Reversible Japanese Knot Bag

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The finished Japanese knot bag.Use old jeans of different colors to sew this original Japanese bag. This bag is made of two different fabrics and is reversible. You will get two different looks in one bag.


Total Time: 4-5 Hours

The reversed bag.



  1. Draw (copy) the pattern on your checkered paper, according to the squares. I made this bag 36 cm wide (about 14 inches) and 56 cm long (about 22 inches), but you can change the size, keeping the proportions.

    Write numbers and color of the necessary jeans on each piece.
  2. Template for cutting out fabric.
    Template for cutting out fabric.
  3. Transfer the pieces of the pattern onto the cardboard with the help of carbon paper. Cut the pieces out. Do not forget to write number and color on each piece.
  4. Making the template for the bag.
    Cutting out the template for the bag.

  5. Unstitch the jeans seams and smooth out the folds. Lay your cardboard templates on the jeans as closely as possible, leaving around the cardboard 0.7-1 cm (0.3-0.4 inches). Circle the cardboard templates. Cut out the pieces from the jeans with margins.

    The bag has the same pattern on both sides. Therefore, you need two parts with a mirror pattern. For the second part, the templates need to be turned to the other side.

    In total, there will be 33 denim pieces for one side of the bag and 33 denim pieces for the other side. Do not mix them.
  6. Using the template to cut out the fabric.
  7. Sew the denim pieces so that you get the pattern like on paper. Do the same with the denim pieces for the second side of the bag, except for the seam between pieces #14 and #15 (this will be the hole for a pocket).
  8. Several pieces of denim cut out.
    Sewing the pieces of denim together.
    Leaving a hole for the pocket.

  9. Sew a zipper between the denim pieces #14 and #15. Sew a pocket from jeans to the zipper.
  10. Sewing a pocket into the bag.
    Adding a zipper for the pocket.
  11. Put together the denim parts of the bag with the front sides. Sew the bottom and lateral edges. Sew the top of the handles. Turn out denim part of the bag.
  12. Sewing the outside of the bag.
    Sowing the construction of the bag.
  13. Cut out the paper template along the outer contour.

    Fold the fabric for the second side of the bag in half. Lay on top of the fabric template (the bottom of the bag will be on the fold), circle and cut out the bag pattern with margins 1.0-1.5 cm (0.4-0.6 inches), 3 cm (1.2 inches) for top of the handles.
  14. Cutting out the inside fabric.

  15. Make two pockets from fabric. Sew the pockets together on the bottom. Sew a zipper to the pocket. Then sew the pockets to fabric part of the bag.
  16. Cutting out the inside fabric.
    Adding pockets to the inside fabric.
    Sewing a zipper in the fabric.
  17. Sew the lateral edges of the fabric bag. Don't turn out the fabric bag.

    Put the fabric bag inside the denim bag. Sew outer edges of the handles, then turn out the handles on the front side.
  18. The completed inside bag.
    Sewing the inside bag into the denim bag.
  19. Sew inside edges of the handles, folding them. Sew the top of the fabric handles by hand, folding edges of fabric. The reversible Japanese knot bag is ready.
  20. Finishing the bag.
    The finished bag.
    The finished Japanese knot bag.

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July 28, 20210 found this helpful

This bag is so beautiful!

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July 30, 20210 found this helpful

Thank you very much! :)

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