Inject some vibrancy into your outfits with this statement cross stitch on Tunisian crochet clutch bag designed by Erin Black. The basic pouch is created using Tunisian crochet which is a technique that combines knitting and crochet. The key difference between Tunisian crochet and normal crochet is that you keep more stitches on your crochet hook, just like you do in knitting. If you’re new to Tunisian crochet, our pals over at Simply Crochet have a great step by step tutorial on How to do Tunisian crochet. They also have a handy how to do embroidery on crochet tutorial too which will help if you’re not confident with cross stitch yet.
Tunisian crochet is a great method for making an aida-like grid fabric, ideal for stitching oversized, chunky crosses onto. Make the half-size clutch for your phone and lippie to slip into, or crochet up the fold-over version for a bit of extra space. We’d love to see your Tunisian crochet clutch bags, so make sure to tag us in your pictures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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You will need
Universal Yarn Supreme Cotton (100% cotton, 100g/165m per ball), or alternative Aran cotton yarn, one ball in Seafoam (617) – The smaller clutch uses half a ball
Universal Yarn Supreme Cotton, or alternative Aran cotton yarn, small quantities (5m or less) for cross stitch embroidery in:
- Lavender (606)
- Hot Pink (512)
- Terracotta (614)
- Turquoise (611)
- White (502)
- Lime (618)
Sewing needle and matching thread
Please note – as Supreme yarns are not widely available in the UK, a suitable alternative would be the Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran yarn – but please be aware that you as this comes in 50g balls you will need two balls of the main yarn (Seafoam colour)
You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.
Tension isn’t important for this project but be sure the resulting fabric is dense enough to contain small items within the clutch.
Small pouch clutch approx. 12.5 x 25cm (5 x 10″)
Fold-over clutch approx. 25 x 25cm (10 x 10″)
Free Tunisian crochet cross stitch clutch bag tutorial
You Will Need
- Cotton Yarn
- Tunisian Crochet hook
- Yarn needle
Tunisian Crochet Section
The clutch is worked as a single piece of Tunisian crochet. You’ll cross stitch the pattern on the fabric before seaming the sides together in the final step.
Don’t forget if you’re unfamiliar with Tunisian crochet, you can find everything you need to know to complete this project in our How to do Tunisian crochet tutorial.
Row 1 Work a foundation row (you now have 38 sts on your hook)
Row 2-32 (Row 2-72 for the fold-over clutch) Work in Tunisian simple stitch, including a forward and reverse pass for each row.
Cross Stitch on Tunisian Crochet Section
Cross stitch the geometric design (using the chart) aligned with the cast on edge of your clutch, using the stitches as a grid guide for laying out your design. If you would like to print out this chart to reference as you stitch you can print this chart via the link.
If you would like your small clutch bag to have the cross stitch design on both sides of your clutch, you can choose to repeat the design along the cast off edge. Don’t forget, if you’re struggling with this cross stitch on Tunisian crochet section you can check out our handy how to do embroidery on crochet tutorial.
Fold your fabric in half and seam the sides of your clutch together (you can do this using crochet slip stitches or with a quick embroidered whip stitch – whichever you prefer). Sew a zip in the top to finish – And you’re done! You can also add a tassel or other embellishment to your zip (Check out our how to make tassel earrings tutorial for step-by-step photos on how to make perfect tassels!). You’ve got yourself a beautiful new Tunisian crochet clutch bag that shows off two of your amazing crafty skills! Now that you have practiced cross stitch on Tunisian crochet, you can get really creative and start making your own cross stitch designs – all you need is some grid paper!
If you’ve enjoyed this pattern you might also like our pick of the top 15 Tunisian crochet patterns, or alternatively you might also like to learn some more interesting crochet techniques, such as how to crochet knit stitch or how to do mosaic crochet.
We hope you’ve enjoyed making this Tunisian crochet clutch bag, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.