Boxed Bags out of Japanese Fabric

by ilene on September 26, 2012 · 4 comments

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I’ve been really into sewing boxed bags lately. I’ve been churning these suckers out left and right!  They are easy to make and come in really handy!  I use them all the time to organize my makeup and jewelry and they make great gifts for friends.  Its nice to have a stash on hand in case I didn’t have time to go shopping for a birthday gift.  And you can fill them up with goodies, too!

For these bags, I finally got to use some Japanese fabric that I got on our trip to Japan earlier this year.  (Since we moved a few weeks ago and Jeff discovered I have FOUR LARGE BINS full of fabric hiding in our closet, Jeff has banned me from buying any new fabric, so I have to use up what I have!)  I love Japanese cotton fabrics!  The weave is sturdier, thicker and nicer in quality, like a nice thick linen.  I love all the cute prints, too!    There are tons of boxed bag/pouch tutorials on the web (like this one and this one) that you can just google for, I forgot which one I used initially but they are easy to make.   Luckily, I have a ton of cheap 10 cent zippers from scavenging at Scrap so the fabric was the biggest expense.  If you have a lots of fabric scraps, this would be a good project to use them up!

I like making the bags with the boxed bottoms so that they hold more stuff and can stand up on their own.  I also like making the bags with a different fabric lining on the inside.  For these bags, I wanted the inside to be waterproof so that you can put makeup and lotions in it without worrying about them spilling and leaking through.  I experimented with using iron on vinyl, which turns any material into oilcloth.  I thought that this would be a good idea because oilcloth can be expensive and hard to find, especially in  cute colors.  The iron on vinyl waterproofs any material and you can make your own oilcloth instantly.  This is what the inside of the bags looked like:

After using this stuff though, I think I still prefer oilcloth.  The vinyl makes the material sort of crinkly so it looks more wrinkly and worn after I was done sewing with it so it doesn’t look as polished.  It also makes the crinkle sound whenever I touch it!   Tomorrow, I will show you some bags I made with some fun oilcloth on the inside, I think they turned out a little better.

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1 Jennifer November 28, 2012 at 7:28 am

How are you making these without a seem down the middle (on the bottom)? I have made many a boxed bag but have never seen a pattern with no middle seam! I would love to know:)

2 ilene December 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Hi Jennifer! I just cut out one large piece of fabric for each of the exterior and interior fabric. here is a tutorial i found that explains how:

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