Scrap Happy November – Mini Knot Bags

A big snarl of knots

In early September, a crafty friend invited me to join in a delightful scheme…24 people were each to make 24 small gifts, to be collected by my crafty friend, and redistributed. Each of us will then get 24 little gifts, to be opened – one different little handmade crafty gift each day beginning December first. What fun! I started working on this project right away – and in this post I will describe the mini Japanese-style Knot Bags that I made for my contribution.



Kimono Fabric Scraps

The bags were made from some kimono scraps given to me by a very kind Japanese seamstress.



Yoyo circles

The linings were made from circles of very light weight fabric: some cut out by my grandmother, who intended to make them into a Yoyo quilt; and others rescued from a disintegrating yoyo quilt which I took apart and washed.   




I drew a pattern to fit inside a “yoyo” on a scrap of paper, and then adjusted and simplified to make it feasible to use for this project…




Most of the sewing was done by machine, but for the decorative stitches, I used silk thrums (the loom waste that remains after weaving). 




Constance says these are delightful, capacious, stylish and useful Hitty-sized shopping bags, but for the human’s advent calendar, an emergency tea bag and a sweet treat was inserted into each knot bag. They are also small enough to hang on a tree for a decoration afterwards.



In the following gallery, you can see the method of sewing the mini Knot bag:

ScrapHappy is a group of bloggers using up scraps of anything – no new materials…Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible, and posts come out once a month on the 15th!


Here are the links for the ScrapHappy people – headed by Kate and Gun, who devised and run the group.  This is my seventh Scrap Happy post – Yay!

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire,
Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin (me!), Vera, Nanette, Ann and Kym





12 thoughts on “Scrap Happy November – Mini Knot Bags

  1. I love these, they’re so pretty and also useful for Hittys. Do you use kimono silk much? I ask because I also have some kimono scraps, but no project in mind for them, and I wonder if they wouldn’t make nice Hitty clothes…

  2. Ah, you so satisfy the scrap happy person in me each 15th of the month. You’ve made some very sweet little bags here and also included the instructions how to make them. Your lovely work and detailed instructions are a blessing to those who may want to make one or more. Thank you so much for sharing your joy in these special ways.

    • You are welcome, and thank you for coming along on some of my sideways adventures…I really like how these little ones turned out, and think I might try to make some larger ones – I just love the design!

    • Thanks very much…the little bags were so fun to make, and I know they are going to people who will appreciate the fabrics, the design and the idea of them – so a bonus in all directions!

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