Turkey Tracks: June 3, 2019
Making Komebukoro Bags is Fun and Addictive
These “rice bowl bags/pouches” by kzstevens are so much fun!
I’ve published other versions in earlier posts here.
Kzstevens’ pattern is on her Etsy store. Just google her name on the Etsy web site and scroll for the “Modern Japanese Rice Pouch” pattern that sells for $6.
Here’s her description of the bag’s uses:
Komebukuro. A traditional pouch used in Japan to carry rice offerings to the temple during religious ceremonies or to hold gifts destined for a close friend or relative. Komebukuro bags were hard sewn in a patchwork style and individually designed with a mix of whatever fabrics were on hand and closed with a cotton drawstring cord. It is reversible.
Here’s are first two bags, and my first is on the right:
Each side is a bit different as I did piece the top. First, one constructs an improv top piece that is a large rectangle. Then one can “decorate” that rectangle with decorative sewing, adding little patches, and so forth. Then one joins the rectangle to the square bottom. The lining is constructed in the same manner. I ordered the leather ties from Amazon.
I used Essex linen (pepper color) in the bag and for the top tie slips and for the bottoms.
Here’s my lining, and note that the bag is completely reversible if desired.
Here’s the second bag, where I added the blue daisy square for decoration:
I’ve already ordered more leather ties, but will also look the next time I go to a quilt store for cotton twill kind of ties. I don’t see why a long shoe lace wouldn’t work either. And, what about some decorative beads on some bags???