petite ecole (for boys)

Featuring little boys’ favorite motifs, trains and dinosaur design fabric is here!

petite ecole, a perfect fabric for making school items, is here. Following the introduction of a series for girls, petite ecole for boys is here.

Trains – Fabric Panel  P33400-402 Oxford (Ox)

Trains are popular motifs for boys’ new school year items. The items made with this fabric, a lesson bag uniquely using the fabric panel and a shoes case with a wide front view of the train, are fun to carry around.

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petite ecole (for girls)

Featuring little girls’ favorite motifs, strawberry and cat design fabric is here!

It is now time to start creating items in preparation for the new school year in Japan. For the upcoming season, Kokka Fabric is introducing a fabric line called petite ecole, the name that means “small school” in French. For sewing beginner moms who are making school items for the first time, Kokka focused on delivering a fabric panel. With pre-designed patterns, the fabric panel is easy for sewing beginners to make such school items as a lesson bag, a bag for shoes and a drawstring bag.
petite ecole is for both boys and girls. The girls’ petite ecole, featuring little girls’ favorite motifs, strawberry and cats, is presented this time. The boys’ petite ecole is here!

Strawberry Panel P33400-400 Oxford (Ox)

Using one whole panel (about 97cm), you can make five different bags – a lesson bag, large and small drawstring bags, a lunch bag and a bag for shoes. Incorporating the green scallop design on one side like the top part of a strawberry, a lovely strawberry drawstring bag can be created.

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Folkloric Style Dress

Size: 92.6cm (chest) 92.5cm (dress length) 45cm (sleeve length)

Today’s project is a dress made from a flower and border print fabric, Kwiat druk, which was inspired by Eastern European tableware. The border portion is used not only for the hem but also for the sleeve, neckline and even for the center of the front skirt, creating a folkloric look. Anri, who is our regular contributor and known for her creativity and cool style is introducing her work.

Design & work:Anri

Fabric shown for this sample: P34700-700 (D)

□ Fabric: 110cm wide x 3m
□ Fusible Interfacing: 50cm×50cm


We interviewed Anri about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
It is moderately thick, and this thickness makes it easy to handle. I thought a dress would be perfect with this tasteful sheen cotton sateen fabric.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The lines on both sides are full of impact with very stylish color tones, which made me want to make it stand out. Using a vertical line, I tried to make it look like a pair of panels.

KF: What are some tips for making this dress?
Selecting the right direction of the patterns determines how you cut the fabric. You should think first how you will use the overall fabric before cutting. The small flower design also has a direction and the patterns are not repeated. It would be difficult to fix once you cut it incorrectly.

KF: How should we wear this dress in everyday situations? Any tips for styling?
Of course, you can wear it as a simple dress. To enjoy it for a longer season, you may add a turtle neck and a pair of boots as the design allows for a layered look.

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

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Kwiat druk

Flower motif fabric inspired by the tableware from Eastern Europe

Simple, warm and somewhat nostalgic tableware and everyday goods from Eastern Europe are quickly gaining popularity among Japanese people who adore lovely things. The series featured today is created with an inspiration from Eastern European tableware. The name of the series, Kwiat druk, means floral print in Polish.

scatter P34700-700 60 Sateen P34700-700_2

scatter features floral borders in different sizes and designs. You could turn a simple straight-line dress or tunic into something lovely with the border as an accent for the hem.

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Pocket Bag

Size: 15cm (w) 34cm (l)

Today’s project is a movable pocket bag made with a fabric tightly filled with small designs of rabbits, cats and dogs. The bag, with large and small pockets, can be hooked by using the clips attached on top. Hooking it on the belt, it can be used like a pochette, or as convenient supplies storage for your sewing time.

Design & work: Kokka Fabric

Fabric shown for this sample:
 Bag in yellow fabric: P33700-701 (C)
Bag in blue fabric: P33700-701 (B)

□ Fabric: 30cm (108cm wide)
□ Clip (two pieces): One pair


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

Kokka-san’s rabbit cat dog

Healing and relaxing animals

Many types of Yuruchara* are getting popular all over Japan. Now Kokka has its own lovely Yuruchara, called Kokka-san’s rabbit cat dog! Top-heavy and with short arms and legs, this character has a very loose look. The loving animal motifs give you a chuckle and a sense of healing.
Rumor has it that these animals live freely and easily at Kokka-san’s…. Is it really true? We wonder….

*Yuruchara are anime-style cartoon mascots that represent the various prefectures of Japan. Each yuruchara character can be seen on posters, brochures, and websites that treat visitors to a fun and inviting symbol of the area. (from Japan National Tourism Organization website)

Rabbit Cat Dog (All over patterns)  P33700-700 Double Gauze

  • P33700-700_3
  • P33700-700_4
  • P33700-700_5

This is a soft double gauze fabric with patterns on the entire fabric. The base comes in four different colors – gray, pink, blue and orange. The animals with polka dots, stripes and gingham bodies create an interesting feel on a background of simple solid base colors. Combining it with the other fabric with tightly fit animals, a soft and intricate looking bag will make a great project. A little kid’s dress will also look very lovely in this fabric.

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Teardrop Shaped Smart Phone Case “Scandinavian Forest – Summer and Winter”

Size: 17cm (h) 15cm (largest width) 10cm (top opening)

Today’s project is a teardrop shaped smart phone case made with puchi puri, a tiny print series perfect for making small items. The featured fabric, puchi wood, has a Scandinavian feel with such lovely animals and mushrooms. The two colors, blue signifies summer, whereas the purple signifies winter.
Kanae Nakayama, who is known for her sense of stylish combination of patterns, is here to introduce her creation. If you are particular about choosing the perfect fabric combination, don’t miss “Kanae’s tips for selecting the perfect pattern!”

Design & work:Kanae Nakayama (kana2)

Fabric shown for this sample:(Outer Fabric a)
A Blue P33800-802 (C)
B Purple P33800-802(D)

□ Fabric (Outer fabric a): 40cm×20cm
(Outer fabric b, A Twill B Stripe): 40cm×10cm
(Lining Fabric A Stripe, B Polka dot print): 40cm×20cm
□ Fusible quilt batting: 40cm×20cm
□ Rick rack tape: 40cm (0.4cm wide)
□ Tape: 10cm (1cm wide)
□ Snap: One pair (1cm diameter)
□ Handle with two swivel hooks and D rings: 23cm One piece (D ring’s inner diameter 1cm)


We interviewed Kanae about her creation:
KF Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The fabric has a slight Scandinavian feel with such lovely animals and mushrooms. I used blue, picturing the Scandinavian summer in the woods. The purple reminded me of the winter forest in Scandinavia. To avoid making it too cute and a kid’s only item, I selected a modestly sweet combination of the fabrics. This way a mature woman can carry it around as well.

KF:Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The iPhone 6 fits perfectly. A snap is added at the opening to prevent slipping. To make the design stand out, the embellishment is kept to a minimum. The teardrop shape adds warmth, making the design personal. To come up with the perfect curve, I made several samples. My heart and soul were in it.

KF:What are some tips for making this case?
When sewing the rick rack tape, I manually operate the sewing machine stitch by stitch for about 5 – 10mm until the machine can maneuver the fabric. Otherwise, a thick layer of fabric and tape could get stuck in the beginning and end up stitching the same place over and over.

KF:How should we use this case in everyday situations?
The leather handle is removable so that you can hook it on the handle of a bag. In place of a handle, you can use a long leather cord (about 120cm) with a “D” ring to make a pochette.

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

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Smock Apron

Size: 110cm

Today’s project is an extremely adorable smock apron which will make your cooking moments so much fun! Created with Check√ Bakery, a baguette and half-melon shaped bread motif fabric from the series, plump cheeks, this apron is finished with a bias binding tape matched with the color of the baguette and half-melon shaped bread. Please adjust the location of the side buttons based on the size of your child.

Design & work: Kokka Fabric

Fabric shown for this sample:

□ Fabric: 110cm wide x 50cm
□ Bias binding tape: 3m (11mm wide tape)
□ Button: Two pieces (2cm diameter) cs81_smock_apron

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

Puchi Puri (Petit Print)

A tiny print series perfect for small item projects

The best fabric for making small items is a tiny print – perhaps many crafters agree.
Fabrics with easy to match, tiny designs in succession are useful for sewing beginners. In the Puchi Pri (Petit Print) series, the colors are chosen to be plain and monochromatic, making it simple to combine colors. The charm of this broadcloth fabric is its easy to sew texture. It is a perfect fabric for making a portable sub-bag for small accessories like a wallet and cell phone as well as for an easy fold reusable bag.

Chibizou (Little Elephant)    P33800-800 Broadcloth p33800-800_2

A popular elephant motif in a tiny design is here! Isn’t this design fun with smiley elephants looking at each other on a tree trunk? A cutout of this fabric makes a tag with a nice accent.
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Two-Way Skirt

size: Length 33.5cm

Today’s project is a kid’s skirt made with a small flower print fabric from soft breeze, a soft and fully double gauze fabric series. For little kids, it can be worn like a tunic with an exposed top portion, and for older kids, it will look cute as a skirt. Masumi Saito, aka sinafuku, who is popular with her idea-filled kids clothing, is introducing her creative two-way style skirt.

Design & work:Masumi Saito (sinafuku)

Fabric shown for this sample:P31300-300 (E)、P31300-301(D)

□ Fabric (Top chest portion, Skirt a): 90cm×80cm
(Skirt b): 80cm×50cm
□ Elastic Tape (1cm wide): (Waist measurement + 1cm) x Four pieces


We interviewed Masumi about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
By incorporating the European feel of this small purple floral print, I came up with a mature yet girly skirt.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
With an extended waist length, it is a two-way skirt that can be worn as a skirt for an older kids and as a tunic for smaller children. To make the process easy for finishing the hem, I incorporated a folded style.

KF: What are some tips for making this skirt?
I think it can be made easily as it only requires straight cutting and stitching. Using an erasable marker or water soluble pen could help you sew straight lines for a clean finish.

KF: How should we wear this skirt in everyday situations?
If you make the skirt length longer, you can make it into a tunic dress. With a bolero top, why not enjoy it as a party dress!?

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

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