It’s more than just a fling. We’re serious about shoehorning macramé into our everyday lives and have committed to keeping this woven dreamboat by our side all summer long. Learning how to make a macrame bag is so satisfying and we can’t wait for you to try Isabella’s tutorial. It hits that sweet spot where the basket bag trend left off last year, embodies this season’s natural materials crush and has hoop handles – what else could possibly you ask for? Before starting, head to our basic knot guide familiarise yourself with the different knotting techniques. Then, once you’ve finished knotting your macrame bag, head to our free macrame patterns for more fun tutorials. We’ve got everything from a macrame Christmas star to a macrame belt tutorial. But now it’s over to Isabella for her how to make a macrame bag tutorial.
You will need:
- 90m (98 1/2″) yards natural flax twine, size medium (ours was from www.nutscene.com)
- Pair of round bag handles, 13cm (5 1/4″) diameter (ours were from www.hobby andcraftshop.co.uk)
- Two S-hooks or masking tape
- Glue gun
How to make a macrame bag
You Will Need
- flax twine
- Round bag handles
- glue gun
Cut 36 2.5m (98 1/8“) lengths of twine. Set aside 18 of the twine lengths and one bag handle. You’ll start with the remaining 18 lengths.
Hang the remaining bag handle from the S-hook or masking tape it to a flat work surface. Take two of the lengths of twine held together and make a lark’s head knot on the handle. Repeat this with the remaining 16 cords until you have nine lark’s head knots in total on the bag handle, as shown.
Next, take the four cords from the first lark’s head knot and tie a square knot. Repeat this with the other cords from the lark’s head knots until you have a row of nine square knots altogether.
Starting from the left, take the third and fourth cords from the first square knot and the first and second cords from the second square knot and make a new square knot. Repeat this from left to right until you have a row of eight square knots.
Next, start from the left again and make a row of nine square knots, as per Step 3.
Leave a gap of about 1cm (3/8“), then make a row of eight square knots below as per Step 4. Leave a gap of about 1cm (3/8“) and make another row of nine square knots. For the second half of the bag, repeat Steps 1-6 with the second bag handle and the 18 twine lengths set aside in Step 1. Place them next to each other.
To begin joining the two sides of the bag, take the third and fourth cords from the last square knot from the first half of the bag and the first and second cords from the second half of the bag, leaving a gap of about 1cm (3/8“), and make a square knot.
Continue making square knots in a row, on the left and on the right of the square knot, until you have two cords left on each end. Overlap the two bag halves and make one last square knot with the remaining four cords.
Continue making new rows of square knots with a similar gap in between until you have 11 rows. From Rows 12 to 14 keep the gap between the rows to about 0.5cm (1/4″). Make sure the knots on the last row are really tight.
Turn the bag wrong side (WS) out. Overlap the two halves of the bag so the central eight square knots are on top of each other. You’ll have one single square knot at each end. Group the second and third cords from the single square knot on the left and the first and fourth cords from the same knot. Then group the two first cords from the two square knots overlapping next to it. Lastly, group the two second cords from the two square knots overlapping. Tie a square knot.
Repeat until you have nine square knots and the bottom of the bag is completely closed.
Cut the leftover twine to approximately 5cm (2″).
Using the glue gun, add a drop of glue in the middle and at the side of each of the nine square knots. Once the glue is dried, repeat on the other side. Once this glue is dry, trim the leftover strings again. Turn the bag through to the right side (RS) to finish.