Last zakka sewing class – bucket hats

Earlier this month, we met for the last zakka sewing class for the year to make kids’ sun hats.  It is a little sad that after six months of such fun monthly activity, it has come to an end. But it couldn’t have gone on forever. All good things come to an end, . . . → Read More: Last zakka sewing class – bucket hats

Tutorial: drawstring tote bag


We made drawstring tote bags this week at our fourth zakka sewing class.  What is a drawstring tote bag?  Well, as the name would imply, it is a tote bag with a drawstring closure.  A picture below will say it all.  These hybrid bags appear in many Japanese craft books as children’s . . . → Read More: Tutorial: drawstring tote bag

Zakka sewing class no. 3


This month at our zakka sewing group meeting, we made cushion covers with zippers.  Vicky from the accidental crafter blog has graciously agreed to teach the class this time — so I didn’t have to do anything.  Well I cleaned the house . . . → Read More: Zakka sewing class no. 3

Zakka sewing group: tote bags


This week our zakka sewing group met at our house for the second time.  We made tote bags.  The day fell on a school holiday, so there was a bit of anxiety (mostly on my part) having all the children around.  But the kids were remarkably well behaved, and played outside chasing . . . → Read More: Zakka sewing group: tote bags

Tutorial – Three ways to appliqué


I feel funny writing a tutorial on appliqué, because I don’t do it very often.  But appliqué is such a useful and fun technique in zakka sewing that I just have to mention it. In many ways appliqué is more accessible than patchwork, and with nothing more than a bit of scrap . . . → Read More: Tutorial – Three ways to appliqué

Potholder Tutorial – Basic Method


Today was our first day of zakka sewing class at my home, and it was so. much. fun.  I had fretted over how to teach three sewing beginners, but I needn’t have worried.  They were all such quick learners, and completed their lovely potholders well within the two-hour time frame.  And it . . . → Read More: Potholder Tutorial – Basic Method