Free Crochet Pattern: French Fry Purse

McDonald’s (!!!) approached me to help promote global #McDelivery Day, which is this Thursday, July 19! Order McDonald’s via UberEats on Thursday whenever lunch starts (10:30am or 11:30am depending on where you live), and you’ll get the chance to order FREE McDonald’s swag while supplies last at participating locations! You can go to McDeliveryAtMcDonalds.com for the downlow and see the 90’s inspired goodies they are offering that day. I’m particularly into the bandana, socks, and t-shirts, and I’m running an enamel pin giveaway on my Instagram!

To celebrate, I decided to make myself a french fry purse, because I still believe that McDonald’s fries are THE BEST FRIES. You can either make this a handbag or a cross body. I had people vote on Instagram, and the cross body won. Basically you can make the strap what ever length you want ;).

If you end up getting goodies on McDelivery Day, let me know what you picked! (P.S. This jean jacket is rad! Thank you, Ronald!)


French Fry Purse by Twinkie Chan

What You’ll Need:
Red worsted weight yarn – I used Red Heart Super Saver in Hot Red
Yellow super bulky  yarn – I used Lion Brand Homespun in Pittsburgh Yellow
White worsted weight yarn – I used Red Heart Super Saver in White
O rings or D rings about an inch in diameter
H8/5.00mm & L11/8.00mm crochet hooks
yellow thread and needle
scissors
tapestry needle
handful of straight pins
optional: 14 plastic eyes and super glue

Abbreviations:
ch(s): chains(s)
hdc: half double crochet
sc: single rochet
sk: skip
sl st: slip stitch
st(s): stitch(es)
( ): work everything inside the parentheses into the next stitch

Gauge:
Exact gauge isn’t particularly important, but I’m giving you what I worked with.
Red Heart Super Saver: 16 sc x 17 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches
Lion Brand Hometown USA: 11 sc = 4 inches

Finished Measurements:
7 inches wide at widest point
6 inches tall, measuring back of the box, excluding french fries

Box Front


With Red and H hook, ch 23.
Row 1: Sk 1st ch from hook, sc evenly across. – 22 sts
Rows 2-4: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. – 22 sts
Row 5: Ch 1, turn. 3 sc, (2 sc), sc evenly across. – 23 sts
Rows 6-9: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. – 23 sts
Row 10: Ch 1, turn. 3 sc, (2 sc), sc evenly across. – 24 sts
Rows 11-20: Repeat Rows 6-10 two times. – 26 sts
Row 21a: Ch 1, turn. 9 sc. Leave remaining sts unworked for now. – 9 sts
Row 22a: Ch 1, turn. Sk 1 st, sl st, 7 sc. – 8 sts
Row 23a: Ch 1, turn. 7 sc.
Row 24a: Ch 1, turn. Sk 1 st, 6 sc. – 6 sts
Row 25a: Ch 1, turn. 6 sc. – 6 st

Break off.

Insert hook into 9th free st from Row 20.
Row 21b: Ch 1, turn. 9 sc. – 9 sts
Row 22b: Ch 1, turn. 7 sc. Leave remaining sts unworked. – 9 sts
Row 23b: Ch 1, turn. 7 sc.
Row 24b: Ch 1, turn. 6 sc.
Row 25b: Ch 1, turn. 6 sc.
Row 26: Ch 1, turn. You’ll now crochet a border around the top of the French Fry Box. 5 sc, (2 sc) in the last st. Then work along the sides of Rows 21b-25b, 5 sc evenly. Now you should be working in the unworked sts from Row 20, 8 sc evenly. Now work along the sides for Rows 21a-25a, 5 sc evenly. Now you should be working in the 1st st of Row 25b, (2 sc), 5 sc.

Break off and weave in all ends.

Box Back


With Red and H hook, ch 23.
Rows 1 – 20: Repeat Rows 1-20 of Box Front. – 26 sts
Rows 21-25: Repeat Rows 6-10 of Box Front. – 27 sts
Row 26: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly. – 27 sts

Don’t Break off.

Now we will work around the 3 sides of the Box Back to create depth for the purse. We’re leaving the top open for fries and your stuff!

Row 27: Rotate your work 90 degrees so that you can work down the side of Rows 1-26. Ch 1, work 25 sc evenly down the side, then work 22 sc evenly across the bottom, then work 25 sc back up the other side. – 72 sts
Rows 28-31: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly around. – 72 sts

Break off leaving an arm length of yarn for sewing and weave in other end.

Fries (Make 2)


Use Yellow and L hook.

You can vary the length of the fries by increasing the chs and the scs. I’ll provide one example. The 2 panels of Fries should have different lengths of fries for a better overall look, so please feel free to experiment with your second panel. There will be 7 fries on each panel.

Don’t work your chs too tightly, or else your Fries might curl too much.

Fry #1: Ch 13, sk 1st 2 chs from hook, hdc, sc in remaining chs. – 11 sts
Fry #2: Ch 16, sk 1st 2 chs from hook, hdc, sc in remaining chs. – 14 sts
Fry #3: Ch 14, sk 1st 2 chs form hook, hdc, sc in remaining chs. – 12 sts
Fry #4: Ch 12, sk 1st 2 chs from hook, hdc, sc in remaining chs. – 10 sts
Fry #5: Ch 16, sk 1st 2 chs from hook, hdc, sc in remaining chs. – 14 sts
Fry #6: Ch 13, sk 1st 2 chs from hook, hdc, sc in remaining chs. – 11 sts
fry #7: Ch 15, ck 1st 2 chs from hook, hdc, sc in remaining chs. – 13 sts

Break off and weave in both ends.

If your Fries are bending or twisting more than you like, you can always experiment with blocking them. I’m kind of too lazy to ever do that, to be honest!

Purse Strap:
With White and L hook, work 3 pieces of yarn at the same time. Simply ch tightly for as long as you want the strap. Use your body to measure. Make it a few inches shorter than you like because the strap will probably stretch out a little.

Assembly:

  1. With Yellow and L hook, surface crochet an M on the Box Front.

2. Pin down, and then with yellow thread, sew 1 Fries panel to the back of Box Front and the other Fries panel to the front of  Box Back, being careful that your stitches don’t show through on the opposite side. I make sure that the Right Side of both Fries panels faces the front of the box. To try to help keep each Fry as upright as possible, I sew up the length of each one. The front Fries panel is tucked about an inch lower than the Box Front, and to maintain the same height in the back Fries panel, the back Fries panel is tucked about 2-3 inches lower. Just pin everything first to make sure you like the look before committing to sewing.

3. Pin Box Front to Box Back. With long Red yarn tail, whipstitch the pieces together.

4. I sewed white O rings to the sides of my purse and then tied the ends of the Purse Strap to the O rings.

5. If you like, glue eyes on to each fry. I used safety eyes, but I snapped the posts off with wire cutters and attached them with super glue.

Enjoy!

All photos and text are copyright © 2018 Twinkie Chan Inc. All rights reserved. Please do not sell, re-post, or distribute this pattern in part or in whole. You may sell finished items you make from this pattern with a credit to “Twinkie Chan” as the designer in your online listings and on your hangtags/signage. However, I would remove the “M” on the box and advise against selling items with anything resembling the McDonald’s logo or using the McDonald’s name in your listings unless you have permission from McDonald’s. If you have any questions, please contact me using the Contact button at the top of my blog. Thank you!
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16 Responses to Free Crochet Pattern: French Fry Purse

  1. Karen Brathwaite says:

    Thank you Ms. Twinkie for the free pattern and since I bought a bag of frozen fries at the store, I could have one to chew on and one to wear! Thank you…and God bless you and the family.

  2. Joan says:

    Your French Fry Purse is darling fun-cute, thank you for sharing!

  3. Shells says:

    So cute thanks for sharing

  4. Marie-Kim Guay says:

    For the back, if we make row 1-25 from the front, there will have the two side bumps but on your picture its almost a square, maybe its me that a misunderstood something??

    • TwinkieChan says:

      Ah yes! That is a mistake. I was sure there was at least 1 mistake in the pattern (probably more) but didn’t have much time to vet it or have someone else look at it. Was relying on you guys to point them out. I’ll go fix it!

  5. Selene says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. I love French fries to death so this is really amazing 😀

  6. Tanya B says:

    I’m so proud of you!!! Also, fries with eyes!!! OMG I can hardly stand the cuteness of it ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  7. Yarnbite says:

    You are so cute. Love the bag. I agree, McDonald fries are the best

  8. Leah says:

    Sooooo fun!!! And you’re so awesome to share. 🙂

    The close-up pic featuring all the fry eyes, OMG…!! 😀

    xo

  9. cookielu says:

    Twinkie, your creativity knows no
    bounds!! This is a wonderful and fun pattern. Thank
    you for sharing! You are always so
    generous!

  10. wooly brain says:

    Soooo cute!!!!!
    Heaps of thanks to you Twinkie ❤️ You are awesome

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