Sophia Beach Tote

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)


Slide a rolled up towel or two behind the adjustable long handles and head to the beach, but don’t limit this bag to summer! She’d also be a great grocery tote, yoga bag or weekender. There are pockets both outside and inside to keep your valuables in easy reach.




  • 18″ tall
  • 18″ wide
  • 5″ deep


  • 1.5 yards 44” wide main exterior fabric, any weight
  • 1.5 yards 44” wide lining fabric, quilting weight
  • 1 yard 44” (or wider) heavy fabric (cotton duck, home decor, etc.)
  • 1 yard fusible fleece (Pellon Thermolam Plus)
  • 3 yards 20” wide light-midweight interfacing (Pellon Shapeflex SF101)
  • 10” all-purpose zipper
  • 2 magnetic snaps
  • Coordinating thread
You should already be somewhat familiar with sewing patterns and common sewing terms.

You MAY sell bags you make with this pattern.

9 reviews for Sophia Beach Tote

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nagranee (verified owner)

    Almost done with my bag. It’s my pool bag so I used waterproof fabric as the exterior and a shower curtain fabric bought from Ikea for the lining. Just have to substitute the buttonholes for oval grommets like a few bag-ladies have done. I love how that looks.

    It’s my first bag and I love this pattern.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    michelle t (verified owner)

    This bag is HUGE! It will hold all your towels, and sand toys with no problem! I use oval grommets instead of doing button holes because I don’t enjoy doing button holes. My customers love the adjustable handles where they can stick bulky/wet towels. If you line it in laminated cotton it is easy to wipe clean.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kristina (verified owner)

    Just finished my so easy, and will be perfect for the beach. I can’t wait to make another.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    I love Alicia’s designs. They are clean, modern, yet classically stylish. There are so many options to customize the bag to truly make it your own. These bags you can carry and enjoy for years, unlike many of the patterns I see out there today that are designed for the moment and will be out of style in a short time. Not Swoon bags…they are designs you can love for years to come!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Connie T

    OMG BEST Beach Bag EVER!! Love the Style and Room…YUP you can Pack anything AND the Kitchen Sink!! LOVE my Sophia!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kristine (verified owner)

    Sophia is more complicated than your basic “sew 2 rectangles together” tote-bag, but she is SOOOO worth it! I made 2 as Christmas gifts this year and the finished result looks like something you’d buy at a fancy department store. Definitely not for a beginner, but someone familiar with basic sewing techniques should have no problem putting this together with some time and extra care.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is the best beach tote I’ve ever seen! The straps adjust for a towel and there is SO much room inside! I made one with a waterproof fabric for the lining and it is a lifesaver with kids at the pool or beach!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    I ♡ this bag pattern! I puchased clearanced some fun summer print vinyl tablecloths & used them to make great beach bags for my kiddos with this super SOPHIA BEACH TOTE pattern! Easy to follow and fun to make! WIN WIN!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Keely (verified owner)

    I have been looking for this bag FOREVER! There are a zillion “patterns” for the basic market tote/beach bag style, and they are all the same and don’t really require a pattern. This one is full of thoughtful details, incredibly stylish, with a well-crafted pattern, and looks like something I would BUY. I don’t make things to look like I made them 🙂

    Swoon hits it out of the park AGAIN!

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