Seashore Solutions: 23 Crochet Tote Bag Patterns

So, summer is almost officially here, but you have at least a month before it is actually beach season. The weather isn’t quite as warm as you need it to be to truly enjoy a warm and wonderful day in the sun, sand, and surf. At least, that’s the case for us here in Chicago. If you’re a Florida or California crafter, I am crazy jealous. Either way, one of the best ways to learn how to make a beach bag is to create crochet bag patterns. Crochet tote bag patterns make fantastic beach accessories because they are sturdy without being too heavy. Plus, if you make them lacy enough, the sand can fall right through or you can easily line these light crochet patterns to make clean-up simple.

Sometimes it can be hard to find the right crochet patterns to hook up in the summer. Bulky projects like an afghan can’t travel, and you won’t wear a new crochet scarf pattern for months! Make something you can bring along on road trips and actually use the next day when you make the sunshine-approved crochet bag patterns in Seashore Solutions 23 Crochet Tote Bag Patterns.

Crochet Bag Patterns for Summer

Seashore Solutions: 23 Crochet Tote Bag Patterns

Beach Bag Free Crochet Patterns

These free crochet patterns are beach day essentials. Simply stunning and perfect for carting your sunscreen and beach reads, these crochet projects will surely find a home atop your beach towel.

Coastal Beach Bag

Desert Sunset Tote Bag

Summer Tote Bag Patterns

In the summer, you’re exploring all sorts of places. Whether you’re flip flopping your way to the Farmer’s Market or sipping an iced coffee out on the town, these crochet tote bag patterns have your summer purse needs covered!

Jane Austen Book Club Tote

Eco-Friendly Crochet Tote Bag Pattern


Describe the best beach bag you’ve ever had.

Citrus Sweet: Build Your Color Confidence

Summer Citrus CoastersFreshly cut grass, saltwater, and sunscreen are just a few of the scents of summer. Even better than the scents, though, are tastes. When I’m on the beach, I like to enjoy a tall glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. Even if you don’t have a chance to lounge around in the sun, you can get a taste of the season with a few citrus inspired crafts.

The Summer Citrus Coasters pictured at left are must-haves for your next picnic or pool party. This easy sewing pattern is fun and functional. Plus, the bold colors will help your guests remember which drink belongs to whom. Or, check out the Floral Ball, is an explosion of reds, greens, and yellows that makes a beautiful centerpiece, whether your gathering is indoors or out. If you have a hammock hanging in your backyard, the Citrus Burst Pillow will make those afternoon naps extra cozy.


Dazzling Orange Tiger LilyWhen folks think of the word “citrus,” the first fruit that pops into mind is the orange. This bold color lacks subtlety, so if you’re hoping to draw some attention, orange is the way to go.

Dazzling Orange Tiger Lily – It doesn’t get much easier than this DIY paper flower craft, because the cute freckled petals are printable.

Orange Crochet Tank for Tot – The best part about this cute crochet top is the black and white ribbon that ties at the slit in the back.

Rustic Orange Peel Garland – You’d be hard pressed to find a DIY garland that smells as sweet as this one.



Lovely Lemon WreathThere’s a reason I reach for lemonade during those hot summer afternoons. Lemons are so refreshing! These crafts smell as delightful as they look.

Lovely Lemon Wreath – This DIY wreath will greet all of your guests with a hint of lemony freshness.

Lemon Candles – You can make these quirky handmade candles and give them as favors at your next party.

Lemon Sugar Scrub – Keep hands soft and smooth with a yummy sugar scrub. Kids can help, too!


Groovy Green T Shirt ToteNow we’ve come to my favorite shade of citrus: lime green. It’s hard to keep frowning when you come across a craft in this bright color.

Groovy Green T Shirt Tote – Designed with the environmentally-friendly in mind, this DIY bag is made from recycled and earth-safe materials.

Wicked Lime Green Backpack – There’s something sassy about this crochet backpack. I love the fringe at the bottom.

Scrappy Rag Wreath – Vary your fabric scraps to make this DIY wreath super cute.


What’s your must-have summer accessory?








New Pattern Monday: Crafting Fun in the Sun

This week was H-O-T at the FaveCrafts offices! With summer in full swing, I don’t know what I’d rather do–head to the beach with a good book or hole up in the air conditioning with my trusty crochet hook. Here are some new projects on FaveCrafts this week that you can make indoors and wear out in the sun. Get ’em while the weather’s still hot!

Shellz Necklace and Earrings: Wear this necklace to the beach and you’ll match the seashells you see on the seashore.

Shellz Necklace and Earrings

Embellished Flip Flops: Never leave the house with boring footwear again, at least not when you’re heading for the sand!

Embellished Flip Flops

Summer Wrap: This lightweight wrap will show potential suitors that you like fashion, crocheting, and long walks on the beach…

Summer Wrap

What’s your favorite craft to do in the summer?

Summer Nights and Crochet for Day

Just like Danny and Sandy in “Grease,” I’ve been thinking a lot about those summer nights lately. It has been cold! We had the coldest 4th of July in 30 years in Chicago, and I was definitely not prepared. I hate buying jackets especially for summer because it is such a short season, so I end up being cold and jacketless from June to August.

After looking at some of our newest craft projects, I’ve realized the solution is to make something I can wear year-round. Yes, I said make! I am always looking for a weekend rainy day activity so this would be perfect. Here are three of my favorite new crochet and knitting projects from Which one should I make?

  1. Long Lace Stole: This one is thick enough to be a winter scarf but wide enough that it would make the perfect shawl for a cold summer night. The yarn is colorful so the pattern looks fairly easy.crochet-lace-wrap
  2. Chunky Knit Long Wrap: This is a more dressed up wrap that could really complete an outfit for a casual night out at the movies or a fancy dinner. I actually love the burgundy yarn featured in the photo, but this one looks a bit more time consuming because of its size.long-knit-wrap
  3. Quick and Easy Shawl: This is a smaller shawl that would probably be paired better with a dress or a light sweater in the fall or winter. I love how easy this pattern is–I think even I can do this one!quick-and-easy-shawl

The Cutest Crochet for Summer

I do enjoy crafting everything from scrapbooks to home-made cards, but crochet and knitting are usually way over my head. I never used to understand why they were so popular, and I figured that crochet especially was much too complicated for me. After I found this Ribbon and Pearl Necklace Tutorial from Happy Together my mind was completely changed. This blog features a DIY version of a necklace originally featured in Elle Magazine for over $1,300! Look how professional the finished product looks:


I realized the amazing thing about crochet is that it makes your home-made crafts look like you bought them in a store. What a great way to save money! If you are interested in another crochet project for summer, check out these Crochet Summer Totes from They are so professional looking and easy to make.


What do you think about crochet? Impressive craft or waste of time? If you have any other great crochet ideas for summer please share them!

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