Monthly Archives: August 2016

Parallels 2

Animal prints that are perfect for children’s apparel

Continued from last column, Ellen Baker’s new collection Parallels is featured, including two designs of cotton/linen canvas and two designs of brushed cotton flannel fabrics.

Pandas JG42800-800 Cotton Linen Canvas
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In every collection, Ellen always features simple and easy-to-use geometric patterns. In Parallels animal motifs are added as new elements. Looking like stamped images, somewhat mature looking animals make this fabric perfect for bags and small cases for adults as well as for home décor items.

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Stylish Double Gauze with Geometric Motifs

Atlanta, USA resident and quilter Ellen Baker’s new fabrics, Parallels, are here. Inspired from the 1980s style, this new collection features a design in double gauze, cotton linen canvas and flannel, each with two different designs for a total of six. This week we are introducing the double gauze selections.

Hashtags JG42700-700 Double Gauze Cotton 100% JG42700-700_2

Believe it or not, the motif is a hashtag. Looking almost like a stitched design, these geometric small patterns are all over the fabric, making any part of the fabric suitable for projects. A soft touch double gauze is perfect for apparel as well as for curtains.

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Messenger Bag

Size: 22cm (l) 36 (maximum width) 10cm (maximum depth)

The featured messenger bag is created with echino’s jacquard series. Its useful size can accommodate A4 size documents. The length of shoulder strap can easily be adjusted with a slide adjuster, making it suitable for kids’ school bag. Of course this bag is also perfect for a male grown up.

Design & Work:Anriko

Fabric shown for this sample: echino JG96160-61 (A)

□ Fabric (Flap): 80cm×30cm
   (Other (Cotton Twill): 110cm wide×140cm
□ Fusible interfacing (Medium thickness): 90cm×80cm
□ Quilt batting: 4cm×140cm
□ Square ring, Slide adjuster: One each – 4cm inner diameter
□ Velcro: Two pairs – 10.5cm x 5cm 


We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?。
It feels soft to your skin and I first thought of creating some home décor items. On second thought, I decided to make a bag so that I can carry around an item with this vivid color.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
To make it useful, the bag can accommodate A4 size documents with large pockets. The overall design is solid and shapely, making it suitable for men. Since it incorporates ideas normally featured in commercial products, the finished bag does not look like a handmade piece.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
The basic pattern for the main bag and one for the gusset will work for other parts by reducing or extending the length. Utilizing the markings will also help you cleanly finish the curved edges

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
The picture shows the bag with a short shoulder strap. With the slide adjuster, you can carry the bag at the style you like. I think this bag can be enjoyed by the whole family – not just for mom but for dad and kids carrying it for school and after school activities.

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

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Enjoying the texture of a hand drawn touch

“A fabric that decorates everyday living like a landscape painting” is the concept behind the birth of the KESHIKI series. The usual sceneries like sky, mountain and cityscape are freely and spontaneously composed in line drawings to create the patterns.

weekend city JG30000-1 30 Viyella Cotton 100% JG30000-1_2

The neon lights looking sharp at night and the lively townscape on the weekend are the design inspirations. By printing the patterns against the dark background, variety of textures stand out and look brilliantly in a hand-drawn manner. The bold pattern is perfect for bags as well as for a primary piece like a skirt or a one-piece dress.
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Furoshiki Tote

Size: 19cm (l) 20cm (w) 15cm (d)

This tote bag features hydrangea designed fabric, hydrangea and solid textile from tayutou. The bag is unique with tied handles, similar design to a Japanese cloth fabric, Furoshiki. Ayumi Toda, tayutou’s designer is sharing her design and process ideas.

Design & Work:Ayumi Toda(fabrica uka)

Fabric shown for this sample:
  (Handle outer fabric)tayutou hydrangea JG50800-801A
(Handle lining fabric)tayutou JG50810-10E
(Main bag outer fabric)tayutou JG50810-10B
(Main bag lining fabric, Pocket)tayutou JG50810-10E

□ Fabric
(Handle outer fabric):30cm×130cm
(Handle lining fabric):30cm×130cm
(Main bag outer fabric):40cm×60cm
(Main bag lining fabric, Pocket):60cm×60cm
□ Fusible quilt batting: 40cm×60cm
□ Magnetic Clasps (hook type): One pair (1.5cm diameter)


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