A Reversible Box Bottom Tote Bag for my Bento
Last saturday, I made a reversible tote bag for my 3-tier Bento Bako (弁当箱 / lunch box), which is used for family outings or church lunches. The pattern I used was taken from this book (バッグ日和) that features a simple square tote bag. As usual, being an over-confident amateur, I tweaked the sizes and defiantly altered the instructions to suit my need.
Here is my step-by-step work process that I’d love to share with you.
Fabric Choice & Pattern
I used three set of Japanese designed cotton fabrics. Since I want to keep the fabric soft, light and washable, I never use any fusible interfacing.
Pattern – A x 1 piece (55x17cm); B x 2 pieces ( 17x19cm); C x 1 piece (55x55cm).
Note: A & B are a set (i.e. outer bag), while C is on its own (i.e. linings).
C was made up of 3 pieces of fabric sewed together.
To speed things up, I folded the C fabric into 4-fold, and cut away
a 19 by 19 cm square at the corner to form the cross. (See above picture)
Sewing the Outer Bag
As mentioned earlier, A & B are a set. On the wrong side of the fabric, I sewed the sides of A & B together in this sequence… (1) (2) (3)… with a 0.5 cm hem since I don’t have a lot fabric to spare.
After one side is complete, I sewed the second piece of B to A with the same sequence.
Next, I made the cloth handles and sewed them close to the edges of the right side of the outer bag (A & B set). To make ONE handle: 1. I used a 5cm wide stripe of fabric (with 35cm length). 2. I folded the stripe of fabric into two, pressed it until the center line was visible.
3. Folded in the fray edges towards the center line until I had a 2cm width.
4. Sewed closed to the edge.
Sewing the Inner Bag (Lining)
To make the linings or inner bag, I sewed the four sets
of relevant edges together (see picture above).
Putting Them Together
I placed both the inner and outer bags together, with their RIGHT SIDES touching.
Matching the two seams, I pinned them in place. Then, I machined the edges but left an opening wide enough to turn the bag RIGHT-SIDE OUT.
Once the bag was right-side out, I closed the opening by topstitching along the edge.
Viola! My bento bag, my pride! ^_^b
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