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Natsuiro means “summer colors” in Japanese, making it the perfect appliqué embellishment for this roomy beach bag. Inspired by a combination of designs, including English hexagon two-sided quilts and Japanese yukata, the bag sides feature sashiko stitching and natsuiro embroidered in Japanese kanji characters.
Choose fabrics in the colors indicated below for a look similar to the sample bag or use your preferred colors. Label each fabric with the indicated letter for identification in the instructions.
— 62 assorted print cotton fabric scraps for hexagons; at least 4" × 4" (10 × 10 cm; 54 hexagons for front and 8 hexagons for back pocket)
— 1/2 yd (46 cm) of 45" (114.5 cm) wide print cotton fabric for back panel (A; shown: navy/white polka dot)
— 3/4 yd (68.5 cm) of 45" (114.5 cm) wide print cotton fabric for lining (B; shown: blue/white/green typography print)
— 1/2 yd (46 cm) of 45" (114.5 cm) wide solid cotton fabric for side panels and applique (C; shown: navy blue)
— 1/4 yd (23 cm) of 45" (114.5 cm) wide print cotton fabric for handle shells (D; shown: coral print)
— 1/4 yd (23 cm) of a second 45" (114.5 cm) wide print cotton fabric for handle linings (E; shown: turquoise/black stripe)
— 1/4 yd (23 cm) of 45" (114.5 cm) wide home decor print cotton fabric for bag bottom (F; shown: black/aqua polka dot)
— 1⁄3 yd (30.5 cm) of 45" (114.5 cm) wide natural linen for back pocket (G)See project for complete supply list and notions. Originally Published: Stitch, Summer 2011