I had to chuckle when I made these little purses, as they remind me of some odd felt pouches that we had many years ago on our Christmas trees, marked with Sharpie initials for each child. They “magically” contained a treat in the morning, like a chocolate coin, if our children had been “good” the day before. A tradition that provides memories for a lifetime.
The purses are easy to make and require just one woven hexagon plus a few crochet stitches. Use the following steps as guideline if needed.
Weave one hexagon on the original TURTLE Loom™. We used Paintbox Simply Aran yarn, but other worsted weight yarns will work well, too.
After you take the hexagon off the loom, secure and weave in the starting thread, then secure and weave the ending thread through two sides of the hexagon as shown. Pull in the yarn until a little “O” ring forms. Secure and weave in the end. Weave a separate yarn end through the opposite two hexagon sides. Pull in the yarn ends until a little “O” ring forms. Secure and weave in the ends.
Now, with a contrast color, starting near one of the “O”s, work single crochet stitches through the top loops of the remaining two sides, there will be about 14-16 stitches all around. Close the round with a slip stitch.
Crochet the handle by working about 20 chain stitches, then slip stitch to the opposite side of the purse (near the other “O”). Cut the yarn and pull it through the last loop, then weave in the end.
Fill your little purse with goodies and enjoy! Hang them on your tree, put one for each family member on the dinner table, share them with your crafts group or at the office. And after the holiday the purse will make a great accessory for an 18″ doll.