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Free Japanese Sewing Patterns – C’hufs handmade web magazine

May 3, 2013

I recently discovered C’hufs – a free web magazine for handmade goods! It’s full of eye candy and inspiration, lovely pictures, creative ideas, and best of all, free patterns!

Cover of the latest edition. Visit the main site at and click on the banner to view the magazine. The rest of the archived issues are found at the bottom of the page. Click on their respective covers to view the past issues.

Clicking on any of the web magazine covers will bring you to this emagazine reader. Flip through the magazine easily with the navigation buttons.

Browsing through, you will find a mix of craft projects, not just for sewing. The web magazine is basically a showcase for crafters, online craft shops, advertisers etc. Luckily, the free pattern and recipe (how-to-make) links are included all in one convenient page.

Here, you will find all the free how-to-makes consolidated from the past issues. They are grouped by project types. Just click on the different links to access the page.

Some of the projects included. They are mostly simple DIY zakka or clothing projects.

Here’s an exampls of what the project page looks like.

Some detailed step by step photos are included, there are also others that use diagrams instead. They are mostly very simple projects, great for beginners.

Even though the projects are simple, the photography, styling and magazine layout are all professionally done. Just flipping through the magazine is great fun!

Hope you like today’s free pattern link. Have a good weekend!

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nani IRO pocho smock – completed

March 22, 2013

So I finally decided to use this fabric from the 2012 collection – Peaceful cooing Madobe It was such a big thing to me because this is the first time I’ve actually cut into a piece of nani IRO fabric! So I have to blog about it. 🙂 Just a couple of pictures as I’m still trying to finish up the sewing video for next week as well as one more post about nani IRO fabrics.



Close up of neckline

I have even decided on the perfect pair of jeans that will go with this top! (Jeans are from Uniqlo)

Did you notice that the patterns run differently on the front and back? It was because the pattern was too wide and I didn’t have enough fabric since  I bought 1.5m only without knowing what I was going to make with it. So I had to cut the front straight grain and the back cross grain. Turned out pretty good! 😛

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February is Girls’ Dresses Month

February 4, 2013

For the last two weeks, I have been busy sewing up dresses for both myself and the girls, because the Lunar New Year is just around the corner! The yearly tradition is that everyone should be decked from top to bottom in new clothes and go around visiting friends and relatives. What this means for the handmade+sewing obsessed Mum that I am, is lots of sewing. So far I’ve completed 4 dresses and 2 sets of pajamas for the girls, as well as 2 dresses for myself! All in two weeks. Even I’m impressed. ;P

And so, it seems only natural, that this month’s theme is going to revolve around girls’ dresses. For the next couple of weeks I will be doing a couple of book reviews and blog posts about fabrics suitable for Girls’ Dresses. There will also be a free pattern+tutorial released on the last week of the month. I hope those of you who don’t have little girls will still find it interesting. Maybe you could do some sewing for a niece or a best friend’s daughter? 🙂

To kick off “Girls’ Dresses Month”, here’s a free dress pattern from I have linked up to the clover free patterns page before in a previous post but I do not recall seeing this particular pattern. In fact, I found this pattern through a direct link from another website and not from their main website. On the heading of the page it says 2003 Summer Sewing campaign so I guess it must be quite an old pattern from the archives. Nevertheless, it is a cute pattern and it’s even designed by the famous Yoshiko Tsukiori. I believe she must be one of the more well known Japanese sewing book author since a number of her books have been translated to English (and I heard more are on the way). There is only one pattern on this page but it is a very detailed pattern. There are properly drafted patterns for sizes 95cm-130cm and there are even step by step photographs. Isn’t it a super cute dress? 🙂

All the PDF links are under the main picture, see the links to click below.


Start sewing this cute dress ahead of time for spring and summer!

Hope you like today’s free pattern. Will be back on Thursday with a fabrics post.

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New Year, New Schedule

January 7, 2013

This is my first post of 2013. I’m sorry it has taken so long. This year we took our holidays one week later than usual. When we got back, there was only 1 week to finish preparing everything for the new school year, not to mention having to do it in between meeting up with friends and family for the holiday season.

For the first post of the new year I would like to share with you some changes in the blogging schedule as well as what I hope to achieve this year. For the whole of last year, I stuck to a 3 blog post a week schedule. Those of you who are bloggers will know that preparing for a single blog post, including the research and photographs, will take at least a few hours. When it comes to preparing free patterns and tutorials, it takes even longer than that. But I have always wanted to include more free patterns and tutorials because it would be more meaningful to have sew-alongs. In order to do this, I have decided to cut down the number of blog posts a week to 2. This is so that I can devote an entire week to preparing a sewing video and free patterns for download.

Also, to make the blog posts more organized, I am also going have different themes for each month. All the sewing projects, free patterns, book reviews and fabrics (and even some giveaways) will be related to the theme of the month. I will be posting mainly on Mondays and Thursdays, and the posts will rotate between free patterns, book reviews and fabrics as usual. I will still be taking in translation requests so keep them coming. In addition to that, on the last week of every month there will be a free sewing tutorial/pattern/video based on the theme of the month. I hope I can find time to pull it off. Wish me luck! 😛

For this month’s theme, it was a no-brainer. I have been doing nothing but back-to-school sewing for the past one week. I made a new pencil case, new wallet, new art apron and a new lunch bag is in progress. So the theme for this month is Back to School. 🙂

And to kick this off, here are some free patterns I found on back-to-school projects. These patterns are from a craft shop called Pirol that is located in Kyoto.


This is the link to the free pattern list.  There are tote bags for art, shoe bags, bento bags, water bottle carriers, simple drawstring pouches, rucksacks, pianica cases, messenger bags etc.

Browsing is easy, just click on the thumbnails of the projects you want to make and you will be directed to the individual how-to-make page. The patterns are usually simple geometric shapes so you can just draw them out directly on your fabric like I do, or you draft them out on paper first using the measurements given.

The instructions are not always very consistent. Some are quite brief like this one below, with most of the steps in point form and some diagrams. There are also some simpler patterns that have clearer diagrams. But if you have had some experience in sewing, it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out?

I know that not all of you are preparing for the new school year but this should come in handy sooner or later. You can’t have too many bags! 🙂

Well, that’s my post for this Monday, see you on Thursday with post about fabrics suitable for kiddy bags!


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Free Patterns – Making small goods out of an old kimono

December 3, 2012

Today’s free pattern find is not from a free pattern or sewing website. It is actually some kind of magazine website where they introduce interesting products (and also the link to the online shop where you can buy them). The website is called 毎日が発見 (Daily Discovery).

The free patterns are excerpts from books sold on their website. The patterns above are mostly from a book called きものをリフォーム (Remodelleing a kimono).  I only found this page by chance because one of my readers wrote to ask me if I could locate a pattern for a cross back apron. This was the closest I found to a pattern for an adult size cross back apron.

The other two projects are rather interesting as well. The first bag is a really cute Japanese drawstring bag, and the second pattern is for a beret with a matching corsage. You can make them with any fabric of course, doesn’t have to be a spare kimono. I’m not sure if many of us have a spare kimono lying around waiting to be remodelled. 🙂

The bag on the top right is from another book  どんな布も生かすリメイク (Remaking using any cloth) and it’s basically a flower bag using two pieces of square fabrics. It can be handkerchiefs, fabric remnants, even kimonos. It is really pretty!

Instructions are provided in step by step pictures. Some drafting and measuring has to be done, since there are no actual patterns to download. But the measurements are provided in diagrams, so it shouldn’t be hard to follow.

The link to the free patterns for the 3 kimono fabric patterns is here

and the link to the cloth recycling flower bags is here –

Hope you like these patterns!