Lotus-Style Kinchaku bags are also called Lotus Flower bags or Origami Lotus Bags. These are super simple to make, so they are perfect for beginners. You can make them any size you’d like – start with two squares of fabric. You can use the Lotus-Style Kinchaku bags to carry your projects, use as travel jewelry bags and large bags are perfect to use as a bread or roll bag at the table!
Use your pretty new lotus-style Kinchaku bag for your projects. It opens all up so you can get to your supplies, and then you just pull the drawstring to put everything away neatly. This small bag holds an embroidery project.
This view of the top of the closed bag shows the lovely lotus flower petals.
And from the side you can see how nicely it closes with your project inside. This bag has a piece of suede cording as the tie.
This large bag that started with a 25″ square, so the finished size is about 8″ in diameter. I made flat fabric cording for this bag. Here it is flat with my crochet projects laid out ready to take with me.
When I tighten the ties, all of the blocks, yarn and crochet hook are ready to take with me!
And, a side view of the larger bag.
The first time I made these, it was my first sewing project on a sewing machine! So my sister helped me make these little bags for birthday gifts to my other sisters.
For each bag, start with two squares of fabric. The square can be any size. We started with 13″ squares from two different fabrics.
Put the squares right sides together, then sew 3 sides together. On the 4th side, sew about 2-3″ in from both sides, leaving a gap of at least 3″ in the middle of the edge. This is where we turned the fabrics right side out.
After the squares are sewn together, turn it right sides out and press. After sewing, turn the seam allowances at the opening inside and press. Then we topstitched those closed.
Topstitch about 1/4 from the edge all around the square.
Then, turn each of the 4 corners (pink) in to the side you want to show on the outside (black print).
Stitch a channel about 1/2-3/4″ from the folded edge to hold the corners down and form a casing for the ribbon. It is important to leave enough space that we can thread some ribbon through.
Next, cut two pieces of ribbon that can thread through all four sides. We started with a 12″ square, so we cut 2 pieces of ribbon at about 20″.
Thread the ribbon through each of the channels. If you have a bodkin, it makes it easy, but you can use a safety pin on the end of the ribbon, too.
When you get back to the starting point, tie the ends of the ribbon together.
Thread the second ribbon from the opposite side to have double ties.
When both ribbons are threaded and tied off, just pull the ribbons and it makes a bag!
We made two of these lotus-style Kinchaku bags. They were fun, and I love sewing on a sewing machine now! I was happy with my very first sewing project!
This bag is included in our Easy Bags to Sew article. Browse through all of the sewing projects on Create Whimsy.