305 A Japanese Interior


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A traditional Japanese room is a study in simplicity - ordered and calm.  Many elements of Japanese design can be successfully incorporated into a typical home, from cushions for the couch to a futon that can be easily tucked away when not in use.  

In this pattern we have included patterns and instructions for making a variety of futon (the Japanese word "futon" describes all types of quilted bedding and floor cushions), as well as instructions (only) for creating noren (decorative curtains), and a quilted yogi (sleeping kimono). Handwork techniques are included for sashiko quilting and shibori dyeing.

This is the paper pattern.  For the PDF pattern, go here.

Suggested fabrics: For the Cushions and Futon Covers, choose medium to heavyweight cottons, silks, or blends. For the Noren, choose light to medium-weight cottons, silks, or blends.

Yardage chart (.pdf)

Check out our blog post about how to sew the Makura Pillow.