How to Macrame a Purse

Materials & Supplies Needed To Make Macrame Purse
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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

. Working with these 4 cords. Refer to illustration. Refer to illustration. it is supposed to do this. Cords should be lined up in this order. Position on the knotting board with 4 ends going up over top of board and the other 4 hanging down the board. Pin the centers of two of the 5 yd cords on each side of the 3 yd cords. The 3 yard cords are filler cords and the 5 yard cords are the tying cords. A sinnet is a strip of the same knots tied one after the other with the same tying cords. You will make the two straps first. Cut the following cords. 3 yd cord and 5 yd cord. That is ok. 5 yd cord. tie a Sinnet of 10 Square Knots (SK). Leave on knotting board. 3 yd cord.Step-by-Step Directions (Knot Illustrations are at the end) STEP 1.Continue adding to this SK sinnet by adding a Sinnet of 15 Half Knots (HK).    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. Pin the centers of two of the 3 yd cords side by side on knotting board. Half Knots will start to twist after about the 3rd Half Knot.

This completes the 1st Strap. Repeat this process 17 more times. Using the 2 yard 6″ cords. This completes the knot first tied. With these 4 cords. (Note: Tie one HALF KNOT before tying a SK. ) 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. continue where you “started”. fold 2 cords in half and pin the centers side by side on knotting board. (Throughout this tutorial. Set straps aside. these 18 will be referred to as “Square Knot Sections. This is how the two completed straps should look. STEP 3/CREATING THE FRONT PORTION OF PURSE. Now repeat the process for the 2nd strap. tie a Square Knot (SK) bringing knot all the way up to T-pin so no loops will be above knots. Set aside. You will have 18 Square Knot Sections.Turn strap around and working in the other direction.

starting with the 3rd cord on the left. just renumber mentally.Pin 6 of the Square Knot Sections created in the above step to the knotting board side by side. You will tie 5 SK’s in this row. 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. Leave knotting on board. (Numbering of the cords will change as sections are added so when numbering is mentioned in the instructions. STEP 4/ATTACHING STRAP TO FRONT OF PURSE.) . Tie them together with Alternating Square Knots (ASK). Tie one Square Knot with cords 3-6 on left and 19-22 on the right. Leave knotting on the board.

Do the same with 3 more Square Knot Sections. using 2 free cords from Square Knot Section and 2 from strap. Take off board and set aside. .) Tie these sections together with one Square Knot. (Photo is only showing how to add this newly created section to the right side of the strap. Pin 3 Square Knot Sections on board and tie them together with a row of 2 Alternating Square Knots.STEP 5/CREATING THE SIDES. Do the same on the left side. 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.

Tie them together with one row of Alternating Square Knots. Just as you did for the front… Pin 6 Square Knot Sections to knotting board side by side. let’s do a review of what you have completed thus far. STEP 7/JOINING SIDES TO BACK. Note: Make sure this strap measures the same as the 1st strap. “push” up on the sinnet to even it out. Refer to knotting illustrations in Step 3 if you need help. If necessary. starting with the 3rd cord on the left. The two straps are completed and one strap has been attached to the front section and the two side sections. You will tie 5 SK’s in this row. Leave knotting on board. Take the 2nd strap and curve it in an upward arc. Leave knotting on the board. This is how your purse should look at this stage. 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. Tie one Square Knot with cords 3-6 on left and 19-22 on the right.OK. STEP 6/CREATING THE BACK & ATTACHING 2ND STRAP. .

You now have a one complete row of Square Knots going all around the entire purse.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. Do the same on the other side. .

First row will have one knot. 33-36. Tie a Square Knot (SK) with cords 5-8. Number the cords from 1-44 beginning with one half of the side knot. 37-40. 21-24.STEP 8. 2nd row will have 2 knots. You will be tying rows of knots in a circular format. Repeat these steps of adding beads and tying half knot sinnets to the back side of the purse. a tube. Tie another SK under each bead. Under each of these SK’s put a bead on the 2 filler cords.) . using the same 4 cords as for the knot above the bead. To fill in the sides of the purse opposite where beads were added. tie 4 rows of Alternating Square Knots. the center cords of the 4 cords. 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 STEP 9/ADD 1ST ROW OF BEADS. Stop with those last 2 knots. 17-20. 29-32. 3rd row will have 1 knot and 4th row will have 2 knots. Line these knots up with the bead row. Tie a sinnet of 8 Half Knots with cords 9-12. 25-28. 13-16. (Note: Don’t get ahead. Now you will begin adding beads to the front side of the purse. STEP 10/FILL IN SIDES WITH KNOTS.

first. tie 2 Square Knots. STEP 12/ADD 2ND ROW OF BEADS. You will see ONE SQUARE KNOT on each side that separates the front and the back of the purse. Starting with the farthest (on the side) 6 cords.STEP 11. This is where you start tying up the bottom. Ok. There is one row of knots in between the 2 rows of beads. With the purse flat on the surface. STEP 13. locate the sides. To close up the bottom of the purse. STEP 14/CLOSING THE BOTTOM. . turn purse wrong side out. Repeat Steps 9 and 10 to add the 2nd row of beads and fill in the knots on the side. using 4 filler cords and one cord from the left side of the purse and one cord from the right side of the purse. Front and back. Go around the last row of knots and make sure the knots are really tight. Tie one row of ASK all around the entire purse. Now tie 5 rows of Alternating Square Knots all around entire purse. ready? Put purse between your knees with the bottom up.

Continue this process across the bottom of the purse until you reach the other side. Prepare the lining and insert it. Apply craft glue to each knot. This completes the knot tying. There should be 6 cords left.Continuing closing up the bottom using the next 2 cords from EACH SIDE of the purse and tying ONE Square Knot very tightly. 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. . Cut bottom cords leaving about 1/2″. Allow to dry. if you desire. Hold fire to the cord ends for just a split second so you won’t burn the cords. STEP 15/CUT BOTTOM CORDS. Melt cut cords with a cigarette lighter or match to keep cords from fraying. Now you are ready to turn purse right side out. With these 6 cords.

Congratulations!! Your purse is complete and ready to carry. Enjoy!! Here are pictures of my completed purse. 1 1/2″ width and 9″ height without straps (14 1/2″ height with straps) . Purse measurements: 10 3/4″ length.

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