Japanese Knot Bag No. 2

Japanese Knot Bag No. 2

Hello Dear Friends and Readers,

Today I am following on from my Japanese Knot Bag – A New Pattern, with Japanese Knot Bag No. 2.

I can honestly share with you all, that I have loved this original bag to death.  I have literally worn it out.  It now needs some repairs and I believe that that is testament to it’s usefulness and appeal.  I have washed it many times too.  I love that about hand made bags – washable, because, they do get around, if you know what I mean!

The other thing I need to add, is that I have also received a multitude of compliments, both for the original and for the new one I am showing you today.  They came from both friends and strangers who have approached  me and asked about the bag.
Japanese Knot Bag No. 2

It has become my go to handbag when traveling, for a number of reasons.

1. It is highly capacious,

2. Because of the method of closure. There is nowhere for pickpockets to open it.

3.  It is light.  With luggage restrictions, there is very little extra weight.

4.  Hands free  Cross body bag.  That is liberating at any time, but especially when traveling.

5.  It is comforting, warm and malleable.  Many times I have held it on my lap for extra warmth.

6.  Fully washable.

7.  You could say it is eco friendly as I made it from some left over linen pieces from an old furnishing book and leftover quilt batting pieces.   The lining and pockets are quilting cotton.

8.  Its pretty  – that counts!

9.  There is even room for my makeup bag and a hand sewing project and that matters to me.  (Frees up my carry on luggage)

10.  It is totally individual.

Japanese  Knot Bag No. 2 Construction Instructions

In order to complete, this bag, you will need to follow the pattern and construction tutorial for the  original bag with these modifications.  When drawing up the  pattern, increase the length of the sides by 4”.  Use some complementary fabrics, but they can be different for each panel.  For mine I use two blue florals and two pink florals of linen.  Please also bear in mind that you may want to shorten the length if the main strap, as this bag is physically longer.  You may need to adjust it to make it ergonomically correct for yourself.

Here I am doing the last sewing of the strap on my Singer 66 treadle.

Now if you are ready, jump to the original pattern.

Japanese Knot Bag & Tutorial – A New Pattern

I really need to make another one too!
Japanese Knot Bag No. 2

If you love making bags and baskets as I do, you may also like these posts!

QAYG Hobo Bag Pattern

and this one,

Making a new End of Day Quilters Basket

Have a great day, and thank you for visiting


One thought on “Japanese Knot Bag No. 2”

  1. This is such a pretty bag! I love it that you use a treadle Singer sewing machine like my mom had. They were made to last. I think I will try making this bag. I like that it has a flatter bottom than the regular Japanese knot bag pattern, and the cross-body strap also adds to its usefulness. I was looking for a bag with a flatter bottom for pretty counter-top storage of a bulky object (breast pump). Thanks for the update and the great pics and instructions. Now to choose a gorgeous fabric, or several!

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