So visually alluring and tactiley pleasing, our Two-Piece Woven Bag serves as a daily reminder of the beauty in natural materials and handmade objects.

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The eponymous “two pieces” are two woven strips that you whip up on Schacht Spindle Co’s Cricket Loom, a super simple rigid heddle loom that fits right on your kitchen table. Woven in a nice, dense weft-faced plain weave, you sew the two strips together to create this sturdy boxy tote.

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For the warp we used our Cotton Pure and for the weft our Field Linen, both made for wear. Get them together with our Two-Piece Woven Bag Bundle, available in three classic palettes: Coral White (shown here), Salt Marsh, and Black Sand.

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With its seriously chic shape and pretty fringe detail on the inside lip, we love the freshness and originality of this little beauty. It’s also pretty amazing what you can make with your own two hands!

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Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

  • Purl Soho’s Two-Piece Woven Bag Bundle. We used the palette Coral White, which includes…
    • Warp Yarn: 2 skeins of Purl Soho’s Cotton Pure, 100% Pima cotton. We used Egret White.
    • Weft Yarn: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Field Linen, 100% linen. We used Queen Anne’s Lace.

The Bundle is also available in two other pretty palettes…

Salt Marsh

Warp Yarn: Cotton Pure in Silver Fern

Weft Yarn: Field Linen in Silver Thistle

Black Sand

Warp Yarn: Cotton Pure in Black Sand

Weft Yarn: Field Linen in Black Willow

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Structure

Weft-Faced Plain Weave

Warp For Front + Back Panel

Warp Length: 52 inches

Warp Ends: 86

Width in Reed: 10 ¾ inches

Ends Per Inch (E.P.I.): 9 ½

Picks Per Inch (P.P.I.): 12

Warp For Strap Panel

Warp Length: 65 inches

Warp Ends: 48

Width in Reed: 6 inches

Ends Per Inch (E.P.I.): 9 ½

Picks Per Inch (P.P.I.): 12

Size

  • Finished Dimensions of Woven Strips:
    • Front + Back Panel: 9 inches wide x 25 inches long
    • Strap Panel: 5 inches wide x 37 inches long
  • Finished Dimensions of Bag:
    • Front/Back Panel of Bag: 9 inches wide x 10 inches high
    • Base of Bag: 9 inches wide x 5 inches deep
    • Side Panels: 5 inches deep x 10 inches high
    • Straps: 5 inches wide x 17 inches long, with an 8 ½-inch handle drop

Notes

Construction

You will weave this bag in two panels that will each require its own warp.

Fabric

The fabric for this bag is very tightly woven. To achieve such a dense fabric beat each row two or three times, using more force than usual. The weft threads in the middle of the woven panel may require some manual beating to keep the threads aligned. Use your fingers or a Tapestry Beater to beat down the weft in the center of the panel as needed.

Cricket Loom Tips

Cricket Looms come with a very user-friendly instructional booklet that walks you through every step of the weaving process, from assembling the loom to tying the fringe. For even more guidance, check out our Cricket Loom Tips.

Pattern

Front + Back Panel

Warp The Loom

NOTE: One warp end refers to two strands of the Warp Yarn. When warping the loom, thread the warp through every slat and every hole of the reed. The two strands of yarn are treated as one warp end throughout the weaving.

Set up the warping peg 52 inches from the front of the loom, which is at the front edge of the table.

Using the 8-dent reed that comes with the Cricket Loom and the Warp Yarn, begin threading the heddle by pulling the first loop of yarn through the 8th slat from the right end of the reed.

Working from right to left, thread the Warp Yarn through the next hole of the dent. Continue to thread every slat and every hole of the reed until you have a total of 86 warp ends, i.e. 43 slats and 43 holes, each threaded with 2 strands of yarn.

Follow the Cricket Loom instructions to wind the warp onto the back beam and tie on. Ignore the instructions for threading the warp through the reed. For this project, there is no need to do this step since you already threaded the reed. To finish, tie the warp onto the front apron bar, leaving about 12 inches of loom waste yarn for finishing.

Weave

With scrap yarn, weave a couple of inches until the warp threads are evenly spread out.

Beginning with the reed in the up position, pass the shuttle through the shed from left to right. (There is no need to leave a long tail for finishing.)

Continuing with the Weft Yarn, weave in weft-faced plain weave for 25 inches, beating each row with extra vigor two or three times to create a weft dominant plain weave (see Notes).

Cut the Weft Yarn, leaving a 15-inch tail for finishing.

Cut the Warp off the loom leaving at least 12 inches of warp for finishing.

Strap Panel

Warp The Loom

NOTE: As for the Front + Back Panel, one warp end refers to two strands of the Warp Yarn. When warping the loom, thread the warp through every slat and every hole of the reed. The two strands of yarn are treated as one warp end throughout the weaving.

Set up the warping peg 65 inches from the front of the loom, which is at the front edge of the table.

Using the 8-dent reed that comes with the Cricket Loom and the Warp Yarn, begin threading the heddle by pulling the first loop of yarn through the 18th slat from the right end of the reed.

Working from right to left, thread the Warp Yarn through the next hole of the dent. Continue to thread every slat and every hole of the reed until you have a total of 48 warp ends, i.e. 24 slats and 24 holes, each threaded with two strands of yarn.

Follow the Cricket Loom instructions to wind the warp onto the back beam and tie on. Omit the instructions for threading the warp through the reed, then tie onto the front apron bar, leaving about 12 inches of loom waste yarn for finishing.

Weave

Weave as you did the Front + Back Panel for 37-inches.

Cut the Warp off the loom leaving at least 12 inches of warp for finishing.

Finish

Hem The Woven Panels

First establish which side of the Strap Panel will be the outside of the bag, i.e. the right side, and which will be in the inside of the bag, i.e. the wrong side.

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Thread a tapestry needle with the second warp end from the right (remember that this is 2 strands of the Warp Yarn).

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With the right side facing you and orienting the Strap Panel vertically, insert the tapestry needle, from right to wrong side, 6 weft rows down and in line with the threaded warp end.

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Bring the tapestry needle, from wrong to right side, up over the top of the Strap Panel and insert it back into the same spot as the previous step. Make sure the 2 strands of Warp Yarn are neat and untwisted, and do not pull them tight. Instead, leave a small loop.

Turn the Panel over, and insert the needle from right to left through the loop you just created and pull through, leaving another small loop. Pull on the second loop to tighten the first one.

Now thread the tapestry needle through the remaining loop and pull tightly to create a small knot. If the knot is sticking out a little, pull each strand of the Warp Yarn individually to tighten up the knot so it’s nice and tidy.

Flip the Strap Panel over, right side facing you, and continue wrapping and tying each warp end, moving from right to left until the last warp end. Now all the warp ends are secure except the first and last ends.

For the first and last warp end, repeat the knotting technique, but instead of bringing the needle over the top of the Panel, bring it around the selvage side.

Weave in the Weft Yarn tail.

Repeat this process with the other end of the Strap Panel and with both ends of the Front + Back Panel.

Once all edges of the Panels are finished, soak the Panels in warm water for about 15 minutes, squeeze out the excess water, and lay them flat to dry.

Cut the warp ends, leaving a 1-inch fringe.

Seam The Bag

Attach One End Of The Strap Panel

Lay the Front+ Back Panel flat with the right side facing you, oriented vertically. Place a safety pin or stitch marker 10 inches from the top edge on both the right and left selvages. Then do the same 10 inches from the bottom edge.This marks 5 inches at the center of the Panel, which will become the base of the bag.

With the right side of the fabric facing you, align one end of the Strap Panel with the 5-inch center space of the Front + Back Panel at the right selvage.

Mattress Stitch the end of the Strap Panel to the 5-inch space. Here’s how…

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Step 1: Thread a 2-yard piece of Weft Yarn onto a tapestry needle. Sew the needle through the first wrap end at the bottom edge of the Strap Panel. Leave a 30-inch tail for seaming later.

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Step 2: Sew the needle through the first selvage stitch directly above the marker on the right edge of the Front + Back Panel.

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Step 3: Sew the needle through the next wrap end on the Strap Panel, directly above the one from Step 1.

Continue seaming the two Panels back and forth like this until you have seamed across the entire end of the Strap Panel. Do not cut the yarn.

NOTE: Just like mattress stitch seam in knitting, the seaming can be left loose and then pulled tight periodically as you progress.

Turn The First Corner

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With the same yarn threaded on the tapestry needle, continue by mattress stitching the top edge of the Strap Panel to the right selvage of the Front + Back Panel. This will create a crease that becomes a corner.

Once you reach the top of the Front + Back Panel, stitch through the top corner 2 or 3 times to tack it down. Then insert the tapestry needle into the warp ends at the top inside edge of the bag, leaving a small loop. Insert your tapestry needle though the loop and pull tight to create a knot, the same way you created the knots for the warp ends. Weave the end into the seam.

Turn The Second Corner

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Thread the 30-inch tail that was left at the start of the Strap Panel seam onto a tapestry needle. As for the first corner, mattress stitch the bottom of the Strap Panel to the remaining right selvage of the Front + Back Panel. Finish as before.

One side of the bag is now seamed!

Repeat

Align the other end of the Strap Panel with the 5-inch center space on the left selvage of the Front + Back Panel. Be careful not to twist the Strap Panel!

Repeat as for the right selvage, seaming first the end of the Strap Panel, then turning the first corner and seaming to the top, then turning the second corner and seaming to the top.

Tack Down The Strap

Cut a 12-inch piece of the Weft Yarn and thread it onto a tapestry needle. Find the top center of the Strap Panel (about 8 1/2 inches from the top of the bag) and place a marker. Fold the Strap inward at this point, aligning its edges. Starting 1 inch from the marker, whipstitch the two edges together for 2 inches. This makes a folded section at the center of the Strap that is half as wide as the rest of the Strap.

Tidy Up

Weave in all remaining ends, then give the bag a second blocking to straighten out the seam, as well as relax the fabric. All done!

Two-Piece Woven Bag | Purl Soho

Two-Piece Woven Bag | Purl Soho