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« on: April 17, 2005 02:49:08 PM »

usually i go on ae.com and laugh at the fact that i can make all their clothes...but today I saw this bag and i'm so in love with it!

anyone know how to make it?

http://www.ae.com/AE_ProductPage.process?RestartFlow=t&Merchant_Id=1&Gender=Womens&Section_Id=546&Product_Id=11454161&CatalogFlag=FloorSet&Section_Title=BagsandBelts&FromPage=Feature&ColorString=0427_7234_688
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2005 02:54:38 PM »

I would think you could macrame the outside and then line it.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2005 03:02:14 PM »

It's macrame weaved using about 40 different strands of Jute, and it would probably make you mental trying to do it. You'd have to start them all out on a loom or a long piece of dowl. Sad
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2005 09:00:39 PM »

*sigh*

i guess american eagle gets the last laugh...as i don't know anything about macrame, jute, dowls or looms...
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2005 09:22:42 PM »

Maybe you could make a knock off buy creating a pattern much like that one on some tan colored fabric, cutting out certian areas and lining it with pink fabric so the pink lining shows through the holes. The straps look like just some ribbon.
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2005 07:35:30 AM »

The main part of the pattern is a pretty simple basic macrame technique that you could learn easily.  The bigger knot patterns at the top might be trickier.  But the fact is that it would take you FOREVER.  $24.50 is more than I usually spend on a bag, but it's worth that, probably, for the work that would go into copying it, especially considering you'd also have to assemble it, make the lining, sew the zipper, etc.

You could maybe do a similar macrame bag with a bigger pattern and without the pretty intricate knots, but I think it would still take a fair amount of time.  I remember only the very basic macrame, from my 1970s childhood  Wink  It's not difficult, just a bit time-consuming.  I don't think you'd need a special loom or anything, you just need something to attach the jute to, like in the "olden days", you'd attach your jute/whatever directly to a pair of wooden handles.  This one looks like it might be attached to a looped piece of semi-small rope, like clothesline.  I'm not sure how they did the sides and bottom...

Seriously, I think it would be easier to just buy it.  The good news is that in trying to find a free macrame purse pattern online just now, I found that you can find vintage ones from the 70s for sale all over the web, and the most expensive one I saw was $15.  They're not exactly the same, but you may find another one you like.

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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2005 10:13:29 AM »

perhaps you could use crochet placemats.  i know that it wouldn't be as strong as the straw or macramae but you could get a similar look and say you made it yourself.  just the other day i saw some crochet placemats in michaels.  you could attach/sew the placemats to some pretty material that was solid in color.  in joann's they have the "belt material" for the strap.  they could have those at michaels too.   Wink

let us know what ya do!
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2005 01:57:20 PM »

Oh my. I have an old crocheted skirt that someone gave me. I've been trying to figure out what to do with it and now I know. Sorry it doesn't help you, but thanks for the lead.
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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2005 09:01:47 AM »

It would be pretty easy to make a similar bag by crocheting jute or hemp (if you happen to crochet...) and then just adding a lining, strap, etc. I don't know if that helps...
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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2005 09:09:43 AM »

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Oh my. I have an old crocheted skirt that someone gave me. I've been trying to figure out what to do with it and now I know. Sorry it doesn't help you, but thanks for the lead.

Can you post a picture when youre done?!? I'm interested in seeing how it comes out!
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