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PDF Sewing Pattern - Tsuno Tie Bag - Azuma Bukuro - Tsuno Bukuro - Bento Bag


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Need a fun project for those left over bits 1 yard and 1/2 yard fabric in your stash? 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.

It's a super quick project! Perfect for the beginner or those that want to jump back into sewing. Don't worry about messing up and wasting a bunch of expensive fabrics, you can use quilting cotton or upcycle old bedding.

Sew along using the video tutorial that complements the instructions.

Learn and practice new techniques like the French seam, double-fold hem, edge stitching, and mitered corners. Techniques that can be used in many future sewing projects.

It's a great way to turn a rectangle into a fancy storage bag with pointy handles to tie it closed or add a strap and use it as a shoulder bag. Use the bag for storage, as reusable gift wraps, as a DIY teacher gift, as a produce bag, shoe bag, project bag to store your knitting, to hold your bento bag, to organize scraps for that future scrappy quilt or as a shoulder bag with the strap.

Try before you buy? There is a free copy of the PDF pattern in size XXS including the instructions for the basic bag if you sign up for the newsletter, but if you want to create custom recipes with the spreadsheet + all the sizes + strap pattern for the larger sizes you can grab your copy here.

See what the testers made on the blog


The Tsuno Tie Bag is based on the antique Japanese tsuno bukuro bags, and the still commonly used azuma bukuro bags. 

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The fabrics were originally made from bast fibers like hemp, ramie, and linden. In photos of these antique bags, you can see beautifully handmade and mended bags.



Beginner with a few projects under their belt.



  • A handy spreadsheet to create custom recipes (you'll need Microsoft Excel)

  • Seam allowance is included

  • A0 Copyshop File included

  • Home Print suitable for A4 and Letter


  • Light to medium weight fabrics

  • Natural fibers like linen, cotton, and hemp. look for: Voile, batiste, quilting cotton, poplin etc.


You'll need a maximum of 1,5m / 1 3/4 yard. of 111cm  / 44" wide fabric if you want to sew all the sizes.



XXS - 18 x 18 cm / 7 1/8" x 71/8"
XS - 21.5 X 21.5 cm / 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"
S - 25.2 x 25.2 cm / 9 7/8" x 9 7/8"
M - 30.5 X 30.5 cm / 12" x 12"
L - 36 x 36 cm / 14 1/8" x 19 1/8"
XL - 42 x 42 cm / 16 1/2" x 19 1/8"
XXL - 48.5 x 48.5 cm / 19 1/8" x 19 1/8"



  • Thread
  • [Optional] 4 x D-rings for the strap


  • Edge stitching

  • French seam

  • Double fold hem

  • Mitered corners

  • Boxed corners


    • Sewing machine

    • Steam iron & ironing board

    • Pins

    • Fabric scissors

    • Ruler & Set Triangle

    • Microsoft Excel for the spreadsheet



      *the files are all PDF files and come packaged as a zipfile, you'll need to download these from a laptop or pc.


      • All sizes + strap separately 35 pages (cut lines are butted against eachother for reduces cutting action)

      • All sizes nested + strap 12 pages

      • All sizes + strap separately

        COPY SHOP

        • Copy Shop A0 : 2 X A0 pages includes all sizes + strap

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