29 September 2010

Tatami Bags

I have 2 etsy shops, one is for handicraft supplies and books, 
and another is for my creations.

I'm thinking about to create something special only in Japan,
and at first I made some stuffs from kimono pattern fabrics.
But at that time,  there already were too many etsians (even non-Japanese people) who were selling the similar things...
And second, I started to use japanese kawaii  fabrics to make pouches and something like that.
I loved them but in fact it was a little boring to me because it was not what I really wanted to do...

Then I stopped to make stuffls to sell,  and
I had been roaming, wandering, searching for any good hints for a long time...

and... finally I found this out!
What do you think this bag is made from?

The answer is ...  Tatami !
You know Tatami is the flooring made from straw. 
Each tatami mats has edging on the long sides,
and this is made from the edging material of tatami.

Who can believe it's made from flooring materials?

  It's unbelievably light and tough!
Grossy, smooth, sturdy and slightly transparent.
Very unique texture...  ah, too difficult to discribe...!

Please visit and see my creations HERE!

18 September 2010

From Panel Pattern Fabric

I went to IKEA last weekend, and I got this very funny & lovely fabric there!

I made this shopping bag from the biggest pattern. Both sides are the same.
Is this squirrel trying to open the cage to release the bird? :-)
Or a bad squirrel has caught a bird ?  :-(

 I added a small pocket inside from two pieces of scraps.
There was nothing to waste!

Next, I made a pouch from two pieces of small patterns, using the different patterns for the each side.

Cute! Isn't it? ;-)

I got only 1 yard, but I can enjoy the fabric in many different ways!

09 September 2010

Shirt Dress, My 3rd Version

This is my 3rd version from the pleated tunic dress pattern.

very adorable scalloped cotton
I added a belt, because it looked a maternity or something when I wore with nothing....

I prefer to wear it in this way to be a light jacket with a belt tied backside !

I'm really satisfied with this pattern! :)

BUT  I'm wondering if it looks like a nighty...
If so, I'm thinking about dying to change the color.... What do you think???