Monthly Archives: February 2017

School Bag and Indoor Shoe Bag

Bag 28.5cm (l) 37cm (w) 4cm (d)
Shoe Bag 25.5cm (l) 18cm (w) 6cm (d)

Today’s project is a school bag and indoor shoe bag, must-have items for a new school year. A quilted dot fabric is combined with a fabric filled with girls’ favorite lovely motifs, strawberry and cats. We highly recommend making both bags as a pair!

Design & Work: Masumi Saito(sinafuku)


Fabric shown for this sample:  (Outer Fabric a, Handle, Tab) P43400-401 (C)


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer Fabric a・Handle・Tab): 110cm×50cm
   (Outer Fabric b): 70cm×40cm
(Lining Fabric): 70cm×70cm
□ D Ring: One piece (2.5cm inner diameter)

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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?
Since it has such cute illustrations of girls’ favorite motifs, strawberries and cats, I created something that emphasizes these lovely elements.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
For the handle, I used the same fabric instead of a nylon tape to create more softness. The bottom is reinforced with quilted fabric in case a small child drags the bag.

KF: What are some tips for making these bags?
The motifs are facing in all directions, so this fabric is easy to use for sewing beginners without worrying about aligning the designs.

KF: How should we use these bags in everyday situations?
To make everyday commuting with this bag more fun, why not adding a lace embellishment along the transition or attaching a patch of the child’s favorite character.

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

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I ♥ travel

Perfect fabric to make bags and pouches as your travel companion!

Lately, we hear that an increasing number of women are trying to enjoy their personal time, especially by taking a trip. For travel aficionados, the joy of a journey starts upon arrival at the airport. There you can enjoy the lively atmosphere filled with busy people with suitcases, people who are about to go on a journey or just returning from a journey. With travel as a theme, this fabric was born hoping that travelers will create goods to take along to their adventures.

Sticker P44200-200 #10 Canvas
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There is that famous suitcase that many people put various travel stickers on its rough surface. As old ones peel, new ones are added, and more memories of the trip are accumulated. Thinking that such design fabric might be nice, this print was created printed with some dimensional look. Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone takes out a sticker design cloth bag from a suitcase with a same exact design?

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Throw Pillow Cover 

Size: 45cm x 45cm

Throw pillows are wonderful tools for a quick room makeover. A cool Japanese modern design will perfectly fit both western and Japanese style rooms. The addition of an artificial leather accent makes it even more stylish.

Design & Work:Yui Tamaki


Fabric shown for this sample: P44500-500 (D)


Materials:
□ Fabric (Front side a, Back side): 90cm×50cm
(Front side b (#11 Canvas)): 20cm×50cm
(Frill (Thin artificial leather): 70cm×10cm
□ Zipper: One piece (40cm long)

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We interviewed Yui about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
I thought a large print with distinct colors would be perfect for interior makeover items. It can go well with both western and Japanese style rooms.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The size is a common 45cm pillow and the zipper is hidden so that it would not directly rub against your skin.

KF: What are some tips for making this pillow?
To apply the zipper cleanly, baste it first.

KF: How should we use this pillow in everyday situations?
Why not refresh the pillow cases for the New Year as throw pillows provide wonderful ways for a quick room makeover.

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

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Reversible Apron in French Bulldog Fabric

Size: About 96cm (Length, strap included)

A cute French bulldog print fabric is turned into a reversible apron.
Depending on your mood, you can enjoy it in two ways with a cheerful dog print and the chic side in a subdued denim material. The rhinestones around the pocket adds a lovely accent.

Design & Work:Miki Yazama


Fabric shown for this sample: P43300-301 (B)


Materials:
□ Fabric (A): 110cm x 90cm
(B): 110cm x 90cm
□ Tape: 1.6m (4cm width)
□ Acrylic Tape: 2.2m (2cm width)
□ Rhinestone (Iron-on type): about 40 (0.3cm diameter)
□ Fusible tape (for basting)

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We interviewed Miki about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
It is a very solid fabric. As the design is spread apart, I thought something large would make more of an impact for French bulldog fans than a small item, so I came up with an apron idea. The solid fabric will also make it last longer.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
I created the pattern using my everyday apron as a reference. To expedite the process, store-bought tape is used in lieu of creating the strap from the fabric.

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KF: What are some tips for making this Apron?
The important point in the process of making this reversible apron is sewing all the parts together. In order to put them together securely, the tapes are basted first. For a clean finish, iron the corner prior to sewing.

KF: How should we use this apron in everyday situations?
As it is getting colder, this reversible apron will keep you warm. In addition to using it as an apron, you can also wear it as room wear with a pair of leggings. A matching scrunchy will allow you to enjoy it as part of your overall style.

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

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