Fluffy Shoulder Bag  

Size: 22cm (l) 32cm (w – top opening) 6cm (d)

This shoulder bag is making full use of the soft feel of the double gauze fabric. The featured fabric is obiko’s Birds and roses. The most noticeable characteristic of this bag is the bottom gusset. Mioko Sugino, the creator of the bag says, “By tucking the usual straight gusset, it can create a soft and feminine look.” The shoulder strap is just the right length for you to carry this bag over a thick winter coat.

Design & Work: Mioko Sugino


Fabric shown for this sample:
 obiko JG50510-1 (A)


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer fabric, Shoulder strap): 70cm×70cm
(Lining fabric): 50cm×60cm
□ Fusible interfacing: 10cm x 15cm
□ Button: one piece (2.2cm diameter)

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We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
I got the impression from this fabric that it is light and gentle. Somewhat nostalgic, the flowers and birds as accents are lovely and well balanced so I wanted to feature them for a large surface. The design uses the double gauze’s soft and gentle texture to its best advantage.

KF:Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The most noticeable characteristic of this bag is the bottom gusset. By tucking the usual straight gusset, it can create a soft and feminine look. This treatment allowed the simple straight stitches to have a round look overall.
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KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
The design is rather simple and it should not be difficult to make. If you are not comfortable with the button hole process, instead you can use a thin rope or ribbon to secure the button on the flap.

KF:How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
While this material and color are perfect for spring/summer clothing, it will also look lovely if you coordinate it with a lighter color coat or sweaters in fall/winter. Carrying it with something in white in winter is nice, too. The shoulder strap is just the right length for you to easily carry this bag over the sleeve of a thick winter coat.

KF:Thank you very much, Mioko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

Instructions

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Cut the fabrics based on the measurements.

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Adhere fusible interfacing on the reverse side of the flap fabric.

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Turn the fabric inside out and make the button hole.

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Make the shoulder strap. With the front sides facing outside, fold the fabric in four and sew five stitch lines.

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Make the outer bag and lining bag. With the front sides facing each other, sew around the bag leaving the top open. When sewing the outer bag, put the fabrics with the front sides facing each other, making sure that the design is in the right direction.

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Mark the gusset for 10cm. Fold it to shrink to 6cm. Cut off the excess fabric.

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Repeat the process for the lining bag to create the gusset.

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Turn only the outer bag inside out. Fold in the seam at the top opening for both outer bag and lining bag.

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With the front sides facing outside, put together the outer bag and lining bag. Place the shoulder strap and flap in between the bags and baste them. Sew all the way around at the top.

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Attach the button.

Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)
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