Cactus Themed Crochet Bag Pattern for Beginners (c2c)

I’m thrilled to share my new cactus crochet bag pattern with you all. This beautiful bag is made from 13 C2C squares featuring cactuses in bright  colors on a neutral solid color background. It’s the perfect project if you love beautiful texture and fun designs.

Making your own bag is simple: you crochet the squares, sew them together, and add a strap. I really enjoyed designing this cute pattern and I hope you’ll love making it. The free pattern is below.

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Lovable Loops free cactus crochet bag pattern

Free Crochet Bag Pattern

This bag is made from 13 corner-to-corner c2c squares, each with a cactus on it. After you crochet the squares, you just sew them together and add the purse straps. Instructions for adding crochet straps are also included.

PDF Version

This easy crochet bag pattern is also available as an ad-free PDF in my Etsy Shop.

Video Tutorial

I have a corner to corner (c2c) video tutorial on my YouTube channel to help you get started if you are new to this crochet method.

Note: In the tutorial I chain 5 for a new row and chain 2 for a new square. I no longer do that. I prefer to chain 6 for a new row and chain 3 for a new square.

Materials Needed

  • Crochet Hook Size: G-6 4 mm
  • Yarn: Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Yarns 24/7 Cotton in ecru, dragonfly, grass, and mint.
  • Yarn needle: Use this to weave in your ends.
  • Scissors: Use scissors to fasten off your yarn.
  • Stitch marker(s): Use these to help keep track of your stitches. 
  • Purse straps: I used two 24″ purse straps with lobster clasps. I used these exact purse straps for my bag.
  • D hook rings (4): I used these exact D rings. The pack comes with a variety of colors and I used the bronze color to match the lobster clasps from the purse straps. 

Crochet Bag Pattern

Skill Level

Advanced beginners. This crochet tote bag pattern is made using the corner to corner (c2c) stitch pattern method. It involves color work and shaping.  

Crochet Bag Pattern Finished Measurements

My crocheted bag measured 13.5 inches wide and 13 inches long from the top of the sides to the bottom of the bag. 

Gauge

8 squares (ch 3 + 3 dc) = 4 inches

Crochet Terms

  • dc = double crochet
  • sc = single crochet
  • sc2tog = single crochet decrease
  • ch/chs = chain/chains
  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch

c2c Crochet Technique

  • The pattern is made using the c2c technique of making “squares” back and forth in diagonal rows starting in the bottom right corner and ending in the top left corner.
  • Each square is made of a chain 3 + 3 double crochet.
  • Chain 6 to start a new row and chain 3 to start a new square.
  • You can follow the picture graph or the written pattern.
  • The written pattern tells you how many squares to make of each color and in what order.

Pattern Notes

  • You will need 13 squares total.
  • Color a is the background color.
  • Color b is the cactus color.
  • The pattern is written in US terms. 

Crochet Bag Pattern Instructions

Crochet 13 squares following the picture graph or the written pattern.

↙ Row 1: color a x 1 (1 square) 
↗ Row 2: color a x 2 (2 squares) 
↙ Row 3: color a x 3 (3 squares) 
↗ Row 4: color b x 1, color a x 3 (4 squares) 
↙ Row 5: color a x 3, color b x 2 (5 squares) 
↗ Row 6: color b x 3, color a x 1, color b x 1, color a x 1 (6 squares) 
↙ Row 7: color a x 1, color b x 5, color a x 1 (7 squares) 
↗ Row 8: color a x 2, color b x 3, color a x 1, color b x 1, color a x 1 (8 squares) 
↙ Row 9: color a x 3, color b x 3, color a x 3 (9 squares) 
Corner: Start decreasing on both ends 
↗ Row 10: color a x 2, color b x 4, color a x 2 (8 squares) 
↙ Row 11: color a x 1, color b x 3, color a x 1, color b x 1, color a x 1 (7 squares) 
↗ Row 12: color a x 1, color b x 1, color a x 1, color b x 2, color a x 1 (6 squares) 
↙ Row 13: color b x 2, color a x 1, color b x 1, color a x 1 (5 squares) 
↗ Row 14: color a x 4 (4 squares) 
↙ Row 15: color a x 3 (3 squares) 
↗ Row 16: color a x 2 (2 squares) 
↙ Row 17: color a x 1 (1 square) 

Border

Add a border to each cactus square. Make 2 sc in each square along the sides and in each corner square make (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc).

Crochet Bag Pattern Assembly

Arrange your squares like the picture shows. The cactuses below the red line should be upside down. Then, use a tapestry needle to sew all the squares together.

Lovable Loops free cactus crochet bag pattern

With the inside of the bag facing you, fold the bottom up where the red dots show. Next, fold in the sides where the black dots are, and use a tapestry needle to sew the seams.

Add the D Rings

If you want to add crochet straps, you do not need to add the D rings. Scroll down for instructions.

You will sew the D rings to the inside of the bag. Fold the top of each corner down and sew around the flat part of the D ring. Make sure it is very secure.

Lovable Loops free cactus crochet bag pattern

Adding Purse Straps

Attach the bag straps by clipping the lobster clasps to the D rings. If you prefer to make a crochet strap, follow the instructions from my Neon Hearts Bag

Adding Crochet Straps

The picture below is from my cherry bag.

Picture tutorial for Lovable Loops cherry themed crochet bag pattern

Round 1: Join yarn on the right side of the top square (purple arrow) and sc along that side (green line). Chain 90 (yellow dot) and join to the other side (red dot). Sc along that side (orange line). You are doing to repeat these instructions on the other side of the bag. Sc2tog where the bottom of the squares on each side meet (arrows).

Round 2: Sc in each stitch and in each chain. Sc2tog where the bottom of the squares on each side meet (arrows).

Rounds 3 & 4: Sc in each stitch. Sc2tog where the bottom of the squares on each side meet (arrows).

Finishing

Fasten off and then weave in all of your ends. 

Lovable Loops free cactus crochet bag pattern

Looking for more Free Crochet Bag Patterns?

Are you ready to start your next project? You may also like these crochet bags: land & sea turtles, heart patch bag, cherry bag, music note bag, and neon hearts bag

Let’s Connect!

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