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Before you know it, a month has passed since we celebrated the New Year.
It is already March.
In April, with the arrival of a new season, another school year will begin.
Kokka is introducing a variety of design fabrics for the season – from animals to dinosaurs.
As featured in the craft & sewing column, these fabrics in single colors are so versatile, and we are introducing three designs that can definitely be used beyond school year items.

First, the Dinosaur.
It is a popular design among boys. The letters placed inside the dinosaur are the accents.
The letter design is a well-liked motif and you see many items featuring the letters offered at the Zakka general merchandise stores.
With this fabric, a clutch bag is created instead of a school item.

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Next is Robot.
Robot is also a popular standard motif for boys.
With this design, a backpack is created.
This bag, made without a lining, is light enough to pop in your bag to be used as a reusable shopping bag.
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Last, but not least is the Cat, another popular motif.
Two of the cat designs were featured among the best three of Kokka’s monthly popular design rankings.
This bag will look cute as a sub bag to accompany your purse.

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Though we had a new school year in mind, the featured projects turned out to be non-school items.
This link also introduces variety of designs and project ideas suitable for school goods. Hope you will enjoy it.
http://www.kokkafabric.com/portfolio/kokka-original-201701/


Square Bag with a Diagonal Handle

Size: 30cm (l) 30cm (w)

This bag features a fabric from echino’s new design. A combination of the colors blue and yellow give the bag a fresh look. With added twist on the handle, the square shaped bag becomes triangle when in use.

Design & Work:Mioko Sugino


Fabric shown for this sample:  echino JG96700-700C


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer fabric): 70cm×40cm
    (Lining fabric・Handle): 90cm×60cm

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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?
It is a stylish fabric with sharply shaped triangles and arched birds. The yellow and blue combination creates a pop look, yet the natural base color makes this fabric more versatile than you think. Taking advantage of the triangular design, I created a square bag that turns into a triangle when carried.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Rather than hiding both ends of the handle in-between the bag panels, one side is revealed and sewn onto the front side. This creates an accent to the handle that is attached diagonally. The width of the handle is wide, allowing you to carry the bag gently without the handle digging into your hands.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
With a longer strap, you can create a shoulder bag that can be carried diagonally. You are welcome to change the size of the bag, so why not making something smaller or even larger, wider and longer.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
It is a perfect accompaniment for a simple and casual styling. This fabric, depending on the color, can generate a completely different look. It will be fun to make many of them in different colors! For example, the black one can go well with a cool looking fashion. Enjoy it by incorporating different length, size and colors.

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

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Place Mat and Bag for a Drink Cup

Size: Place Mat 29cm (l) 38cm (w)
    Bag for a Drink Cup 15cm (l) 13cm (w) 5cm (d)

Continued from the previous week, series #2 of the new school year item features the fabric, Ganbare! Lulu Lolo (Hooray for Lulu Lolo). Ganbare Lulu Lolo are twin girl bears appearing in the Jackie’s Sister story, the 7th episode from a very popular picture story book, The School of Bears. From this cute fabric of two lovely bears, why not make a set of place mat and a bag for a drink cup?

Design & Work:Masumi Saito(sinafuku)


Fabric shown for this sample: Ganbare! Lulu Lolo G5021-1 (A)


Materials:
□ Fabric: 90cm×40cm
□ Pom-pom embellishment: 70cm (1cm width)
□ Cord: 1.6m (0.5cm 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?
It features my daughter’s favorite characters, Lulu Lolo, and I created something with a soft look in a pastel tone.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
To take advantage of such cute designs, only this fabric is used without adding transition fabrics. Also, the four edges of the placemat are finished by folding the fabric, rather than using a bias binding tape. Once you get used to this process, it is not that difficult. Please don’t be afraid and try it.

KF: What are some tips for making these items?
To make the place mats’ corners cleanly, the process of ironing is quite important.
One extra step will make your sewing process so much easier.

KF: How should we use these items in everyday situations?
For frills and embellishments, matching a color with one of the colors of the fabric’s design will make it look natural and cute. If you cannot decide the color for the lace, how about trying this idea.

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

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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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