Small Box Bag | Maiko in Kyoto on Black with Traditional Motifs
- Japanese fabric hand-selected from Kyoto
- Canadian-sourced interior fabric and hardware
- Handmade in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
- 100% cotton exterior with high quality quilt cotton feel, 100% cotton interior
- Exterior Japanese fabric has been interfaced for some body
- Measures approximately 6" (15.3cm) long, 5" (13cm) wide, and 4" (10cm) high
- Colours may differ between monitors and devices
- Listing is for bag only
- Machine wash, cool, and then pop the corners and let air dry
The short version of the Why Japan? story:
I like cats. Japan has good cat fabric, and I have a history with Japan because I was an exchange student there. So, I go to Japan to buy my fabrics because it is cheaper and more effective than trying to source them in Canada in less than wholesale amounts.
The long version of the Why Japan? Story:
Ever since I was young, I have wanted to be an entrepreneur. It’s true! I would make and “sell” bracelets when I was 5-7, dreaming about owning a shop to sell my wares. Or I wanted to be an author/illustrator. Creativity has always been key for me!
I have been a knitter since 2007. I learnt in university, took it with me on my exchange to Japan, and then continued to develop my skills when I returned by knitting through most of my classes. If I was knitting, I was paying attention. If I was doodling, nothing was getting retained. Then, when I started my 9-5, I carried it along for any chance to knit on transit or my lunch break. I began to walk and knit…and that’s when I started making project bags!
I pride myself on making all my bag styles transportable, so you can carry your knitting everywhere with you! Whether it’s a strap wrist, shoulder straps, or carabiner hook, I’ve got you covered!
Now, why Japanese fabrics? Well, remember that little note about my Japanese exchange? Here’s where that ties in! When I began making project bags, I was one of only a few project bag makers in Alberta. But then more people joined me and I started looking for a way to make my bags unique, since there are only so many ways to fold fabric and still have it work as a bag! I was already using Nekozuki in my name (Nekozuki is cat lover in Japanese), and so I looked to Japan for cute cat fabrics (which were hard to find in Canada). I found Etsy sellers, and imported from then to start. But then my husband and I went to Japan for his first trip in 2016. I said “We should look at the cost of buying fabric in Japan and bringing it back with us.” - since purchasing it with the middle man up charge was not going to be sustainable and I don’t use it in such a quantity to justify wholesale bolts. Lo and behold, it was cheaper for me to go to Japan, buy the fabric, and then return to Canada with it! It also meant I could return to Japan (the horrors!). So now I exclusively use Japanese fabrics for my exterior fabrics (with the exception of any bags with canvas, like the Kato Drawstring bag). The feel for a lot of the fabric is often nicer than North American fabrics - both in weight, texture, and hand feel. I know purchasing fabrics online is hard! It’s another reason I go to Japan for the fabrics. But, please rest assured that if you purchase a bag from me, you are receiving fabrics that are hand-selected as they are for a reason!
Does this mean my Canadian suppliers are out of the loop? No! In fact, the only thing I source from outside Canada besides fabric has been a recent addition, and that is the leather cording for the drawstrings in the Kato bag. So hardware, thread, interior cottons, and leather all come from Canadian suppliers. And the cording comes from a small business in the US!
Why use a project bag?
Protect your knitting or crochet project from the rest of your life! Project bags help keep your yarns and projects cleaner (mine’s kept pizza sauce off of many projects), out of harm’s way from wool fiends (cats, dogs, and children), and is completely reusable!
The Japanese fabrics are a nod back to Katie’s days as an exchange student in Japan during university and her continuing love of cute cat fabrics and Japanese aesthetic. Every fabric is hand chosen by Katie in Japan! Added benefit: each print is a distinctive way to help tell works-in-progress apart!
Don’t knit? Use these as make up bags, packing cubes in your suitcase, or anything else you can think of!
Can't decide what size of bag is best for you? Check out this handy blog post: What's the Best Project Bag for Me? There are yarn weight/amount and project suggestions so you can decide what bag will best fit your knitting/crocheting!
Check out my fabric selection process in a series of videos on my YouTube Channel: Atelier Nekozuki Fabric Selection Videos Playlist
What Bag is Best for Me?
What Bag is Best for Me?
Overwhelmed with trying to make a decision about what bag you want to purchase? This guide is here to help! It has approximate amounts yarn you can fit into a bag, along with suggested projects so you can choose the bag for you and your knitting/crocheting life! If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me through the contact form! I'll respond within 24-48 business hours.
Cake Cozy Designed to keep yarn from one cake of fingering-weight yarn from tangling in your bag. Specifically designed for when you don’t want to carry a project bag, this would also be a fantastic way to keep multiple skeins wrangled in a larger bag. Made from Knot Bag scraps!
Triangle Pouch A single-skein bag that is set up to knit socks, one skein hats, or other similar projects! Will also hold circular needles with some wrangling.
Small Box Bag Up to 300g of fingering-weight yarn, 200g of worsted weight yarn, 100g of bulky+ weight yarn
Can also be used as a make up or toiletries bag, toy bag for the kids’ car toys, or as a shaving kit bag!
Up to 500g of DK to worsted-weight yarn, 300g of bulky-weight yarn
Up to 700g of bulky+ weight yarn, 900g of worsted-weight yarn
Suggested Projects: Blankets, large & bulky sweaters, and all those WIPs kicked out of smaller project bags so one can start the next best project!
Can also be used for a tote bag!