Burlap Potli Bags

Saturday, September 12, 2020

DIY steps for Potli bags

Burlap Potli Bags

Potli bags are one of those fashion essentials that you just can’t live without having one. What’s more interesting to know is they double up as unmistakable decor elements for your rooms as well.

Although they look intricate, making them on your own isn’t challenging. Certainly not with the easy-peasy DIY steps I’ve shared below:

1) Get ready with all the essentials

Having everything that’s needed for this project will help make this DIY journey a smooth-sailing one. You’ll need:

  • Burlap fabric
  • Thread with colour that matches burlap fabric
  • A pair of scissors
  • A ruler/scale
  • Straight pins/embroidery pins
  • Sewing needle
  • A pen
  • A comb
  • Beads
  • Punching tool
  • Grommet setting kit
  • Macrame cords

Burlap Potli Bags

2) Get the basic potli bag layout right

Take the burlap fabric and fold it into half. Since the folded crease of the fabric will become the base of the bag, take 17 by 17 cm measurement vertically and parallelly from the fold using a ruler. Using a pen, mark where the two points meet and draw two lines.

Burlap Potli Bags

Use the lines as the reference to cut the fabric.

Burlap Potli Bags

3) Prepare the drawstring channel

Take the two free ends of the fabric (opposite ends of the folded crease) and fold them outwards.

Burlap Potli Bags

Use a couple of straight pins to temporarily secure them in place and using sewing thread and needle. Repeat this for the other side of the fabric.

Burlap Potli Bags

4) Close both sides of the bag

To close the two remaining sides of the bag, mark lines that are close to the edges. When sewing on these lines, make sure to avoid the drawstring channels so that you don’t close them off.

Burlap Potli Bags

5) Fold the bag inside out

Keep the markings and stitches concealed by folding the bag inside out.

Burlap Potli Bags

6) Insert the drawstring

Insert the drawstring in the bag the easy way by wrapping a bit of sticky tape on one end of the string, this will make the string end firm.

Burlap Potli Bags

Latch a safety pin on the same end and use it to guide the string through the channel.

Burlap Potli Bags

7) Make a loop with the drawstring

After inserting the drawstring through one channel, loop it into the other drawstring channel.

Burlap Potli Bags

Once done, both ends of the drawstring should be free at one side.

Burlap Potli Bags

Take another drawstring and insert it the same way as before but from the reverse side so that they occupy the channel ends opposite to the first ends.

Burlap Potli Bags

Burlap Potli Bags

8) Punch holes in the bag

Use a pen to mark 8 holes below the drawstring channel.

Burlap Potli Bags

Use a puncher (punching machine) to punch the holes.

Burlap Potli Bags

9) Secure the holes

Insert grommet rings in all the 8 holes using a grommet plier. If it’s your first time doing this, make sure that the base of the grommet is inside. Make sure to punch the grommet on all the 8 holes.

Burlap Potli Bags

Burlap Potli Bags

10) Tie macrame cords to the bag

Take macrame cords and loop them through the grommet holes using the lark’s head knot.

Burlap Potli Bags

Make sure that all the cords measure 45 cms in length.

Burlap Potli Bags

11) Make a woven-like design with the macrame cords

Give a woven tapestry-like design to the bag by knotting the macrame cords. Take the first 4 cords (of the first 2 knots) and knot them by following this pattern.

Burlap Potli Bags

Burlap Potli Bags

Sequentially repeat the knot pattern for the remaining group of 4 cords.

Burlap Potli Bags

Arrange the last 2 and first 2 cords of the knots and follow the previous knot pattern.

Burlap Potli Bags

Repeat this for the remaining split cord groups.

Burlap Potli Bags

After you run out of the cord split combinations, the overall knot design should resemble a V shape.

Burlap Potli Bags

12) Give a final touch-up to the knot design

Add a stylish border to the V-shaped knot design by taking the first cord as the anchor cord. Tie the second cord in a loop-like knot twice.

Burlap Potli Bags

Tie every other cord with the anchor cord.

Burlap Potli Bags

Once done, repeat the same process for the other side of the V-shaped knot.

Burlap Potli Bags

Make sure to close off and secure the point where the 2 outermost cords meet. I recommend tying two knots.

Burlap Potli Bags

13) Trim the remaining cords

Trim the remaining cords in a V shape to give the design a clean look.

Burlap Potli Bags

Brush open the cords using a comb.

Burlap Potli Bags

14) Wrap it up with beads

The final step of this DIY project is to insert beads on the drawstrings. Make the drawstring ends firm by taping them. Doing this will help you easily insert the string through the beads.

Burlap Potli Bags

Burlap Potli Bags

After inserting all the beads on all 4 drawstring ends, cut the taped ends.

Burlap Potli Bags

Tie a knot on every string so that the beads don’t fall off.

Burlap Potli Bags

Brush the open ends of the drawstrings to complete the overall look of the potli bag.

Burlap Potli Bags

Burlap Potli Bags

Use the potli bag the way you want

You can use the potli bag as your mini drawstring bag. As a decor element, this potli bag works wonders in adding a sense of warmth and texture to your rooms’ overall look.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY project. Watch out this space for more as I post weekly DIY projects.

You can also hop on to my YouTube channel for DIY’s and makeovers:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4zeUGzp_ms723IaBlCBdYg/videos
Till then stay creative!

Supplies Required:

3mm Macramé Cord - https://amzn.to/2ASK1Ao

Scissors - https://amzn.to/3jdCE7Q

Burlap Cloth - https://amzn.to/2WBtM27

Hole Punch Tool and Grommet Setting Kit - https://amzn.to/3hsnVED

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