Echino fabric boxes

I am a big fan of “Echino” fabrics by Japanese designer Etsuko Furuya. Her designs for this year are particularly pretty.

Photo collage of new Echino fabrics

Although my sewing room is overflowing with fabric, I could not resist ordering these prints. They arrived this week, and they were even prettier in person! I wanted to play with them right away.  The bird prints posed a challenge though, because the birdies were bigger than I thought. They are almost life sized, ready to fly out of the fabric. So I put them aside, and played with the other prints instead.

fabric boxes by Piggledee

Small fabric boxes! I thought these super bright, bold prints could be overwhelming in large sizes. But as small boxes, they exude just the right amount of impact. Put one or two on your work desk, and they’ll brighten up your space – and your mood, too – instantly. Or so I would hope.

Echino fabric boxes by Piggledee

 

Echino fabric boxes by Piggledee

green fabric box with an orange by Piggledee

They are large enough – or small enough – for one big orange or apple. Which is a great size for desktop organization. I use these boxes in my sewing room for organizing small sewing tools, address stamps, washi tapes, cut-up velcro strips… etc. They are very handy to have.

Echino fabric boxes by Piggledee bottom view

I used heavy-duty cotton for the bottom to give firm structure. I also padded the fabric for structure and cushiness. 

Echino fabric boxes by Piggledee lining view

To match the vividness of the Echino colors, I chose vivid Kona cotton colors for the lining. 

Echino fabric boxes by Piggledee

It’s hard to choose which box is my favorite – but I love this green stripe one in particular. It’s cool because you see different patterns and colors from different angles.  

Next project: what should I make with those life-sized bird fabrics?

 

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