Crochet Watermelon Slice Zipper Purse – Free Pattern and Lining Tutorial

Even though it’s still cold and cloudy in my part of the world, you can tell I started feeling all the summer vibes this past weekend. So, got some pink and green yarn and made a very summery crochet Watermelon Zipper Purse!

When I think of coin purses, I always think of the beach and summertime…it must be because that’s when I used coin purses as a kid. So, I tend to make very summery crochet zipper bags, and I never get tired of crocheting them!

Last year, I made a couple of basket-shaped coin purses, the Rainy-Sunny purse, and the Flowery coin purse. This year, I decided to change a bit and crocheted a Watermelon Slice zipper purse with a nice round shape!

Fruit Slice Round Zipper Bag - Free Crochet Pattern and Tutorial - Raffamusa Designs

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How to Crochet a Watermelon Slice Zipper Purse - Free Pattern - Raffamusa Designs

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On July 20th, 2021, the pattern of the Watermelon Slice Coin Purse will be available as a free download as part of the Summer Vibes Blog Hop by Fosbas Designs.

The Summer Vibes Blog Hop will last for the whole month of July and will feature quick summer projects.

Each day, you’ll be able to download 2 free patterns! Make sure to check the main page of the blog hop on Susanna’s blog here, and get the coupon code for the free Ravelry download.

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Once you have the code, come back to my blog post, and click on the button below to get to the Ravelry listing of my Watermelon Purse.

Remember that the free download will only be available on July 25th for 24h!

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Materials

  • 3.0-mm (C USA, 11 UK) Hook
  • Sport Weight (2 Fine) Cotton Yarn. I used Schachenmayr Catania.
  • Stitch Marker (to work in the round)
  • Zipper, 4.75″ (12 cm) or longer
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Black Embroidery Floss
  • Optional: small amount of cotton for the lining.
  • Optional: 1 Lanyard swivel hook

Color Reference

The following color codes are from Schachenmayr Catania, but you can work with any comparable yarn.

  • A – Dahlie (00409)
  • B – Natur (00105)
  • C – Anis (00245)

Size

The coin purse measures about 4″ (10 cm).

Gauge

7 sc rounds in 2” (5 cm).

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • Ch – Chain
  • Inc – Increase
  • MCMagic Circle
  • RS – Right Side
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Sk – Skip
  • Sl St – Slip Stitch
  • St – Stitch
  • WS – Wrong Side
  • Yo – Yarn Over

Special Stitches

Lazy Daisy Stitch (Lazy daisy st or detached chain st) ~ Embroidery Stitch
Pull the needle up in one point and reinsert it right next to it. Before pulling the needle all the way to the WS, form a loop. Draw the needle through the loop and form a little st over the top of the loop.

Increase (Inc)
One increase consists of 2 sc sts worked in the same indicated st.

Invisible Join
You can find a step-by-step tutorial on how to do an invisible join here.

Magic Circle (MC)
Learn how to crochet a magic circle in this step-by-step tutorial.

Pattern Notes

  • If the pattern says to “sc 5”, it means that you have to make one single crochet in each of the next 5 stitches.
  • (…) – Repeat the instructions within brackets for the indicated number of times.
  • This pattern is worked in the round. This means that you do not join the rounds. Instead, mark the first st of each round and work in a spiral.
  • The total st count is indicated within brackets at the end of each row on the pattern.

Watermelon Coin Purse – Free Pattern

Watermelon Slice

(Make Two)

With A, make a MC.
Round 1 (RS). Sc 6. (6 sts)
Round 2. Sc inc 6. (12 sts)
Round 3. (Sc inc 1, sc 1) 6 times. (18 sts)
Round 4. Sc 1, (sc inc 1, sc 2) 5 times, sc inc 1, sc 1. (24 sts)
Round 5. (Sc inc 1, sc 3) 6 times. (30 sts)
Round 6. Sc 2, (sc inc 1, sc 4) 5 times, sc inc 1, sc 2. (36 sts)

Round 7. (Sc inc 1, sc 5) 6 times. (42 sts)
Round 8. Sc 3, (sc inc 1, sc 6) 5 times, sc inc 1, sc 3. (48 sts)
Round 9. (Sc inc 1, sc 7) 6 times. (54 sts)
Round 10. Sc 4, (sc inc 1, sc 8) 5 times, sc inc 1, sc 4. (60 sts)
Round 11. (Sc inc 1, sc 9) 6 times. (66 sts)
Round 12. Sc 5, (sc inc 1, sc 10) 5 times, sc inc 1, sc 5. (72 sts)
Fasten off A with an invisible join.

Crochet Watermelon Coin Purse - Free Pattern and Tutorial - Raffamusa Designs

Join B in the first st of round 12.
Round 13. (Sc inc 1, sc 11) 6 times. (78 sts)
Fasten off B with an invisible join.

Join C in the first st of round 13.
Round 14. Sc 6, (sc inc 1, sc 12) 5 times, sc inc 1, sc 6. (84 sts)
Fasten off C with an invisible join.

Weave in all your ends.

Watermelon Seeds

With black embroidery floss, embroider some seeds using the lazy daisy stitch.

How to Line a Round Zipper Purse

From your lining fabric, cut two circles of the same diameter as your watermelon slice.

How to Line your Crochet Purse and Add a Zipper - Raffamusa Designs
To draw a circle without any specific fabric tools, you can simply find a round object of the size you need. In my case, the lid of a jar of olives from my kitchen worked perfectly, but you can use a cup, a bowl, a small vase, etc.

Pin the first circle in place on the wrong side of one half of the zipper. If your lining has a right and a wrong side, make sure to place the wrong side up, facing you!

How to Line your Crochet Purse and Add a Zipper - Part 1 - Raffamusa Designs

Open the zipper and sew the lining on the zipper either by hand or using your sewing machine (make sure to use a zipper foot!).

Repeat the same with the other lining circle.

How to Line your Crochet Purse and Add a Zipper - Part 2 - Raffamusa Designs

Add a few stitches at the two ends of the zipper.

Close the zipper and sew all around the body of the lining.

How to Line your Crochet Purse and Add a Zipper - Part 3 - Raffamusa Designs

Assembly

  • Place the two watermelon slices with the wrong sides facing each other (both right sides out!)
  • Using the mattress stitch or your favorite joining method, join the watermelon slices together leaving an opening that is as long as the zipper. To play safe, do not fasten off. Instead, leave the yarn attached and start sewing the zipper/lining inside your purse!
  • Place the zipper/lining inside the purse and hold it in place using some pins.
  • By hand, start by sewing one half of the zipper/lining on the coin purse.
  • If needed, join a few more stitches of the watermelon slices until you reach exactly the beginning and end of the zipper.
  • Sew the other half f the zipper/lining.
  • Fasten off and weave in your ends.
How to Line your Crochet Purse and Add a Zipper - Part 4 - Raffamusa Designs

Handle (Optional)

Crochet a short handle for your coin purse by chaining your desired amount of sts and working two rows of sc.

I personally made a short handle inside which I inserted a metal Lanyard swivel hook. To make the same short handle as I did:

With C, ch 11.
Row 1. Sc in the second ch from your hook, sc across. (10 sts)
Row 2. Ch 1, turn. Sc 10. (10 sts)
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembly

  • Slide the Lanyard swivel hook inside the short crocheted handle.
  • Fold the handle in half and sew the ends together.
  • Sew the handle on the side of the coin purse at one end of the zipper.
  • Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Well done, your crochet Watermelon Slice Zipper Purse is ready!

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