Tube Stopper Bag

Size: Bag portion – 22cm (l) 30cm (w)

Olü Amu is a fabric series with the concept of “weaving” and “knitting.” Featured for this bag is the Mizutamari (water puddle), an opal finishing knit material. The bag’s design with a tube style handle allows you to enjoy the soft and fluffy texture of the fabric.

Design & Work: Mioko Sugino

Fabric shown for this sample:
 H11060-1B Opal Finishing Knit

□ Fabric (Outer fabric): 70cm×50cm
(Lining fabric, Closure fabric): 90cm×50cm

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We interviewed Mioko about her creation:

Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
This fabric is so soft and has an excellent texture! I was contemplating how I should convey this softness, and came up with this design, a handle with a natural gathering. The addition of white as a lining will help make the see-through patterns look pretty.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
To create a beautiful gathering, a white linen tube was added to the handle. By moving this tube up and down, you can create a different look. You may also adjust the tube depending on how much items you are carrying inside.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
To keep the soft fabric aligned when sewing, it is easier to use extra pins.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
Choosing a bold color for the handle tube will work as an accent and adds cuteness.
This bag goes so well with a casual style wardrobe.

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


Prepare the materials. Cut the fabrics as specified.

With the front sides facing each other, sew together the sides (up to the opening) and bottom of the outer fabrics to make the outer bag. Using the same process, make the lining bag.

With the front sides facing each other, sew together the outer and lining bags on the sides starting from the opening to the top.

With the front sides facing each other, fold the stopper fabric in half and sew the side.
Press the seam open.

Tube stoppers look like this.

Turn it over so that the lining bag is facing outside. Put through the tube stopper.

With the front sides facing each other, sew together the top handle portion of the outer bag.

Fold the edge of the handle portion of the lining bag inward. Place the edges against each other and sew together using blind stitches.

Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)