Since last week I have been working hard to make a decent inventory of Knotty Jewelry. I’ve learned several macrame knots and how to connect beads to create some lovely pieces. I will post more about the bracelets (what I’ve made the most) as well as tutorials and photos soon. I’ve been delaying the post because I don’t have a great way to display the jewelry yet. I’m researching some DIY displays, so maybe next week I can post something about the jewelry.
In the meantime, I wanted to do a follow-up post to the Japanese Knot Bag postings from a few weeks back. If you remember, I posted a lovely small bag with a pattern and then a medium sized bag with a wonderful pattern. You can find the original two patterns here and here.
Let me start this with the disclaimer that I am a beginner at sewing. This is the third JKB that I have made and each one was easier than the one before. I say this because both of the links to the free patterns I used were very informative and helpful….so, if you know what you are doing, either pattern will probably make the perfect bag for you.
The first two bags were kept uniform with the same material pattern around the entire bag. Since I was branching out on my own with this bag in particular, I purposely used two fat quarters with similar patterns but different color shades. I also did not use a fleece liner but kept it cotton fabric. It keeps the bag lighter for turning and doesn’t affect it’s usefulness in the least.
To start, you will need to cut the pattern found in this post. I love the round bottom on the pattern. It gives the bag shape so when I set it on a table, it doesn’t fall over!
Alright, let’s talk about assembly now because I use this post for the instructions on how to put the pieces together. It starts with joining the seams of the pieces together following the instructions.
This is what my bag looks like at this stage. I have the lining of the bag sewn to the two outside pieces and the seam follows the side and across the “U” of the bag.
Now it is time to pin and sew the bottom to the piece. There is one circle for the interior of the bag and one for the outside. I just picked the material I had more of, so the bottom of my bag matches the panel on the left in the photo.
Let’s start pinning.
Now you should have the right sides pinned together for the lining to be completed and another for the outside panels. Sew the bottoms on with 1/2″ seam allowance. Tuck the liner into the outside piece and follow the final assembly instructions.
After a nice press, this is my finished piece:
I love this bag!!! I use it as my main purse. The size of this bag holds just enough of my essentials I can run errands with it AND when you secure the top, you can place the whole bag inside a larger bag and not have to worry about combining purses for bigger days out. Let’s not forget the best part about the Japanese Knot Bag is the ability to be hands free while keeping your items securely in your grasp.
I hope you love all three of the bags I created using this pattern or combination of patterns. I expect I will be making more of these to add to my craft fair inventory….and more for me!!
Make one for yourself. I promise you won’t regret it!