Sewing with all-natural fabrics can make an incredible difference in the quality of the items we make, with a look and feel that provides the ultimate in comfort. The twenty-five simple sewing projects in this book offer home accessories made from linen, wool, and cotton, from durable linen aprons to cozy wool blankets and washable cotton lunch bags.
This book is full of beautiful photographs, clear step-by-step instruction, and detailed diagrams that are reflective of the Japanese craft style. All of the projects are perfect for those new to sewing, yet the unsophisticated charm and useful nature of each item will appeal to every sewer.
Make the projects in this book and add a little bit of comfort and style to your home.
- Linen: Sarong Apron, Handkerchief, Slouch Bag, Hand Towel, Wastebasket Cover, Duvet Cover, Pillow Case, Kitchen Cloth, Fruit Bag, Apron
- Wool: Muffler, Socks, Room Shoes, Blanket, Bottle Cover, Lap Blanket, Messenger’s Bag
- Cotton: Jumper, Wall Pocket, Bath Mat, Small Bag, Sweets Mat, Lingerie Case, Lunch Bag, Parent and Child’s Bag
The handles are an extension of the main part of the bag, which you can use to easily tie the bag closed. The bag is also reversible. It’s easier to assemble if you use a piece of thick fabric for one side and a piece of thin fabric for the other.
The way the fabric is gathered changes the silhouette of the apron. If you pull the gather at the middle tight and loosen them at either end, you reduce the total volume of the apron and prevent the look from becoming too cutesy.
Measurements for the Handle should be 5-1/4" x 22".
4. Skip this step.
6. Place two of the top bands right sides together. Sew along both sides 3/8" from edge. Insert the handles between the top bands, aligning the sides of the handle against the side seams and the ends of the handle with the top edge of the top bands. Sew along the top of the two bands 3/8" from the edge, securing the handle in place. Turn the band right side out. Repeat for the back band.
7. Fold the bottom edges of the top bands under 3/8". Insert 3/8" of the top edge of the bag between the top band and stitch in place with green thread. To finish, sew two more horizontal lines along the bottom of the top band, also with green thread.