In the search of the perfect bento bag patterns

Lately, I have been obsessed with two things; First, I have been obsessed with bento bags. They are pretty, convenient and perfect project bags. After buying one from Fringe supply and made by Ambatalia I was thinking of making some myself which will give me great freedom in the conception of the bag. My second obsession is beautiful fabrics from Australian designers using Aborigines drawing techniques printed by M & S textile Australia. The fabrics are bright, alive and inspiring. You can buy these at Morris and Sons however I could not find them on their website so it looks like that you have to go to the shop to get these pretty fabrics.

PS: At the end of this post there is a Giveaway !

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My inspiration fabrics all from M & S !

This is not my first bento bag blog post, so far I wrote two using two different patterns, with  two different techniques.The first ever technique I used was from pretty prudent. Their free pattern works with two triangles. It is very easy to sew, however you will have a sewing edge in the middle of the two little bento ears :).  The second little problem is that you will lose some fabric where the two triangle will meet. It is maybe not the cheapest way to make a bento bag but an easy one! The second free pattern I followed was from very shannon blog. For my first attempt I used the amazing fabric Bambillah designed by Nambooka see picture bellow.

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My new little friend Bambillah designed by Nambooka

Bambillah is a very pretty fabric with flying gliders at night which symbolise strength. According to M&S Nambooka’s pattern “successfully portrays the spiritual world in the eyes of native Australians” which make this fabric even more special! Resting in the Bambillah bento bag, is my current work in progress Parachutey from Westknits that I am making for my mum.

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Bambillah Bento bag

To make Bambillah, I followed the free pattern written by Very Shannon called origami bento bag. The pattern work with 3 folds, it is easy to follow and well explained. because I want my bento bag to be  two different colours, from inside and outside, the folding make the fabric thick and tricky for me and my average sewing machine. I could, to avoid this problem, make two bentos and sew them together to have a perfect edge…. so I would have two bento in one !!! Now what about the third technique?  The third technic is well explained  in coco-stitch website. To make the Azuma Bukuro bag, she only uses two folds!!!! Yes, only two ! so simple! when you sew your two edges, magic happened and you have a pretty bento bag in front of you! like the little one bellow.

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little baby bento (I could not find the name of the fabric)

The second bag I made using this technic is called Bush tucker (bush food) designed by June Smith. Here is the little story behind the fabric from the M&S website: “Bush food (referred to as bush tucker in Australia) traditionally refers to any food which is native to Australia and is used as sustenance by the original inhabitants, the Australian Aborigines.   For thousands of years Aboriginal people survived living off the land, eating well when food was plentiful & conserving it in times of drought. This food is called bush tucker or bush food, and it’s Australia’s native food “

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Bambillah with parachutey and Bush tucker guarding hedgehog fibres goodness

The truth is that for a beginner it is not simple to make a perfect bento bag. What do I mean by perfect is in the symmetry of the bag and matching edges. With all my effort my bags are still not symmetrical and therefore the edges are not matching. Do you think that I am too demanding ?? maybe :)

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My second bush tucker with no yellow lining inside. The giveaway price

I am happy to giveaway my second bush tucker ! it is a way to say thank you for reading my posts and/or follow my blog or/and my instagram profile. To enter this little giveaway, you have to make a comment on this post or on  my instagram. I would like to say, like everyone else that you have to follow to be entitled to the price but I think that it is just a bit silly as if you don’t like my blog or my instagram there is no point behind that ! I just don’t want you to follow something you don’t like. So you are free to do what ever ! :) This giveway is opened worldwide and it will be close on the 4th of March Midnight Australian time. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on the 6th of March. Good luck !

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16 thoughts on “In the search of the perfect bento bag patterns

  1. Prendre des couleurs chaudes et sans complexes ajouter le graphisme aborigène puis mélanger dans une réalisation asiatique d’origami en tissu et voilà les délicieux bentos sortis des tes mains. C’est magnifiques puisque tu réinvente le ” vivre ensemble” et l’universalité. Super plaisir des yeux.

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  2. I love these bags and especially those fabrics! My parents went to Australia many years ago and brought me back a shirt with aboriginal drawings on it and I still have it. :)

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  3. Hi V, Thanks for your post, I came across the bento bags from Ambatalia and was also wondering how to make them! Of the 3 patterns you tried, did any of them come close to the ones from Ambatalia?

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    • HI Ged!
      Well to be honest none of them. they were always very different than the ambatalia one, not as polished . I end up buying a bento from them and with a friend we tried to figure the pattern out but it was so much effort that it was not worth it. Best to make your own one with the free internet patterns or buy freshly made in the USA from ambatalia or fringe supply :).

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      • Hi V, thanks for the feedback, it will save me being disappointed! I was hoping that one of them would come out close to the Ambatalia ones so maybe I’ll buy some from the USA but shipping to Australia is pricey…

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