Posted by: JoAnna | April 25, 2010

Supersized Tokyo Tie Bag

Yesterday (well I guess technically this morning), I stayed up until 2am to complete my supersized Tokyo Tie Bag (based on the pattern we used in the first Fashion Lab class, from the SEW: Sew Everything Workshop book).  I used the Marimekko fabric from the Crate and Barrel Outlet and magenta fabric from my grandmother’s closet for the lining.

To modify the pattern, I measured a tote bag that I already owned and increased the length and width of the Tokyo Tie Bag pattern accordingly.  I also extended the handles so that I could put the bag over my shoulder and tie a bow at the top instead of just double knoting.  The long handles seemed like they needed something more substantial at the top.

After I was finished, I decided to add a “bottom” to give the bag some shape.  This wasn’t a problem in the original version since it was much smaller.  I just turned the bag inside out and sewed three inch lines in each corner.

I was up until 2am because I had the bag almost completely done when I realized that I didn’t have the fabric facing right side to right side!  Lets just say there was a lot of seam ripping of very tiny stitches into the wee hours…

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When I finished, I decided it would be useful to have a pocket on the inside.  So I created a pouch with the lining fabric and a contrasting navy zipper.  I ended up hand sewing it to the lining of the bag, but if I did it again, I would machine sew it before the entire bag was put together.

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In looking for a zipper, I discovered my grandmother’s crazy stash!  She used to work in the Garment District and would take home leftovers after a run was complete.

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Project Stats
Pattern: Modified version of the Tokyo Tie Bag from the book, SEW: Sew Everything Workshop, by Diana Rupp
Time: A couple of hours
Fabric: About half a yard I think
Notions: Magenta thread, Navy zipper

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