New echino fabrics in our shop

If you love echino you will be delighted to hear that we have new echino fabrics from 6 collections overall. The collections echino mosaic and echino gara are available as wide poplin fabrics, the collections echino bee, echino kalmia, echino pipi and echino hide are available as laminates.

wide mosaic echino poplin fabric yellow bird triangle

wide mosaic echino poplin fabric yellow bird triangle

wide mosaic echino poplin fabric red bird triangle

wide mosaic echino poplin fabric red bird triangle

wide mosaic echino poplin fabric turquoise bird triangle

wide mosaic echino poplin fabric turquoise bird triangle

wide mosaic echino poplin fabric black bird triangle

wide mosaic echino poplin fabric black bird triangle

wide bird stripe echino poplin fabric gara black pink

wide bird stripe echino poplin fabric gara black pink

wide bird stripe echino poplin fabric gara orange yellow

wide bird stripe echino poplin fabric gara orange yellow

wide bird stripe echino poplin fabric gara pink orange

wide bird stripe echino poplin fabric gara pink orange

wide bird stripe echino poplin fabric gara blue yellow

wide bird stripe echino poplin fabric gara blue yellow

bee echino Canvas laminate fabric black red honeycomb

bee echino Canvas laminate fabric black red honeycomb

bee echino Canvas laminate fabric blue green honeycomb

bee echino Canvas laminate fabric blue green honeycomb

bee echino Canvas laminate fabric purple pink honeycomb

bee echino Canvas laminate fabric purple pink honeycomb

natural kalmia echino Canvas laminate fabric bird bush

natural kalmia echino Canvas laminate fabric bird bush

blue kalmia echino Canvas laminate fabric bird bush

blue kalmia echino Canvas laminate fabric bird bush

orange kalmia echino Canvas laminate fabric bird bush

orange kalmia echino Canvas laminate fabric bird bush

purple kalmia echino Canvas laminate fabric bird bush

purple kalmia echino Canvas laminate fabric bird bush

pipi echino Canvas laminate fabric beige green flower dot

pipi echino Canvas laminate fabric beige green flower dot

pipi echino Canvas laminate fabric orange brown flower dot

pipi echino Canvas laminate fabric orange brown flower dot

pipi echino Canvas laminate fabric blue green flower dot

pipi echino Canvas laminate fabric blue green flower dot

hide echino Canvas laminate fabric lime natural stag forest

hide echino Canvas laminate fabric lime natural stag forest

hide echino Canvas laminate fabric purple pink stag forest

hide echino Canvas laminate fabric purple pink stag forest

hide echino Canvas laminate fabric black green stag forest

hide echino Canvas laminate fabric black green stag forest

Christmas gift ideas by Rilakkuma and Sandra

Today our office mascot Rilakkuma teamed up with our managing director Sandra to come up with some kawaii Christmas gift ideas from our shop.

Rilakkuma and Sandra came up with some Christmas gift ideas

Rilakkuma and Sandra came up with some kawaii Christmas gift ideas

1. echino Jacquard Fabrics

This is a very festive present. The echino Jacquard fabrics are elaborate textiles with woven-in textured complex designs. They are great for making table linen, bed linen, curtains, bags, home decor, upholstery or clothes.

hot pink Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

hot pink Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

2. Decole Car Bags

Looking for a gift for a family? This could be it. At least if that family has a car. The super cute car organiser bags look adorable and help keeping cars clean and organised. They have lots of compartments for toys, snacks, bottles etc. and are easily attached to the back of the front seats. Of course this is also a great present for singles who like to keep their cars tidy.

Decole polka dot mushroom cactus car bag Japan

Decole polka dot mushroom cactus car bag Japan

3. DIY Kaleidoscope Set

This DIY clay kaleidoscope kit is a nice present for a child who is old enough for crafting a bit more detailed things. It’s lots of fun to make and decorate the kaleidoscope.

DIY paper mousse clay making kit kaleidoscope swiss roll

DIY paper mousse clay making kit kaleidoscope swiss roll

4. Ceramic Phone Stand

The ceramic phone stands look so cute that you won’t want to take your phone out of them ever again.

cream-brown cat ceramic cellphone holder Decole

cream-brown cat ceramic cellphone holder Decole

5. Little Red Riding Hood Tea Set

This gift idea can be as big or small as you want it to be. We have lots of different Decole cups and tea pots with the adorable Little Red Riding Hood character, so you can only give somebody a kawaii mug as a present or a whole cute tea set.

Little Red Riding Hood tea pot Otogicco Decole

Little Red Riding Hood tea pot Otogicco Decole

6. Sewing Patterns

Great for sewing enthusiasts but also for beginners. We have sewing patterns for different levels of experience, some kits even include the fabrics you need.

monaluna sewing kit for girl's skirt Havana

monaluna sewing kit for girl’s skirt Havana

We are in the Christmas issue of the magazine Lena Creativ

Yay, we are featured in the awesome German DIY magazine Lena Creativ again. This time we teamed up for their crafty Christmas issue, which was released in October. The editors used our echino fabrics to sew beautiful things like a patchwork blanket or a cosmetic case. They also put them on photo albums which really looks great is a cool Christmas gift idea. It’s so exciting to see our products in magazines, we love it.

The cover of the Christmas issue of the German magazine Lena Creativ

The cover of the Christmas issue of the German magazine Lena Creativ

This beautiful blanket was made with our fabrics

This beautiful blanket was made with our fabrics

Lena Creativ used our echino fabrics for this cosmetic case

Lena Creativ used our echino fabrics for this cosmetic case

On the bottom picture you can see photo albums with our echino fabrics and Washi Tapes that we sell

On the bottom picture you can see photo albums with our echino fabrics and Washi Tapes that we sell

New fabric material: Jacquard fabrics by echino

Echino released some very pretty Jacquard fabrics which we now have in our shop. It’s a bit hard to see on the pictures, but Jacquards are fabrics with woven-in designs. They have a wonderful texture and look really classy, as metallic yarn and chenille yarn was used for weaving. Some fabrics even have gold metallic yarn in them. Due to this wonderful yarn they all have a silky shine and look very elaborate.

So what can you sew with them? They definitely give everything a unique look and might look a bit opulent, but they are great for table linen, bed linen, curtains, bags, home decor, upholstery or clothes. We can totally see wonderful winter skirts or coats made with the echino Jacquards.

big berry Jacquard echino fabric hot pink from Japan

big berry Jacquard echino fabric hot pink from Japan

big berry Jacquard echino fabric green from Japan

big berry Jacquard echino fabric green from Japan

big berry Jacquard echino fabric black from Japan

big berry Jacquard echino fabric black from Japan

hot pink Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

hot pink Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

blue Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

blue Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

purple Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

purple Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

What to sew: Kokka and echino fabrics

Kokka showed some really beautiful examples of what you can sew with their fabrics at the Spring Quilt Market in the USA. As we carry most of the echino fabrics, Melody Miller fabrics and Ellen Lucket Baker fabrics they displayed on the trade show we took lots of pictures of how the fabrics were used for different sewing projects. You could see many  bags sewed with echino fabrics, we loved especially the ones made with the echino rhino fabrics. Collections like echino rhythm and echino twin were great designs for making bags as well. As the fabrics have lots of different patterns which are arranged in stripes, they create a stunning patchwork look.

We also loved the dress, bags and cushions that were made with Ellen Lucket Baker’s citrus tree fabric or the little canvas flower fabrics. And Melody Miller’s retro prints just look amazing on home decor.

Beautiful bags wesed with echino twin fabrics

Beautiful bags sewed with echino twin fabrics

The bags sewd with the echino rhino fabric were among our favourites

The bags sewed with the echino rhino fabric were among our favourites

In the middle you see some waterproof bags made with echino laminate fabrics

In the middle you see some waterproof bags made with echino laminate fabrics

A wonderful dress made with fabrics designed by Ellen Lucket Baker

A wonderful dress made with fabrics designed by Ellen Lucket Baker

Lovely bags made with fabrics from the Folk Modern collection

Lovely bags made with fabrics from the Folk Modern collection

Isn't the pillow on the left breathtaking?

Isn’t the pillow on the left breathtaking?

Super cool retro pillow made with Melody Miller fabrics

Super cool retro pillow made with Melody Miller fabrics

Japan Hobby Show Part 4: Kokka fabrics booth

While visiting the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo we also visited some of our suppliers who had booths on the tradeshow. As fabrics and sewing played an important role there, the Japanese fabric manufacturer Kokka couldn’t be missing of course. We really enjoyed the Kokka booth, they had lots of different sections with designer fabrics by Etsuko Furuya, Melody Miller or Ellen Lucket Baker. You could see lots and lots of beautiful things made with the fabrics, mainly bags and clothes. But boy, they surely looked amazing.

Beautiful items with Kokka fabrics designed by Melody Miller

Beautiful items with Kokka fabrics designed by Melody Miller

Some pretty bags and cloths made with Kokka fabrics from the Folk Modern collection

Some pretty bags and cloths made with Kokka fabrics from the Folk Modern collection

The Kokka fabrics designed by Ellen Lucket Baker are perfect for sewing bags

The Kokka fabrics designed by Ellen Lucket Baker are perfect for sewing bags

Super cute Kokka characters on fabric

Super cute Kokka characters on fabric

Of course echino could not be missing on the Kokka booth

Of course echino could not be missing on the Kokka booth

People loved the echino section of the Kokka booth at the trade show

People loved the echino section of the Kokka booth at the trade show

Sunshine City in Tokyo Part 3: fabrics and fashion

Today we show you lots of cute fabrics and fashion accessories that we discovered when visiting Sunshine City during one of our last business trips to Tokyo. Japan is the home of kawaii, so of course we saw lots of super cute outfits in the shops. Everything from head to toe is super cute, there were tons of adorable socks for example.

If you like to sew yourself Sunshine City is the place for you too, because you can get lovely fabrics, buttons, ribbons and all the accessories you need there. We spotted lots of echino fabrics that we also sell in our online shop.

Even the mannequins are kawaii: Bunnies wearing romantic outfits

Even the mannequins are kawaii: Bunnies wearing romantic outfits

A paradise for fabric lovers

A paradise for fabric lovers

You can also buy lots of fabric bundles

You can also buy lots of fabric bundles

Everything you need for quilting!

Everything you need for quilting!

A very wild mixture of different styles and patterns

A very wild mixture of different styles and patterns

Very pretty Asia fabrics

Very pretty Asia fabrics

Lots of sewing accessories

Lots of sewing accessories

Fat quarters are really handy if you don't need a big piece of fabric

Fat quarters are really handy if you don’t need a big piece of fabric

The most adorable socks

The most adorable socks

kawaii baby socks

kawaii baby socks

One of the many fashion outlets in Sunshine City

One of the many fashion outlets in Sunshine City

What customers make with our fabrics: echino bags

Again we spotted wonderful things that some of our customers made with our fabrics. After we already introduced you to the cute boy’s shirt Caroline from the Sew Can She blog sewed, she now also made a beautiful handbag from our echino fabric. The combination with the real leather handle is perfect, it is an absolute astonishing piece.

The French designer Les Bêtes de Céline showed us a couple of weeks ago a picture of how she was working on a shoulder bag with our echino laminate fabrics. Now she finished the bag and we totally love it. She combined two echino laminates by Kokka, so the bag is waterproof. It’s absolutely lovely!

We are in love with the echino handbag made by Sew Can She

We are in love with the echino handbag made by Sew Can She

Here Les Bêtes de Céline is still working on this echino laminate shoulder bag

Here Les Bêtes de Céline is still working on this echino laminate shoulder bag

By now the waterproof bag is finished and absolutely beautiful

By now the waterproof bag is finished and absolutely beautiful

echino canvas fabric birds stripes turquoise from Japan

echino canvas fabric birds stripes turquoise from Japan

echino laminate stripes fabric kikka yellow-red-blue

echino laminate stripes fabric kikka yellow-red-blue

green echino birds and berries laminate fabric cherry

green echino birds and berries laminate fabric cherry

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Sandra

This will be a long interview, but she just has so much to tell. Why? Because she started the company many years ago. Meet the boss: Sandra!

Hello, who are you by the way?
I’m Sandra, 31 years old. I am the Managing Director and founder of modes4u. My hometown is Bregenz in Austria, but I have been living in Hong Kong for more than eight years now. After I finished my Masters degree in Computer Science I was invited to join a summer university program in Hong Kong and Beijing. I liked it so much that I decided to stay. I moved to Hong Kong and studied Business Management.  During that time I met my husband Alan and after graduating we started modes4u.com together.

What is your job at modes4u?
At the beginning I did everything from A to Z as there was only Alan and I. I looked for suppliers, ordered products, wrote product descriptions, packed and shipped orders, blogged, organised partnerships, answered customer emails etc. Meanwhile my tasks have changed, because now I have a great team that supports me a lot.

I am still responsible for purchasing, so I order products, look for new suppliers and do everything that is connected to that. I also visit trade shows all around the world several times a year to check out the newest products and trends and to meet business partners.

I frequently start new projects, as I have so many ideas for improving and simplifying the shop. Despite that I am still pretty active in the day-to-day business: I answer lots of emails every day and do paper work and administrative tasks. But when we have lots of orders I still help packing.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?
I like everything we have, otherwise I would not have ordered it. But personally I like our fabrics the most. I have done quite a bit of sewing with our echino fabrics, but I also like to use cute designs with matryoshkas, owls, deer etc.
Washi Tapes are on second position in my personal priority list. We have a very big variety now and I really like the beautiful prints.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?
I am in the very special situation that I have founded this company, therefore I have to say: everything! It is a very special feeling for me to see the shop grow each year and get more and more professional opportunities.
Also I like the work attitude in Hong Kong. Everybody is working eagerly and without complaining. Our team is really great and I appreciate that a lot.

I feel like you can try lots of new projects here. In Europe many things would not be possible that easily and without a lot of bureaucracy. There is an innovative atmosphere, the people are not afraid of experimenting and also willing to take a risk.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?
I like to craft very much if I have a good occasion. Like when I sewed curtains with our echino fabrics for our whole house, because we needed some. It took super long until I was done, but even though it was lots of work, I totally enjoyed it.

For my little nieces I sewed bibs with our fabrics, as a mother can never have enough of those. And I also like to use fabrics as decoration, e.g. by just framing them.
I have also used Washi Tape to decorate vases and glasses or used them as name tags for glasses at parties and BBQs.

Big Rilakkuma is asking Sandra lots of questions at our lunch table

Big Rilakkuma is asking Sandra lots of questions at our lunch table

Sandra sewed these bibs for her little nieces

Sandra sewed these bibs for her little nieces

Not yet finished, but already very pretty. A Little bag sewed with our fabrics

Not yet finished, but already very pretty. A Little bag sewed with our fabrics

Sandra used different echino fabrics to sew curtains for her whole house. Seen here: Living room curtains

Sandra used different echino fabrics to sew curtains for her whole house. Shown here: Living room curtains

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A “shop” in Hong Kong where Sandra bought fleece for sewing.

Her cat Miu also liked the big sewing project. So comfy!

Her cat Miu also liked the big sewing project. So comfy!

Sandra crafted a pinboard by stapling fabric onto cork coasters

Sandra crafted a pinboard by stapling fabric onto cork coasters

A whole new vase design made with a couple of stripes of Washi Tape

A whole new vase design made with a couple of stripes of Washi Tape

Our favourite product of the week: echino maruco fabrics

It’s so basic and so good. A couple of days ago we added more echino prints from Japan to our shop. Now we carry all the designs of the latest collection in all colours. The cool maruco collection is our favourite of the week. Why? Because it’s a classic design with big polka dots in bright colours.

purple echino polka dot poplin fabric maruco

purple echino polka dot poplin fabric maruco

pink echino polka dot poplin fabric maruco

pink echino polka dot poplin fabric maruco

blue echino polka dot poplin fabric maruco

blue echino polka dot poplin fabric maruco

yellow echino polka dot poplin fabric maruco

yellow echino polka dot poplin fabric maruco

brown echino polka dot poplin fabric maruco

brown echino polka dot poplin fabric maruco