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)


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

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


Materials:
□ 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)

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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:
H3110-1(C)


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

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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
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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)


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

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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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plump cheeks

Proposing an intelligent yet cute fabric!

The name plump cheeks means inflated cheeks in English. This intelligent yet cute fabric in four different designs is presented with a concept to inflate with knowledge, creativity and fun. Various materials like Oxford (Ox) and cotton/linen canvas will add fun in choosing the perfect fabric for different projects.

Vintage Embroidery Knit H3080-1 Oxford (Ox)
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A vintage knit embroidery was used as a motif for this fabric. Green elements add an accent to a colorful flower design. By using different parts of the fabric, you can enjoy making cases with small flowers or a turban with large flowers on both edges. Incorporating it crosswise will create a skirt with large flowers right on the hem.

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soft breeze

A fabric that evokes a soft breeze

Perfect for sewing clothing, a double gauze fabric is here! W (Double) gauze is a material with double-layered gauze fabric. Without being too thick or see-through, it can be worn throughout the year. Yes, it is just right to make a one-piece dress or a tunic. Depending on the color, the designs like floral or patchwork could be turned into a chic adult garment or a charming children’s outfit. Isn’t it lovely to put on a handmade matching dress for mom and daughter together?

tiny flower P31300-300 W (double) Gauze
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Full of tiny flowers, this soft feel design will look really lovely in a puff sleeve shirt! Besides making clothing, this pattern is perfect for small items like a face mask. Well-suited with a solid linen material, you will enjoy making a bag or a small case combined with a linen fabric.

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Looking for peachy zakka

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Yumi Kanaya,aka. Y*RT2 HANDMADE made a lovely reversible bag at our craft & sewing page, which was made using lace and Nijisuke’s animal print. ‘I also create a lot of handicrafts!’ said Kanaya. So, I’d love to feature her creations here.

The photo above shows compact mirrors which are the result of a collaboration with sobakasu-kids, who creates animal brooches and dolls. Surprisingly Kanaya independently ‘manufactured’ original fabrics using sobakasu-kids’s illustration.
Look, her jumping rabbits coax a smile.

These are cross-stitch compact mirrors. They are proudly dressed up with lace and ribbon.
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These are hand stitched iphone cases!! “I found punctured cases. I tried to insert a needle into the perforations; it worked! So, I stitched like cross-stitch.” (Kanaya)5_kanayayumi

This is her speciality, lace! Ribbon brooches made from covered buttons featuring black and red which creates an aura of ‘otona-kawaii’(*1).
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Here are cross-stitch zipper pouches. “They can be used as a pochette if you attach a chain handle’ said Kanaya.
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For further information about Kanaya’s creations,
please go to her site:http://www.yrt2.com

*1 Otona-kawaii
adult-cute when translated literally into English.
It is used to refer to fashion style of adult women characterized by makeup and clothing that emphasizes cuteness.


Lesson Bag

Size: 30cm (h), 40cm(w) 

A lesson bag made from petit Etoile, a little ballerina-themed fabric, is featured today. With motifs like a map of Paris and little dancers dreaming to become a prima ballerina, Carte de Paris, was selected for the project. Don’t you think this fabric is perfect for making lesson bags for children going to ballet classes? Pom-pom embellishments around the edge adds a lovely touch to this bag.

Design & Work:Kokka Fabric

Fabric shown for this sample:
P32100-101 (A)


Materials:
□ Fabric(Front/outer bag fabric): 40cm x 110cm wide
(Lining/inside bag fabric, Pocket): 40cm x 110cm wide
□ Tape for the handles (2.5cm wide): 68cm
□ Pom-pom embellishment: 100cm

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