Use your basic sewing skills and some humble rope to build a fabulous bag with this easy to follow rope bag sewing tutorial. Perfect for the beach, market or picnics!
Rope Bag Sewing Tutorial
I’ve used rope before to make these cute and practical rope bowls but I never tried the technique on larger projects like this rope bag sewing tutorial. I was a bit scared because I thought it’s going to take a log time to finish such a project and it will be hard to handle once the bag starts getting bigger.
Turns out, I was wrong. While it’s not a 15 minutes project, this rope bag sewing tutorial took about a couple of hours to complete which I think is not bad at all, considering the stunning result! I love how sturdy and practical this bag is, I can see myself toting it to all kinds of summer events, at the beach, for picnics and barbecues and even at the market, perfect to carry my bread and produce. It would make a great handmade gift too!
I chose a blue and yellow rope because I wanted my bag to have a bit of a color and used matching thread on the bottom part and 2 shades of yellow thread for the middle and top. I also used a tighter zig zag stitch than in my rope bowls as I wanted the bag to be real sturdy and durable. I made short handles so the bag is more of a handbag but if you want to make a shoulder bag, make the handles longer.
Doesn’t it totally inspire you to make one right now? So wonderful and doable, right? Here’s the rope bag sewing tutorial then!
Rope Bag Sewing Tutorial
- 200 feet (you can go up to 300 if you want a larger bag and longer handles) 1/4″ rope in color of choice
- sewing machine
- denim needle 90/14
- matching or contrast denim thread (or both)
- measuring tape
- Measure 12″ and fold it in half into a 6″ piece.
- Place the fold under the presser foot of your machine, with the rope sitting on your lap (bag will start building on the left, rope is on the right – unlike the photo below lol).
- Set the machine to a zig zag stitch that is wide enough to reach both ropes. I used the highest zig zag setting on my machine, a stitch length 2 and thread tension 2. Keep both pieces of rope as close together as possible and keep them centered under the needle. You may need to manually stitch the first inch to keep the pieces together.
- Sew down towards the cut end and stop. With the needle in the down position, slowly rotate the sewed strip counter clockwise while using the zig zag stitch to stitch together the curve.
- Keep going and you’ll notice you’re slowly creating an oval! This is the base of your bag.
- You may end up with gaps, just patch up your sections.
- When you feel like your base is big enough, stop but leave the rope in tact. I did 24 rounds.
- Now you’re ready to start building up the body of the bag. Bring the bottom section upwards, hugging the side of the sewing machine. The rope will start attaching at a deep angle. The more perpendicular you hold the bottom of the bag to the sewing machine, the deeper the angle will be.
- Keep the bottom of the bag at a 90-ish degree angle while rotating and sewing if you want straighter sides. If you want the bag to get wider as mine, start holding it at a slighter angle.
- Continue sewing until you’ve reached your desired height. When you’re ready to stop, stop sewing at the curved section while keeping the rope attached!
- Pinch the bag in half and measure where you want your handles to fall. Mark with pins.
- Put the bag back into the sewing machine and continue the zig zag stitch until you’ve reached the pin. Give it a few backwards and forward stitches to reinforce the handles.
- Cut the thread, remove the bag and measure the handles for the desired length. Attach the end of the handle to the existing pin and start sewing again with a few backwards and forwards stitches, until you reach the other side.
- Repeat the steps measuring the same amount of inches on the opposing handle.
- Once you’ve made a full rotation and back at the first handle, keep sewing along the handle for as many times as you like, depending on how thick you want our handle.
- Once you passed the handles for the last time, stitch an inch or so more then cut the rope about 4″ away from the bag, make a double knot and unravel the rope end.
- And you’ve reached the end of this rope bag sewing tutorial! Enjoy your new rope bag!
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