Ribbon Tote Bag -Sewing Instructions

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This is a large tote bag accented with a big ribbon. The use of #9.5 canvas for the bottom, lining and handles makes this bag stable and helps keep its shape. For the main portion of the bag, “breeze” from the new echino pattern, “patterns” is used. The ribbon also uses echino’s fabric from its solid line.

Design & Work:Mioko Sugino

Fabric shown for this sample: (Outer Fabric–Top) EKX-97200-201C
(Outer Fabric–Bottom, Handle, Lining Fabric (#9.5 Canvas)) YK-530-1I
(Ribbon Fabric) echino solid JG-95410-10C

□ Fabric (Outer Fabric-Top): 80cm × 20cm
(Outer Fabric–Bottom, Handle, Lining Fabric (#9.5 Canvas)): 100cm x 60cm
(Ribbon Fabric): 50cm x 50cm

Size: 22cm (l) 38cm (w-opening side) 24cm (bottom) 14cm (d)

We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The contrast between the base color of navy and the green of the patterned portion is beautiful and creates a cool impression. With the large pattern and solid texture of the fabric, I thought it would be perfect for a bag.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
This bag has a wide, stable gusset that can hold a lot of items. The opening is closed with a ribbon sewn to the main portion of the bag. As the ribbon is attached loosely, it can create a stylish look just by tying it lightly. With the tension of echino’s fabric and the use of #9.5 canvas for the bottom, lining and handle, the bag is fairly solid and will not easily lose its shape.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
It is basically a simple tote bag with a ribbon embellishment. I think it’s easier to make than it looks.
If you use thicker width store-bought ribbons, you can enjoy a different look.

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
The echino pattern is colorful, so it would look good with a simple wardrobe. I think it will work great with dark colored clothing in black or navy. The handle is long so that you can carry it over your shoulder. If you want to carry it in a compact yet cute way, you can shorten the handle.

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



Cut the fabrics according to the patterned dimensions.


With the front sides facing each other, fold the ribbon fabric in half. Allow for 1cm seam allowance. Draw a diagonal line at 10cm from the corner and cut the piece.


Place the ribbon fabric over the bottom center of the front side of the top outer fabric and baste the piece. Sew the sides of the ribbon fabric onto the outer fabric.


With the front sides facing each other, sew together the bottom end of the top outer fabric and the top end of the bottom outer fabric.


Press the seam down to the bottom side and apply stitches. Repeat the same process on the other side.


With the front sides facing each other, fold the outer fabric in half. Sew both sides.


Allow 14cm for the gusset. Leave 1cm and cut the excess fabric. Repeat the process for the lining fabric.


Fold the handle in four and sew.


Fold the top end of the outer bag and lining bag by 1cm to the lining fabric side. Layer the bags with the front sides facing outside. Place the handle in-between the bags and sew all the way around at the top opening (avoiding the ribbon).



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