How to Sew a Japanese Knot Bag
How to Sew a Japanese Knot Bag
Ever wonder how to sew a Japanese Knot bag? I came across this knot bag pattern from The Chilly Dog and just had to make it and show it to you all. It is a fun and quick little project that you can sew, as usual, using remnants. I have a giant stash full of remnants that I purchase for half price and am always looking for projects to make with them. This Japanese knot bag was perfect. If you would like to make a simple Japanese Bento bag that ties at the top check out my recent tutorial.
Of course if you do not have such a stash I recommend that you head over to Fabric.com or Hobby Lobby to purchase the perfect fabrics for your Japanese Knot Bag. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This is a beginner sewing project for sewers of all levels.
This reversible Japanese bag pattern is simple to make and requires only beginner sewing skills. You should be able to complete this project in about an hour. I would recommend quilting cotton or another woven fabric for this project.
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What you will Need:
- Japanese Knot Bag Pattern
- 2/3 yd of outer fabric
- 2/3 yd of lining fabric
- Standard sewing supplies
Step 1: How to Sew a Japanese Knot Bag
Tape the pattern pieces together. Cut two each of the outer fabric and the lining fabric. Mark the arrows onto the wrong side of the fabrics.
Step 2: How to Sew a Japanese Knot Bag
With right sides together sew the ends of the long strap together on both the outer fabric and the lining fabric using a 1/4″ seam allowance.This will give you one very long strip with a body on each end of both the outer fabric and the lining fabric.
Step 3: How to Sew a Japanese Knot Bag
Open up both pieces so that you have one really long strip with a bag body on each end. With right sides together pin the outer fabric side of the long strap together and the inner U section together with the lining. Sew the outer long strap between the arrows and the entire U section and inner long strap using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Step 4: How to Sew a Japanese Knot Bag
Turn the bag right side out through the long strap. This is a little fidgety but take your time and it will happen with no problems. Press.
Step 5: How to Sew a Japanese Knot Bag
With right sides together sew the ends of the short strap together.
Step 6: How to Sew a Japanese Knot Bag
With right sides together sew the bottom outer fabrics together and the bottom lining fabrics together from arrow to arrow. This should leave an opening on the short strap side for turning.
Step 7: How to Sew a Japanese Knot Bag
Turn the bag right sides out through the opening. Press. Close the opening in the short side of the strap using ladder stitch and top stitch around the top of the bag. If you are unfamiliar with ladder stitch check out this video.
Step 8: How to Sew a Japanese Knot Bag
Push the long strap through the opening in the short strap and you have finished your Japanese knot bag.
I hope you have enjoyed this free beginner reversible knot bag sewing pattern and project and that you give it a try. You will realize how easy it is to make a Japanese knot bag with fun reversible fabrics.
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So glad I found this. Your directions and photos are right-on. Easy to understand and follow. I’m bringing a copy to my Craft Group this Thursday. There are five of us and we all want to make this bag. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thank you for posting this,
Thank you so much. Good luck with the bag.
Great video. Thanks 4 the sharing.
You’re welcome. Thanks for watching.
This is just the type of bag I need. Thanks for sharing .
How do I get the pattern? i have the directions and watched on pinterest
Go here to get the pattern. http://www.thechillydog.com/2015/07/sewing-pattern-japanese-knot-bag.html
Loved! Thank you for sharing.
I love this and really want to try to make it as a beginner, however I am having a difficult time finding the pattern to print out and tape together.
It appears that the pattern is no longer free. When I did this project years ago the pattern was free. I have linked to the paid pattern if you would like that. https://shop.thechillydog.com/products/japanese-knot-bag-sewing-pattern-pdf?_pos=1&_psq=japanes&_ss=e&_v=1.0