Sjogren’s Awareness Crochet Purse

Crochet For A Cause, Sjogren's Awareness Purse, Free Pattern, Crochet For BeginnersThis purse is near and dear to my heart.  April is the official month for Sjogren’s Awareness. I was personally diagnosed over seven years ago.  It’s a very debilitating disease and can affect people in many ways. Sjogren’s affects the entire body causing: severe dryness, muscular pain, arthritis, neurological problems, extreme fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, respiratory problems and difficulty swallowing and talking(just to name a few). All major organs can be affected and anyone with Sjogren’s is at a higher risk for Lymphomas.

I have suffered from Sjogren’s for over seven years. There is no part of my body not affected by it.  The most difficult is the autonomic and peripheral neuropathy. I also suffer from debilitating fatigue and I feel like I have the flu pretty much everyday.  Everyone is affected differently from this disease, ranging from mild to severe.  Currently, there is no cure and it is progressive.

Whenever someone suffers from something, awareness of that illness is key to having people understand what you go through. So, I made this purse. Sjogren’s is not a well-known disease and I want to help get the word out and help raise awareness.

This purse has created many conversations with people wondering what the purple ribbon is for. Most people know the pink ribbon is for breast cancer and the yellow ribbon is for childhood cancer. Few know other colors. This has helped me share what Sjogren’s is and get the information out.

Even though I made this for Sjogren’s awareness, it will work for any color to increase understanding about any disease or illness.

This is actually more of a tote than a purse and I would consider it a medium size.   It’s 8 inches high, 11 1/2 inches wide and has a side depth of 3 inches. I actually created the pattern to fit around a purse insert I purchased on the Wish App. However, it works just fine with no insert.  It’s an easy pattern and is great for beginners. Hope you enjoy making this purse!  Happy Crocheting!

Sjogren’s Awareness Purse

Materials
Tan Yarn (Worsted)
Purple Yarn (Worsted)
I hook
Tan, Medium Sized Button
 

Body (Make 2)
Tan Yarn
I hook
1. Chain 40
2. In second chain from hook, single crochet; single crochet in each stitch. Chain 1, turn (39 stitches)
3. Repeat #2 for a total of 28 rows (This includes the row created in #2)
Bind Off

Side Panels and Bottom
Tan Yarn
I hook
1. Chain 11
2. In second chain from hook, single crochet; single crochet in each stitch. Chain 1, turn (10 stitches)
3. Repeat #2 for a total of 95 rows (This includes the row created in #2)
Bind Off

Pocket
Tan Yarn
I hook
1. Chain 19
2. Single Crochet in second chain from hook, single crochet each stitch, chain 1, turn (18 stitches)
3. Repeat #2 for a total of 20 rows (This includes the row created in #2)
4. Switch to purple yarn
5. Single crochet in purple for 3 rows and bind off

Closure Strap
Purple Yarn
I hook
1. Chain 8, single crochet second chain from hook, single crochet each stitch, chain 1, turn (7 stitches)
2. Repeat #2 for a total of 10 rows (This includes the row created in #1)
3. Now we are creating the button hole; Single crochet in the the first 3 stitches, chain 1, 3 single crochet in the last 3 stitches, chain 1, turn
4. Single crochet in each stitch, bind off

Ribbon
Purple Yarn
I Hook
You will make 36 rows of 2 single crochet, bind off

Handles (Make 2)
Tan Yarn
I hook
1. Chain 5, double crochet in third chain from hook, double crochet it each stitch. Chain 1, turn (3 double crochet)
2. Double crochet in each row for a total of 36 rows (This includes the row created in #1)

Putting the purse together
With the purple yarn, you will slip stitch the front and back panel to the side/bottom panel. I use stitch markers to hold the purse together. You want the body facing you so the slip stitch pattern shows on the front and back of the purse and not the on the sides.
Once the whole purse is put together, single crochet in purple around the top for 3 rows, bind off.
Sew the awareness ribbon onto the pocket. You take the piece made for the ribbon and shape it into a ribbon and sew it on.
Sew the pocket onto the front panel of the purse.

Adding the closure piece
On the back side of the purse, count in towards the middle, to 14, o either side. On the purple part of the purse, sew the closure onto the purse.
Measure up the button to fit in the button-hole of the closure strap and sew it onto the pocket. This is so the closure also covers the pocket.

Adding the handles
Count in on each side 4 stitches, and place stitch markers. Once you are sure all sides line up and everything is even, sew the handles onto the front and back of the purse. I went down to the second row of tan and started my handles there.
That’s it! You are done and I hope you enjoyed making the purse.

Courtney Echeverria, CrochetRemedy, LLC©