Origami Lotus Bag

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Origami Lotus Bag Pattern


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Sewing: Origami Lotus Bag
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Origami Lotus Bag Grandmother's Vintage Indian Fabric bag
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Origami Lotus Bag Grandmother's Vintage Indian Fabric bag
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Women, Girls



Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic machine sewing skills required

Pattern Description:

My favorite project bag is this lotus-shaped drawstring bag I own. It's square with some design features that reminds me of Japanese origami, the beautiful art of paper folding. I love the way it folds in on itself like those old fortune teller paper games we used to play in school when we were children. The design is both simple yet clever. Pulling the drawstring shuts the bag and creates handles for carrying, all without losing its basic shape. I knew this bag design would be perfect for the vintage fabric my grandmother bought while traveling in India in the '70s, but when I looked around the Internet in an attempt to make it, I couldn't find a pattern or tutorial for the design I liked anywhere. I really wanted to have it replicated, so I just decided to write my own pattern! I'm a rudimentary sewer myself, so I assure you this pattern isn't hard and will gently stretch your abilities. Let's get sewing!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 12 inches square


  • two 18-inch squares of fabic
  • 48 inches of ribbon
  • a sewing machine

About Designer

About Designer

LadyDanio on craftsy.com

I am a writer and photographer with a love for yarn, a gift for gabbing, and a talent for acquiring hobbies. So basically, I like collecting things, talking too much, and taking pretty pictures. And squishing soft stuff. Like kitty bellies. Yum!

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