Tutorial for CraftyTokyoMama…

As promised to my dear friend CraftyTokyoMama I’m going to attempt to explain how my teacher transferred the pattern from the Japanese patchwork pattern book to the graph-board.

I say “board” because it isn’t paper -it’s more like thin cardboard. And I say “attempt” because….well…that’s what it will be-an attempt.

Anyone else that wants to read along is more than welcome.

Okay-here we go. Below is a close-up of the “house” patchwork pattern. Please take note of the “numbers” below the roof. Let’s begin on the left side-there is a number 5 then number 3 (with a number 1 above and below it), then 5, 5, and so on all the way to the right side.

These sections or pattern pieces are measured in 2cm squared. Look at the number “1” above and below number “3”. Those are 2cm squared blocks.


Now let’s take a look at the graph-board. See how sensei drew out the pattern on the board-look at the number “1” pieces and note that they measure 4 little squares each (each of the 4 little squares has 4 even smaller squares in it-16 tiny squares total-if that makes sense). Those 4 little squares equal 2cm squared.

Now look at the number “5” sections and note that they measure FIVE of these “number one squares” or 5 x 2 cm squared- or 5 2cm squared “boxes” make up the #5 strip.


The first thing that sensei did was to draw out the bottom of the house. The roof is sectioned out in to letters because it has slants in it and the sections aren’t measured in even 2cm squares. You can determine where to start drawing the roof lines after you have finished with the bottom sections.

Next on the pattern book page are diagrams that show which sections are stitched together-in what order. Number 1 shows that you stitch -A,1,4,1 together. Just as a note-that last “A” on the right end is part of the backing fabric-we chose that already so she had me stitch it to #1 …in other words – she had me stitch that whole first row together. In the diagram the last” A ” is separate.

You just follow the photos and stitch the pieces together as shown. After you have the sections stitched together you sew the entire thing together and viola! Your house patchwork block is assembled! But I’m sure that part you already know! Well- I hope that this explanation was not too confusing. As time goes on and I work on different patterns if I find something different or new-I’ll let you know!

I hope this helped…maybe?

She taught me a trick. After you have cut the pattern out you can use a piece of felt to lay the pieces on so they don’t get all mixed up. She assembled the pieces on the felt and then covered them with paper (like a big piece of tissue wrapping paper) so that they would not get messed up. Then she folded the whole thing up so that I could carry it home to work on. See previous post to see what I mean.

By the way-she said Daiso carries the graph board.




2 thoughts on “Tutorial for CraftyTokyoMama…

  1. Your explanations were very clear and concise. I understand what all those numbers and letters mean now. Trying to figure out the instructions in Japanese is sometimes so frustrating, but to have someone sit and show you in person is priceless. You are so lucky to have found a great teacher.


    1. Yay! If you get it then- mission accomplished!! Yeah- I would have never gotten it without her help!

      I envision you now enjoying looking over the pattern book sale tables and smiling because you can actually buy one and make something from it! Me too! A whole new area just opened up for me!


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