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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. 

If you would like to watch a video of this project head over to YouTube and watch the entire project step-by-step.  While you are there subscribe to my channel and give me a thumbs up.  Thanks.  

 

What you will Need:

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.

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Cut Pattern Pieces

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. 

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Stitch the long ends together

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.

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Stitch long sides and U

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.

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Sew short ends 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.

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Sew the bodies

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.

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Turn the bag
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Short side
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Finished 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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11 Comments

  1. 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,
    Anna

  2. 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.

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