marimekko fabric: what would you make?

mr.madeItSo was lucky enough to have a chance to visit sweden recently. i’ve hinted pretty heavily that if you travel anywhere and want to buy me something, you can’t go wrong with fibre (yarn or fabric) from that area.

mari mekko fabric

before returning home, he visited a marimekko store in stockholm.  marimekko is a finnish clothing and textile store. he may have had a little guidance from a certain ninja (if you’re reading this, thank you!) and purchased some very cool designer fabric for me.

i have a few ideas for what i want to make with it, but i thought i’d ask all the creative minds out there…

meri mekko fabric

what would you make with 1.5 metres (just under 5 feet) of this fabric? there is a penny on the fabric above, for scale. keep in mind that the print is directional. it is a buttery soft oilcloth, so it has some water repellant qualities as well.

mari mekko fabric

what do you see this becoming? garment, accessory, home decor? what would you make? links to other projects you may have made are welcome :-)

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34 Responses to marimekko fabric: what would you make?

  1. What about a super stylish raincoat? Can’t you just see it with a light blue pair of rubber boots and matching umbrella? It’s lovely.

  2. Alyssa says:

    How thoughtful! It’s so pretty, and a special gift so I’d probably make something that I could use or see often. Cover pillows, a tote, skirt, or a rain jacket if it’ll work with the pattern.

  3. Angie says:

    I have no idea, but it is gorgeous!

  4. Jess says:

    I absolutely love it! I see it as a big comfy throw pillow in my head :)

  5. googiemomma says:

    i like the raincoat idea–i was thinking along the same lines, but using it as the lining & accents for a cool jacket.
    of course…if you’re asking ME what i’d make, it would probably be something baby related… :o)
    lovely fabric! you’re a fortunate gal!

  6. Dvora Geller says:

    It. Is indeed beautiful! I love the idea of a raincoat or a couple of big floor pillows.

  7. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    mr.madeitso did a great job.
    you may have already noticed my obsession with marimekko, and lumimarja is one of my favorites. i have it in gold tones, and what i did was make a pillow (meant to make more, but was distracted…): http://clearlytangled.blogspot.com/2010/03/first-serger-attempt.html
    not sure if you’d want to do that with the water repellent qualities.

    how about a table cloth/ runner / place mats? my mother-in-law made the one pictured here:
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xAdKKQU62wg/S80izt2lG2I/AAAAAAAAAg0/j4PVo9i7m1w/s1600/lores_Picture+056.jpg

    can’t think of anything else off the top of my head, but will let you know if i think of any.
    i’m so excited for you!

  8. imadeitso says:

    thanks for ideas! i knew there’d be some good ones. my first thought was a raincoat too prairielemon, for all the same reasons you mentioned! but i really don’t think i have enough fabric for that. but as a lining? interesting thought googiemomma. would it get all sweaty? pillows, a tote bag. i really don’t *need* another tote bag but… it’d be so nice! those are great links clearlytangled, it’s nice to see the same print in action.

    thanks guys, great reading these. keep the ideas coming if you’ve got them!

  9. imadeitso says:

    and yes, i’m spoiled rotten :) i knew you’d all understand my excitement about receiving fabric! ;)

  10. Wow, that was a thoughtful gift. It’s very pretty.
    I favour the table runner idea ala the link provided,
    but something you could wear would be nice too.
    A vest lined with fleece?

    • imadeitso says:

      i like the table runner idea too! i tried a table runner once though, and it got pulled off by a certain little monkey who shall remain nameless. imagine that magic trick of pulling off the table cloth, but without the desired effect of all the things actually staying on the table…

  11. alyshajane says:

    What beautiful fabric and a wonderful gift!

    I’d vote for homewares…but I could also see it as a skirt. :)

  12. Very pretty, all excellent ideas, how about throwing at the end of the bed or sofa or on the wall just to stare at it for awhile, like a Christmas tree.

    Finished the Josephine series, they are wonderful, I’ll check out Sandra Gulland’s first book and read that one too. Tears, yes! Addicting, absolutely, now I want to read what I can about Neopolian and the history surrounding that era. Thanks for the recommendations.

    • imadeitso says:

      i’ve been doing just that victoria, staring at it. it’s so lovely!

      i am so glad you enjoyed the series!! yes, very addictive. :)

      if anyone is curious, we’re talking about the books i mentioned in this post.

  13. Corey says:

    I think you know what I’d make out of it. LOL (i.e. totes!) How much of it did you get? Is it enough for making chair cushions? I’d make cushions for an Adirondack chair or other outdoor chair.

    • imadeitso says:

      i’m shocked about the totes corey ;) will you make me an adirondack chair first? (and i have 1.5 metres of it, roughly 5 feet… do you want that in yards?)

  14. ~*~Patty says:

    Kudos to your dh, he is a very good shopper!
    Can’t wait to see what you create with this lovely and special piece of fabric

    a trip to Sweden sounds pretty nice!
    oxo

    • imadeitso says:

      i agree about sweden, patty. i was hoping i could swing a trip out that way for more of this fabric for that raincoat idea. i mean, i’m sure they would ship here, and there is an outlet in b.c. i think… but shhhh ;)

  15. Ann Martin says:

    Ooh, I love the design and am picturing it mounted in a very modern, simple frame and hung as wall decor.

  16. haha if you ever head in the general direction of sweden, might as well go straight to finland. i did some serious damage there last christmas. i recall visiting every marimekko store i knew of, including the outlet store (multiple times).

  17. Tara Benwell says:

    Is there enough for a shower curtain? I love this material! Maybe IKEA should make a copy so that I could get some more pillow covers!

  18. Rosalind says:

    I haven’t read through all the suggestions but you could pop it on a canvas so you can stare at it for a while… then maybe a tote?

  19. P. says:

    Heck, I’d just frame piece and hang it in my newly repainted half-bath! I think the colors would match perfectly!!

  20. Halima says:

    Placemat and/or a tablerunner sound fab for this print. It’s so nice!
    Being that is an oilcloth you may want to use some of it (not the whole it’s way to pretty for that) as a small accent carpet. Years ago I saw a show where a print on oilcloth was used in same way. After being treated with a couple of layers of a protective clear paint a brush-on-backing was applied. It would make some nice ‘art’ to look down upon :)

  21. Gosh, that’s a really hard one! I’m totally loving this fabric. I know the brand but I’ve never seen this design before. I can’t stop staring… I think I’d be sick if I cut it up… I’m thinking a little like others here who said to frame it in a simple frame. The fabric is a piece of art in itself. Can’t wait to see what you do. Pruxxx

  22. Amanda says:

    Wouldn’t it make a lovely little spring coat for your daughter?? I love it, and I keep picturing it with shiny little mary Janes. Precious. What a wonderful husband to know you so well and spoil you with such a nice treat :)

  23. AJ says:

    Hello, My 93-year-old dad passed away and I found a Marimekko large wall hanging in the pink and red poppies pattern from 1964 in the garage. It has some water damage on part of the cloth but the frame is in excellent condition.

    My question is, is there any way to repair water-damaged Marimekko material?

    I also might be interested in selling it but have no clue what it’s worth. Thank you.

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  26. Tj says:

    Trench coat for sure!

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