Ribbon Bag

Size: Bag 20cm (l) 30cm (w) Ribbon 18cm (w) about 112cm (l)

The first day of spring has come, yet the weather is still chilly. The featured project, a bag with a bright-colored ribbon, is a perfect way to let you first sense the spring! The ribbon and lining fabric use Odokete Aruku from Koto Thouin, a soft and fluffy light cotton/linen dobby. Koto Thouin’s designer, Kurara Omichi is a grand prize winner of the 4th Kokka Textile Print contest. Reflecting Omichi’s bold and unique sense of design, it is definitely a new brand to watch!

Design & Work: Anriko


Fabric shown for this sample:
  (Bag lining fabric, Ribbon) Koto Thouin JG29020-1B


Materials:
□ Fabric (Bag outer fabric, Opening fabric, Handle, Loop): 80cm×40cm
(Bag lining fabric): 110cm wide×90cm
□ Fusible interfacing: 40cmx10cm

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We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
It is soft and fluffy with sheen. I wanted to use it for something decorative.

It is soft and fluffy with sheen. I wanted to use it for something decorative.
While the weather is still cold, it is starting to feel like spring. By choosing the most vibrant colors of this series, I thought the bag would brighten up your mood. The dark blue on the bag creates a clear contrast, accentuating all the colors.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
Both belt and loop serve as an accent of the bag. If you like, you can just attach a soft-looking ribbon without the loop.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
On the sample photo, the ribbon is tied on the side. Placing it in the center can create a girly look. Carry it with your white-accented outer wear to enjoy a spring-like coordination.

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

Instructions

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Instead of gussets, darts are added to make a rounder shape.

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Outer fabric, lining fabric, handle and belt loop are all sewn together along with the opening fabric. Basting the small parts prior to sewing can reduce making mistakes.

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Stitching is applied all the way around the top opening. The ribbon in the front will hide most of the stitchlines.

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Finished. You can arrange the ribbon loosely, or twist it a little like the sample in this photo.

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