kzstevens Modern Japanese Rice Pouch
A modern take on the Japanese Komebukuro, a traditional pouch used in Japan to carry rice offerings to the temple, or to hold gifts destined for a close friend or relative. Komebukuro bags were hand sewn in a patchwork style using a mix of whatever fabrics were on hand, and closed with a cotton drawstring cord. This is a perfect project to use up all those extra special scraps of fabric and add your own unique style. You can be as simple or complex as you’d like. And it is fully reversible! The perfect size to carry around your latest knitting project, or use it as a lunch tote!
Finished Measurements: 6" square x 7" tall [15.25 x 17.75 cm], measurements given for sizing up to 8” square
Recommended fabrics: medium weight linen or linen blend, quilting cotton or lightweight canvas, Based in 44" wide (Japanese) Fabric
• ¼ yd [23 cm] Exterior fabric OR various scraps/remnants, enough to make up a 25” x 8” rectangle [63.5 cm x 20.3 cm]
• ¼ yd [23 cm] Lining fabric
• (6) 3” x 4" [7.6 cm to 10 cm] fabric pieces for drawstring tabs
• Additional fabric for appliqué pieces
• 2 yds [2 m] cotton drawstring, or ¼“ [7 mm] cotton twill tape, or similar lightweight cording
• optional ½ yd [46 cm] fusible woven interfacing; Pellon SF101- 20" [50 cm] wide (*optional: this will make the pouch a bit more sturdy if you would like the bag to sit upright when open.