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How to: crochet soap bags

I guess I’m one of those people you’d call a “maker.” Is it easier to purchase things? Yep. Would it take less time? You bet. But would it be as sustainable, ethical and fun? Definitely not!

This is a post designed for the makers out there, or those who simply want to try something new. In the process, you’ll make a handy soap bag that will keep your soap and shampoos dry in your shower.

This is the exact pattern I use to hand make Cotton; the crochet soap bags I sell at markets along with the other Nul products.

What you’ll need:

  • Cotton thread (any lighter weight (up to DK) will work fine, but I tend to use lace-weight cotton yarn)
  • A crochet hook (needs to match your yarn, I use a size 3 for my lace weight and a size 4 or 5 for DK)
  • A pair of scissors (to snip away the left over yarn)
  • A yarn needle (to tuck away those annoying ends!)

How you’ll make it:

  1. Create a slip knot (how to make a slip knot) and chain 24 (how to chain)
  2. DC (how to DC) into the 3rd chain from hook. Chain 1. Skip next chain. Continue until the end of the row.
  3. Once you’re at the end of the row, turn over and continue on the other side of the chain. Chain 1. DC into the chain that already has a DC in it (but on the other side). Chain 1 and skip the next chain. Continue until the end of the row.
  4. Once you’re at the end of the row, chain 1 and join to the first DC with a slip stitch (how to join with a slip stitch). Your first round is done! Now you just need to continue with this until your soap bag is the height you want it to be.
  5. Chain 4 (this stands in for a DC + chain) and DC into the second DC of the row. Chain one, skip the chain, and DC into the next DC. Repeat until you get to the end of the round. Join to the first DC of the round with a slip stitch.
  6. Repeat step 5 until you reach your desired height (I usually do 9 rounds).
  7. To finish off the bag, chain 2 (this stands in for a SC + chain), then SC into the second DC (how to SC). Repeat all the way around and join to the first SC with a slip stitch and pull the end of the yarn through. Snip off the yarn to finish but leave a nice long tail. This has created little loops for your drawstring to be threaded into.
  8. To create the draw string, chain 40. Finish with a slip stitch and pull the end of the yarn through. Now snip off the yarn to finish, but leave a nice long tail.
  9. Thread the tail of the draw string through the yarn needle and weave it through the loop holes you just created with the SCs. Once you get back to the start, tie the two ends of the draw strings together. Snip the long tails of the drawstrings to your liking.
  10. Now use your needle to tuck away the loose ends (how to weave in ends).

Now you’re done! I hope you enjoy this tutorial and love using our Nul products with your very own handmade soap bag!