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Handstitched Drawstring Bag Pattern

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Sew a Modern Japanese Rice Pouch with this delightful Karen Stevens paper pattern.

This design is inspired by the Japanese Komebukuro, a traditional pouch used in Japan to carry rice offerings to the temple during religious ceremonies, or to hold gifts destined for a close friend or relative.

This bag is entirely hand sewn. The small size makes it a perfect project for a quiet afternoon of stitching. Keep it simple with a solid panel for the sides, or have fun piecing the exterior, stitching on favorite textile patches, or making your own marks with embroidery floss. You can make ornate or unadorned, the choice is yours. And as a bonus it is completely reversible!

Difficulty level: Beginner

Approximate finished dimensions:

6" square x 7" tall [15.25 x 17.75 cm]

[NOTE: Measurements given for sizing up to 8” square.]


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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Terry Tillman
Great pattern! Fun to make!

I am so glad I ordered this pattern! The first bag I made was completely hand sewn. The second one I did sew some of the lining with the sewing machine. I am just starting my third one now and having so much fun. I love how relaxing hand stitching is! It puts control more in your hands with every slow and relaxing stitch. So much room for your own personality in these projects! I am hooked on making them. Everybody gets one for Christmas this year!!

Great pattern

Excellent service, the pattern came quickly. Directions are well written.

Eileen McGarvey
gorgeous and simple

I love this pattern and am impressed by this company's service so far.

hand stitched round bottom bag

I received this pattern very quickly, I look forward to making it. Great pattern!

Liz Tondreau
Fantastic little round bottom bag

This is a wonderful project for hand sewing. The instructions are clear and I love the hand drawings. The results are a sweet little bag to keep or give away. I highly recommend any of the products by Karen Stevens and Snuggly Monkey!