Christmas fabrics for a quick and easy DIY advent calendar!

You still have time to make a wonderful advent calendar using Christmas fabrics! There are plenty of easy and quick DIY options out there, whether you favour sewing projects or other fabric crafts.  Any Internet images’ search for “DIY advent calendar fabric” will return a zillion creative ideas!  Pinterest and blogs are a good place to start 😉

Probably some of the quickest options involve taking advantage of fabrics where the size of Christmas motifs allows for the easy making of advent calendar pockets or mini-bags. These can also be decorated with Xmas buttons and Xmas ribbons.  You can also get great results if you choose to make calendar pockets in the shape of Christmas stockings too!

So get creative, and find the inspiration you need from some awesome designs we found on Pinterest and blogs. We’ve also got some fabric suggestions here to get you started.  Remember that we absolutely love to see pictures of your creations!

Super cute Advent Calendar design by Melissa from The Sweet Escape, shared by apartmenttherapy.com

Super cute Advent Calendar design by Melissa from The Sweet Escape, shared by apartmenttherapy.com

We can't stop staring at this creation! It's by Leas-Kinderwelt

We can’t stop staring at this creation! It’s by Leas-Kinderwelt

A stunning Advent Calendar display by Erin Heaton of lansdownelife.com

A stunning Advent Calendar display by Erin Heaton of lansdownelife.com

How cute are these advent stockings? They're by Caroline of TrilliumDesign

How cute are these advent stockings? They’re by Caroline of TrilliumDesign

Batik snowflake fabric by Robert Kaufman in red

Batik snowflake fabric by Robert Kaufman in red

Christmas fabric by Ink & Arrow fabric with windows

Christmas fabric by Ink & Arrow fabric with windows

green white Robert Kaufman animal square fabric Jingle 4

green white Robert Kaufman animal square fabric Jingle 4

red-green Riley Blake Santa Claus panel Xmas fabric 'Santa Express'

red-green Riley Blake Santa Claus panel Xmas fabric ‘Santa Express’

red moustache Xmas fabric Robert Kaufman Merry Mustaches

red moustache Xmas fabric Robert Kaufman Merry Mustaches

turquoise fabric santa reindeer picture frame Christmas Ink & Arrow

turquoise fabric santa reindeer picture frame Christmas Ink & Arrow

Sew your own handbag with this FREE sewing pattern!

Today, we bring you a new FREE sewing pattern for a wonderful round bag!  Sometimes you need a small, handy bag for daily use, that will let you carry a few basic items around comfortably such as your wallet, keys, smartphone and other essentials.  This stylish yet sturdy round bag would perfectly do the trick!

It was made with Kokka fabrics, using one of their super cute French Bulldog designs.  Check out the pictures below for a general view of the finished handbag, and for fabrics from our shop which will hopefully inspire you. 

Japanese fabrics are justifiably renowned around the world, due to their excellent production standards and awesome designs. These designs are world-class, sometimes strikingly fresh and imaginative, often with an impressively original use of motifs, colours and shapes.  Have you ever used Japanese fabrics in your creative projects?  Let us know, and share some pictures with us!

You can make one of these!

You can make one of these!

Kokka canvas fabric with French bulldogs

Kokka canvas fabric with French bulldogs

French bulldog natural color canvas fabric by Kokka

French bulldog natural color canvas fabric by Kokka

Kokka double gauze fabric with French Bulldogs and stripes

Kokka double gauze fabric with French Bulldogs and stripes

dog animal French Bulldog transport Canvas pink-mauve fabric by Kokka Japan

dog animal French Bulldog transport Canvas pink-mauve fabric by Kokka Japan

dog animal French Bulldog transport natural color Canvas fabric by Kokka Japan

dog animal French Bulldog transport natural color Canvas fabric by Kokka Japan

dog animal French Bulldog transport Canvas fabric dark blue by Kokka Japan

dog animal French Bulldog transport Canvas fabric dark blue by Kokka Japan

embellished French Bulldog canvas fabric in dark green

embellished French Bulldog canvas fabric in dark green

French Bulldog Cosmo canvas fabric with metallic embellishment

French Bulldog Cosmo canvas fabric with metallic embellishment

natural color French Bulldog canvas fabric by Cosmo

natural color French Bulldog canvas fabric by Cosmo

modeS4u Stories: The Loch Ness Monster

We have a new original story as written by our fabulous teammate, this time featuring the most kawaii shy animals out there, the Sumikkogurashi! Enjoy the story!

The Loch Ness Monster

Shirokuma, the polar bear scared of the cold, the green Penguin and the Neko, were strolling down a street, trick or treating. The shy polar bear was dressed up as an iceberg. Penguin, the penguin with an identity crisis, was dressed up as a bird. Neko, the shy cat, was dressed up as a mouse. They were going to meet Tokage the lizard at the village lake.

The trio walked down the streets, avoiding others as much as possible. When they got to the lake, Tokage wasn’t there. They turned around, facing away from the water.

“I wonder where he is,” Penguin said aloud.

Something wet and slimy touched Neko’s shoulder.

“Shirokuma, I think your costume is melting,” Neko said, slightly turning her head. She saw a green hand on her shoulder.

“G-g-g-guys,” Neko stammered.

The others turned around.

It was the Loch Ness Monster.

“BOO!” shouted the monster.

“AHHHHHH!” screamed the Sumikkogurashi shy animals.

The Loch Ness Monster started to chuckle. Then, it burst out laughing.

Shirokuma, the green Penguin and Neko were confused.

The face of the Lochness Monster fell off – it was a mask.

Tokage’s face was revealed. He was still hysterically laughing.

“Tokage!” the three friends exclaimed.

The lizard had stopped laughing now, but his face still had a smirk on it.

“What,” he shrugged. “I’ve always wanted to be the Lochness Monster.”

Everyone looked at each other. Then, they burst out laughing.

cute soft Sumikkogurashi green shy penguin plush charm by San-X

cute soft Sumikkogurashi green shy penguin plush charm by San-X

Sumikkogurashi animal shy cat plush tissue box

Sumikkogurashi animal shy cat plush tissue box

mini Sumikkogurashi lizard cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi lizard cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi bear cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi bear cute plush charm by San-X

Sumikkogurashi towel shy animals in corner

Sumikkogurashi towel shy animals in corner

San-X Sumikkogurashi shy animal charm

San-X Sumikkogurashi shy animal charm

cute Sumikkogurashi shy bear squishy

cute Sumikkogurashi shy bear squishy

cute blue Sumikkogurashi shy lizard mug squishy charm kawaii

cute blue Sumikkogurashi shy lizard mug squishy charm kawaii

Sumikkogurashi as cats A4 folder with 5 pockets

Sumikkogurashi as cats A4 folder with 5 pockets

Sumikkogurashi shy penguin and bear pouch

Sumikkogurashi shy penguin and bear pouch

Disney Tsum Tsum Christmas has arrived in Langham Place!

We know many of you are great fans of Disney characters, and you will certainly enjoy these pictures of the Disney Tsum Tsum Christmas Market display at Langham Place in Hong Kong! 

As seen in the images we got from the All About Hong Kong Facebook page, it includes a Tsum Tsum Xmas tree, a train station, a mini tunnel of lights and the entrance to a Christmas Market.

As the whole city warms to the coming of the season, many hotels, malls, stores, landmarks and other famous Hong Kong locations vie for attention, setting up elaborate Christmas-themed displays.  Xmas lights are a prominent item for sure, but so are kawaii decorations!

And the Disney Tsum Tsum characters are still all the rage:  we learned that the Hong Kong subway, the MTR, will be selling Tsum Tsum Souvenir Ticket Sets this Christmas, including a ticket holder and the cutest pullback train: take a look at those in the pictures below!

Wow! What a colorful display!

Wow! What a colorful display!

Which character on this Tsum Tsum tree is your favorite?

Which character on this Tsum Tsum tree is your favorite?

What do you like best about this display?

What do you like best about this display?

This is a fantastic spot to take photos!

This is a fantastic spot to take photos!

Check out these decorations!

Check out these decorations!

These characters are so kawaii!

These characters are so kawaii!

We made it to the train station just in time!

We made it to the train station just in time!

Look at these kawaii ticket and toy train designs! All images in this post are courtesy of the All About Hong Kong Facebook page

Look at these kawaii ticket and toy train designs! All images in this post are courtesy of the All About Hong Kong Facebook page

Less than 24 hours left for our Black Friday sale!!

Our BLACK FRIDAY SALE ends in less than 24 hours! HURRY! Head to our shop now to get 30% off all sorts of amazing products!

There are over 13,000 different products in our shop for you to choose from!

Our sale runs until Nov 26, 2018 (11:59pm).

Coupon Code: blackfriday2018

To enjoy the discount, you have to use the coupon code “blackfriday2018” during checkout.* You can use the coupon code as many times as you like during this sale!

So get shopping by checking out the latest fabrics, stationery, squishies and more, available at modeS4u!

*This discount is not applicable to shipping costs.

HURRY! Get awesome goodies at 30% off before our sale ends!

HURRY! Get awesome goodies at 30% off before our sale ends!

Christmas keeps coming to Hong Kong!

We have another beautiful Christmas street display to share with you!  Now is the time when many malls and stores in Hong Kong put up their special seasonal decorations, which will last until the turn of the year.  This will certainly not be our last post on Xmas and the city!

Take a look at the great images we got from the All About Hong Kong Facebook page.  This particular display is located in the Hong Kong mall iSQUARE, and it is called Pandaful Christmas Carnival.  As you see, it features the cutest panda bears with Xmas hats in vintage train station and orchestra scenarios.

Shunsuke Satake is the famous Japanese illustrator behind this fine example of kawaii Christmas street art.  His sweet animals are a delight, and make great models for drawing practice!

Do you like pandas?  Of course, bears do rank high in any cute animals’ list, and these giant bamboo eaters from China do definitely belong in top positions.  Do you have a favorite bear?  Let us know!

What a stunning display!

What a stunning display!

All aboard!

All aboard!

What adorable Christmas pandas!

What adorable Christmas pandas!

Get your 'ticket' here!

Get your ‘ticket’ here!

Our Black Friday sale starts RIGHT NOW!!

BLACK FRIDAY SALE time! You can now get 30% OFF all items in our shop!

There are over 13,000 different products in our shop for you to choose from!

Our sale runs from NOW to Nov 26, 2018 (11:59pm).

Coupon Code: blackfriday2018

To enjoy the discount, you have to use the coupon code “blackfriday2018” during checkout.* You can use the coupon code as many times as you like during this sale!

So get shopping by checking out the latest fabrics, stationery, squishies and more, available at modeS4u!

*This discount is not applicable to shipping costs.

Get all the awesome goodies you want from our shop, 30% off!

Get all the awesome goodies you want from our shop, 30% off!

Join our adorable Christmas stationery giveaway with Super Cute Kawaii!

We’ve teamed up once again with the amazing blog, Super Cute Kawaii, for a Christmas goodies giveaway! In this exciting giveaway, 1 lucky winner will receive a sticker sheet, stunning mt tapes, light switch stickers, an Iwako eraser of Santa, an Xmas notebook and Xmas cards. Wow!

Head on over to Super Cute Kawaii and join right now! The giveaway ends on December 4th. Good luck!!

Join this giveaway for a chance to win kawaii Christmas goodies!

Join this giveaway for a chance to win kawaii Christmas goodies!

Win your favorite items from modeS4u in our new GIVEAWAY!

That’s right! We have a brand new giveaway! Here’s your opportunity to WIN your FAVORITE item from our shop!

Here’s how to participate:

– Visit our kawaii shop and locate your favorite item. Once you’ve found it, copy that item’s link (URL) and come back to THIS blog post. Then, leave a comment with the link pasted in. That’s it! Simple, right?

Please just make sure to leave your correct email when entering, as we’ll be contacting the winner by email. Winners must respond back to us within 48 hours or the prize will be forfeited. This giveaway is open worldwide and ends on Monday, Nov 26 at 9am HK time.

So what are you hoping to win? An adorable Rilakkuma plush toy? A lovely Christmas item? Whatever you choose, we wish you all good luck!!

What are you hoping to win in our latest giveaway??

What are you hoping to win in our latest giveaway??

FREE sewing pattern for a stylish trail bag!

So, here we have yet another free sewing pattern for all you sewing lovers!  This time, our chosen project will let you make a super wearable tote bag not only in one size, but two!  Just goes to show we really love bags, and can’t have enough of them!

This sewing project is recommended for those with an intermediate level of experience.  The original bags were made using Robert Kaufman fabrics, as shown in the pictures below.  We have added some more fabrics from our shop to help you get inspired.

Tote bags are a wonderful item to make out of pieces of beautiful fabric you still have around, waiting for the right project to come their way.  However, they are also a great reason to buy fabrics purposefully: especially, if you find the pattern a little challenging, having the perfect fabric for it will give you extra motivation to test your skills!

Please do send us pictures of your finished project, if you decide to give this a go. We love seeing what you create, and sharing it!

Get started on making one of these!

Get started on making one of these!

These bags are SO stylish!

These bags are SO stylish!

green black Robert Kaufman triangle diamond linen cotton fabric Arroyo Essex

green black Robert Kaufman triangle diamond linen cotton fabric Arroyo Essex

light taupe Robert Kaufman fabric black star shape Psychedelia

light taupe Robert Kaufman fabric black star shape Psychedelia

natural color Robert Kaufman fabric with shapes

natural color Robert Kaufman fabric with shapes

Robert Kaufman navy blue shape fabric

Robert Kaufman navy blue shape fabric

Robert Kaufman canvas fabric with stripes

Robert Kaufman canvas fabric with stripes

Sevenberry stripe canvas fabric by Robert Kaufman

Sevenberry stripe canvas fabric by Robert Kaufman

brown Essex yarn dyed homespun fabric by Robert Kaufman

brown Essex yarn dyed homespun fabric by Robert Kaufman

taupe canvas fabric with dots by Robert Kaufman

taupe canvas fabric with dots by Robert Kaufman