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Komebukuro – a lost bag making skill – CANCELLED

November 7 2021 @ 10:00 AM - November 14 2021 @ 12:30 PM


Sadly we have had to cancel Sarah’s workshop due to insufficient registered participants. A full refund will be made to those who had booked a ticket.

We apologise for the inconvenience.


Komebukuro – rice (Kome) – bag (bukuro).

Komebukuro are Japanese cotton drawstring bags, which were traditionally used to carry rice offerings to the temples or shrines during important ceremonies or days. They were also used to hold a gift, for a special person for significant events.

Join Sarah O’Halloran from the Little Japanese Haberdashery as she teaches the lost art of making the Komebukuro.

Says Sarah: “I have never come across this particular method of assembling a bag. Since learning this technique, I see why it was used to make a Komebukuro and how it improves the bag’s structure.”

Copyright: Sarah O’Halloran

Session 1:   10:00-12:30 Sunday 7 November – Preparing the outer fabric
What you need to bring:
  • Fabric scraps – for the komebukuro outside fabric. Preferably cotton or other natural material fabric. A mixture of plain, patterned and textured fabric is fine. There is vintage cotton kimono fabric for sale in the shop.
  • Fabric scissors and thread snippers
  • Pen/pencil to write notes.

* You will need to take your piece home to finish the stitching *

Session 2:   10:00-12:30 Sunday 14 November – Constructing your bag by hand or machine (will be much easier with a sewing machine)
What you need to bring:
  • Outside piece completed
  • Fabric pieces pre cut
  • Fabric scissors and thread snippers
  • Sewing machine (in good working order – ready to sew)
  • If you hand stitch – needle and thread to do so


Sarah will provide the following
  • Fabric base and foundation fabric pre cut
  • Cord, sashiko thread and needles. Using appropriate needles for this thread will make the process much more enjoyable and achieve a finish that will please your eye.
  • A4 sheet with basic pattern information and stitch suggestions.


The workshop will be at Sarah’s work space – 16 Smith Street, North Hobart. There are accessible toilets, a kitchenette, plenty of standing and sitting table space for everyone and parking is easy.

Tickets on sale Thursday 7 October 2021. If you are not currently a financial member of Stitching and Beyond, you can join us, pay the small membership fee and then login to purchase your ticket.

If you have any questions or need more information please feel free to email Sarah.



November 7 2021 @ 10:00 AM
November 14 2021 @ 12:30 PM
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Sarah O’Halloran
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Little Japanese Haberdashery
16 Smith Street
North Hobart, Tasmania 7000
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