The Beachcomber Bag

The Birth of a Pattern.
The Beachcomber Bag pattern has been out for about 2 weeks now, and I can't tell you how exciting it is to see those of you who have purchased it making up your own bags and taking them on your adventures. I thought this might be a good place, to back up a few paces and tell you how this guy came to be. 

Back in the early spring, as Paige and I were preparing for The NJ Wool Walk, we were delighted to receive the shop's custom colorway. It was a gorgeous skein called Seaglass, dyed by the lovely and talented ladies at Legacy Fiber Artz. It was beachy - with sandy tones and the pops of color you would find in the seaglass along the Jersey Shore. I was immediately inspired to design a bag around the yarn and have them ready for the Walk. 

Enter our friend, Mike, who had gifted me several bags of Hawaiian shirts that he no longer wanted/needed. They had been sitting in my studio for about a year, waiting for the right project to come along. This was it. By cutting up the shirts and adding some water resistant bottom fabric, I designed a small circular drawstring bag, perfect for beach knits - up to most 2 skein projects. They were the perfect compliment to the yarn. 

After The Wool Walk I started thinking about further uses for the bags. I had, at the very beginning of DLD - maybe even before DLD was even a thing! - made circular bins for my daughter's room. (They weren't very good. They were cute, but I didn't know what I was doing back then!) But they were useful. And held all the little bits and bobs I needed on hand with a little one. And so I made some smaller versions of The Beachcomber, with kids in mind. Hang them on a hook, fill them with small toys and other special treasures...then drawstring them up and take them along. 

Finally, I realized that if you're going to call a bag The Beachcomber Bag, there should be a version that allows for just that - finding treasures along the shoreline, having a place to keep them safe while letting the debris and sand fall through and stay behind.

The response to the bag was so great, especially for the mesh bottomed ones, that I thought it would be fun, and more time efficient for me to turn the idea into a pattern so that you all could make your versions of the Beachcomber. It took a few months, some amazing support and three fantastic testers, but the results are very much worth it.

The pattern, which is available for purchase both in my Etsy shop and in on Craftsy, is a full color PDF pattern with circular templates, step by step instructions and tips and tricks for all three varieties of the bag. There is even a free bonus pattern at the end, to use up your leftover scraps! Here are some sample pictures:

Thank you to all who have already made a few of the bags and given such fantastic feedback! I love to see what you've created - so if you do wind up making some, please make sure you tag me @daisylanedesign or use #beachcomberbag on Instagram. And if you have any questions, I'm here and happy to help!

Have a great week!
:) allison


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