How to Sew a Japanese Knot Bag with Free Pattern and Tutorial. This is an adorable reversible bag that is the perfect size for a lunch bag or to throw a phone and wallet in for a quick trip to the store. With the right fabric, it could be a great evening bag.
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Japanese Knot Bag-alternate sewing instructions
After making one for my daughter, I decided to see if I could figure out a different method of sewing it together that would make it easy to put a stiffer bottom in the bag and maybe turn out even easier to sew.
By sewing it together in a different way, I was able to put cardboard in the bottom to make it flat. This method leaves one raw edge on the bottom exposed that I covered with double sided bias tape.
Here’s what the bag reversed looks like:
And now, here are the alternate sewing instructions :
Follow instructions for cutting out the pieces.
1. Mark the outer and inner pieces 7" up from the bottom on each side. With right sides together, stitch one inside piece to one outside piece along the U shape.
Repeat with the other inside and outside pieces.
Clip and trim the curve.
2. Stitch from top of handle down to the mark you made earlier. Seams are 5/8"
3. Now, lay the pieces on your table right sides together, with the inner piece against the other inner piece and the outer piece on top of the other outer piece.
Flip all of the handles up so they are facing the same direction, e.g. toward the white piece here.
Now, stitch from the bottom up to the mark you made before. This is where your previous stitching ended.
Do not catch the handles in the stitching.
Flip the handles facing the other fabric, eg. the red fabric here and stitch from the bottom up on the white fabric, again having this stitching end where the stitching in step 2 ended.
Your inside and outside fabrics are now connected and can be turned right out. (Tops of handles can now be slip-stitched closed.)
Now for the bottom.
5. Cut a piece of cardboard about 1/4 to 1/2 inch smaller than the bottom fabrics. Place fabrics wrong sides together and pin top the sides.
Stitch bottom to sides stopping about 3/4 of the way around. (I like a zigzag stitch) Insert the piece of cardboard and finish stitching the bottom onto the sides.
Sew double sided bias tape around the zigzagged edge to finish it.
One side of the bag will have a finished bottom without a bias binding and the other will have a bias binding showing.