Hi macramé lovers and knotters!
Today, I’ll share how to make an adorable, super chick, Boho cell phone bag.
I created the Bohemian vibe using feathers and a fringe on the front of the bag.
In this project, we use some basic macramé knots, along with some unique knots, like the lark’s head knot, square knot, overhand knot, four-ply braid, and berry knot, among others.
Wow, that’s a lot of knots!
This is a step-by-step guide with instructions on all the knots you need.
This bag is approximately 7.5 inches long and 4.5 inches wide.
Most cell phone types and sizes should fit in this bag. If you want to make it a bit bigger, though, you could add more cords to it or add on to the cord lengths, lengthening the pattern.
To widen the bag, add more cords in groups of four. At the same time, add about 10% to the cord lengths.
I found it helpful to have a cell phone with me while doing this project to fit the cell phone as I go along.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to making this mobile phone bag.
If you’re not keen to read all the instructions and would rather watch the process, check out our video tutorial on YouTube.
I’ve listed all the materials you’ll need below and in the video tutorial.
For cool colors to use in this project, look at my vibrant cord line with multi-ply cords.
I used a pale green cord from this line for this project. This soft, multi-ply cord is excellent for beginners since it holds structure really well.
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If you’re keen to try this project and have any comments or questions, please use the comments section. I love getting in touch with you. In the meantime, have fun knotting!
This project is estimated to take 2 – 3hours, depending on your skill level.
Materials & Supplies
- 3mm cotton cord
- 1 x large hole bead
- 1 x large hole sequin
- 2 x feathers
Length of Cord
- 1 x 100cm
- 12 x 340cm
- 24 x 16cm
- 2 x 230cm
- 1 x 1mm cord @ 20cm length
Creating Boho Mobile Phone Bag
Step 1: Take one 100cm strand of cord, placing it flat down, horizontally. This is your anchor cord.
Take one 340cm cord, folded in half, making a lark’s head knot onto the horizontal anchor cord
Repeat this step 11 more times until all the 340cm length cords are attached to the horizontal anchor cord.
Step 2: Tape down the anchor cord ends to your work surface.
Step 3: Starting with the far left four cords, make a square knot: Use the first and fourth cords and working cords, make two opposite half knots.
Repeat this step five times, using consecutive sets of four strands to create a series of square knots.
Step 4: On the left side, underneath the left two square knots, make an alternating square knot, using two cords from each square knot
Repeat this step four times, creating a second series of square knots underneath the first row of square knots.
Step 5: Starting on the left again, create another row of square knots, similar to what you did in Step 3.
Step 6: Repeat steps 3 – 5 until you have a total of 43 rows of square knots.
Step 7: Remove the anchor cords from the tape and fold the bottom half of the pattern to meet the top.
Step 8: Use a crochet hook to weave the anchor cords through the pattern on both sides of the fold. Start by matching up the loops on one side of the bag, then weave the cord through both loops to seal the fold.
Continue in this way until you’ve reached to last loop on the end of the bag.
Once you’ve reached the end, pull the cord into the inside of the bag.
Step 9: Flip the bag inside-out. Weave the cord through a loop again. Close it with a knot, followed by one overhand knot.
Repeat steps 8 & 9 on the other side.
Step 10: Place your phone inside the bag to make sure that it fits.
Step 11: Now, we’re working on the front of the cell phone bag. Start by creating two more rows of alternating square knots.
Step 12: Create a V-shaped alternating square knot pattern. On the left side, underneath the far left, two square knots create an alternating square knot. Repeat this four more times to the right. You now have a row with five alternating square knots.
Start on the left side again, creating another row of alternating square knots. This row contains a total of four alternating square knots.
Continue this way, decreasing the number of alternating square knots in each row until you only have one square knot.
Step 13: Once the V-shaped pattern is complete, create a series of berry knots. Starting with the far left set of four cords, make three consecutive square knots. Fold the middle two cords through the top of the set of square knots in-between the two anchor cords. Pull this through the back of the pattern and finish off with one more square knot at the bottom.
Using the next set of four cords, create another berry knot.
Create one more berry knot to the right, then repeat this process on the right, mirroring what was done on the left.
Step 14: Underneath the far left berry knot, leave a space of 1.5cm, then make a square knot. This is the first of a series of diagonal square knots to the right.
Take the right two cords on the left square knot, and the next two cords on the right, make another square knot.
Repeat this process on the right side, mirroring what was done on the left.
Step 15: Add one more square knot below the pattern, using the middle four cords.
Step 16: In the 1.5cm space between the berry knots and the square knots, add a fringe layer with some short strands of cord. I used a different color for this fringe. Take two 16cm strands of cord, weaving both cord ends through the second and third loops from the left
Take the remaining two ends to the back on the left side, and weave all four cord ends through the hole between the two far-left loops.
Repeat this again, using the next two cord loops on the left.
Repeat this pattern four more times to the right, then mirror this process on the right side of the bag.
Step 17: Trim the fringe, starting with the bottom layer. The bottom fringe should be longer than the top fringe so that both layers are visible. Cut the bottom layer of the fringe at about 6cm with a pair of scissors, then comb through the fringe with a metal comb. Trim it again once the fringe is combed.
Step 18: Fold the bottom layer of the fringe away to trim the top layer. Trim and comb through the top layer of fringe. This layer should be about 4cm long.
Step 19: Match up the top and bottom layers of the fringe and trim it again. Make sure that these layers are aligned.
Step 20: Add a berry knot button to close the bag.
This button will go through the hole in the center of the fringe.
Among the scrap cords from trimming the fringe, look for a cord length of about 100cm.
Cut this in half to create two cords of 50cm each.
Weave these two cords through the holes on the center’s left and right side, in the sixth row from the top.
Make a berry knot with these four cords.
Instead of closing the berry knot with a square knot, weave all four cord strands through the square knot pattern.
Weave the two anchor cords through the hole right underneath the berry knot.
Weave the cords on the right and left through holes to the right and left of the berry knot.
Flip the bag inside-out to finish off with a square knot inside the bag.
Use the two working cords to make a double overhand knot, then cut off the excess cord.
Now, the berry knot button is complete.
Step 21: Add the straps to the bag. Take two 320ccm strands of cord and weave them through one side of the bag.
Flip the bag open and weave both cords through two holes on the side.
Pull the cords through these holes until they are securely attached to the bag.
Step 22: Make a series of four-ply braids.
Continue with this braid pattern until you have a long enough strap.
Measure this against your body to have the bag hang as high or low as you want it. My bag straps are about 45.5inches long.
Step 23: Once the bag strap is long enough, we seal it at the other side of the bag.
Take two sets of two cords, weaving them through holes mirroring those used in Step 21.
Using one cord from each side, make a double overhand knot. Repeat this with the other two cords.
The shoulder strap is now complete.
Step 24: Create a tassel in the center of the bag using one large hole bead, one large hole sequin, and two feathers.
Take a scrap cord of about 40cm and weave it through the bag flap’s center-left loop, just above the fringe.
Weave the large hole bead through the cord.
Weave the same cord through the center-right loop.
Step 25: Use the left cord to make a half-hitch knot onto the right cord.
Use the left cord to thread through a large hole sequin.
Step 26: Take the right cord to make a half-hitch knot onto the left cord.
Step 27: Attach the two feathers on top of the two cords using a 20cm strand of 1mm cord.
Make a gathering knot with the two cords at the back and the two feathers at the front: Make a loop with the 1mm cord, holding it with one hand.
Wrap the long end of the cord around the feathers and the other two cord strands several times.
Weave the cord’s long end through the loop and pull on the top end of the loop to tighten the knot.
Step 28: Cut off the excess 1mm cord. You could cut off all of the excess green cord or leave a little bit of space for a tassel.
There you have it! A gorgeous Boho cell phone bag
If you tried this project, let me know in the comments section and share some pictures. I love hearing from you.
Until next time, have fun knotting!
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