Little bag made yourself

Dear naginata practitioners, I’m sure you all have at least one naginata bags, an armor bag and many other things like that… But do you have a nice little bag to store the tape and all the necessary accessories that you don’t know where to put in your armor bag? Well in this little article I will teach you how to make one.

First, cut 2 rectangles of 26 x 21 cm (+ 1 cm for the seams so 27×22 ) in coloured fabric and 2 other rectangles of the same size in a neutral fabric for the lining. Transfer the indications not to be sewn onto the fabric (as shown in the picture below)

– 2 indications of 1cm at 3cm from the top edge (which will be used later to pass the cord)

– 1 indication of 5cm in the middle of the lower part (which will be used to turn the fabric over)

Overlap the two coloured fabrics and sew them together on 3 sides except for 1 cm for the cord.

Overlap the two neutral fabrics and sew them together on 3 sides except for 1 cm for the cord, but leave 5 cm open at the bottom, so that you can turn the fabric over later.

You will then have two small bags like the picture below:

Open the edges by 1cm by forcing them with the nail or ironing them.

Place the neutral coloured bag inside the coloured bag and pin them together to temporarily bind them.

Sew all around, then pull out the inside.

Turn the fabric over through the 5cm opening left in the inner fabric.

Sew this 5cm opening.

Tuck the inner fabric into the outer.

Check that the openings for the drawstring match.

Pin for topstitching at the bag opening.

Pin just above and below the drawstring opening.

And sew

And here is your finished bag!

All that remains to be done is to run the cords (here: 2x50cm)

Tip: to get through the bead easily, put a piece of sticky paper over the end of the rope. Insert it into the bead and pull with pliers.

Remarks :   

* To make your bag reversible: do not use beads that are too big, they must fit through the 1 cm opening.

* You can use only one string, but to prevent the bag from opening, you must place a “cord stop” on it.

article by Pacale De Coster