If (like me) you generally have about a half dozen knitting or crochet projects in the works and need something to contain them, furoshiki might be the answer (and you don’t need real furoshiki–you can use whatever squares of fabric you have around). And if (like, um, me) you have a tendancy to throw one or more of your projects into a great black hole of a purse where lace meets car keys and cashmere meets uncapped pens, furoshiki again might be the answer. Just tie up your projects in a pretty scarf before tossing them into your bag. Handkerchiefs can double as instant yarn bras, too–just tie one around a ball of yarn to minimize wear and tangles.
Instant bags are also appealing as an easy, unmessy kid-craft that make great props for games of make-believe.
Big Kid and I will share two of our favorite insta-bags with you. First up, Big Kid demonstrates The Back Pack:
Next is the Handle Bag, for which you will need two more-or-less round handles. I had a pair of bamboo handles from the craft store on hand, so we used those.
Start with your scarf wrong-side up. Pull the two corners of one end through the bag handle from underneath as shown.
Repeat for the other end of the scarf.
Sarah BarbourKnitting and crochet designer/teacher and stay-at-home mother to three lovely little girls. Recently relocated to Oregon from the Illinois and enjoying my new life as a West Coaster.
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