HOW TO MAKE A MACRAMÉ CLUTCH BAG

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

United Knots Soft Rose Pink Macramé Cord Sin­gle Ply, 100% cot­ton, 210m/229yd per 1kg, one spool (ours was from www.macrame uk.com)

Cloth­ing rail or sim­i­lar

Two S-hooks

Yarn nee­dle

Mag­netic pop­per

Match­ing sewing thread

Sewing nee­dle

Bris­tle brush

Beau­ti­ful tex­tured wall hang­ings in soft cream shades have their place – prefer­ably in our homes, sur­rounded by all our plant ba­bies – but we know there’s more to macramé than that. Why stop at neu­trals? Find the bold­est cord you can to cre­ate a di­vinely knot­ted clutch bag with fring­ing, leaves and satisfyingly knob­bly berry de­tails.

Be­fore start­ing, turn to page 98 to fa­mil­iarise your­self with the dif­fer­ent knot­ting tech­niques.

01 Cut one 1m (393/ 8") length of cord and 22 4m (157 ") lengths of cord. Tie the 1m (393/ 8") length to a clothes rail or some­thing sim­i­lar by each of its ends so it re­sem­bles a clothes­line. Now at­tach each of the 22 4m (157 ") lengths of cord to the mid­dle of the ‘clothes­line’ us­ing lark’s head knot.

02 Start­ing on the left and work­ing to­wards the right, tie a row of square knots. Be­gin the sec­ond row, skip­ping the first two cords and the last two, as shown. Re­peat for a to­tal of 31 rows so you have a rec­tan­gle of square knots, cre­at­ing the body of the bag.

03 Un­tie each end of the 1m (393/ 8") length of cord from the rail and lay the rec­tan­gle of square knots on a flat work sur­face. Fold it in half so the top and bot­tom rows meet.

04 Use the cords that were pre­vi­ously the ‘clothes­line’ to sew each side to­gether. Once the yarn nee­dle has been threaded with the clothes­line cord, be­gin on the left-hand side and weave it through the loops that run along the edge of the square knots, sewing both sides to­gether and work­ing to­wards the bot­tom of the bag. Once you reach the bot­tom, con­tinue sewing the cord along the bot­tom edge – this adds strength and means the sewing cord is dis­guised among the square knots.

05 Re­peat Step 4 on the right-hand edge to com­plete the body of the bag, then tie the two loose ends in a knot where they meet in­side the bag at the bot­tom for ex­tra strength. Neatly trim the ends.

06 You should have a pouch with 44 long cords trail­ing from one edge – these will be used to make the flap of the bag. Use the two S-hooks to hang the bag up­side- down from the bot­tom with the open­ing fac­ing away. All the work­ing cords should now be trail­ing down to­wards the floor. Start­ing on the left-hand side, count 10 cords in – this will be the lead cord. Us­ing a clove hitch knot, one by one tie each of the nine work­ing cords from right to left by loop­ing them around the lead cord twice and pulling to tighten, cre­at­ing a slight arch – this forms the top part of the first leaf.

07 To close the leaf shape, se­lect the 10th cord in from the left again. As per Step 6, this is now the lead cord. Tie each of the nine work­ing cords on the left-hand side us­ing a clove hitch knot, en­cour­ag­ing a slight curve to cre­ate the leaf shape. Us­ing the next eight cords along, work an­other leaf shape in the same di­rec­tion.

08 Next, you’ll cre­ate a di­a­mond shape with a berry knot in­side us­ing the mid­dle eight cords of the bag flap. To be­gin the di­a­mond pat­tern, se­lect the two most cen­tral cords – these will be the lead cords for work­ing the three re­main­ing cords that hang to the left and right

of them. Start­ing on the left, hold the lead cord di­ag­o­nally across the three work­ing cords and tie each us­ing a clove hitch knot. Re­peat in re­verse for the right-hand cords, cre­at­ing an up­side-down V shape.

09 Fol­low­ing the in­struc­tions on page 98, tie a berry knot be­low the up­side-down V shape us­ing the six cen­tral cords. Use the two lead cords hang­ing freely on each side to close the di­a­mond shape be­low the berry knot, re­peat­ing Step 8 and ty­ing clove hitch knots to form a sec­ond V shape.

10 Con­tin­u­ing to work on the left-hand side, be­gin cre­at­ing the two leaves that make up the sec­ond row of the pat­tern. Skip the first four cords, se­lect­ing the fifth cord as the lead cord. As per Steps 6-7, work a leaf in the re­verse di­rec­tion of those above us­ing the next eight cords. Re­peat to cre­ate an­other leaf in the same di­rec­tion us­ing the next seven cords.

11 Re­peat both the first and sec­ond rows of the leaf pat­tern on the right-hand side of the clutch bag flap, work­ing in re­verse to keep the de­sign sym­met­ri­cal.

12 Us­ing the eight cen­tral cords, re­peat Steps 8-9 to cre­ate an­other di­a­mond shape con­tain­ing a berry knot. This time, make sure to cross the two in­ner-most lead cords over one an­other, as shown, to avoid any gaps in the de­sign of the flap.

13 To strengthen and close the leaf de­sign on the bag flap, use the two outer cords as the lead cords and work a row of clove hitch knots to­wards the cen­tre of the de­sign in a V shape. Re­peat twice more to cre­ate three rows on each side.

14 Now the bag flap de­sign is com­plete, trim off the ex­cess lengths of cord, ei­ther by eye, or us­ing a ruler as a guide. Brush them out to cre­ate a fringe.

15 Once the fringe has been com­pletely brushed out, you can trim it down fur­ther to your de­sired length. We trimmed ours to ap­prox­i­mately 3cm (1 ").

16 Re­move the bag from the S-hooks. To fin­ish, use a sewing nee­dle and match­ing thread to sew one side of the pop­per to the un­der­side of the flap, and the other side onto the front of the bag un­der­neath the flap.

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