Join us on the second Monday of every month at 7:30pm Central time on our Twitch Channel for Japanese Arts, Cosplay, Accessory making & Other Tutorials. Have an idea for the show? Want to offer your tutorial? Email [email protected] with your request.


Past Make Your Mondays

Origami Jewelry May 10, 2021

Supply List:

Supply list:
Origami fan earrings:
  • 3” (7.5 cm) square origami paper x 2 pieces (preferably with a print on one side and a solid color on the back)
  • 2 4-5 mm jump rings
  • 2 ear wires
  • PVA/white glue or glue stick
  • Optional: small brush or toothpick for glue
  • Optional: bone folder, spoon, or ruler
Found item earrings or pendant:
  • Cute plastic item you can poke a small hole into
  • Something to poke that hole (awl, drill, hammer & nail, etc.)
  • Jewelry wire (usually copper with pretty coating)
  • Chain nose pliers
  • 2 Ear wires or 2 pendant bail, or more wire to make a bail (will be demonstrated)
  • Optional: Flat nose pliers
  • Optional: flexible glue such as E600

Easy Book Binding  April 19, 2021

Supply List:

  • Copy paper (10-20 pages) folded in half. (Either way will work but I think one makes more sense for a book. But you do you!)
  • 1 piece of decorative paper that is the size of your copy paper (optional)
  • 2 pieces of cardstock cut to match the size of your folded paper (to be the covers of the side sewn book)
  • Something to punch small holes, such as an awl or a screw punch
  • One or two scrap pieces of paper
  • A pen or Pencil
  • A ruler
  • Some kind of small cord or embroidery floss for stitching — waxed cord is ideal but you can also use embroidery floss and beeswax or thread heaven
  • A needle that can easily fit your chosen cord or floss
  • Optional: Something to clip paper together while you work, like clothespins, large paper clips, binder clips, etc.

Sakura Edition March 22, 2021

Supply List:

  • Idea board discussion no supplies required

Playing with Washi Tape January 11, 2021

Supply List:

  • Washi Tape (colorful masking tape)
  • Paper or other item to stick it on

Furoshiki Fabric Wrapping December 14, 2020

Supply List:

  • Square of fabric (cloth napkins work great!),
    🔹Small rectangular box (ideal for bento boxes).
    Other types of present shapes will be demonstrated, along with ways to make your own reusable cloth wraps.

Orizomegami (Japanese paper dyeing) November 17

Supply List:

  • Thin paper (rice paper works best, such as the DAISO calligraphy paper, but copy paper, origami paper or even paper towels can work)
    * liquid dye/colorant (such as food coloring, easter egg dye mixed with water, india ink, RIT dye, acrylic ink, or watercolor tubes)
    * paper towels
    * large cup/glass/muffin tin for putting dye into (remember that if you use non-food safe dye you cannot use that item for eating again!)
    *plastic to protect your work surface
    * gloves to protect hands
    * ruler to help with folds
    * bone folder
    * protractor or angle-marked ruler or mat
    * iron
    * water-safe ironing surface

Introduction to Boro October 12
(Japanese mending with Sashiko stitching)

Supply List:

  • You may not want to make along with this presentation, as the topics are more about design principles. However, for the projects discussed, you may wish to have either set of supplies. Fabric collage: A larger base piece of fabric, ideally solid or very subtle pattern, assorted other fabrics that go well with the base piece, pins or washable glue stick, embroidery floss, needle, scissors. Mending project: Item that needs mending, fabric to use as a patch, pins (optional), embroidery floss, needle, scissors. Optional: Fray check.

Sashiko (intro to) September 14th

Supply List:

  • Stitching practice piece: solid color woven fabric,
  • Contrasting embroidery floss,
  • Hand embroidery needle,
  • Scissors or thread cutter.
  • Design practice piece: white or light solid colored fabric,
  • Washable marker that shows up on the fabric,
  • Contrasting embroidery floss,
  • Ruler,
  • scissors or thread cutter.
  • Pieces of fabric can be scraps but should be roughly the size of a piece of paper. If light fabric is not available, design drawing practice can be done on plain white paper.
Recommended Resources:
  • Books: The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook by Susan Briscoe, Japanese Running Stitch Sashiko by Satomi Dairaku, Sashiko by Mary S Parker
  • Video Series: Susan Briscoe on Interweave Press, Carol Ziogas on iQuilt (and her YT), Skillshare, CreativeBug
  • Shops: Kimonomomo, Snuggly Monkey on Etsy, Bunny’s Designs Etsy/Austin, in Australia
  • Brands: Olympus, Tulip, Clover, maybe DAISO
  • Blog: (Carol Ziogas)

Free Sashiko Patterns:

Kumihimo Braiding August 10th

Supply List:

  • 1 or 2 Squares of Cardboard,
  • 3-4 inches (7-10 cm) Lengths of yarn or embroidery floss 24-36 inches (70-95 cm),  (7 strands for one pattern, 4 for the second)
  • Cardboard scissors
Recommended Resources: