I recently came across this gorgeous designer macrame bag with a price tag of $2000.
Quite the investment!
As much as I would love to dish out $2000 for a bag, I can't justify paying that much for a bag that I can Macrame at a fraction of the cost.
In this blog post, I share how I made my Macrame handbag and how you can make your own by following the steps below.
I slightly altered the design, opting for macramé handles at the bag's top instead of the original leather handles.
Of course, if you prefer the leather handles, you're welcome to use them.
This adorable DIY macrame bag is a beginner-friendly pattern and excellent for anyone starting with Macrame.
All you will need to know are two basic knots; then, you're on your way to making a lovely macrame fashion project.
If you're excited to knot this gorgeous macrame tote bag, follow me as we learn basic macrame knots and simple knot-tying techniques.
What is Macrame Bag?
Before we dive into the details, let's take a moment to understand the essence of Macrame. Macrame is an artistic or crafty pursuit that fashions decorative knots and intricate patterns using cords or ropes.
The popularity of Macrame has experienced a remarkable resurgence, finding its way into the mainstream.
This phenomenon is attributed to its evocative nostalgia, the surge of bohemian and vintage trends in both fashion and home decor, and the enthusiastic sharing of macrame creations across social media platforms. These factors have collectively reignited global interest in this age-old craft.
The sections below will showcase how to transform basic knot-tying techniques into a captivating macrame bag.
No need to fret if you're entirely new to Macrame. Whether you're a novice to the art or an experienced knot enthusiast, this beginner-friendly Macrame bag pattern is ideal for all skill levels.
So, gear up to create something genuinely remarkable!
Macrame Knots You Need to Know to Make the DIY Macrame Net Bag Pattern
Getting familiar with macrame knots is essential for mastering the art of Macrame. For this project, you will only need to know two knots:
- Overhand Knot
- Gathering knot
The above knots are basic knots widely used in many macrame projects.
By learning popular macrame knotting techniques like the overhand knot and the alternating overhand knot, you'll have a solid foundation for creating a wide range of macrame projects, including net bags.
The Overhand knots are simple knots used in everyday life and for crafts like macrame. To make one, overlap a strand of cord or two to create a loop. With overhand knots, you can create bracelets with beads, keychains with charms, unique necklaces, and add decorative elements to macrame projects.
The Gathering Knot is a wrapping knot, a finishing knot that gathers all cords together. Usually, you will see the gathering knot at the bottom of a macrame pattern.
If you need help making the knots above, click on the names above to practice and familiarize yourself with the knots before starting this pattern.
Practice and repetition will help you become more confident in executing these knots, allowing you to explore more intricate patterns and designs.
I have compiled a FREE EBOOK guide, "50 Macrame Knots & Sennit Guide," that goes over step by step with pictures on how to make 50 different knots and sennits.
This guide will assist you in learning the knots and provide insights into creating unique knot sequences and pattern designs.
Benefits and Uses of Macrame Bag DIY
Macrame net bags have gained popularity for their practicality and stylish appeal.
Many large fashion brands like Prada, Alexander Wang, and Bottega Veneta have released several macrame bags in their spring and summer collections over the past few years.
It's no wonder macrame bags have become such a hot trend.
If you're considering making your macrame bag, here are some other benefits and uses of macrame net bags:
- Eco-friendly: Made from natural materials, reducing single-use plastic waste.
- Versatile: Suitable for groceries, beach essentials, picnics, or as a fashionable handbag.
- Lightweight and Portable: Easy to carry around and store when not in use.
- Breathable: Open net design allows air circulation, which is great for fruits, vegetables, and wet items.
- Stylish and Trendy: Adds a bohemian and chic touch to your outfit.
- Durable: With quality materials, they can withstand regular use.
- DIY Potential: Can be made at home with basic macrame skills and materials.
- Unique Gift Idea: Thoughtful and eco-friendly presents for various occasions.
Macrame Bag Cords and Materials
You will need a 4 mm or 5 mm cotton cord to make the macrame net bag.
Choosing the cord
Choosing a cord that is soft, sturdy, and suitable for your desired net bag design is essential, ensuring durability and functionality.
What's unique about this pattern is that we use cotton cords to create a macrame net bag. We used a 4mm 3-ply cord in a mocha color from our Rainbow cord line, which has more texture than the single-strand cord.
- Our Rainbow cotton cord line is certified 100% chemical free and eco-friendly, made from recycled cotton materials.
- Beautiful color offerings
- We love it because it's smooth, soft, and sturdy, making it easy to work with.
If you can't get your hands on our 3-ply Rainbow cotton cord, try substituting it with our single-strand Rainbow cotton cord, which will also work well for this pattern and offer a more smooth flat-like aesthetic
You will also need some essential tools:
Macrame Bag Design Pattern Details
- Macrame for Beginners
- 30 cm (11.81”) wide by 37 cm (14.57”) length
- 1 - 2 hours, depending on skill level
Materials Needed (for 1 unit):
Cord lengths needed:
- 18 x 210 cm (83”)
- 2 x 300 cm (118”)
** Note: The cord lengths suggested here are based on the pattern using 4mm 3-ply Rainbow Cord. Should you use a different size cord or cord from another brand, actual cord lengths may differ slightly and, therefore, should be adjusted accordingly.
Important Macrame Terms for Beginners
Here are some helpful macrame terms you should know when following this pattern:
- Knots: The Macrame involves various knots, such as the overhand knot and alternating overhand knot. Understanding these basic knot patterns creates the foundation of Macrame. Refer to the "Macrame Knots You Will Need To Know" section for the knots used in this pattern.
- Cords: Cords are the primary material used in Macrame. They are made of cotton, jute, nylon, or synthetic fibers. Macrame cords come in various thicknesses and colors.
- Fringe: Fringe refers to the loose ends of cords that hang down, adding a decorative element to beginner projects. The fringe can be left as is or trimmed to a desired length.
- Anchor cord: refers to the fixed cord or structure to which other cords are attached or knotted, providing stability and support to the design.
- Working cord: This cord is actively used to create knots and patterns, manipulated and moved throughout the project to form the desired design.
DIY Macrame Tote Bag Pattern Bag Step-By-Step Instructions.
Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make a boho Macrame Bag:
- Take two strands of 210 cm cords and make an Overhand knot in the center of both cords.
- Repeat this eight more times for a total of 9 knots.
- Take two overhand knot patterns we made and then tape them vertically.
- Make an Alternating Overhand knot row with the inner-right cord as the working cord leaving 2 cm of space between the rows.
- Continue this pattern until all nine knots from step 1 are attached with Overhand knots in the same row.
- 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.
- Make an upside-down triangle pattern of Overhand knots, leaving 3 cm of space between all rows.
- Turn the pattern around and repeat the same upside-down triangle pattern on the other side of the cords, leaving 3 cm of space between the rows.
- Fold the pattern in half and adjust to ensure both sides are even.
- Turn the pattern sideways and take the middle 2 cords and make an Overhand knot 2 cm down.
- Make a second row of Overhand knots with the next cord on both sides, leaving 3 cm of space.
- Repeat the same pattern on the other side.
- Fold the pattern in half and finish off the rest of the net bag pattern with Overhand knots.
- Add one more row of Overhand knots all around.
- Separate the cords into four even groups and take one group (of 9 cords) and make a large Overhand knot.
- Repeat with the rest of the cord groups.
- 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.
- Trim off all the excess cords from the handle you made to achieve your craft's neat and fashionable look.
DIY Macrame Bag | Beginner Friendly Pattern
Wrapping Up How to DIY Macrame Bag Pattern
As we conclude this fashionable macrame project - macrame bag pattern tutorial, we hope you've had as much fun crafting it as we did sharing it with you!
The possibilities of Macrame are endless, and we encourage you to keep exploring and experimenting with different patterns and designs.
Remember, the beauty of Macrame lies not only in the end product but also in the creative journey it takes you on.
Whether you're a seasoned macrame artist or a complete beginner, we believe that every knot and twist you make adds a touch of your unique flair to the final piece.
So, don't hesitate to let your imagination run wild and incorporate your favorite colors, beads, or charms into your future fashionable macrame creations.
The key is to have fun, relax, and enjoy the process of crafting something special with your own hands.
We hope this tutorial has inspired you to continue your macrame journey and explore other exciting projects.
And remember to share your beautiful creations with us and the macrame community - we can't wait to see what you come up with!
Until next time, happy knotting and creating!
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