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Easy Beginner Sewing: Japanese Bento Bags

Japanese Bento Lunch Bag Sewing Project

An exceptionally easy beginner sewing project to make a modern Japanese bento lunch bag starting with two triangles of fabric. Watch the free video lesson below featuring Style Novice demonstrating just how simple this Bento lunch bag is to sew. If you need written steps for this free sewing project visit Style Novice‘s blog here.

Sewing Supplies:

  1. 1 metre of heavy decor weight cotton fabric, laminated cotton, or cotton linen

  2. a measuring tape

  3. scissors

  4. sewing chalk

  5. sewing pins

  6. thread

blue laminated cotton – to sew a Japanese style bento box bag.


From Wikipedia: Bento (弁当 bentō?) is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Bentos are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋 bentō-ya?), railway stations, and department stores. However, Japanese homemakers often spend time and energy on a carefully prepared lunch box for their spouse, child, or themselves.

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