So quite a while ago, in fact I think it was almost 2 years ago, I wrote a tutorial on how to make an usamimi. I’m still loving them all of this time later so I thought I would rework the tutorial and show you and even easier way to do it.

This is what you’ll end up with…

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What you need:

  • Fabric
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Wire

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First thing you need to do is work out how long you want the usamimi to be and cut a rectangle of fabric to that size. Fold it in half on the long side (so it’s very thin and long) and cut the ends into slightly curved points. The photo below shows what the points should look like unfolded.

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This is what you should end up with, two points on each end.

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Fold it so the good side of the fabric is on the inside and start stitching at the crease. Go up to the point:

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And back down the other side.

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Continue stitching all the way down the side until you reach the end of the other point.

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Tie off the thread and leave the other end of the point open.

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Turn the whole thing inside out through the hole at the point.

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If you need to, use something pointy like a pen to help push it all through.

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You should have something along these lines:

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Cut a length of wire a few inches longer than the fabric is point to point. Fold one end of the over and twist so it forms a loop. This will prevent it from poking through the stitching on the other side.  Push the piece of wire into the usamimi through the hole and all the way to the other point.

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In the other tutorial I wrote the wire was stitched around the outside of the fabric, that works best if you have very thin wire, this technique works best if you have thicker wire.

Once the wire is all the way in, twist the other end in a loop too.

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Fold the edges of the hole under and hand stitch it completely shut.

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Test it out by twisting it together and you’re good to go 😀

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Very simple to do and super quick if you do them on the sewing machine too. If your fabric is very puffy you might like to topstitch the sides to flatten it a bit but I actually prefer the puffiness.


Hope you guys enjoyed, there’s a video version of this coming soon too!


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