(Previously posted at Michaels.com)
My Halloween memories are filled with carving jack-o-lanterns and creating DIY costumes, but my number one most favorite part about Halloween is the candy! Now you can make and trade these fun candy-bar inspired crochet clutch purses. Pick your favorite candy-wrapper colors and personalize your clutch with felt lettering. Stash your keys, phone, and small items when you go out, or put your clutch in a larger bag to keep your makeup, snacks, pencils, or crochet hooks safe. This project is so easy, you’ll have a delicious collection of candy bar clutches in no time!
- Crochet Hook, size H/5.0mm, or whatever size needed to obtain gauge
- For TRICKS in gold:
- MC – Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® Mustard – 1 ball
- CC – Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® White – approx. 20 yards
- AC – Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® Black – approx. 10 yards
- For TREATS in orange:
- MC – Red Heart® Super Saver® Pupmkin – 1 skein
- CC & AC – Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® Chocolate – approx. 30 yards
- For SWEETS in dark brown:
- Main Color (MC) – Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® Espresso – 1 ball
- Contrast Color (CC) – Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® White – approx. 20 yards
- Accent Color (AC) – Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® Scarlet – approx. 10 yards
- scissors or yarn cutter
- tapestry needle for weaving in ends
- felt for cutting out letters: red for Tricks, yellow for Treats, navy blue for Sweets
- Fabri-Tac fabric glue
- 9-inch zipper in the same color as MC
- about a dozen straight pins
- optional: disappearing ink pen for fabric, needle and thread in a color that matches your felt letters to stitch around them securely
Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice: 15 sc x 19 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches
Approx 4.5 inches x 11 inches
ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
[ ] = repeat what is inside the brackets the number of times indicated
– With MC, ch 35.
Row 1: Sk 1st ch and sc evenly across. (34)
Rows 2- 39: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. (34)
– Fold your completed rectangle in half, making Row 39 line up with Row 1. You’ll now crochet the side of the Clutch closed while also creating a candy-wrapper-like border. (Photo 1)
Row 40: Ch 1 and sc the side of the Clutch together. Work 19 sc evenly across. (19)
Row 41: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. (19)
Row 42: Ch 1, turn. (RS) [Sk 1, in the next st work (sc, dc, ch 1, dc, sc), sk 1, sl st] 4 times. Sk 1, in the next st work (sc, dc, ch 1, dc, sc), sl st in the last st. Break off.
– Now you will crochet the other side of the Clutch closed.
– With RS facing you, insert hook into the edge of the opening and join MC. (Photo 2)
Rows 1-3: Repeat Rows 40-42 as above.
– Weave in all ends.
Wrist Strap (optional)
– With MC, ch 51.
Row 1: sk 1st ch and sc evenly across. (50) Break off leaving 12 inches of yarn for sewing.
– With CC, ch 27.
Row 1: Sk 1st ch and sc evenly across. (26)
Rows 2-11: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. (26)
– Break off CC and join AC (or if you don’t want a border with a different color, just keep using CC).
Rnd 1: Ch 1, turn. Work 25 sc evenly. In the last st, work 3 sc to turn the corner. 8 sc evenly across the edge of the Label. In the last st, work 3 sc to turn the corner. Along the bottom edge, work 26 sc evenly across. Work 3 sc into the 1st st of the last edge, then work 8 more sc evenly across. You should now be back at the first sc of Rnd 1. Work 2 more sc in that st to turn the corner. Sl st to the 1st sc to join. Break off leaving 1 arm-length of yarn for sewing and sew in remaining ends.
1. If you want to include Wrist Strap, weave in the short yarn end and then fold Wrist Strap in half to form a loop. With the long yarn end, sew the ends of Wrist Strap together, making sure you sew through about 3 sc-lengths worth. Then tuck the ends of Wrist Strap into the open edge of Clutch at a slight angle and sew through all four layers across the top of Clutch to secure Wrist Strap. Sew back and forth a few times for security. Tie off and weave in both ends. (Photo 3)
2. Cut letters out of felt to fit your Label. I drew my letters freehand with a disappearing ink fabric marker, but you can also print out letters on regular paper and cut them out to use as stencils for your felt.
3. Glue your letters to your Label with Fabri-Tac. Optionally, for security and neatness, you can stitch around each letter with needle and thread.
4. Pin Label to center of Clutch and sew Label down with long yarn tail. (Photo 4)
5. Pin your zipper to Clutch opening and sew it in.