Weekend Project: Echino Bag
Hello! I was temporarily derailed by illness, but am back to share this quick and cute project, great for Spring. We carry three Echino stand alone bag patterns at the moment. They are all in Japanese, which might be a bit scary for some, but I assure you that they are actually pretty basic patterns good for those of you moving beyond a basic tote.
The diagrams are very good, unlike most Japanese patterns the seam allowance IS included, and they are very efficient fabric-wise. The supply list is in centimeters and relatively short. The first numbers are the outer, liner and interfacing, and then any notions: piping, zipper, velcro/hook and loop tape, buttons, etc. The diagrams illustrate cutting layout and construction. The pattern pieces themselves have a number of construction aids with good markings (symbols) and grain lines.This is also a great pattern to customize-- decide on pocket placement or key loops ahead of time, and attach them as you go.
I used a linen/cotton Yuwa map print and a sturdy sport zipper. I originally purchased packaged binding, but then misplaced it and opted to make my own as the pattern indicated. The webbing was also purchased at Bolt. This specific bag does not have a separate lining. Instead, I sandwiched the outer fabric, interfacing, and lining and sewed them together as one piece (the other patterns give instructions on liner construction and application. You can finish the inside seams with a serger, overcast stitch or pinking sheers.