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Margaret-Elaine Jinno’s Rice Bags with Sashiko

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Turkey Tracks: September 12, 2020

Margaret-Elaine Jinno’s Rice Bags with Sashiko

Quilty friend here in Camden, Margaret-Elaine, has been making rice bags with Sashiko embellishment. (Using Sashiko is her “prompt” for our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild “Bee Inspired” challenge.)

I’ve always said that Margaret-Elaine is the best overall seamstress I know—but she is maybe tied with Sarahann Smith. (See the latter’s blog at http://sarahannsmith.com/.) Both of these two women sew a wide variety of projects—not just quilts.

Anyway, Margaret-Elaine sent me some pictures of a rice bag she had just made a few weeks back—and while dropping off something at her house, she showed me some panels she had made that were meant for the rice bags she was making.

Here’s the first bag she showed me—with chickens on one side. (She has chickens; I used to have chickens.)

Here are the panels she had completed, which she laid out on her front porch boards:

The snake on the bottom panel is there as this bag is meant for an Asian friend of hers who was born in the year of the snake.

Here are the three bags from these panels:

Many of us have been making rice bags, and we started with Kz Steven’s rice bag/komebukuro pattern. You can get it from her Etsy store—see kzstevens.com. The pattern discusses different size bags.

But Margaret-Elaine may now be using her own pattern.

These bags lend themselves to all kinds of embellishments, fabrics, patchwork, different types of ties, and so on. Creativity can run loose with these bags. You can see my bags from June 3, 2019, here: https://louisaenright.com/?s=Making+Komebukuro+Bags

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September 12, 2020 at 7:36 am

Turkey Tracks: Making Komebukuro Bags Is Fun and Addictive

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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???

 

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June 3, 2019 at 9:05 am