How To Make “Little Missy” Macrame Purse

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Many of you have asked “how do I close up the bottom of a macrame purse?” And though I do already have basic directions posted on how to do this, I thought I would do another tutorial and provide detailed illustrations to make the steps clearer.

And the best part…

You get the tutorial for the entire purse, not just closing up the bottom. Two for One.

This is the Little Missy Purse I have mentioned before. I have made and sold quite a few. Cute little purse for a precious little girl to carry her allowance in. Fast and easy to make.

I am doing mine in two different colors to illustrate the joining of sides and how to close up the bottom.

Ready? OK, let’s get started.

First, the supplies list.


Supplies/Tools Needed

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6mm braided macrame cord (I am using brown and cream)
two 3″ D shaped plastic Marbella rings
ruler/yardstick/tape measure
scissors
craft glue
macrame board (or covered ceiling tile)
T pins


Instructions: How to Make Little Missy Purse

Cut 12 cords 40″ long – brown.
Cut 12 cords 40″ long – cream.
Or 24 cords all one color.

Melt the cord ends slightly with lighter or matches to keep from fraying. Don’t hold fire to cord long. Just a nanosecond. Could burn cord. You can see in this photo the fraying that happens as you work with the cord, IF you do not melt the tips first.

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Find centers of six brown and six cream cords and pin to macrame board. (Set aside the balance of the cut cords for later.)

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Lark’s Head 6 brown cords to the 1st D ring.

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Notice the “knobs” formed on the backside. You will be working from the knobless side.

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You will now begin tying macrame knots. Mostly Square Knots (SK) will be used in this project.

Starting on the left, number cords from 1-12.

Row 1. Tie one Square Knot (SK) with cords 1-4, 5-8, 9-12.

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There are now 3 Square Knots in this row.

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Row 2. Tie a SK with cords 3-6 and 7-10.

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Find the center of one of the extra 40″ brown cords. These will be called the “add on” cords. Place it next to the FIRST cord on the left. Find the center of another 40″ brown cords. Place it next to the LAST cord on the right.

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Tie a Square Knot (SK) with the new cord just added and cords 1 and 2. (The new cord when folded in half becomes two cords to work with.)

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Pull down on the loop formed, smooth it out.

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Repeat this by tying a SK with the new cord added on the right plus cords 11 and 12.

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This row now has 4 Square Knots.

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Renumber cords 1-16.

Row 3. Tie SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14.

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Repeat the “add on” process. Same as you did for Row 2.

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This row now has 5 SK’s.

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Renumber cords 1-20.

Row 4. Tie SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14, 15-18.

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Repeat the “add on” process.

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This row now has 6 Square Knots. Renumber cords 1-24.

Set aside Side 1.


Now you will work Side 2. Repeat all steps to attach cords to the 2nd D ring. Do all steps up to the 6 SK’s in Row 4. Number cords 1-24.

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Now lay both sides side-by-side on macrame board to join the two.

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Tie SK with cords 23 and 24 from Side 1 plus cords 1 and 2 from Side 2.

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This one SK starts the next row. Row 5.

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Renumber cords 1-48.

Now, to finish Row 5, tie SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14, 15-18, 19-22 (skip 23-26, knot is already there), 27-30, 31-34, 35-38, 39-42, 43-46.

Row 5 now has 11 Square Knots (SK).

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Now join sides together to work purse in a tube, in the round. Unpin Side 1 from macrame board and place it next to Side 2.

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Tie one SK with the last two cords on the left and the first two cords on the right. See photo for assistance.

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This completes Row 5. It now has 12 SK’s.


Begin tying in the round.

Row 6. Starting with cords 1-4, tie one SK.

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Go all around, tying in the round. These are called Alternating Square Knots (ASK) since you are tying a knot with 2 cords from the above SK and 2 cords from the above adjacent SK. (12 SK’s)

Row 7. Tie one row of ASK’s. Go all around. Don’t tie with the same cords as in Row 6. (12 SK’s)

This is how your Little Missy purse should look after 7 rows.

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Row 8. Tie one row of ASK’s. Go all around. Don’t tie with the same cords as in Row 7. (12 SK’s)

Row 9. Tie one row of ASK’s. Go all around. Don’t tie with the same cords as in Row 8. (12 SK’s)

Row 10. Tie one row of ASK’s. Go all around. Don’t tie with the same cords as in Row 9. Make sure to tie each knot tight. (12 SK’s)

This is how your purse should look after 10 rows.

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Closing Up the Bottom of Purse

Turn purse inside out.

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The “knobs” up near the D rings will now be on the outside.

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Locate Cords 1 and 48. Tie an Overhand Knot on cord ends to identify later. Do the same with Cords 24 and 25.

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Turn purse sideways or fit between your knees. Divide cords into 24 and 24. Front and Back cords.

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Use the cords with Overhand Knots on the ends as your guide.

Tie a Square Knot with no filler cords with Cords 48 and 1. Just those two cords.

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Push cords out of your way. Tie a SK with the NEXT TWO CORDS FROM THE LEFT and THE NEXT TWO CORDS FROM THE RIGHT.

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Pull on the filler cords to tighten knot. Continue tying knots this way. Two from one side and two from the other until you reach the last 2 cords. They have Overhand Knots on the ends. Tie a Square Knot with no filler cords with just those two cords.

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All knot tying is now complete.

OK, let’s do a check of the closing knots. You should have one SK (no filler) in one corner, 11 SK along the bottom of the purse and one SK (no filler) in the other corner.

Here is a bottom view of the closing knots.

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And a flat view of the closing knots.

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Make sure you pulled down on all filler cords. So the bottom will look as smooth as possible.

Trim each cord to about an inch. Melt the cut ends with a lighter or match to prevent fraying. Touch cord lightly so not to burn.

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Turn purse inside out. “Knobs” along the top of the D ring should now be back on the inside.

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Apply craft glue to each knot from the inside of the purse. Allow to dry. Shape the bottom.

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Push down on the knots from the inside. Purse should be able to stand up on its own. (This is the craft glue I used.)

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Embellish, if desired, with buttons, bows, ribbon. You can even add a lining inside.

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You are finished!! Enjoy!!

Purse Measurements: 6 1/4″ length, 7 1/2″ height, 1 1/4″ width (at the widest point, the bottom)


Note: These instructions for closing up the bottom of a macrame purse will work with a large purse, too. You will just have more SK’s to tie.

Barbie Fabric Bowls or Bags

Thursday, August 13

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Barbie Fabric Bowls?? Well, they started off as round bowls. But along the way to the finish line they turned into handbags. Purses. I am thinking slumber bag for the larger one and going to grandma’s for the smaller one.

I would carry the larger one even knowing it was made from Barbie fabric. It’s not that obvious. Bet you wouldn’t have guessed it, if I hadn’t told you, huh?

I have a bit of hand sewing left to do on the smaller bag. Dreading it. I can’t use a thimble, my fingers won’t hold onto one. So, I have to tape my fingers to reduce pricks and that slows me down.

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The larger one was a challenge. I wanted to put grommets on the sides so I could string the straps through but neither me nor hubby could get the darn thing to work. The two parts would NOT mash together and hubby is pretty strong!! I am returning it for a refund. I ended up using silver split rings. Looks ok to me. I reinforced the area so it is strong enough to hold the usual weight of a ladies purse. Strap can be carried doubled or long.

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The smaller bag has two 4″ Marbella rings for handles.

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It also has a pocket inside.

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It doubles as a bowl to hold all those little girl things. Just fold the top down. Oh yeah, the larger bag also doubles as a tall bowl to hold all those big girl thingys. 😀

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There’s lots more Barbie fabric left. About 6 yards. Maybe I’ll make more bowls. I have an idea for a placemat and coasters. Doll size. For playing house. Or a border for a picture frame.

Lot of ideas. Just need to sit, sew and create.

Fiesta Bowl Time

Saturday, August 8

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Whew!! Done!! This set took longer than the other fabric bowls due to the hand sewing needed to finish off the ends. Coil ends on the two bowls. And fabric “blending” on the coasters.

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I think these fabrics work well together.

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The pictures hardly do this set justice. I did my best to capture what my eyes see.

And this is what I see…..

Larger bowl, smaller bowl (coaster caddy) and 8 coasters. Colors are red, purple and green. Starting at the top of each bowl… Red fabric has tiny white hearts. Purple floral with red, green and white.  Bottom fabric is an avocado print.

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Again, I put my own spin on making these fabric bowls. I have a hard time “following”. I have to be out front leading the band.

At first I planned to use larger rings for handles (see photo below) but didn’t have enough of the purple and red floral fabric to make a huge bowl like I wanted.  (And I ended up not using the solids and lavender tiny print.)

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So… going smaller meant different rings. I like how these little 2″ round Marbella rings look. I may make another set like this in a different color combination.

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Here are more photos…

Figuring out how to wrap the rings.

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Bottoms Up!!

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Let’s peek inside.

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And one last photo.

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Go here for instructions to make your own bowl.

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/33825/how-to-sew-a-fabric-bowl

New Macrame Purse Tutorial

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Just finished this BROWN MACRAME PURSE and thought I would share the design with you. It is my own creation. One of those ideas floating around in my head for years. A “what if” I did this or “what if” I did that.

I wanted to try out a different way of attaching the rings (handles) instead of the usual way.

This tutorial doesn’t go into great detail on making the knots. If you need that, then go to one of my other macrame tutorials. See sidebar under Tutorials.


Materials used:

  • 100 yards of 3 1/2mm brown braided macrame cord
  • 2 – 5″ brown Marbella plastic round rings

Supplies needed:

  • macrame board or covered ceiling tile (which is what I use)
  • T-pins
  • craft glue
  • scissors
  • tape measure or ruler

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Cut 56 cords 1 3/4 yards long and two 1 yard cords. (Put aside one yard cords for later.)

Step 2: Find centers of the 1 3/4 yd cords and pin to macrame board side-by-side with T-pins.

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Step 3: CREATING SQUARE KNOT SECTIONS. Tie a Square Knot (SK) with each pair of 2 cords to create 28 square knot sections. (14 for front and 14 for back)

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Remove each from the board after tying and tighten, removing any loops formed at the tops. Set aside. Continue tying until you have 28 SK sections.

Step 4: TYING ALTERNATING SQUARE KNOTS. Line up all 28 square knot sections on board side-by-side.

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Begin tying knots. Alternating square knots (ASK). Take 2 cords from one square knot section and 2 cords from the next square knot section. Tie one SK. Continue along this row. When finished drop down and continue doing the same for the next row. (You will have untied cords on the sides. Not to worry, those will be filled in when sides are joined.)

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Step 5: FORMING A CIRCLE. After you have tied a few rows, remove knotted section from the board and form a circle. You will begin tying in the round. Join the two sides by tying one SK with 2 cords from the left and 2 cords from the right. (See photo)

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Step 6: Continue tying SK’s. Fill in any missing SK’s in each row.

Step 7: Now continue tying alternating SK’s in the round until you have reached about 9″ in height. (For me, that was 24 rows) Or continue tying until you reach your desired height, remembering to allow enough cord to tie up the bottom. Make sure the knots in the last row are tied really tight.

Step 8: ATTACHING PURSE HANDLES. OK, purse is almost done. Knots are tied and you are ready to add the handles.

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Position the rings (handles) on top of SK sections #5 and #10. Make note of which holes you will be weaving in and out of to attach the handles by looking at which holes the ring overlaid. Take one of the 1 yard cords and start attaching one ring. Starting on the top left. The first hole. Go in the hole, around the ring and out the SAME hole. Go on to the next hole and the next, following the ring. Repeat for the other side. Secure the cord on the inside either by knotting the ends or tying the 2 cord ends together.

Step 9: Turn purse inside out. Press flat with tops of the front square knot sections matching up with the back tops. You should have 14 on front side and 14 on back side. Line up the sides and tie an overhand knot ON THE ENDS in the 2 cords on each side. To mark them. Doing so will help you align sides correctly when tying up the bottom.

Step 10: TYING UP PURSE BOTTOM. Put purse between your knees, bottom up. With the 2 side cords OUT OF THE WAY, get the cords in position to begin tying knots. Make sure cords are all dangling on the sides. Be careful not to “drop” any that may be buried on the inside. Start tying a SK with 2 cords from the left side of the purse and 2 cords from the right side of the purse. Continue tying SK’s. Always 2 from the left, 2 from the right. When you reach the end, there should be 2 leftover cords. The 2 side cords you tied overhand knots from Step 9. Finish them off with a tight knot at the top.

Step 11: This step is a BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY step. Turn purse with the OUTSIDE out. Inspect the bottom. Are the sides aligned correctly and not lopsided?

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Is the purse straight and able to stand up?

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If the purse is not lopsided, you are good to go!! Turn purse back inside out. Sorry. (Remember, better safe than sorry.)

Step 12: FINISHING UP. You are almost finished!! Since you are happy with the bottom, you can now tighten up the bottom knots. Apply craft glue to both sides of each SK that tied up the bottom. Allow to dry.

Step 13: Cut cord ends leaving about 1/2″ to 3/4″. Melt cord tips (ends) slightly to prevent fraying. Using matches or a cigarette lighter, touch cord a nanosecond, making sure not to burn or scorch cord.

Step 14: Turn outside out and pat yourself on the back. Enjoy your new creation!!

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Measurements: 8 1/4″ H, 11″ L, 1″ W