Bento-Inspired Bag (Pattern Makes 2) WEAVING PATTERN for Rigid Heddle Loom PDF Digital Download



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This project is one that can be completed in a weekend and makes lovely totes to organize Farmers’ Market produce, gift bags to give baked goods to loved ones, or lunch sacks to take to work. That is the job of the bento-inspired bag; it is super simple but super functional. This Japanese-style bag is reminiscent of origami folds and the proper name for a bento bag is azuma bukuro, which roughly translates to “good fortune bag.” The wonderful thing about creating this type of bag is that you only need a square of cloth. This means any size loom will serve you well, as you can weave a square on just about anything. Even a pin loom can be used to create many squares that can be seamed together to make this bag! This project is also a great way to use up scraps and play with color. I chose to use hemp fiber and the colors of summertime heirloom tomatoes to spark some joy in my bento bag.

Project at a Glance

Type of Project: Rigid Heddle

STRUCTURE Plain weave.

Equipment: Rigid-heddle loom, 18" weaving width; 12.5-dent heddle;
1 shuttle. (If you have at least 19" of weaving width, you could use a 12- dent heddle instead.)

YARNS Warp: Lanaknits 3-ply (100% hemp; 165 yd/1.75 oz; Lunatic Fringe Yarns), Sprout, 90 yd; Brick and Au-bergine, 136 yd each; Weft: Lanaknits 3-ply, Pumpkin, 134 yd.

OTHER SUPPLIES Tapestry needle for hemstitching and weaving in ends.

Finished size: (after wet-finishing) 2 pieces of fabric, 14 1/4" x 17" each. Finished bag size: 2 bags, 11 1/2" x 9 1/2" each.

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Hannah Seaman Jan 25, 2022

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Really excited to gift this pattern for Christmas, especially because I can ask for one to be made for me more! 😄

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Jo Beck Dec 20, 2021

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