How to make a bag using drinking straws

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How to make a bag using drinking straws
These drinking straws can make a bag. (drinking straws image by nTripp from

Weaving is an ancient art that has been practised by mankind for centuries. According to "The Art and History of Weaving" by Susan C. Wylly, weaving is "the systematic interlacing of two or more sets of elements usually, but not necessarily, at right angles, to form a coherent structure." Weaving can be done by creating a loom made of wood and string or, by using a more modern creation: drinking straws. With this loom, you can make a simple bag. It is even a craft you can do with your child.

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Things you need

  • Straws
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle

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  1. 1

    Lay out straws so that they run along the edge of the table, their lengths touching. The number of straws you need depends on the size of bag you wish to make. Arrange the straws on the table so that they form a rectangle or square.

  2. 2

    Cut the yarn into lengths that are 4 inches longer than the straws. Thread the yarn through the straws so that the ends of the yarn extend evenly from either end.

  3. 3

    Tie one end of some yarn to the left end of the straw closest to the edge of the table. Pass the yarn over the second straw, under the third straw and on until you reach the last straw. Loop the yarn over the last straw, then begin weaving the yarn down the straws until you reach the straw closest to the edge of the table. Loop the yarn around the end and continue weaving up and down until you have filled up the straws with yarn. Remember to push the rows near each other so that there are no gaps. This will form one side of the bag. Repeat the Steps 1 through 3 to form the second side of the bag.

  4. 4

    Lay the two sides on top of each other so that the long threads extend in the same directions.

  5. 5

    Ties the threads together and knot them, securing the sides of the bag together. You can either leave the yarn long or cut them so that the yarn is short.

  6. 6

    Thread an embroidery needle with yarn and sew the bottom of the bag closed.

  7. 7

    Make a small loop at the end of a piece of yarn. Pass a second loop through the first and pull it tight, making sure to retain the second loop. Pass another loop through the second one, pull it tight and continue until you have created the length you wish to make a handle for the bag. Keep the loops secure by threading the end of the yarn through the last loop and pulling. This will tie a knot.

  8. 8

    Tuck the ends of the handle inside the outside edges of the bag and secure them in place by sewing them.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment by using different kinds of yarn or even thin strips of cloth or ribbon when weaving the sides of the bag.
  • To make larger bags, slip one end of a straw inside another to double their length.

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