No-Patterns-Needed Pleated Mask For Both Kids and Adults – Sewing Instructions

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A mask has become our daily necessity in outdoor settings. If you make it with your favorite fabric to give you options to choose from like clothing, then it will cheer you up.
Made in a jacquard production region of Nishiwaki, echino’s new collection is an attractive fabric series encompassing natural texture created through weaving with the right amount of translucency.

Design & Work: Yuki Inomata


Fabric shown for this sample:(Fabric A) echino EKX-97070-72C
(Fabric B) echinoEKX-97070-72A
(Fabric C) echinoEKX-97070-71A


Materials:
□ Fabric A(Main portion, Side fabric) Kids 25cm x 20cm
               S 25cm×25cm
               M・L 30cm×25cm
     (Main portion back side):Kids・S 15cm×20cm
             M・L 20cm×20cm
    B・C(Main portion, Side fabric):Kids 20cm×40cm
               S・M・L 25cm×40cm
□ Elastic: 50-60cm (0.3cm diameter)
□ Tape (optional): 4cm (1.0 – 1.5cm wide)


Size: Size(A=Gray B=Navy C=Green)
 A・B: Kids 8.5cm(l) 13.8cm(w)
        S 9.5cm(l) 15.8 cm(w)
        M 9.5 cm(l) 16.8 cm(w)
        L 9.5 cm(l) 17.8 cm(w)
   C:Kids 8 cm(l) 13.8 cm(w) 
       S 9 cm(l) 15.8 cm(w)
       M 9 cm (l) 16.8 cm(w)
       L 9 cm (l) 17.8(w)

We interviewed Yuki about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
It felt different from the past echino line. Its smooth texture has a classy feel. Since it is cotton, I thought it would be nice to introduce a mask. I understand that more people are making fabric masks for coronavirus droplet protection.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
For pleating, you normally use an iron to score. When using a double gauze fabric, you may find it tricky as the fabric gets twisted when ironing. For this project, echino fabric is used for the surface, while a gauze material is featured inside that is in contact with your skin. Where there is a transition, it is creatively folded to keep it from getting too thick.

KF: What are some tips for making this mask?
If the width of the fold is not consistent, it may stand out, however once the mask is worn and spread, it should not matter much. Why don’t you make one and see what it looks and feels like when wearing? You may want to add a tab. Please enjoy creating your one and only mask!

KF: How should we use this mask in everyday situations?
It would be nice to be able to spend a day without wearing a mask, however it has become a necessity recently. Just like your clothing, why not select a fabric that you can enjoy wearing? Make it with a variety of fabrics so that you can choose depending on the mood of the day.

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

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Kid’s Backpack with a Flap Cover – Sewing Instructions

The exciting season for outdoor activities is here! This kid’s backpack with a flap cover comes in a cotton 100% oxford vivid fabric with lined-up tasty looking watermelons and is from the Scandinavian Fruit series. It is an easy-to-sew material, a perfect match for bag making.

Design & Work:Kokka Fabric


Fabric shown for this sample:LG-31010-1D


Materials:
□ Outer Fabric: about 110cm wide x 40cm
□ Lining Fabric: about 110cm wide x 40cm
□ Quilt Batting: about 90cm wide x 40cm
□ Velcro: 2.5cm wide x 40cm
□ Handle Tape: 2.5cm wide x 130cm
□ Rectangle Ring: 2.5cm wide x 2 pieces
□ Slide Adjuster: 2.5cm wide x 2 pieces
□ Elastic cord: about 1cm wide x 16cm


Size:about 20cm (l) about 18cm (w) about 10cm (d) (Excludes handles)
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Three-piece Set Containing a Pleated Face Mask, Mask Case and Tissue Case – Made with Only 50cm of Fabric – Sewing Instructions

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The face mask has become an essential item for personal protection when going out. With only 50cm of 110cm-wide fabric, you can make a face mask along with a mask case and a tissue case. The tissue case, not specifically for a usual pocket tissue, allows you to conveniently carry folded box-size tissues. The smooth sheeting cotton 100% fabric from the Indigo series is a perfect fit for making these personal items. As all items are washable and dry quickly, you can always keep them safe and clean.

Design & Work:Satomi Takei


Fabric shown for this sample:Indigo YK-71030-1C


Materials:
□ Fabric: 110cm wide x 50cm
□ Elastic: 60cm (0.3cm wide)
□ Wire: 10cm (0.5cm wide)
□ Snap: Three pairs (0.8cm diameter)


Size:Face Mask: 9.8cm (l) 18cm (w) Mask Case: 21cm (l) 11.5cm (w)   Tissue Case: 14cm (l)  11.5cm (w)

We interviewed Satomi about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
A soft cotton 100% sheeting fabric is perfect for a personal protective item like face mask. Charming motifs with a refreshing feel are a great fit for summer.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Keeping the summer climate in mind, this face mask is pleated on the outside and flat on the inside, allowing it to be breathable. The mask case and tissue case are both single layer so that it dries quickly after a wash. The making process is so simple that you can make these pieces in no time.

KF: What are some tips for making these pieces?
Some fabrics may shrink, so I recommend pre-wash and natural dry it first. Utilize the iron during the process for a clean finish. As these pieces will be washed frequently, allow for extra back stitches to give you peace of mind for wear and tear.

KF: How should we use these pieces in everyday situations?
While you may think a mask should be made with gauze fabric, a cotton 100% mask can also be comfortable with breathability. In that sense, this sheeting fabric is highly recommended. Since inside is flat, it can create a soft look if you make it with gauze material.

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

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Kid’s Overall – Sewing Instructions

A unisex design overall is a handy piece to have in your kid’s wardrobe. The cotton 100% double gauze fabric with a rainbow pattern is from the Pastel world series. It comes in various base colors such as black (as shown), blue, pink and white.

Design & Work:Kokka Fabric


Fabric shown for this sample:YK-71020-1D


Materials:
□ Outer Fabric: about 108cm wide x 120cm
□ Button: 2 pieces (about 11.5mm wide)


Size: 100cm
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Simple Matching Set for a Grown Up – Gathered Neck Blouse and Tucked Skirt – Sewing Instructions

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A matching set of clothing is a popular project among sewing enthusiasts. A set containing a gathered neck blouse and a tucked skirt are perfect pieces for the upcoming season. They can also be enjoyed separately by coordinating with items in your closet. The featured fabric is LÄTÄKKÖ (paddle of water) from the kuiskaus series. This salt shrunk 100% cotton lawn has a smooth texture.

Design & Work:Yoko Kato


Fabric shown for this sample:kuiskaus


Materials:
□ Fabric: 106cm wide x 4m
□ Elastic Tape: Waist measurement + 2cm (2.5cm wide)


Size: Blouse length 53cm Skirt length 84cm

We interviewed Yoko about her creation:

Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
With the salt shrink application to an inherently soft textured cotton lawn, the fabric becomes smooth and refreshing. To incorporate this characteristic, the gathering and tucks are added to create a design that lets the dress breathe.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The gathering around the neckline and puffy sleeves generate a feminine silhouette.

The partial tucks on the skirt allow for a lean waistline.

KF: What are some tips for making this skirt?
When making the skirt, add stitches to the edge of the folded tucks. This makes it so much easier to insert the elastic tape. Likewise, apply stitches on the seam of the opening for the elastic. This extra step helps the process go more smoothly.

KF: How should we incorporate this skirt into one’s styling?
This can be worn as a matching set or as individual pieces. So why not enjoy it by coordinating it with your wardrobe at hand.

KF: Thank you very much, Yoko!

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