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If you have seen my blog before, you will know that I love to make cute and useful items. Especially if I can make them from fabric scraps. So today I am delighted to bring you another practical and pretty sewing idea that you can make using all the small remnants of fabric you have left over from other sewing projects. Plus I have included a free sewing pattern. Here is how to make a mini Japanese Knot Bag.
Japanese Knot Bag – Make This Cute Mini Bag
This cute little bag is perfect for clipping to your purse or larger tote bag, and will hold your lipstick, a small hand gel or your EarPods, keeping them safe and at hand at all times.
Its a perfect gift for your girlfriend, and you can make them in her favourite colours or to match her favourite outfit!
But best of all it can be made with your fabric scraps!
Click here to see my huge guide of things that you can be making with all your leftover fabric remnants!
So would you like a sewing tutorial on how to make this gorgeous handy little pouch? Then do read on!
What You Will Need For Your Mini Knot Bag
- Fabric – I chose some cotton remnants from two dresses I’ve made Elizabeth this year
- A sewing machine
- My Free Japanese Mini Knot Bag Template
- Coordinating thread
- Scissors, pins and a hand sewing needle
- Bag hardware – or just a ring if you wish to make the bag reversible.
How To Make A Mini Japanese Knot Bag
Print out my free Japanese Knot Bag template. Using this pattern, you are going to cut 2 pieces of outer fabric and 2 pieces of inner fabric.
The 2 pieces do need to be mirror images of each other, so it may be best to place your fabric scraps right sides together before placing your Japanese knot bag pattern on top and cutting them out.
Mark the dots and notches as indicated on your fabric.
The next step you can skip, but I have found that it helps later. On the top outer edges of the handles of all 4 bag pieces, cut where the notches are. Above this notch on the outer edges of the handles, fold the material wrong sides together making a small hem of about 3/8 inch (5mm).
Hand baste or machine stitch this small hem.
Place the two mirror image outer pieces together and pin. Using a 3/8 inch seam allowance (5mm) and reinforcing with back stitches at the beginning and end each time, sew around the bottom curves of the bag from one dot to the other, and at the top of each handle. Repeat with the inner pieces
Clip the curves on the base of the inner and outer bag pieces.
Next, turn one of the bag pieces the right way out.
And place the right side outer bag right sides together with the inner layer. Pin at the handle seams and match up the seam around the top of the bag. Pin.
Again sew using a 3/8 (5mm) seam around this top seam of the bag, joining the inner and outer layers and the inner handles together.
Now we just need to pull the bag the right way out and finish it off. You have sewn the inner handles together, but there is a hole at each side where you can pull the whole thing out the right way. I usually pull the bag out the right way through the side with the longer handle. It looks a bit of a mess at first…
But once you push the inner layer into the outer and give it a good press around the top seam of the bag it will look like this.
The only thing that remains is to close the seams of the outer handles.
Now, if you didn’t do the step earlier of pressing and basting the outer handle seam allowances, you can now press back the raw edges of the outer handles to make seam allowances of around 3/8 inch (5mm) right now.
However, this is really fiddly, as there isn’t a lot of space to do this, So if you did baste the seams, you are probably breathing a sigh of relief!
You can close these with the sewing machine but it is very fiddly. So I would normally choose to close them using a ladder stitch. This gives an invisible finish. I also like to sew a scant topstitch around the top seam of the bag, to help give the opening a little more structure. And so your bag is almost finished. Just need to add hardware.
Adding Some Hardware
You can keep the bag as a reversible Japanese knot bag by just adding a ring and claw clasp. This way the bag can just be turned inside out to show the reversible side. I’ll be doing this with this London/cutecat bag as it matches 2 of my daughters dresses.
However, if you wish to add a keyring fob hardware, you could also do this. And I think that this gives a really professional looking finish.
Mini Japanese Knot Bag Uses
The finished bag is just big enough for your ear buds, a lip balm or your hand gel, and you can clip it to your bag or belt.
They make great birthday and Christmas gifts, and are a brilliant idea of things to sell at craft fairs and fundraisers too!
Love This Post? Why Not Read Some Of My Other Easy Sewing Projects Posts?
I love to show you really easy projects that build your confidence and produce useful items. So why not read these other posts I have written?
- What To Do With Your Fabric Scraps
- Ideas Of Things To Sew To Sell
- Ways To Upcycle Your Old Towels
- Zero Waste Projects For Your Home
I have loads of sustainable solutions and other free patterns on my site so why not go take a look?
What do you think? Have you enjoyed this reversible Japanese knot bag tutorial and bag sewing pattern? ? I love to see your makes, so please do comment below, or tag me in your makes on social media.
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