Zakka is a craft movement that has come out of Japan and according to Amy Morinaka author of Zakka Handmades is “the small necessities of everyday life…that includes accessories, stationery, fashion items, toys, home goods, kitchen items, small furniture, and much more.” Zakka uses all natural fibers like 100% cotton, linen and wool. You’ll notice delicate hand sewing as well as Sashiko in some items. As Zakka has crossed so many borders one can see cultural designs from all over the globe not just Japan or Asia as a whole. In other words people all over the globe have embraced the esthetics of Zakka and put their own unique cultural and personal touches to it.
The book Zakka Handmades by Amy Morinaka is a lovely book with over 20 projects all embracing the charming Zakka design and techniques. Be sure to take a look at Amy’s blog chick chick sewing for more on the Zakka style and other sewing projects and inspiration.
Since the items in this book are small to medium in size they can be made in no longer than a weekend. They would make wonderful gifts for a housewarming, baby shower or to keep for yourself.
The book is laid out in four sections.
Everyday Zakka which has items like sachet, lanyards, and eye pillow.
All manner of bags and pouches are in the Bags & Pouches Zakka Style section. Cute for holding small essentials, pencils and art supplies or to take to market.
The third section is all about baby and young children with five projects such as bibs, soft toys, baby shoes, ponytail bows and pencil bags.
The fourth section has Zakka items such as mug rugs, Sashiko coasters, lunch bags and more. Perfect for the home.
All the projects here are well written, easy to follow and would work well for a beginner to more advanced seamstress or sewist. And, there are patterns so there is no need for drawing or printing out large amounts of paper. All you need is included in the book.
If you are ready to take the plunge and make wonderful Zakka handmade items Zakka Handmades by Amy Morinaka is a great book to get you started.
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What handmade items do you like to make most? Or have you made any Zakka style handmade items?
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