How to Make a Knotted Bag for Twine

With a little bit of raffia and some quick knotwork, you can make an easy twine carrying bag for keeping twine in an easy-to-find place! Makes a great homemade gift.


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    Buy the ball of twine before you start to make the bag so that you can be sure of the size.
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    Knot the 17 strands of raffia.
    Hold the stick (or pencil) at right angles with the body, the end resting on a chair or table. Double a strand of raffia and tie it around the stick, as shown in this illustration. Make sure that the knot is drawn up quite close.
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    Place the raffia strands close together (about half an inch apart).
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    Begin with the inner of the two strands closest to you. Knot this about a quarter of an inch from the first row of knots, with the strand nearest it in the pair, making an even mesh.
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    Continue this across the stick until another row is knotted and until twelve rows have been made. When twelve rows are completed, slip the work off and finish.
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    Knot the first two loose strands at the top together, then the two pairs following, and so on until the bottom is reached.
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    Join the two sides at the bottom by placing them with the meshes and knots evenly together and knotting two strands together each time in a last row of knotting.
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    Place the twine into the bag and draw the bottom up tightly, with a needle full of raffia.
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    Cut the ends of raffia to an even length to make a satisfactory finish. Or, if you are feeling ambitious, create a tassel to end the twine bag:

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      Wind a strand of raffia over a card, about 2 14 inches (5.7 cm) wide, five or six times, then slip it off and bind it around several times near the top with the end of the strand. Sew it fast with a tapestry needle; this forms a little tassel.

Things You'll Need

  • 17 strands of raffia
  • 1 stick size of lead pencil (a pencil will do if it is long enough)
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 ball of twine (string)
  • 1 tapestry needle

Sources and Citations

  • Mary White, 1902, How to Make Baskets, now in the public domain.

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Categories: Basketry Wicker and Rattan | Knot Tying