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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Finding Japanese Craft Books - a guide on: January 20, 2006 03:24:07 AM
Hi Craftsters,

I'm not in the lucky position of being able to buy a lot of Japanese craft books, but I do love looking at the Flickr stream for ideas, and checking out Crafting Japanese for what people are making.

However, for those of you who are in a purchasing position, some of the info below might be helpful. Basically, you can find a lot more items if you search using Japanese characters, either the Kanji (漢字 - the complicated symbols) or the Hiragana/Katakana - (ぬいぐるみ).

I've done a more detailed post about this on my blog, and I'm going to keep updating the word list there. I'll try to remember to do it here as well, and if you have any word requests please let me know below!

I recommend searching with Google.co.jp (and then clicking images to see if you're hitting the right topic), then going back and exploring, or Amazon.co.jp

Kanji   Hiragana/KatakanaRomajiEnglish
雑貨ざっかzakkageneral merchandise
刺し子さしこsashiko   quilting/sashiko
小芥子こけしkokeshi   kokeshi doll
縫いぐるみぬいぐるみnuigurumistuffed doll or toy
いとitothread or yarn
-ホームメイド or ホームメードhomumeido   homemade
-バッグbaggu   bag
-ソックスsokkusu   socks
-トートバッグtotobaggu   tote bag
-ファブリックfaburikku   fabric
-コットンタイムkotton taimuCotton Time

Note: Hiragana is phonetic spelling out of Japanese words. Katakana (the squarer symbols) are used for foreign loan-words, many of which are English. If you say "sokkusu", really fast and de-emphasise the 'u' at the end, it does sound a lot like 'socks'!

ps. if you can't see the characters above, but just a lot of weird stuff, try doing this:
Firefox: View -> Character Encoding -> select 'Unicode (UTF-8)
IE: sorry, seems like you can see Kanji with Unicode selected, but you may need to install the Japanese language pack to see the Hiragana /Katakana?  Might be simpler to just install Firefox!  Cheesy
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL - very simple coin-card-whatever mini wallet/purse on: January 14, 2006 01:12:12 PM
Hope I'm not too ambitious with my first Craftster post! Here's a tutorial for a very simple mini wallet/purse (we call a wallet a purse in the U.K... or we can call a wallet a wallet, just to confuse people  Cheesy ) It's really really easy to make.

If you'd rather have a printable tutorial I've put a PDF up on my blog http://www.makewrite.com/blog/24-coin-card-mini-wallet-tutorial/, or alternatively there's also a PDF of the pattern only (life-size). Hope it's helpful!


This pattern makes a handy card/coin/anything small-ish wallet/purse (approx 4.5in/11cm wide by 3in/8cm tall). It looks like this:

You need:
  • 2x cut pattern (outer and lining) plus cut 1 interfacing if your fabric is very light. (Ive used both iron-on and non both work fine).
  • One elastic length about 1.5 in/4cm (I use hair elastics new, not used!!)
  • One button.

1.   Pin outer fabric and lining together, right sides facing.

2.   Fold fabric in half lengthwise and mark halfway along the top of the curved end with a pin.

3.   Insert the elastic between the layers, wrapping it around the pin. How much you leave in the loop depends on the size of your button. You want to be able to close the thing when its done!

4.   Pin or tack the elastic into place.

5.   Pin the rest together.

6.   Sew using a small ( inch) seam allowance, I recommend doing the curve first so it sits nicely. Leave a turn-out space on one side seam.

7.   Turn out the purse. Trim the seams and two corners. Push out the corners and curve firmly but gently, and re-sew any bits that fall apart due to sewing too close to the edge! Press using your trusty iron. Really do a good job here it really has a big effect on the final appearance.

8.   Topstitch around the edges of the top curve and straight along the bottom.

9.   Now have the purse with the curve at the top, and the outer fabric facing you. Fold up from the bottom to where you want the purse pocket to end. For example, I fold up to around 3 in/8 cm, since English pounds are taller than US dollars and you dont want them sticking out the top! I recommend measuring using your own currency or a credit-card sized thing. Pin together.

10.   Sew straight down the sides. Go nearly to the bottom, but not quite all the way (the corners turn out squarer if you do that). Double-sew near the top for strength.

11.   Turn purse inside out.
12.   Press with your trusty iron. It will look better that way.

13.   Hand-sew on your button, after testing that it will fit the loop youve made!  Thats it! Youre done. Really, despite the 13 steps, theyre pretty easy to make they take about 20mins. Im sure some of you could make it faster!

Variations/ideas: Appliqu little cute things on, or felt stars/hearts whatever, or some embroidery if you possess those talents, before you sew the lining and outer together. Make the pattern a little bigger and add a thin strap for a clutch or little shoulder bag. Just a little longer and wider would make a good passport pouch, if you add a neck strap and use a press-stud to close.

I've uploaded the pattern below, but I'm not sure if it will be the right size. Just to be sure, you could download the PDF (50kb) from my website. ( http://www.makewrite.com/blog/24-coin-card-mini-wallet-tutorial/ )

UPDATE: I haven't yet figured out how to display the image at full size, so you should probably download the PDF of the pattern anyway... Sorry! Correct dimensions of pic above are 23.5cm / 9in by 13cm / 5in

Hope it all makes sense... If anyone else makes one, please let me know! Any questions, just ask!
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