Summer festivals, Fireworks display… Yes, we are in the height of summer! This drawstring bag is perfect for a midsummer outing in Yukata (cotton kimono for summer). Featured fabric, K.A.E., is a collaborated series with Kanamorikae, who uses the stencil dyeing method for her textile making.
Fabric shown for this sample:EKA-1050-1A、EKA-1050-2A
Materials (for one bag):
□ Fabric (Bag panel outer fabric, Bottom, Cord opening): 80cm×30cm
(Bag panel lining fabric): 62cm×27cm
□ Cardboard paper or PP (polypropylene) sheet: 9cm diameter
□ Cord: 1.2m (0.2cm diameter)
We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The color tones give a Japanese flair and look refreshing. I immediately thought it would look stylish with Yukata. So, I came up with a drawstring bag, which is carried often with Yukata.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The fabric itself is an easy to use cotton linen canvas. To add more Japanese taste, I incorporated the construction often used with Kimono accessories. The cord in the loop creates a pleat and it is made well like a Shifuku (tea accessory carrying bag), helping to produce a puffy silhouette.
KF:What are some tips for making this bag?
You may find it a little challenging to put a cord through the thin and narrow loop. It is made this way intentionally since if the cord is loose, it doesn’t create a nice closure. With the loop though, the bag portion is easy to make with just simple stitching.
KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
The classic patterns and colors are making a comeback for trendy Yukatas. To go with it, a lovely design like this bag will fit nicely. For your travels, you will also find it useful. Whatever it is used for, if you have a drawstring bag, it comes in handy.
KF:Thank you very much, Anriko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!
The outer bottom is solid with a cardboard. I used a 9cm diamter coaster from a dollar shop. If you plan to wash the bag, use a polypropylene material instead. It is easy to cut with scissors that you can purchase at DIY store.