comfy animals

A lineup of cute animal motifs is here

A perfect fabric for a fun fall/winter clothing project, popular animals like sheep, elephants and polar bears line up like stamped motifs. With tweeds and houndstooth check in the woven pattern, this cotton/linen canvas with brushed surface creates a feel of a warm material. Combining with boa, why not creating an extremely cute children’s dress?

Sheep P29400-400 Cotton Linen Canvas (brushed)

A fluffy looking sheep design spreads over a grandrelle style pattern to create the feel of a wool fabric. It will be cute to make clothes for children with a matching hat.

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Large Square Bag

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

Today’s project is a large size bag in canvas fabric. With side gussets made of the same fabric, the bag is solid and can sit stable. Matching the color of the zipper with the yellow of the calendar design adds a sharp accent to this creation.

Design & work:KOKKA Fabric

Fabric shown for this sample:
P29500-500 (B)

□ Fabric (with pattern): 95cm (110cm wide)
□ Fabric (solid color): 75cm (110cm wide)
□ Fusible interfacing (middle thickness): 75cm (95cm wide)
□ Zipper: One piece (length – 50cm) cs69_squarebag

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

Raglan Sleeve Blouse

Size: Medium 

Today’s project uses the Geometry of the Nordic fabric, a series created with the theme, “Putting on a simple Scandinavian design.” A delicate sateen fabric is perfect for a soft feeling blouse. The raglan sleeves with a bias transition from the neckline help your arms move freely and creates a soft look. The fabric is cut sideways to align with the direction of the flying swallows in large and small sizes on this lively Scandinavian design fabric.

Design & work:KOKKA Fabric

Fabric shown for this sample:
 Geometry of the Nordic 2 P30300-302 (B)

□ Fabric: 160cm (110cm wide)
□ Fusible Interfacing: 40cm (90cm wide) cs68_raglan_blouse

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

Stylish Reversible Bag

Size: 28cm (l) x 40cm (w) Brooch (pin): about 12cm (diameter)

A diamond check pattern connected with colorful hand drawn dots combined with colorful animals…..this bold design fabric by Niji$uke is intentionally transformed into a romantic piece embellished with lace. Yumi Kanaya from Y*RT2 HANDMADE is sharing her creation today.

Design & work:Y*RT2 HANDMADE Yumi Kanaya

Fabric shown for this sample: (Lining/inside bag) nijipp JG46000-3 (B)
(Pocket outer fabric / Brooch base fabric) nijipp JG46000-3 (A)

□ Fabric: (Outer bag, Handle, Pocket (lining fabric – gingham) 100cm×50cm
(Lining/inside bag fabric) 90cm×30cm
(Pocket outer fabric, Brooch base fabric) 40cm×20cm
(Top opening fabric (Chambray)) 50cm×20cm
□ Fusible Interfacing: 90cm×70cm
□ Fusible Quilt Batting: 90cm×50cm
□ Tulle Lace: 1.8m (5cm wide)
□ Lace: 80cm (6cm wide)
40cm (3cm wide)
□ Brooch pin: One piece (2.5cm diameter)
□ Button base for fabric wrapped button: One piece (6cm diameter)
□ Spangles of your choice and Ribbon


We interviewed Yumi about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
It has a very individualistic design. First I was not sure if I could incorporate the design into a creation, but decided to utilize its cute pastel base color tone to make a romantic piece with plenty of lace embellishments.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Since the fabric’s pattern is very intricate, the bag has a simple design, which is a rectangular book bag. To limit the use of the pattern, I only used a penguin motif cutout for a pocket, combining it with a gingham check fabric. On the contrary, my initial plan was to make the inside of the bag very flashy, but the idea soon changed as the lining fabric was also cute. It ended up being a reversible bag so that both sides can be enjoyed.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
The shape is simple and easy, yet it looks girly with lots of lace embellishment. A simple way to make the gathering is to sew the edges with wide stitches and pull the threads together. For this bag, I used the same fabric for the handles. You could create a different look if you select other materials like leather.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
The inside and outside look completely different. Choose the side depending on your mood for the day. The brooch adds a nice accent to a bag, hat or clothing.

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

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Kid’s Dress

Size: 110cm (dress length)  

Today’s project is a dress for a child made with a whimsical patchwork-style print fabric filled with round flower motifs and geometric patterns. The charm of this napped and airy 20 double gauze fabric is its softness to your skin. A belt using a bias strip adds a nice accent to this high-waist dress.

Design & work: KOKKA Fabric

Fabric shown for this sample:
Joielinne P29900-900 (B)

□ Fabric: 80cm (108cm width)
□ Bias binding tape – for edge trim (Color A): 135cm x 1.1cm wide
□ Bias binding tape – double folded (Color B): 85cm x 1.27cm wide
□ Button: One piece (1cm diameter)


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


Retro and bright print like the designs from 1930s

“Lighthearted” means fun, cheerful and interesting. As the name depicts, this happy and fun print fabric reminds you of the thirties in the US with its retro design and crisp color tones. Based on the tones, the series consists of three color groups – orange, mint green and tricolor. Using fabrics of the same color group creates a consistent look. Border designs with English alphabets and lace motifs are suited for handles and design transitions. The possibilities are endless. Today’s columns features the first group, orange toned fabrics.

 HFG_105 Cotton Broadcloth ts70_LH2

Alphabet letter ornaments are created using three groups of the Lighthearted series of fabric.

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Numbers are a universal motif!

Numbers are a common language wherever you go. This universal motif is enlarged and turned into a simple textile. A solid #10 canvas fabric is perfect for an everyday item like a bag. A hanging charm using a cutout of the same fabric will make the bag original. A café apron with the border design will also look stylish. A bicolor scheme can create a fun color combination.

Calendar P29500-500 #10 Canvas P29500_500_1 P29500_500_2

What is a collection of numbers that is so universal? – That would be a calendar. This thicker fabric is perfect for a large-sized bag. Of course a simple cutout as a fabric board calendar adds a nice accent to your room as an interior décor item.

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Geometry of the Nordic 2

interesting repeated motifs create a fun element

With a theme, “Putting on a simple Scandinavian design,” this is a second series of the Geometry of the Nordic. While the first series mainly featured such geometric motifs as dots and triangles, this new series pays extra attention to individual motifs. These motifs are expressed in an interesting fashion as repeated elements. Glossy sateen fabric drapes beautifully and is perfect for creating dresses and blouses. Interior décor items and everyday reusable bags in different colors will also look stylish in this fabric.

flower P30300ー300  60sateen

Roses and poppies are drawn with a touch of paper cutouts. Any clothing, especially a dress, will look so cute in this fabric! Of course, this is a perfect fabric for creating a simple interior accent item like a throw pillow.

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Colorful animals are all gathered here!

Today’s fabric is by Niji$uke, the artist featured in KOKKA Fabric’s recent Inspiration column. The overall theme is colorful with animals as design motifs.

“The underlying theme is to create something for people of all ages and both sexes without being too childish or cutesy. Rather than repeating small motifs, the design consists of one big motif, spread fully over one meter. You can simply cut the fabric to frame and make a fabric board, or turn it into an oversized pillow. I hope you will challenge yourself to create something bold that you have never tried before.” (by Niji$uke)

Rainbow and Animals(Almost all collection)JG46000-1 Oxford (Ox) JG46000_1_1

Niji$uke says, “The animals are placed in a cheerful atmosphere with a backdrop of a sky at different times, like night and day or sunrise and sunset. The overall tone is colorful. The animals are placed at the top and the bottom in an inverted position with a background of the skies in various colors. It is great that you get two different patterns in one fabric.”
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