Monthly Archives: November 2014

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 P31300-300_1P31300-300_2

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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


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.

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).

Here are cross-stitch zipper pouches. “They can be used as a pochette if you attach a chain handle’ said Kanaya.

For further information about Kanaya’s creations,
please go to her site:

*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)

□ 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


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

petit Etoile

A story of a little girl who dreams to be a prima ballerina

petit Etoile features a design of jolly-looking ballerina girls dressed in tutus. In French, Etoile means a star and also portrays a prima ballerina or a principal dancer in ballet terms. The concept of this series is a story of children dreaming to become a prima ballerina. Kokka Fabric’s Creative Director says, “As little ballerinas are the theme, it may be great to make lesson bags for ballet and other classes.” This cotton/linen canvas material is perfect for creating large and solid bags.

Les 4 petits cygnes P32100-100 Cotton/Linen Canvas

On this fabric, four posed swans from the ballet Swan Lake are featured. The lined-up little ballerinas are lovely, aren’t they? With petite ballerinas dancing closely together all across the design, small items made from this fabric will look adorable.

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Boston Bag

Size: 35cm (h) 46cm (w) 23cm (d)

Today’s project is a Boston bag made with ni-co, a fabric that was created under the theme, “Unisex Simple.” The main part of the bag uses a different color car-b, while the accent is added to the top and handles with the block design. With a large width, the bag has ample room to hold many items including a change of clothes for an overnight trip or going to a gym. Kaori Sawa is here to introduce her creation.

Design & creation:Kaori Sawa(Caunes+ Kaori*ri)

Fabric shown for this sample: :echino ni-co car-b JG99800-801 (B), (D)
  echino ni-co block JG99800-803 (B)

□ Fabric: (Outer panel fabric – panel a) 100cm×40cm
(Outer fabric – gusset a, bottom) 100cm×50cm
(Other) 110cm×140cm
□ Fusible interfacing: 80cm×110cm
□ Zipper: One piece (60cm)
□ Cardboard: 50cm×30cm


We interviewed Kaori about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?

I was happy to work on this project since the fabric was my favorite, echino. I thought this would be a perfect fabric to make something sizable.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
This large bag can be used as a travel bag. It has a wide width and is collapsible, easy to store when not in use. The designs of two different fabrics are creatively incorporated.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
You will have a clean finish if you iron frequently during the process. To give it a solid look, I recommend using a heavy-weight interfacing.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
For your travels. You can take plenty of outfits.

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

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