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Knotty and Nice Bags




If you love the look of silk scarves but feel they're a little too Rhoda Morgenstern to wear with some of your outfits, these bags are the perfect repurpose.

With a few easy twists and a couple of basic knots, a scarf or fabric square becomes a waist pack, shoulder sack, or handbag.


  • For Bangle Bag and Waist Pack: 22-inch scarf
  • For Knotted Bag: 32-inch scarf
  • For Waist Pack: Two belt loops
  • For Bangle Bag: 2 bangles


  1. Step 1

    Lay the scarf face up. Slip two adjacent corners through a bangle from the front, and pull the ends out to opposite sides.

  2. Step 2

    Wrap the corners around to the front of the bangle, and tie the corners in a square knot (right over left, left over right).

  3. Step 3

    Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the other side of the scarf and a second bangle. Tuck billows inward, and pull on the scarf to "inflate" it.

  4. Step 4

    Lay the scarf facedown. Pull one of the corners through one hand to create a tail about one-third the length of the side; tie a knot.

  5. Step 5

    Repeat the same tail-knotting on the scarf's other three corners.

  6. Step 6

    For handles, tie the upper two tails together in a square knot (right over left, left over right); repeat with the lower two tails.

  7. Step 7

    Although it may not be P.C. in some circles to call this bag a fanny pack, it can always use an update. And the more style you give it, the fewer tourist jokes can follow you both around. Hold scarf, face in, between two belt loops. Thread left corner through left loop, and right corner through right loop.

  8. Step 8

    Tie the dangling corner on the left side to the belt-looped corner above it in a square knot. Repeat on the right side.

Blueprint, Volume 1 Summer 2006



Reviews (18)

  • Debbielovestosew 14 Aug, 2010

    I'm going into business with this bag. So easy thanks alot

  • AuntieCraftie 5 Mar, 2009

    I love this, and it is so simple. I will definitely be making these.

  • barlillis 3 Mar, 2009

    Thanks for turning me on to the Japanese Furoshiki videos - Amazing what one can do with a square of cloth ... I just googled "Japanese Furoshiki" and came up with lots of sites - and followed the thread to the you tube videos. - Or go straight to You Tube and type in Japanese Furoshiki .... Enjoy

  • chefette86 3 Mar, 2009

    You press ctrl and the plus sign to make the screen larger, and ctrl with the minus sign to bring it back (make it smaller).

  • goodthing2 3 Mar, 2009

    How do you use Ctrl to make the graphics larger?

  • sugoi 2 Mar, 2009

    These are actually made of cotton fabric for daily use and are based on the Japanese Furoshikii. (Wrapping Cloth). There are many ways to wrap these up based on the intended use. Pop the word into google and you will come across some interesting sites. I think there is even a how to video to make this type of bag on youtube. There is also a few sites that list about 20 different ways to tie these up. All with step by step directions. The furoshikii makes and excellent gift wrap.

  • kgraceshiv 2 Mar, 2009

    I'm glad I saved my old scarves! Great Idea!

  • rskelton63 2 Mar, 2009

    Great idea for vacations!

  • lilacpop 2 Mar, 2009

    Wow, these have been really good lately!

  • dramatoad 2 Mar, 2009

    You could add two oblong scarves/fabric to extend the "handles" into a shoulder sack.

  • luuvely 2 Mar, 2009

    suuper cute! im totally going to use this idea in the spring and summer! :)

  • Petronella2008 2 Mar, 2009

    The perfect waist pack to take along when hiking the trails this summer!!!

  • Jennie925 2 Mar, 2009

    :) Agreed! (and do you know you can do Ctrl to make it larger? I love this trick!

  • dcruey 2 Mar, 2009

    This is a great idea and I'll use it, but I think the graphics should be a little larger for those of us who have aging eyes.

  • carolyneg 2 Mar, 2009

    I think this is great! It is easy and I can use something I already have!
    Wonderful idea.

  • Anna1986 13 Feb, 2009

    I tried it.. and I made it! ^.^
    It's easy, trendy and cheap way to always be IN. Since I'm a student, it's important for things to be long lasting and cheap (hard combination), with this idea I caa really make it happen...

  • jhutchings 25 Jan, 2008

    Silk can almost be too thin for regular daily use. Line it with another solid color scarf, a large napkin , a scrap of fabric (bind edges w/ fusible tape). Catch the lining in the corner knots. If the same size just put the lining fabric inside the outer scarf to tie handles. Lining helps the wear nn n n n n n tear if it's to be as a scarf again. Line it with washable fabric for ease. Denim-picnics, camping or everyday, terrycloth- tub toys, wool-winter, linen-summer, fleece-winter vacation. Endless!!

  • sharonyr 16 Jan, 2008

    this is such a cute idea i found lots of scarfs at garage sales for all my outfits try it its fun