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The eco-friendly reusable bag has now become a must-have item when shopping. The featured bag comes with a cute cat’s ear shaped pouch made of matching fabric. A textile collaboration between Kokka and marble SUD, an apparel brand popular for its unique world view with a sense of storytelling, is used for this project. The adorable material with polar bears, penguins, seals, and foxes squeezed into the dots is marble SUD’s popular “LOTS OF DOT” design. The slightly thin cotton linen sheeting can be used for a wide range of items such as clothing and interior décor pieces like cushion covers, not to mention reusable bags.
Design & Work:Satomi Takei
Fabric shown for this sample:EGXA-8500-1D
□ Fabric: 110cm wide x 60cm
□ Fusible Interfacing (light weight): 3.5 x 5cm
□ Zipper: One piece (20cm)
□ Artificial Leather Tape: 2.5cm wide x 5cm
□ Ribbon: 0.3cm wide x 50cm
Bag 37.5cm (L) 32.6cm (w) 8cm (gusset width)
Pouch 14cm (diameter)
We interviewed Satomi about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The fabric was neither too thin nor too thick, and the sheeting was relatively solid, so I decided to make a single-piece foldable bag.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
If you look closely at the large circle, you will see that it is filled with lots of hand-drawn animals! The pattern was so unique that I turned it into a pouch with a cat’s ear shape, which was also inspired by the animals. To make it easy to put the folded bag in and out of the pouch, I used a 20cm zipper to create a large opening.
KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
The folded bag may not fit into the pouch depending on the thickness of the fabric, so you may want to change the size of the pouch based on the size of the finished bag. It is fun to change the shape of the ears to a dog, a rabbit, or whatever shape you prefer.
KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
As eco-friendly reusable bags have become part of our everyday lives, I too have come to carry one with me at all times. Taking the bag out of a lovely pouch makes you feel good and your shopping more fun. How about making many bags with your favorite fabrics and give them as gifts?
KF: Thank you very much, Satomi! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!