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Sunshine Beach Bag – FREE Crochet Pattern

Sunshine Beach Bag – FREE Crochet Pattern

Hi maker! My name is Claire, and I’m the designer behind the crochet blog E’Claire Makery and the E’Claire Makery Video Podcast. I love creating free crochet patterns, tutorials, sharing business or design tips, and making things to help give other crocheters the confidence to create.


I’m so excited to be on the Joy of Motion blog again! I’ve recently become completely obsessed with crochet color work, and have had so many ideas bouncing around my head to create new patterns using the tapestry crochet technique. If you’ve never done this technique before, I have a great tutorial on my site called The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet. My most recent tapestry crochet pattern that I’ve created is the Sunset Beach Bag, which I get to share with you today!



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For this design, I wanted to use a yarn that had a lot of body to it that would work with toting a lot of different things to the beach. Whenever I got to the beach, I love to bring books, snacks, water, and a few other things I try to fit in my bag. A worsted weight yarn wouldn’t do for it. Since I love to try to use things from my yarn stash, I found a perfect bulky weight yarn for this bag: Mary Maxim Titan yarn.

This yarn creates a sturdy fabric that can handle a lot of weight without having too much stretch. It also works up super quickly because it is a thicker yarn! You can always substitute it with any other bulky weight yarn if you have a favorite that you like to use.





As I’ve been going through my designing journey, I’ve been looking for just the right technique that gets me excited to keep creating projects. Recently, I discovered how much I love doing color work with crochet, and have been trying to create as many designs as I can with it.


Growing up by the beach, I loved getting to see the beautiful California sunsets almost every night. A lot of my designs have taken inspiration from the ocean, and I knew that I wanted to create a fun beach bag design that would depict the sun over the water. The golden yarn perfectly captures the sun, and is contrasted by the light blue of the water. Now I want to take this beach bag on all sorts of adventures! Even if you don’t live by the beach, this bag would be so much fun to take on excursions to the park or even the lake.


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How long it takes to crochet something varies depending on your skill & how fast you crochet. But that isn’t a helpful answer is it?

Well, I’ve developed a yarn calculator to help you get the answer to this question.

It will help you calculate exactly how much time you’ll spend crocheting a project.

All you need to know is how much yarn you will use on the project in either meters, yards or skeins. Then crochet your test square & time it.

Calculate how long it takes to crochet that. 








This pattern is one size that is great for taking to the beach and carrying all of you belongings! It’s a stylish summer bag that is fun to take everywhere!






Read about skill levels.




Size 6 mm / US: J/6 / UK: 6mm



Yarn used:

Mary Maxim – Titan Yarn  in color Seafoam, Gold, and Natural.

Find it here.


Yarn amount used: 

Natural (White): 2 skeins /6 oz/ 170 g/ 160 yds /146 m/

Gold (Yellow): 1 skein /3 oz/ 85 g/ 80 yds /73 m/

Seafoam: 1 skein /3 oz/ 85 g/ 80 yds /73 m/


Yarn characteristics:

  • 5 Bulky Yarn
  • 100% Acrylic





Measured with Half Double Crochet crocheted in rows:

10 stitches & 8 rows per 10 cm / 4”.



  • This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
  • All measurements given are unblocked.
  • Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that changes from person to person.


  • Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
  • Make a swatch that measure at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch the gauge is given for. If your swatch matches the gauge, you’re good to go. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your hook. Go up in crochet hook size if your stitches are smaller & go down in crochet hook size if your stitches are bigger (more details).
  • Check yarn info if you want to find an alternative or test your yarn against the gauge (more details).


  • The stitch count of the rows stays the same the whole time: 36
  • This pattern is made using the tapestry crochet technique, which is a form of crochet color work where you carry the other color of yarn through you piece until you switch colors. If you’ve never done this technique before, I have a beginner’s guide to tapestry crochet on my site. It includes a step by step photo and video tutorial that walks you through all of the steps of tapestry crochet, which would help you make this pattern. For more information check out The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.
  • Color Changes for the front panel are indicated by the color in parentheses.
  • This pattern is made up of two panels that are sewn together.
  • The arrows at the beginning of the rows indicate what direction the row is worked on in the chart.
  • If you would like a complete color graph to help make it easier to make this pattern, check out the premium ad free pdf available on Ravelry and Etsy.




Width: 15″

Height: 21″



  • Ch = chain (tutorial)
  • hdc = half double crochet (tutorial)
  • st = stitch
  • RS = Right side
  • WS = Wrong Side
  • ← = work from right to left
  • → = work from left to right
  • ( ) = color in between marks new color change




Tapestry Crochet – form of color work in crochet where you carry the yarn you are not using through the project you’re making. For a tutorial on how to do this technique, see The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.





Ch 38, starting in third ch from hook begin row 1

← Row 1 [RS]: (Blue) hdc 36  

→ Row 2 [WS]: (Blue) hdc 36  

← Row 3 [RS]: (Blue) hdc 36  

→ Row 4 [WS]: (Blue) hdc 36  

← Row 5 [RS]: (Blue) hdc 36  

→ Row 6 [WS]: (Blue) hdc 36  

← Row 7 [RS]: (Blue) hdc 36  

→ Row 8 [WS]: (Blue) hdc 36  

← Row 9 [RS]: (White) hdc 8, (Yellow) hdc 21, (White) hdc 7  

→ Row 10 [WS]: (White) hdc 8, (Yellow) hdc 19, (White) hdc 9  

← Row 11 [RS]: (White) hdc 8, (Yellow) hdc 21, (White) hdc 7  

→ Row 12 [WS]: (White) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 23, (White) hdc 7  

← Row 13 [RS]: (White) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 27, (White) hdc 4  

→ Row 14 [WS]: (White) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 15, (White) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 5  

← Row 15 [RS]: (White) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 6, (White) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 15, (White) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 4  

→ Row 16 [WS]: (White) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 13, (White) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 4  

← Row 17 [RS]: (White) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 15, (White) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 2  

→ Row 18 [WS]: (White) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 4, (White) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (White) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 4, (White) hdc 3  

← Row 19 [RS]: (White) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 3, (White) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 5, White, (Yellow) hdc 5, White, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 3, (White) hdc 2  

→ Row 20 [WS]: (White) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (White) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 2, (White) hdc 3  

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← Row 21 [RS]: (White) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (White) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 6, (White) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 6, (White) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 1, (White) hdc 2  

→ Row 22 [WS]: (White) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 6, (White) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 5, (White) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 6, (White) hdc 7  

← Row 23 [RS]: (White) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 6, (White) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 7, (White) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 6, (White) hdc 6  

→ Row 24 [WS]: (White) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 4, (White) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 7, (White) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 4, (White) hdc 7  

← Row 25 [RS]: (White) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 3, (White) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 7, (White) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 3, (White) hdc 6  

→ Row 26 [WS]: (White) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 1, (White) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 9, (White) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 1, (White) hdc 7  

← Row 27 [RS]: (White) hdc 36  

→ Row 28 [WS]: (White) hdc 36

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing



R 1: Ch 38, starting in 3rd ch from hook, dc 36

R 2-8: ch 2, turn, dc 36

Switch to cream

R 9-28: ch 2, turn, dc 36

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing


STRAPS (make 2):

Using two strands of the yarn, Ch 50, fasten off leaving a tail for sewing


Fasten off & cut yarn.



After you are finished crocheting, it’s now time to assemble the bag. 


Place front and back panels right sides together, and sew together along the sides leaving the top unsewn. Position the first strap on the inside of the front panel, and the second strap on the inside of the back panel. Sew both ends of the strap onto the bag.




Claire Goodale is the owner, designer, and maker behind E’Claire Makery. When she’s not obsessing over yarn and coming up with patterns, you can find her out exploring, baking, watching superhero shows, and enjoying her newly married life with her husband Stephen. As a maker, her goal is to create patterns, tutorials, and share design and business tips to help give crocheters the confidence to create.

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