Potholders for Mother’s Day

My mother, who is gifted at finding amazing fabric from Japan, sent me this bit of unusual fabric this week. Doesn’t this fabric look a bit like a book of postage stamps, or a sticker sheet? A bit festive and Christmassy, too.

I pondered what I can make with it. I only . . . → Read More: Potholders for Mother’s Day

Black and white day

Today I continued to play with the black “boy” fabric.  I really love this fabric. First I made an insulated lunch bag.

I realize this lunch bag may not look too manly…. A while back, I asked my . . . → Read More: Black and white day

Echino Tote Bag

Here is a simple tote bag I made this week, using a stunning “Echino” line of fabric designed by Etsuko Furuya. 

I love this large-scale faux patchwork print. It’s very colorful and the mix of different patterns could have looked busy, but it . . . → Read More: Echino Tote Bag

Echino fabric boxes

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

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 . . . → Read More: Echino fabric boxes

Birthday tote bag

It’s my mother’s birthday today. Happy birthday, Midori! Here’s a special tote bag I made for her.

Don’t you just love the hint of sheepish playfulness, in the otherwise classic monotone scheme? My mother bought the sheep fabric herself when she was visiting Japan. She actually gave it . . . → Read More: Birthday tote bag

Wristlet pouches

I’ve been working on wristlet pouches for a while.  So far I’ve made no less than four different versions.

This was the first one.  I loved its simple construction and cute shape.

But it turned out to be a little too narrow to fit a typical . . . → Read More: Wristlet pouches