The Tokyo Tie bag from Diana Rupp’s “Sew Everything Workshop” is a popular project; do a google search for it, and you’ll see that people love it. It is quick and easy (for people who know what they are doing; for me it’s a week-long project.) I was excited to make a cute, casual purse. The design is forgiving enough so that small differences in the the size or shape of your cut-out pieces of fabric won’t matter. I cannot find the right kind of pattern paper in stores, so I had to use butcher paper for the pattern.
The pattern was easy to make, but would have been impossible for my drawing-challenged hands to make without “Collins Quilt & Sew Ruler 2″X18″. Because Wrong had already made a Tokyo Tie Bag following the instructions in the book, I knew that the bag as given creates a tiny little thing. Wrong thinks that this makes it simpler for beginning sewers and helps them not waste fabric and money if things don’t work out, but I think giving people instructions to make a purse they can’t use without looking like a giant is a waste, and is simply a waste of money. So, I sized up everything by 1.5. Here are the old and new measurements in inches:
- 18 3/4….28 1/8
- 2 3/4…….4 1/8
- 1 1/8……..1 11/16
- 2 1/2……..3 3/4
- 5 5/8……..8 7/16
I added as big a pocket on the inside as I could. Best of all, I gave this bag to one of my friends. Using the purse as a present was extra motivation to do a good job and finish quickly, instead of having a half-finished project sitting around for a month, then losing interest and never finishing it.
Grade: A-. This is a very good beginners project, I just felt it needed to be a bit larger, and am glad I sized it up.