Monday, February 10, 2014

Zakka Handmades


I am sure you've all heard of this great book, Zakka Handmades by now. The author of this book, Amy Morinaka of Chick Chick Sewing, has been a very good blog friend of mine for years. I was absolutely thrilled to hear that she was putting together a book! Knowing how lovely her projects are, I knew her book would be full of cute, lovely, and useful zakka projects, and I was so right :) You can pretty much tell that from the cover of the book. Cute overload!


There are many great projects for home in this book that I would love to make, but my favorite projects are these irresistibly cute baby projects! This book came out right around the time my baby girl was born, so it was waiting for me when I came back to my apartment in Tokyo with her for the first time. What a thrill it was to see all the cute projects. Now that my girl is old enough to play with toys, I want to make this soft ring toy for her especially the bunny version! Amy, thanks for writing such a lovely book. It is just as lovely and sweet as you!





These are a few of hexagon pouches I made for friends last year! (I am so behind! Trying to catch up here!) I made many of them, but these are the ones I didn't forget to photograph before gifting. I truly enjoyed making every one of them. The great pattern is in a Japanese book, From Quilter's Studio, by Kumiko Fujita. (The only place I know you can locate the book is Etsy here.)

Hope you are staying warm!

15 comments:

  1. the pouches are fabulous Ayumi! Seriously you are so amazing. :) And Amy's book is great.

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  2. I love Amy's book- it gives me so ideas and combines simplicity and cuteness beautifully! I am very lucky to have one of those pouches, it goes everywhere with me in my handbag x

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  3. Awww! It's a huge honor for me to be featured in your lovely blog, Ayumi! Thank you so much♪♪♪ Oh and your pouches are insanely cute; I can stare at those tiny sweet hexies for hours!!

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  4. Those pouches are beautiful - maybe I do like hexies after all ....

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  5. Cute looking book, and those hexie pouches are fantastic xxx

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  6. Rosemary B here:
    Ayumi, this is a great book and you made adorable pouches!
    I know you are busy and having a delightful day every day with your little girl, and hubbs
    Have fun!!

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  7. My library has this book! I love checking out new sewing books at the library and then I buy them if I love them. I bet I will love this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Super cute pouches! they are so adorable

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  9. What great pouches, love that bright blue!

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  10. Ayumi, I agree with you and the earlier comments that Amy's book looks like a gem.

    Your hexy pouches are absolutely adorable. I admit to cutting out a couple of hexagrams from pretty Pink! polka dot fabric recently...not to make anything new, but rather to add some strategic "over patching" to a squared patchwork cushion cover I made from Laura Ashley cotton ages ago. I guess I am going in a patchwork collage direction! My plan is to continue this mending applique treatment as needed as time goes on.

    Can you tell that I am being indirectly inspired by your ideas, talent and skill? xo

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  11. Those hexagon pouches are beautiful

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  12. I have that book ^_^.
    Very beautiful hexagon pouches. You are so talented.

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  13. I have that book ^_^.
    Very beautiful hexagon pouches. You are so talented.

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  14. I have this book, it has lovely projects :)
    Your hexagon pouches are very pretty, Ayumi! Beautiful colors!

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