• 100% mercerized cotton yarn
• Large loom
• 2-inch piece of cardboard that is length of project
• Tapestry needle
• Yarn: charcoal, cream, and teal
• Twisted yarn: cream/charcoal
• Gray velvet, 15×34 inches
• Sewing machine and thread
• Gray linen (liner), 34×28 inches
• Two 8-inch gold rings
• Scraps of thin black leather
Step 1 Using mercerized cotton yarn, string the warp on the loom until you have 64 strands. Weave in a cardboard spacer—2 inches wide and at least as long as the 64 strands of warp. Insert the spacer at the bottom of your loom to make it easier to tie off your warp when you are finished.
Step 2 Cut the charcoal yarn two arm’s-lengths long and thread a tapestry needle. Begin tabby weaving in the lower left-hand corner of the loom. Weave to the right 16 warp threads and then go back in the opposite direction, weaving over and under on the opposite warp yarns as you did on the previous row. Weave 16 rows up and leave a tail of yarn to be woven on the back later.
Step 3 Switch to the twisted yarn. TIP: When you have completed one square and move on to the next, you will start the yarn of the second square in between the yarn of the previous square, hooking into the last warp yarn so the two squares share a vertical warp thread. This connects the sections. Weave 16 rows to the right and weave back and forth until you have woven 16 rows up. Leave a tail on the back. Repeat the process to weave one square of charcoal and one square of the cream/charcoal twist until reaching the end of the warp.
Step 4 For the second row of squares, start with the cream/charcoal twist and, using the same technique as above, alternate 16×16 squares of the twist and the cream yarns. The third row of squares will be the same color pattern as the first, and the fourth row will be the same as the second. Continue to create a gingham pattern that is eight rows of squares. Cut and tie the ends of the warp yarns snug against the weaving. This is one panel. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 to weave a second panel. Each woven panel is about 163⁄4×7 inches.
Step 5 Thread a tapestry needle with teal yarn. Starting at one center edge of a cream square, stitch the teal thread through the weaving, catching every fourth warp thread. Using your tapestry needle, weave the tails of yarn on the back and trim any excess.
Step 6 Cut two pieces of gray velvet fabric, 7½×16¾ inches each. Pin right sides together of one velvet piece and one woven panel and, using a straight stitch on your sewing machine, sew along one 16¾-inch side with a ½-inch seam allowance. Finger-press the seam and topstitch on the velvet side of the seam. Repeat for the second panel. Pin right sides of the two matching sewn pieces together, and stitch the sides and bottom. While the bag is still inside out, pull the fabric out at both of the corners and pin it to create a fold perpendicular to the side and bottom seams. This will make the bag square on the bottom and able to stand up. Pin along the fold, then trim off the triangle of extra fabric before you stitch. Sew along the fold to create a 5-inch seam that intersects the side and bottom seams.
Step 7 Sew in liner, if desired.
Step 8 Using a needle, thin leather, and embroidery floss, attach 8-inch gold rings to the woven sides of the handbag as handles. Cut four small pieces of soft leather to ½×1½-inch rectangles. Loop each tab around a gold ring and hand-stitch it through the sides of the purse.