When I started learning Hangul a few years ago I also discovered many lovely traditional Korean crafts. Jogakbo is a kind of Korean patchwork, traditionally made using scraps of leftover fabric to make household goods or garments. I'd seen several examples of wind chimes made using fabric and as I was curious how the double sided seams were created I decided to have a go.


The first mobile I made was from a lovely book I have called Pojagi in Daily Life. The instructions are in Korean, but I managed to translate a bit and figure out the rest. It turns out that the seams are also known as flat fell seams - the raw edges are tucked in and stitched so that the patchwork looks tidy on both sides. I also added some little Jatssi 잩씨 - pine nut decorations - the little folded triangles.


For the second mobile I made a selection of square sachets, called Oksa 억사. These are easy to make, but so effective. You can find a tutorial by the lovely YoungMin Lee on youTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAhjxXR9n2Y And the third mobile was inspired by a photograph I'd seen on Pinterest which unfortunately I don't have a reference for and I'm not sure if it's a traditional design, but the shape was interesting.



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The fabric I used is called Mosi and is the same fabric that I used on one of my previous projects where I made Lotus Leaf Bojagi. It's a natural fabric, a bit like linen but with a stiffness so that it's great at holding it's shape. I treated myself to some fine, sharp needles and they were so much easier to use with this fabric. I would definitely recommend you treat yourself to some Clover Black Gold Needles 😊 

I also incorporated some Korean knots, Maedeup 매듭, also from one of my projects last year.

I still find the chrysanthemum knot really tricky, although YoungMin Lee has a tutorial which is a bit easier to follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t26uTZbV8lk&

Flat Fell Seam, Ssamsol 쌈솔

Sometimes I ended up with the seam in the wrong place. I hadn't worked out where it would lie after it was folded and had cut the short seam on the wrong side. In my case it didn't matter what the finished size was, but take some time to plan if you have a more specific design. (My little Jatssi are actually upside-down because I sewed them in without thinking about the way they'd lie when the seam was folded over 🤦‍♀️).

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