How to add a simple macrame detail to your purse. Add a little boho charm to your favorite purse by adding macrame purse handles using half hitch knots.
I have been looking for a smaller purse that I can carry daily instead of the large one that I use to tote around my laptop and all the notebooks I think I can’t go anywhere without.
I finally found one that was small enough to carry everyday. My billfold fits inside and it has wooden handles!
I love the shape, but it’s all the same boring tan color, even the handles.
See what I mean? All brown and pretty blah. It just needs a little upgrade.
I decided to add some macrame string to the handles to give it a little touch of boho.
How to make macrame purse handles
- 3mm natural macrame string
- Purse this is similar to the one I have, but you could use one of your own.
Step 1. Cut your macrame string
Cut your macrame string to approximately 25 feet. Depending on the size of the handle, you may need more or less. These handles are 5 inches.
If your purse has fabric or leather handles the length will be different too, you will just have to use your best judgement.
Step 2. Attach 3mm macrame string using a larks head knot.
Fold down an 18 inch length of string instead of doubling the entire string. The handle is actually what you will be tying the half hitch knot around, so it acts as the “filler cord”
Step 3. Tie half hitch knots to cover the entire handle.
Make sure to pull the knots tight and as close to each other as you can.
Step 4. Finish it off
Once you have covered the entire handle take both strings and tie them in a regular knot and cut off the excess.
Twist the handle around to hide the ending knot and you’re done!
If your purse has leather or fabric handles you could add a tassel to hide your finishing knot. That would be really cute!
The lark’s head knot gives it that slight ridge of detail all the way around.
I love the minimal modern look of natural macrame string, but you could use any color you want to use.
I just love how it looks now. It has boho charm and isn’t the boring blah brown purse anymore.
This simple project gave my purse a completely different look and I did it in less than an hour.