How to Macrame a Plant Hanger

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FINISHED LENGTH: approx 4 1/2 ft, from top of ring to bottom tail.  Will hold up to a 9″ diameter basket, container or bowl.

MATERIALS USED:

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  • 50 yards gray 6mm braided macrame cord
  • 1 –  2″ welded ring (treated, not raw metal)
  • 4 large hole gray marbella beads
  • 16 smaller gray marbella beads for tail cords

You can find these materials for wallet-friendly prices if you click here!


DIRECTIONS

Step 1: Cut 8 cords 6 yards each and 2 cords 1 yard each.

Step 2: Use a 1 yard cord to completely cover the 2″ welded ring with continuous Larkshead Knots (or half hitches).

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Step 3: Fold the 6 yard cords in half through the covered ring and use a 1 yard cord to tie a 1 1/2″ Wrap Knot over all cords, hiding the ends from Step 2. (I use a push tool to hide the cut cord ends after tying the wrap knot. See photo.)

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Step 4: Divide the cords into 4 groups of 4 cords each and tie 2″ of Crown Knots. Pull each cord tight and smooth. (Tip: Put your work between your knees.) Go here for additional instructions on how to make crown knots. https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/how-to-tie-a-crown-knot/

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Step 5: Using the same groups of 4 cords, complete the following with each group:

  • Tie 9″ of square knots.
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  • Tie 3″ of half knot twists.
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  • Add a large hole bead over ALL cords in each group of 4 cords. Tie 3″ of half knot twists, using the 2 longest cords as tie cords.
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  • Tie 5″ of square knots.

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Step 6: Drop down 4″ and connect all sinnets with a row of alternating square knots.

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Step 7: Drop down 3 1/2″ and tie 2 rows of alternating square knots. Use the 2 longest cords to tie 1 square knot over all cords. (Note: I ended mine with a wrap knot since I had extra cord. If you purchased just 50 yards, you won’t.)

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Step 8: Add one smaller bead to each cord end. Tie an overhand knot in each cord and trim all cords just below the overhand knot.

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Finish off: Burn cord ends slightly to keep cord from fraying. Hold fire to cord a nanosecond to melt cord, not scorch it.

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Enjoy!!


If you would like a longer macrame plant hanger with more detail, go here for the pattern. Thanks!!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/69800943/pattern-for-macrame-plant-hanger

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Selecting Macrame Cord

Which macrame cord to use is pretty much up to you and the pattern you are making. You can make the item bigger or smaller but the end result will be different.

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There are lots of different types of macrame cord available.

  • different sizes (millimeters)
  • braided or twisted
  • polyprophylene, nylon, silk, satin
  • jute, string, thread
  • variety of colors

After working with a few of these, you will learn which works best for you. Which cord is easier on your hands. Which cord holds knots better. Which look you like best.

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My favorites are polyprophylene in the following sizes:

  • 2mm braided for jewelry, key chains, coin purses
  • 3 1/2 mm braided for smaller purses, belts
  • 5-6 mm braided for just about everything else

Braided cord tends to hold its shape when making knots over the twisted cord. I don’t have to tape the ends or burn them at the tips to keep the cord from unraveling as I work. Twisted cord does have its uses though, for example, when the project calls for a brushed tail or fluffed section. Twisted is excellent for this.

You can search the net for macrame cord for the best deals. You might find what you want from one of these suppliers.

http://www.kingskountry.com

http://www.macramecords.com

http://www.munrocrafts.com/

How to Macrame a Purse

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Materials & Supplies Needed To Make Macrame Purse

  • 110 yds of 6mm BRAIDED macrame cord (or 5mm braided)
  • 20 one inch wooden beads (10 beads front, 10 beads back)
  • knotting board or ceiling tile
  • T-pins
  • tape measure, ruler or yardstick
  • scissors
  • craft glue

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Step-by-Step Directions (Knot Illustrations are at the end)

STEP 1.  Cut the following cords.

  • 36 cords 2 yds 6″ long for purse body
  • 4 cords 3 yds long for purse straps
  • 4 cords 5 yds long for purse straps

STEP 2/MAKING THE STRAPS.  

You will make the two straps first. Pin the centers of two of the 3 yd cords side by side on knotting board. Pin the centers of two of the 5 yd cords on each side of the 3 yd cords. Cords should be lined up in this order. 5 yd cord, 3 yd cord, 3 yd cord and 5 yd cord. The 3 yard cords are filler cords and the 5 yard cords are the tying cords.  Position on the knotting board with 4 ends going up over top of board and the other 4 hanging down the board.  Refer to illustration.

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Working with these 4 cords, tie a Sinnet of 10 Square Knots (SK).  A sinnet is a strip of the same knots tied one after the other with the same tying cords.  Refer to illustration. Leave on knotting board.

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Continue adding to this SK sinnet by adding a Sinnet of 15 Half Knots (HK). Half Knots will start to twist after about the 3rd Half Knot. That is ok, it is supposed to do this.

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Turn strap around and working in the other direction, continue where you “started”.  (Note: Tie one HALF KNOT before tying a SK. This completes the knot first tied. ) Now you are ready to start tying knots in this direction.

Repeat making the same 10 knot SK sinnet and 15 knot HK sinnet as you did for the top half of these 4 cords.  This completes the 1st Strap. Now repeat the process for the 2nd strap. This is how the two completed straps should look. Set straps aside.

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STEP 3/CREATING THE FRONT PORTION OF PURSE.

Using the 2 yard 6″ cords, fold 2 cords in half and pin the centers side by side on knotting board. With these 4 cords, tie a Square Knot (SK) bringing knot all the way up to T-pin so no loops will be above knots. Set aside. Repeat this process 17 more times. You will have 18 Square Knot Sections. (Throughout this tutorial, these 18 will be referred to as “Square Knot Sections.”)

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Pin 6 of the Square Knot Sections created in the above step to the knotting board side by side. Tie them together with Alternating Square Knots (ASK), starting with the 3rd cord on the left. You will tie 5 SK’s in this row. Leave knotting on the board.

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STEP 4/ATTACHING STRAP TO FRONT OF PURSE.

Take one strap and curve it in an upward arc. Pin one end to the left side of the front portion of purse (which is on the knotting board) and the other end of the strap to the right side of the front portion of purse. Tie one Square Knot with cords 3-6 on left and 19-22 on the right. Leave knotting on board. (Numbering of the cords will change as sections are added so when numbering is mentioned in the instructions, just renumber mentally.)

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STEP 5/CREATING THE SIDES.

Pin 3 Square Knot Sections on board and tie them together with a row of 2 Alternating Square Knots.

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Do the same with 3 more Square Knot Sections. When knotting is completed pin one of these sections on the left of purse strap THAT IS ON THE KNOTTING BOARD and pin the other section on the right side. (Photo is only showing how to add this newly created section to the right side of the strap. Do the same on the left side.) Tie these sections together with one Square Knot, using 2 free cords from Square Knot Section and 2 from strap. Take off board and set aside.

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OK, let’s do a review of what you have completed thus far. The two straps are completed and one strap has been attached to the front section and the two side sections. This is how your purse should look at this stage.

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STEP 6/CREATING THE BACK & ATTACHING 2ND STRAP.

Just as you did for the front… Pin 6 Square Knot Sections to knotting board side by side. Tie them together with one row of Alternating Square Knots, starting with the 3rd cord on the left. You will tie 5 SK’s in this row. Leave knotting on the board. Refer to knotting illustrations in Step 3 if you need help.

Take the 2nd strap and curve it in an upward arc. Pin one end to the left side of the back portion of purse (which is on the knotting board) and the other end of the strap to the right side of the back portion of purse. Note: Make sure this strap measures the same as the 1st strap. If necessary, “push” up on the sinnet to even it out.

Tie one Square Knot with cords 3-6 on left and 19-22 on the right. Leave knotting on board.

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STEP 7/JOINING SIDES TO BACK.

Join the back to the side sections with one Square Knot using the 2 free cords from the side and 2 cords from the back portion.

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Do the same on the other side.

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You now have a one complete row of Square Knots going all around the entire purse.

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STEP 8.

You will be tying rows of knots in a circular format, a tube. Tie 6 rows of Alternating Square Knots (ASK) in the following order:

  • Row 3: Tie row of Square Knots (SK)
  • Row 4: Tie row of Alternating Square Knots (ASK)
  • Row 5: Tie row of SK’s
  • Row 6: Tie row of ASK’s
  • Row 7: Tie row of SK’s
  • Row 8: Tie row of ASK’s

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STEP 9/ADD 1ST ROW OF BEADS.

Now you will begin adding beads to the front side of the purse. Number the cords from 1-44 beginning with one half of the side knot. Tie a Square Knot (SK) with cords 5-8, 13-16, 21-24, 29-32, 37-40. Under each of these SK’s put a bead on the 2 filler cords, the center cords of the 4 cords. Tie another SK under each bead, using the same 4 cords as for the knot above the bead.

Tie a sinnet of 8 Half Knots with cords 9-12, 17-20, 25-28, 33-36.  Repeat these steps of adding beads and tying half knot sinnets to the back side of the purse.

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STEP 10/FILL IN SIDES WITH KNOTS. 

To fill in the sides of the purse opposite where beads were added, tie 4 rows of Alternating Square Knots. First row will have one knot, 2nd row will have 2 knots, 3rd row will have 1 knot and 4th row will have 2 knots. Line these knots up with the bead row. (Note: Don’t get ahead. Stop with those last 2 knots.)

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STEP 11. There is one row of knots in between the 2 rows of beads. Tie one row of ASK all around the entire purse.

STEP 12/ADD 2ND ROW OF BEADS. Repeat Steps 9 and 10 to add the 2nd row of beads and fill in the knots on the side. Front and back.

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STEP 13. Now tie 5 rows of Alternating Square Knots all around entire purse.

STEP 14/CLOSING THE BOTTOM.

To close up the bottom of the purse, first, turn purse wrong side out. Go around the last row of knots and make sure the knots are really tight.

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With the purse flat on the surface, locate the sides. You will see ONE SQUARE KNOT on each side that separates the front and the back of the purse.  This is where you start tying up the bottom. Ok, ready? Put purse between your knees with the bottom up.

Starting with the farthest (on the side) 6 cords, tie 2 Square Knots, using 4 filler cords and one cord from the left side of the purse and one cord from the right side of the purse.

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Continuing closing up the bottom using the next 2 cords from EACH SIDE of the purse and tying ONE Square Knot very tightly.  

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Continue this process across the bottom of the purse until you reach the other side. There should be 6 cords left. With these 6 cords, tie 2 Square Knots using 4 filler cords and one cord from the left side of the purse and one cord from the right side of the purse. The same as you did for the 6 cords on the opposite side of the purse.


STEP 15/CUT BOTTOM CORDS.

This completes the knot tying. Apply craft glue to each knot. Allow to dry.  Cut bottom cords leaving about 1/2″. Melt cut cords with a cigarette lighter or match to keep cords from fraying. Hold fire to the cord ends for just a split second so you won’t burn the cords. Now you are ready to turn purse right side out. Prepare the lining and insert it, if you desire.

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Congratulations!! Your purse is complete and ready to carry. Enjoy!!

Here are pictures of my completed purse.

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Purse measurements: 10 3/4″ length, 1 1/2″ width and 9″ height without straps (14 1/2″ height with straps)


Macrame Cord Suppliers

http://www.kingskountry.com

http://www.macramecords.com

http://www.munrocrafts.com/


Knot Illustrations

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How to Macrame a Belt

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Want to learn how to macrame? Then you came to the right place!!

I will show you how to macrame a belt in just a few hours using the following basic macrame knots.

Square Knot (SK)
Alternating Square Knot (ASK)
Reverse Lark’s Head (RLH)
Half Hitch (HH)
Double Half Hitch (DHH)

OK… now go and gather up the supplies and tools you will need to make your macrame belt. I have mine ready.

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Supplies & Tools needed to make Macrame Belt

  • 50 yards 3 1/2mm BRAIDED Macrame cord
  • One belt buckle, 2 1/4″ minimum opening to insert cords
  • Knotting board or ceiling tile
  • T-Pins
  • Tape measure, ruler or yardstick
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue

Macrame Cord: I am using 3 1/2mm BRAIDED macrame cord since that is what I prefer when making belts. You can use any cord millimeter you wish allowing for cord  “doubled” to fit on both buckle ends.

Belt Buckle: Buckle doesn’t have to be exactly like mine but the opening for the cord should be at least 2 1/4″ length if using 3 1/2mm cord. That is the size opening needed to double half hitch all cords to the buckle when finished knotting.


STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Cut six 7 yard cords (Yardage depends on how long you want belt to be. I used 7 yard cords since I wanted belt to be long. I’m a big girl. 😀 )


Step 2:

Find the center of one of the 7 yard cords and Reverse Lark’s Head (RLH) it onto one side of the belt buckle. Follow the illustration in the picture.

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Pull Reverse Lark’s Head (RLH) tight against belt buckle.

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Step 3:

Number the cords 1-12 left to right. (Up to this point, I know you only have one cord mounted. That one cord will now be Cord #’s 1 & 2. Label the rest once they are mounted to the belt buckle.)

Step 4:

Tie a Half Hitch (HH) knot with Cord #2. Bring this cord up, over and through the buckle opening.

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Bring cord down and pull tight against the Reverse Lark’s Head.

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Tie a Half Hitch (HH) with Cord #1. Bring up, over and through the buckle opening. Pull down and tighten.

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Congratulations!!

You have now completed your first Reverse Lark’s Head and Half Hitched both sides of it.

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Push knot to the left side of your belt buckle. Continue mounting all cords the same as you did this one.


This is how your belt should look after all cords have been added to one end of your belt buckle using Reverse Lark’s Head knots combined with Half Hitch knots.

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And this is how the backside should look. The “bumps” were created by the half hitches. Make sure to turn belt over to the smooth side before continuing.

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Step 5/Row 1:

Now you are ready to begin tying a row of Square Knots (SK) using all 12 cords.

Left Side Row 1: Tie one Square Knot with cords 1- 4. Push knot up close to the top and tighten. Look at the illustrations for help.

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Center Row 1: Tie one Square Knot in the center with cords 5 through 8. Push knot up close to the top and tighten. Make sure knot is lined up with the knot on the left.

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Right Side Row 1: Tie one Square Knot on the right side with cords 9-12. Push knot up close to the top and tighten. Make sure knot is lined up with the other knots in this row.

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This completes Row 1.  Pat yourself on the back. You have just mastered the Square Knot. The Square Knot is THE main knot for most macrame projects.


Step 6/Row 2:

You will now tie a row of Alternating Square Knots (ASK) with cords 3-10.  This row consists of just two square knots. One SK tied with cords 3 through 6 and one SK tied with cords 7 through 10. (This row is called an Alternating Square Knot row because you are tying knots with different cords than the previous row.)

Push knots up close to the first row of knots. Tighten and make sure these two knots are aligned next to each other straight. Look at illustrations in the pictures for help.

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Step 7/Row 3:

Tie a row of Square Knots using all 12 cords. You will tie these knots the same as you did in Row 1 but with one exception. Don’t push up too close to the knot above. You will drop down slightly (about 1/4″) when tying the knots on the left and right so a little peephole is formed along the edges. This creates an open airy design along the belt edges. Use a ruler until you can judge by sight how much to drop down. Look at the pictures to gauge the distance I used.

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Step 8:

Continue tying rows of Alternating Square Knots (ASK) and Square Knots (SK) in the following order until you either reach your desired belt length or you run out of cord. 😀

  • Row 4. Row of ASK’s
  • Row 5. Row of SK’s
  • Row 6. Row of ASK’s
  • Row 7. Row of SK’s
  • And so forth….
  • Last row should be a row of three SK’s.

Leave at least 8-10 inches of cord after tying your last row of knots. You will need about this much cord to “comfortably” double half hitch cords onto the other side of your belt buckle.


Step 9:

Once you are finished tying knots, you are ready to Double Half Hitch (DHH) all 12 cords to the other end of your belt buckle. I apologize but my photo for this step turned out fuzzy and I was way past this step to retake it. So I double half hitched a few cords onto a metal ring so you would have a picture illustration.

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This may be a struggle to get all cords on the buckle end but slide the cords down as far left as you can to free up some space along the buckle opening. After double half hitching all cords to the buckle end, pull each cord as tight as you can to create a smooth appearance. (See why I told you what type opening to use.)


Step 10:

Yippee!! You are almost finished. The end is in sight and a new belt will soon be hanging around your waist!! How does your belt look? This is how mine looks after double half hitching the 12 cords to the other side of the belt buckle.

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This is the backside showing where the cords will need to be trimmed.

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Make sure you are satisfied with the belt length and are indeed finished knotting. Once cords are trimmed there is no turning back. BEFORE TRIMMING CORDS….. Lightly apply craft glue to the underside of the knots on the backside of the knotting. Straighten cords. Press flat with your hands. Set aside and allow to dry.


Step 11:

Ready to trim cords. Leaving about 1/2″ from the top, cut all 12 cords. Look at picture illustration. Melt the CUT cord edges with a cigarette lighter or match to keep cords from fraying. Don’t hold fire very long to the cord, just a split second. Don’t want to ruin or burn your beautiful creation.

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Here are pictures of my finished belt. Including the belt buckle, my belt measures 40″ and has 119 rows. It took me 3 hours to complete.

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Hope you are happy with your new belt. Feel free to send me photos of your finished belt. Send to don_mae2@yahoo.com. Enjoy!!


Here is your Certificate of Completion. 😀

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My related articles:

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/06/how-to-tie-a-macrame-square-knot/

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/18/how-to-macrame-a-purse/

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/how-to-macrame-a-basket/

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/02/macrame-sewing-baskets/

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/01/may-is-macrame-month/


Macrame Cord Suppliers

http://www.kingskountry.com

http://www.macramecords.com

http://www.munrocrafts.com/


Need more help tying knots? Go here. Click to enlarge the chart.

http://thingsyourgrandmotherknew.blogspot.com/2009/01/basic-macrame-knots.html