A round form and scrunched gathering add cuteness to this pochette. The fabric is a second series from the PIKKU SAARI, designed by Helsinki-based textile designer Eri Shimatsuka. The new series is themed after a lake. The look of the colorful random pieces gets enhanced by gathering the fabric. Adjust the handle length to long or short, and you can enjoy different style coordination.
Fabric shown for this sample: (Outer fabric, Decorative fabric, Shoulder strap) PIKKU SAARI EJX-4002-1A
(Lining fabric, Pocket) PIKKU SAARI EJX-4003-1A
□ Fabric (Outer fabric, Decorative fabric, Shoulder strap): 100cm wide x 70cm
(Lining fabric, Pocket): 90cm x 40cm
□ Zipper: One piece (30cm long)
We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
While it looks like camouflage design, the individual pieces have such pretty colors. The gathering and pleat treatment can enhance the look.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
When making a round bag using a fabric, it is actually difficult to create a completely round shape.
Knowing that, I still wanted to use the round shape and make it look cute. The trick is to feature a large decoration and create a soft bag without interlining. This way the shape doesn’t need to be perfect.
KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
To keep the look clean around the curve, the seam allowance is limited to a minimal 7mm. When piecing the fabrics together, make sure to keep this minimal allowance.
KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
The bag will go well with your upcoming summer outfit. As shown in the first photo, you can shorten the strap by making two bows. This gives you more style coordination options.
KF:Thank you very much, Anriko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!
This shows the backside of the twisted fabric. When piecing together, stitch all the way to the center, as far as you can go. Align the length in all four locations for a clean finish. In this example, the stitch line is 13cm long.
The length of the gusset is equal to the circumference. It is shorter than the circumference with the round seam attached, so it has some extra as shown. When sewing, it is easier to do so with the gusset at the top.