How to Make a Macrame Keychain


Macrame as a craft is increasing in popularity again after a lull in the interest of the art. During the 60's and 70's, Macrame had almost as large a following as crochet or quilting. Many are returning to the craft as new and unique designs are created. A macrame key chain is not a new design; however, it is a quick and easy project for a beginner.

Things You'll Need

  • 2" Keyring
  • 3' Macrame yarn (polypropylene or natural jute)
  • Macrame board
  • T pins
  • Scissors
  • 16mm Wooden or ceramic bead
  • Cut the cord into two 16-inch lengths.

  • Fold both cords in half and pull through the key ring. You should have four lengths hanging from the key ring in approximately equal lengths.

  • Make a square knot using the two outside cords, over the two middle cords. See image. Tighten the knot up against the key ring.

  • Repeat step 3 until you reach the desired length for your key chain. This is called a square knot sinnet.

  • Thread the two middle cords through the bead. Slide the bead tightly up against the square knot sinnet. With the outside left and outside right cords, make a square knot tightly underneath the bead to hold the bead in place.

  • Gather all cords together and place an overhand knot tightly up against the square knot under the bead. Cut the remaining cord to a desired length.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add increasing larger beads throughout the key chain. This makes a great defensive weapon!

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