Whether at the grocery store or the shopping mall, reusable bags are the number-one way you can be a more responsible consumer. We can’t get enough of them at DeSerres, especially when you jazz them up with a little creative flair. Learn how to make your own macramé reusable bag in just a few easy steps. Follow the guide! (Learn the technique here for mastering the knots used in this project.)
- Cotton or jute cord
- Wooden rings
Step 1 :
Prepare two wooden rings.
Step 2 :
Cut sixteen cords, each approximately 65 inches long.
Step 3 :
Fold each cord in half and tie eight lark’s head knots on each wooden ring.
Step 4 :
For the first row of the bag, tie four square knots approximately 1 or 2 inches from the circle. Repeat with the second circle (other side of the bag).
Step 5 :
For the second row, join the square knots with other square knots tied approximately 1 or 2 inches from the first row. Repeat on the other side of the bag.
Step 6 :
For the third row, start by joining the two sides of the bag with square knots at either end. Continue tying square knots along the row.
Step 7 :
Continue tying square knots along each row until the bag is the desired size.
Step 8 :
Attach the ends of the bag with overhand knots. At this step, you can leave the ends of the cords hanging as fringe, or you can cut them and secure the knots with glue—the choice is yours.
Step 9 :
To finish, tie a cord between the two rings to form the bag’s strap.
- Instead of wooden rings, you can use cord circles for an interesting look.
- Another option is to make a braid or a string of square knots for a unique twist on the bag’s strap.
- You can also vary the pattern in the bag by alternating between square knots, half-hitch knots, spiral stitches, etc. Let your imagination run wild!