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.

brown leather purse with macrame detail on the handle

New to the art of macrame? Learn to macrame with these 4 basic macrame 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.

brown leather purse with round wooden handles sitting on wood table

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.

Looking for more easy macrame projects? Check out my simple modern wreath, this wall hanging with beads, and this easy keychain.

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How to make macrame purse handles

Supplies needed:

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.

macrame string on wooden handle of purse

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”

Learn how to tie a lark’s head knot

beginning half hitch knot on wooden handle of purse

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.

Learn how to tie a half hitch knot

tying a half hitch knot on the wooden handle of purse
half hitch knots with natural macrame string tied a third of the way around wooden handle of purse
round wood handle of purse covered with macrame string

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!

round wood handle of purse covered with macrame string

The lark’s head knot gives it that slight ridge of detail all the way around.

close up of natural macrame string on purse handle

I love the minimal modern look of natural macrame string, but you could use any color you want to use.

close up of natural macrame string on purse handle
brown leather purse with natural macrame string on handles and sunglasses sitting next to it
close up of natural macrame string on purse handle
brown leather purse with natural macrame string on handles and sunglasses sitting next to it

I just love how it looks now. It has boho charm and isn’t the boring blah brown purse anymore.

brown leather purse with macrame detail on the handle

This simple project gave my purse a completely different look and I did it in less than an hour.

What color string will you use? When you do this project, be sure to share it with me! Tag me on Facebook or Instagram, I can’t wait to see it!

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