How to Make a Twine Macrame Market Bag

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Rope, cording and twine are used in macramé projects. This art form is created by making a series of knots into a decorative pattern. The knots are developed with locked and unlocked ends. The artist continues to weave with the unlocked ends by adding macramé knots until the pattern is complete. The locked ends generally have a clean finish. The knot type must be chosen prior to starting the project. By selecting a knotting pattern with a locked end on one end and an unlocked end on the opposite end, the pattern will have a continuous weave to finish the macramé market bag.

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Things you need

  • Pattern paper
  • Drafting pencil
  • Ruler
  • Twine (minimum 3 to 4 yards)
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Draft a paper pattern for your market bag using your drafting pencil and ruler. Keep in mind that the bag’s width, length and depth will depend on how large you want the market bag to be. For example, draft a 12 inch width, 14 inch length and 8 inch depth market bag pattern as well as a 28-inch length strap with a 1 inch width. You will have the following patterns: a front and back panel, two side panels, one bottom panel and a strap.

  2. 2

    Choose your decorative knot for your market bag, such as the side interlocking carrick bend. The larger your bag, the more twine yardage you will need to complete the bag.

  3. 3

    Form a loop facing your right hand on your table with your twine. Make sure the right end is crossing over the left end when forming the loop. Leave a 6- to 7-inch tail on your twine’s left locked end. The unlocked right end will require a minimum of 3 to 4 yards of twine to build your knots.

  4. 4

    Form a centre loop with the right end of the twine, making sure that the right end is overlapping the left end. It is also important that your right end is facing your left hand.

  5. 5

    Form a final loop on the left side of the two loops with the continuing right end. The loop will be facing your left hand. The knot will appear like a three-leaf clover. Keep in mind that the right end of your twine will be facing your right hand.

  6. 6

    Repeat Steps 3 and 4 and 5 and form a second three-loop knot.

  7. 7

    Form the final loop by inserting the twine through the first loop made in Step 3. This step will lock the knots together.

  8. 8

    Continue to repeat Steps 3, 4 and 7 until you have knotted the length of your bag.

  9. 9

    Cut the right end twine with your scissors, leaving a 6- to 7-inch tail when you have reached the length of your bag.

  1. 1

    Repeat Section 1, Steps 3 through 9 until you have formed several knotted rows. Place your rows lengthwise onto your pattern to make sure you have wove enough rows to form your bag’s width and length.

  2. 2

    Connect each row with a 4-inch piece of twine. You will insert the small piece in between two loops facing each other and make an overhand knot. Make an open loop and pull the twine until it closes the knot. You will most likely have to trim the ends of the 4 inch twine.

  3. 3

    Repeat Step 2 in several spots until you have connected the lengthwise rows. The macramé knots will appear like a fabric panel.

  4. 4

    Repeat Section 1, Steps 3 through 9 and Section 2, Steps 1 through 3 until you have wove your market bag’s front and back panel, two side panels, one bottom panel and two straps.

Tips and warnings

  • The larger the loop, the more twine you will need as you continue to form the macramé knots.

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