Sunday, May 13, 2007

Obi bags by......... ME!!

obi tote bag Obi Tote Bag by Melanie Gray-Augustin of Kimono Reincarnate

As I said in my last post, I finally got around to playing with my own stash of Japanese textiles. My very first bag was a tote. While the tote seemed a little casual for this stunning fabric, I think it does allow a lot more of the design to be seen. I made this one for a Japanese friend's birthday. I hope she'll like it.

My second attempt, which isn't totally finished yet, was a smaller, more elegant handbag for my sister's birthday. Again, I hope she will like hers too!

I found the wooded handles and just loved them! I want to keep some black fabric showing between the bag and the handle, but at the moment I'm having trouble getting the machine in close enough to sew the hem for that facing. I'm just using a standard foot on the machine. I went to the craft shop to ask for some advice and I think there may be another foot, but they didn't seem totally convinced, plus the language barrier was a bit of a problem. Does anyone have any advice? At the moment I'm finding I'm having to hand sew it.

For both, I used a bag pattern from Nicole Mallalieu as a base to work from. Thanks Nicole your instructions were very clear and easy to understand!

I found that obi's lend themselves really well to making bags. On both bags the front and back are made from the obi fabric. On the tote, the handles have been made from the obi as well. I'm thinking, that if the interest is there, we might start cutting some obi pieces so that they are almost ready-to-go pieces for different bags. Drop me a line in the comments section if you are interested and any colour preferences you have.

Next I'm going to work on a couple of satchels. I personally love satchels. I'm going to do one for another friend's birthday (so many birthdays in May!) and I've promised my husband I'd make him one. I found a really funky black obi with red dragons on it. He's a huge dragon fan and like me, loves red and black, so it's perfect.

I'm thinking of playing around and getting the hang of these for a while. I think a number of people might be getting some in different fabrics for birthday or Christmas presents this year. Hehehe... if you're hoping to score one, let me know colour and style preferences.

Then, I'm planning to make a range to sell.

I'd love some feedback from people... what do you think of them??


obi handbag bag Obi Handbag by Melanie Gray-Augustin of Kimono Reincarnate

6 comments:

Sally said...

Hi Mel,

Yes, I really like both of them, but especially the small one with the wooded handles. Gorgeous material and the shape of the bags does show the material off well.

Sally

Anonymous said...

HI Mel! I am a HUGE fan of the satchel bag style anyway so no prizes for guessing which one I prefer! The wooden handles you have match the style well though and probably most people would like that as it is a little more "elegant" for the fabric.
My only suggestion would be to put your brand on it! Maybe an embroidered "KI" in Kanji would look great and make your bags a "brand".
Or perhaps you can create your own shape that is uniquely your "brand" without needing to put the embroidery on there. I am thinking Krumpler's success comes from the shape AND the brand. Just an idea! Miss you heaps! Chris.

Mel & Seigo said...

Beautiful...can't wait to see them in the flesh :)

Steven Kempton said...

I think they are beautiful. Great material, very colorful and eye catching.

gloria said...

Hi there,

I just discovered your blog from Heather's blog and I'm absolutely loving it! Since I don't want to seem like I'm stalking you by commenting on every single entries in one day, I'm just going to say I'm subscribing to you. =D I love your ideas on the kimono fabric...I'm going to have to spend a few days reading through your blogs...it'll be fun. =D

Sasaki Creations said...

Great blog!
I love the obi bag with the wooden handles. I just started making yoga mat bags out of my obis. They are so opulent!
Barb Sasaki
SasakiBags.com

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