How to Crochet a Beach Bag

As we are getting towards the holiday season and the weather is improving, thoughts start wandering in the direction of sun, sea, sand and just getting away from work in general. I spotted this “how to crochet a beach bag” recently and as this really chimed with my summer thoughts, I wanted to share this with you.  I love the colours: they are bright and summery but not so unusual that you’ll end up being limited as to what you can wear when toting this bag.


You Will Need

2x Caron Cakes

4.5mm crochet hook

Pompom maker/s

Darning needle


Ch = chain

Ch sp = chain space

Dc = double crochet

Ss = slip stitch

St = stitch

Tr = treble


How To Make

The bag is started from the bottom and worked up. The handles and pompoms are made separately and stitched on.
bottom of the bag_Rosina Northcott


Ch 4 . Join ends with a ss to form a circle.

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch). *1 tr into ring, 1 ch* Repeat from * to * x11. Join with a ss to the 3rd ch of initial 4 ch. Ss into ch sp. [12 spokes].

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as a tr), 2 tr into ch sp, ch 1, *3 tr in next ch sp, ch 1* Repeat  from * to * around. Join with a ss to top of initial ch 3. Ss next 2 tr and into ch sp. [12 clusters of 3 tr]

Round 3: Repeat round 2.

Round 4: Ch3, 3 tr into ch sp. Ch 1. *4 tr in ch sp, ch1* Repeat from * to * around. Join with a ss to the top of initial ch 3. Ss in next tr and in the middle of first 4ch cluster (between 2nd and 3rd trs). [12 clusters of 4 tr]

Round 5: Ch3, 2tr in middle of 4 tr cluster. 3 tr in next ch sp. *3tr in middle of cluster, 3tr in ch sp* Repeat from * to * around. Join with a ss to top of initial ch 3. Ss in next 2 tr and into ch sp. [24 clusters of 3]

Round 6: Ch 3 (counts as a tr), 2 tr, *3 tr in next ch sp* Repeat  from * to * around. Join with a ss to top of initial ch 3. Ss next 2 tr and into ch sp.

Round 7: Repeat round 2

Round 8 – 9: Repeat round 4

Round 10: Repeat round 5 [48 clusters]

Round 11 – 36: Repeat round 6

Round 37:  Ch 3, 1 tr in each st around. Fasten off and sew in ends.


pompoms_Rosina Northcott


Handles (make 2):

Chain 101

Row 1: 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook (for a neater finish, work through the back “bumps” of the chain). Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, 1 tr in same st, miss 2 st. *3 tr in next, miss 2 st* Repeat from * to * along. 2 tr in last st.

Row 3: Ch 3, *3 tr between clusters* Repeat from * to * along. 1 tr in top of 3 ch. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 dc in each st along until the end. Fasten off and sew in ends.

Optional: Wind off a ball of the colour from the beginning and ends of both cakes to have different colours for handles and pompoms.

Attach the handles:

Lay the bag out flat and measure across the top (approx 58cm). Mark 12cm in from each side, and pin handles to the inside of the bag (on both sides). Sew to the main body of the bag using plenty of stitches.

Optional: With leftover yarn, make pompoms in a couple of different sizes and sew them to one (or more) areas where the handles meet the bag.

Crochet Beach Bag_Rosina Northcott

Article source: click here.

Although the pom poms are an “optional extra” I actually think they help to bring the whole thing together.  They add that certain, something extra to the design and make the finished product stand out from the crowd.  Worth the additional time to make these and add them on.

If you decide to have a go at making this lovely bag, do send us the photos of the bag in use.  We promise not to be too jealous if the pics show you sporting it somewhere sunny and gorgeous.  Just get in touch using the contacts box below.

Article first seen on Crafty Bug – Wool at http://woolcraft.craftybug.co.uk/crochet/how-to-crochet-a-beach-bag/


Top Sewing Tweets of the Week

Here’s our regular round up of those eyecatching tweets spotted this week.


1. All in a good cause

Great to see youngsters getting involved.


2. Sewing Bird

Never seen this before but I kinda want one now!


3. Innovative

Well, I can certainly see the attraction of this solution.  Not quite sure how she looks when she takes off her leggings!  Aren’t Sharpies permanent markers …?


4. Mixed Materials

An unusual use of sewing patterns, methinks.


5. Straight out of the shower and into a dress

This is terrific – and who would have thought of using a shower curtain like this?  And waterproof to boot!


6. A Labour of Love

Top Sewing Tweets of the Week first available on Crafty Bug – Sewing, Quilting, Embroidery and Needle Felting at http://sewing.craftybug.co.uk/sewing/top-sewing-tweets-of-the-week-19-may-2017/


A Crafty Way to Recycle Your Pringles Tubes

Sometimes it’s the simpler craft projects which are the most effective.  This infographic shows how you can re-use household waste such as an empty Pringles can, and by applying a spot of découpage, end up with a neat storage receptacle.  You get to enjoy the original contents of the Pringles tube, you reduce your waste and end up with a useful container for spaghetti which looks good on your kitchen shelf.  A win win situation all round!

Image source: click here.

Re-using Pringles containers is highly topical at the moment as the Recycling Association has said that they are one of the most challenging items to recycle given the mix of materials used to produce them.  You may be interested to take a look at this article which appeared on the BBC Website suggesting some different uses for a Pringles tube once the contents have been munched.  Most of the ideas aren’t particularly crafty – hence our suggestion above – but I do rather like the re-invention as toys for pets.  Those guinea pigs nibbling away at their treat tubes are very cute!

A Crafty Way to Recycle Your Pringles Tubes originally available on Crafty Bug – Papercraft at http://papercraft.craftybug.co.uk/decoupage/how-to-recycle-my-pringles-can/


Top Tweets of the Week

Here we’ve gathered together some of the most eyecatching and interesting tweets of the week regarding papercraft in its varying forms.

1. Kemono Friends: Crested Ibis Movable Papercraft

2. Paper Vase and Felt Carnations


3. Cherished Memories


4. Intricate Paper Sculptures

This is just amazing!


5. Climb Every Mountain

No difference as far as I can see!


6. Sometimes, that’s just how it goes!



Top Tweets of the Week originally seen on Crafty Bug – Papercraft at http://papercraft.craftybug.co.uk/papercraft/top-tweets-of-the-week-15-may-2017/


Easter Dress

It’s always great to see what craft and sewing projects people have been working on and this girl’s dress for Easter is no exception.  Mum Jess is a just loves sewing and regularly makes clothes for her children.  Here’s an excerpt from her blog showing off the Easter dress she made for her daughter, Ava.


Here we go with the Easter dress posts! Are you surprised I made them this year?  Ye me too.

I’m also showing you the last dress I made first, so it’s all over the place here folks. Welcome to my life.  snort.

This kraken. I swear. She does all her poses. The only ones that were suggested by me are the basic shots.  Everything else is ALL AVA.

K anyways. the dress. I actually made another outfit for her for Easter and then strongly disliked how it looked with Sadie and Charlotte’s dresses (I’ll still blog it, I love it but not all of them together), so I whipped this one up Saturday morning before Easter. Luckily it’s definitely a whip-uppable dress! I used my darling friend Melissa’s pattern which I’ve made once before, the Lizzy dress. (oddly enough, the other time I made this pattern it was also for an Easter dress!)


I sewed up a size 5, with the short sleeve option. Love this perfect gold button I found in my stash to use! The fabric was I believe, from Hobby Lobby awhile back. It’s fairly stiff quilting cotton so not perfect for clothes, but for this dress shape it worked fine.

Article source: click here.

I think you’ll agree that Jess has done a brilliant job and that Ava clearly loves posing in her new dress!


We recommend:

To make a similar girl’s dress you may like this polka dot fun fabric available from Minerva Crafts.  Or perhaps this yellow floral print available here.

Easter Dress initially published on Crafty Bug – Sewing, Quilting, Embroidery and Needle Felting at http://sewing.craftybug.co.uk/dressmaking/easter-dress/


Top Sewing Tweets of the Week

I have come across several tweets related to sewing in general and though I’d share my favourites with you.  Some people are just so brilliant in what they say and do.  I hope you agree.

1. Oh so true!

This tweet doesn’t have a pretty picture for once but I thought the sentiment was oh so true.  It’s all a matter of perspective after all ….


2. All my own work …

Not me, I’m afraid.  But this tweeter seems to have been a busy bunny with a fabulous outcome.


3. With help from puss!

Any excuse for a cute cat picture.


4. We’ve all been there

I’m sure this picture will resonate with all!


5. Beautiful Birds

These look so delicate and really rather gorgeous.



Article originally seen on Crafty Bug – Sewing, Quilting, Embroidery and Needle Felting at http://sewing.craftybug.co.uk/sewing/top-sewing-tweets-of-the-week-7-may-2017/


Yarn Bombing on Whitchurch Bridge

The residents of Pangbourne and Whitchurch on Thames are enjoying a rare treat at the moment.

Mr Toad says it’s time for Tea



A community art project has brought together almost 100 local people who have all contributed to producing a wonderful display of needlework and woolcraft artworks which are covering the Whitchurch Toll bridge over the river Thames on the Berkshire, Oxfordshire border.

Balloons over the Thames

Inspired by the Thames Path, the combination of knitted and crocheted panels and needlework, quilted and embroidered scenes feature characters, events animals and birds connected with the river Thames and the surrounding area.

A family of crocheted ducks


Flowers from the Riverside

One of the most common questions I heard was “What happens to it when it rains?”  Well you’ll be happy to know that even after some heavy downpours everything still looks as good as new!


Animals from the river bank


The installation is being displayed from 29th April through to the 14th of May. If you’d like to visit, the organisers, Gill and Alison, would be delighted to welcome you not only to enjoy the artworks, but to enjoy coffee and cake at the Art Cafe by the tollbridge.

Co-organiser Alison Livsey with her Dragonflies

The organisers hope to raise around £2000 for a range of charities.  If you would like to contribute, please visit the Thames Path Together Community Art Project’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/stmarys-stjohns/yarnbombalert


A number of retired servicemen from the Royal Hospital Chelsea have also taken part


Article originally published on Crafty Bug at http://www.craftybug.co.uk/general/yarn-bombing-whitchurch-bridge/