The Shoreline Seeker Tote – Crochet Beach Bag Free Pattern

Close Up Image of the Shoreline Seeker Crochet Beach Bag

I am ready for the warmer weather and the long, hot days of summer. In preparation for our family trips to the beach, I wanted to create a crochet beach bag free pattern that was big enough to carry all the beach essentials that my family would need for our beach trip. So I created the Shoreline Seeker Tote.

This crochet beach bag free pattern is a fun and quick project using Bernat Maker Home Dec. It is a cotton and nylon blend bulky (size 5) yarn which is just like a t-shirt yarn. Since it has a tubular construction, it doesn’t have plies to split while you’re crocheting and it gives a beautiful texture to a basic stitch to create a stylish beach bag. It is machine washable (which, as a mom, I absolutely love) so you can pop it in the wash after heading to the sandy beaches to easily clean it up in preparation for your next journey. It comes in a variety of different colors but I really love this light turquoise color that I picked.

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This crochet beach bag pattern uses basic stitches like the single crochet stitch and half double crochet. It’s a large beach bag Iand you can fit multiple towls of a generous size and still have plenty of room for assorted other beach necessities inside.

Instead of having two shoulder straps, I opted to have a single strap that would be long enough to be worn across the body but still short enough to be worn on just one shoulder. You can adjust the length of the strap by adding or omitting rows.

The best thing about this oversized tote is that it is made in one piece. The bag is crocheted in a large rectangle and then folded in half. The fold in the bag then becomes the bag bottom (no fussy crocheting around a chain here). Then we crochet the seams together to create the bag. Afterwards we reattach the yarn at the top of the bag to create the trim and the bag handle.

Close up of tag on this oversized tote

I found these really cute word bands when I was at Michaels a little while ago and I thought they would look great as a tag. The one that I added to my bag says “Enjoy the Journey” which really spoke to me. If you have ever vacationed with young kids, you can sometimes feel like you need a vacation from your vacation by the end. It can be hard to relax when you’re running after little ones. So I added this specific tag to my bag as a reminder to slow down and enjoy the journey with my kids when on vacation. This time with them is short and sweet so I need that reminder to enjoy the craziness while I can.

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Crochet tote bag and accessories with a text overlay

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Skill Level:

  • Beginner


  • U.S.



Finished size:

  • 16.5 inches tall x 21.5 inches wide.
finished sample made from this free crochet beach bag pattern


  • 13 sts across x 9 rows = 4” square


  • Gauge is not vital to the pattern however, it may affect the amount of yarn needed and the size of your finished bag.

  • The bag is worked in a large rectangle and then folded in half and crocheted together and then the yarn is reattached to the top of the bag to crochet the trim and strap.  The word band (optional) is then sewn on to the trim.

  • To adjust the length of the shoulder strap, add or omit rows in the strap until you have achieved your desired size and then finish the strap with the rest of the instructions given.

Crochet Beach Bag Free Pattern – Shoreline Seeker Tote:

Crochet Beach Bag Free Pattern Finished project in a flat lay

Get an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of the Shoreline Seeker Tote pattern in my Etsy or Ravelry shops.

Bag Body:

Row 1: FHDC 99 or CH100 and HDC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each st. across. CH1 and turn. (99)

Row 2: HDC 2, CH1, Skip 1, *HDC 1, CH1, Skip 1* repeat 47 times.  HDC 2.  CH 1 and turn. (99)

Row 3: HDC in the first two stitches.  HDC in the CH space.  *HDC in the next stitch.  HDC in the CH space* repeat 47 times.  HDC in the last two stitches.  CH 1 and turn. (99)

Rows 4 – 49: Alternate Row 2 and 3 (99)

After you have chained 1 and turned on row 49, fold the bag in half (with right sides together) bringing the left side of Row 49 together with the right side of Row 49.  SL ST the two sides together to create a seam.  Cut Yarn. 

Reattach yarn on the other short end of the rectangle in the first stitch of your foundation row.  SL ST the two sides together to create a seam.  FO and weave in ends.

Shoreline Seeker Tote with accessories in a flat lay

Trim and Strap:

Row 1: Reattach yarn at the top of the bag near the seam and SC 100 evenly around the top of the bag.  Do not join.

Row 2: Continue working in the round, HDC in each stitch around (100)

Row 3: HDC around. (100)

Row 4: Switch to 5.5mm hook. This will start the strap.  SC 6. CH 1 and turn. 

Row 5: SC 10.  CH 1 and turn.

Rows 6 -96: SC across.  CH 1 and turn (10)

Row 97: SC across.  FO leaving a long tail to sew the strap to the other side of the bag.

Count 40 stitches to the left of the first stitch of your strap and place a stitch marker.  Place a stitch marker in the 10th stitch away from the first stitch marker.  Line up the unfinished end of your strap with your stitch markers that you placed on the body of the bag (taking care not to twist the strap) and sew the strap to the body of the bag.

Optional: If using the word band, sew the word band onto the side of your bag.  I placed mine in the center of the trim.

I hope you enjoy your new beautiful crochet beach bag. Please pin and share this post to help other learn about my free content for crocheters.

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9 thoughts on “The Shoreline Seeker Tote – Crochet Beach Bag Free Pattern”

  1. Hi. I see that you have used 2 different size hooks but where are you changing the hook it’s not clear.. please let me know that. Thanks

    • Hi Sunaina, you switch to the 5.5mm hook in row 4 of the strap.

      • Thank you .. guess I missed seeing it at first.

  2. I love this pattern design and am wanting to make an afghan with this pattern – I was wondering if you would provide me/us with the repeat pattern (3 + 2 or 4 + 3). Thanking you in advance for your time in this matter.

  3. I posted this question earlier but the question seemed to have disappeared – I was wondering if you would be able to provide the repeat for this pattern – would I crochet sets of 3 and then add 2 at the end (3 +2)? I thank you in advance for your help in this matter!!

    • Hi Cindy,

      Just chain an even number of stitches and HDC starting in the 2nd chain from the hook. Your ending stitch count should always be an odd number.

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  5. Is there any way I could get this pattern as a printable? I like to make gifts on the go and don’t always have access to a computer. Thanks,


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