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

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

What customers make with our fabrics: apron & tote

We’re always super happy when our customers show us what they’ve made with our products by posting pictures on our Facebook page or sending us emails. Lately we saw two super adorable projects we also want to show you.

One of our Spanish customers makes incredible aprons with our fabrics. We have already seen quite a few as she makes so many different ones. Lately the pink and black apron for which she used our Timeless Treasures sweets fabric caught our attention. We totally love the colour combination and think that the design look beautiful.

A German customer sewed a wonderful tote bag from our Robert Kaufman Sushi fabric. It’s a super funny idea and the bag will definitely attract a lot of attention.

One of our Spanish customers made this lovely apron with our fabric

One of our Spanish customers made this lovely apron with our fabric

black fabric by Timeless Treasures with sweets

black fabric by Timeless Treasures with sweets

A German customer sewed this wonderful bag from our sushi fabric

A German customer sewed this wonderful bag from our sushi fabric

funny white sushi fabric Robert Kaufman

funny white sushi fabric Robert Kaufman

Christmas things made with our Christmas fabrics

During the last weeks lots of people all over the world have sewed with our Christmas fabrics. And as some people asked us to post more pictures of what to do with our fabrics, we want to show you some of the beautiful things they have made.

We are truly impressed with what you people come up with: pillows, stockings, oven gloves, coasters, place mats, aprons, bags, fabric baskets, lamp shades and probably lots more.

By the way, we’re always super excited to see what you made with our fabrics, so feel free to send us your pictures and we might include them in one of our blog posts.

A wonderful Christmas pillow made by the Finnish Blog Hilduli

A wonderful Christmas pillow made by the Finnish Blog Hilduli

A truly great idea: The Malaysian Blog CraftPassion made placemats and coasters from our fabrics

A truly great idea: The Malaysian Blog CraftPassion made place mats and coasters from our fabrics

The German blog luloveshandmade made adorable Christmas stockings

The German blog luloveshandmade made adorable Christmas stockings

The Spanish blogger Lydia sews many of her aprons with our fabrics - We love this Christmas version

The Spanish blogger Lydia sews many of her aprons with our fabrics – We love this Christmas version

The American Zakka Life Blog created wonderful Christmas mug rugs from our fabrics

The American Zakka Life Blog created wonderful Christmas mug rugs from our fabrics

Christmas fabrics giveaway on craftpassion.com

Here is another chance for all you fabric lovers to win fabrics from our shop. We teamed up with the blog craftpassion.com for a great Christmas Giveaway. One lucky winner will get a bundle full of 12 Christmas fabric fat quarters to fulfill all his Christmas sewing projects. Labels such as Alexander Henry, Robert Kaufman, Michael Miller and Riley Blake are included in the package.

Visit the craftpassion.com giveaway website to enter the giveaway, which is open until October 2nd. And be sure to check our the beautiful pictures she took of the bundle. Lovely!

The giveaway prize on craftpassion.com: Cute Christmas fabrics

The giveaway prize on craftpassion.com: Cute Christmas fabrics

Our favourite product of the week: Glow in the dark Halloween fabric

Clearly our favourite product of the week: the Timeless Treasures glow in the dark spiderwebs fabric. Why? Because it glows in the dark. Really! The spiderwebs have a glow in the dark pattern that can absorb light, so that you see it even in the dark. Isn’t it the perfect Halloween fabric for costumes and decoration with a spooky effect?

black designer fabric with glow in the dark spiderwebs

black designer fabric with glow in the dark spiderwebs

New in our shop: Alexander Henry fabrics

You might have noticed some of the funky new designs in our fabric section already. We now carry Alexander Henry fabrics in our shop and love the new designs. Until now we mainly added Christmas fabrics, but many more will follow in the next weeks. One of our favourites already is the kawaii Kokeshi doll fabric that we ordered in different colours.

The textile design house Alexander Henry is situated in California, USA, and has been in the fabric business for more than 30 years. They make cutting-edge cotton prints and each pattern is still painted by hand. Their fabrics are made in Japan, so they really stand for high quality. They say themselves that their designs are inspired by art history, runway fashion and the culture at large, which we think really shows in their prints, e.g. their big pin-up series that’s clearly inspired by the 50s. How do you like them?

white Japanese Kokeshi doll fabric by Alexander Henry

white Japanese Kokeshi doll fabric by Alexander Henry

olive green Alexander Henry fabric with colourful mushrooms

olive green Alexander Henry fabric with colourful mushrooms

white Christmas fabric animals mistletoe Alexander Henry

white Christmas fabric animals mistletoe Alexander Henry

white Alexander Henry Christmas fabric angel reindeer star

white Alexander Henry Christmas fabric angel reindeer star

light blue Alexander Henry Christmas fabric with snowman

light blue Alexander Henry Christmas fabric with snowman

white Christmas fabric Pin up men Alexander Henry USA

white Christmas fabric Pin up men Alexander Henry USA

Super cool wedding dress made with our fabric

We always love to see what all you creative people end up doing with our products, especially our fabrics. And we’re always enchanted by those lovely things. Our customer Ella just sent us some pictures of her wedding dress that she sewed with our cute Smitten Kitten fabric. Isn’t it just beautiful? We really love this unique and classy dress, it just looks perfect on Ella.

If you ever want to show us what you made with our fabrics or other products, just send us an email. We really want to see what you create.

Congratulations, Ella. We wish you all the best for your marriage. And thanks for sharing your pictures with us.

Ellas super unique wedding dress made with our smitten kitten fabric

Ellas super unique wedding dress made with our smitten kitten fabric

What a great start into a marriage with a dress like this. Congratulations.

What a great start into a marriage with a dress like this. Congratulations.

It is a bit blurred in this resolution, but here you can see the full wedding dress. Beautiful!

It is a bit blurred in this resolution, but here you can see the full wedding dress. Beautiful!

Today is World Turtle Day

Every year on May 23rd the American Tortoise Rescue sponsors World Turtle Day. It’s not hard to guess what the purpose is: They want to bring attention to turtles and tortoises and also encourage people to help more. We like turtles a lot, they are a very popular design in our shop. So of course we support the turtle day. We celebrate with our cute Michael Miller turtle fabric.

Michael Miller fabric Aqua Surf's Up sea turtles

Michael Miller fabric Aqua Surf

Get some ice cream on your clothes

Don’t worry, we don’t ask you to mess up your clothes by smearing ice cream onto them. We rather want you to prepare for summer, because it is right around the corner. Time for joy, colours and crazy prints. Such as our lovely Robert Kaufman ice cream designs. The yummy cones on the fabrics are such a great symbol for hot and bright summer days. We can picture them perfectly as funny children’s dresses, funky summer skirts or cool table cloths. They will brighten up every summer day even more and make you smile on a rainy day.

white fabric with ice cream cone by Robert Kaufman

white fabric with ice cream cone by Robert Kaufman

green fabric with ice cream cups by Robert Kaufman

green fabric with ice cream cups by Robert Kaufman

white fabric ice cream cone & sweets by Robert Kaufman

white fabric ice cream cone & sweets by Robert Kaufman

blue fabric ice cream cups Robert Kaufman kawaii

blue fabric ice cream cups Robert Kaufman kawaii

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