Fostering Creativity

Minshan Fabric Tour, Japanese Fabric Lantern

*disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Phat Quarters. A portion (1 yard) of the fabric used in this post was provided to me free of charge by Phat Quarters. All opinions on the fabric are 100% my own.*


minshan 1Before I show you what I made with this gorgeous fabric, let me tell you a bit about this particular Minshan Fabric line. Lewis & Irene are donating part of the proceeds from this fabric line to Act for Wildlife, led by Chester Zoo in the UK to help protect Giant Pandas & Red Pandas in their natural habitat. For more information about this group, follow this link:…/about-us

My good friend Gemia of Phat Quarters contacted me to see if I was interested.  I hadn’t seen the fabric yet, but said I’d definitely be up to the challenge of sewing some home decor.

Then I saw the fabric, and had two reactions.

First, I LOVE it! It’s so pretty!

Second, this fabric does not fit in my house at all. Like, not even a little.

Then I remembered that I have a brother who lived in Japan for two years.  He’s in college and chances are he might be in need of something cute to decorate his apartment.  I sent Dane a message and asked if he would be okay with me making him some throw pillows or something.  He was hesitant, but said okay to be nice.

And then I sent him pictures of the fabric.

And he fell in love the same way I did.

It’s not like it’s hard to fall in love with fabric as pretty as this.

lotus So Dane’s favorite print was the Minshan Lotus Flower in Turquoise.  He asked me for a Kimono.  As much as I would love to make him a kimono from this beautiful print, that was really not the point of the tour.  However, he loved it so much I couldn’t help but order a yard.  I have plans to make a small kimono with it.  It’s pre-washed and folded, waiting on the shelf for me to find the right pattern. 

After breaking the news that I wouldn’t be making him a Kimono, I asked if he had any other ideas of what to make with his second favorite fabric.

He had a really amazing idea!





Creating this paper lantern from fabric was a fabulous challenge. The fabric is the Minshan Red Panda on Light Grey. I created the pattern after looking at an actual Japanese Paper Lantern that Dane brought back for my mom. The dimensions are as close to the same as I could get them. And rather than having wire insides for structure, my lantern has featherlight boning inside. I wanted it to be as beautiful as a paper lantern but not as fragile.


I’m still not completely pleased with the outcome. It’s floppier than I’d like. I’m planning to deconstruct it a bit and add more support.

There was still about half a yard of the red panda fabric left. I’ll be sharing what I did with it later this week.

Make sure you check out all the other stops on the tour. Today Gemia is sharing a top she made for her daughter that involves seriously impressive pattern matching skills.

And this little Panda Dress is too cute!

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10 Responses to “Minshan Fabric Tour, Japanese Fabric Lantern”

  1. Ula says:

    That fabric is so cute! The lantern is very cute even if it’s a bit floppy 🙂

  2. Gemia says:

    This is such a great idea. I might use some of my scraps and make little bunting on tiny “paper” lanterns! I love it!

  3. Denita says:

    Awesome lantern! I love it!

  4. Roxanne says:

    I love this idea! The lantern would be cute in a kids room or just an eclectically decorated space.

  5. Kerrie says:

    That lantern is awesome! My dd would LOVE one….I doubt she’d let me take her lantern apart to make one….
    Well done!!

    Fabric is pretty fantastic too!

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