FO: Japanese knot bag

My friend loves her new tote! Now I can show you what I did:

First I made enough fabric. I cut out fabric using the bag I already have as a template.

I then started sewing together fabric, within that form, to create interesting cloth. A pink strip here, a gnomey pocket there. Ad an extra line to a seam. For stability and as an eye pleasing thing.

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Untill I had enough fabric for the two sides to the bag: an inside and an outside.

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The fuchsia fabric is sturdy cotton. I chose to have the fabric fold at the bottom of the bag, making it unnecessary to cut the bottom.

Now the real sewing started. I made sure both pieces were laying with their right sides together.

I began by sewing together the top of the handles.

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Then I sewed all around the bottom of the sides. From handle to handle. Obviously I interupted this line at the bottom of the fuchsia where no seam was necessary.

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I then flipped one piece inside out and put it inside the other piece, right sides together.

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I noticed that the inside of the handles did not play well together with the outside. The soft pink one was way larger than it’s shell and it was bulking up.

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I carefully measured the difference and made a new seam at the top of the soft pink handle

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now the inner and outer seam match up nicer and there’s no bulk:

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I carefully pinned together the round parts at the top:

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sewed it:

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trimmed it, clipped it:

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I folded the bag right side out. (As by miracle the inside was right side out too.) I pinned it.

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The next day I carefully sewed a seam on the right side of the seam I had sewd the previous day.

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I then folded the seams of the holes of the handles on the sides. Pinned them. Sewed them, from the right side. Here’s the big handle in the process of pinning. I pin the outer fabric first, then match the inner fabric to that measurement.

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Here’s the small handle finished. It seems the seam has not caught all the inner fabric.

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I had to do some repairing.

Then I reinforced the lower ends of the handle holes.

All that was left now was “to weave in the ends”. That’s what knitters call it. Sewists probably say something else. “Hide the loose threads”?

Finished!

outside:

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inside:

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parcel send to my friend, she is a crocheter:

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card from Springwools.com in Dublin. International shipping at a flate rate!

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