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Japanese Knot Bag

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I am 4 months into my ‘no new clothes year’ but I missed sewing,  you can’t really get that much sewing satisfaction from darning a pair of socks.

The bag was made from things I already had.

I found this tutorial for a Japanese knot bag and it was simple to construct in a few hours.

There’s a great bit of magic at the end when you turn the bag through a small hole on the short strap and it all comes together.

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The main fabric was bought a couple of years ago in a local market, 6 yards of the stuff so I was glad to find a project to use some up.

The bag is reversible but I only used an old sheet for one side so that is always going to be the lining.

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I added a pocket to both sides, before sewing up.  The main pocket used to be a ‘bib’ section of a t-shirt given to me by my daughter, and the inner pocket was cut from a pair of trousers bought at a jumble sale.

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I didn’t bother downloading the pattern, you can see what the shapes are  and draw your own according to what size bag you want.

The next time I would make the bag shape a bit less round as it would hang better.

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I am planning to use my bag on holidays when a handbag isn’t quite big enough.