hi, I’m in the UK and can’t get the yarn you’ve recommended, could you please let me know what weight it is please (or DK, Aran, chunky?)
    Many thanks

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    • Pauline ord

      I also live in the U.k. and tried at least five, double knitting brands and three Aran weight yarns. Using from 3mm hook to 5.5mm crochet hook to try and get the correct tension. Unfortunately I have not been successful. My tension squares differed so much and I couldn’t get them big enough with D.K and would of been to stretchy using Aran yarn.
      If I knew the size of the original finished bag it might help.

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  9. Lisa

    Did you see across both of the bottom corners to make the square bottom?

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  10. Jamie

    I want to do a smaller version of this. You mentioned the rectangle should be in the ratio of 3:1, so if I were to work on 42 foundations double crochet, how many rows should I be doing to make this work?

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  11. Sherida

    Great idea and pattern! I too believe in the fabric concept and have been contemplating. I am excited to try this?

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  12. Lori

    Thank you so much for a fun project. The directions were easy to follow and my bag came out great! I’m feeling Christmas gifts…..Now trying a slightly smaller version : )

    Reply

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