Yuki Inomata, a hand craft artist/popular blogger is introducing her creation of a shoulder bag featuring echino’s jacquard fabric. While “damask” has a classic design, it reflects echino-like elements with bird motifs. Using this special fabric, a unique piece of work with a bold combination of different colors was created.
Fabric shown for this sample: echino damask JG96150-51 (A), (C)
□ Fabric (Panel A, B Strap): 80cm×60cm
(Panel C, D): 50cm×40cm
(Lining fabric): 50cm×80cm
□ Magnetic Clasps (hook type): 1 pair (1.8cm diameter)
□ Patch fabric or interfacing: 10cmx10cm
We interviewed Yuki about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
As this fabric has such an elegant feel, I gave a lot of thought as to what to create to make the best of its qualities. While you can utilize the fabric to its fullest in home décor pieces like a pillow case and curtain, I ventured to create a bag, making use of the design with a large surface.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
For seam treatment, you normally press the seam down to one side, but I tried a different method as this fabric is a jacquard knit with some thickness. I spent a lot of time thinking, “what item would be best to take advantage of the relaxed texture combined with this elegant fabric?” By piecing the same pattern in different colors, I ended up with a simple yet impactful bag.
KF:What are some tips for making this bag?
When sewing a knit fabric that is stretchable, a special thread called Resilon is used. For this project, I used a normal sewing thread. By maintaining the stitch size at 3mm, you will find it easy to sew.
When attaching straps toward the end of the process, you can create a fun and fanciful look by selecting different color threads for stitch lines to stand out.
The edge of the fabric is normally cut off and thrown away. But I incorporated it in this piece, which I thought was playful and enjoyable. I encourage you to try it.
You may substitute by pressing the seam open like the back side treatment in lieu of using the edge of the fabric as the instructions indicate.
When using the fabric edge, allocating the seam needs a little technique. So I recommend that the back side be created first, and then decide the seam width by layering the fabric to be precise.
KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
With a long shoulder strap, you can adjust it to the length you desire. You can make it a one-strap style right beneath the arm by tying it or turn it into a pochette with a long strap. Please adjust it to your liking.
This example sits right around the hipbone. Even with many items, it is easy to take things in and out, and it is designed to be kind to your shoulder.
KF:Thank you very much, Yuki! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!
For the front, the edge of the fabric is used. Match the size of the front fabric with the fabric created in Step 2 and pin the front pieces together. Sew them together from the top to make it one piece.