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Knotty and Nice Bags

Photography: Formula Z/S

Source: Blueprint, Summer 2006


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

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

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

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