Zipper Pouch with Gathering

Size: 13cm (l) 20cm (w) 4cm(d)

This zipper pouch is made with a cotton/linen canvas fabric from Ellen Baker’s new collection, Monochrome. It has a refreshing, summery look with a blue stripe accent at the opening. Gathering creates fluffiness, giving more space inside than it looks. Famous blogger and hand craft artist, Mioko Sugino, aka komihinata, is sharing her creative idea.

Design & Work:Mioko Sugino


Fabric shown for this sample: ellen baker Monochrome JG42300-300 (B)


Materials:
□ Fabric (Panel outer fabric): 30cm×30cm
(Opening outer fabric): 20cm×10cm
(Tag, Lining fabric): 50cm×30cm
□ Zipper: One piece (30cm)

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We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
With simple design alignment, I thought this fabric would make a great combination with other fabrics. While it is monotone, the shaded color creates dimension and fun movement.
Even with the gathering, this solid fabric creates a three-dimensional look.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The gathering is added to create a stocky silhouette. With gathering both inside and outside, you can put a lot of things in contrast to the size of the opening.

KF: What are some tips for making this pouch?
When attaching the zipper, you may find it slightly difficult as the fabric is gathered.
Try to place the gathering line perpendicular to the stitch line as you stitch.
Pressing it down using something with a tapered tip, like a stiletto, will be helpful.

KF: How should we use this pouch in everyday situations?
I combined it with a yellow fabric, which is a perfect match for blue.
This summery color combination will stand out if you match it with a lighter color item, like a white bag.

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

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Round Bottom Bucket Bag

Size: 20cm (bottom diameter) 25cm (h)

The bucket bag is made with Small Cranes, a folded-paper crane motif fabric from Ellen Baker’s latest collection, Monochrome. The bag’s round bottom creates a lovely plump shape when tied at the top. The contributor is Yuko Ohno, a famous blogger known as yu*yu from her “yu*yu’s Handmade Diary.”

Design & Work: Yuko Ohno


Fabric shown for this sample: ellen baker monochrome JG42400-400(B)


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer fabric, Handle): 70cm×50cm
(Lining fabric): 100cm×40cm
□ Interfacing: 10×50cm
(or Fusible tape: 90cm (2cm wide – finished measurement)
□ Twilled cotton tape: 90cm (2cm wide)
□ Waxed cord: 1.6m (0.4cm wide)
□ Lace: 55cm (1.9cm wide) and 50cm (1cm wide)

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We interviewed Yuko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
Beautifully aligned, folded cranes looked impressive and I immediately came up with the idea of a bag for yukata (Japanese summer kimono). By using a dot motif fabric for the lining, it does not feel too Japanese and can also be used in an everyday setting.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Double gauze is thin and easy to make a gathering. Taking advantage of these characteristics, I designed a drawstring bucket bag. A round bottom creates a lovely plump shape when tied at the top.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
While the bottom is round, it is not too difficult to sew as the diameter is large. When sewing the bottom, match four markings first, and then align another four (for a total of eight) and pin it. With this method, you can sew without misaligning it.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
Though it is a bucket bag, it can certainly go well with yukata when the top is closed. It becomes a shopping bag with an open top. The size accommodates a wide wallet for everyday use.

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

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Tank Top in Camouflage

Size: length 64cm

Handy to own, especially for the upcoming season, a short length tank top is today’s project. The fabric, a 150cm-wide Camouflage from echino 2015 collection, features a group of foxes seen in and out of bright greens. The creator of today’s handiwork is Anriko.

Design & Work:Anriko


Fabric shown for this sample: echino camouflage JG-95220-20 (A)


Materials:
□ Fabric: 150cm×70cm
□ Double fold bias tape: 2m x 1.25cm wide

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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’s echino’s popular cotton linen fabric, it has a double width and the material is broadcloth. This is perfect for someone like me, who loves to make clothing. Using its wide width to the fullest extent, I adjusted the look of the flared hem so that the front body and back body can be laid out and cut side by side on the pattern. The fabric length you need is only the length of the shirt.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
From my everyday wardrobe, I cherry-picked the elements to create the pattern. It has a slimmed-down look from the shoulder to the chest, and flares out to the hem. The back is long enough to partially cover the hip, while the front is short. It looks lovely from the side and covers the shape of the body at the same time.

KF: What are some tips for making this tank top?
I tried to make the sewing process as simple as possible. For the neckline and armhole, commercially available bias tape is used. It will have a softer finish if you make your own bias tape using the same fabric. Having said that, the commercial product is stronger and stays solid even after repeated laundering. For materials like knits and something soft, I prefer to use the readily available bias tape.

KF: How should we wear this tank top in everyday situations?
You will need to wear an inner shirt as the neckline is wide, however it is designed to not look too open. In the midst of summer, you can wear it by itself without a t-shirt inside. Depending on what you wear underneath, this top can be worn for many seasons. I find this type of “add a layer to a t-shirt” clothing very handy.

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

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Small Bag in Parakeet Fabric

Size: About 12cm (l) 11cm (w) 4cm (d)

Today’s project is a small bag with a spring clasp made with a popular parakeet motif fabric. Aligned parakeets in different colors look lovely inside a small ribbon frame. This convenient cosmetic case can also be used as a bag-in-a-bag. A popular blogger by the name of Kanae Nakayama, aka Kana Kana, is here to introduce her creative idea.

Design & Work:Kanae Nakayama


Fabric shown for this sample:P36100-100 (C)


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer panel): 40cm×20cm
(Bottom fabric (solid color)): 20cm×20cm
(Lining fabric (Gingham check)): 20cm×30cm
(Tab(Polka dot print)): 10cm×10cm
□ Fusible quilt batting 20cm×30cm
□ Handle with a metal clasp: 1 piece (23cm long)
□ Spring clasp with a pin: One piece (12cm (l) x 1cm (w)

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We interviewed Kanae about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The expression of each parakeet is so adorable!
What makes it cuter is that each of them is drawn inside the ribbon.
With this fancy design, I thought small items for children would be nice to make.

Kokka KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The overall color tone is soft with an impressive use of red and dark pink here and there.
So I combined it with a similar color fabric.
The color of the tag was matched with the chartreuse color ribbon.
The opening with a spring clasp makes it easy to get things in and out.
With the handle, you can also carry it as a small purse.

KF: What are some tips for making this case?
When sewing the sides, make sure to match the fabrics where they transition so that you can achieve a clean finish.
Where it transitions, sew it first for about 2cm, then sew all the way from the top to bottom to keep it aligned.

KF: How should we use this case in everyday situations?
The handle is detachable and can be hooked on the bag’s handle.
I first made this case when my daughter was in the sixth grade so that she could take it as a wallet for her school trip. She was also carrying it on her outing to a festival as an accessory to her yukata (cotton kimono) and it looked lovely.

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

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Round Tote Bag

 Size: about 23cm (l) (up to the opening) x 30.5cm (w) x 9cm (d) 

A round and plump shaped tote bag is today’s project. It is made with a double gauze fabric called pastel trefle. The darts on the bottom help create a soft and fluffy look. A tape is attached at the end of the handles as a cute ribbon-like embellishment.

Design & work:Kokka Fabric


Fabric shown for this sample:
 P35500-503 (D)


Materials:
□ Outer fabric (double gauze):106cm wide×70cm
□ Lining fabric: 110cm wide×70cm
□ Fusible cotton interfacing: 100cm wide×70cm
□ Fusible interfacing: 2.5cm square x 2
□ Magnet button: One pair

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