Monday, August 20, 2012

Zakka Sewing Kit

I wanted a super cute sewing kit to have on hand, so I made this cutie! This is a Zakka Style Sewing Kit.

Zakka (from the Japanese 'zak-ka'(雑貨)or 'many things') is a fashion and design phenomenon that has spread from Japan throughout Asia. The term refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and appearance. It is often based on household items from the West that are regarded as kitsch in their countries of origin, but it can also be Japanese goods, mainly from the fifties, sixties, and seventies. In Japan there are also so-called Asian zakka stores; that usually refers to Southeast Asia. The interest in Nordic design or Scandinavian design, both contemporary and past, is also part of this zakka movement. Zakka can also be contemporary handicraft.

Zakka has also been described as "the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane". The zakka boom could be recognized as merely another in a series of consumer fads, but it also touches issues of self-expression and spirituality. "Cute, corny and kitschy is not enough. To qualify as a zakka, a product must be attractive, sensitive, and laden with subtext."

I purchased the Kindle version of Zakka Style for this pattern. The book also has 23 other great useful patterns.

This was super fun to make and can be made from scraps, which is great because I had everything on hand for the project. I hope you are inspired to make one for yourself! :)

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