5 Little Monsters: Back to School: Basic Crocheted Pencil Bag

Back to School: Basic Crocheted Pencil Bag

I can't believe that July is over and my kids will be heading back to school in just a couple of weeks. Even crazier is the fact that I will be down to only one kid at home this year. As we are getting ready to send kids back to school I started thinking about things that I could make that would be good for this time of year. Last year around this time I posted a crochet pattern for a ninja turtle pencil bag. This year I thought it would be fun to make some new variations of that pencil bag. I have lots of ideas of things that little rectangle bag could be turned into and over the next few weeks I will share some of those variations. Today I thought I would start by just sharing the pattern for the basic pencil bag, without any extras. This will basically be the base for all of the different variations. I chose solid green for mine because it is actually going to be turned into something else, I will share that soon but first I wanted to share the basic bag pattern. 

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The front of the bag is just plain, the flap folds over to the back and buttons closed. The bag measures about 9 x 5 inches. You can use any worsted weight yarn to make it. This one is made with Vanna's Choice but I have also used Red Heart Super Saver, Red Heart Super Tweed, and Deborah Norville Everyday so anything similar in weight to those yarns will work.

How to Make a Basic Crocheted Pencil Bag

Finished size approx. 9 x 5 inches with flap closed

You will need:

  • Worsted Weight yarn (for this bag I used Vanna's Choice in Radiant Lime)
  • H crochet hook
  • 2 buttons (3/4"-1")
  • Sewing thread for attaching buttons
  • sewing needle
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends


ch 31

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch to the end (30 sc)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

Row 3-38: repeat row 2

Row 39: ch 1, turn, sc dec, sc in next 26, sc dec (28 sc)

Row 40: ch 1, turn, sc dec, sc in next 24, sc dec (26 sc)

Row 41: ch 1, turn, sc dec, sc in next 22, sc dec (24 sc)

Row 42: ch 1, turn, sc dec, sc in next 20, sc dec (22 sc)

Row 43: ch 1, turn, sc dec, sc in next 18, sc dec (20 sc)

Finish off

You should now have a piece that looks like this:

A big rectangle that is slightly angled in on one end

Rows 1-18 will be the back of your bag, rows 19-36 will be the front of your bag and rows 37-43 (the last two straight rows and the angled portion) make the flap. 

Fold the bag wrong sides together (the sides look pretty much the same so whichever way you think looks better) so that the first 18 rows are on one side and match up with rows 19-36. 

Starting in one corner, I always start so that I am working on the front of the bag, sc up the side of the bag through both layers, once you reach the end of the double layers sc in the next two rows and continue up the angled portion, sc in corner stitch, ch 4, skip 1, sc in next 16, ch 4, skip 1, sc in corner, sc down the side of the flap and bag making sure to go through both layers once you reach the bag portion, finish off and weave in ends

Fold flap down to determine button placement, sew on buttons

This bag is really simple and a perfect base for lots of fun variations. I can't wait to share some of them with you over the next few weeks. I will add links to the bottom of this post as I publish them.


  1. Very cute and a good idea! I wish I knew how to follow that! I actually need a new little make up kit for my bag! :-)

  2. This is adorable, and something my girls would love to use at school!