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How to Make a Square Motif Purse Using a Rainbow Loom

Updated on June 01, 2014
Rainbow Loom Square Motif Purse
Rainbow Loom Square Motif Purse | Source

One of my favorite YouTube channels is feelinspiffy. Ellen Carpenter combines her love for crochet with her design ideas, something I really appreciate as a fellow crocheter. The idea for this project came with the idea of making a bigger square to form a motif and using that motif to create a purse. Since I only have one loom, I had to join smaller pieces to make a bigger square.

This hub is a tutorial on how to make a Square Motif Purse using the Rainbow Loom. Since one of the components I used for the motif needs a straight pegged loom, this is only possible to make using looms with removable components.

Materials

  • Rainbow Loom;
  • Hook;
  • 1 Button or Bead; and
  • Approximately 780 Rubber Bands (plus or minus, depending on how you sew your pieces together).

How to Make a Square Motif

Step 1:

Make 8 Lacy Heart Charms from feelinspiffy's YouTube tutorial. Try using different colors for each heart to make a unique look. I made 4 pairs of hearts with different color schemes to make the front and back match. These hearts will serve as corners for the motif and will be sewn together in a later step. Here is a link to the video tutorial by Ellen Carpenter:

Step 2:

Next, make 2 Large Granny Squares by following feelinspiffy's YouTube tutorial on One Loom Large Granny Square Bracelet. Make sure you do 2 separate squares (one square at a time) since it will be used to fill the hole that the hearts make when joined together. Here is the video for the tutorial:

Once you've done these two steps, you'll end up with these components:

8 Lacy Hearts and 2 Granny Squares
8 Lacy Hearts and 2 Granny Squares | Source

Step 3:

You now need to lay out the pieces so you can start sewing them together. Here is a photo on how the layout should look like:

Here is how you will lay out the components. I already sewed one motif in this photo using 1 rubber band for each new stitch, but I ended up tearing it off since it was too thick for my taste.
Here is how you will lay out the components. I already sewed one motif in this photo using 1 rubber band for each new stitch, but I ended up tearing it off since it was too thick for my taste. | Source

Line up the pieces while sewing together. I allotted 3 bands for the sides where 2 hearts meet and 4 bands for where a heart and a square meet. I used Craft Life's technique for sewing by stretching 1 band over many stitches before attaching a new band. Here are some more photos for this process:

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Insert your hook through both pieces that you are trying to sew together.Pull a band through and insert your hook on the other end of the band to hold it in place. Pull the loop through the other end to form a slip knot.Repeat the steps as you go through all the sides that need sewing.Here is what it should look like after sewing the components together. The "wrong" side is the side where you sewed the pieces together. For the next step, we will still be working on this side.
Insert your hook through both pieces that you are trying to sew together.
Insert your hook through both pieces that you are trying to sew together. | Source
Pull a band through and insert your hook on the other end of the band to hold it in place. Pull the loop through the other end to form a slip knot.
Pull a band through and insert your hook on the other end of the band to hold it in place. Pull the loop through the other end to form a slip knot. | Source
Repeat the steps as you go through all the sides that need sewing.
Repeat the steps as you go through all the sides that need sewing. | Source
Here is what it should look like after sewing the components together. The "wrong" side is the side where you sewed the pieces together. For the next step, we will still be working on this side.
Here is what it should look like after sewing the components together. The "wrong" side is the side where you sewed the pieces together. For the next step, we will still be working on this side. | Source

Step 4:

Sew the sides together, making sure that the wrong sides are still facing outward.

Once you finish sewing the sides, add a button by inserting broken rubber bands through the holes and tying knots on the inside of the bag to secure the button. I used 2 broken bands I found in the teal pack, instead of cutting 2 perfectly good rubber bands for this step. I hate throwing the broken bands out and figured this would be a good use for them.

Turn the bag inside out so the right sides are now facing outward and the seams are hidden inside. Here are some more photos for this step:

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Here is what my button looked like when I inserted 2 broken bands through the holes. I wanted to mimic the look of a button so I made the bands form an X.Back of the button.Once you have decided on where to place the button, pull the broken bands through the wrong side of the purse and tie knots to secure it in place.Here is what the purse should look like after this step. The purse was already turned inside out so the button is now outside, as well as the right side of the motif.
Here is what my button looked like when I inserted 2 broken bands through the holes. I wanted to mimic the look of a button so I made the bands form an X.
Here is what my button looked like when I inserted 2 broken bands through the holes. I wanted to mimic the look of a button so I made the bands form an X. | Source
Back of the button.
Back of the button. | Source
Once you have decided on where to place the button, pull the broken bands through the wrong side of the purse and tie knots to secure it in place.
Once you have decided on where to place the button, pull the broken bands through the wrong side of the purse and tie knots to secure it in place. | Source
Here is what the purse should look like after this step. The purse was already turned inside out so the button is now outside, as well as the right side of the motif.
Here is what the purse should look like after this step. The purse was already turned inside out so the button is now outside, as well as the right side of the motif. | Source

Step 5:

Add a button closure by working the single chain pattern on the other side of the bag. Make sure it is the right size to hold the button securely in place.

Add a strap by placing your hook on one side of the bag and pulling through 2 rubber bands and continuing to work double single chains until you reach your desired length. You have the option to make a short strap for a wristlet or a longer strap for a handbag. Attach the end of the chain to your desired location by working a slip knot that goes through both the first chain and the last chain. Tuck in all the loose ends and you are finally done! Here are some photos for this step:

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Secure the single chain in place by adding a slip knot through both the first and last chains.You can choose to attach it to the opposite side to form a handbag instead of a wristlet. I tried using a different method for the button closure in the photo, so it looks a bit different from the finished project.
Secure the single chain in place by adding a slip knot through both the first and last chains.
Secure the single chain in place by adding a slip knot through both the first and last chains. | Source
You can choose to attach it to the opposite side to form a handbag instead of a wristlet. I tried using a different method for the button closure in the photo, so it looks a bit different from the finished project.
You can choose to attach it to the opposite side to form a handbag instead of a wristlet. I tried using a different method for the button closure in the photo, so it looks a bit different from the finished project. | Source

I hope you have fun making this Square Motif Purse. Admittedly, it does take a long time for the project to finish, but the result is definitely worth it.

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