japanese bag

May 19th, 2009

I made another nursing bag for a friend (babies all over the place these days). This time I wanted to make a styley one from a japanese craft book I picked up a while back. Normally, I wouldn’t ever buy a book about bags, I mean it’s just a couple of rectangles sewn together, but of course this japanese one was too awesome to pass up. For all those in the midwest who are interested, I got mine at Mitsuwa outside Chicago. It’s a japanese supermarket/bookstore/cafe and it’s super close to Ikea, which just makes it even better. I know they say the diagrams in japanese craft books make them easy to understand, but really I think you need to know how to make it (whatever it is) before you start. This bag really is two rectangles sewn together, which I can do thankyouverymuch, but the circle detail is the cool part and I’ll be damned if I can figure out what the directions say. So I just made it up. I cut out the front piece slightly bigger than the back. Then sewed circles with the longest stitch on my machine. I pulled the bobbin thread to gather the circles a little–they don’t have to be perfect and really irregular gathers look better. Then I sewed around the circles again a bunch of times with contrasting thread to secure the gathers. I pressed it, then sewed the rest of the bag together. The other nice detail on this bag was the twisted handles. I think I “misread” the directions and pressed the seam of the handle to the middle, which sucks, it would look nicer if it was hidden on the edge, but whatever. I still think the idea of twisted handles is great and I’ll use it again for sure.

see more of the book here and here and here.

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8 Responses to japanese bag

  1. Victoria says:

    I like the stitched circles.

  2. Jenni says:

    oooh 2 comments in 2 days, but yep I love it.

  3. leeanne says:

    I love the bag and the emrpoidery book.! Such clever ideas..

  4. Kym says:

    I don’t know what it is, but I balk when it comes to sewing bags from Japanese books. Surely they’re easier than the softie and skirt I’ve managed to make? Like you said, they’re just rectangles. How could it possibly go wrong??

  5. kirsten says:

    what a clever yet simpled detail! love it.

  6. Karin says:

    stop it! :) you’re too good at this! super cool. love it. other shapes? my husband is an algebraic topologist and you have me thinking of cool shapes for a quilt…

  7. Ginger says:

    I love this bag. So cute!

  8. dorie says:

    Very cute, and thank you. Hints on good places to get Japanese craft books up near Chicago are most appreciated.