Are you a beginner behind the sewing machine? Or are you a more experienced sewer with the stash to prove it?
Look. Don't get me wrong...I'm all for having a stash to shop from, but not in such enourmous amounts that it gives me a sewing block.
Sometimes you just need a fun project for those left over bits 1 yard and 1/2 yard fabric in your stash. You know...those fabrics you love and can't bear to part with, but just don't know what to make?
The Tsuno Tie Bag pattern + spreadsheet will get you sewing and destashing in no time.
With 7 sizes and a spreadsheet to calculate your own recipe to create custom bags and make the most of the fabric you have on hand.
Or if you need a project to build confidence behind the sewing machine, where if you mess up a project you haven't just wasted a bunch of expensive fabric, but maybe just that old sheet you tried to upcycle ;)
It's a great project to help reduce your stash and build confidence...I'm not saying it's super easy Where's the fun in that anyway?!. There are some fab techniques to tackle (French seam, mitered corners) but there are step-by-step instructions and there is a video sew-along on the way + a few blogposts to complement the instructions.
The Tsuno Tie Bag is based on the antique Japanese tsunobukuro, and the still commonly used azuma bukuro.
Tsuno means horn and refers to the pointy handles that can be used to tie the bag. These bags were probably used to store grains and were made from one continuous piece of fabric.
The fabrics were originally made from bast fibres like hemp, ramie and linden. On photos of these antique bags you can see beautifully handmade and mended bags.
Although the antique horn bags are a rare find, the azuma bags are still commonly used. The base for both bags is the same, a rectangle, and they are both folded in an origami like way, but the azuma bukuro is shorter than tsunobukuro bags and it often has extra pointy handles.
The tsuno tie bag is folded in a similar way, but the finish ( French seam and mitered corners) is probably different.
The bags are a very satisfying project and once you get it, they are a quick make.
I know you'll want to make all sizes and use them for everything...I've been using them to store my knitting projects, as small reusable gift wraps, to store scraps for future quilts, as produce bags and as a gift on it's own.
You might use them to store shoes, toys (they are a great and cute catch all)