Japanese packages: Horn Bag or Furoshiki??

The horn bag has 2 seams and some tricky folds. The furoshiki is much simpler so I thought people could try it if they wanted something easier. It is a simple square. You just tie the corners together, like a hobo bag.

This post gives the pattern and instructions for the horn bagin 19 illustrations.

In my last post I showed this bag for presenting gifts. Here are the interesting folds and seams similar to origami that make the bag. There are 2 seams to sew and small hems around the raw edges to sew down.

NOTE: I HIGHLY RECOMMEND MAKING A PAPER SAMPLE before working with cloth. The folds are tricky. I found it enormously helpful to mark letters and lines on the paper pattern. They were often valuable  as I was working along. I cut up a grocery bag for my sample.

Length: 4 times the width PLUS ½” to allow for the 2 seams and  the folded raw edges.
Width: ¼ the length plus ½” for seams and the folded  raw edges.
My sample measured 16 ½ inches x 4 ½”.

Step 1
Turn under ¼” to the WRONG SIDE and iron on all sides for hems and seams. DO NOT sew anything yet.

Step 2
Fold the length in half and half again for 4 sections each ¼ of the length. Iron so you can see the creases easily. On my paper sample I marked those creases on the wrong side.

Number the sections: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Step 3
In section 1, Make a diagonal fold AS SHOWN. I marked the line with dashes and marked it  A. On the other side of the fold, I put a small a.

Fold A is done.

Step 4
Make Fold B in section 2. All the folds will be diagonals.

Folds A and B completed. Note the orientation. A & B should be perpendicular to one another. Fold B is on the bottom and A is actually going to be one of the handles.

Step 5
Make Fold C.

Step 6
Make Fold D for the fourth fold. Don’t worry too much if it isn’t exact.

Here  is how it should look after the 4 folds are done. (This is a repeat of the previous photo.)

Step 7
Fold E. This one makes the other handle. To do this, flip the whole thing over to the other side and see where to fold E. Magically, it turns itself inside to form the other handle.

Step 8
Sew the first of two seams. The arrow shows which pieces will be joined. See detail in the next Photo.

Open up the folds to sew a narrow seam as shown. Keep track of the edges which are to be sewn together as you turn everything inside out. Note: I made a little cut where the sewing begins to separate this seam from the turned-down raw edge.

Step 9
Now turn everything over to see the arrow where the second seam will be  made to join those pieces together. As with the first seam you will need to turn the piece inside out to actually sew the seam. See the next photo.

Sew the seam.

Step 10
Sew down all the remaining raw edges where you ironed them down.

Here is one side of the finished bag.

The other side – and you are finished!!