Sewing Project: Japanese-Inspired Cotton Pouch

Here is another addition to my repertoire of sewn items. In Japan, a pouch like this is used to carry one’s bento box or Japanese lunch box. My 100% cotton drawstring pouch can also hold lunch, but why limit it’s uses? It can also store small knitting, crocheting, or sewing projects or be used as an attractive gift bag.

Of Nature and Handmade Items 4

This is the last one of four pouches, along with the ones featured previously in my series ‘Of Nature and Handmade Items’, that I made for a group of friends and beautiful, young female professionals in San Francisco, California. The pouches are now on their way to their new owners. I hope that they’ll enjoy having and using them as much as I did creating them!

Of Nature and Handmade Items 2

Another nature-inspired handmade pouch of rich blues and warm gold which reminds me of water, the sky, autumn leaves, and everything natural and organic.

Of Nature and Handmade Items 1

Here is a little picture story of my Sunday. The weather was very mild and sunny. I went for a long walk through old rice fields. It was so still that I could hear the rustling of birds in the dry swamp grasses. Bare and bony trees framed the rice fields in the distance. An afternoon full moon, almost at its peak, was my steady companion. It felt good being out in the fresh air.

On this weekend’s walk there was a lot of blue – blue skies and blue waters. This morning the sunrise was exceptionally red. I noticed that I tend to respond to my nature impressions with something creative. When I spread out my materials in order to select fabrics for my next sewing project, immediately blue leaves (for trees and blue skies and waters) and contrasting white polka dots (for the full moon) on a red (for the sunrise) background jumped out at me. The result is this little cotton pouch.