DIY weaving projects don’t have to be limited to wall hangings – why not create your own DIY woven bag? Even beginner weavers can make a beautiful and functional piece they’ll love!
Colorful woven wall hangings full of texture and pattern are a huge trend right now. Yarn and fiber arts have always been a passion of mine, so I love any excuse to dig into my yarn stash. I’ve made a few wall hangings and enjoyed them, but for this project I thought it might be fun to translate the look of wall hangings onto a wearable, functional bag. I love the way it turned out!
If you want to make your own DIY woven bag, I’ll walk you through all of the steps right here.
Supplies needed to make your own DIY woven bag:
- Yarn in different weights and colors. I used the following:
- Weaving Loom
- Crochet Hook
1. Warp the Loom
First, you will need to add warp strands (the vertical strands) to your loom. I placed the pegs in my loom to create a piece about 6.5″ square. Then, I tied the yarn to the bottom left peg using a slip knot. Next, keeping the yarn taut, I wrapped it around the top left peg and zig zagged the yarn around each peg. Finally, I cut off the yarn leaving a 6 inch tail and tied it onto the last peg.
Next, I cut off a piece of yarn about 3 yards long and threaded it onto the shuttle that came with my loom. For the first few rows, I just used a basic weaving pattern – you’ll simply thread your working yarn over and then under the warp strands, alternating with each strand (see image below).
For the second row, you will go back the way you came and this time you will weave under then over, going the opposite way from the previous row (see image above).
When you reach the end of each row, be careful not to pull the yarn too tight as this will change the width of your piece. Continue in this pattern for a few rows or until the section is as long as you want it to be.
For the next section, I cut a length of pink yarn and worked a few rows using a 2 x 2 weaving pattern. This technique gives you longer yarn loops on the surface of your work. When you’re 2 x 2 weaving, you simply go under the first two strands, then over then next two, and repeat this pattern across the row (see image below). For the next row, you will go the opposite way of the previous row (e.g., over when you went under on the previous row).
I wanted to create wavy designs and sections in my piece, so I used a comb to push these pink rows into a curved shape.
Then, I went back with another piece of the yarn I began with and filled in the empty space with basic weaving.
Continue to repeat this process of adding curving rows of weaving and filling in the spaces between. When you end a section, be sure to leave at least a six inch tail to weave in later.
3. Remove from Loom and Weave in Ends
When you are happy with your design, untie the first knot you attached to the bottom left peg and tie it to the adjacent loop. Do the same for the knot on the opposite corner. Then, simply pull each loop off of its peg.
Finish your piece by using a yarn needle to weave in the ends on the backside of your piece.
To turn your DIY woven piece into a bag, you will need to make it a twin. Using your first piece as a guide, create another weaving in the same size that is a mirror image of the first. The two woven panels do not have to be exactly identical. Just try to get them close.
5. Sew Bag
When you have your two woven panels complete, it’s time to turn them into a bag! Thread your yarn needle with a piece of the main yarn used for the bag. Then, holding the two pieces with right sides facing out, sew them together along the sides and bottom leaving the top open.
6. Add Tassels and Handle
After the pieces are sewn together, it’s time to add tassels to the bottom of the bag. I think the tassels are really key in getting that fun wall hanging look. Start by cutting several lengths of yarn to a little more than double the desired length of the finished tassels. I used 5 strands of yarn about 14″ long for each tassel.
Fold the lengths of yarn in half and use your crochet hook to pull this loop through the bottom of the bag (see image below). Thread the tails of the yarn through the loop and pull to tighten.
Continue to add tassels until the bottom of the bag is covered, then use your scissors to even them out.
Finally, you will need to finish off your bag by adding a strap. To create the strap for my DIY woven bag, I cut six long strands of yarn (about 2 yards long), and braided them together. I tied knots at each end once I reached the length I wanted and simply sewed the ends to the sides of my bag. Leaving a few inches of yarn past the knots gives the look of tassels on the side too.
And that’s it! I really like how this woven bag turned out – pretty cute payoff for an easy DIY project isn’t it?
What do you think? Would you try weaving a bag?
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.