Macrame Purses: Before & After

Tuesday, June 10

I know, I know.. it took me awhile to circle back around to work on these macrame purses. I bet you thought I had forgotten.

On 5-21 I posted, More Macrame Purses Coming. And true to my word, here they are.

BEFORE

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Used 113 yards of 6mm braided macrame cord.

Measurements:

  • Length 12 1/2″
  • Height without handles 9″
  • Height with handles 14″
  • Width 1 1/2″

BEFORE

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Used 98 yds of 6mm braided macrame cord.

Measurements:

  • Length 10″
  • Height without straps 8 1/4″
  • Height with straps 12″
  • Width 1 1/2″

I have made many macrame purses over the years but had never tried either of these designs before. Both purses were really easy. Only had to consult the instructions twice. Once for the brown one, when creating and attaching the flap and another time for the lavender one, when creating the “V” shape in the front and back. Anyway you slice it, a square knot is a square knot. I can usually look at the picture and figure it out. Like cooking your favorite dish. You don’t need to look any longer at the recipe.

I am hoping the brown purse is a hit with a chat buddy of mine. She asked me to make her a macrame purse several months ago. She knew I was just getting back into macraming so said there was no rush. Not really sure what she would like, I searched through my macrame purse books and selected this one. I changed up a bit from the original instructions. I added the beads on differently and made it wider and longer. So after looking at the directions to add on the flap, it was just me and the knots, going to town.

The lavender purse was fun to make. So much fun, I have already started another one in peach and will probably make several more in summer colors. No added cost for a purse handle. It is all cord. And quite easy to make. I don’t think I will sew buttons on any of the others. I only added buttons to the lavender one since, # 1, it is Button Month, and # 2, I had a lot of lavender and purple buttons to use up.

There are so many other things you can make with macrame cord. Not sure if you have ever seen or heard of the Chinese Crown Knot. It is really a cool knot. Very easy to make. You only need two hands and a pair of knees. This knot can be used in so many ways. I have used it in plant hangers, candles, corn stalks, animal noses, snakes and bracelets. Once I get over my obsession with purses, I will show you how to create things using it.


Macrame Cord Suppliers

http://www.kingskountry.com

http://www.macramecords.com

http://www.munrocrafts.com/

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1520 Macrame Knots

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Wow!! Is this HUGE or what!! I wanted to make a big purse but didn’t think it would make up this large. There are 1520 macrame knots in this purse. I counted them. Well, actually I counted two rows to double check the count and multiplied by the number of rows. 😀

And the purse used 258 yards of cords. It will hold a lot of stuff. I bet it will hold a laptop. Maybe TWO laptops!!

It took several days working on and off to complete. My hands, fingers and arms ached and got tired so I worked about five rows at a time.

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I took frequent breaks to rest them and once pulled out my smelly and stinky Jointritis to rub gently on my right arm. Whenever I use it, I am REALLY in pain. It smells so awful and lingers until my next shower. 😀

This is how much I had knotted after a day and a half.

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Purse was made similar to the other cream one I blogged about, just larger and with only one row of wooden beads.

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It was tied with the beginning Square Knot Sections, 18 rows of Alternating Square Knots, one beaded section and then 12 more rows of Alternating Square Knots. I could have used an extra pair of knees when closing up the bottom.

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Not sure what I will do with it. For now, I am just enjoying looking at it.

Measurements: Length 19 1/2″, Height without straps 14″ and width 2″ at its widest, the bottom. Straps measure 26 1/2″.

Macrame Cord: 6mm Braided in cream

258 Yards Used:

  • 3 yard cords for body (72)
  • 6 yard cords for straps (4)
  • 4 1/2 yard cords for straps (4)

Macrame Cord Suppliers

http://www.kingskountry.com

http://www.macramecords.com

http://www.munrocrafts.com/

Macrame Purse: 1/2 Done

Friday, May 16

I cut the cords for this macrame purse this morning and started making it. I have the top section connected to the straps. The sides have been connected to the front and back and I am at the point of adding the wooden beads.

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There is plenty of cord so I am going to add a second row of beads. 10 beads front and 10 beads back.  Not sure why pattern called for such long cords. The next purse I make like this one, I will adjust the yardage. And it didn’t make up as wide as I wanted, so that’s another thing I am going to adjust. I will increase the knot sections on the front and back. The strap seems to be ok, maybe add a few more Square Knots to make it a bit longer. But so far, I am liking the result.

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I called my hubby into my craft room twice for a consult. He gave me some suggestions on bead placement and which color fabric he thought would work best for the lining. I am going to go with his suggestions and hope for the best.  😀

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More pictures to follow and a tutorial so you can make one.

Making a Macrame Purse

Thursday, May 15

This purse will be my next macrame project. The one at the bottom. I have made many purses but not this pattern. I looked over the instructions and it looks easy enough.

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I have LOTS of macrame cord in a pretty cream shade. I fell in love with the color so I overbought. I also purchased some beads, in light beige and rust, with this cord in mind. I think they will be perfect together. The cord is a 6mm braid. For purses I prefer braided cord instead of twisted since I don’t have to tape the ends as I cut or worry about it untwisting as I work.

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This purse makes up big, about 13″ by 10″. It takes approximately 117 yards of cord. I will be tying Square Knots, Alternating Square Knots, Square Knot Sinnets, Half Knots and Half Knot Sinnets.

For the lining, my plan is to use either a solid color fabric or a tiny print fabric. Probably in brown or a color to match the beads. Once I get to that stage I will search through my fabric stash.

But first… I have to cut the cords. No problem. That is the easy part of macraming.


Macrame Cord Suppliers

http://www.kingskountry.com

http://www.macramecords.com

http://www.munrocrafts.com/

Sewing Day 13: Double Pocket

Tuesday, May 6

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An online friend suggested I might enjoy sewing this little project called Double Pocket. She had made several in various colors and they turned out very pretty. So I decided to try my hand at making one.

It has a pocket in front and back of the buttoned tab.  I had a bit of a problem sewing all the pieces together and getting them all on the right side but eventually I did figure it out. I am going to make a second one just to see where I went wrong. It turned out good. It will do what it is intended to do. And that is to hang from a belt to hold small items such as keys, coins, cell phone, etc when you are out partaking in your favorite form of entertainment or exercise.

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Here is how it looks hanging from the denim tote I made. I used the same denim and printed fabric. You could use fabric leftover from other sewing projects. Would be perfect to use up some of your scraps.

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Supplies used to make Double Pocket:

  • 1/4 yard denim
  • 1/4 yard printed fabric
  • one decorative button
  • 3″ navy satin piping (for button loop)
  • navy thread

Measurements: 7 1/2″ height and 3 1/2″ length

Pattern used: Double Pocket from the book A Pocketful of Whimsy, Wee Patchwork Gifts by Kathleen Rindal Brooks, pages 28-30. Full size pattern pieces are in the book. I scanned the pattern pieces and printed them out onto hardstock paper.

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Sewing Day 12: Living Large

Saturday, May 3

This tote is HUGE!! I had no idea it would make up this big!!

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This is the purse I had planned to make with my wild and crazy fabric. Can’t do it now for two reasons. I would look like an idiot coming down the street with it, feeling like everyone was looking at me. 😀 And #2, I don’t have enough of my wild fabric to make it. It really takes a lot of fabric. I used four Fat Quarters of the printed fabric. So..I will save it and make something else.

This tote was made from Kwik Sew Pattern 3133, Bag A. I had no problem understanding and following the pattern instructions.

I am just about done. I need to finish turning one of the straps, sew the straps to the lining and then sew the lining to the purse.

If I make another one, I will use heavier fabric for the entire tote. It will make a nice book bag.

Sewing Day 11: Dog Day Afternoon

Saturday, May 3

Yep, I have been sewing…still. 😀

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I have actually been working on these purses with doggy fabric for several days. Didn’t want to get too far behind so thought I would post what I am working on.

These just need the strap sewn on the sides. I found this strap when going through my craft supplies. I don’t remember how long I have had it but it works perfectly for these little totes. Adds a hint of a doggy collar or leash.

These totes/purses are quick to make, now that I have made so many of them. If you want to try your hand at it, you just need 1/2 yard of two different fabrics. The doggy fabric I purchased by the yard from JoAnn Fabric and Crafts a couple years ago. (Probably that’s when I purchased the black strap.) The black print fabric was a Fat Quarter 18″ by 22″. Fabric must be a square for both pieces. I used 18″ square.

I also made a larger tote in denim and red fabric with tiny white hearts. I had to buy special denim needles to sew the sides together. Size 16. They work great. No more jamming.

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Haven’t decided how I will finished this one up. Probably a shoulder strap. I have about two yards of denim left. Next time I get my hands on a 50% off coupon at JoAnn’s, I will replenish my supply.