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 !
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.
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.
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.
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 “
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 :)
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 !