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.

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

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

I was asked to customize a Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack by a valued customer.  She needed a bag that’s huge enough to hold her baby carrier.  Although this is my first attempt, I readily agreed as it looked pretty easy to sew.  Most importantly, I think this is going to be a fun project and will look really cute using my favourite fabrics from the Very Hungry Caterpillar collection by Andover Fabrics!

The finished drawstring backpack measures 17″ x 12″ and is very roomy for a baby carrier, diapers and other small baby essentials.  In fact, it’s so versatile it can also be used as a beach bag, a book bag for your trip to the library, gym bag and so on.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack features lots of cheery caterpillars, butterflies, cupcakes, colourful dots and will be an absolute delight to own for all die hard Hungry Caterpillar fans (just like me)!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

Made of 100% cotton fabrics, the Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack is so comfortable and lightweight to carry around.  The interior is lined with a dark green fabric and can easily fit some books, lunch box, water bottle and clothes.  I string an off-white cording for the drawstring, through loops attached to the bottom of the bag.  The length of the cording is adjustable according to the height of the user.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack is now available for customization in my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/234980421/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-drawstring.  Please check it out soon as quantities are limited!  Please note that this item is made to order and will take 2 – 3 weeks for production.

I can’t get enough of all the fun bags that I’m making out of the Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric collection.  Hmm….what shall I sew next?  😉

Personalized Baby Gift

If you are looking for a personalized baby gift, consider keepsake items like baby blankets and bibs.  These items are great for babies to snuggle and swaddle up with and make unique personalized baby gift ideas when they are handsewn with the baby’s name.

Making personalized baby gift sets was never in my business plan, but I decide to give it a shot anyway upon requests from friends.  In fact, over the past few months, I’ve been overwhelmed with orders for such personalized baby gift sets since I completed my first order last September.  Since then, orders have been pouring in through my craft markets and by word of mouth.  It’s quite stressful trying to meet the deadlines of customers, while juggling my day job and family, but I find so much joy in designing these personalized baby gift sets as they are all so cute! I wished I had the opportunity to do these for my girls when they were babies!

My personalized baby gift sets are all designed and handmade in Singapore, with studio-quality cotton and flannels imported from the United States.  All gift sets can be customized, from a typical 3-piece set consisting of a minky blanket, bib and burp cloth to a 5-piece set consisting of a minky blanket, bib, burp cloth, pillow case and plush toy.  I just love all the cute fabrics I’ve imported, which come in gorgeous designs for boys and girls.  Everything from princesses and cupcakes for girls to dinosaurs and robots for boys, customers are spoilt for choices!

All blankets, bibs and burp cloths in my personalized baby gift sets typically come with a dotted minky backing.  I can’t say enough how I’m in love with the minky!  They are so soft and luxurious for our precious little bundles!  Together with the cotton or flannel top, the minky blanket is an excellent accessory which keeps babies snug and warm.  Its use is very versatile too and can be doubled up as a swaddle blanket, playmat, car seat blanket, stroller blanket and more!

Names are hand or machine appliqued onto the items in a contrasting fabric, for a unique personal touch.

Personalized Baby Gift

Happy Flappers 2-piece Gift Set

Personalized Baby Gift

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 3-piece Gift Set

Personalized Baby Gift

Rainbows and Unicorns 4-piece Gift Set

Personalized Baby Gift

Noah’s Ark 5-piece Gift Set

For information on customizing a personalized baby gift set, visit my Etsy store here.