How to Make the Pocket Full of Sunshine – Free Crochet Pattern

The Pocket Full of Sunshine crochet bag is a fun mini purse pattern that is perfect for Summer! This crochet sun is super adorable and easy to work up.

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I dream of days crocheting on the beach, while my kids play (and leave me to my crafty ventures!).

I also look forward to walking the shores and exploring. And that’s how the “Pocket Full of Sunshine” came to be!

Pocket Full of Sunshine free crochet sun pattern, small crochet bag
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One thing I hate about the beach is carrying around the big ol’ beach bag. Sure, it’s fine when we’re there to lounge and swim, but what about just walking along the sand?

All I need is a small pouch for some important things, like my phone and keys.

This is also the perfect bag for kids to collect seashells or even sand glass!

Here’s how to make the Pocket Full of Sunshine!

Pocket Full of Sunshine free crochet sun pattern, small crochet bag
Materials

Worsted Weight 100% Cotton Yarn (#4)

  • 2oz/100yds

H/8/5.00mm Hook

Yarn Needle

Optional Materials

Gauge

Not important for this project

Finished Measurements

Approx. 5.75″ diameter before adding rays

Stitch Guide

arnd = around

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

Dtr = See Special Stitches

hdc = half double crochet

RS = right side

sc = single crochet

sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)

trc = treble crochet

Ttr = See Special Stitches

WS = wrong side

Skill Level

Easy

WRITTEN IN U.S. TERMS

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Notes
  • Join and turn where indicated only
  • Handle is written for child size, with adult size in parenthesis.
  • Finished measurement will vary depending on yarn used
Special Stitches

Double Treble (Dtr) = YO 3X, insert hook in stitch indicated, YO, draw up a loop, *draw through 2 loops* 4X

Triple Treble (Ttr) = YO 4X, insert hook in stitch indicated, YO, draw up a loop, *draw through 2 loops* 5X

Instructions

BASE (Make 2)

Work in continuous rounds,

R1. Make adjustable ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring (6)

R2. 2 sc in each st arnd (12)

R3. *2 sc, sc* arnd (18)

R4. *2 sc, sc x 2* arnd (24)

R5. *2 sc, sc x 3* arnd (30)

R6. *2 sc, sc x 4* arnd (36)

R7. *2 sc, sc x 5* arnd (42)

R8. *2 sc, sc x 6* arnd (48)

R9. *2 sc, sc x 7* arnd (54)

R10. *2 sc, sc x 8* arnd (60)

Pocket Full of Sunshine free crochet sun pattern, small crochet bag

If you prefer the bag bigger, continue increasing here (must be a multiple of 6).

Rays

Lay base pieces RS together (WS out). Place a stitch marker through one stitch of both layers. Count over 17 sts and insert another stitch marker, going through both layers.

Pocket Full of Sunshine free crochet sun pattern, small crochet bag

R1. Attach yarn to stitch next to second stitch marker; sc in same space and in next 41 sts, turn (42 sc)

Pocket Full of Sunshine free crochet sun pattern, small crochet bag

R2. *Ch 7, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next, trc in next, dtr in next, ttr in last ch, sk 4 sts on base, slip st x 2* across (7 Rays)

Pocket Full of Sunshine free crochet sun pattern, small crochet bag

R3. Remove stitch markers, sc in each st arnd the opening of the pouch, sl st to 1st st

R4. *Ch 7, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next, trc in next, dtr in next, ttr in last ch, sk 4 sts on base, slip st x 2* 3X (working across the opening on the front side only), sl st to join in base of 1st ray created around the outside. Fasten. (3 Rays)

Pocket Full of Sunshine free crochet sun pattern, small crochet bag
Handle

Ch 91(121), working in back bump: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Fasten. (90)[120]

This strap can be adjusted as desired.

Finishing
  • Sew strap to inside on back base piece, all the way against the edge of the opening on both sides, so the RS is attached to the back base and the WS is facing the front.
  • I highly suggest spraying the rays with starch and ironing them on the appropriate setting. This will help stiffen them, so they don’t fall over.
  • Hide all strings.
  • Optional: Add summer themed buttons to the front base piece as desired.
Pocket Full of Sunshine free crochet sun pattern, small crochet bag

And that’s how you make the Pocket Full of Sunshine bag!

I really hope you enjoy this pattern! Don’t forget to add it to your favorites on Ravelry, so you can always find it!

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Pocket Full of Sunshine free crochet sun pattern, small crochet bag

Happy Crocheting!

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