Gigi's Purse Strap

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This narrow braid made into two short strips to be sewn to purse rings, makes a really attractive substitute for a commercial purse handle.
It is ideal for a purse or a small bag and it is quite easy to make!
To begin with, you will need to pick two contrasting colors that either match your purse or contrast beautifully with it. For example, if you have made a bag whose purse handle would have been a commercial wooden handle, why not make this one in two different earthy tones? Attach the ends to wooden purse rings and you've got a winner! If your purse was made in a variegated, pick the two most outstanding matching colors and use them for the strap, then sew them to metallic rings and you'll see how pretty it looks!



If you don't know how to make the ropes, please refer to this tutorial:
How to Make Crochet I-Cord Ropes

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn of two colors of your choice (1/2 skein)
Crochet hook size H
Scissors
Pins
Pinning surface (it could be a pillow, an old cushion, a piece of cardboard, a macrame board)
Tip:
 About your ropes or I-cords: Make them approximately twice as long as you would need them. (I suggest you leave one end of the I-cord or rope attached to the ball of yarn just in case you need more to get your desired length. This thing is definitely not a precise science!)
Pin the cord to your pinning surface, leaving free the end that has the ball attached to it. If you can manage your knotting with the ball, that is just wonderful. You can also wind some extra yarn to a wooden clothespin to make sure you have some extra yarn to work with in case you need a bit more I-cord, and then work, using the clothespin as they used to do macrame a century ago by using bobbin lace bobbins (you can use modern bobbin lace bobbins too), do whatever you consider, but it is best to have some yarn left than to be short on cord and no yarn to work with and to have to start all over again!
To make the strap proceed as follows:
Make 2 I-cord or crocheted ropes of each chosen color.
1- Leaving the rope on the left hanging and holding it straight with one hand, bring the one on the right to the front and around it towards the back, forming a rounded loop, then pass the end of the rope through to the front again. Tighten.
2- Now keeping the right rope hanging and holding it straight, repeat the process by bringing the one on the left to the front of the one on the right and around it, forming a rounded loop, and then pass the end of it through to the front. Tighten.
Repeat these 2 steps to form your pretty strap.
That was easy, wan't it?

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Peony Pink Frog Closure

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Materials-
Red Heart Shocking Pink
G hook
Measuring Tape.
Pinning surface (could be an old cushion or even a piece of cardboard)
Pins
Blunt needle to sew yarn


With G hook and Shocking Pink make a crocheted I-cord rope that is 25" long.

To make the frog closure, proceed as follows:
Place the rope on the pinning surface you have chosen to use. Match ends of the rope.
Pass left leg of rope over right leg to form a loop (adjust to the size of the button you have chosen) and pin down.
Take left leg of rope and bring it around the right leg towards the back, forming a loop, then take the right leg and move it tot he back, then toward the front around the left leg and into the loop formed. Tighten a bit to form a knot.



Turn the end of the rope into a circle by curling over itself, then, slip the end of the rope through the loop formed and tighten, making a knot.
Repeat ont he opposite side.
Sew remaining ends of the rope to the back of the center knot as seen in photos.
Secure the top loop (buttonhole) with a few stitches.

Done!



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Kathlyn Frog Closure

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Frog Closures are such a  lovely finishing touch for a bag or even for a simple tote for daily use! This one is very easy to make. If you have never made one of our closures, start with this one, you will not be disappointed! Don't be intimidated by its beauty, it is as simple as knotting and sewing. Go ahead, make Kathlyn!

Materials-
Red Heart worsted weight yarn (color of your choice)
Button of your choice
Pinning surface (could be an old cushion or pillow, a macrame board or a thick piece of cardboard)
Pins to hold your work in progress
Scissors
Measuring tape
Yarn or blunt needle

Make 1 crocheted I-cord or rope that is 17 1/2 inches long.
If you don't know how to make the ropes, please refer to this tutorial:
How to Make Crochet I-Cord Ropes




To make Kathlyn, proceed as follows:
♦ Fold your rope in half, matching ends.
♦ Cross one leg of the rope over the other (still matching ends) and pin at the desired height to form a loop to match the button you will be using.
♦ Take the left leg (hanging cord) and turn it over itself to form a circle, insert the end through the circle and pull through (not too tightly) forming a knot.
♦ Repeat with opposite leg.
♦ Cross Right rope over Left rope, ends over each other, then bring towards the knot on each side and secure with a pin.
♦ Thread blunt needle with yarn and sew the center loop secure at the level of the button of your choice, then sew the ends secure on the sides of the knots, right underneath the knots. Fasten off
and weave ends at back of Frog.
♦ Sew onto your purse or bag using the little loops on the sides of the ropes, taking care not to pull nor deform your Frog Closure.

Enjoy!





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This is a very easy 4-strand braid, one of the easiest you can make, you can use it to enhance the look of a large bag or tote by sewing it to the front of the bag or using it as a strap for the bag.

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn of your choice (I used Red Heart Pumpkin, Turqua, Bright Yellow and Delft Blue,) less than 1/2 skein each color
Crochet hook size H
Green button the size of the loop you plan to leave on the frog (that can be adjusted to your taste)
Pins
Blunt needle
Pinning surface (cardboard, pillow, macrame board, etc)
Measuring tape

If you don't know how to make the ropes, please refer to this tutorial:
How to Make Crochet I-Cord Ropes
To make this braid you need 4 ropes or crocheted I-cords.
Once you have your ropes, pin them to your pinning surface, and make the braid as follows:
Mentally, count your ropes 1, 2, 3 and 4, from the right to the left.
Take rope 1 and pass it over rope 2, under rope 3 and over rope 4.
Take the new rope 1 and pass it over rope 3, under rope 3 and over rope 4.
Repeat the same process until you get the desired length of rope you want.

You can leave a small length of rope at both ends to sew around a purse ring or you can insert it into a small crocheted square and sew it directly to your purse or bag. You can place it between small granny motifs that you will then sew to your bag, there are many ways to use these beautiful ropes!




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Grasshopper Frog Closure

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A pretty closure is the perfect finish for any bag, tote, shawl, wrap or jacket, this one is no exception!

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn of your choice (I used Red Heart Spring Green,) less than 1/2 skein
Crochet hook size H
Green button the size of the loop you plan to leave on the frog (that can be adjusted to your taste)
Pins
Blunt needle
Pinning surface (cardboard, pillow, macrame board, etc)
Measuring tape

If you don't know how to make the ropes, please refer to this tutorial:
How to Make Crochet I-Cord Ropes



To make this frog, proceed as follows:

  • Make a 25" long I-Cord crochet rope. (Measure it, you'll need every inch of it!) Fasten off, leaving long tail to later sew it with.
  • Fold the rope in half, matching ends. Cross left side of rope over right side, pin in place (that is your buttonhole, adjust to size of button you have chosen, remembering to match the ends.)
  • Cut a piece of Spring Green yarn 60" long. Fold it in half. Fold it in half again, remembering to match ends. Move pin on the I-cord to the beginning of one of the sides, add another pin to the other rope leg, making sure you keep the loop you formed, but freeing the spot so you can work. Put one finger into the loop in the middle of the folded yarn and pass it under the loop formed by the I-cord or crocheted rope, then bring the yarn around from the back to the front over the loop, and pass the ends of the yarn through the loop in the yarn and tighten it, securing the I-cord loop in place. (Do NOT cut the yarn!) Move the pins again to where it’s comfortable for you to secure the loop and yet be able to work with the ends freely.
  • Divide the hanging yarn into 2 equal sections.
  • While holding the piece of hanging yarn that lies to the right, bring the end of the crocheted rope over the yarn, then around it towards the back and insert the end of the rope through the loop that forms naturally. Repeat a second time.
  • Do the same with the opposite leg of the I-cord, pass it over the handing yarn on the left, then around it towards the back and through the loop that forms, and tighten it. Repeat a second time.
  • Now bring the handing yarn to the middle and tie a knot.
  • Now pass the crocheted rope on the right under the hanging yarn and bend it, pass the I-cord on the left over the handing yarn and bend it, pass the ends through the loops formed and tighten. Repeat again.
Done!



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Knotted Frog Closure

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My mom asked me to make this frog closure for her, for a pretty wrap she has been crocheting and I decided to share it with all of you. It can be equally used as a closure for a warp, shawl, jacket or a lovely large tote or bag, so here it is!

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn of your choice (I used Red Heart Burgundy)
Crochet hook size h
Measuring tape
Scissors
Pins
Blunt needle
Cardboard, pillow or other pinning surface
Button (color of your choice, size according to the buttonhole loop you create at the beginning)

If you do not know how to make crocheted I-Cord ropes, please refer to this tutorial:
If you don't know how to make the ropes, please refer to this tutorial: How to Make Crochet I-Cord Ropes
To make this frog, proceed as follows:
Make a 25" long I-Cord crochet rope. (Measure it, you'll need every inch of it!) Fasten off, leaving long tail.
Fold rope in half, ends matching. Fold left end of rope over right end, pin to pinning surface (that will be your buttohole, so take into consideration the size you want and slide the hole a little bit if necessary to match your button size! Make sure ends match after adjustment.)
After buttonhole has been made, you will have approx. 10" on either side of rope to work with. Place a pin in the middle of the loop, where you pass the rope over itself to form the loop and 1 pin on each side of the rope, on both sides of the top.
Cut 2 20" pieces of Burgundy (or color that you have chosen to make your frog) and fold in half, matching ends. Remove central pin of buttonhole loop, leaving the other two pins in place.
Slip the folded yarn under the loop that forms the buttonhole, where the rope legs cross, and froming a loop with the yarn, pass the ends of the yarn through the yarn loop and pull tight. Replace the central pin on top of the yarn, leave the rest of the yarn hanging. Fold Left leg of rope over the central hanging yarn and pass it under the right leg of the rope. Bring right leg of the rope under the yarn and over the loop that has formed when you bent the left leg of the rope. Pull up gently, holding the handing yarn taut. (Square Knot formed.)
Move the pins to the top of the buttonhole loop.



Repeat the Square Knot.
Repeat the Square Knot again.
Curl remaining length of rope over itself and pin.
Repeat with the opposite side.
Thread blunt needle with yarn of corresponding color and begin to sew the curled up ends secure.Using side loops of I-Cord rope, sew the curled up ends to the knotted center. Fasten off. weave in ends.
Make a few discreet stitches to secure butthole loop in place for constant use.
DO NOT SNIP THE HANGING YARN. Weave into the back of the frog.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Tip- If your frog is a bit twisted to the side, that is normal because of the knotting. "Straighten" it out and fix it in place by a few discreet stitches at the back.

Done!



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Fun Butterfly Frog Closure

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This frog closure is very easy to do but it can still enhance your bag quite a bit.
It will look beautiful on a large tote but also will look super cute on a child's jacket.

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn of your choice
Crochet hook size H
Pins
Pinning cardboard or pillow
Blunt needle and yarn of matching color to sew frog together and to project
Scissors

First, you need to make an I-cord rope that is 15 1/2" long.



If you do not know how to make crocheted I-Cord ropes, please refer to this tutorial:
If you don't know how to make the ropes, please refer to this tutorial: How to Make Crochet I-Cord Ropes

To form the frog proceed as follows:
Match the ends of your rope.
Cross end of rope over itself, right to left, to form loop that will act as a buttonhole. Pin in place.
Cross again in the same direction.
Pass the rope over itself to form a loop, pin in place. Repeat on opposite side.
Curl the ends of the rope to form the top of the wings of the butterfly. Pin into place.
Thread a blunt needle with yarn and begin to sew butterfly together (do not pull all the pins off at once but do it little by little, securing the shape of the butterly as you go.)
Fasten off securely at back so that your frog closure will withstand use.
Sew onto your project.
Sew button opposite buttonhole loop.
Done!



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Craftybegonia's Pretzel Frog Closure

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This frog closure is a lot of fun. It is very easy to make and really lovely. Originally, I made it to close a capelet (so it is versatile) but looks gorgeous as a closure for a large bag or tote, so I decided to share it here at our Embellish Crochet School.

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook size H
Pins
Pinning cardboard or pillow
scissors
Blunt needle to sew

With Worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice and H hook, make an crocheted I-Cord rope 19" long. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.


If you don't know how to make the ropes, please refer to this tutorial: How to Make Crochet I-Cord Ropes



To make the frog, work as following:

Fold the cord in half, matching the ends. Cross the left end over the right one, forming a loop the size of the button you will be using. Pin in place. Curl right rope's end into a circle, insert end into the circle and pull a bit, as if you were going to make a knot, but not tightening into a knot, but leaving spaces in between, (it will look like a pretzel) bring the end up to one side of the button loop (turn the knot you just formed around, so that the pretzel part will be to the bottom and the end of the rope to the top, bring the top to the side of the loop that will form the buttonhole) and pin. Repeat on the opposite side. Now thread blunt needle with tail and sew, to secure the ends in place. Finally, take out the pins and stitch the middle, where the loop was crossed, to keep the button from slipping out. Fasten off. Sew frog to your bag, large purse or tote, leaving the buttonhole loop free. Sew button in place and you're done! You just got a handsome way to close your new bag.


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Clair-Evette Purse Strap

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Your bag needs a pretty handle to complete its beautiful look, why not make a lovely strap? You can save money and have an even more unique bag in the end!

As all other rope-braids this one might look a little complicated, but if you follow the instructions carefully, it is quite easy to make.

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn of your choice in 4 different colors, wound up into balls
Crochet hook size H
Scissors
Pins
A pinning surface (could be a macramé cardboard, a simple strong cardboard or my favorite, a pillow)

Make 4 I-Cord ropes as we have taught in previous tutorials, leaving one end of rope tied to the ball of yarn, in case you miscalculate how much you need and need to crochet more rope. If you don't know how to make the ropes, please refer to this tutorial:
How to Make Crochet I-Cord Ropes

Once you have made ropes (I suggest that you make them in 4 different colors that either match or contrast your bag nicely) proceed as follows to make the strap:

Pin your ropes to your braiding surface (cardboard or pillow) leaving the distance of about 2 sc in between them (a couple of centimeters), you have to eye-ball it. If you use a cardboard surface, you can make a small rule on top to help you out. I like to make a large square of crocheted sc, and place it at the back to help me as a guide. You can do whatever you like, this is not an exact science, so whatever you like will work.



Mentally count your ropes as 1, 2, 3 and 4, from left to right.

1-     Pass rope 2 under ropes 3 and 4 toward the right.
2-     Pass rope 1 over ropes 3 and 4 to the right.
3-     Pass new rope 4 over rope 3 to the left.
4-     Pass new rope 2 over rope 1 to the left.
5-     Cross the two ropes that are now in the middle, the left one over the right one, toward the right. Tighten a bit.
6-     Pass new rope 4 over rope 3 to the left.
7-     Pass new rope 2 over rope 1 to the left.
8-     Take rope 1 and pass it under ropes 2 and 3 and over rope 4, leaving a small loop.

Take rope 4, pass it over ropes 3 and 2, and through the loop and over rope. Tighten a bit.
Take rope 4, pass it over ropes 2 and 3 and under rope 1, leaving a small loop.
Take rope 1, pass it under ropes 2 and 3 and through loop to complete the square knot.

9-     Cross new rope 4 over rope 3 right to left, cross rope 2 over rope 1, right to left.
10-  Cross the two ropes that are now in the middle left to right.
11- Repeat step #8.

Continue repeating Steps 3 to 8 for as long as you need to, until you have the length of  strap you want for your purse or bag.


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Terry-Jean's Braid or Purse Strap

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This is a lovely braid or strap made with 4 crocheted I-cord ropes, that can be used as an embellishment for the front of a bag or as a fun and colorful bag strap. If you decide to make it into a strap, calculate enough braid to fold over the purse ring that you'll use to attach the strap to your bag and sew on the back side.

This braid is based on the crochet I-cord, if you do not know how to make this cord or rope, please refer to this tutorial:
How to Make Crochet I-Cord Ropes

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn of your choice in 4 different colors to match or contrast your bag
Crochet hook size H
Scissors
Pins
Pillow to pin ropes to for braiding
Measuring tape (if you need to measure length of braid to fit your bag)
Purse rings of choice (if using for a strap)

Make balls for each color you will be using. Work 1 rope or I-cord per color. Make each rope twice as long as the finished item.
Leave one end of the rope attached to the yarn in the ball, just in case you need more rope. Once you finish your strap, you can easily fasten off, but if you miscalculate and do not have enough rope and have severed the yarn, you then have to start all over again, whereas if you run out of rope before you're done braiding, you can easily pin the part you have braided to secure it and crochet the necessary length of rope and finish your strap or braid without a problem.



To make the strap, proceed as follows: 


Mentally number your ropes 1, 2, 3 and 4, counting left to right.

1- Bend rope 4 over the 2 middle ones and place it under rope 1. Bend rope 1 under the 2 middle ropes and bring forward through the loop
that formed when you bent the first rope, tighten a bit. Repeat. (Do not tighten too much, let the colors of the ropes be seen.)

2- Pass rope 2 over rope 1, pass rope 4 over rope 3, and cross the 2 ropes that are now in the middle one over the other, left to right.

3- Repeat step 3.

4- Repeat step 1.

Repeat these 4 steps for as long as you need to to make your braid or strap.


There is an immense amount of variations to these beautiful straps, as many as the ideas you get for new bags, totes and purses, so experiment and have fun with them!


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Norivette Braid

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This is a pretty 4 rope braid that can be used as an embellishment for the front of a simple tote or large bag or as an
eye-catching strap. If you decide to make it into a strap, calculate enough braid to fold over the purse ring you will be using and sew on the back side.

This braid is based on the crochet I-cord, if you do not know how to make this cord or rope, please refer to this tutorial:
How to Make Crochet I-Cord Ropes

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn of your choice in 4 different colors to match or contrast your bag
Crochet hook size H
Scissors
Pins
Pillow to pin ropes to for braiding
Measuring tape (if you need to measure length of braid to fit your bag)
Purse rings of choice (if using for a strap)

Make balls for each color you will be using. Work 1 rope or I-cord per color. Make each rope twice as long as the finished item.
Leave one end of the rope attached to the yarn in the ball, just in case you need more rope. Once you finish your strap, you can easily fasten off, but if you miscalculate and do not have enough rope and have severed the yarn, you then have to start all over again, whereas if you run out of rope before you're done braiding, you can easily pin the part you have braided to secure it and crochet the necessary length of rope and finish your strap or braid without a problem.



To make the braid proceed as follows:

Mentally number your ropes 1, 2, 3 and 4, counting from the left to the right.

1- Cross rope 2 over rope 3 from left to right, place the end of rope 3 over rope 1, and the end of rope 2 underrope 4, moving from left to right.

Repeat the same steps for as long as needed to complete your embellishing braid or fancy purse strap!
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Mereille's Strap

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If you make bags or purses, you can never have enough strap ideas to "pretty-up" even the simplest project!
This is an easy way to do it.

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn in at least 4 colors
Crochet hook size H
Pins
Scissors
Cardboard or pillow to pin to


For this strap you will need 4 ropes, each of a different color. You will make them double the length that you want the final strap to be.
If you are unseru about what that length would be, before you start, make a ball of yarn for every single rope you will need, crochet from that ball and do not cut the yarn off the ball until you have made your strap, to make sure you will have the length you want. If you have too much, you simply unravel a bit, you you need some more, you simply make a little bit more.

If you need to learn how to make our ropes, please go here for the original tutorial:




Once you have your ropes made, pin them onto a cardobard or a pillow to be able to comfortably work with them.
To make the strap, proceed as follows:
1- Cross the two center ropes, the one on the left over the one on the right. Now cross rope 4 over rope 3 and rope 2 over rope 1.
2- Repeat step 1.
3- Repeat step 1.
4- Bring the first rope on the left over the one next to it, bring end to the back and through loop that formed, tighten a bit. Bring first rope on the
left over the rope next to it, bring end to the back and through loop, tighten a little. Repeat these steps once more.

Repeat steps 1 to 4, as many times as needed, to form your strap until you have the length of strap you want.

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Karielle’s Strap

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If you make purses, you can never learn to make too many different purse straps! They give variety and interest to the simplest purse, especially if they are knotted or braided! Karielle is very easy to make, especially if you take the time to go through our previous tutorials!
Note-
If you don't know how to make a rope, please refer to our tutorial that teaches how to make them.
You will find it here:
How to Make the Crocheted Ropes

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn in color or colors of choice
Crochet hook size H
Pins
Pillow or cardboard to pin to
Scissors
Blunt needle to sew
Purse rings

To make this strap, crochet 4 ropes, twice as long as the length of strap you want, leaving 1 end of each rope attached to a ball of yarn, just in case you need to make a bit of extra rope, or to unravel some, if you miscalculated. That way, you will not have to start all over again.

At the beginning of the strap, leave about 1 ½ to 2 inches of rope un-worked, so that you can bend over a purse ring and sew. Pin in place so that ropes will not come off as you work.
Start rope as follows:

1-     Take rope #1 (the one on the right), to the back and bend it to form a loop. Bring rope #4 to the center, lay it in front, on top of the 2 center ropes and bend it to form a loop. Now, take the end of rope #4 towards the back over the bend you made with rope #1, and bring the end of rope #1 from the back to the front over the bend with rope #4, forming a knot. Slide it upwards, tightening it gently. Repeat again.
2-     Bring the right hand rope over the one just closest to it. Cross the rope in the middle over the one on the left. Cross the two ropes in the middle over each other, left to right. Repeat these steps for as long as you need to form your strap.
3-     Factor into your calculations, that you must leave 1 ½ to 2 inches of rope to sew onto the purse ring, plus about 1 inch more to make the last granny knot.
4-     So once, you have reach that point in your braiding, make a granny knot as we did at the beginning and then, end your braid, leaving a bit of rope at the end to sew around a purse ring.

Done!

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Clarissa Frog Closure

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This is a substantial but beautiful frog closure. It is recommended for a large bag or tote.
You can also use it for a shawl or a vest. Unfortunately, a dark yarn does not do justice to the beauty of this frog, but I needed it in this color for a project for my mom, and decided to share it anyway.

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn of your choice (I used Read Heart worsted weight Black) about 3 oz.
Crochet hook size G
Scissors
Blunt needle
Sewing thread of color to match your yarn
Button of color to match your yarn
Pins
Pillow or cardboard to pin to

To make frog closure, proceed as follows:

Note- Before you make your ch 3 to start the rope, leave off a long tail, you will need it at the end of the project.

1- Make a crocheted rope 28 inches long.
If you don't know how to make a rope, please refer to our tutorial that teaches how to make them.
You will find it here:
How to Make the Crocheted Ropes
2- Once you have made the rope, fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew with.
3-Measure and cut a piece of yarn of the color of your rope, 33" long and thread blunt needle with it.
4- Fold rope in half, matching ends.
5- Cross left leg of the rope over right leg, adjust to the size of the button you have chosen for your frog (this is the buttonhole).
While holding it with one hand, turn it to the wrong wide and with the blunt needle, make some stitches on the wrong side to secure the buttonhole loop (don't worry, the back of the frog closure will be sewn onto your project anyway and won't show.) Fasten off beginning end, and secure at back of rope, you can even pull the little knot into the rope and make it disappear there. What you want is to make sure that
your closure will not fall apart with use.Leave the rest of the yarn in the blunt needle. At the back of the rope, make a stitch that will bring the remainder of the yarn to the very center, between the two legs of the rope that are hanging. Take the yarn out of the needle.
Now, pin the buttonhole loop to a pillow or to a piece of cardboard so that the piece will not be moving all over the place while you work.
6- Fold the left leg of the rope over the center and behind the hanging piece of yarn, now fold the right side under the center piece of hanging yarn and over the right cord, now the rope comes up through the loop and passes over the left rope. Pull to tighten, but not too much, we want the knot to show.

7- Fold the left leg of rope again, under the center piece of hanging yarn over the right leg of the rope, the right leg of the rope goes over the center and then down through the loop formed by the fold and passes under the left rope.
Tighten a bit but not too much so that the knot will show.
8- Thread blunt needle again with leftover hanging yarn and fasten off at back of frog. As you do that, take advantage of the yarn to secure the knots well so that they will not twist to the side.
Secure well at back and cut yarn.
9- Thread blunt needle with the long tail left at the beginning of the rope. Now, working on the wrong side of the frog, begin to turn the end of the rope into a curl and to sew it in place by using the little loops that naturally form at the end of the rope as you crochet it. Keep turning and sewing with tiny stitches, until you reach the side of the center knots.
Stitch to side of central knots using the little loops that form naturally on ropes. Secure at back.
10- Repeat the same process with the leftover leg of rope.
Now you can sew you pretty for to your project!
Done!
















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Mariella Frog Closure

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This is a super easy frog closure and it's really lovely! You can use it for bags, totes and also for clothing.
As with all our frogs, to be able to make this frog, you will first need to make our ropes. Please refer to our tutorial on how to make them.
You will find it here:
How to Make the Crocheted Ropes

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn, color of your choice. I used Read Heart Pumpkin.
Crochet hook size H
Measuring tape
Blunt needle
Scissors




















Sewing thread
Sewing needle
Button (size to match the loop that will form the buttonhole, approx. 1" across.)

Crochet a rope 16" long (measure it with measuring tape to make sure, because you will need every inch of it!) Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Make the Frog as follows:


Thread the blunt needle with the leftover tail at the end of the rope. Now, turn the edge of the rope counter-clockwise twice, and begin to sew the curl at back, by using the yarn in your blunt needle and the little loops that naturally form at the edge of the rope when you crochet it. Turn once more and secure only part of the way.
Now cross the rope in the middle to form the loop that will be used as the buttonhole (please guide yourself with the photos), and join the curled rope to the loops at the edge of the
buttonhole with small stitches, secure the buttonhole loop at back with a few stitches as well. Repeat the curl for the opposite side and attach as you did at first. Fasten off and secure at back.
Now thread blunt needle with yarn again and sew the frog in place, except the loop that will be used as a buttonhole. Fasten off, weave in tail. Sew button opposite to the frog loop. Fasten off, secure at back.

Done!













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Easy Fancy Frog Closure

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This frog is pretty easy to make and it looks terrific, whether you use it to close a bag or tote or in a jacket or cardi.

As with all our frogs, to be able to make this frog, you will first need to make our ropes. Please refer to our tutorial on how to make them.
You will find it here:
How to Make the Crocheted Ropes

Note- The most important thing you need to keep in mind when making the ropes for the first time is that after you make the first sc, you have to forget about the regular top loops in which you usually insert the hook to make your sc, ignore those, and look for the little loop that naturally forms on the side when you make your first sc, insert your hook THERE. Then, pull up your yarn and finish your sc as usual. Turn. Now look on the side again and you will see TWO little loops, insert your hook through those TWO loops, pull up your yarn, and finish your sc as usual. Turn and look for the TWO loops again and repeat the process as before. If you do it that way, your rope will come out perfect!

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn, color of your choice
Crochet hook size H
Pins
A pillow or cardboard surface to pin to
Scissors
Measuring tape
Sewing thread to match your frog or button
Sewing needle
Blunt needle
Button to match your frog and size appropriate for your frog's buttonhole

To make this frog, make a rope that is 19" long.
To make the frog, fold the rope in half, matching ends.
1- Pass left end over right end, forming a loop, matching ends.
2- Twist the loop once to match size of the button you will be using.
3- Pass right end over itself, forming a loop, pin in place.
4- Pass left end over itself, forming a loop, pin in place.
5- Cross left end over right end once. Pin in place.

Thread blunt needle with yarn and discreetly sew the frog together so that it will not come apart with you take off the pins. Thread blunt needle with yarn and sew in place on your bag, except for buttonhole loop. Fasten off, weave in tail.
Sew button opposite to frog buttonhole loop.

Done!

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Dragonfly Frog

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This is a super easy but very cute from closure that you can use in bags, totes, and even in clothing! To be able to make this frog, you will first need to make our ropes. Please refer to our tutorial on how to make them.
You will find it here:
How to Make the Crocheted Ropes

Materials-
Less then half a skein of a worsted weight yarn of your choice
Crochet hook size H
Pins
Pillow or cardboard to pin to while you are forming the frog
Measuring tape
Scissors
Blunt needle to sew
Button in color of your choice to match size of loop made
Sewing thread for button in matching color

To start, make a rope 18" long.
Now, to form the frog, proceed as follows:
1- Fold rope in half, matching ends.
2- Bring right end of rope over left end, forming a loop. (Make sure to match ends all the time as you work.)
3- Straighten loop to match the size of the button you will be using.
4- Bring right end over itself and form a loop, repeat with left end. Pin down.
5- Pass left end over right end and twist. Pin down.
Thread blunt needle and sew in place, except for loop that will act as a buttonhole.
Fasten off, weave in ends securely.

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Helen's Strap

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This is a pretty easy to make purse strap, it is quite lovely if you make it in two colors, so that the loops will show more. Sew the ends to purse rings and you're set!
Materials-
Worsted weight yarn of your choice (I used Red Heart) in at least 2 different colors (for the sides), I chose to make it in 3 different colors for effect.
Crochet hook size H.
Scissors
Pins
A surface to pin your ropes to while you loop (it could be a pillow or a piece of cardboard)

As usual, we will start with two crocheted ropes. Please refer to our tutorial on how to make them.
You will find it here:
How to Make the Crocheted Ropes
Your ropes can contrast or match your bag in any combination of your liking.
To start, make your ropes. Pin them to the top of your working surface or pillow.
Step 1- Take rope #1, the one that is to the left and bring it to the front of rope #2, then around that rope to the back of it and then pass it over the little curve that formed as you went around, and bring it back to the front again.
Step 2- Now take rope #4 (the one that lies first to your right), bring it to the front of the middle rope (rope #2), around it toward the back and then
bring it to the front again, passing it over the little curve that forms on the side as you work. Tighten a bit.

To form your strap, repeat step #1 and step #2 alternately for as long as you need to to form the length of strap you want.
Fasten off, and sew ends to purse rights.

Done!

If you want to, you can make the loops a bit more loose to allow the middle color to be seen. But if you make them tight, you will have a nice, strong strap that you
look very nice pretty rings in a small purse with pretty as a substitution to a more expensive wooden handle. It also makes a strong strap for a large tote bag.














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