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Added Sep 25, 2011

by nahoko

Tokyo, Japan






This is a japanese traditional bag called Azumabukuro. it’s made from just a rectangle of fabric, its length is three times longer than it width. first you fold the rectangle in three and then sew upper and lower side of the square. (not all of three layers together, but each two of three.) that’s all! it can be folded into flat square and also can be shaped into pyramid with something inside. It’s reversible too.

Material Notes

IKEA cotton fabric and Indian madras plaid fabric


Garment Type

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    Feb 5, 2013, 05.35 PMby flofflach

    I was really pleased ro see steps 2 and 3, helped me quickly solve the problem of how to make – I was specifically searching for instructions.Had worked out step one and knew how to sew in lining once I had steps 2 & 3 – so thank you! Though is a bit tricky when using a slippery vintage scarf as material.

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      Feb 8, 2013, 07.22 AMby nahoko

      I’m happy I could help! I can imagine it must be tricky when you use a slippery vintage scarf, but also I can imagine the result must be gorgeous!

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    Sep 28, 2011, 05.38 AMby nessys

    This is really neat Honey – I have a pattern for one of these in one of my Japanese Dress pattern books and wondered exactly what they were and how the were used. Thanks!

    PS you have EXCELLENT taste regarding the fabric for this one…. I have it too and have made it into throw cushions for my lounge room! Ikea is so great – and the birds on this fabric are so sweet!!!

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      Oct 10, 2011, 08.19 AMby nahoko

      hehe, actually it can be used any way you like and for anything you like, because the bag itself doesn’t have fixed shape, It’s maybe more like a flat piece of fabric than a bag :))

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    Sep 26, 2011, 01.35 AMby jenss-1

    Pretty and useful too! I bought one of these when I was in Japan some years ago, but I had not thought of making one. A good idea –thank you!

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      Sep 26, 2011, 04.53 AMby nahoko

      yeah it’s surprisingly easy to make and surprisingly useful :)) I think this kind of traditional bags are now popular again in Japan as eco bags.

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