This is a crochet pattern review of the Juniper Festival Crossbody Bum Bag pattern by Casey’s Crochet. Review done by A Stitch Shy of Normal for EyeLoveKnots.
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It’s me, Abigail with A Stitch Shy of Normal.
I’ve seen this bag and others like it all over the place on social media and crafting sites lately! I’m not even going to try to figure out who started this big trend, but quite a few fashion and craft designers have jumped on it and I’m totally here for it! I love the look, I adore the boho hippie vibes, and they’re so super cute.
This crochet pattern is one I would very strongly recommend. It was easy to make, it doesn’t use too much yarn so it’s affordable, and it gives you a very useful and super cute accessory at the end. I plan to use this adorable little bag a lot this coming summer! It’s not huge so it won’t weigh you down, but it has the space for the basics like a wallet and phone.
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What Materials Do I Need to Crochet a Bum Bag?
- Less than half a skein of Red Heart Super Saver in the Buff colorway
- About half a skein of Red Heart Super Saver Stripes in the Fruity Stripes colorway
- I9/5.5mm crochet hook – I like to use Clover Amour Ergonomic Hooks
- Scissors and yarn needle for assembly
- Juniper Crossbody Bum Bag, Paid Crochet Pattern from Casey Crochet via Ravelry
Wonderful, but I didn’t expect anything else! This pattern seemed like any decent worsted would work, and I chose to look for one more on the sturdy and durable side versus a super soft one. When I was considering the colors to put in the middle circle section, it occurred to me that I could instead just use a variegated yarn and get different squares without changing color!
The obvious choice in this case, for both color and the sort of yarn I was looking for, was Red Heart Super Saver Stripes. This line has some truly gorgeous bright colorways and I use it all the time. I picked a coordinating neutral from the regular Super Saver just to make things like gauge easier (in my experience the different kinds of RHSS seem to play together nicely). Picking the Stripes colorway was the hard part but I ended up choosing Fruity Stripes for the range of warm colors that would look great for spring/summer! To match with this I considered picking a matching pink or yellow, but ended up deciding to let the bright shades be the star with a soft tan neutral.
Would I recommend this yarn for this pattern? Yes, very much. I think it worked great, I think it looks beautiful, and it was very affordable. I used a coupon at Joann plus there were sales…so I ended up getting materials for this bag for about 6-7 bucks. But even at the regular prices it shouldn’t be more than 10 dollars! Like I said I used less than a full skein of both of these–about half of the Stripes and maybe a third of the solid shade. You might even have these in your stash!
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Bum Bag?
I made this whole thing start to finish from one night to the next afternoon. I was able to whip up the 4 circles in the evening, then border them the next morning with my coffee and sew it all together in the following afternoon!
If I had to put a number on it, I think this took about 5-6 hours of work. It’s nice for working on in bursts as well, you can make the squares one at a time and set the project aside.
Gauge & Measurements:
This pattern was very simple and I really enjoyed the process! I appreciated the simplicity of the instructions. The squares work up really fast, and although I didn’t change colors I don’t think it would add that much time. I personally worked up the inner circles first and set them aside, then did the outer neutral borders later on. I had no issues with the squares, the stitches were explained well and it was very clear when to turn or not. I also liked that the designer explained what to do if you were changing colors versus those who weren’t.
My confusion happened more once I got to the assembly of the bag. I liked the clear pictures on how to attach the squares to each other and how to fold the outer ones! I just didn’t see any point where it said to sew the bottom squares together, and I nearly forgot to do this! It might be obvious to most but I would have appreciated my hand being held there. And in the edging/strap section, on the second row of granny clusters, I was confused whether I was supposed to treat the outer corners like the middle ones or not. It’s explained what to when you meet the border of two squares when you’re working across the side, but not what to do when it’s a “corner” of one single square, the ones you fold in half to make the triangle edges. However, I just guessed and it didn’t hurt anything. I was able to make my strap and attach it solidly just fine!
Like I mentioned earlier, this worked up very fast! This bag is only 4 simple granny squares. Two of them form the front/back of the bag, while the other two are folded in half to make the diagonal sides for the shape of the bag. It was really fun to pick my color layout to display the shades the way I wanted, and I enjoy having my bright yellow square front and center!
This bag also seems quite useful. No, it’s not going to be very secure for small things like hair clips or loose change. But a wallet, phone, and a pair of sunglasses would be fine! This would be a good minimal bag to grab on a warm spring day to go browse a craft fair. And I like the novelty of how you wear it! It doesn’t hang down at your side, so you feel secure having your valuables right at your body. And it’s very easy to just reach a hand in and grab whatever you need.
My overall impression of this pattern is very positive. My only issues were minor and easily solved, and it was a great pattern experience. I would definitely make one of these again. I might do that for gifts, since I know I can work one up in about a weekend quite easily!
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Such beautiful, bright and cheerful flowers!
Laura Bambrick says
How beautiful! I love the bright colors!