New fabrics from Japan

It’s a happy day when new fabrics arrive at my doorstep – particularly if they’ve taken six long weeks to arrive. Here’s are the latest additions to my sewing room.

Cactus fabric (natural)

cactus fabric (yellow) linen leaf fabric

leaf fabric insulated lunch bag by Piggledee

As Piggledee continues to grow, I am now buying more fabric in bolts, rather than a couple of meters at a time. Bolts of fabric are heavy, so they get shipped by the least costly option – surface mail. I have to say, it’s worth the wait. 

There is always an element of surprise when I first “meet” a new fabric in person. For example, the scale of the cactus print was bigger than I imagined (print scale is really hard to tell from photos). These cacti are huge! But that’s okay, I love them all the same. While they may not be suitable as smaller pouches, they’ll look stunning as bigger items, like tote bags. 

This boyish fabric also had an element of surprise – I didn’t care for it too much when I ordered it (I ordered it for boys and men), but as soon as I saw it in person, I fell in love. It’s totally cool – for women as well as men. It’s the first fabric I wanted to play with – making a glasses case and a mini wet bag. I added faux leather zipper pulls to add more manliness.

mini wet bag by Piggledee mini wet bag pouch by Piggledee glasses case by Piggledee

This leaf fabric was gifted to me by my mother a few months ago, so I already knew I’d love it. Here’s an extra-large insulated lunch bag I made with it before.

insulated lunch bag by Piggledee

My absolute favorite fabric in this shipment though, is the other leaf print.

linen leaf fabric

This one is 100% linen, and linen feels oh-so-wonderful against your skin. It also has amazing colors and drape. At nearly twice the cost of other fabrics here though, having a whole 13-meter bolt feels like having a precious treasure. I just want to cuddle the whole bolt!

I hope you like these fabrics as much as I do. I can’t wait to make more things with them.



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