I really adore the Scandi prints by Kokka. Got some yardages from Fabricworm years ago (2011), and I reserve them to make gifts only for my best friends. These are medium weight cotton-linen blends, great for pouches and bags. In the past two weekends, I had some time to made a needle book case for myself, and two cosmetic bags for my friends.
The alphabet print is actually the Happy Thoughts collection by Julie Comstock of Cosmo Cricket for Moda, which is equally appealing and a very good quality medium weight fabric. The alphabet bag is for Kathy, a super smart, very nice girl and a Google handheld security expert. The patchwork print is Kokka Trefre Cocktails. And the cocktails bag is for Winnie, another good friend of mine, a geophysicist and a wife-to-be of a bio-physics professor. We will have our annual reunion tomorrow. I can't wait to congratulate Winnie, who just got engaged, and give my best wishes to Kathy, who will introduce us her Mr. Right (what a surprise!) I feel so happy for them. With such a happy mood, I finished the bags so quickly.
I used medium weight fusible interface for the bags to give them a better shape. Also, they are fully lined for a neat interior finish. The design is a hack of a LeSportSac cosmetic bag of my sister's. I blogged about it here. The design is so clever, one-piece, minimalist and practical.
My needle book case is for my premium Japanese hand sewing needles. The fabric is Kokka Trefre Scandi Farm. I have tried several brands of Japanese hand sewing needles now, and they are all so well made. A joy to use, and so they deserve a good home = )