I saw this gorgeous Prada fishnet macramé bag the other day, retailing for $2000.
That’s a lot of money! But, I realized that the pattern is actually pretty simple, so I DIY’d my own version.
This tutorial walks you through creating your own as well.
It’s a beginner-friendly pattern using only two basic macramé knots: the Overhand knot and the Gathering knot.
I changed the design slightly, using macramé handles at the top instead of leather handles, as was done on the original.
If you prefer using leather handles, go for it :) You’ll need to glue the leather cording to the Overhand knot and the ends of the handles.
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This project should take about 60-90 minutes, depending on your skill level.
Cord & Supplies
To create this pattern, you will need:
- 4mm or 5mm cotton cord
You can find all the cords and supplies you need in our shop. I used a 4mm, 3ply cord from our Rainbow Line in Mocha.
- 18 x 210cm (83”)
- 2 x 300cm (118”)
Size of Completed Project (Approximate)
30cm width and 37cm length
Creating The Fishnet Handbag
Step #1: Take 2 strands of 210 cm cords and make an Overhand knot in the centre of both cords.
Repeat this 8 more times for a total of 9 knots.
Step #2: Make an Alternating Overhand knot row with the right cord as the working cord leaving 2cm of space in between the rows.
Be consistent in the direction that you make the overhand knot. This will elevate the final product’s appearance.
Step #3: Turn the pattern around and repeat the same Alternating Overhand knot row on the other side. Leave 2 cm of space between the rows on this side as well.
Step #4: Make an upside-down triangle pattern of Overhand knots leaving 3cm of space in between all rows.
Step #5: Turn the pattern around and repeat the same upside-down triangle pattern leaving 3cm of space in between the rows.
Step #6: Fold the pattern in half and adjust to make sure both sides are even.
Step #7: Turn the pattern sideways and take the middle 2 cords and make an Overhand knot 2cm's down.
Step #8: Make a second row of Overhand knots with the next cord on both sides leaving 3cm of space.
Step #9: Repeat the same pattern on the other side.
Step #10: Fold the pattern in half and finish off the rest of the net bag pattern with Overhand knots.
Step #11: Add one more row all around.
Step #12: Separate the cords in 4 even groups and take one group (of 9 cords) and make a large Overhand knot.
Repeat with the rest of the cord groups.
Step #13: Place the excess cords on top of each other about 20 cm apart and make a Gathering knot with a strand of 300 cm cord.
Repeat on the other side.
Step #14: Trim off the excess cords.
I recommend placing a drawstring bag inside the net bag to ensure that nothing falls out of your bag.
I hope you enjoyed creating this bag as much as I did :)