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!  😉

Little Red Riding Hood Tote Bags

I’m in love with Riley Blake’s fabrics and couldn’t take my eyes off these beautiful fabrics from the Little Red Riding Hood collection.  Don’t you agree they are so pretty?  :)

Latest shipment of Little Red Riding Hood fabrics from Riley Blakes

Latest shipment of Little Red Riding Hood fabrics from Riley Blake

The first thing that comes to my mind is to sew tote bags using these pretty fabrics.  Found an interesting tutorial at The Fabric Mill Blog which I had used as a good reference while creating my totes.

Some behind the scenes photos during my creation process:

Front and back panels of tote are all trimmed, ready to be sewn!

Front and back panels of tote are all trimmed, ready to be sewn!

Sewing the seams for the front and back of tote

Sewing the seams for the front and back of tote

Reverse of tote with batting attached and corners sewn

Reverse of tote with batting attached and corners sewn

Reverse of tote with corners sewn and trimmed

Reverse of tote with corners sewn and trimmed

Turning the tote and lining right side out after sewing the seams

Turning the tote and lining right side out after trimming the corners

A closer look at the main body of the tote

A closer look at the main body of the tote after pushing in the lining

Top view of the interior of tote

Top view of the interior of tote

The main body of the bag is completed, with straps ready to be attached

The main body of the bag is completed, with straps ready to be attached

Taadaa!  A sweet Little Red Riding tote, ready to be loved and carried!

Taadaa! A sweet Little Red Riding tote, ready to be loved and carried!

I’ve since sewn three Little Red Riding Hood totes, in shades of red, pink and aqua which are available for purchase in my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/191713479/little-red-riding-hood-girls-small-tote.  I love this pretty collection so much that I’ve shipped more fabrics over from USA yesterday to make similar awesome products!  Stay tuned to my blog as I share my works in progress of more Little Red Riding Hood products.  😀

Little Red Riding Hood totes, in shades of red, pink and aqua

Little Red Riding Hood totes, in shades of red, pink and aqua

Quilted Cushion Cover

My boss bought me some cute fabrics from Riley Blake for sewing.  As a gesture to thank her for the gift, I thought it’ll be nice to sew her something in return.  Saw a tutorial for quilted cushion cover from Modabakeshop and thought it’s something that’s very appropriate and easy to create.

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2014/03/quilt-as-you-go-improv-pillows.html

It’s made from a 10-inch square (layer cake friendly!), then pieced with simple borders.  The top is then quilted using free motion quilting in a meandering design, which gives the cushion a nice texture.  The cushion finishes at 14″ x 14″.

Took just a couple of hours to put this sweetie all together!  Great gift idea for your family and friends over the weekend!

Front view of quilted cushion

Front view of quilted cushion

Back view of quilted cushion

Back view of quilted cushion

Envelope closure for backing

Envelope closure for backing

Free motion quilting on the top

Free motion quilting on the top

More Fabrics from US!

To fuel my obsession for fabrics, I bought more from US and they were delivered to me three days ago via DHL!  Woohoo….

Bought a jelly roll from my favourite Lily & Will collection (Bunny Hill Designs) and a set of 15 beautiful FQs from Mary Rose Collection (Robert Kaufman Fabrics).  I made use of the 15% off all pre-cuts promotion from Shabby Fabrics during the Memorial Day weekend.

I will likely be using the Lily & Will jelly roll to make a baby quilt for a close friend and the Mary Rose FQs for a shabby lap or wall quilt.  Love those fabrics as the pretty flora prints will definitely enhance the country/vintage  feel in my home!

I told myself that I shall not buy more fabrics for the time being, till I’ve used up some of my stash.  Let’s see how long I can hold true to this promise!  LOL.

Aqua Lily & Will Jelly Roll from Bunny Hill Designs

Beautiful set of Pink FQs from Robert Kaufman’s Mary Rose Collection

Free FQ from Shabby Fabrics for Purchase of over $50