Sewing is a lot like life...sure, there are patterns for just about everything, but in order to love what you do, or love what you make, you have to change the pattern to make it your own regardless if the change is a fraction of an inch or the length of a yard. And more often that not, those choices you make to change the pattern do not work out exactly the way you hope. It can be frustrating and challenging, and sometimes you have have to rip it all apart at the seams and start completely over. Which requires patience. A lot of patience. But in doing so, you create something that is far more rewarding, and far more beautiful, then what you started with.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Japanese Knot Bag

Earlier in the week I posted about a new fun project I found for using leftover fabric of at least a quarter yard....the Japanese Knot Bag (get the free pattern here)! Over the course of the last few days I have been able to go through my stash and find several combos I was able to put together over the weeked and I am sharing them this week!

I mentioned that these would be a great gift for the upcoming holidays...sisters, daughters, nieces, in-laws, girlfriends....everyone on your list! If you end of making one, please link up because I would LOVE to see them!

Here are the ones I worked on over the weekend (some I have included the open version so you can better see the interior fabric).

Retro Brown Flower (w/red interior)

Retro Brown Flower (w/yellow star interior)

Pink Polka Dots (w/small pink polka dot interior)

Black & White Garden (w/bright pink interior)

Purple Leaf (w/bright purple interior)

Green hexagon (w/bright yellow interior)

Multi-color (w/purple stained glass interior)

I am off on a quick 2 day business trip to LA, but I will be linking up at all the fun parties on my sidebar! A girl can party anywhere, right? Have a great week!


  1. These bags are gorgeous! I must have a look at the pattern and have a go!

    I'd love if you could link this up to my weekly Round Tuit party!

    hope your business trip went well

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Too cute! I'm your newest follower!

    Kristin :)
    Keenly Kristin

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  4. SO CUTE!! and they look within my skill to make, too. Definitely going in my inspiration folder.


  5. How fun are those! Love the fabrics you used.

  6. These are soo cute!! I love the blue geometric shape fabric with the yellow lining!! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Wow, you were busy! I used this pattern as my Christmas gift go-to last year, and they were a hit. Great pattern, isn't it?

  8. Ooo so pretty, and you're right, they'd be a fab gift for pretty much anyone! Thanks so much for sharing and the link!

    Thanks for linking up, see you next week! :)

  9. Very cute! I'm going to have to add this one to my "ideas to try" file.

  10. How cute and clever these are. You selected really nice fabric combinations, too.

  11. I simply adore these bags!!! Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I love to see the creative talent of other fellow bloggers. Hope you will stop by again soon :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

  12. How fun! I am going to put these on my list to make. I love the black and white one:)

  13. These bags are gorgeous, I especially like the pattern of black and white garden. It's great to have found you on New Friend Fridays at The Girl Creative or The Trendy Treehouse.

  14. WOW! These are really beautiful bags!

  15. Very lovely! I can't decide which is my favorite. Visiting from Sew&Tell. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o) Larri at Seams Inspired

  16. Cute bags. Haven't seen this pattern before. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Thanks for sharing your knot bags on A Crafty Soiree! You were busy, so many different fun fabrics! I bet you have a the perfect bag for every outfit. I hope to see you next week too!

  18. Combo of those fabric is excellent. I used this same pattern as my Christmas gift go-to last year, and they were a hit. Great pattern which is totally stunning.