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Crocheted Baby Cradle Purse

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Use a recycled bleach bottle and your crochet skills to make this adorable project. What little girl wouldn't love to carry a purse that opens up into a baby doll cradle?


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By 10 found this helpful
May 30, 2008

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.



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.

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By Harlean

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October 26, 2011

The original pattern I found on the Thrifty Fun website. I printed it in hopes of making it someday. I got it out and looked for the dish soap bottle with an oval shaped bottom and solid color to use for the bottom of the purse. No luck. They do not make them anymore. The bottles are now see-through.


I hunted and hunted looking for something I could use. Not too big and not too small. I found a white bottle in the dollar store containing Shout, laundry stain remover. It was approximately 4 inches long and 2 inches wide on the bottom. I bought 2 for $1 each and removed the liquid. I washed them very well and continued.

I wanted to use the Kewpie dolls, another hard-to-find item. I looked in craft stores and department stores. There were none to be found. Then I searched the internet and found a website, CR Crafts where I bought some 7 inch ones for future crafts. I found the smaller ones on They are really hard to come by.


I used sport yarn and a size F crochet hook. I made a chain big enough to go around the belly (largest place on the doll) and joined with a slip stitch. I single crocheted several rows, big enough for the panties. I made 4 chain stitches for the crotch and slip stitched it to the opposite side of the panties.

I joined the yarn at the top of the panties off to one side in the front and made 1 DC in 7 stitches for the front bodice. I then chained a piece long enough to go around the neck for straps and attached to the top of the front on the other side. The dress will not be able to be removed.

I then joined the yarn at the waist with 2 double crochet stitches in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch. Work chain 3 and 2 double crochet around again in each stitch until the skirt is as long as you like. I slip stitched around the bottom with a different color to match the bodice. The skirt will ruffle itself.

They are just so adorable and turned out so cute.

Source: Craft Project: Baby Cradle Purse by Harlean Greathouse

By Little Suzy from Millbury, OH

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By 1 found this helpful
August 12, 2007

I am looking for a pattern. White Clorox gallon jug cut out on top to make a doll cradle. It had a draw string skirt so it could be closed to look like a hand bag? Any help out there?


August 13, 20070 found this helpful

hi, did you try googling it?

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By Dolly (Guest Post)
August 15, 20070 found this helpful

I make these doll baskets and have had many requests for them. i use any plastic bottle. Just cut bottle about 2-3 " up from bottom. Punch holes about 1/2 " apart. Crochet into the holes and all around then double crochet till it is approx. 3 - 4 ". Put in draw string in from each direction, I use the narrow satin ribbon, as it pulls easier for little hands. the hardest part and most time consuming is getting the label off, any suggestions. jesylalso at yahoo dot ca

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August 22, 20070 found this helpful

Any pictures> LOL I can't wrap my head around this.. but it sounds cute!

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By Melba (Guest Post)
January 20, 20080 found this helpful

There is an actual pattern that was in a Magazine at one time I believe. Not sure which issue of the magazine, but I made several of them and they made up very cute. You can contact me through sending me an email via the web page Fill out the form for contacting us. I would be glad to look for the pattern and send it via email to you. Just go to the web site and click on Contact us. Fill out the form and in the message area tell me that you want this pattern, click submit and then click on done and I will send it back to you via email with instructions and a photo. Only email request for this will produce an actual written request and will get processed. Hope this helps.

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February 16, 20190 found this helpful

Hello, a small gain fabric softener bottle is a perfect size and the label is paper over a white base, it is very sturdy, smells great, and is a bit bigger than an ivory dish soap bottle, an easy way to get the sticky off of a bottle is to mix vegetable oil with baking soda and make a paste, use a damp cloth and a scratch free scrubbie the blue ones made by scotch brite.

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December 1, 20140 found this helpful

I have looked everywhere and can't find 3" dolls that would fit in the cradle. Where can I buy the dolls?

By Velma


September 14, 20150 found this helpful

When my girls had these years ago, the doll was made from a child's white sock--just an oblong, stuffed, with a ribbon tied to make the head--the doll wore a simple flannel nightgown--I think she had embroidered eyes, smile and two French knots for the nose. The gown could have lace trim, etc. There were no arms or legs.

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