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cute and stylish Japanese tote, easy and fast!

Posted by judithchen from Ilmenau, Thuringia, Germany • Published See judithchen's 35 projects »
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  • How to make a tote bag. Cherry Blossom Tote Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    cut the fabrics:

    white canvas: 75 x 30 cm

    pink canvas (make two): 5 x 35 cm

    cut 4 pieces of 4x55 cm fabric for the bag handle. I made 2 white and two pink and mismatch them as a variation.

    Don't forget to add the seam allowance, about 1"

  • Step 2

    pin and sew a to a, b to b and c to c. now you get your half done tote bag

    (for reference see the pic in step 1)

  • How to make a tote bag. Cherry Blossom Tote Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    draw your twig with a pencil. make sure to make a clear lining so it's easier to trace with the fabric ink pen. I'd recommend you to find a reference picture to make your work easier.

  • How to make a tote bag. Cherry Blossom Tote Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Outline your picture with the brown fabric ink pen. then color the inside part carefully. My tips is, be creative. Don't block them all with the same tone. Play with the fabric structure to get different kind of tones to make the twig look more realistic.

  • How to make a tote bag. Cherry Blossom Tote Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now this is the fun part. Cut your different tones of fabrics and create the flowers. You can use this super simple tutorial by Martha Stewart:

    http://tinyurl.com/3f75p4a

  • How to make a tote bag. Cherry Blossom Tote Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Remember that you'll need to sew the flowers one by one. This is a little tricky. Fold the center of the flower a little so it gives the blooming look. Hand sew the fold and sew to the twig. Add as many flowers as you want. I only made 4 and create one large one from two different pieces so in the end I got 3 flowers in different sizes.

    place the flowers carefully to the twig, then glue or handsew. I'd recommend handswe, though.

    Tips: to get an even more realistic flower, you can add 3 bullion stitches of each in the center of the flower.

  • How to make a tote bag. Cherry Blossom Tote Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Pin and sew the bag handle and you're done! :)

    tips: I'd suggest a double stitch and X - shape stitch to make the strap and bag attached better.

    PS. sorry for the lousy pics.

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judithchen
judithchen · Ilmenau, Thuringia, DE · 54 projects
thankyou Happy
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Kinhime Dragon
Kinhime Dragon · Denton, Texas, US · 642 projects
It's so pretty!
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