Crochet bags for Tarot decks

I was delighted to get a couple of new Tarot decks recently, and I decided to be a little crafty in making my own bags for them. This is just a simple pattern, but I think it’s special to make your own containers for Tarot decks. This is also the first time I’ve tried to write a pattern, so please excuse any mistakes. It is in US crochet notation.

There are two versions, one for a bag I did recently and a more generalized version (metapattern) so that you can customize it to fit whatever deck you’re working with.

Materials:

worsted weight yarn, approximately 35 grams
crochet hook size H
yarn needle
scissors
optional: button and yarn or contrasting string for closure (see end)

Pattern:

Row 1: Chain 16
Row 2: starting in second loop, single crochet in back loop of foundation chain – sc 15 and ch 1 for turning chain
Row 3: turn and sc 15, ch 1
Rows 4-50: repeat row 3
Row 51: sc2tog, sc across until only two stitches left, sc2tog
Repeat row 51 until reduced to a single stitch, then end

Example:

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Fold over and use needle to whipstitch both sides of bag together, weave in ends
Turn right side out

Example:

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Optional: Add a button to the point of the flap and add a drawstring to the front of the bag, either in the same yarn or in contrasting thread.

Example:

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I probably should have crocheted another two or three rows on this particular bag before starting the decreases so that the flap would lay over more completely, but it works. The drawstring closure is just threaded through the fabric of the front side to make a loop that will hold the button down and the flap closed. Here I’ve just used a simple button and tied the ends of the string in a knot, but you could get creative with fun buttons and beads or other decorations for the drawstring.

Metapattern:

for a Tarot deck with dimensions L x W x H (dimensions from largest to smallest)

Chain enough stitches to measure W + H + two or three stitches, depending on how snug you want your bag to be
Starting in second loop, single crochet in back loop of foundation chain plus ch 1 for turning chain
Turn, sc across, ch1
Repeat rows of sc until fabric length measures 2L+2H
Begin decreasing: sc2tog, sc across until only two stitches left, sc2tog
Repeat until flap comes to a point, then end
Fold, stitch sides together, weave in ends
Turn right side out
Attach button and drawstring closure if desired

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About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.
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