Raffia crochet messenger bag pattern


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Recently I was gifted this gorgeous raffia paper yarn by Hobbii yarn in this lovely shade of pink Dusty Rose and I knew I wanted to make a medium size shoulder bag.
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I looked around at all the raffia bag patterns, but I couldn’t find a messenger bag style which I like as the top is closed over and things stay in the bag better.

Once I made the bag I felt as if there was something lacking, so I asked my Instagram followers @crochetlovemelbourne for their opinion and they certainly gave it to me! They made me realise that everyone likes their bag a slightly different way and this made me think. I decided to create a bag pattern  with five different customisable options for the front flap and you could make it any way you want to add your own personal touch! You can now make the front flap of the bag in five different ways.


See the end of this post for the link to a full YouTube tutorial for this pattern and you can purchase an ad free PDF pattern  HERE

    1. Classic long messenger bag flap
    2.  Shorter flap with scallop/fan edging
    3. Mid flap with fringing
    4. Triangular shape flap
    5. Rounded flap with button

Mint Odyssey

So here is my take on a very beginner friendly raffia crochet messenger bag. It has a magnetic closure and an optional lining. Enjoy!



Upper Beginner


Hobbii Rafaella 100% paper raffia( 100 gram/ 130- 135 m) x 3 rolls

5.5 mm crochet hook


Tapestry needle

(Optional) clip on shoulder bag strap

(Optional) magnetic clasp

(Optional)  1 m x 1 m fabric for lining, sewing thread, sewing machine


4 ” /11 cm x 4 ” /11 cm = 6 rows x 11 stitches




28 cm/ 11 inches x 28 cm/ 11 inches


ch chain

dc double crochet 

hdc half double crochet

sc single crochet

sk skip

sl st slip stitch 

sp space

st  stitch



Using the 5.5 mm crochet hook, slip knot and ch 16

Round 1 : You are going to work around both sides of the foundation chain. First sc 3 into the 2nd ch from the hook then sc 14 along one side of the chain until the final ch, sc 3 into the final chain then continue to sc 14 along the under side of the chain, working into the same chains but on the other side, sl st into initial st ( 36 sts )


Round 2 : Ch 1 ( does not count as a st) sc 3, sc 18  to the end of the first side, sc 3 into end st, sc 18 along the second side, sl st to join. ( 40 sts)

Round 3: Ch 1, hdc into each st along each side, working 3 sc into end st (44 sts)

Round 4: Ch 1, hdc into each st along each side, working 3 sc into end st (48 sts)

Round 5: Ch 1, 2 hdc into st x 6 times (12 sts) hdc 18.  Hdc 2 into next st x 6 times ( 12 sts) hdc 18, sl st to join round ( 60 sts )


Rounds 6 – 18 : Sl st 4 sts so. the dc rounds will begin at the side of the bag. Work 12 rows of dc into every st, ch 2 to begin each round and sl st to join each round to form the main body of the bag.


  1. SIMPLE LONG FLAP.    Rounds 18- 32 : Ch 3, dc 25, turn,  repeat this row until row 32 to form the flap which goes over the front of the bag ( 14 rows of dc)

Do not fasten off yarn, continue to sc along the side of the flap, working 2 sc into each ch 2 edge gap for each dc row.

Continue to sc around the front edge of the bag and up the second flap side in the same manner. When you reach bottom of the flap section fasten off at the bottom left corner with an invisible join and weave in end.


2. SHORTER FLAP FAN EDGING: work 9 rows of dc. To start the next row do not work a starting  ch, *sk 2, work 6dc into 3rd st from hook, sk 2, sl st into 3rd st from hook* repeat until final st, sl st into turning ch below and fasten off, weave in ends..

.3. MID FLAP WITH FRINGE : work 10 rows of dc, cut 52 lengths of raffia 10 “/25.5 cm, fold in half and using crochet hook pull two pieces through each stitch to secure fringe section, work along bottom edge from the wrong side, putting one pice of fringe into each stitch. Smooth the fringe using your hands and a waster spray and trim along the bottom for a straight fringe.


4. TRIANGULAR FLAP: work 5 rows dc, in final 6 rows decrease 2 sts at each end until in final row there are 2 sts left ( ch 2 at start of rows, decreasing 4 sts each row), pull one st into the other and  sc around the whole top edge of the flap and the bag, fastening off with an invisible join and weaving in end.


5. ROUNDED FLAP WITH BUTTON: work 8 rows dc, decrease one st at each end of final four rows by working half a dc into the first 2 sts then pulling the raffia through the two loops of the 2 x dc to decrease one st. After the 4th row, fasten off, weave in end and sew on button in the middle of the front flap ( magnetic closure will close the underneath of flap).

 Handles: you can crochet a bag handle in either sc by tying yarn onto the side of the bag and working 3-4 sc into the side edge, then working sc until the handle reaches the required length.

I used a second-hand bag handle from a bag I purchased at an opportunity shop ( or thrift/charity store) and sewed it onto the side sections of the bag which I recommend. You can purchase new bag handles online from eBay or Hobbii yarn.

I recommend a magnetic closure either under the flap or on the top inside area and a lining is optional. For my previous bag pattern I made two YouTube tutorials which are also relevant here.

  1. How to attach a magnetic closure you will find HERE
  2. How to sew a bag lining for a crochet bag you will find HERE

(The lining is optional as the raffia is strong enough and the holes are not large, however I do recommend it.)

And there you have it! I hope you like this pattern and I would love it if you tagged me on Instagram @crochetlovemeblourne so I can share your creations!

The link to a full YouTube tutorial for this pattern is HERE


If you have any questions about the pattern please feel free to contact me directly.

Instagram: @crochetlovemelbourne

Email: crochetlovemelbourne@gmail.com



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