Hey, my friends, you have no idea how much effort it took me to write a post while being in Germany. It’s not easy when you aren’t at home but I managed to finally write about my new macrame feather purse charms which I made for my mom and myself. Macrame feathers are so fun and easy to make.
You know I like adding purse charms to my bags and last year I made a huge blue ombre stacked tassel. This macrame feather is similar to a tassel but adds more boho charm to your outfit or home decor. You can even make a wall hanging out of a grouping of macrame feathers.
If you are new around here and like easy macrame craft projects with simple knots then you can see my macrame garland, macrame earrings, macrame plant hanger, macrame wreath, macrame leaf, or macrame wrapped agate stone tutorial on my blog as well.
Let me show you what I did to make my macrame feathers…
How to make macrame feathers
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- macrame yarn (I use this one HERE and HERE)
- sharp scissors (I like using hair cutting scissors HERE)
- wood beads (example HERE and HERE)
- hair comb or brush (I love using a comb in combination with a wire pet brush)
- fabric stiffening spray or spray starch (optional)
If you don’t have macrame yarn, you could also use wool, rope, or any other cords you have laying around the house. Another cute idea is to use different colors to create more texture and variations for each feather. I only used gray and ivory macrame cord for my macrame feathers.
DIY Macrame Feather Instructions:
You can read below or watch my short macrame feather video tutorial below. If that isn’t loading then you can also check it out on my YouTube channel:
I made my purse charms rather large because I want to make a statement and I like them that way. If you remember my tassels are all rather large as well. That’s simply the way I like it. If that’s not your thing then you can certainly make them smaller as well.
I started out by using a piece of macrame cord that is about 20 inches long. Fold that in half and lay it on a clean surface as shown below. This will be the piece that creates the spine of the feather.
And you also need two pieces of yarn that are around 8 inches long and folded in half as well. This is the perfect project to use all your leftover scraps from other macrame projects.
One of the shorter strands should be placed under the longer piece the way I’m showing in the below photo. You can see the entire flow in my video above.
Place the other short string on top and loop the ends through the tops. This is actually called a square knot.
Pull it all tight. You can push these knots up to where you want them and as tightly together as you want.
Then knot the bottom/end of the long string so the square knot can slide out of the bottom.
After that, you need to keep stacking the square knots to achieve the length you want.
I made my feathers around 10 to 12 inches long.
after you are done stacking the square knots you need to unravel the macrame yarn and comb it.
I love doing this part while watching a Netflix show. It’s calming to me. I know…I’m odd 😉
When you unraveled and combed the left side and right side of the macrame feather then you should end up with something like you see below
Now it is time for trimming the ends of the cording to create the shape of the feather.
And at the end, you can slip a wooden bead at the end of the string.
You can spray the macrame feather with fabric stiffener to make sure it doesn’t lose its shape. I do not recommend using hairspray though because it ends up being way too sticky. When the fabric stiffener has dried completely then you can brush the macrame feather again and see if you need to trim the edges again.
And voila, you have a pretty oversized macrame feather that you can use as an accessory.
Bay the way, I bought the dress in two colors for under $25 and love it (HERE and HERE). Unfortunately, I bought the dark dress for my mom (haha) and she loves it too, so I have to give it up as intended even though I don’t want to. The bag is from Loft a couple of years ago and unfortunately not available anymore.
The raffia bag is my mom’s and is perfect for the oversized macrame feather. I made the dark one for her and she is keeping it on that bag. If you want a similar one then you can find really great options HERE on Etsy.
But I also like hanging purse charms on doorknobs or cabinets:
Also, check out my easy macrame garland below.
You might also like these other projects of mine:
I think next I will make a wallhanging that has several different-sized feathers on it. I love the look, don’t you?