Sewing Patchwork Kimono Bags (and a quick tutorial on crazy patchwork) ♡ 着物地でパッチワークバッグ作り(クレージーパッチワーク縫い方も)♡

Using kimono fabrics, I stitched up patchwork purse for my hubby's elderly aunt who is in her late eighties. She lives in a residential care home in Honolulu, Hawaii.

ハワイ在住の高齢の夫の叔母(もうすぐ90才)に着物地を使ってパッチワークのバッグを作りました。 叔母はホノルル市内の住宅型高齢者ホームで暮らしています。

Here are the Japanese kimono fabrics/scraps I used to create this project. These kimono fabrics were received from my mom and my mom-in-law over the years. 


Let me quickly show you how I stitched up the bag exterior panels using crazy quilting method. 

First cut out pentagon piece based on hard paper template (I used empty Hershey's ice cream box left on our kitchen floor to create this template. lol) Place pentagon piece slightly above the center of 10 1/2" square cotton batting. 


上の写真のようにまずは5角形の形に切ったピース(生地)を約26 cm大のキルト芯中央よりやや上の位置に配置します。(5角形の型紙はキッチンに転がっていたアイスクリームの箱を利用して切り抜きました。笑)

With right side facing down, align one strip of kimono strip onto one edge of pentagon. (I used 1 1/2 inch width strips for the first round but you can use strip of preferred width). Stitch at 1/4" seam allowance.

3.75 cm 幅のストリップ布(細長い布)と中央の5角形を中表に合わせて0.7 cm の縫い代で1辺を縫います。

Flip the strip over to the opposite side, so that the right side faces up. Press lightly.


Continue to add 1 1/2" width strips in clockwise (or counter clockwise, whichever you prefer) around the center pentagon in the same manner until all edges are covered with strips. 


Keep on adding strips to the second round. I used 2" width strips for the second round.

同様に2周目も5角形の周りにストリップ布を縫い付けていきます。2周目には 5 cm 幅のストリップ布を使いました。

For the third and fourth round, I added strips of different width (bigger pieces). Continue until the batting is completely covered with fabrics. Square up the block to 10" square.

こんなふうにキルト芯全体が生地で覆われるまで同じ作業を続けます。御覧の通り、3周目、4周目には大き目の生地を使いました。出来上がったパッチワークを25 cm大に切り揃えます。

Here's the pink/navy version.  


After finishing one zipper purse using the kimono patchwork block, I decided to make another one for the good friend of our aunty (total of two purses).


 Back side of the kimono patchwork bags.


From the moment I decided to stitch a purse gift for our aunty, cross-body purse was in my mind. I think cross-body is the most practical, safe, and convenient type of purse for the elderly woman, or for any of us! I used ready-made store-bought straps for these purses.


Side view


Inside pockets.


After making two kimono purses, one for our aunty and another for her good friend, I decided to make one more purse for another good friend of our aunty (total of three purses)! 

This purse is made for the kind Hawaiian lady who takes our aunty and her friend out for lunch on a regular basis. As you can see, I made this one bigger than the other two purses, to experiment with the size and style.


Back side of the bigger purse.


Three kimono patchwork purses finished! Phew!


Yes it was quite a work to stitch three purses in a short period of time... but I had so much fun! My only wish is that the new owners make good use of these new purses! We'll see... Mahalo! (Or thank you in Hawaiian🌸)

短い期間に3つのバッグを仕上げるのは少々大変でしたが、何よりとっても楽しい作業でした~♥ ハワイ在住の叔母とその友人たちがこのバッグを使ってくれたら嬉しいな~、と願いをこめて…。マハロ~(ハワイ語でありがとう❣)

***Amy Morinaka***

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PamKittyMorning said...

Very pretty bags. I love the size, the interiors and the straps are perfect.

Patchwork and Play said...

I love that crazy patchwork technique! I never know how to start? But with the pentagon it's interesting and easy to achieve! Love the two different designs you used also! I agree about a cross body bag- comfortable and leaves both hands free!

Marguerite D said...

I love these too - they are so stylish!


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