Creations By Courtney

Palm Tree Tapestry Bag

The Palm Tree Tapestry Bag is a great stash busting crochet pattern. You'll learn how to neatly change colors, and create a double-sided accessory to carry summer all year long.

It’s September, which means fall is coming and pumpkin everything is here. I’ve joined up with several other crochet designers to offer leaf themed crochet designs. I decided to try my hand at a larger tapestry design, and came up with the Palm Tree Tapestry Bag.

The Palm Tree Tapestry Bag is a great stash-busting design to create a realistic tree of greens and brown, or you can do your four complimenting colors. If you need a smaller project to practice carrying multiple colors throughout the project, start with the Coco Earrings .

Since the weather is cooling, and as much as I’m over the melting heat, as soon it’s too cold, I’ll be longing for warmer weather 😆 The Palm Tree Tapestry Bag is one way to carry a piece of summer with you wherever you may go and through any weather.

This tapestry design is different since it’s a picture on both sides of the bag, as many picture tapestry projects repeat smaller pictures or only one side. I have included several options for completing the bottom and the handles to meet your preference. One tester was so creative to use cord for straps. I decided to offer a few options to help the beginner crocheter further develop their skills, and a different technique to help us all avoid seaming.

Completed by tester @rebeca.la

If you’re familiar with tapestry and other color work designs, many prefer to work from a colored chart rather than reading a pattern. I have created a chart for this awesome bag, which is included in the ad-free PDF. You can grab the pattern from My Shop, Ravelry or LoveCrafts.

Want more leafy crochet goodness?

  • Lisa of Stitch in Progress designed table decor to have your home ready for any gathering.
  • If you love decorating the home for each season, then you’ll love the table runner by Pam of Made With A Twist.
  • Love tapestry? You must go over to E’Claire Makery to make yourself the Falling Leaves Beanie.

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Palm Tree Tapestry Bag is a free crochet pattern. The PDF includes a color chart too!

MATERIALS

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium weight #4 yarn (100% Acrylic; 198 g/7 oz, 333 meters/164 yards): Color A -Soft Navy, 1 Skein; Color B – Warm Brown, 25 g/ 20 yards; Color C – Coffee, 20 g/ 25 yards; Color D – Emerald, 25 g/ 29 yards; Color E – Dark Jade, 15 g/ 21 yards
  • Hook US 7 / 4.50 mm
  • 8 Stitch Markers
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • Purses Handles, optional

GAUGE

  • 5 pattern stitches =1”, 4 pattern rows =1”

SIZES

  • 11.5” high x 10.25” wide, excluding bottom

PATTERN KEY

  • Ch: chain, sl st: slip stitch, sc: single crochet, dc: double crochet, YO: yarn over, FO: Fasten Off

SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES

Attach sides as you work

  • First sc: sl st through next st (counts as ch 1), insert hook in next st, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through two loops
  • Last sc: insert hook in st, YO, pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook in next st, YO, pull through st and two loops, turn (Start with first sc for next row) 

Color Change: with current color, insert hook in next st, YO, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), YO with next color and pull through two loops. Continue with new color.

Alternative Slip Stitch Join: Remove hook from the last stitch, pull other colors towards the inside of the bag, insert hook from front to back in the first stitch of the round and pull the loop through to the front, turn work. (This reduces the appearance of a seam) Pull the other colors up towards along the round, ch 1 to enclose the other colors and start the next round.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

  • Beginner

NOTES

  • Pattern is written in US terms.
  • Pattern is worked in 3 parts: bag body, handles, bottom of bag
  • Be sure to not twist the foundation chain.
  • Pattern is worked in turned rounds. 
  • Tapestry crochet is worked by carrying the other colors along each round and working over those colors. This creates the stiff fabric. Here are additional tips for tapestry crochet.
  • The alternative slip stitch join can be used to reduce the appearance of a seam on the side of the bag.
  • Follow special instructions for the color change.
  • Do not fasten off a color, unless it is noted.
  • Both sides of the bag are identical, so the chart will be followed for each side in the same order. It can help to mark the 50th st with a marker.
  • Alternative instructions are provided within the pattern for the handles and bottom of the bag.
  • A graph is provided at the bottom of the pattern for easy printing.

INSTRUCTIONS 

BAG BODY: 

Ch 100, sl st to form ring. Be careful to not twist.

Be sure to carry along Color B starting this round.

Round 1:  With A, ch 1, sc in first ch, sc in each ch around, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc  

Start to carry along Color C in Round 6

Round 2 – 7: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc 

Round 8: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 21 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in remaining 23 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc

Round 9: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 22 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in remaining 22 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc 

Round 10: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 21 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts, with A, sc in remaining 23 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc 

Round 11: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 22 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in remaining 22 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc

Round 12: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 21 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in remaining 23 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc 

Round 13: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 22 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in remaining 22 sts, sl st to join, turn –  100 sc  

Round 14: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 21 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in remaining 23 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc 

Round 15: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 22 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in remaining 22 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc 

Round 16: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 21 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in remaining 23 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc 

Round 17: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 22 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in remaining 22 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc 

Round 18: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 21 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts, with A, sc in remaining 23 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc  

Round 19: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 22 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in remaining 22 sts, sl st to join, turn –  100 sc  

Round 20: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 21 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in remaining 23 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc 

Round 21: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 22 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in remaining 22 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc  

Round 22: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 21 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 23 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc

Round 23: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 22 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with C sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 22 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc

Start to carry along Color D

Round 24: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 21 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 45 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 23 sts, turn –100 sc

Round 25: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 13 sts; *with D, sc in next 2 sts; with A, sc in next 7 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 7 sts; with D, sc in next 2 sts*; with A, sc in next 27 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 13 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc 

Round 26: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 12 sts; *with D, sc in next 2 sts; with A, sc in next 7 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 7 sts; with D, sc in next 2 sts*; with A, sc in next 27 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 14 sts, turn –100 sc  

Round 27: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 13 sts; *with D, sc in next 2 sts; with A, sc in next 7 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 7 sts; with D, sc in next 3 sts*; with A, sc in next 26 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 12 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc 

Round 28: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 11 sts; *with D, sc in next 3 sts; with A, sc in next 7 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 6 sts; with D, sc in next 4 sts*; with A, sc in next 25 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 13 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc  

Round 29: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 1213 sts; *with D, sc in next 4 sts; with A, sc in next 6 sts; with C, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 6 sts; with D, sc in next 4 sts*; with A, sc in next 2526 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 12 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc  

Round 30: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 11 sts; *with D, sc in next 4 sts; with A, sc in next 6 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 5 sts; with D, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 5 sts; with D, sc in next st*; with A, sc in next 19 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 7 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc  

Round 31: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 6 sts; *with D, sc in next 2 sts; with A, sc in next 5 sts; with D, sc in next 4 sts; with A, sc in next 5 sts; with B, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 5 sts; with D, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 5 sts; with D, sc in next st;* with A, sc in next 13 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 6 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc  

Round 32: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 5 sts; *with D, sc in next 2 sts; with A, sc in next 5 sts; with D, sc in next 6 sts; with A, sc in next 3 sts; with B, sc in next 2 sts; with D, sc in next st; with B, sc in next 2 sts; with A, sc in next 3 sts; with D, sc in next 6 sts; with A, sc in next 4 sts; with D, sc in next 32 sts;* with A, sc in next 134 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 8 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc

Round 33: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 7 sts; *with D, sc in next 3 sts; with A, sc in next 3 sts; with D, sc in next 23 sts; with A, sc in next 4 sts; with D, sc in next 3 sts*; with A, sc in next 14 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 6 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc

Round 34: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 6 sts; *with D, sc in next 3 sts; with A, sc in next 4 sts; with D, sc in next 21 sts; with A, sc in next 3 sts; with D, sc in next 4 sts*; with A, sc in next 15 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 8 sts, sl st to join, turn. FO Colors B and C – 100 sc

Start to carry Color E

Round 35: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 8 sts; *with D, sc in next 4 sts; with A, sc in next 3 sts; with D, sc in next 19 sts; with A, sc in next 4 sts; with D, sc in next 4 sts*; with A, sc in next 16 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 7 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc

Round 36: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 7 sts; *with D, sc in next 6 sts; with A, sc in next 2 sts; with D, sc in next 17 sts; with A, sc in next 2 sts; with D, sc in next 6 sts*; with A, sc in next 17 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 9 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc

Round 37: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 9 sts; *with D, sc in next 31 sts*; with A, sc in next 19 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 9 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc

Round 38: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 9 sts; *with D, sc in next 29 sts*; with A, sc in next 21 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 11 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc

Round 39: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 11 sts; *with D, sc in next 13 sts; with E, sc in next st; with D, sc in next 13 sts*; with A, sc in next 23 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 11 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc

Round 40: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 12 sts; *with D, sc in next 10 sts; with E, sc in next 4 sts; with D, sc in next 9 sts*; with A, sc in next 27 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 14 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc

Round 41: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 15 sts; *with D, sc in next 6 sts; with E, sc in next 3 sts; with A, sc in next st; with E, sc in next 4 sts; with D, sc in next 5 sts*; with A, sc in next 31 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 15 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc

Round 42: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 14 sts; *with E, sc in next 9 sts; with A, sc in next 2 sts; with E, sc in next 9 sts*; with A, sc in next 30 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 15 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc  

Round 43: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 12 sts; *with E, sc in next 10 sts; with A, sc in next 5 sts; with E, sc in next 10 sts*; with A, sc in next 25 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 12 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc 

Round 44: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 10 sts; *with E, sc in next 9 sts; with A, sc in next 9 sts; with E, sc in next 9 sts*; with A, sc in next 23 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 12 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc  

Round 45: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 13 sts; *with E, sc in next 5 sts; with A, sc in next 13 sts; with E, sc in next 5 sts*; with A, sc in next 27 sts; repeat between *-*; with A, sc in next 13 sts, sl st to join, turn – 100 sc  

Round 46 – 50: With A, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. FO – 100 sc 

HANDLES

Make 4

Fold bag flat and set purse handles in desired location; use stitch markers to mark where to create tabs to attach purse handles through the rings.

Row 1: Attach A in same st of marker on the right, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st until the next marker, turn

Next Row: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in each st, turn

Next Row: Repeat last row until long enough to fold over purse handle rings and to attach to the inside of the bag. FO with a long tail for seaming. Place handles, pull each tab through and slip stitch through the last row and the bag or sew in place.

ALTERNATIVE HANDLES

Make 2

Place stitch markers along top of bag where you would like to set handles.

Row 1: Attach A in first st with marker on the right, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st until next marker, turn

Next Row: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in each st, turn

Next Rows: Repeat last Row until desired length, fasten off leaving tail to attach end of handle between the next 2 stitch markers.

BAG BOTTOM

Flip bag inside out, fold flat, attach A to corner, sl st in each st and through both sides until last st, fasten off.

ALTERNATIVE BOTTOM

Flip bag inside out. Determine desired width of bag; use 4 stitch markers to indicate the corners on each end (this is the width of the bottom).

Row 1: Attach A in st to the left of first marker, sc in each st until the next marker, turn

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in each st, turn

Next Rows: Repeat last row until desired length, FO leaving long tail for sewing the three sides to the bag

INTERMEDIATE ALTERNATIVE BOTTOM

Flip bag inside out. Determine desired width of bag; use 4 stitch markers to indicate the corners on each end (this is the width of the bottom). Follow Special Technique for the first and last sc for each row.

Row 1: Holding bag upside down, attach yarn in st to the right of first corner stitch marker closest to you (counts as ch 1), sc in same st as marker, remove marker, sc in each st until next marker (be sure to follow directions for last sc), turn

Next Rows: sc in each st, turn

Repeat last row until you reach the next right corner stitch marker, turn

Last Row: sl st in each st of the bag bottom and the bottom of Round 1, FO.

Finishing

Sew in all ends, trim excess.

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