Making Omiyage

For the manufacture of omiyage - the Japanese national bag for sweets and other sweets - 3 types of fabrics are required as the main ones and 1 - as the lining. As a rule, cotton or linen fabrics are used. For the main fabrics choose dark, light and color with a small floral pattern. The lining can be of any color, the main thing is that it is in harmony with the main material.

For the convenience of cutting the details of the bag, it is desirable to make a cardboard pattern - a rectangle of thick cardboard with dimensions of 15 * 3.5 cm. 12 parts of each of the three colors of the main fabric should be cut out on it. Tip: before cutting fabrics, they must be ironed carefully with steam, so that they immediately shrink.

Further assembly of the bag is done on a sewing machine. First, the details of dark and floral colors are sewn together. They should be folded in pairs facing each other and sew along from one side with a seam 5-7 mm wide. If the fabric is characterized by very high crumbling, the machine stitch can be replaced with an overlock, while the tails of such a stitch should be fixed - tie.

Then pairs of stitched parts are ironed so that the seam allowance is inside, and the front sides of the parts are outside.

The next step is between the pairs of parts sewn in strips of light colors, similar to a 7 mm wide seam.

After that, folds on the omiyage details should be fastened with small hand stitches, - on the upper edge - in one direction, on the lower - in the other.

From cotton fabric you need to cut out a lining for the bag, - a rectangle with dimensions 15 * 27 cm - the size is indicated with allowances for processing.

This rectangle must be sewn along the short end sides with a 1 cm wide seam. Iron the seam allowance in any direction. After this, hand stitches with a length of 7 mm should be sewn the bottom edge of the bag at a distance of 1 cm from the cut. Pull the stitch tightly and tighten the ends of the threads.

Similarly, but with longer stitches, you need to pick up and pull the bottom of the bag. The resulting assembly should be decorated by sewing on or gluing a button on a leg covered with fabric. The diameter of the button should be at least 3.5 cm.

Then, the lining should be put into the base of the omiyage - the wrong side to the wrong side and fasten both bags first with a manual notched stitch and then with an overlock.

From the top fabric, 2 parts of the drawstring should be cut out for processing the top of the bag, - rectangles with a size of 15 * 5 cm. The transverse sides of these parts must be hemmed, turned on the inside so that their finished length is 12.5 cm.

Then the prepared drawstring need to be sewn to the bag from the wrong side with a seam 1 cm wide.

Then the wings are bent to the front of the product, bent by 1 cm and adjusted with a seam 1-2 m wide from the edge. If necessary, the wings can be slightly ironed.

Immediately under the seam of the stitching of the drawstring, you can sew decorative braid or lace, in harmony with the appearance of the bag. Narrow satin ribbons or a waxed cord must be inserted into the wings. Omiyage is ready!