With Much Appreciation

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Thank you for your interest in Macrame Purse. Hopefully I will be adding new ideas soon.  This past year has been taken up with other types of crafts.  Please check them out on SideCapers Crafts.

Again thank you for your views.

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Macrame and Crochet Game Totes For Your Favorite Team Player


This past weekend I realized something interesting. Not only are the colors of this market bag the Green Bay Packers Football teams colors, but they are also the same colors as a middle school in North Carolina.

Red, white and black color combination can be either the University of Madison-Badgers football team or West Bend’s Badger Middle School colors.

And lastly, this could be the team colors of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team or the Germantown Warhawks High School colors.
I had so many parents this weekend looking for a unique way to carry sports apparel and equipment. The kids were just as excited.

Last month I had a couple asking if I could make them a unique book bag for their student. I explained that the largest opening in a flex frame that I have is 14″. It would be a tight fit for text books laying side ways. Depending on the age and size of the child, the bag on the right could be made twice the length to accomodate books standing on end. Or the bag on the left could be made with a longer strap and a little wider to house a laptop.

Everything is adaptable and can be made to fit what you need it for. What do you use for game day?

Market Share – Every Saturday

SideCapers would like to announce a second shop sharing opportunity. It’s called Market Share. Just like Promote My Shop, you are able to browse, connect  and share your online store with other artists.

Market Share renews every Saturday to give everyone a chance to show off another item from their shop. Now two places to share your great ideas.

This Was Fun To Make

Isn’t this different? I really enjoyed making this purse. It has such a classic look. This can be made this way or drop the shoulder straps and start the body right from a wooden grasp handle to have a hand bag.

After constructing the handles, I crossed over one left strand to the right strap and one right over to the left to bridge the two straps. Four cactus green, then eight white and then the last four green are larks head knotted over the bridge. This is repeated on the other side. A square knot on the strap is added to line up with the first green SK on each side. Two black cords, folded in half are added, one row at a time to all four corners. At this point the base is made. Fourteen rows of alternating square knots are made decreasing by one with each row until you are left with one knot to make in the last row, forming a V shape. Once this is completed on both sides of the purse, you lay them side by side with right sides facing up. Pin them to a board with the end knots at the top just touching. The first cord from the right purse side is crossed over the left purse side along the bottom edge of the finished square knots. Double half hitches are made over this cord using all the cords from the left purse side down to the last white to the inside of the black cord. Then the top cord on the left crosses over the right purse side and double half hitches are made over on the right side.

This continues in an alternating pattern to form the side of the purse and  attach the left and right sides together. It will be complete after the last black cord is hitched over and moved to the bottom. Now one green SK is placed at the base of the black in the middle using two green cords from the right and two green from the left side. Continue alternating the SK until eight rows are completed down into the white area. It is a little hard to image that it is the side of the purse until you unpin and refold the purse lining up the handles. The other side will need to have this done also. Here you can see with the realignment that only one side is done.

Open up the purse once again and fold it so that the loose cords meet and touch as they did with the first side. The finished side is to the back. You will need to pin through both layers to secure it. Again start with the top cord from one side and cross it over the other side and double half hitch down the eight rows per side until all eight black cords from each side have moved to the bottom of the purse. Finish with the eight alternating SK down through the white cords at the bottom. You will see that there are the black cords left in the front and back. Just like the side bottoms, make alternating SK, but there will be only four rows. This should bring all the cords finished evenly. To bring all sections together, make two final rows of alternating SK all the way around. Turn the purse inside out and tie off to close, cut and melt ends. Turn right side out and line the inside.

The finished size is 12″ x 9.5″ with a strap height of 11″. The colors used are black, cactus green and white. The ribs formed by the half hitches give a round,  full look to the entire purse.

Let me know what you think of this design. I think it could go with most outfits.

Until the next project,

Be creative!