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DIY Zipper Crochet Change Purse

When I first started this project, I thought I would need to sew a blanket stitch around the zipper to crochet into. Imagine my excitement when I realized I could actually slide my hook through the zipper fabric and crochet directly into it! I know, I know – sometimes I take the crochet geek levels to a brand new high. Anyway, this project is a wonderful way to use up your yarn scraps, and zippers are so cheap! Pick up a few different sizes and make a bunch of these cute little change purses to give as gifts. This instructable is written for a 4" zipper size but it is easily customizable if you're feeling adventurous.

You'll need:

  • 4″ zipper of your color choice
  • Worsted weight yarn in two (or three, or four) colors
  • Size 3 cotton thread
  • US 1.9mm crochet hook
  • US G/4.25 mm crochet hook

Note: Crochet experience is expected for this project, as these are comprehensive crochet instructions.

Crochet Around the Zipper

Take your little 1.9mm hook and size 3 thread and single crochet 28 stitches around the zipper, working two single crochets in each end. This might take a few tries, figuring out where to yarn over and insert your hook, but it’s easier than you think! When you've crocheted around the whole zipper, join with a slip stitch in the first single crochet.

Crochet Body of the Purse

Change to larger hook and first desired color. Chain 1, work a single crochet in same stitch as last slip stitch and in each single crochet around, join with a slip stitch to first single crochet.

Chain 1, work a single crochet in same stitch as last slip stitch, *chain 1, single crochet in next single crochet, repeat from * around, end with a chain 1 and slip stitch in first single crochet, changing to next color as you pull through the slip stitch.

Slip stitch into next chain-1 space, chain 1, single crochet in same space, *chain 1, single crochet in next chain-1 space, repeat from * around, ending chain 1, slip stitch in first single crochet. Repeat this round, changing colors as desired, until you have 8 rounds altogether (not counting the size 3 thread round).

Now we’re going to decrease. Chain 1, single crochet in same stitch as last slip stitch, *chain 1, single crochet in next chain 1 space*, repeat between * and * until you reach the side of the change purse (exact stitch count doesn’t really matter, as long as you’re on the side), single crochet two together (decrease stitch) over next 2 chain spaces, repeat between * and * until you reach the other side of the purse, single crochet two together over next 2 chains spaces, repeat between * and * until you reach the first single crochet, chain 1, slip stitch to first single crochet.

Repeat this last row, working the decrease stitch over the 2 chain spaces on either side of the decrease stitch below. twice.

Fasten off.

Finish Up the Bottom

Unzipper the purse, flip it inside out, and crochet the bottom edges together with a row of single crochet.

Weave in all those ends and you’re done!

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