One of my purchases during my quilt retreat/shop hop jaunt to Ohio in April included a yummy lime green sushi fabric. In the midst of all the more traditional orientals, this fun and funky fabric just jumped out at me, and I immediately had a project in mind for it.
See -Tuesday at RIT is known around my office as "Sushi Tuesday" - mainly because our favorite student employee takes full advantage of the weekly "foreign food specials" in one of our dining facilities and is sure to get her sushi on Tuesdays. When I saw this fabric, I immediately thought of her, and wanted to make something for her "Sushi Tuesday" lunches.
A friend of mine gave me this yummy peach fabric to coordinate with the sushi fabric -and so I made a Hobo Lunchbag, a chopstick holder and a rolled up placemat - and rounded out the set with a small square sushi fabric knapkin.
The chopstick holder is a variation on a bag I received while I was in Japan that held a folding fan - the tie is attached to the top flap so no matter what size chopsticks you put into it (the wooden disposables tend to be smaller, while laquered chopsticks are usually longer) you can adjust the tie accordingly. I used black grosgrain ribbon, so that gave it a little texture, and picked up the black in the sushi print nicely. I used the same ties on the placemat, simply sewing them into the side seam before turning the placemat right sides out.