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Hello Tokyo by the red thread softies

Hello Tokyo :: the red thread new fabric range

My first fabric range, called Hello Tokyo!, for Robert Kaufman was launched over the weekend at the International Quilt Market in Portland. Exciting! Together with the fabric there’s also a range of haby items: beautiful grosgrain ribbons, iron on motifs and buttons. My designs incorporate kawaii (Japanese for cute) girls, cats and birds in a bright colour palette and I’m so happy to at last be able to show it to you.

Hello Tokyo by the red thread softies

There are five designs in the range, some with a few colour options, and a total of 13 different fabrics.

Hello Tokyo by the red thread

The haberdashery items include five ribbons (I love the scallop design on the ribbons), printed shank buttons, coloured buttons (not shown), and a range of iron on motifs.

Hello Tokyo  by the red thread haby

Possibly my favourite part of the range are these softies which are made from a printed panel of fabric – they measure about 32 cm tall (over 12 inches). They’re super easy to make and have been a big hit with any children that have been at our house.

**If you make the softies be sure to cut them out with as much white around them as possible. If you cut around the edge of the printed area you’ll end up with weirdly shaped softies!

Hello Tokyo by the red thread softies panel

Hello Tokyo by the red thread quilt and softie


I also designed a number of projects that will be available for free download on the Robert Kaufman website. There’s an ottoman and various cushions:

Hello Tokyo by the red thread ottoman Hello Tokyo by the red thread projects

Hello Tokyo by the red thread small cushions

This quilt project will also be available as a project design. It was designed in house by the Australian distributor of my fabric, 2 Green Zebras.

Hello Tokyo by the red thread quilt

Hello Tokyo by the red thread quilt pink

The motifs on zip pouches…

Hello Tokyo by the red thread pouches

I made this flower wall hanging for display at the booth in Portland.

Hello Tokyo by the red thread flowers


This is the booth at Portland Quilt Market… so bright and happy! Thanks Siobhan of Beaspoke Quilts for this photo and to Jodie of Ric Rac for the Instagram updates and blog love too.



The Hello Tokyo! fabric and haby ranges will be available in select fabric and quilting shops in the US in October,and in Australia and New Zealand as early as June/July. I’m so happy to finally be able to share it after designing over a year ago… I hope you like it!



  • Anna

    Oh Lisa! I love it, but you knew I would!
    Even though I am on a fabric ban for the entire year, I am going to find a way to bend the rules for your fabric – I consider it a necessity after all!

    Congratulations! I look forward to seeing your range in stores soon!

    • the red thread

      Thanks Anna! I thought you might like it :) I will probably have a giveaway here so stay tuned.

  • Michelle

    Congratulations Lisa! Love it, it all looks beautiful x

    • the red thread

      Thanks lovely Michelle! x

  • Sam Ayles

    Wow Lisa! I LOVE it! Such happy bright colours you are so clever. My favorites are the motiffs on the pencil cases, the ottoman and the DEVINE patchwork quilt. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

    • the red thread

      Ha ha, thanks for your enthusiasm Sam! It’s much appreciated.

  • http://twolittlebanshees.com Kate

    Congratulations Lisa! Love the colours and designs – especially love the softie panels!

    • the red thread

      Thanks Kate. They’re my faves too!

  • http://blog.stephbond.com Steph Bond-Hutkin

    Holy McMoley! Love it to bits – just so great for kids’ rooms. When and where can we buy it?!?

  • http://kbfield.blogspot.com.au/ kirsty

    Oh my goodness, this is so wonderful. I’m very excited for you and will definitely be chasing this down once it’s released!

  • http://petalplum.blogspot.com Ellie – Petalplum

    WOW WOW WOW WOW wow!
    So cool. Love it love it. Fun and bright and cheery. My little girl will love those iron on motifs (I’m still thinking about the thread holders you showed us the other day…… eeek!).
    Congratulations you talented woman!. YAH to you.

  • Cass

    Lisa it looks fantastic, well done

  • http://Ouchflower.blogspot.com Pippa

    Your a talent! Your efforts have paid off in a divine fabric collection! Congratulations and enjoy your success! xx

  • http://Dudleyredhead.blogspot.com Tara

    Amazing! Wonderful work… I’ll be looking for the thread keepers…

  • http://lifeinyonder.blogspot.no/ Anne Marie

    Congratulations!!! HOw fun to have it out there. I love all the different things you have made with your fabric line. Looking forward to september/october when we can get our hands on some!

  • Mary Kohnke

    SO PRETTY! Thank you for creating these happy designs!

    • the red thread

      Thanks Mary, I’m always grateful for lovely feedback!

  • http://www.craftschmaft.com Claire Waring

    Lisa that is just absolutely stunning, I love it! Congratulations you clever thing, can’t wait to buy it!

    • the red thread

      Thanks heaps Claire. x

  • http://ellaandnesta.blogspot.it/ Nesta

    I love everything! Well done!

  • http://hopefulthreads.blogspot.com/ Kristy

    Absolutely ADORE this collection!!!!! And the fun stuffies….can’t wait!!!!!!!

    • the red thread

      Thanks for your lovely enthusiasm Kristy! That’s so sweet!

  • Gemma

    This is gorgeous! Congratulations!!

    • the red thread

      Hey Gemma, thanks so much, it’s exciting to be getting all these great responses.

  • dana

    Hello! I just found you via Badskirt and I wanted to tell you I am THRILLED with this fabric line! I saw it at Market and it totally made my day! My Instagram pals loved it as well, so I am sure you have a hit on your hands. :)
    I seriously can’t wait to get it when it comes out, including all the lovely little notions.

    • the red thread

      Hi Dana, thanks SO much for your lovely enthusiasm! I would have loved to have seen it at quilt market too :)

  • http://www.blossomheartquilts.com Alyce {Blossom Heart Quilts}

    As a quilting, Aussie ex-pat living in Japan for 3 years, you can surely imagine just how excited I am at this range!!! Congratulations!

    • the red thread

      Hi Alyce… oh it’s sounds like it’s made to measure for you! Thanks for your enthusiasm!

  • Sharyn Phillips

    Lisa, congratulations, this is a wonderful line….oh how I wish my girls were young again

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  • Lindsey

    I live in Japan and I LOVE THIS print! I can’t wait for this to be available!

  • Gayle Grier

    Love this new line and look forward to buying it. Please let us know when and where it is available to purchase online. These are great designs!

    • the red thread

      Hi Gayle, it’s available in Australia now and will be in other countries on October. If you search it on the internet you’ll be able to find somewhere fairly local to you I hope!

  • http://paccana.com Jess

    I love the kitty pillow!

  • http://www.superiorthreads.com/ Spindle

    I love this style. It is a great design and I love the colors!

  • http://www.the-fabric-stash.com Janice

    I just ordered this line for my shop – I absolutely love it so much!!! I hope you have a lot more designs in mind for the future!

    • the red thread

      That’s fabulous Janice – thanks so much!

  • kym fitzpatrick

    Have the whole range. When oh When is the quilt pattern going to be released. Best range I have seen . Well Done Lisa you are amazing

  • the red thread

    Thanks Kim. It will be on the Robert Kaufman website – I assume when they release the range in the US in October.

  • http://mypinterventures.blogspot.com/ Erlene

    I really don’t need anymore fabric, but I LOVE your design. I’ll have to add these to my stash. Makes me want to redo my daughter’s room.

    • the red thread

      We never NEED any more fabric do we?! LOL

  • Ana

    So incredibly adorable and sweet! I want each and every item in this collection. What wonderful talent you have.

    • the red thread

      Thanks Anna – you’re too sweet.

  • Heather

    I love love love this print and just bought some and plan to but more!!! The only thing is I was wondering where i can find the quilt pattern?

    • the red thread

      Hi Heather, The quilt pattern is supposed to be on the Robert Kaufman website, but I’ve just had a look and it’s not there. I’ll email them to ask and let you know.

      • Heather

        Thank You

  • Sanne

    Love your designs!! They are just the thing to inspire me to make a quilt for our soon to be born daughter. When will the pattern become available?? And what fabric requirements are there? I want to buy some nooow!! :-)

  • http://www.ivyarch.co.uk Daniela

    I’m arriving late to the party but have just seen (and bought) some of your gorgeous Hello Tokyo fabrics! I love what you have made with them here – such beautiful colours.

  • Laura Lee Gerrard

    I am so totally in love with with fabric collection that I have gone totally Hello Tokayo Crazy :)) To the sum of ?….???? An amount I could never disclose to my husband … I am putting together a bedroom ensemble for my beautiful little niece that will be the envy of all. I plan on going ric rak crazy and will have to share the final results. Oh and you say contest I say where do I sign up. I would Love Love Love some little accessories to add little details :))

    Anyways you are Fabulous …. Just Sayin

    <3 Laura Lee from Ukiah, Claifornia

    • the red thread

      Hi Laura! Oh you’re too lovely. I’d love it if you’d send me photos of your Hello Tokyo creations. I’m sorry the giveaway has closed, maybe next time?! Have a lovely day and happy sewing!

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