Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern
Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern – With the incredible weather we’ve been having on the West Coast, we’re spending many of our days at the lake. Some days it feels like all I do is lug all my gear to and from the beach (I know, really tough problem to have). Hanging out at the beach also means I usually have some free time while I’m watching my daughter swim and make sand castles. I decided it was time to come up with a new fun but useful project – the crochet beach tote. I popped into town, picked up some yummy looking cotton yarn and got to work creating my bag. I didn’t use a pattern for this but just sort of made it up as I went along. This was my first crochet bag project and in the end I was thrilled with how it turned out. What do you think? This crochet tote is not only great for the beach, but perfect to grab before you head out to the farmer’s market or grocery store. My daughter loved this bag and now wants one for herself… expect to see a modified kids version in an upcoming post.
These bags are really quick and easy to make and also make a great little gift. The tote pattern may look complicated upon first glance but you’ll soon see that you’re just repeating the same steps only with different colored yarn. It’s done with the double crochet stitch but mostly the half double crochet stitch, a favorite of mine since it seems to work up so quickly. It took me two days to complete the beach bag and I would say I crochet at a slow to medium pace. The finished size of the tote was 15″ wide by 15″ high.
Free Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern
- Cotton Yarn – 6 balls of cotton medium weight yarn – I used Bernat Handicrafter (color 1 x 2 balls, color 2 x 2 balls, color 3 x 1 ball, color 4 x 1 ball)
- Crochet Hook – US K/6.5 mm
- Stitch market
- Yarn or tapestry needle
Pattern written in U.S. terminology
ch = chain, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet, hdc = half double crochet
- Using color 1, chain 48 stitches.
- Hdc into 2nd chain from hook, then hdc into every stitch until the end, ch 2, turn. Carry on this way for 6 rows in total.
- Without turning, sc back into same space as last stitch worked. Starting with the closest side of the base, sc into each row space, 2 sc into last space.
- Turn to next side and sc into each stitch, 2 sc into last stitch on that side, carrying on in that fashion until the entire outside of the base is complete, making sure to do 2 sc in each corner.
BAG BODY (working in rounds):
- Rounds 1 – 3: ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
- Round 4: Change to color 2 yarn, ch 2 then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
- Rounds 5 – 7: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
- Round 8: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
- Round 9: Change to color 3 yarn, hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
- Round 10: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
- Round 11: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
- Round 12: Change to color 2 yarn, ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
- Rounds 13 -15: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
- Round 16: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
- Round 17: Change to color 4 yarn, ch 2 then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
- Round 18: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
- Round 19: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
- Round 20: Change to color 2 yarn, ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
- Rounds 21 – 23: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
- Rounds 24: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
- Rounds 25 – 30: ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
- Lay bag flat on a flat surface. Using your finger, find the stitch at the top of the bag that’s in the furthest right side/corner when laid flat. Mark the stitch with a stitch marker. Do the same on the left side/corner.
- Count over 3 stitches from the stitch marker to the right, pull through end of yarn with crochet hook and make a knot with about a 3 inch tail.
- *ch 2 and then hdc in the next 5 stitches, chain 2, turn.* Repeat and continue in this manner until your strap is as long as you’d like (mine strap was about 27″ long). Make longer if you’d like to make the tote more like a messenger bag.
- Attach to the other side, matching the middle of the strap with the stitch marker. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Download the free Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern here.
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Free Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern
Campfire roasted banana splits
Campfire Banana Splits – Since we spend most of the summer camping, we’re always on the lookout for great camping recipes. We’ve had an amazing summer so far and decided it was time to try a new campfire treat, the campfire roasted banana split. This is a super easy and delicious snack to add to your camping food repertoire. Our daughter loved being able to build her own banana split treat and it’s virtually foolproof.
Just grab some bananas, and some yummy toppings, wrap in foil, roast in the fire and voila…hot, melty, gooey goodness. Kids and adults alike will love these fantastic campfire treats.
Campfire Banana Splits
Ingredients & Supplies
- Ripe Bananas
- Toppings (suggestions: marshmallows, chocolate chips (white, butterscotch, milk and dark), peanuts, walnuts, toffee chips, caramels, coconut, pretzels, etc)
- Slice bananas down the middle but try not to cut all the way through to the other side.
- Fill the banana with toppings of your choice.
- Close up the banana as much as you can and wrap with tin foil.
- Place wrapped banana in the coals of your campfire and leave for anywhere from 5-10 minutes.
- Remove wrapped banana from fire and let cool for a few minutes then carefully unwrap the foil.
- Allow to cool a little more, grab a spoon and dig in.
Download your Campfire Banana Split recipe here.
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Easy to make DIY Shaving Cream
DIY Shaving Cream – Over the past few months I’ve had two almost new cans of shaving cream that have just died on me. They were 3/4’s full of cream but there was no pressure pushing the cream out. It irritated me because I’m not a huge fan of shaving cream as it is and it seemed like a silly waste. I’d been playing around with the idea of making my own cream for a while so this final can malfunction pushed me over the edge.
I looked up a bunch of homemade shaving cream recipes and in the end came up with my own formula. Once I had gathered the few ingredients I needed, I got to work. When my first batch of DIY shaving cream was complete I divided the recipe in half, taking half for myself and giving the rest to my unsuspecting guinea pig, my mother-in-law, Lynda. The first time I used the shaving cream I was a little surprised by the consistency and feel on my skin. It felt light and airy but also rich and buttery. I had expected a little foam or suds from the castile soap in the recipe but it never really foamed at all. It definitely has more of a cream consistency but once I adapted to it, I fell in love. This silky smooth cream is the perfect emollient for shaving and leaves your legs feeling really soft and moisturized. After the first two tries with my DIY shaving cream, I was hooked. I was curious what Lynda thought of the homemade shaving cream and after a quick phone call I was thrilled when she asked me to make a second batch for her. She loved it too!
So here’s my recipe that I’d like to share. You only need a handful of ingredients to make this luscious homemade shaving cream. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Download your DIY Shaving Cream Recipe here.
DIY Shaving Cream Recipe
- 1/3 cup shea butter
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup sweet almond oil (or jojoba oil)
- 2 tbsp liquid soap (castile if possible)
- 1 tsp Vitamin E (not 100% necessary but acts as a preservative so the cream will last up to about 3 months)
- 20 drops Essential Oil (scent of your choice)
- In a heat resistant pot, put the measured out portions of shea butter and coconut oil on the stove top over low heat. Stir until melted.
- Pour melted shea butter and coconut oil into a mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir until well mixed
- Put mixing bowl in fridge and leave until the ingredients have solidified (about 2-3 hours).
- Remove bowl from fridge, and using a hand blender, blend the mixture until it become soft and fluffy (approx 2-3 mins).
- Scoop cream into container.
Learn to make this easy DIY Shaving Cream
Easy crochet dishcloth pattern
Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths – It’s almost the end of the school year and I’ve been thinking about what sort of thank you gifts to give my daughter’s teachers and instructors (school, piano, dance, baseball, etc.).
I’m all about homemade gifts when at all possible so I started thinking about everything I’ve been learning or working on lately. For the past 2 months I’ve been taking pottery classes, learning how to use the potters wheel. I’ve also started making handmade soap on a regular basis which we now use every day in our household (check out my post on how to make Natural Calendula Soap here). Eventually I settled on the idea of creating teacher’s gifts that combine all my projects. I’m giving them each a beautiful handmade soap dish with my own soap and thick durable crochet washcloths. This crochet dishcloth pattern is about as easy as it gets – a perfect pattern for beginners. You only need to know 2 stitches, the chain stitch and the single crochet stitch. I’ve been really excited about these gifts because they are all things I’ve put my heart into and that hopefully reflect my gratitude to all the people who help teach and shape my daughter.
Download the Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths Pattern below.
Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths Pattern
- Cotton Yarn – I use Bernat Handicrafter (2 balls at a time)
- Crochet Hook – US L/8 mm.
- Yarn or tapestry needle
Ch = chain, sc = single crochet (U.S.)
- Hold both ends of yarn together (you will be crocheting with them as is they are one the entire time), make a slip stitch and chain 20 stitches together, keeping tension even through the chain (feel free to make the cloth bigger or smaller just by increasing or decreasing the number of chains in your foundation chain).
- Not turning your work, count back 2 stitches from the hook and sc in the chain and continue to do 1sc in each stitch along foundation chain until the end.
- Once you reach the end, chain 1 and then turn.
- Do 1sc in every stitch until you reach the end.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you’ve made a square (you can tell if you’ve made a square by folding the cloth in half diagonally.
- Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Download the Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths Pattern here.
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Healthy & Delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Healthy & Delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Soup – After all the camping and socializing we’ve been doing lately I’m trying to eat healthier meals during the week. Soup is always one of my favorite lunch choices – especially since I freeze individual meal size packages for a quick and convenient lunch. I have a few “go-to” soup recipes but this has recently become one of my most frequent picks. This recipe is really flavorful and the rich, creamy texture helps to make you feel really full and satisfied.
Healthy & Delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
1 large squash
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 can coconut milk
1 tsp oil
1/2 onion chopped
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp fresh ginger chopped finely
1/2 tsp curry powder (or paste)
juice of 1/2 a lime (or more if you like your soup more tangy)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (or more if you like it spicier)
cilantro or parsley for garnish
- Prepare and bake squash in over for 1 hour. Once the squash is cool, scoop all the squash meat out of the shell.
- Saute onions, garlic, ginger & curry powder in oil until soft and well combined.
- Put all ingredients from the first two steps into a bowl and using a wand blender, mix until smooth. Place mixture in a large pot on the stove over medium heat.
- Add chicken broth, lime juice and red pepper flakes. Heat until it reaches a boil and then turn down to simmer on low for 10 minutes stirring regularly.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley and serve while hot.
Download your Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe here.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Check out some of my other recipes including: Double chocolate pecan cookies, The ultimate rice krispie square, Best salad ever, No bake energy balls, the best chicken soup you’ll ever eat, Bailey’s dipped toasted marshmallows, zucchini quinoa patties, perfect chocolate chip cookies, marinated feta cheese, mediterranean humus.
Yummy and fun to make campfire toasted cinnamon rolls.
Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls – In my last post, I mentioned that our family recently had our inaugural camping trip of the year. We went with some friends and had so much fun camping in the Pacific Northwest rain forest along the coast of Vancouver Island (see last post for some photos of our trip). I love trying new camping recipes and this time I’d seen some orange/cinnamon rolls cooked in orange peels over a fire on Pinterest that looked intriguing. Loved the idea but my daughter doesn’t like oranges at all so I had to take another route…what about simply cooking them on a roasting stick? I really wasn’t sure it was going to work and honestly I kind of forgot about them until our last camping night. Once I remembered, I asked the kids if they had any interest in trying a roasted cinnamon bun experiment and they were all over it.
We cracked open a can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and carefully put them on some roasting sticks. We tried a few different methods but in the end the best way was to simply insert the roll (as is straight out out of the can) on a small double pronged roasting fork. We tried on a single prong but they kept twisting and almost falling off – too much stress. We also discovered that you needed to keep turning them to make sure they were cooked all over, especially in the center. You definitely want some hot, glowing embers to cook the cinnamon rolls, a roaring fire wouldn’t work well at all. As a final surprise, I discovered that these particular cinnamon rolls came with a little container of icing…truly the icing on the cake (or cinnamon roll). Sweet, fluffy, warm and toasty – why does camping food always seem to taste extra delicious! So in the end, it turned out that our campfire cinnamon rolls experiment was a huge success and I would highly recommend it.
Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls
What you need:
- Can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
- Roasting prongs (preferably with the prongs close together)
- Campfire with hot embers
- Pop open can and carefully divide the cinnamon rolls.
- Gently insert the prongs through the side of the cinnamon roll in the center of the bun making sure it’s near the back of the prongs.
- Slowly place your roll over hot embers, rotating frequently and on all sides.
- Depending on the heat in your campfire, it should take anywhere from 8-12 minutes to toast your rolls so that they are cooked all the way through.
- Remove from campfire and allow to cool slightly before carefully removing the roll from the roasting prongs. Eat and enjoy!
You can download and print the directions here.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Check out some of my other posts that would be great for camping including: DIY Fire Starters, Double Chocolate Pecan Cookies, No Bake Energy Balls, Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies, Blank Faces Coloring Page, Jellyfish Friendship Bracelets, 10-Minute Superhero Costume, Printable Robot Coloring Page , Family Movie Night Tickets
Toasted Campfire Cinnamon Rolls