How to Make a Bento Bag

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How to Make a Bento Bag
Make a bento bag to carry your lunch. (sushi image by Maryna Girard from

Bento, which means box lunch in Japanese, describes the kind of lunches usually packed by Japanese mothers for their children. Bento food consists of rice, vegetables and seafood or meat. The snacks packed in a bento can be quite beautiful--and so can the bag for carrying the bento. The bag is made of decorative cloth that can be tied around the box and carried to school.

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Things you need

  • Fabric, 22 inches by 11 inches
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • 25-inch drawstring

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  1. 1

    Fold the fabric in half, with the design facing in, so you have an 11-inch square.

  2. 2

    Stitch along the opposite open sides to form the two sides of the bag. There should only be one opening for the top of the bag.

  3. 3

    Flatten the bottom of the bag. Push on the two sides of the bottom where the side stitching meets the bottom of the bag. These two corners should form two flat triangles. Stitch a line across each of them. This will taper the bottom end and make the sides of the bag curve. Cut off the triangles.

  4. 4

    Fold the bag right-side out so the fabric's design is facing out.

  5. 5

    Tie the two ends of the drawstring together at the very end of each string, leaving only 1/2 inch of each end hanging from the knot that forms a loop.

  6. 6

    Place the loop of the drawstring along the rim of the top of the bag so that it sits parallel. Fold the rim over the drawstring and stitch it closed along the drawstring leaving a 1/4-inch opening where the ends of the drawstring can hang out. Pull the drawstring to close the bag.

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