The Japanese knot bag is not the most sophisticated of all bags– but if you want a bag without bothering about fiddling with snaps, zippers etc, this is the right choice for you. The bag fastens on itself with the knot made by looping the handles together.
I use it as a lunch bag for my school-going daughter – no fasteners to open, when she is absolutely hungry and in a hurry to get to it.
And lunch bags get soiled very easily. This bag can be made very easily. So you can make one for every other school day, in cute fabrics, in no time.
In this article I will cover:
- Sewing Tutorial for the Japanese knot bag
- Sewing pattern for the Knot bag
- Cut 2 from the outer fabric and 2 from the lining fabric
- Sew the outer bag and lining bag (seperately)
- Turn the outer bag right side out
- Insert the outer bag into the lining bag
- Sew the two bags together
- Side stitching done.
- Turn the bag right side out
- Fold the strap edge to the inside
- Stitch the straps together
Sewing Tutorial for the Japanese knot bag
How to make the Japanese Knot bag – step by step instructions
Sewing pattern for the Knot bag
Cut out the pattern
Cut 2 from the outer fabric and 2 from the lining fabric
Sew the outer bag and lining bag (seperately)
Keep the two outer fabrics together (right sides to the inside) and stitch the bottom of the bag together. Clip the allowance. You have to make small snips all over the seam allowance to make the bags turn nicely.
Turn the outer bag right side out
Leave the lining bag wrong side
Insert the outer bag into the lining bag
Put the right side out outer bag inside the wrong side out lining bag
Sew the two bags together
The two bags (outer and lining) needs to be stitched together at the sides of the handles. Leave 2 inches unstitched somewhere near the front of any side. This is important to turn the bag rightside out.
Side stitching done.
This is how it looks when done
Turn the bag right side out
Bring the bag right side out through the hole left unstitched . Hand sew the hole closes after this.
Fold the strap edge to the inside
Fold 1/4 inch of the straps on one edge to the inside and press.
Stitch the straps together
Insert the other strap inside the folded strap and top stitch in place. Do this for the straps on the other side too.
Insert the longer strap inside the shorter strap and use.
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