*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.*
Before 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: http://www.actforwildlife.org.uk/about-us-introduc…/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.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!