This project is going to be hard to explain, so I am just going to narrate what I did. It’s a market bag made out of braided newspaper. Braided newspaper is quite strong despite the flimsy character of newsprint. I started with quite a bit of braided newspaper.
I made two long strands tied together at the ends with twine to make the straps of my bag. I chose to weave the straps into the bag itself to give it more strength. I decided to use twine to keep the bag more natural. I would have chosen to use hot glue or masking tape in another project.
I then decided to flip the whole thing over, so my knots would be on the inside of the bag instead of the outside of the bag. The next step was to weave a piece over and under all the strands hanging down in order to make the sides.
The end result turned out to be quite large. It’s big enough to fit a lot of stuff on a trip to the farmers market, flea market, or wherever and it’s strong. I won’t be making one of these again for a while since it took so much time, effort, sweat, blood, and tears, well not tears, but definitely everything else. I busted open the cuticle on a couple of fingers while weaving this bag. In the end I ended up with a truly recycled project.