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This is a large tote bag accented with a big ribbon. The use of #9.5 canvas for the bottom, lining and handles makes this bag stable and helps keep its shape. For the main portion of the bag, “breeze” from the new echino pattern, “patterns” is used. The ribbon also uses echino’s fabric from its solid line.
Design & Work:Mioko Sugino
Fabric shown for this sample:
(Outer Fabric–Top) EKX-97200-201C
(Outer Fabric–Bottom, Handle, Lining Fabric (#9.5 Canvas)) YK-530-1I
(Ribbon Fabric) echino solid JG-95410-10C
□ Fabric (Outer Fabric-Top): 80cm × 20cm
(Outer Fabric–Bottom, Handle, Lining Fabric (#9.5 Canvas)): 100cm x 60cm
(Ribbon Fabric): 50cm x 50cm
22cm (l) 38cm (w-opening side) 24cm (bottom) 14cm (d)
We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The contrast between the base color of navy and the green of the patterned portion is beautiful and creates a cool impression. With the large pattern and solid texture of the fabric, I thought it would be perfect for a bag.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
This bag has a wide, stable gusset that can hold a lot of items. The opening is closed with a ribbon sewn to the main portion of the bag. As the ribbon is attached loosely, it can create a stylish look just by tying it lightly. With the tension of echino’s fabric and the use of #9.5 canvas for the bottom, lining and handle, the bag is fairly solid and will not easily lose its shape.
KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
It is basically a simple tote bag with a ribbon embellishment. I think it’s easier to make than it looks.
If you use thicker width store-bought ribbons, you can enjoy a different look.
KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
The echino pattern is colorful, so it would look good with a simple wardrobe. I think it will work great with dark colored clothing in black or navy. The handle is long so that you can carry it over your shoulder. If you want to carry it in a compact yet cute way, you can shorten the handle.
KF: Thank you very much, Mioko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!