Perfect for Everyday Use – Sewing Instructions for Shoulder Bag Frills

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Size: 19cm (l) 40cm (w-opening side)

This mature yet cutesy casual shoulder bag is like a body bag, and it is accented with frills on the front. The toned combination of white and navy color generates a cool look despite the frills. echino’s new design field features an aligned sparkly small dot design that creates an interesting pattern like a cross between stripes or checks.

Design & Work:Yui Tamaki

Fabric shown for this sample:
(Outer fabric, Pocket, Frill, Shoulder Strap)
  echino field(EKX-97030-32E)
(Lining fabric, Zipper tab fabric)
  echino solid(JG-95410-10K)

□ Fabric (Outer fabric, Pocket, Frill, Shoulder strap): 110cm wide×70cm
(Lining fabric, Zipper tab fabric): 110cm×30cm
□ Fusible interfacing (heavy weight) 90cmx25cm
□ Double slide zipper: One piece (length 40cm)
□ Tag: One piece

We interviewed Yui about her creation:

KF Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
I thought that the sparkly random dot pattern is cool yet cute!
The plaid is suitable for an everyday item, so I came up with a shoulder bag
with some similarities to the body bag.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
As the pattern and color tones are not too cutesy, it does not become sweet looking even with frills, making it perfect for everyday use.
The back side has a pocket instead of frills.
It is easy enough to add these elements as both fabrics can be sewn together
at the same time with the rest of the pieces.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
When attaching the zipper, baste it either on the front or
reverse side first to avoid any mistakes when you do the final sewing.

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
With a wide shoulder strap and ample room to carry things,
it is convenient when you want your arms to be free
like a crossbody bag. Enjoy it casually.

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



Make the frills. On the 6x50cm piece of fabric, fold one of the long ends in three.
Apply rough stitches on the other long end and pull the thread.
Adjust the length to the bag’s length. Baste it to the front side of the bag’s outer fabric with the front sides facing each other.


With the front sides facing each other, sew together the bag front fabrics. Press down the seam to the inner side and apply stitches.


With the front sides facing each other, sew top and bottom end of the pocket and turn it over.
Place the pocket in the center of the bag’s back and apply stitches only on the bottom end.


Like the front, sew the pieces together. Press down the seam to the outer side and apply stitches.


Place the zipper in between the outer and lining fabrics. Sew together with the front sides facing each other.


With the front sides facing each other, sew outer fabrics and lining fabrics respectively up to where the opening stops. (Leave an opening for turning on the lining fabric.)
Turn it inside out and close the opening.


With the front sides facing each other, sew both long ends of the handle fabric (6x100cm, two pieces).
Turn it inside out and align the shape using an iron.


Fold the tip of the handle in three vertically and insert it to the side end of the bag.


Together with the tip of the handle, sew the pieces in a triangle like a gusset.


Shown from the outer side.


Cut off excess seam. Wrap around the seam with a separate piece of fabric that is folded in four sides.

◎Sewing Instructions

Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)