February 17, 2015
DIY Reversible Japanese Knot Bag
A few weeks ago a friend commissioned me to make her a couple of bags. She is a wonderfully talented crocheter and needed some bags to carry her projects in.
This is the first bag I made for her, a large messenger bag.
I completely meant to do a tutorial for it but I jumped in and started cutting and sewing before I remembered to take pictures! ARGH!! There goes my brain, again. :/
With the Japanese Knot Bag, I wanted a practice run before I made the real thing. That is what this one is.
WHAT I USED
1 yard main fabric
1 yard contrasting fabric
Paper bag to draw out the pattern
This Japanese Knot Bag is bigger than most of the ones you will see that are already out there.
This is where I free handed the pattern. I went through a couple before I got the one I thought would work the best.
The ONLY thing I would change would be the length of the handles. I think it would hang much better if at least the shorter handle was 2 inches shorter.
Cut 2 pieces from both fabrics.
With right sides together, pin and sew just where the red lines are.
Do this to both sets of pieces.
Trim the seam allowance down OR cut the curves.
I just trimmed it down to nearly nothing. It makes the curves look SO MUCH nicer.
Turn the lining right side out and slip it down into the main piece.
Now, pin and sew where the red line is.
Trim the seam allowance down OR cut the in the curves.
Turn the bag right side out, pushing the lining down inside.
Fold the edges in on themselves and press.
Pin and sew the handle edges closed.
Go back and top stitch the handles and the "neck" of the bag. If you like you can zigzag around the bottom curves of the handles. I did. I think it will make it sturdier.
Now you have a reversible Japanese Knot Bag!!!!!
Hopefully I will get the real bag done before this post goes live. It's been crazy around here, as normal. C&C have been sick since the middle of last week!! Now the rest of us are starting to get it. I don't think we have enough bathrooms to accommodate that!!!!