First of all, if you’re going to tote around your Macramé project to a friend’s house or to the park, do it with pizzazz! Make your toting vessel a work of art, just like the project it’s carrying.
A macramé bag, or for that matter any other type
of “bag”, can be a tote, a handbag, a purse, or a clutch.
The names are different to better define the style, use and size of the
bag. When you hear the word clutch (when referring to a
“bag”), you think of something without a handle and
relatively small, in fact, you probably think “evening” or
If you’re not sure of the recommended sizes for
“bags”, here is a general guideline of the differences by
name and size:
Tote – 10” X 10” plus
fringe Large Tote
– 14” X 14” plus fringe
Bags offer much room for creativity. As with most
things, there is a great variety in color, size, shape, and style
(casual, dressy, a more practical bag, or evening wear).
Evening bag – 4.5” X
Handbag – 8” X 10”
If you decide to make one of the pieces from the
guidelines mentioned, first you must decide on the style, the size and
the colors you will use. If you want to combine the macramé with
beads, sea shells, coins, sequins, or buttons, you have to consider
texture, color, material, the kind of use it will get, and how to wash
If you buy, copy or borrow a pattern, follow the
steps carefully along the way. If you decide to make your own design,
make a paper pattern first. Paper is best (it’s cheaper and very
flexible) to make sure everything will work out well. On paper you can
create the folds you’ll need, you can decide how much space you
want inside, and you can pencil in where you want the handles to be
attached, and where it is best to place a clasp, a button, or a snap.
It is preferable when you design a
“bag” pattern with paper, to use the same size or
measurements as those of the bag you are making, in other words, of the
An exact size will allow you to create freely, and help
you avoid having to do a lot of math and converting of numbers to
actual size when you’re ready to start your macramé
It’s best if you’re just starting, to use a
simple shape like a square or a rectangle, and not a circle or oval
which will make the actual macramé work and piecing together
much more difficult.
For more ideas for macrame patterns go here.
Keep the pattern simple, and keep it easy. You can create
folds, sides, and figure out the kind of handles you’ll add or
what type of clasp you’ll use to close it later. You can do some
marking and making notes as you go on the paper pattern to best
An important note is, if you’re making a tote, you
will need more of a box shape with sides added to create that extra
space and ampleness needed for a larger bag.
Think of a belt around the sides of your box shaped
tote that can extend to also become the handles. Basically, in
the “box” diagram, the gray area would be replaced
the long strip you’ll be making in a “belt” shape.
Okay, so you’re making a tote and you want it
big to take to the beach. Of course you have to fit your book, your sun
tanning lotion, your glasses, and your water bottle – oops,
don’t forget your towel!
Did you consider the material you’re going to use to make it “beach friendly”? How about raffia?
Jute is a great outdoor material, but it
doesn’t smell very good when it gets wet. Cotton or linen are
lovely summer materials, but will probably shrink when exposed to
dampness. Yarn is a really bad choice when you think of the sand that
will most certainly get stuck between the fibers and no matter how much
shaking you’ll do, it is sure to get your car really messy on the
Obviously, these are some of the many things
you’ll have to consider because of the type of use and wear
you’ll give to your beach tote. If you’re thinking
instead of an evening bag you know will have very little use and will
not be exposed to weather and such, material should be considered
mainly for the look you want it to have. And even if your evening bag
is toppled over by a glass of your favorite merlot, you have the option
of sending it to the dry cleaner the day after the party.
Once you’ve made a pattern (after figuring
out the shape and size), it’s time to really get creative.
Use a combination of knots, color, or other materials and add
them to your piece, but the pattern you created should be kept simple.
For the handles, you have the option of making that
long belt shaped piece that serves as sides, bottom, and handles, but
you have so many other options that are all readily available at craft
stores, and even in your home, with a little imagination.
Bag handles can be purchased at a craft store and come in all shapes, colors, material, and sizes.
reach the “after the planning” stage, you’ll want to
get started on your project as soon as possible. Why? Because
You’ll have to choose a mounting board to
anchor your cords, and depending on the ampleness you’re going
for, you can choose a box or brick shaped mounting surface.
The shape of your mounting board will actually help
shape your bag. A great mounting surface is one of those foam green
bases used for artificial plants. The foam allows you to pin the cords,
and the shape adds depth. These are very versatile and come in
“brick”, round, rectangular, square, and oval shapes.
Once you’re done with the macramé and
added embellishments, attach a clasp and it’s a snap!
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If you want to try your hand at more than one art form, why not Macrochet?
How about a macramé bag with crochet embellishments?
Macramé + Crochet = Macrochet!
You’ll have to do it in 2 parts – 1st the Macramé
portion, and then the crochet – you’ll have to do a little
sewing too .
• - 30” long cord in color of choice
• 47 - 5 yard lengths of same color
• - 10 yard length of same color
• White glue
• Mounting surface
• Color of choice yarn for crochet flowers
• Crochet hook
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|Macramé Handbag: This simple pattern can be used as a base for many items (handbag, placemat, hat, and more)
Once you’re done, you will fold your piece in
half and sew the sides together. If you want a flap over the top, fold
it in half leaving 1/5 free at the top to serve as a flap – this
portion you will not sew.
- Fold the 30” cord in half to make 15” (doubled) – HC (height)
- Pin onto mounting surface
- Mark thirteen 1” separate sections with pins leaving 1” free on either side (fig.1)
- From Left to Right mount each 5 yard length at its midpoint to HC
- When all 5 yard lengths are mounted, fold the 10 length in two sections of 7 & 3 yards
- Mount this cord at its fold to the HC following the
last mark at the Right – the long cord should be placed to
fall at the outside Right edge
- Space the mark as evenly as possible along the HC
- Using the long cord at the Right edge of HC, knot a horizontal row of DHH (double half hitch) knots from R to L
- Tie 4 rows of VDHH (vertical DHH) with the long cord as WC (width) and the remaining as HC
- Knot 1 row of DHH with the long cord as HC
- Tie 35 rows of alternating 1 ½ Square knots (fig. 2) – this section should measure about 13.5 to 14” long
- Using the long cord on the L edge, knot a row of DHH from L to R
- Repeat step “9”
- Repeat “10”, but knot single HH instead of double (DHH). Except for the 1st and last edge knots, these should be DHH
- Trim off all ends 1” from the final row of knots
- Glue all ends on the wrong side – let dry over night
Now for embellishments…
The handles can be purchased at a craft store and attached or you can
use an old necklace or long macramé strap. If you run some of
the yarn in long stitches through the top, you can make a drawstring
|Store bought handles
|Crochet Daisy Design:
- Make 6chains
(CH). Join w/a slip (SL) stitch (ST) into first CH. 1st round - 1
CH to count as first Single crochet (SC), 17 SC into ring.
- 2nd round -5 CH, skip next 2 SC, * 1 SC into
next SC, CH 4, skip next 2
Repeat from * to end.
- Join w/ single SL ST into 2nd of first 5 CH 6CH loops.
- 3rd round - * Into next 4 CH loop work 1SC,
1 H Double crochet (DC), 5 DC, 1 HDC, and 1
SC Repeat from
* to end.
- Join w/a SL ST into first SC
- 4th round - *5 CH, pass this CH length behind
next group of ST’s and work 1 SC in next SC of 2nd round,
inserting the hook from behind
- 5th round- * Into next 5 CH loop work 1 SC, 1HDC, 10DC, 1 HDC, and 1SC Repeat from * to end.
If you’re still wanting more,
here are some basic instructions to make the gorgeous necklace below:
Use your imagination and sew on the flowers to fit
your style. Use it as a button or clasp, or a feminine touch. Make it
soft, or make it bold. Have fun!
Now go ahead, style your hair and take your bag out for a