Twist Pochette

Size: 27cm (l) 27cm (w) 5cm (d)

A round form and scrunched gathering add cuteness to this pochette. The fabric is a second series from the PIKKU SAARI, designed by Helsinki-based textile designer Eri Shimatsuka. The new series is themed after a lake. The look of the colorful random pieces gets enhanced by gathering the fabric. Adjust the handle length to long or short, and you can enjoy different style coordination.

Design & Work:Anriko


Fabric shown for this sample:  (Outer fabric, Decorative fabric, Shoulder strap) PIKKU SAARI EJX-4002-1A
 (Lining fabric, Pocket) PIKKU SAARI EJX-4003-1A


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer fabric, Decorative fabric, Shoulder strap): 100cm wide x 70cm
(Lining fabric, Pocket): 90cm x 40cm
□ Zipper: One piece (30cm long)

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We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
While it looks like camouflage design, the individual pieces have such pretty colors. The gathering and pleat treatment can enhance the look.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
When making a round bag using a fabric, it is actually difficult to create a completely round shape.
Knowing that, I still wanted to use the round shape and make it look cute. The trick is to feature a large decoration and create a soft bag without interlining. This way the shape doesn’t need to be perfect.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
To keep the look clean around the curve, the seam allowance is limited to a minimal 7mm. When piecing the fabrics together, make sure to keep this minimal allowance.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
The bag will go well with your upcoming summer outfit. As shown in the first photo, you can shorten the strap by making two bows. This gives you more style coordination options.

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

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Balloon Bag

Size: about 30cm (l) about 36cm (w) about 23cm (d – excludes handles) 

The featured project is a puffy bag in the shape of a balloon made with the seedesign series by designer Donna Gorman. Gorman, who worked at Marimekko for 24 years and is now active as a freelance textile designer, expresses her vision and contemporary design through the seedesign series with a variety of products.

Design & Work: Kokka Fabric


Fabric shown for this sample:
 EKX-5003-2B


Materials:
□ Outer fabric: 110cm wide×70cm
□ Lining fabric: 110cm wide×70cm
□ Fusible interfacing (heavy weight): 110cm wide x 70cm
□ Flat tape: 4.5cm widex70cm

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Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)
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Tote Bag with Diagonal Handles

Size:about 30cm (l) about 50cm (w) about 14cm (d)

A charming tote bag perfect for the upcoming season is here! The cotton linen stripe fabric with a hand drawn touch is from the MARINE series. The diagonally placed handles can create a different look. If you use the ecru beige lining material, the bag will have a natural feel. Or using one of the colors from the outer bag for the handles can also work as an accent.

Design & Work: Kokka Fabric


Fabric shown for this sample:
YK-51100-2B Cotton Linen Canvas


Materials:
□ Outer Fabric: 110cm wide x 60cm
□ Lining Fabric: 110cm wide x 70cm
□ Fusible interfacing (heavy weight): 110cm wide x 70cm

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

Size:37cm (l) 44cm (w–at the bottom) 6cm (d)

This chic black and silver tote bag is made with echino’s new design. The bright green solid lining fabric is also from echino. The braided T-shirt yarn handles make this bag even more stylish.

Design & Work:Anriko


Fabric shown for this sample:  (Outer fabric) echino EKX-97000-700C
(Lining fabric) echino JG95410-10J


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer fabric): 110cm widex50cm
(Lining fabric): 110cm wide×50cm
□ T-shirt yarn: 24m
□ Acrylic tape: 2.5cm widex16cm
□ Shank button: 1.5cm diameterx2
□ Magnetic hook (insert type): 1.8cm diameterx1pair

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We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The pattern is large and bold, yet has a chic feel in silver print against the black background. I tried to create a bag that is not too cutesy with a shape that is suitable for a grown woman.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The bag itself is easy to make, as it is a larger version of a drawstring bag, like a lunch bag. So I added a little design twist to the handles, made with T-shirt yarns. This material is extremely popular right now, and easy to find. It only requires braiding, which you can do in an hour.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
There are no tricky processes in particular. Make sure that back stitches are secure on both sides.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
The style of this bag makes it easy to coordinate with any type of clothing. Unlike acrylic tapes, T-shirt yarn comes in many colors and patterns. You can add your own accent by mixing colors or using bold patterns for the shoulder straps.

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

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