How to Do Raffia Crafts

Updated July 19, 2017

Raffia spruces up items such as plain tote bags, straw hats or gift bags. Raffia fibres come from palm trees and are a popular craft item that can be purchased in a variety of colours for a reasonable cost. Crafts using raffia are easily accomplished with craft glue and large craft needles.

Create a sketch of an idea you would like to create on a placemat using the raffia and a large eye craft needle. Think about using geometric shapes and creating a pattern or design.

Use a pencil to lightly sketch the design onto the fabric placemats.

Thread the craft needle and begin sewing the design onto the placemats. Rethread the needle with different coloured raffia as desired or use the same colour for the entire placemat.

Tie knots on the underside of the placemat to finish and secure the raffia. Use craft glue as needed to keep the raffia flat and flush with the placemat.

Remove any pencil lines using a craft gum eraser.

Embellish a plain tote bag with a geometric or interesting design using raffia and a large eyed craft needle.

Create a sketch on a sheet of paper to help determine the placement and design of the tote decoration.

Use a pencil to lightly sketch out the design on the tote bag.

Thread the craft needle with the raffia and begin sewing the design. Change colours of raffia as desired.

Secure the raffia by tying knots on the inside of the tote. Use craft glue to secure the raffia as needed on the front of the tote bag.

Decorate a plain straw hat using raffia and craft glue.

Wrap the base of the hat with raffia, making it look like a band.

Tie the raffia together with a knot.

Secure the raffia in place with craft glue. Where the raffia is tied, create bows by tying and looping the raffia for extra decoration.

Attach dried flowers to the base of the raffia bow with craft glue to finish the hat.

Turn a basic plain gift bag into a decorative celebration with raffia and craft glue.

Loop the raffia around the handles of the gift bag. Tie the raffia in a knot and then separate the remaining lengths and cut as needed.

Thread colourful beads through the ends of the raffia and tie to secure.

Use craft glue to secure embellishments, such as dried flowers, to the base of the raffia knot.

Things You'll Need

  • Raffia
  • Large eyed craft needle
  • Craft glue
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Dried flowers
  • Beads
  • Fabric placemats
  • Fabric tote bag
  • Gift bags
  • Gum eraser
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Sarah Lipoff has been writing since 2008. She has been published through BabyZone, Parents, Funderstanding and Lipoff has worked as a K-12 art teacher, museum educator and preschool teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science in K-12 art education from St. Cloud State University.