Japanese Fabric of the Week


I love Japanese fabric. You love Japanese fabric. But I have a hard time keeping up with new releases — the Japanese manufacturers and shops just don’t seem to use the PR channels that U.S. and indie manufacturers do. (Probably because they don’t need to? And/or they’re all in Japanese so I can’t find them?) So I think this weekly feature will help us all keep up with what’s new on the market. I imagine sometimes I’ll feature a single fabric, other times there might be an assortment.


This is the fabric that inspired the idea. A Lego knockoff design on a grid with cute little not-Lego people standing next to open not-Lego containers. The simple block repeat underscores the theme. So odd and charming! Found at Matatabi on Etsy.


  1. Karen says:

    Love this new feature on your blog. You are right, we all love Japanese, but whether it’s fabrics, movies, shops, blogs, it’s always difficult keeping up to date with their latest releases. The language barrier is definitely one of the factors.

    Isn’t that selvedge just lovely cute?

    Looking forward to you next Japanese posts.

  2. Melanie says:

    That fabric is adorable! It would be great on boys’ clothes.

    The Japanese fabrics have a rather short run/lifespan in the stores which is why it’s hard to keep up with their releases. The Japanese use this concept for a lot of things, especially sweets. It’s a marketing ploy that ensures that everything is new and the public know that if they want it, it won’t be around for long, so they had better buy it when they see it. It certainly worked for me for the 6 years that I lived there! I would make sure I would go to the fabric stores regularly to check out what was new and current and grab things while they were there.

  3. Norasroom says:

    Sigh. I just ordered a yard and a half to make a camp shirt for my boy, who has subsequently decided to plan his entire 7th birthday party theme around this fabric. Expensive blog post!

  4. Gail says:

    Before Christmas, I am looking to buy 1/4 yard to 1/2 yard of Lego fabric.
    I can not find it ANYWHERE!
    Local fabric stores within 20 miles of my home do not carry it.
    Any suggestions?
    Lexington, KY