Zakka

Have you heard of Zakka? It’s a Japanese word means small everyday goods like pot holders, pouches, pen cases, camera cases, blush and pan or anything but it has to be cool or cute in design. I actually didn’t realize it has become a English word until recently.

We have a lot of how to make Zakka books in Japan. Not only sewing but all kind of technique are involved! We love making things and decorating everyday item.

Last week I went my local library to see if they have got something new in their craft section and found “PATCHWORK PLEASE!” by Ayumi Takahashi. I have seen this book online and bit interested because it is written by a Japanese blogger and says Zakka is very popular! but never imagined I can see this book in flesh in the library in Carlow (no offense there).

So I brought it home and looked page by page. The fabric used in the book is so nice! I wish I can have them in my fabric stash. None of project are difficult.

Me being me, I don’t want to repeat what is on the book but wanted to dip my toes a bit so made a zipper pouch.

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This is what is on the book. My fabric stash don’t create a modern looking pouch like this because my choice is different plus not another paper piecing 😦 so I opted for rectangles instead and just follow the dimensions. Then another wall I hit, I am not a fun of make it a bit bigger and trim it back to the right size either so I have to redraw most of measurement which is actually not difficult job just have to follow the measurement of lining.

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And this is what I made for the main part of the bag.

Annoyingly inserting a zipper took two attempts today. I blame the bad weather we are having all week. And more rain for the bank holiday weekend. Yuck!

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The lining and the main body. That yellow fabric with dots are new in my stash from Fililis.com  good Zakka fabric I say.

And they are hand sewn together and the latter half of afternoon brought some sunshine, I managed to take more photos.Image

 

If you find interesting project written in Japanese, I can help you translating. Happy weekend!

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