Did you have a church purse when you were little? I did!
I also had one of these but that’s another post.
Photo from Yahoo/ebay
Anyhoo, I wanted to make a Church Purse with the baby like this one from ThriftyFun
but I had a hard time finding the little babies online…
photo by ThriftyFun
I’ll have to check some of my craft stores when I go shopping.
Instead I made one just to carry little things.
Little girls LOVE little things!
Yup, You guessed it… I used the bottom of a soda bottle. Really, any plastic bottle would work.
Just cut off the bottom and punch holes in with a hole puncher.
Maybe if I find some little dollies that would work, I’ll make a cradle church purse.
Let me know if you’re interested in one for a little girl you know…. I’d probably get on that a bit quicker.
Also please leave a comment with your memories of your church purse. I’d love to hear about it!
Here’s the pattern from ThriftyFun
Craft Project: Baby Cradle Purse
This is also sometimes called a Church Purse. It is crocheted using a dishwashing detergent bottle for a base. Any oval bottle will work. When it is closed it is a purse, and opened it is a baby cradle.
Detergent bottle, oval shape
3 ply yarn, baby or sport
3 inch baby doll or size to fit
Scrap of fabric for a blanket
Heavy Duty Shears
1/4 inch paper punch
Crochet hook size F
Remove label from bottle and cut 2 inches above the bottom with heavy duty scissors. Punch holes around edge of bottle, approximately 1/4 inch apart.
Using crochet hook, size F, crochet the “Bonnet” first.
Ch 2. Make 7 HDC in first Ch. Ch 2 and turn. (Ch 2 counts as first HDC in next row).
2nd Row: 2 HDC in 1st st. 1 HDC in next 4 sts, 3 HDC in last st. Ch 2; turn.
3rd Row: 2 HDC in 1st st. *HDC in next st. Repeat from * across, ending with 3 HDC in last st. Ch 2; turn.
4th Row: HDC in each of first 3 sts. 2 HDC in each of next 6 sts. HDC in each of last 3 sts. Ch 2; turn.
5th & 6th Rows: 1 HDC in each st across. Ch 2; turn.
7th Row: 1 DC in each st across. Do not end off.
Invert the bonnet into bottle as show in photo. Make 2 SC in each hole around the edge of the bottle, catching the edge of the bonnet as you go. Join with a Sl St.
2nd rnd: Ch 2, 2 DC in first st. * Skip 2 sts; 3 DC in next st. Repeat from * around. Join with Sl St to top of first shell. This row is the base row for the shell st pattern.
3rd, 4th, & 5th Rows: 3DC in each space between shells. Repeat ending each round with Sl St to op of first shell.
6th Row: (Beading Row) Ch 3 *sk 2 sts. HDC in next st; ch 1. Repeat around. Join with Sl St to top of Ch 3.
7th Row: in first ch 1 space make 1 SC, 1 HDC, 1 DC. In next ch 1 space, 1 DC, 1 HDC, 1 sc. Repeat around. Join with Sl St.
Make 2 Drawstrings: Ch 85 and end off for each one. Thread through the beading row beginning each string from opposite sides, and knot the ends. You may attach pompoms to hide the knots if you wish.
By Harlean from Hot Springs, Arkansas
via Craft Project: Baby Cradle Purse | ThriftyFun.