Etsy Craft Party 2016

It was a day all of us at the Etsy Craftvist SG team were looking forward to.  Yeah, none other than our Etsy Craft Party 2016!  For those who are new to Etsy, the Etsy Craft Party is an annual celebration that sees people around Singapore and the world come together to explore their favourite creative pursuits and learn from fellow crafters.  2016 marks the seventh annual Craft Party celebration and the fourth event Etsy Craftivist SG has hosted in Singapore since 2013.

The Etsy Craft Party 2016 was organised by Simply For Love, an Etsy store specialising in bespoke felt creations.  Other local businesses such as The Cotton Shoppe, Beary Naise, Petitlicious, Trinkets Etcetera, Vintage Fabric in SG and Aklili also came together to organise the event.

This year, we are proud to work with The Art Faculty by Pathlight at The Enabling Village, who has gladly agreed to be our event sponsor.  This makes our Etsy Craft Party even more meaningful, as we are not only having fun crafting with participants, but also contributing to a good cause to promote the artistic talents of autistic children.

The theme for the this year’s Etsy Craft Party is “Print by Hand”. Some activities our team had put together include stations for gelli painting, screen printing and batik painting.  There was also a station for children to come together to create a community mural using paints and rolling pins.

What did our team do to get the venue all ready for the Etsy Craft Party?  Check out these behind the scenes photos!  It’s all about team work!

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Hanging up buntings at the entrance to welcome participants

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Setting up the photography booth

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Decorating the venue with pretty paper flowers

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Buntings are up!

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Everyone has a part to play in getting the venue ready!

Participants started streaming in at 3.30pm.  We saw a diverse group of participants ranging from families and friends to couples and more.  This is what our team hopes to achieve through the Etsy Craft Party, to allow people from all walks of life to bond together through crafting!  This is where all the fun begins, to learn and craft together as a community!

These are the highlights of the day:

Gelli Painting

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Gelli Painting station

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Participant getting her hands dirty with gelli painting

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Completed gelli painting artwork

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Participant stamping on her gelli block

Screen Printing

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Screen printing station

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Participant trying her hands in screen printing

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Participant working hard at the screen printing station

Etsy Craft Party 2016

The screen printing station is one of the hot favourites among participants!

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Participants having fun with screen printing

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Our little participant with her screen printing creation!

Batik Painting

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Batik painting station

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Participants creating beautiful artworks using batik painting

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Closeup of batik painted cat

Etsy Craft Party 2016

A beautiful work of art with batik painting

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Participant proudly displaying her completed batik painting

Rolling Pin Painting

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Rolling pin painting station

Etsy Craft Party 2016

These rolling pins are ready to go!

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Boy trying out his rolling pin activity

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Girl having fun at the rolling pin painting station

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Participants, both young and old coming together to paint using roller pins

Besides these awesome crafting activities, the first 50 participants who signed up also went home with an attractive goody bag consisting of freebies and vouchers sponsored by local crafters.  And not forgetting a lucky draw at the end of the party where five lucky participants walked away with prizes of over a $100 each, all contributed by our warm-hearted crafters!  Thank you all for your contribution and congratulations to all the winners!

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Check out these goody bags, courtesy of our crafters

Etsy Craft Party 2016

Five lucky draw prizes are up for grabs!

This year, we saw a huge turnout of over 80 participants even though it was the busy Ramadan period.  Thank you all for making the effort to come by!  It wouldn’t be a huge success without your participation! For more information on what our Etsy Craftivist SG team is up to, follow us on our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/etsycraftivistsg/ or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/etsycraftivistsg/.

See you all at the Etsy Craft Party 2017!

Nani IRO 2016 Fabrics – Arriving Soon in Singapore

After a long wait of over two months, Kokka Japan finally updated that our fabrics are shipping out on 13 April and ETA on 20 April!  Yes, they will be available in Singapore soon…yeah!  This lot of new shipment includes our all-time favourite fabrics from Nani IRO, Echino and Kokka.

If you are following us on Facebook and Instagram, you would have seen us taking preorders in February.  Thereafter, we had quickly placed our orders with Kokka, only to be told that some Nani IRO 2016 collections were out of stock and we would need to wait for a month for them to be restocked.  :(  The one-month wait then extended to two months.  Guess these newly released fabrics were selling like hot cakes and Kokka was unable to meet the huge surge in demand.

If you have never heard of Nani IRO fabrics, then you would have missed laying your hands on the world’s prettiest fabrics!  Nani IRO is a Japanese label designed by Naomi Ito for Kokka Japan.  Her beautiful collections are often seen as art and watercolor still life on fabrics.  Most of these fabrics are made of double gauze, a material that is a signature of Japanese fabrics produced by two layers of gauze that are woven simultaneously on the loom.  Double gauze are known for their light, cool and soft texture, often used for dressmaking and baby blankets.  In fact, I’ve been using double gauze for making tote bags too and they’ve turned out very well.

When we first brought in Nani IRO in August 2015, we were amazed by its demand as over 90% of the designs were sold out within the first month of launch!  Therefore for this new lot of collections, we had decided to take in preorders, to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to own these pretty fabrics.  Who can resist these pretty fabrics???  :)

Here’s a sneak preview of the gorgeous fabrics we are bringing in:

Nani IRO Beautiful Life

Nani IRO Beautiful Life

Nani IRO Five Senses

Five Senses

Nani IRO Komorebi

Nani IRO Komorebi

Nani IRO Lei Nani

Nani IRO Lei Nani

Nani IRO Birds Eye

Nani IRO Birds Eye

Nani IRO Colourful Pocho

Colourful Pocho

Nani IRO Fuccra Rakuen

Nani IRO Fuccra Rakuen

Nani IRO Fuwari Fuwari

Nani IRO Fuwari Fuwari

Nani IRO Basic Pocho

Basic Pocho

In addition, check out these pretty bias tapes which we are also shipping in.  They are perfect for matching up with the new fabrics!

Nani IRO Bias Tapes (Yunagi)

Bias Tapes (Yunagi)

Nani IRO Bias Tapes (Kurisupu)

Bias Tapes (Kurisupu)

Nani IRO Bias Tapes (shinsei)

Bias Tapes (shinsei)

Nani IRO Bias Tapes (ibuki)

Bias Tapes (ibuki)

Nani IRO Bias Tapes (SHINJU)

Bias Tapes (SHINJU)

Nani IRO Bias Tapes (Bugen)

Bias Tapes (Bugen)

We are counting down to their arrival date!  This long waiting time is too much for us to bear!  LOL.  Cannot wait to have them listed in our Etsy shop for all fans of Japanese fabrics.  Do watch this space for our further updates on their launch date.  We are trying our best to have them listed for sale by end April.

We can still take preorders for these fabric collections and bias tapes.  Email us at info@thecottonshoppe.com for more information.

Note: All images are copyright of Naomi Ito from ATELIER to nani IRO & KOKKA co.,ltd.

Craft Workshops in Singapore

Hope everyone had a blessed and joyful Christmas!  It has been a crazy two months for me fulfilling Christmas orders, participating in craft markets, conducting craft workshops in Singapore and more!  Not forgetting that it is also the December school holidays and I need to find activities to entertain the kids too!  I’ve been wanting to update my blog with the craft workshops in Singapore that I’ve been conducting but it has been such a mad house I couldn’t find the time to do so.  Since I’m taking my well-deserved break now, it’s time I update everyone on what I have been up to.

Becoming a sewing and craft instructor was not something in my agenda, but something that’s God sent!  :)  Over the past year, I’ve been getting queries on whether I am conducting sewing and craft workshops in Singapore.  Gradually, it started to dawn on me that this could be my calling, apart from selling my handmade creations.  In addition, I have always enjoyed teaching and sharing my knowledge with people around me.  Starting sewing and craft workshops in Singapore thus looked like the next natural thing to do.

It all started in June this year when friends from a Facebook sewing group asked if I could conduct applique classes.  I had wanted to start a class for four or five people but it ended up over-subscribed with more than 50 people on the waiting list!  This really kick-started a whole string of craft workshops in Singapore, with my first class in July.  Since then, there were requests for other sewing and craft classes such as plush toy making, patchwork, basic sewing, tote bag making and more, which kept me busy for the past few months!

So far, I’ve been conducting classes at home, students’ homes, Spotlight and other craft events.  Both private and small group classes are available.  I’ve been conducting craft workshops in Singapore for the past six months and I wanted to share that the journey has been wonderful and most enriching!  It has made my crafting journey more meaningful and fulfilling, as it allowed me to be more engaged with like-minded people in the crafting community.  In a nutshell, it has raised my self-esteem and confidence as a “professional” crafter whom students look up to.  I enjoy every single moment in a class, whether it’s for one or ten students, and always look forward to the next one.  I guess the most fulfilling part of being an instructor is seeing my students grow from strength to strength and knowing how my sharing has made them progress in their crafting journey.

Check out some photos of the craft workshops in Singapore I had conducted over the past few months:

  1. Owl Applique Pillow Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Owl applique pillow class in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Hand applique of owl pillow

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Even the gentlemen are having fun sewing!

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    We have kids joining us too

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed applique pillow by student

  2. Owl Plush Toy Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Owl plush class in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Hand applique of owl’s body

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Stuffing the owl plush toy

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Final stitching of owl plush toy

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed owl plush toys by students

  3. Tote Bag Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Tote bag workshop in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed Star Wars tote bag by student

  4. Patchwork Pillow Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Student at work on pillow top

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Patchwork pillow class in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Pressing of pillow top

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Piecing of patchwork pillow top

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Students busy at work on their patchwork pillows

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed patchwork pillow by student

  5. Christmas Ornaments Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Putting Mr Snowman together

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Christmas ornaments workshop in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Sewing of snowman ornament

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed Christmas ornaments

  6. Christmas Tree Pillow Workshop

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Applique is done and ready for final assembly

Craft Workshops in Singapore

Assembly of Christmas applique pillow

Craft Workshops in Singapore

Completed Christmas applique pillow by student

In 2016, I will be introducing a series of new craft workshops in Singapore such as basic quilting, drawstring bag, felt ornaments, mug rugs and more . These are what I will be teaching in January 2016:

1. Owl Plush Toy Workshop
Date: 3 & 17 January 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $70 (2 sessions)

2. Basic Sewing Workshop
Date: 5 January 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $50

3. Owl Applique Pillow Workshop
Date: 12 January 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $50

Date: 18 January 2016 (Monday)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Tanglin Halt (near Commonwealth MRT)
Fee: $50

4. Flowers Mug Rug Workshop
Date: 15 January 2016 (Friday)
Time: 2pm to 7pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $60

5. Felt Animal Keychains/Brooches Workshop
Date: 16 January 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: The Art Faculty@Enabling Village (near Redhill MRT)
Fee: $35

Date: 20 January 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: The Art Faculty@Enabling Village (near Redhill MRT)
Fee: $35

Date: 30 January 2016 (Saturday) – CNY-themed
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: The Art Faculty@Enabling Village (near Redhill MRT)
Fee: $35

6. CNY Pineapple Coaster Workshop
Date: 27 January 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: The Art Faculty@Enabling Village (near Redhill MRT)
Fee: $35

7. Owl Mug Rug Workshop
Date: 29 January 2016 (Friday)
Time: 2pm to 7pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $60

8. Patchwork Pillow Workshop
Date: 31 January 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $60

For more details, visit my Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/madewithcotton/ or https://lessonsgowhere.com.sg/lesson-providers/the-cotton-shoppe.  Visit http://madewithcotton.com/sewing-classes-in-singapore/ for more information on my workshops.  If you are interested to join my craft workshops in Singapore, email me at vivien@thecottonshoppe.com or SMS/Whatsapp 9337-7872.  My workshops size is kept small for better interaction, and spots tend to be filled up rather quickly.  Register early to avoid disappointment! Hope to see you in class in 2016! :)

Kokka Fabrics in Singapore

I know I’ve been guilty for not updating this blog as often as I wished to.  It has been extremely crazy for me over the past few months with my new fabrics business, fulfilling custom orders (as always) and launch of my sewing workshops (more on this in my upcoming blog posts!).  The launch of our Kokka fabrics in August was a great success.  Thank you everyone for your great support and encouragement!

The Nani IRO fabrics was a phenomena.  They were selling like hot cakes even during the pre-order period, far beyond our expectations!  We sold over 50% of the 25 bolts of Nani IRO fabrics we imported in August alone and currently, we only have remnants left for most of the collections.  Likewise, the kawaii Kokka Fabrics we brought in are also a hot favourite, with some collections sold out by now.

So, we have many customers who were disappointed that they couldn’t lay their hands on the gorgeous collections from Kokka Fabrics and Nani IRO.  Many asked if we are going to restock from Japan.  Sadly, most of these pretty collections are also out of stock in Japan and we are unable to restock anymore.  However, the good news is, the new 2016 collections will be out soon and we are definitely looking into importing more gorgeous collections from Kokka Fabrics and Nani IRO!

We have all of our collections from Kokka Fabrics and Nani IRO listed in Etsy.  Here are some of the kawaii fabrics we listed recently:

Kokka Fabrics

Little Red Riding Hood Double Gauze Collection

Kokka Fabrics

Forest Animals Double Gauze Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Sailor Cotton Oxford Collection

Kokka Fabrics

Dogs, Cats and Rabbits Double Gauze Collection

Kokka Fabrics

Zoo Animals Cotton Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Cars Cotton Oxford Collection

Kokka Fabrics

Chef Cotton Oxford Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Knights Cotton Oxford Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Patchwork Animals Cotton Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Marine Canvas Collection

Our favourite has to be the kawaii Alice In Wonderland collections!  They come in both cotton and canvas materials:

Kokka Fabrics

Alice in Wonderland Canvas Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Alice in Wonderland Canvas Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Alice in Wonderland Cotton Collections

We have very limited quantities left of some of these collections. Visit our Etsy store at www.thecottonshoppe.etsy.com to check them out before they fly off the shelves!  We are also currently running a 15% storewide discount for our fabrics.  Do visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/madewithcotton to find out how to claim this offer!

We will also be setting up a booth at the Public Garden Consumer Trade Show on 24 & 25 October at Suntec Convention Hall 403.  Come visit us to see our kawaii Japanese fabrics!  More updates on this coming soon :)

Nani IRO Fabric (Kokka Japan)

It’s just about eight days to the launch of our Japanese fabrics in Etsy and we are counting down!  They are so kawaii and pretty and simply irresistible!  As mentioned in my previous blog post, I was so blessed to receive the distributorship for the Nani IRO fabric collections.  They were on my #1 wishlist and I love every single design that’s out there.  If there’s one fabric I need to own, it has to be Nani IRO fabric!  😉

If you’ve never heard of Nani IRO, it is a label designed for Kokka Japan by famous Japanese artist Naomi Ito.  It consists of beautiful collections that are seen as art on fabric and watercolor still life on fabric. Most of the Nani IRO fabric comes in 100% cotton double gauze material, which are widely used for dressmaking and light interior items such as quilts and bed linen.  If you are not sure what a double gauze material is, they are manufactured from two layers of open woven (mesh-like) textile that are attached to each other using small almost invisible stabbing. Japan is famous for the manufacture of perfect double gauze fabrics.  Frankly, I’ve never seen double gauze cotton till I shipped Nani IRO fabric over and I can’t stop raving about how soft and comfortable they are!

Besides double gauze cotton, there are also various designs from Nani IRO fabric collections that are printed on a smooth blend of linen and cotton.  These are the heavier weight fabrics which are ideal for home decor items, bags and thicker clothings.

Some of the collections I’m carrying include En Garden, Poppy Trip, Mountain Views, Spectacle, Birds Eye, Pocho and more!  Aren’t they so pretty?  I’m still in the process of photographing these pretty fabrics and will be sharing more once the images are ready.

Nani IRO Fabric

Assorted Nani IRO Fabrics

Nani IRO Fabric

Nani IRO En Garden Collection

Nani IRO Fabric

Nani IRO Poppy Trip Collection

If you want to be kept up to date on my fabrics launch, please follow me at my Facebook www.facebook.com/madewithcotton or Instagram @the_cotton_shoppe.  Watch out for the special preview sale I’m running this weekend! 😉

Japanese Fabric Store in Singapore

I’ve always been in love with Japanese fabrics since I started sewing.  Their designs are too cute and I love the quality of Japanese cottons with their unique weaving.  Kokka, Cosmo, Yuwa…these are some of my favourite Japanese fabric manufacturers.  However, they are so expensive to ship from Japan or elsewhere.  Over in Singapore, it is very difficult to find a good Japanese fabric store and these fabrics are usually too expensive to purchase compared to USA fabrics.

So, for years, I’ve been dreaming of owning my own Japanese fabric store selling all these awesome kawaii fabrics from Japan.  Not only can I fuel my fetish for Japanese fabrics, I’ll also be able to peg a gap in the market by making these fabrics more affordable for other crafters.   In late 2014, I finally got in touch with Kokka Japan on my wholesaling enquiries.  This was followed through with a business trip to Hong Kong in May to meet up with a Kokka representative and to select the fabrics I wish to purchase.  Thank god I’ve also found a like-minded partner for this new business venture!  After a planning which spanned over six months, I’m happy to declare that my Japanese fabric store dream has now become a reality!

On 4 July, my Japanese fabrics from Kokka finally came knocking on my door!

Japanese Fabric Store

Fabrics have finally arrived!

Japanese Fabric Store

Unpacking fabrics from the boxes

Japanese Fabric Store

My little labourers busy at work!

Japanese Fabric Store

Edith busy stacking fabrics on the shelves

Japanese Fabric Store

All fabrics are finally neatly arranged on the shelves!

Getting my hands on these pretty fabrics is really more than a dream come true!  I’ve close to 100 bolts of fabrics shipped, a good number to set up my humble Japanese fabric store.  What’s worth looking out for is my collection of Nani IRO fabrics from Kokka Japan.  Nani IRO is a Japanese label designed by Naomi Ito for Kokka Japan.  Her beautiful collections are often seen as art and watercolor still life on fabrics.  They come in a variety of material such as double gauze cotton, printed canvas and printed twill to suit all your sewing needs.  Kirei desu!

Nani IRO fabrics

My Nani IRO collection

I’ll be launching my fabrics officially in my Etsy store (www.thecottonshoppe.etsy.com) on 1 August.  So watch out for it!

Do look out for my blog posts over the next few weeks leading to the launch, as I’ll be sharing some of the kirei and kawaii fabric designs available.  You can also visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/madewithcotton or follow me at Instagram (@the_cotton_shoppe) for more updates.  (Hint: I’ll also be running a pre-launch promotion in Facebook soon, so that’s also something to look forward to!  😉

Etsy Craft Party 2015

The Cotton Shoppe was a co-organiser for the Etsy Craft Party 2015, which took place last Saturday, 6 June. This is an annual craft event which took place worldwide on 5 and 6 June this year.

Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party


Organised by Simply for Love, this annual event saw a collaboration with other talented Etsy sellers such as Azallea Craft-Smiths, Ozzy & Lulu, Rough Beauty, Noruyo Creations and The Artbug to bring about a day of making and crafting.  This is the 3rd Etsy Craft Party which Singapore is hosting and my second year of participation.

We received an overwhelming response for the Etsy Craft Party this year, with all 80 places for the craft party taken up one week before the event and many more participants on the waiting list!  This year, we are very thankful to The Playtent for the generous sponsor of their spaces in Joo Chiat for the event.  A total of about 85 people attended the event.

The theme of the craft party is Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape. Participants had the opportunity to learn about paper weaving and create paper bracelets and paper gems.

Etsy Craft Party
We saw people from all walks of life attend the event, such as families with children, couples, friends and more.  This is what crafting is about!  It bonds communities through a common language and hands-on activities using simple media like paper, fabrics, plastic and more.

Etsy Craft Party 
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
The most interesting activity during the craft party where we saw people coming together is the creation of a big community collage art piece using coloured papers and magazine pages.  It’s such a wonderful sight seeing participants cutting and glueing papers, and piecing the artwork together, as a culmination of each person’s creativity!

Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party

Etsy Craft Party
What makes a party awesome?  Yummy food of course!  Many thanks to Dainty Candy and Puteri’s Baking Boutiq who had kindly sponsored food to feed our hungry crafters and took so much efforts to decorate the food corner!  Not forgetting the refreshing lemonade drinks by Simply for Love to quench our thirst too!


Another favourite hit during the craft party was the fun photo booth and photography services, that were sponsored by Blissful Studios.  Participants and crafters present had loads of great fun posing for shots using the funky props available.  To view the fun shots, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlissfulStudiosSG.

Hang on…the sweet finale to the craft party has to be the lucky draw with attractive handmade prizes contributed by the organisers and other crafters.  There were a total of five prizes worth hundreds of dollars!  Congratulations to the lucky winners!


Many thanks to Simply for Love for distributing a certificate of appreciation to all sponsors and organisers.  It meant a lot to me and made me feel really proud to be a part of the organising committee!

The Cotton Shoppe
Here’s a group photo of the participants and our wacky team who had spent many hours and weekends putting this awesome party altogether.  See you at our Etsy Craft Party 2016!  :)

Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party