Nicole™ Crafts Potholder Tote Bag and Purse

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by Jenny Walsh, Nicole™ Crafts

Nicole™ Crafts Potholder Tote Bag and Purse

If you can make a potholder, you can make these cute bags. They're sure to be a hit with the girls. Weaving with a loom and crafting loops is a great beginner project for any child to learn how to follow a pattern to create something to be proud of!

Project Details

  • Level:easy
  • Time: 1-2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    To make small bag: Weave two potholders according to package instructions. Alternate three White loops and three color loops in both directions as shown.
  • 2
    Follow loom instructions to finish off edges in laced-edge style.
  • 3
    Place potholders together. Cut several White loops to form single strands. Use crochet hook to weave them through both potholders on both sides and bottom to form pouch.
  • 4
    Attach loops in six colors along bottom edge.
  • 5
    Thread one Blue loop through center top edge of back potholder. Attach wood bead to center front potholder using a loop threaded through the bead and tied on back side of potholder.
  • 6
    Create handle for bag by threading 12-14 loops into a chain as shown. Tie both ends to corners of pouch.
  • 7
    To make large bag: Weave eight multi-colored potholders.
  • 8
    Follow loom instructions to finish off edges in loop-edge style, using Pink yarn.
  • 9
    Lace edges together with Pink yarn to form two large squares with four potholders each.
  • 10
    Place large squares together and lace up edges on three sides.
  • 11
    Follow directions for small bag to attach wood bead fastener and handle, using 23 loops for the handle.
  • 12
    Gather together one loop each in all six colors. Use another loop to tie them together at the center. Cut loops to form fringe and attach to bag using center tie strands threaded through to the inside of the bag and knotted. Repeat for the other side.

Project Details

  • Level:easy
  • Time: 1-2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Plastic Weaving Loom and Hook 104263279
  • Wool Novelty Company Cotton Blend Weaving Loops 5 oz. Assorted Pastel 104260904
  • Nicole™ Crafts Wood Beads Large Multi-Color Mix 45 pcs. 104240859
  • Large-Eye Needle
  • Plastic Crochet Hook
  • Pink Yarn