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 cushions Hello Tokyo by the red thread softies

Click on the link below for the full reveal, lots of photos and free projects…

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!


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  1. 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 the red thread says:

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

  2. Michelle says:

    Congratulations Lisa! Love it, it all looks beautiful x

  3. Sam Ayles says:

    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.

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

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. Lisa it looks fantastic, well done

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

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

  11. 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!

  12. Mary Kohnke says:

    SO PRETTY! Thank you for creating these happy designs!

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

  14. I love everything! Well done!

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

  16. This is gorgeous! Congratulations!!

  17. 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 the red thread says:

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

  18. 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 the red thread says:

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

  19. Sharyn Phillips says:

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

  20. Darling!

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

  22. Gayle Grier says:

    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 the red thread says:

      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!

  23. I love the kitty pillow!

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

  25. 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!

  26. kym fitzpatrick says:

    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

  27. the red thread the red thread says:

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

  28. 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.

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

  30. 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?

  31. 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!! :-)

  32. 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.

  33. Laura Lee Gerrard says:

    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 the red thread says:

      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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