Cotton Sateen Kid’s Skirt

Size: 100-130cm Skirt length: 38.5cm

Today’s project is a kid’s skirt made with a lovely fawn design fabric from petit bonheur, a series that is filled with lines of tiny motifs. A circular wrap skirt that creates a cascading beautiful drape is even prettier in this shiny cotton sateen fabric. A regular contributor of children’s clothing in this column, Yuka Yonekura is here again to introduce her new creation.

Design & work creation:Yuka Yonekura (Francesca*amam label)

Fabric shown for this sample: P33500-500 (D)

□ Fabric (Main fabric: Skirt) 1.10m x 110cm wide
(Belt) Linen (solid color) 85cm x 14cm


We interviewed Yuka about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
It has such a lovely design that I instantly thought of making a skirt for fall.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The fabric is soft, yet has some thickness. To incorporate these characteristics, I came up with a circular wrap skirt. The beautiful drape makes it special. Another feature is that I used a different fabric for the belt. Solid color fabric adds a mature finish to the skirt.

KF: What are some tips for making this skirt?
This fabric is very easy to sew. You can make this skirt easily.

KF: How should we wear this skirt in everyday situations?

Color coordination is easy with this fabric. Wear something in a solid color for the top as an accent and it will make you look very stylish.

KF: Thank you very much, Yuka! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

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Clutch Bag

Size: (when opened) 29cm (l) x 25cm (w)

The border fabric with changing designs in one is perfect for making a bag. We are featuring a stunningly cute clutch bag made from Feminine Border with polka dots and stripe design. Yui Tamaki, who previously introduced a lovely Pumps Shaped Small Case has returned with her new creation.

Design & work creation:Yui Tamaki

Fabric shown for this sample:P33300-300 (C)

□ Fabric: 110cm (wide) x 60cm
□ Fusible interfacing (heavy weight) : 30cm x 60cm
□ Zipper: Once piece (24cm)
□ Snap: One set (1.0cm diameter)
□ Button: Two pieces (0.8cm diameter)
□ Decorative belt: One pair 20140805bag(1)

We interviewed Yui about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
Creating a design combination from this fabric is easy as three different patterns are already included in one fabric. I came up with a cute accent by using the deepest color diagonal stripe as a decorative piece.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The artificial leather belt generates a cohesive look. With a snap attached to the belt, it is easy to open and close.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
To keep the zipper aligned, I recommend basting it first. It is easy to make as the bag is flat and requires only straight line stitches. You can add your creativity to make an arranged version.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
You may carry it like a clutch bag or use it as a convenient case with large capacity.

KF: Thank you very much, Yui! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

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petit bonheur

A fabric that brings you a small bit of happiness

The name of this series, petit bonheur, is a French expression, meaning a small bit of happiness.
This time we are featuring a lovely fabric with lined-up small motifs created by a French designer. Cotton sateen material is perfect for making clothes. A “not-too-cute, yet a little twisted” design will be stylish for grown-up’s outfit. A small pattern with an aligned identical motif is suitable for small items. Why not deliver a small bit of happiness through clothing and small cases?

faon P33500-500 60Sateen P33500-500_2

  • P33500_500_6
  • P33500-500_7
  • P33500_500_8

The design motif of faon is polka dots with fawn. Small polka dots are combined with large dots and a fawn design inside. The different color ribbons on the single-color fawn create a design accent. A little girl’s dress will look really cute in this fabric.

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Goldfish made by needle felting


Looking back to summer, there were various handicraft events in various places. At one of the events the Handmade Japan Festival aka. HMJ, I found goldfish, a familiar sight in the summer, which were created by Hikaru Yahagi, the would-be goldfish artist. They were so striking among many creations.

In her booth, there were some extremely large goldfish whose entire length were supposedly 1m. I was abashed to use a dainty word like ‘gold fish’ to describe a creature with such an overwhelming presence! It looked like a napoleon fish. Its transparent fish scales and tail fluke were faithfully depicted.

“I have been a goldfish enthusiast since I was in primary school. Now I only create gold fish using by beads and needle felting.” (Yahagi)

Goldfish brings to mind goldfish scooping at summer festival. When I was a child, going to a festival, I begged my parents to let me try goldfish scooping. I was permitted try it once or twice, but it was not easy to catch the fish so eventually a goldfish vendor gave me one or two goldfish for pity’s sake….. Do you have a memory like that?

“I guess that goldfish scooping maybe the very first opportunity for Japanese children to encounter goldfish.” says Yahagi. She reluctantly admits that goldfish scooping at festivals is decreasing, as most parents refuse to bring goldfish back with their children.

“It’s a pity to know that emblematic strength of goldfish in Japanese culture is declining. The goldfish has always played an important role in teaching children both the preciousness of life and Japanese culture. So I created an opportunity for children to meet goldfish in different way from goldfish scooping.” (Yahagi)

Yahagi holds workshops on how to make goldfish crafts. In her booth, with napoleon fish-grade-goldfish, there were many goldfish straps and barrettes which children can ware.

For further information about Yahagi’s creation, please go to her blog:

Lighthearted Quilt : Blossom Heart Quilts for Kokka

I’m Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts, an Aussie ex-pat sewing it up in Chiba, Japan for a few years while my husband does his science thing. I have loved the opportunity to really enjoy the amazing delights that the Japanese fabric industry has to offer, like Kokka’s scientist fabric! So I am thrilled to be here today to share some of that beautiful Japanese fabric and how much fun I have playing with it.

Lighthearted by Kokka quilt

When I opened up the parcel full of these beautiful fabrics, I admit I was a little scared of trying to mix them together with such a gorgeous variety of colours and prints! I normally work within a tight palette of colours, but when I took a step back, I could see the cohesion.

Lighthearted Kokka quilt

I wanted to create some space and movement, which automatically brings flying geese blocks to mind. The cuts of fabric I was sent were perfect to whip up 5″x10″ blocks, with some inverse blocks to create tails for some print geese using a lighter-saturated print.

Lighthearted Kokka scrappy backing

I pieced the scraps together for the back, roughly in colour groups, and got to quilting.

Lighthearted Kokka quilting

By straight-line quilting 1/4″ from each seam and randomly spread out in between, I created trails up and down the quilt to keep the eye moving around from each beautiful Lighthearted print to the next.

Happy hunting!

Blossom Heart Quilts
Blossom Heart Quilts patterns

Photo credit: Frances Arikawa

This post was written by Alyce Blyth for the Lighthearted collection, coordinated by Frances Arikawa for Kokka.
Lighthearted is a quilting cotton collection that will be shown at Quilt Market in Houston on October 25th 2014. If you would like to be able to purchase prints from the Lighthearted collection locally, please be sure to let your favourite fabric store know. If you are a store owner planning to visit Quilt Market do come and say hi at booth no. 656, 756.

Cotton Sateen One-Piece Dress

Size: 58cm (garment width), 97cm (dress length)

Huedrawer is echino’s new fabric which comes in soft and silky cotton sateen. From Huedrawer, soaring was selected to create a one-piece dress designed by a fabric artist named Kimie Shimizu. On soaring, a sea of flying birds covers the fabric. To make the fabric’s design shine, the style of the dress is kept rather simple. The treatment around the neckline and armhole with bias binding tape adds style. The accent of the dress is to make it look cute by putting a bow on the front neckline.

Design & creation :Kimie Shimizu(style of ile)

Fabric shown for this sample: echino Huedrawer soaring JG99900-902 (D)

□ Fabric: 2.1m (110cm wide)
□ Bias binding tape: 3m (finished width 1.1cm) cs75_2

We interviewed Kimie about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
I wanted to utilize the modestly-soft texture of cotton sateen fabric. Though it is cotton, it drapes loosely which makes it suitable for making clothing.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The shape of the design drapes down from the shoulder, making it an easy slip on/slip off dress. To create a beautiful profile around the armhole, a bias binding tape was used as an accent rather than cutting off the armhole in a straight line.

KF: What are some tips for making this dress?
Please carefully place the bias binding tape around the neckline and armhole before stitching.

KF: How should we wear this dress in everyday situations?
You can create a very stylish look with this dress. Coordinate it with a pair of tights and pumps or boots, add a long necklace, and with a turtle neck shirt or a blouse. If you use a different type of fabric, you could enjoy a casual style dress with the same design.

KF: Thank you very much, Kimie! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

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Large Rectangle Bag in mori Fabric

Size: 30cm (l) 40cm (w) 14cm (d)

Today’s project uses kirigami fabric, with its design inspired from a paper mobile craft. The sewing instructions are exactly the same as the large square bag in Calendar fabric, which was introduced in the August 2014 column. By simply changing the fabric, you can create a completely different look! The base color of dark brown along with mustard yellow and chartreuse as accent colors add a warm feel to the bag.

Design & creation:Kokka Fabric

Fabric shown for this sample:
P32000-201 (D)

□Fabric (with pattern): 95cm (110cm wide)
□Fabric (solid color): 75cm (110cm wide)
□Fusible Interfacing (medium thickness): 75cm (95cm wide)
□Zipper: One piece (50cm) cs74_squarebag

Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)

One Handle Bag for a Quick Outing

Size: 12cm (l) 20cm (w) 3cm (d)

Today’s project uses Tricolor from a retro and bright print series, Lighthearted. A convenient bag perfect for a quick outing is created with two types of dot design fabrics of different color patterns. Mioko Sugino, a famous blogger who is also known as komihinata is here again to introduce her creation.

Design & Creation:Mioko Sugino(komihinata)

Fabric shown for this sample:Lighthearted HFG-105

Materials (for one bag):
□ Fabric: (Flap (cover)) 40cm×10cm
(Outer bag) 30cm×30cm
(Lining bag, Handle) 40cm×40cm
□ Quilt batting: 30cm×40cm
□ Magnet hook (sew on type) One pair (1.9cm diameter)


We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
It’s bright, cute and stylish! Depending on how you use it, it can create many different looks. So I came up with a small size bag that can fully utilize each pattern from a small print to large design.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
This bag is compact yet big enough to carry a wallet and a cell phone, must items for going out for a quick walk. With a quilt batting in every part, flap (cover), handle and the main bag, it keeps its shape.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
It is a very simple design and should be relatively easy to make. When sewing the top opening with a flap and handle, I recommend basting all the pieces first so that you can sew them together smoothly.
People sometimes ask me how to shape the curve cleanly. After turning the flap over, follow along the curve from inside to align the shape with a round tip tool, such as a back end of a ballpoint pen, to have a beautiful curved finish.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
Besides using it for a quick outing or shopping, it can fit in a bigger purse as a convenient bag-in-a-bag organizer. It would be nice to use a matching wallet with a clasp opening or a small case made with the same series of fabric.

KF: Thank you very much, Mioko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

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Border with changing patterns

Enjoying the design combination in one fabric

When making clothing or bags, it is always fun to think about different design and color combinations. At the same time, we often hear people say, “I am unable to decide since there are too many options.” Today’s textile is perfect for such an occasion. It is a fun border fabric which allows you to casually enjoy different design combinations!

“The idea behind this series, which incorporate different designs in one fabric, is to make it possible for someone to create an interesting bag or a small case by using only one kind of fabric.” (by Kokka Creative Director)

The center part is for a big bag. The borders on both edges are perfect for a small case. A polka dots pattern can be used for a pocket…One fabric has a variety of possibilities. Why not create items to make your outing fun, like a matching bag and case?

Feminine Border P33000-300  Oxford (OX)

The design on this fabric combines large stripes and hand drawn polka dots that look like powdery snow. For making a bag, you may use the stripe for the main part, polka dots as a transitional piece and add an accent with a bias binding tape in a slightly different color. We hope you will enjoy the fun of combining different colors using only one fabric.

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Reusable Bag (Eco Bag)

Size: 38cm (l) x 30cm (w) x 13cm (d)

When you go shopping, what do you use for your shopping items? Recently some stores are starting to charge for the shopping bags. A simple handmade reusable bag (eco bag) can be personalized by choosing interesting fabrics or fabric combinations. Sewing aficionados can show off their talents! Today’s project allows you to combine your favorite fabrics in many different ways. A popular blogger Yuki Inomata, aka neige+ has returned to share her creative ideas!

Design & work: Yuki Inomata (neige+)

Fabric shown for this sample: Lighthearted HFG-105

□ Fabric: (Panels) Two designs 40cm×60cm each
(Gusset) Two designs 30cm×60cm each
(Pocket) 20cm×60cm
(Bias strip) 50cm×50cm


We interviewed Yuki about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
This fabric has a charming illustration and a bold, vivid pink color. I wanted to create something that uses these elements extensively. The fabric combined with these also have cute designs.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
I used the plastic shopping bag that I had at home as a base for the bag’s design. While you can use only two pieces of fabric to make this, I divided the bag into four parts so that you can incorporate more fabric designs. It requires lots of piping. In order to keep it minimal, the handles on the panel use a curve with matching material. This way, it shows the same fabric when turned inside out. I also used 5mm French seams to hide the seam.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
I recommend using a fabric with regular thickness, something not too thin. If you use a thicker material, it will be challenging to finish up the seam.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
It fits in its own pocket when folded and fits flat in your purse. As many places are starting to charge for a shopping bag, it will be convenient to keep in your purse for a variety of purposes.

KKF: Thank you very much, Yuki! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

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