Good Vibes Only: Affirmation Bags (Komebukuro Traditional Japanese Rice Bag)


These Affirmation Bags are part of my project for the blog tour for Good Vibes Only, a new fabric line by Sassafras Lane. A long time ago, I saw an image of an antique Komebukuro bag made with a hexagon bottom and six sides. I wanted so badly to figure out how to do it! Somehow the prints and overall attitude of this line and the humble sincerity of a Komebukuro blended in my mind and this idea was born.


These bags are fully reversible, and easily customized. I used fussy cut pieces of the Night print from Good Vibes Only for all of the exterior parts, Jam for the lining, and Sky or Mustard as the tabs. Parachute Cord is from JoAnn Fabrics.


At some point I’ll write out a tutorial for this. Basically I cut a hexagon for the exterior and lining, with one angled side of the hexagon measuring 3.25 inches. Each of the six sides of my bag measures 3.25 inches wide by 7 inches long. I used Y seams to attach the sides to the hexagon, then sewed long edges of the sides together. I added tabs to the tops of the sides (each measured 2 inches wide by 2.5 inches long, with the sides folded down .25 inch and pressed/stitched). Then fold in half and baste to the top of the side. There’s more, but that’s the gist. If you’ve made a tote bag you can make this!

Here’s the full lineup of bloggers making amazing makes for the Good Vibes Only blog tour:

Monday, June 3rd: Shayla Wolf | Sassafras Lane Designs

Tuesday, June 4th: Emily Dennis | Quilty Love

Wednesday, June 5th: Nichole Vogelsinger | Wild Boho

Thursday, June 6th: Irene Sytema | Sugaridoo

Friday, June 7th: Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts

Saturday, June 8th: Robin Long | Robin Ruth Design

Sunday, June 9th: Jessica VanDenburgh | Sew Many Creations

Monday, June 10th: Nicole Young | Lillyella

Tuesday, June 11th: Sherry Shish Powered by Quilting

Wednesday, June 12th: Tara Curtis | Wefty Needle

Thursday, June 13th: Jo Westfoot | The Crafty Nomad

Friday, June 14th: Janet Nesbitt | One Sister Designs

Saturday, June 15th: Natalie Barnes | Beyond the Reef

Sunday, June 16th: Elisabeth Hardy | Elisabew Quilts

Monday, June 17th: Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House

Tuesday, June 18th: Joanne Hart Unicorn Harts

Wednesday, June 19th: Elise Baek | Elise & Emelie

Thursday, June 20th: Kaitlyn Howell | Knot and Thread Design

Friday, June 21st: Nicole Daksiewicz | Modern Handcraft

Saturday, June 22nd: Sarah Thomas | Sariditty

Sunday, June 23rd: Shayla Wolf | Recap

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