Reusable bags are huge right now – we all forget them when we go to the shops But here is a fab tutorial for you to make your own!
To create this bag, we will be using 3 different types of knots; square knot, gathering knot and a four strand plait - First measure out 32 2.4m (8ft) strands - Place your 2 groups of 16 strands over your pole evenly – so the ends of the rope line up - Take your ruler, and measure 28cm down the rope and place a piece of masking tape around the bundle of cord - Tie a loose knot so the rope is attached to the pole - Split the cord into four equal groups and do a four strand plait – starting at the top
To do the four strand plait, follow the steps below - Crossing the right two sections, crossing the left two sections, and then crossing the middle two sections - Starting with the right two sections, you do right over left, then on the left two sections, you do right over left - Then, with the middle two sections, you do left over right - Repeat that plait until the handle is 56cm long - We are going to secure the plait by doing a gathering knot at each end of the braid - Take one of your shorter strands of cord – create a loop one end and the with the loose tail facing up, and then wind the longer length around the rope 8 times down – thread the tail through the loop - Pull the two ends – this will pull the knot tight and secure it - Cut off the excess tail and continue to pull the top end - This will pull the knot behind the wraps
Now repeat the above plaiting step on the other handle and check they are both the same length
The sides of the bag are made up of alternating square knots, leaving about an 4cm space between to keep the rows even - Take your first side, take the first two strands and put them out of the way - Then with the next 4 strands, tie a square knot then repeat with the next two sets of 4 strands - This time, on the next row, take the first 4 strands (do not leave the first two this time) and start your squar) knots - This row should have 4 knots - Your third row, like step 1, skip the first two strands and do 3 square knots – row three is now complete
Now repeat these 3 steps on the 3 other sections
Connect the centers Line up the left and right sides so everything is straight - We’re going to tie a square knot in the center that will connect the left and right sides - Make this connecting square knot even with the third row of square knots we made previously - You’ll now have a row of square knots going all the way across this side of the bag - Make one more row of alternating square knots about 3cm or so below this row - Now lay your two plaits side by side, lining up the knots – not down the centre pieces with a spare knot level with the third row
Repeat this step on the other side too
Your bag is now joined in the centres - Make sure that all the rows of knots are evenly spaced and that the sides all line up - Dropping the first two strands of either side, do a 4th row of square knots across the whole side, repeat on the other side too
Now it’s time to attach the sides together Take the two cords hanging on the left, tie a square knot that’s even with the third row of square knots from the top do another one, filling the gap, in line with the forth row
Do the same on the other side of the bag
You should now have two handles and a tube
To finish the bag, continue to do alternating square knots, keep going down the bag, making it the length you want it to be
To tie the bottom, square knot the cords together and then double knot them pulling them really tight
Cut off the excess cord and glue them, smoothing the ends down
Let the glue dry and then flip your bag so the knots are on the inside.