Japanese Fabrics

Japanese Fabric – Cotton and Steel Papercuts

February 2, 2018

I’ve been a big fan of COTTON + STEEL ever since I discovered their Riflepaperco fabric.  So when I was fabric shopping in Tokyo last Novemeber, I kept a lookout for their fabrics. The displays are so cute! These photos are of the display from the Tomato store in Nippori fabric town.


There is even a cute display card introducing all the designers of Cotton + Steel fabric.


One of my favourite things about their fabric – the cute selvedges that come with every fabric. These are wide enough for clothing labels and some of them even come with a cute little quote.

Today I want to talk about the latest collection by  Rashida  Coleman-Hale. The new collection is called Papercuts. This was the first fabric that caught my attention.


Isn’t this perfect for all crafters? All the different scissors and cutters that we use everyday. I love the subtle colors, and most of all, the unbleached cotton background.  Do you see the little snips of white paper all over the fabric? This reminds me of piecing PDF patterns eh? 😛


There are lots of cute prints in this collection as well… look at the full stack of fabric! No they are not all mine. I wish… 😛


Paper People – we’ve all made paper people when we were kids haven’t we?


Shape Up




Cut it out


Toami – isn’t this print just fascinating? According to Cotton and Steel’s IG post, Toami is the name of a traditional Japanese paper cut of a fishing net.


Ooh and I love this so much. This is called Paper Bouquet. This reminds me of the fine paper cutting decorations used during the New Year.  In fact I liked it so much, that I immediately thought of making a Qipao / Cheongsam with it.Lots of people have asked if quilting cotton is suitable for sewing apparel? Definitely! Cotton + Steel cottons are always so soft and comfortable. If you like more drape, some of their designs come in knit and rayon as well!

Anyway, back to my Chinese New Year sewing. I still have a huge mountain of sewing to do for the village before the 15th of February… so this came right on time!  No fit photos yet because she’s in school but I will try to take some over the weekend.


And after one night of sewing…. this was completed 🙂

Pattern is from my store – Porcupine Patterns.c0m.
This is the straight version with cap sleeves and back zip opening. There are also A-line plus sleeveless/short sleeve/long sleeve options.



While I was sewing this, I thought this would be perfect for a lovely gathered skirt too… I think I might have to get some in the other colorway as well…  🙂

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