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Origami Bento Bag

This is a beginner friendly sewing project that is a quick sew!

Azuma Bukuro, is a traditional Japanese cloth bag that is used to carry pretty much anything. You can make them in a variety of sizes using a simple formula.

The total length is always 3 times the width. Then you add the seam allowance.

There are lined versions of these bags but I prefer the unlined version as I find it's less bulky and easier to tie the knot. Linen or linen blend fabric is my go to choice for its charming texture and durability!

You can use the measurements outlined below or subscribe to receive the free tutorial & template.

Origami bento bag by Indigobird Design

Here's what you'll need:

Cut one piece of fabric 33cm x 91,4cm [13" x 36"].

Origami Bento Bag - step 1 / Indigobird Design

1. Finish the raw edges by folding it under twice towards the wrong side of the fabric.

Origami Bento Bag - step 2 / Indigobird Design

2. Topstitch close to the edge of the fold to all four sides as shown.

Origami Bento Bag - step 3 / Indigobird Design

3. With fabric right side up, fold the right 1/3 of the fabric over the middle 1/3, and sew the two layers together, along the inside edge of the hem.

Origami Bento Bag - step 4 / Indigobird Design

4. With the top layer flipped out of the way, fold in half, bringing the left edge over to the right.

Origami Bento Bag - step 5 / Indigobird Design

5. Sew top edges together along inside edge of the hem (see step 3 for detail photo).

Origami Bento Bag - step 6 / Indigobird Design

6. Mark 8cm [3"] from the corner. Sew across. Repeat for the opposite corner.

Origami Bento Bag - step 7 / Indigobird Design

7. Turn right side out and press. Add reinforcing stitch at intersection.

Origami Bento Bag by Indigobird Design

You are done! Enjoy!

Don't forget to share your makes on social media! #indigobirdpattern #bentobag #indigobirddesign


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Rhea Lin
Rhea Lin
Jan 08, 2023

Hello, for the bento bag, is there a way to make one with two colors? Where do you get the fabric?

Jan 09, 2023
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You can add the lining by cutting the fabric the same size as the exterior, sew them together right sides facing, leaving an opening for turning out. Then you can follow the instruction shown here from Step 3. OR, if you want to add two colours on the outside, you can divide the fabric pieces in any ratio you like, as long as the overall size is 13"x37".

As for the fabric, you can go to the blog page for my list of online fabric stores. For this sample, I've used a piece of linen fabric from my stash.

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