Monthly Archives: September 2017

Pot Holder

Size: 10cm (l) 10cm (opening diameter)

The featured project is a practical yet lovely cone shaped pot holder. By combining different patterns and colors, you can create many variations, making it perfect for a kitchen. Everyday cooking will be fun by choosing a variety of pot holders depending on your mood and the dishes you are making.

Design & Work:Ayumi Toda


Fabric shown for this sample: (Outer fabric) tayutou JG50900-901B
(Lining fabric) tayutou JG50810-10I


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer fabric): 30cm×15cm
    (Lining fabric):30cm×15cm
□ Quilt batting: 30cm×15cm
□ Tape: 6cm (width 0.6~0.7cm)

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We interviewed Ayumi about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF)What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
While it is a kitchen item, this cone shaped pot holder is so lovely and looks comforting.
For the fabric, I used pasta, a design that reminds you of stacked pasta plates.

KF:Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
This pot holder made with a solid texture half linen canvas can be used for everyday cooking.
Since it is not a fire-retardant fabric, please be careful when using it near the fire or with a high temperature oven.

KF:What are some tips for making this pot holder?
When turning the fabrics over, you may find it a little difficult with the batting in-between. Do it slowly and it should not be a problem.

KF:How should we use this pot holder in everyday situations?
Why not make several pieces in various patterns, as it will look cute stacked. You will find it convenient to have a pair for holding pots and tabletop earthen pots. Besides using it as a pot holder, it can be used as a cover like a hat on top of a small individual tea pot and served on the table.

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

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Tied Handle Bag

Size: 22.5cm (l) 25cm (w) 22cm (d)

This bag, featuring the second fabric series from tayutou, is characterized by its tied handle, and is designed by Ayumi Toda, tayutou’s textile designer.

Design & Work:Ayumi Toda


Fabric shown for this sample:
 (Outer fabric) tayutou JG50900-900C
(Lining fabric) tayutou JG50810-10H


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer fabric): 110cm wide×80cm
(Lining fabric, Pocket): 110cm widex80cm

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We interviewed Ayumi about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
This half linen canvas fabric named turtle is rather solid and does not require the interlining. The design best represents this feature, resulting in a soft and fluffy look. Since the tortoiseshell is the motif, the bag characterizes turtle’s relaxed and gentle feel.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The design smoothly transitions from the bag to the handle. The wider handle, when tied, shows the solid color on the back, creating both a color and design accent. While the instructions include attaching the magnet hook inside, if you are planning to use this as a bag in a bag, you can make it without the hook. This way, it allows you to use it as a reversible piece. When making a reversible bag, try to pay special attention to the solid color for the lining fabric.

KF:What are some tips for making this bag?
It only requires straight stitching, so it is rather easy to make.
Make sure to create a clean and sharp corner when you turn the handle inside out.

KF:How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
It can be used as a shoulder bag or a carrier bag, depending on how long you tie the handles. You can also use it like a furoshiki gift wrapper by tying the handles tightly at the base.

KF:Thank you very much, Ayumi! You can find step by step instructions in the PDF sheet. Enjoy crafting!

Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)
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Tuck Tote with Large Gusset

Size: 30cm (l) 38cm (w) 15cm (gusset at the top) 18cm (bottom)

This large tote bag with ample gusset is made with echino’s standard, a design that features a collection of echino’s highly popular designs and motifs. With high-impact bird design as a focus, polka dot design from the same color family is combined. This bag in summer-like navy color will come in handy for your vacation outing and shopping.

Design & Work: Yuki Inomata


Fabric shown for this sample: (Outer fabric) echino standard Bird Song JG90010-10D
(Lining fabric) echino standard Dot JG90010-14D


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer fabric, Handle): 110cm wide×90cm
(Lining fabric): 55cm×80cm

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We interviewed Yuki about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The size of the motifs was larger than I thought. I decided to take advantage of this large size and cut the fabric so that I can use it in a grand manner.

KF:Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Each element – front, back and sides – has its own look, and since I worked on this project feeling we are right in summer, I used navy to make a statement.

KF:What are some tips for making this bag?
The gusset of this bag is larger than it looks, making it perfect as a diaper bag, shopping bag and for summer outing. As large bags tend to get heavy with many items inside, I paid extra attention to the shoulder straps by utilizing the fabric’s width and making it longer.

KF:How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
echino is known for its dynamic and colorful designs. While it is a bit challenging as a clothing piece to coordinate with other pieces, the bag will make a perfect match for a chic fashion statement. The colors will even make style coordination fun. Try to find your favorite design and enjoy making this bag.

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

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Animal Head

Size: About 25cm (l) About 15cm (w) About 22cm (d)  ※excluding antler 

This animal head, created with a combination of echino’s standard dot design and solid color fabric, is perfect as a wall décor piece. It will be fun coming up with the color balance of three different patterns for the front, back, side and antler. The second page of the PDF sewing instructions features the pattern.

Design & Work: Kokka Fabric


Fabric shown for this sample:
 (Outer fabric A and B) echino standard dot JG90010-14A〜14G
 (Outer fabric C) echino standard solid JG95410-10A〜10K


Materials:
□ Outer fabric A 110cmwide x 70cm
□ Outer fabric B 110cmwide x 30cm
□ Outer fabric C 110cmwide x 40cm
□ Wide tape 4.5cmwide x 11cm
□ Fiber fill 300g

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

65cm (apron length)

Everyday chores become fun with this apron filled with animal prints. The pockets are added for both front and back, allowing you to be flexible, especially for your smart phone to fit in the back pocket.

Design & Work: Anriko


Fabric shown for this sample: Animal world P46600-601B


Materials:
□ Fabric: 110cm widex1m
□ Twilled tape: 1.5m (width 2.5cm)
□ Double folded bias binding tape: 1.5m (width 1.1cm)
□ Snaps: One pair (diameter 1.3cm)
□ Rivet: Two pairs (diameter 0.9cm)

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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 lion prints on a sea of orange is so lively. It may not be suitable for clothing, yet I thought it would be nice to make something wearable. So I came up with an apron that can make your everyday chores fun.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The everyday apron cannot be just pretty. With all the daily work in mind, this design is user friendly. It incorporates the housewife’s daily reality like wanting to carry a smart phone in a back pocket. I also thought of a design that won’t mess up the clothing worn underneath the apron.

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KF:What are some tips for making this apron?
It is not that difficult to make as it doesn’t have any challenging sewing process. You can customize the pockets to your liking and usability.

KF: How should we use this apron in everyday situations?
It is not tied in the back, so it can be worn loosely over your clothing without messing it up. The short length won’t bother your legs, even with wide-leg pants or skirt underneath. You can wear it over any type of outfit.

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

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