Helen Howes Textiles

Tutorial - Kinchaku Bags

Little Japanese bags with a double-drawstring accented with beads. Used by nice Japanese ladies to carry their mobile phones and Marlborough Lites when dressed in kimono, these make very acceptable gifts or the poshest possible gift wrappings..
Easy and quick to make and regular stash-busters...

You need:-Two one-eighth cuts of cotton fabric (usually 19 by 9-1/2 inches or thereabouts, not very crucial)
I make these with silk, too, but cotton is easy to start with
Sewing machine with a regular foot, threads to match your fabrics
About 1-1/2 metres of fine cord and two nice beads with biggish holes
Hand-sewing needle
Quilters ruler at least 2 inches/5cm wide

Start by choosing your Outer and lining fabrics - you will see that I have added a little patchwork flower to my nice piece of Oakshott cotton for the outer, and chosen a subtle stripe for the inner. Both fabrics are visible in the finshed article..

Here's a closer view of the flower

Layer the outer and lining Right Sides together and cut them to exactly match each other.. this is pretty much the only precise thing you need to do with this project, you'll be pleased to know

You will notice that I'm squaring up using the mat lines - I don't normally do this but it works here.. The precise size is not terribly important, but the eighths are usually about 9-1/2 by 19 inches (25 by 55 cm) if you are cutting from bigger pieces

When you have cut the fabrics to match, pin the two short ends and sew across these ends only

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