Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household

Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household


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The phrase “Made in Japan” once conjured images of assembly-line production, but now it connotes well-made products that are unique and ingeniously designed—sometimes elegant, sometimes cute, always charming. And none are more charming than the graceful, functional, sewn objects called zakka.

In Japanese, zakka means “household goods,” referring specifically to hand-sewn items for domestic use—tableware, kitchenware, containers of various kinds, even simple clothing. Therese Laskey and Chika Mori were enchanted by the many clever pieces they saw online but disappointed that directions and patterns were solely in Japanese. They knew they had to put together an authentic zakka book for English-speaking crafters.

To do so, the authors enlisted the help of some of the best zakka makers in Japan to create 25 projects ranging from utterly simple (an appliquéd pot holder, flower-shaped coasters) to ambitious (a house-shaped camera cozy, an adorable pair of comfy padded slippers). Each project includes easy-to-follow instructions and how-to illustrations. The lovely photos of finished pieces were taken by New York–based Japanese photographer Yoko Inoue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584797203
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 9.02(w) x 5.82(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Therese Laskey, a marketing consultant for such companies as Disney, Scholastic, and Nickelodeon, is author of Softies and the upcoming Softies Kit. See

Chika Mori is an illustrator/designer for Warner Bros. and creates original softies sold at Anthropologie, museum stores, and online retailers. (See

Yoko Inoue is a New York–based photographer whose clients include Domino, Readymade, and Martha Stewart Living magazines.

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Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
francie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just received Zakka Sewing this past week and I already have many projects dogeared to make as soon as possible. The room shoes/slippers will make the top of my list. After that, I believe I will make several things as gifts for loved ones.The book begins with basic terminology and techniques, both about Japanese trends and sewing. It also explains some common fabrics and materials used in the book. The patterns can be enlarged and printed, tiled, on regular paper. You can use those as the pattern pieces or if you find that too stiff, trace them onto tissue paper from there. I found that several of the projects were perfect for my 16 year old daughter who has only been sewing for about 6 months. And yet there were projects that were nicely challenging for me, someone who has been sewing for 20 years or so. Conveniently, each of the projects is rated one to three buttons based on difficulty so you don't find yourself in over your head.The household goods and personal items included are both functional and beautiful. How lovely would the covered tape measure be in a gift basket of sewing supplies for a seamstress? Perhaps with a copy of this book. :)Mar 2009
cornflowerbloo More than 1 year ago
This book was a disappointment for me. I have been sewing for quite some time and did not find anything challenging. For the price, I think that more projects could have been added. If you are a beginner at sewing, you will love this book, especially if you are into Japanese crafts. The pictures are very nice and detailed instructions are very helpful.