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Japanese Knot Bag, free design and PDF instructions.

Need an unusual present try this Japanese Knot Bag!

japanese knot bag 

Click on above red link to access the zip files.

This is a ‘cut in place’ applique project using different coloured fabrics. However, with a bit of imagination it could be worked with just one colour of background fabric.

The zip files contain the embroidery designs in both EXP and EMB format and PDF notes. You will need to have either a ‘Mega Hoop’ 400 x 150 or a ‘Jumbo / Maxi Hoop’. I have included the EMB file so that the design be resized or edited if wished. (I would recommend printing out the PDF notes and make your own notes on it re fabric choices and thread colours.)

This bag was created for my monthly embroidery group and was a very popular project. During the two previous months they had spent one class learning how to use the ripple fill in a controlled way.

Close up of ripple fill part of design

The following month we looked at how to create motifs i.e. a rope motif to create motif lines that could be used as an alternative to satin lines to cover an applique edge. Except for the line of candle wick stitches and the calligraphy satin lines all others are motif lines that I have created. For many it was the first time that they had used calligraphy satin lines and they were very impressed at how a simple satin line quickly became a much more decorative and visually interesting line.

Close up of calligraphy lines and motif satin outlines

To Stitch out the design           

  1. This bag is worked in a number of different steps. The PDF shows the screen shot of each step.
  2. Load the design into Bernina software and use the ‘Redraw facility to review the design and see what order these steps are.
  3. If you do not have Bernina Embroidery software load the EXP design into your embroidery machine and before stitching the design use the colour change feature to see the order of the steps.

Making up the bag

I have not included instructions on how to make up this bag as everyone has their own techniques. I chose to make bias piping with the background fabric to go around the edge but this is a personal choice. If unsure of how to make it up do an internet search and you will see various options.

Finished bag layed flat

(not my best photography effort!!)


Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: embroidery thread, fabric, tearaway stabiliser

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