Heart Lunchbox Strap Pattern

 

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Use this cute heart lunchbox strap to put on your loved one’s lunchboxes on Valentine’s Day to show them you love them, or you could also use it as a bracelet or to wrap around presents.

When my kids were younger I used to enjoy putting these elastic type straps around their lunchboxes to keep the contents secure like they do with bento boxes in Japan so this project is inspired by that idea, however you can use it in many ways.

You can also download a FREE printable PDF version  here 

SKILL LEVEL

Upper beginner 
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ABBREVIATIONS ( US TERMS )

  • st  stitch
  • ch chain
  • sk  skip
  • sl st slip stitch
  • sc  single crochet
  • hdc half double crochet
  • dc double crochet 
  • tr  treble crochet

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MATERIALS

 1 x. 50 g. ball in two colours C1 and C2 in either 4 ply ( fingering weight) OR 8 ply/DK cotton such as Paintbox or cotton blend yarn ( I used Hobbii 4/4 rainbow cotton and Lincraft 8 ply/DK cotton,  so you can mix it up!)

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GAUGE 

Not a gauge sensitive project, but if tension seems too loose or tight change to a hook size up or down accordingly
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FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

It mainly depends on the size of your own lunch box or present so please measure accordingly and adjust the length of your initial chain

Small    81/2 inches ( 22cm)  strap   crochet cord 2 x 6 1/2 inches  ( 17 cm)

Medium ( with elastic ) strap 15 1/2 inches  ( 40 cm) plus elastic

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PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS 

STRAP – WITH SEWN ELASTIC

Measure your item, subtract 3 inches ( or 8cm) and make a chain of that length

I used 40ch for a small bento box and 75 ch for a medium size square lunch box using the thinner 4 ply ( fingering weight) cotton

Work 3 rows of hdc with 1ch for turning at end of each row then sc around the whole piece working over the thread ( so you don’t have to weave it in!) 2 sc at each corner, 3sc along end, 2 sc in corner, repeat, fasten off and weave in ends.
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To complete strap, measure approximately 2 1/2 inches (6 cm)of elastic ( or the length which will allow the strap to fit your lunch box and be stretched tightly around it) and sew the ends of the elastic to the ends of the strap either by hand or by sewing machine
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STRAP – NO SEW WITH CROCHET CORD

Ch 40 ( 60, 80)

Work 3 rows of hdc with 1ch for turning at end of each row

After end of 3rd row, sc2 into corner of end and 2sc along end to the middle of end 

Ch 40 then sl st back into each ch to make strap

2sc into other side of end to get to corner, sc along edge into each stitch, 2 sc into corner, 2 sc along end and complete strap ashore the previous end
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HEART

Using C1 ch 4 and sl st to make a ring ( see step by step photos in the free PDF)

Round 1: ch1 , 8sc into ring and sl st to close ring, fasten off

Round 2: Using C2 start in any stitch with a standing dc then repeat dc1, ch 1 into each sc , slst to close ring ( 8dc, 8 ch) 

Round 3: Ch 1, sc 2 into each ch space from previous row and sc 1 into each dc ( 24 sts)

Round 4: sc around circle into the back of each stitch
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Round 5: ( making heart shape, also see diagram below) 

sl st ,  hdc, dc 2 into next stitch, tr 3 into next stitch, dc 2 into next stitch, hdc, sc 5, hdc , dc, ch 2, dc, hdc, sc 5, hdc, dc 2 into next stitch,  tr 3 into next stitch, dc 2 into next stitch, hdc, sl st into the underneath of first sl st and fasten off C2

Round 6 : Using C1 sc all around heart, sc 2 into each dc and tr and sc 1 into each hdc and sc finishing with a sl st to complete round and fasten off tightly, weave in ends.
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ASSEMBLY

NO SEW – use a hot glue gun to glue heart shape to top of strap and tie ends

SEW – use C1 to sew heart shape on either side of heart to the strap

Tie around lunch box or present or put elastic strap around whatever you are using to show your love!! 

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Thank you! 

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Pattern is copyrighted to @crochetlovemelbourne and must not be reproduced in any form without my permission. You may sell items made from this pattern but please give me pattern credit, thank you.

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