How To Macrame a Lid Cover

After making a pretty macrame container, you may wish to cover it with a matching lid. I will show you how to make a simple one. It is fast to make and only has 11 rows of Square Knots.

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Supplies/Tools Needed:

  • 12 yards macrame cord (I used 6mm braided)
  • One 5″ welded metal ring (preferably treated metal not raw)
  • Tape measure/ruler/yardstick
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • T-pins
  • Macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • Accessories such as buttons or beads, as desired

STEPS TO MAKE 5″ ROUND MACRAME LID

Step 1. Measure and cut 6 cords 46″ long. Cut 2 cords 50″ long. The longer cords will be on the sides.

Step 2. Take one of the 50″ cords, measure down 28″ and attach to board with the LONGER side of the cord on the left. Find the center of the six shorter cords and attach with T-pins to macrame board. Take the 2nd 50″ cord, measure down 28″ and attach to board with the LONGER side of the cord on the right.

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You should have pinned to the macrame board 8 cords in the following order: 50″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 50″

Step 3. Mount cords to the TOP of 5″ ring using Reverse Lark’s Head knots (RLH) and one Half Hitch (HH). Per cord.

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When all cords have been mounted to the ring, they should look like this.
Front
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Back
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Step 4. Number cords from 1-16.

Step 5. Begin tying a row of Square Knots (SK).
Row 1: 4 SK’s with cords 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16
Row 2: 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14

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Step 6: Wrap cord #1 around the ring on the LEFT side of the ring with a DOUBLE HALF HITCH. (Photo is showing once. Do this twice.) Repeat for cord #16, on the RIGHT side of the ring, when you get to it, but BEFORE you tie that knot.

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Row 3: 4 SK’s with cords 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16
Row 4: 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14

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Step 7.
Rows 5-9: Continue repeating Step 6 until you reach Row 9 which has 4 SK’s. (Picture is showing up to Row 7)

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Step 8. Almost done. Two more rows to tie.
Row 10: Tie 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14
Row 11: Tie 2 SK’s with cords 5-8 and 9-12

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Step 9. Take all cords and push behind the ring. You will now begin to Double Half Hitch (DHH) all cords to the bottom of the ring.

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This is how the back looks after all cords have been double half hitched to bottom of the ring.

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Here is front view.

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Step 10. Pull cords tight against the ring. Apply craft glue to the DHH’d cords. Allow to dry overnight. Cut cords close to the ring. Burn cords ends with matches or cigarette lighter to melt cords end to keep from fraying. Don’t burn. Touch cord lightly.

Congratulations!! You have just created a macrame lid.

Finishing Touches. You can add a backing if desired as I have done using felt. Cut a circle to fit almost to the end of the lid. Hand sew to attach. If you are adding beads or buttons, do so before sewing on the felt backing.

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Different Size Lids. You can make a lid in any size. Adjust amount of cord needed to accommodate ring size. And remember to allow a bit longer for the side tying cords.

Enjoy!!


If you need help making knots, go here.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/macrame-knots/

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

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/14/how-to-macrame-a-belt/


Here are a few of my macrame projects I made lids for.
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Need Some Help Tying Macrame Knots?

These illustrations will provide assistance with basic macrame knot tying.

Lark’s Head (LH) and Reverse Lark’s Head (RLH): Fold each length of cord in half. Fold the loop down over the cords toward you.

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Square Knot (SK):  To tie a square knot, you will need preferably four (4) cords, though three will work. But normally you will tie a SK with 4 cords, two knotting and two filler.

For this knot, the two outside cords are called the knotting cords or tying cords. The two center cords are called filler cords. Sometimes called holding cords.

A Square Knot (SK) is tied in two steps.

Step 1: Following the illustration, take the outside right hand cord and place it under the two center cords, and over the left knotting cord. Hold in place. Take the outside left-hand knotting cord and place it under the right-hand knotting cord. Holding the right-hand knotting cord in place, bring the left-hand knotting cord up over the two center cords and through the space between the right-hand center cord and the right-hand knotting cord. Take hold of the two outside cords and pull snugly into place.

Step 2: The second step is just the reverse of the first step. Take the right-hand knotting cord, place it over the two center cords and under the left knotting cord. Hold in place. Take the left-hand knotting cord and place it over the right-hand knotting cord, under and behind the center cords, and up through the space between the right-hand center cord and the right-hand knotting cord. Taking hold of the two outside knotting cords, pull snugly into place to form your Square Knot.

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Half Knot (HK): Step 1 of the square knot or Step 2 of the square knot by itself is called a half knot. When one of these steps of sequences is repeated several times, the knot begins to twist.

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Square Knot Sinnet and Half Knot Sinnet: A sinnet is a chain that is formed when knots are tied repeatedly along a filler cord.  A sinnet of square knots makes a flat solid braid. A sinnet of half knots creates a spiraling effect.

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Practice, practice, practice.