Drawstring Bag with Handles – Sewing Instructions

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Handy for keeping small articles, a drawstring bag is now transformed into a large key fashion piece that can complement your styling. The bag’s impactful outer fabric is from uremos,
a series by the Kaga Yuzen (dyeing) artist, Daisuke Yoshimoto. Utilizing the representative Kaga Yuzen technique known as Itome, the accented white outline creates a modern look of the beautiful elements of nature.

Design & Work:Yui Tamaki


Fabric shown for this sample: uremos EKA-1060-1A


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer Fabric, Handle): 110cm wide x 50cm
(Lining Fabric (Artificial Leather)): 90cm x 40cm
□ Fusible interfacing: 90cm x 50cm
□ Leather Cord: 1.8m (0.5cm diameter)
□ Embellishment of your choice


Size: 41cm (l) 40cm (W)

We interviewed Yui about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
Gorgeous and stylish, it perfectly fits my taste. It was so much fun thinking about what to make with this fabric. The design features Japanese festive motifs of cranes and turtles, so I came up with a bag with drawstrings, which is inspired by a Japanese style.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
The opening for the cord requires a long straight stitching. You could use an erasable pen to mark the stitch line. If not, you could place a piece of masking tape on the sewing machine to mark where the edge of the fabric should be. These methods will help to stitch a straight line.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
The opening for the cord requires a long straight stitching. You could use an erasable pen to mark the stitch line. If not, you could place a piece of masking tape on the sewing machine to mark where the edge of the fabric should be. These methods will help to stitch a straight line.

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
It will look great with simple styling whether it is Kimono or western outfits!

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

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School Bag Sewing Instructions

An ideal fabric for a school bag is introduced from the perfectly named “Yokudekimashita (Well Done)” series. The plum and cherry blossoms motif is filled with wording like “Yokudekimashita (Well Done)” and “Ganbarimashita (You Did It)”! With a zipper, the contents are secure inside. Plus a handy outer pocket and adjustable shoulder strap complete all the convenient functions. It is a perfect fit for a school bag.

Design & Work: Kokka Fabric


Fabric shown for this sample:YK-69000-2B


Materials:
□ Outer Fabric: about 110cm wide x 40cm
□ Lining fabric: about 110cm wide x 30cm
□ Fusible interfacing (heavy weight): about 110cm wide x 30cm
□ Flat Tape: 25mm wide x 120cm
□ Slide Adjuster: 25mm wide x one piece
□ Rectangle Buckle: 25mm wide x one piece
□ Zipper: 40cm x one piece
□ Bias Binding Tape: about 11mm wide x 30cm
□ Piping Tape: about 10mm wide x 180cm


Size: about 18cm (l) about 25cm (w) about 10cm (d)(excludes shoulder strap)
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Frilled Drawstring Backpack Sewing Instructions

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A very popular frilled backpack now comes as a drawstring backpack, perfect for school or everyday use! A lovely soft graphic strawberry print from the Water Blur series is featured. By adjusting the straps to be longer, kids can carry the bag over a Randoseru (Japanese style backpack), making it even more handy.

Design & Work:Aiko Hada


Fabric shown for this sample:Water Blur LG-29030-1C


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer Fabric, Frill): 90cm×1m
(Lining Fabric): 32cm×80cm
(Ribbon):30cmx20cm
□ Acrylic Tape: 2.5cm wide x 12cm
□ Cord: 0.6cm diameter x 3.4m


Size: 40cm (l) 30cm (w)

We interviewed Aiko about her creation:
KF (Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The juicy looking fresh strawberries in watercolor tones looked really delicious. The size of the strawberries is almost real like a large piece, about 4cm.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
When you tighten the straps, this drawstring backpack creates a lovely shape like a frilled skirt. I paid attention to have a balanced look in both width and length. Imagining the finished look, entertaining different color combinations for the ribbon and strap was fun.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
When attaching the gathered piece, align the center and the bag fabric, then spread it little by little for a uniform look. If you are worried, baste it first for a clean finish.

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
everyday use. When taking it to school, extend the strap so that the kids can carry it over a Randoseru (Japanese style backpack). Why not create one to make it your kid’s favorite?

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

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Bag with Frills Sewing Instructions

This lovely bag with frills on the sides and bottom is perfect as a school bag. It comes in a print fabric from the Smile Time series with small patterns of tasty parfait and popcorn all throughout.

Design & Work:kokka fabric


Fabric shown for this sample:Smile Time LO-49020-2B


Materials:
□ Outer Fabric: about 110cm wide x 80cm
□ Lining Fabric: about 110cm wide x 40cm
□ Fusible Interfacing (heavy weight): about 110cm wide x 50cm


Size:about 35cm (l) x about 45cm (w)
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Recycled Denim-Style Bucket Bag Sewing Instruction

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With a belt around it, this large bucket bag really looks like a pair of jeans. The length of the tied-handle is adjustable. The realistic print of the layered jeans is from the Ink Jet Series. It will be fun to make a matching tissue case and pouches.

Design & Work: Yui Tamaki


Fabric shown for this sample:LG-29100-4A


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer fabric, Handle, Belt tab): 110cm wide×90cm
(Lining fabric(#11 Canvas)): 110cm wide×40cm
□ Belt: 2cm wide – One piece


Size:35cm (l) 25cm (bottom diameter)

We interviewed Yui about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
It has a unique design with a layered jeans motif, and the print is very realistic. While I thought that even a small item in this fabric will definitely stand out, I came up with a large bag so that the printed jeans design can be fully enjoyed.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
A regular belt is matched with a tubular bag, reminding you exactly of a pair of jeans. For the handle, what I had in mind was a tied denim shirt around your shoulder or hip. With ample room and an adjustable handle, this bag is quite convenient.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
When piecing together the round bottom, you may find it slightly difficult. The tip to finish it nicely is to use multiple sewing clips for holding fabrics together or basting beforehand.

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
I used a belt from a dollar shop this time. You can replace it with the one you already have depending on your mood. You may also use a ribbon or a scarf for a different look. This bag can be a stylish accompaniment for a simple outfit.

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

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