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The reversible Japanese Knot Bag can add fashion, fun, and versatility to your outfit. Learn how to create your own Japanese Knot Bag, with the Cricut Maker. This tutorial explains the process, which is easy to understand and enjoyable to execute.

Reversible Japanese Top Knot DIY Materials/Supplies

All the components needed to make your reversible Japanese Knot Bag are listed below.

  • Hello Creative Family DIY Japanese Knot Bag Pattern Cut File,
  • Cricut Maker,
  • Iron or Cricut EasyPress,
  • Fabric Scissors,
  • Pins and pin-cushion or Wonder Clips
  • Cricut Rotary Blade
  • Cricut Fabric Grip Adhesive Cutting Mat in 12×24″ size
  • 2 pieces of Fabric-A 12″ by 20 inches
  • 2 pieces of Fabric-B 12″ by 20 inches fabric B.
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Cricut Sushi Iron-On Design or another iron-on decal

Login and Cricut Maker Set Up

Step 1. Use your email/Circut ID to Log into Cricut Design Space (https://design.cricut.com)

  • Click on the Projects option.
  • Click on the Hello Creative Family DIY Japanese Knot Bag Pattern Cut File.
  • Click on the “Make It” option in the upper right-hand corner; click continue on next page.
  • Pick out and select your Cricut Maker from the middle tab drop-down menu choices.
  • Pick out and select the material/fabric that you are using.

Cut And Assemble

Step 2. Lay fabric on the cutting mat and place the cutting mat in the Cricut Maker.

  • Cut fabric by pushing the flashing C button, yielding 2 Fabric-A and 2 Fabric-B pieces.
  • Position and line up both pieces of Fabric-A together with the printed sides facing; pin them together.
  • Repeat the process with Fabric-B.
  • Stitch straight across the top of each handle with ¼ seam allowance.
  • Starting at the notch below one handle, stitch completely around the bottom of the bag to the other notch, with ¼ seam allowance.
  • Snip little notches around the fabric edge; do not cut your seam.
  • Optional step: With bag right side out, fold in a ¼ raw edge of the handles and press. Then sew your bag shut; The sides of the handles and the middle remain unsewn.

Step 3. Fit Fabric-A bag (right side out) over the Fabric-B bag (inside out).

  • Pin together the top of the handles together.
  • Open up the top of the bag so that the section between the short and long handles looks like a circle around the top.

Finishing Touches

Step 4. Reach through the open space in the side of the long handle to pull the right side of your bag out.

  • Fold in and press a ¼ inch seam allowance along the raw edges of the handles; pin the pressed edge in place.
  • Close the arms of your bag with a top-stitch. Be sure to use a ⅛” seam allowance around the armholes of the long and short handles as well as the circle shaped area between the long and short handles.
  • Lightly press the bag and the top-stitched areas to give the bag a polished professional look.

Step 5: Customize your bag with iron-on decals on one or even both reversible sides of your bag. Be sure to follow any special instructions from the decal manufacturer, included with decals in the package.

  • Heat up your iron; select cotton and/or linen as your setting, but do not include steam in your setting. Please note: 340 degrees Fahrenheit is the proper setting if your decals will be applied with an EasyPress.
  • Run an iron over the bag for 15 seconds to preheat it.
  • Lay your decal on the preheated bag. With medium pressure, run the iron over decal front a total of 50 seconds.
  • Turn the bag over and run the iron over the back of the decal for 15 seconds.
  • After the decal is completely cool, carefully peel off the clear lining from the decal when design cools. If you are customizing both sides of your bag, repeat these steps (5a-5e) for the second side of the bag.

This project is one of many that yields the joy of creating a product with your sewing tools and your hands. Feel free to contact us for more information about do-it-yourself projects or the sewing tools used to make them.

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