Japanese kinchaku (= drawstring bag) for your loved one. In this case... for the sweetest girl I know. And she also happens to be a huge fan of Japan.
Can't be wrong with this... right?
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So for reference.
This kinchaku is based on the modern kinchaku pattern in my shop (you can find it right here and more on the blog over here). I did change the exterior though and I used a different quilt block for the outside of the bag.
Find out more how I changed the exteriors below!
Ok. Let me walk you through how I made this one. You ready?
I started with a couple FPP (= foundation paper pieced) heart blocks because Valentines is just around the corner. You can find this free block over with Prairie Quilt Co. But of course... you can use any orphan block you have in your stash for this.
This is a great project to use up some of your long forgotten blocks... Give them some new life and turn them into the cutest little project bags out there!
And of course... quilt them as desired. Here I followed the shape of the hearts and then added some free style lines. But the world is your oyster.
Time to go all in!!
If you never quilted by hand before and feel you need a little help - please hop over here. I dedicated a full blog post and video tutorial on hand quilting.
It's super fun and not as hard as you might think.
Make sure to trim down the blocks to the same size as your finished AB panels (either for the large or mini) and then continue as shown in the pattern.
After you've made a plain or patchwork kinchaku following the pattern, you will know how it's constructed. And changing out the patchwork for an orphan block will be super straight forward. Just remember to cut the block to the same size as your finished AB panels.
But as always... feel free to reach out if you have any questions. You can always (!!!) shoot me a quick email.
And again... check out the original blog post for all the materials you'll need. Inspiration and the free video tutorial.
Ohhh and before I let you go... remember... the kinchaku is also fully reversible. Pretty folded bottoms on the inside and outside. Cute. Whatever side you choose to use on the outside.
Take care and happy Bag Making!
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