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Drumstick Bag: Free Crochet Pattern

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When it comes to crochet, my 8-year-old daughter is my biggest fan – so when my husband and I enrolled her into the School of Rock last week, I jumped at the idea of making her something crochet-related for her drum set.

I knew that I wanted her to have some type of case to store her sticks in, and I also knew that I wanted it to be portable so that she could take it to and from class. I grabbed a pair of her sticks, took some measurements, and got to work.

For this pattern, I decided to use the lemon peel stitch. I just love the texture that it provides and it looks amazing with variegated yarn. Below you will find a sketch of the finished product with measurements which will allow you to use pretty much any stitch you’d like.

Let’s get started!

– Size 7/4.5mm crochet hook
– Size E/3.5mm crochet hook
– Stitch Marker
– Tapestry Needle
– Size 4 cotton yarn. I used ILTC in River Run and Deep Turquoise.
– Needle and thread
– 1″ long x 1/2″ wide plastic buckle
– 4 buttons of your choice

17″ x 8.5″

Skill Level
Beginner – Easy

16 sts x 14 rows

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
dc – double crochet
() – total number of stitches in the row
st(s) – stitch(es)

Additional Notes
– This pattern is written in US Terminology.
– This pattern is worked in rows.
– ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
– This pattern is worked using the lemon peel stitch which is a combination of alternating sc, dc. You always begin each row with a sc and end each row with a dc. Each sc in the row will be placed in the top of a dc from the row below and each dc will be placed in the top of a sc from the row below.
– I crochet a bit on the tighter side, so if your gauge does not match mine, you may need to go up or down a hook size.
– You can weave your ends in after you complete each panel, or you can do like I did and crochet over them when you create the border and join both panels together.

Back Panel
ch 33
1)  sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and dc in the next st. *sc in the next st, dc in the next st* Repeat from * to *, ending with a dc in the last st of the row (32) ch 1 and turn
2)  *sc, dc* Repeat from * to * across (32) ch 1 and turn
3-60)  Repeat row 2.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Front Panel
ch 33
1)  sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and dc in the next st. *sc in the next st, dc in the next st* Repeat from * to *, ending with a dc in the last st of the row (32) ch 1 and turn
2)  *sc, dc* Repeat from * to * across (32) ch 1 and turn
3-40)  Repeat row 2.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Place the front panel on top of the back panel, aligning the bottom edges.

Front panel on top of back panel.

Turn your work so that the bottom of the panels are now the “top” of your work. Join your border color to the top right corner, ensuring you go through both panels.

Join border color at the bottom right of back through both panels.

Join border color to front and back panel.

sc evenly around both panels, placing 3 sc in each corner. sl st to join to the first st of the round and fasten off.

At this point, your front panel should now be joined with your back panel and you should have a nice, even, sc border around your entire project.

Pocked (front panel)
Using a measuring tape and some stitch markers, find the center of the front panel and mark it with a few stitch markers.

Measure center of bag and place stitch markers.

You are now going to sew a straight line (through both panels) from the bottom of your bag to the top of the front panel, dividing the front panel into two separate compartments.

Another perk of variegated yarn is it makes it harder to see your stitches when your project is completed 🙂

Once you have finished sewing up the center of the front and back panel you can secure both ends of your yarn and then weave them into your project.

The handle is worked in 2 parts and then sewn to the top of the bag.

1)  Beginning on one side of the buckle, attach your border color yarn with a sl st and sc 3 into the buckle. Make sure that you are crocheting over the buckle and tail of your yarn. Ch 1 and turn.

Insert hook through buckle and sl st border color to buckle.

Single crochet 3 around buckle.

2)  sc in each st across (3), ch 1 and turn
3-32) repeat row 2
Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the handle to the bag.

Repeat the instructions above for the opposite side of the buckle and attach both ends of the handle to the top of your bag starting at the 4th st in from each side. I used the whip stitch to do this for a seamless finish. Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Finished handle sewn to drumstick bag.

Fold your bag in half lengthways and get an idea of where you’d like to place your buttons.

Measure out where you'd like to place your buttons.

I placed my first button 2″ in from the bottom of the bag and my second button 4″ in from the first button. I repeated this process for the top of the bag, measuring in 2″ and placing a button, then measuring another 4″ from that button to place my last button. Once you find where you’d like your buttons placed, begin sewing them down through the top layer of your project only. I used a clear thread to sew my buttons down.

Once your buttons are sewn into place, grab your 4.5mm crochet hook and the yarn that you used for the border. We’re now going to add the button loops.

Insert hook across from button and ch 12 to create button loop.

Insert your crochet hook into a st directly across from your first button on the opposite side of the panel. Ch 12 and sl st into the same st creating your first loop. Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Crochet button loop.

Repeat this process for the remainder of your buttons.

Completed button and button loop.

That’s all there is to it!

I hope you find this pattern useful. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this pattern, please leave a comment below or feel free to shoot me an email at

Completed drumstick bag on top of drum.

You can make and sell as many Drumstick Bags as you’d like, but please make sure that you either link back to my blog or Etsy shop for credit. Thanks!



  • Caty Cook

    Hi, I love this pattern. How can I make a bigger version with more pockets? My girlfriend is a college-level percussionist with loooooots of mallets and sticks and asked me to make one for her! Thank you!

    • Karissa

      Hi Caty. That’s a great question. I suggest laying out your girlfriend’s mallets and sticks and taking measurements. You can group them however you’d like, but basically, you want to measure how wide or tall the sticks and mallets are so you know how big to make your overall bag. After that, you can determine how many pockets you want/need. Are the mallets longer? If so, I would make the pocket for those taller to ensure they stay in the bag properly. The pattern can easily be adjusted to fit your needs; once you have measurements, you can chain the number of stitches you need to get to the width and start working from there. I made the pockets in one panel for this bag, but you can easily split it into different panels/pockets; it will just require more sewing/seaming. When I made this bag, I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton, which I would not recommend using for a larger, heavier bag. Peaches & Cream, Lily Sugar’n Cream, or any similar, sturdier yarn would be best. I hope this helps! If you have any more questions, please let me know.

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