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Zakka From The Heart
Sew 16 Charming Projects to Warm Any Home
BY Minki Kim

Stash Books (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
25 October 2019/ ISBN 9781617458514
How-To Books / Needlecraft

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


Zakka is a Japanese term which encompasses the type of handmade items that enhance the home and make one feel good. It borrows from the idea of kitsch and 50s-70s décor but adds in an Asian style that is very contemporary. There are sixteen lovely projects in this book that are sure to enhance your home or that of anybody you gift them to.

I love the simple, practical, and modern appearance of these items. You don’t need to rush out and purchase any fancy kit; just your basic sewing tools and materials are all you require. Most of the items are not very large, either so using up leftovers from other projects makes them a very green way of having fun and making something new. This is also a great book for beginner sewists as each project is explained in step by step photographs, and there are many useful skills in here that will stand you in good stead throughout your sewing life. Some basic embroidery stitches, how to work with felt, basic quilting, putting in a zipper, appliqué, and more. In keeping with the zakka concept, this is a spaciously laid out book with a fresh, bright appearance. Each project has at least one large photograph of the item in situ, sometimes showing other options and different views, such as what it looks like inside. There is a list of tools and materials (all measurements in imperial), a handy cutting list, and the staged photographs with the instructions. Things to make include coasters with cute houses, macaroon shaped pincushions, scooter pillow, roll cake pencil case, patchwork basket and many bags and purses. Make one for your library books, evening clutch purse, travel organizer, zipper pouch, and shopping tote. These are the type of projects that make ideal gifts and don’t take too long to make or cost too much. There are also many ways of customizing them to make them truly yours, and scope for using up even the tiniest scraps of fabric. This is one of those books destined for my keeper shelf, and ideal for just about any level of sewist apart from total beginners

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2020