We loved last night’s international-themed Great British Sewing Bee… the fabrics! The peplums! The harem pants! It’s got us in the mood for a spot of sewing with an international twist, so we’re sharing this free bento bag tutorial with you. It’s the first in our Fast Fat Quarter web series.
This Japanese-style bag is one of our favourite easy sewing projects from the Simply Sewing archives – designed by Jennie Jones for our Fast Fat Quarter series. It’s easy to make by piecing together and folding three fabric squares. Here’s how to make it with our step by step guide.
You will need
■ 3 fat quarters: We’ve used Pearl Bracelets – Cosmonaut; Moody Blues – Cacti; Andover Chambray – Blue. Fabrics supplied by The Village Haberdashery
(other fabric retailers are available).
■ Basic sewing kit
Step one Cut three pieces of fabric to form the sides and bottom of your bag. The two side pieces should measure 40x42cm (153/4×161/2in) and the bottom piece should measure 40x40cm (153/4×153/4in).
Step two Take one of the side pieces and turn the top edge over by 1cm (3/8in) twice then stitch down to hem. Repeat with the left edge. Take the other side piece and do the same along the bottom and right edges. With right sides (RS) facing, stitch the right edge of the left side piece to the left edge of the bottom piece. Repeat with the left edge of the right side piece and the right edge of the bottom piece.
Step three With the wrong side (WS) facing you, fold the bottom piece along its diagonal. You will now have a V-shaped piece, with the RS facing you on one side and the WS facing you on the other.
Step five Turn over the bag and repeat on the other side.
Step six You’ll now have a U-shaped piece, with WS facing you.
Step seven Sew along the pinned seams, then turn the bag RS out. Topstitch where the pieces are joined at the opening of the bag to neaten.
Step nine Sew along the line and trim the excess fabric. Turn the bag RS out and tie the sides into a bow.
Ta da! Your bag is finished & ready to take out to play. We’d love to see your finished creation – share your photos with the tag #simplysewingmag.
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