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Here is an easy guide on how to make an Origami Fabric Bag – A Simple Bag Too.

This is the second post in a series about creating Origami Fabric Bags, a very simple alternative to using plastic bags.

You can read all about how to make the first bag in this post here.

To recap though, all I wanted was a simple bag.  In a world that seems to be filled with far too much plastic, you try your best to do what you can in your little corner of the world.

I have a collection of resusable bags, but they take up space, far too much space it seems sometimes, especially the bags that are fairly fixed in structure.

Another alternative, one that can be used for yourself or as the perfect gift, is an Origami Fabric Bag.

The simple beauty of this solution is that all it takes is a piece of fabric.  One that can be folded up and reused for something else if you choose.  The fabric can be in different sizes and different fabric types.  Just absolutely perfect!

I have a few different bag types that I use, so each week for the next few weeks, I will post up some of my favourite Origami Fabric Bags for you to try out, and see which one of your favourite.

Instructions for How to Make a Simple Bag Too

Firstly I took a square of fabric.  I used this Riley Blake Ombre Green Dots Quilting Cotton, which measured 110cm (44in) wide, and just cut off about 110 cm in length.

I then folded over hems on the two raw cut sides, about 1/4 inch, twice, tucking in the raw edge.  After ironing the hems, I sewed along the edge.  The selvage ends, I left as is.  I always do a few stitches backwards over my sewing at the end of each hem, just to make sure the thread ends do not unravel.


I then followed these very simple instructions as per the picture below.  The trick is to work out where you want the knots to be, as it affects the shape and holding capacity of the bag:

And there you have it, another very Simple Bag Too, which can be used for all sorts of things.  I prefer to use this style to carry food etc for picnics, as it can be laid flat on the grass and used as another spare cloth on the picnic mat.  It is also very good for carrying casserole or other round dishes, make sure your lid is securely fastened!

This bag also fits nicely over your shoulder to carry items out when shopping.


Try it with different types of fabric as well as different sizes for different uses, enjoy!

Next week, I will show you another style of Origami Fabric Bags.

We have a few colours available in the Riley Blake Ombre range, they are all simply stunning!

Riley Blake | Cotton Ombre Dot Green

Riley Blake | Cotton Ombre Dot Aqua

Riley Blake | Cotton Ombre Dot Red