So, yesterday I woke up with nothing pressing on my to do list and after quieting the household; I grabbed a fresh hot cup of coffee and starting scrolling my Pinterest boards. Some days I will just scroll the home page boards until I find something interesting to do. Yesterday I knew I wanted to make something for myself and I had already decided that I wanted to sew something so the project would work up within the day.
From my sewing board I found lots of wonderful ideas for things to make and sell at craft fairs or things I could make as gifts for others….I even found the cute items I could make for my kitchen…lots of things, but nothing got me excited until I came across a pin I created for a Japanese Knot Bag.
Isn’t it fantastic?!?
I love smaller purses. I have a giant bag that I carry every important thing I could possibly need while away from home; buried inside that monstrosity I normally carry a smaller bag with essentials for a quick run into the store or a day out and about.
I found the free template pattern and directions for putting it all together here. It’s a nice template, everything prints well and the directions come with photos to help. The link is to a direct pdf download….that is how I found it on Pinterest. I am sure there are more patterns and photos at Show Your Workings, however I wanted to get right to making this bag, so I haven’t had time to go back and see what’s there.
Here is a photo of it laid out after the final sewing.
For this pattern I did use a lining of fleece to give it some thickness. It worked up well, but that added layer of fabric to work with for a first try threw me off more than once and a pattern that I should have worked up in an hour or less took me most of the day.
Maybe I was just having an off day….maybe I wasn’t able to pay attention to the directions like I would normally if I wasn’t so distracted with other things on my mind…..well, no matter the excuses, it was a tough pattern to finally put together.
In the end I was so tired of fidgeting with the pattern that I wanted to avoid the hand sewing aspects of this pattern at all costs……so, I ended up with a rough edged short handle. It is on the inside of the work and barely visible, but I know it’s there.
Having said that, I do love this bag!! I have been thinking about replacing my store bought purse since summer. I couldn’t wait to stuff all my things into my new bag. I’m happy to report that everything fits perfectly!!!!
After a quick photo shoot with the new bag and I wanted to jump online to find another free pattern for a larger size of the same bag. My thought was I could use a larger one to replace my other store bought bag or if that wasn’t feasible; I could always use it to carry my crochet projects around with me. When it’s a “can’t lose” project, I normally can’t wait to get started and this was no different.
Check out the second bag that I made yesterday…
Come back tomorrow and I will share the free pattern I found for this medium sized bag. This one looks more professional than my first bag and it was easier to put together also….I’ll tell you all about it….tomorrow 🙂
I would love to see your Japanese Knot Bag if you make one. The smaller one could be done in a day or less if you are faster with patterns and sewing than I. So, if you are thinking about one for yourself; Do It!!! You won’t regret it! Then come back and tell me all about it!