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! 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
handful of straight pins
optional: 14 plastic eyes and super glue
hdc: half double crochet
sc: single rochet
sl st: slip stitch
( ): work everything inside the parentheses into the next stitch
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
7 inches wide at widest point
6 inches tall, measuring back of the box, excluding french fries
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
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.
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!
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.
- 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.