Monthly Archives: January 2015

Pocket Bag

Size: 15cm (w), 34cm (l)

Today’s project is a movable pocket bag made with a fabric tightly filled with small designs of rabbits, cats and dogs. The bag, with large and small pockets, can be hooked by using the clips attached on top. Hooking it on the belt, it can be used like a pochette, or as convenient supplies storage for your sewing time.

Design & work : Kokka Fabric

Fabric shown for this sample :
Bag in yellow fabric: P33700-701 (C)
Bag in blue fabric: P33700-701 (B)

Materials :
□ Fabric: 30cm (108cm wide)
□ Clip (two pieces): One pair


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

Kokka-san’s rabbit cat dog

Healing and relaxing animals

Many types of Yuruchara* are getting popular all over Japan. Now Kokka has its own lovely Yuruchara, called Kokka-san’s rabbit cat dog! Top-heavy and with short arms and legs, this character has a very loose look. The loving animal motifs give you a chuckle and a sense of healing.
Rumor has it that these animals live freely and easily at Kokka-san’s…. Is it really true? We wonder….

*Yuruchara are anime-style cartoon mascots that represent the various prefectures of Japan. Each yuruchara character can be seen on posters, brochures, and websites that treat visitors to a fun and inviting symbol of the area. (from Japan National Tourism Organization website)

Rabbit Cat Dog (All over patterns)  P33700-700 Double Gauze

  • P33700-700_3
  • P33700-700_4
  • P33700-700_5

This is a soft double gauze fabric with patterns on the entire fabric. The base comes in four different colors – gray, pink, blue and orange. The animals with polka dots, stripes and gingham bodies create an interesting feel on a background of simple solid base colors. Combining it with the other fabric with tightly fit animals, a soft and intricate looking bag will make a great project. A little kid’s dress will also look very lovely in this fabric.

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Teardrop Shaped Smart Phone Case “Scandinavian Forest – Summer and Winter”

Size: 17cm (h) 15cm (largest width) 10cm (top opening)

Today’s project is a teardrop shaped smart phone case made with puchi puri, a tiny print series perfect for making small items. The featured fabric, puchi wood, has a Scandinavian feel with such lovely animals and mushrooms. The two colors, blue signifies summer, whereas the purple signifies winter.
Kanae Nakayama, who is known for her sense of stylish combination of patterns, is here to introduce her creation. If you are particular about choosing the perfect fabric combination, don’t miss “Kanae’s tips for selecting the perfect pattern!”

Design & work:Kanae Nakayama (kana2)

Fabric shown for this sample:(Outer Fabric a)
A Blue P33800-802 (C)
B Purple P33800-802(D)

□ Fabric (Outer fabric a): 40cm×20cm
(Outer fabric b, A Twill B Stripe): 40cm×10cm
(Lining Fabric A Stripe, B Polka dot print): 40cm×20cm
□ Fusible quilt batting: 40cm×20cm
□ Rick rack tape: 40cm (0.4cm wide)
□ Tape: 10cm (1cm wide)
□ Snap: One pair (1cm diameter)
□ Handle with two swivel hooks and D rings: 23cm One piece (D ring’s inner diameter 1cm)


We interviewed Kanae about her creation:
KF Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The fabric has a slight Scandinavian feel with such lovely animals and mushrooms. I used blue, picturing the Scandinavian summer in the woods. The purple reminded me of the winter forest in Scandinavia. To avoid making it too cute and a kid’s only item, I selected a modestly sweet combination of the fabrics. This way a mature woman can carry it around as well.

KF:Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The iPhone 6 fits perfectly. A snap is added at the opening to prevent slipping. To make the design stand out, the embellishment is kept to a minimum. The teardrop shape adds warmth, making the design personal. To come up with the perfect curve, I made several samples. My heart and soul were in it.

KF:What are some tips for making this case?
When sewing the rick rack tape, I manually operate the sewing machine stitch by stitch for about 5 – 10mm until the machine can maneuver the fabric. Otherwise, a thick layer of fabric and tape could get stuck in the beginning and end up stitching the same place over and over.

KF:How should we use this case in everyday situations?
The leather handle is removable so that you can hook it on the handle of a bag. In place of a handle, you can use a long leather cord (about 120cm) with a “D” ring to make a pochette.

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

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Smock Apron

Size: 110cm

Today’s project is an extremely adorable smock apron which will make your cooking moments so much fun! Created with Check√ Bakery, a baguette and half-melon shaped bread motif fabric from the series, plump cheeks, this apron is finished with a bias binding tape matched with the color of the baguette and half-melon shaped bread. Please adjust the location of the side buttons based on the size of your child.

Design & work: Kokka Fabric

Fabric shown for this sample:

□ Fabric: 110cm wide x 50cm
□ Bias binding tape: 3m (11mm wide tape)
□ Button: Two pieces (2cm diameter) cs81_smock_apron

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

Puchi Puri (Petit Print)

A tiny print series perfect for small item projects

The best fabric for making small items is a tiny print – perhaps many crafters agree.
Fabrics with easy to match, tiny designs in succession are useful for sewing beginners. In the Puchi Pri (Petit Print) series, the colors are chosen to be plain and monochromatic, making it simple to combine colors. The charm of this broadcloth fabric is its easy to sew texture. It is a perfect fabric for making a portable sub-bag for small accessories like a wallet and cell phone as well as for an easy fold reusable bag.

Chibizou (Little Elephant)    P33800-800 Broadcloth p33800-800_2

A popular elephant motif in a tiny design is here! Isn’t this design fun with smiley elephants looking at each other on a tree trunk? A cutout of this fabric makes a tag with a nice accent.
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