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easiest clothes for baby and kids, my new favorite japanese craft book

recently, i needed to make a bunch of baby presents for friends, and i knew it was time to take the plunge and get a japanese sewing for baby book. this was pretty daunting, because there are so many choices out there! i knew that i wanted one that included the fabulous japanese monkey pants (so so cute) and also some basic projects that i could sew using cute cotton knit fabrics for kids.

after multiple trips to the bookstore, where i would look at all the baby sewing books, and get confused and overwhelmed, i found myself coming back to this one over and over. it had so much variety, and so many projects that i wanted to try.

it has the wonderful cute japanese 'monkey pants', as well as bibs, shirts, dresses, panks, hats, leggings, romper and diaper covers. it also had a nice range of ages, so there are projects for new babies, toddlers up to 3.

full size paper pieces are included as an inset (you will have to trace them since the pattern lines overlap). all instructions in japanese, but if you are familiar with basic sewing you should have no problem. details are shown with step by step photos.

more photos in this flickr set:

37 projects total, 108 pages.
isbn 9784529048422

and now that i've tried it out, I have a new copy in the shop!


here are the things i made:

bibs-super fast, super easy! i used a bright tourquise nani iro gauze for 1 side. i love this fabric, so bright and modern.

and some organic cotton striped knit for the other side.

monkey pants!! also pretty easy, and i liked the pattern a lot.

and then i used a pattern from the book for a little shirt, and made up a whale using some of the nani iro. it was really fun to just whip up a bunch of sewing projects--and finally send them off!


isbn 4579111834 nani iro sewing book 2009

this lovely book is full of sewing projects that use fabrics from the nani iro spring 09 collection.  nani iro fabrics are designed by naomi iro and produced by kokka.

the projects are mainly dresses and shirts, with a few bags and purses. there are patterns for women and girls, with cute coordinating fabric.

there's a flickr set here.


isbn 9784579111480 lotta jansdotter handmade project

this is a lovely book. lotta jansdotter is very popular in japan, and this is one of the books about her and her work that has only been published in japan.

lotta's aesthetic sensibilities are really quite special, and this book gives you an inspiring glimpse into her world, and describes many fun projects that you can make yourself.

lotta creates beautiful textile designs, and this book includes some simple ideas for hand printing on cloth with rubber stamps, linoleum blocks, stencils, and potato prints.

this book shows a collection of handmade fashion, bags, and projects for your home that show off printed textiles; you could use your own hand printed fabric if you like.

the fashion section includes: pocket pants, mitten with handprinted fabric, swatch applique on tunic, quilted scarf, reversible wool muffler, muffler with secret pockets, add on fabric skirt, tie, shoe clip, fabric necklace.

the bags are: square bag, wrist bag, bag with wood handles, really big tote, picnic bag, travel kit, tie bag, zipper pouch, stenciled suede pouch.

home projects: fabric mobile, patchwork potholder, table runner with pockets, cuff for glass, long pillow, fabric headboard, add on fabric curtain, floor mat with handle, add on fabric towel, fabric cover for hanger, stitched artwork, denim tool apron, smock apron.

the sections and titles are in both japanese and english. the patterns and 'how to make' instructions are in japanese only. however, they are all accompanied by clear diagrams (with dimensions marked in centimeters). the sewing is quite simple. and if you know how to sew even a little, i think you should have no problem with these projects.

119 pages.

flickr set here.


isbn 9784072463857 for sweet baby, hand made gifts

the title of this wonderful japanese craft book is 'for sweet baby: hand made gifts.' it's full of perfect handmade gifts for a new baby that are easy to make.

what's special about this book is that it includes a wide variety of projects, from sewing, embroidery, applique, and handmade rubber stamps. projects include: hand sewn fabric baby shoes, bibs, a baby blanket, diaper bag, diaper case, baby bottle case, baby hat, cushion, covered hanger, adorable stuffed toys, a bug mobile with felt balls, rabbits and mice stuffed animals, soft building blocks, a polar bear backpack for kids, embroidery patterns and embellishment ideas for baby clothes, and rubber stamp patterns and instructions.

all written instructions are in japanese, although there are clear diagrams and pictures showing the construction process. this book is geared for beginners, and has step by step photos that show how to sew on a button, insert a zipper, and several different basic hand sewing stitches. that being said, since it's in japanese, you would probably be better off if you had some basic sewing skills, and then the photos and diagrams would be easy to understand and interpret.

95 pages.

flickr set here.