Here is my Tokyo Tie-Bag – all of my April projects have been dedicated to Japanese style.
This Bag is from the book Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp. I will write a separate review about this book at a later date.
There is no sewing pattern included for this bag. There are only instructions, a diagram and measurements. The book’s measurements make a tiny bag so I increased them to make a bigger bag and drew my own paper pattern. There are 2 bag pieces (outer fabric) which are cut on the fold. I used two cotton fat quarters in an interesting purple print, sew-on interfacing for some stability and lined the bag. Though if you use a thicker outer fabric, you do not need interfacing.
If you click on the paper pattern image, you will see my own measurements. I have divided the bag into sections: Top, Middle and Body – the measurements differ according to each section. The width of the bag’s Body is 7″, the width at the middle is 3″, the width at the Top is 1 1/4″ and the length of the bag from Top to Bottom is 20″. I would add an extra 1″ to the length as the French seam at the bottom requires extra fabric. I hope this helps. The book has the full bag construction details.
As I used two fat quarters, I did not have enough fabric to make long ends to tie at the top. Therefore, I sewed the two top ends together with a crochet flower. I attached a snap fastener to the inside of the bag.
It is an easy (though do take care with the curves) and enjoyable bag to make, it just took me a bit of time to decide on the new measurements and to draw the pattern. I think it makes a lovely and unique gift for a friend.
If I make this bag again, I will ensure that I have more fabric to make the handles long enough to tie. I really do enjoy making bags and they take less time to make than a garment which is great if you do not have a lot of time.
Are you a bag-making lady?