Relaxed Look Square Bag – Sewing Instructions

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This relaxed look square bag features a fabric from the JAMBO series. The colors work perfectly together as both solid and patterned pieces are from the series. The soft texture of cotton linen sheeting allows you to create this bag without the use of the interfacing.

Design & Work: Mioko Sugino

Fabric shown for this sample:(Outer Fabric A・Lining Fabric A)JAMBO LGB-31040-3D
(Outer Fabric B・Lining Fabric B)JAMBO LGB-31050-1E Moon Skin
(Outer Fabric C・Handle)JAMBO LGB-31050-1C River Blue

□ Fabric (Outer Fabric A・Lining Fabric A): 50cm x 65cm
(Outer Fabric B・Lining Fabric B): 50cm x 50cm
(Outer Fabric C・Handle): 40cm x 40cm

Size: 20cm (l) 20cm (w) 20cm (d)

We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The large design motifs have such an impact! The chic colors go well with your wardrobe, so I decided to make a bag. To incorporate the fabric’s slight tension and softer feel, I intentionally omitted the interfacing to create a relaxed look.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
While it is simply a 20cm x 20cm square bag, when you put things in the bag, they naturally fit inside. I would like you to enjoy this character, the floppy feel. When you fold the corners along the stitch line, the bag becomes smaller. When the gussets are open, it becomes like a tote bag. The bag can store more things than you think.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
Let me share some tips to create clean bottom corners. As instructed, make a slit on the edge before you sew, hold the machine needle in the fabric to turn it 90 degrees, and align the fabrics you are about to sew before you start stitching. If you use the interfacing for the outer fabric, the bag becomes more solid. In that case, I recommend adding a hook at the opening so that you can close the top securely.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
With the dramatic design, it goes well with a simple solid color dress. It also has a Japanese feel, and it will look nice as an accompaniment for a Yukata (cotton kimono).

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



Cut the fabrics.


With the front sides facing each other, sew together the outer fabrics A and C. Press the seam open. Repeat the process on the other side.


Make a slit on outer fabric A.


With the front sides facing each other, sew together the outer fabrics A and B. Repeat the same process to make the lining bag.


Turn only the outer bag inside out. Fold the opening of the outer and lining bags to the lining side for 1cm.


Fold the handle fabric in four and sew both ends. Make two pieces.


With the front sides facing outside, layer the outer bag and lining bag with the handle in-between. Sew all the way around the top opening.


Apply stiches for 5cm from the top opening on all four corners.


Fold the center of the outer fabric B with a valley fold and stitch for 5cm (sew from inside).

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