When I was working full time, I periodically took a leave day for 'bag therapy' - a day of making drawstring bags from left-over fabric, or from sari scraps or kimono fabric to use in place of gift wrapping. I find it really relaxing, and love having a supply of bags in which to put gifts. In semi-retirement, I no longer need bag therapy days, however, when recently in Melbourne I bought a bag of vintage kimono fabric from the Made in Japan Shop in Australia on Collins.
As I am trying not to keep adding to my stash, and Christmas is coming, I have spent quite a few days playing with the fabric and turning it into bags.
Apart from the fabric itself, I get pleasure from finding the hand-stitching of the original kimono-maker, and evidence of painstaking techniques like reinforced seams, folded linings and mitred corners.
I divided the fabric into three piles based on colour - light, dark and red. This enabled me to use a basic thread for each pile, rather than matching thread to each bag.
Cords are mostly ribbon, but in a couple of cases I recycled elastic cord with a stopper
The photos don't give a sense of size, but the bags vary from roughly 15 inches to a couple of inches.
I'm not sure it is sane to spend days unpicking kimono fabric and remaking it into bags
- it certainly isn't an economic proposition by any conventional standard, but so satisfying.
The bags in this post are the light ones. I will post photos of some of the black and red batches later.