Introduction: Make Your Own Net Bag!

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My first instructable!

I have made nets for various projects around the house, Including a storage place for stuffed animals, bottle covers and the like, even a shirt once.

For this instructable I will be making a net bag. 

Living with other people and not wanting them to use up all my shampoo and soap, I made this nifty net bag to haul all my toiletries to and from the shower!

This bag is large enough to hold three bottles of shampoo, bottle of face wash, soap, and a razor with room for more due to its ability to stretch.

Enough jibba jabba, let's get started!

Step 1: ...What You Will Need...

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First you will need the supplies of course...

1 piece of scrap wood  (for a 'loom' if you will)
Cordage of your choosing.  (I used Jute 3 ply 28lb)
Screws, Nails or Some form of fastener.
1 Shuttle (Optional)

Just a suggestion before starting, get some gloves or some kind of finger tip protection.
After 3 hours of knotting a net your finger tips may become rather sore, moreso with the natural fibers such as jute or hemp. Nylon paracord or some nylon string is easier on t he hands.

Step 2: ...Setting Up Your 'Loom'...

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Setting this up is rather simple.

Start by putting four screws into the corners of your board and leave about 1/4 inch protruding.
Also, put a screw mid-point on both the top and bottom for more support later.

Once you have all the screws in, take some cordage and place it around the screws making a large square and then secure it tighlty by tying the ends together.

On to step 3...

Step 3: ...The 'Knot'...

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Here is the knot, the only knot you will need for this project.

It is called a larks head knot, if the picture is not clear enough for you to see how to do it. Here is a video.

Make friends with it you will be doing alot of these!

To start just get yourself a good length of cordage, about 6-9 feet.
Tie one end to whatever corner you want to start from and then decide how big you want your net holes.

On mine, the knots are roughly 1 inch apart, but you can make them as small or as large as you please!

On the second image I wanted to show the end of a row, is just like all the other loops, but is attached to the side with the larks head knot and then started on the second row.

Step 4: ...Keep on Tying...

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Here's a photo of about half way through I stopped for some refreshments, and to give my finger tips a break.

If this hasn't gotten tedious yet it will :D. The end results are worth it though I feel.

Keep on tying!

Step 5: ...Finishing the Net...

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Here as before you will use the larks head knot but this time you will do one on both sides from the net to the cord on the 'loom'.

Once you get it all secured just give it a good granny knot on the end so it doesn't come untied.

Remove your new net from the screws and there you go!

In the second image I took the lighter and burnt all the excess fuzz that accumulated from tying all the knots, and removed any excess string from ends for a nice neat appearance.

Step 6: ...Making the Bag

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Now for making the bag,  Fold your net in half onto itself (like closing a book) and match up all your sides and ends.

Once you have them together get yourself about 3 foot of cord for both sides, and tie it to one of the corners, and again here we go with the larks head or any other knot if your sick that one! :D

Make the larks head knot around the strings on the sides wrapping them together all the way down both sides.

Once you have your sides finished you can weave a draw string through the open top, and top it off with a wood bead (as shown) or anything else that strikes your fancy!

If you make one of these post me some pics I would love to see your creations!

               !~ Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoyed this, my first Instructable~!


cbaldwin5 (author)2014-05-11

As net freak, I'm impressed by board simplicity and burn off threads at end. Waytago!

The Metal One (author)2013-12-18

if you want perfect loops cut a knot gauge from cardboard, wood, or plastic. depending on size you want, make it proportional (1x6, 2x12, etc) to make keeping accurate mesh easy

okgasdude (author)2012-10-27

Thanks for the instructable dude! Used it to make a net for the soccer goal I made from PVC for my kiddos!

Royal Jade (author)2011-11-20

This is GREAT! I think I might make a bunch for Christmas bags or just shopping bags. =D Thank you so much for sharing. Hopefully I'll be able to make some soon.

mutantpoptart (author)Royal Jade2011-11-22

Sharing is caring lol These are good for just about everything :D

kris.robindale (author)2014-09-12

I'm actually going to try this to make a slow feeder hay net for my horses. Thank you for the instructions!!

did it work? I'm doing research for the same thing... hay nets!

VictoriaB19 (author)2017-05-04

Can't wait to give this one a try :) Thanks

SakuraWulf made it! (author)2015-06-09

Not a shower bag, but same steps. I just needed some kind of holder for my wooden bowl for renaissance faires. I think it turned out great :D

the_fire (author)2013-11-27

This is so cool! I will give these as Christmas presents.

RangerJ (author)2013-02-23

My grandfather used a similar method to knit the bottoms of crab nets out of twine. I am not exactly sure how, but I think your Instructable will give me enough of an idea to make a start at figuring it out.

Doohickey (author)2012-12-28

I'm thinking of combining this with the plastic yarn technique (making yarn out of plastic bags)... It may not be as strong, but I would dry quicker after a shower. Thanks for the idea!

nealwm (author)2012-03-14

Can this tying technique be used to construct a spider net for the hatch or cargo area of an auto or bed of a pick up truck? I wanted to construct my own spider net for the cargo area of my new car using 550 paracord that is color matched to the car and not just the basic black that is standard. This looks perfect for that but wanted to check before I get deep into the project only to find out that is will not work. And if a cord with some elasticity be used for the initial "frame" so it can be stretched into place when used (like a small tennis court net of sorts)? Thanks for the instruction.

mutantpoptart (author)nealwm2012-03-15

Also, I would recommend some heavier duty hardware to handle the tension from tightening the "frame" cord.

mutantpoptart (author)nealwm2012-03-15

This is the knot for the job, most people use a half hitch, but the end result is rather sloppy because it moves so much.

On the "frame" cord - being elastic you will want to tighten it as much as humanly possible to avoid it distorting while tying the net.

To do this I made a video of the truckers hitch. This will allow you to tighten the "frame" cord quite well if done properly.

welshwaters (author)2012-01-15

Brilliant and Thank you!

I have over 30 rabbits and was looking for a solution to hang up hay as the hay netting bags in the store cost a fortune I decided that I will follow your instructions and make them all an hay net bag each which saves the mess in the hutches and pens.

dak415173 (author)2011-12-02

was it hard for you at first to keep the loops even and straight or is that just me

mutantpoptart (author)dak4151732011-12-03

On the previous step in the comments there is a link to video of me tying the knots.

If you watch it you will see how I keep the loops even by keeping fingertips in the previous loop tied and the next loop i'm tying and kind of tugging it tight and lining them up with each other.

It's not always perfect but, it does keep them relatively straight.

mutantpoptart (author)dak4151732011-12-03

Nope, it's not just you, My first nets were a mess haha.

SasquatchKid (author)2011-10-07

Could i make this bigger with Paracord 550 into a hammock

Yes you can, This essentially is just a net folded and tied into a bag. You can make it as big as you like, It all depends on the "loom" size really - and the proper motivation lol.

It can get very tedious tying all the knots and getting them spaced right. If you adjust the spacing and size of the loops, I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem though.

I have made nets like this and used them to store things off the ceiling using only 20 lb hemp . Paracord would make an awesome hammock and It can surely take the weight of a person.

Are you the one who posted in the Q & A about the hammock bed?

d3monhax0r (author)2010-08-24

Awesome.... I tried using the legs of a chair but realized they were too thick so I put nails in cardboard and glued ( didn't have any wood =( )

mutantpoptart (author)d3monhax0r2010-08-30

whatever gets the job done eh?! :D Just about anything will work as long as you can make the framing! I just happened to have the wood lying around, I used to use my closet door. :D

jtalaiver (author)2010-07-04

This is an awesome first instructable... I am headed to the basement now to work on my own net bag...not even sure what it will hold yet but I want to weave one now! How about the shuttle I didn't see any posts about that...might make my own...

mutantpoptart (author)jtalaiver2010-07-04

I'm glad you like my insctructable! I tried my best to make a good one. :D As for the shuttle, I don't have one myself but, they are a big help. With a shuttle you could make this entire net much faster, and possibly with one piece of cordage instead of many like I used. Making your own would be best, I have searched for them in the local craft stores and the ones they carry are tiny plastic things that will no doubt break, and are not well suited for large projects. Here is an easy one to make... (see picture) If you have trouble with the sizing of your loops, you can use a flat piece of wood turned vertical inside the loop to keep them all at a uniform size. as before I did not use one of these either I just eyed them. Anyhow, I would love to see some pics of your finished bag and thank you for the nice comment!

jtalaiver (author)mutantpoptart2010-07-22

HERE IT IS!! Ok so first I tried with some nylon and synthetics... ended up finally getting around to some natural fibre and got a great result... i still need to weave into bag configuration but it is an epic net... :)

mutantpoptart (author)jtalaiver2010-07-23

NICE! Thanks for the picture! You ever made nets before? Is a really good job, my first nets looked like a drunk fisherman tied them!

jtalaiver (author)mutantpoptart2010-07-23

Well my first attempt was with the synthetic ropes which at least for me the knots didn't stick so well... But otherwise this was the first attempt... I did use my British army knife as a shuttle and that did help

EmmettO (author)mutantpoptart2010-07-05

How long is the shuttle pictured? I could blacksmith that shape pretty easily. It's a double ended two prong fork without the tines bent out.

mutantpoptart (author)EmmettO2010-07-05

That particular shuttle is about 8 inches, you could make it smaller or larger depending on your needs.

EmmettO (author)mutantpoptart2010-07-05

Cool! I always wanted to know how to make nets. Criminals beware!

SMBonante (author)2010-07-04

I think you need to expand your instructions on this one. Give a bit more detail on how the row is constructed. My husband and I tried for twenty minutes to figure out how to make a knot that is supposed to have two loose tails tie without both tails loose, and couldn't. All the searching we did on "Lark's Head Knot" showed us a knot with both ends of the string free. I think the concept is cool, but wasn't able to even start one beyond the loom setup because I couldn't get the knots to tie and stay tied. All I managed to do was a loop that would loosen and tighten randomly and wouldn't hold. Maybe someone else will have better luck than me!

mutantpoptart (author)SMBonante2010-07-05

Here is a link to a video of tying the knots I hope this helps!

SMBonante (author)mutantpoptart2010-07-05

THANKS! That clears up everything I was having problems with. I was trying with a ball of cotton yarn, but now I know I need to cut lengths off it. And now I understand how to work out the knot with one tail secured. I'll have to give this a try later! I'll be sure to post pictures of the finished product!

mutantpoptart (author)SMBonante2010-07-19

Would love to see pictures!

SMBonante (author)mutantpoptart2010-07-19

I haven't had a chance to try it yet, because of a wedding shower I needed to plan. However, now that it's over, I'll be able to sit down and work on a few projects. I'll be sure to post pics when I get it done!

Whales (author)2010-07-09

haha! I made it, i used a hemp string, because i found yarn/string wasn't very good. the only problem i have is that now my hands smell like it..

mutantpoptart (author)Whales2010-07-13

Sweet, got any photos of your finished bag?

Whales (author)mutantpoptart2010-07-17

i am taking it to Band camp with me, and will be back, hopefully with it, friday, Ill make sure to catch a shot of it there. I already got it packed up.

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