This bag, featuring the second fabric series from tayutou, is characterized by its tied handle, and is designed by Ayumi Toda, tayutou’s textile designer.
Fabric shown for this sample: (Outer fabric) tayutou JG50900-900C
(Lining fabric) tayutou JG50810-10H
□ Fabric (Outer fabric): 110cm wide×80cm
(Lining fabric, Pocket): 110cm widex80cm
We interviewed Ayumi about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
This half linen canvas fabric named turtle is rather solid and does not require the interlining. The design best represents this feature, resulting in a soft and fluffy look. Since the tortoiseshell is the motif, the bag characterizes turtle’s relaxed and gentle feel.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The design smoothly transitions from the bag to the handle. The wider handle, when tied, shows the solid color on the back, creating both a color and design accent. While the instructions include attaching the magnet hook inside, if you are planning to use this as a bag in a bag, you can make it without the hook. This way, it allows you to use it as a reversible piece. When making a reversible bag, try to pay special attention to the solid color for the lining fabric.
KF:What are some tips for making this bag?
It only requires straight stitching, so it is rather easy to make.
Make sure to create a clean and sharp corner when you turn the handle inside out.
KF:How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
It can be used as a shoulder bag or a carrier bag, depending on how long you tie the handles. You can also use it like a furoshiki gift wrapper by tying the handles tightly at the base.
KF:Thank you very much, Ayumi! You can find step by step instructions in the PDF sheet. Enjoy crafting!