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Zakka Style Gifts (Love to Sew) [Paperback]

Cecilia Hanselmann
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Book Description

14 Feb 2014 Love to Sew
Discover 22 trendy 'Zakka' gift ideas that will make everyday life a little more colourful. In Japanese, the word 'Zakka' refers to practical and self-stitched designs which are typically made from patterned fabrics. Choose from a range of projects including potholders, purses and aprons, pincushions, pencil-cases, book covers, placemats and bags. Illustrated step-by-step instructions and diagrams will guide you through the basics of sewing as well as techniques for quilting and patchworking.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (14 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782210598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782210597
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 21.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cecilia uses patchwork & quilt-as-you-go techniques To create a beautiful mix of accessories for your daily life. At the start of the book she details the sewing basics including tools and materials and then sew techniques that are used in the book. Although these are supplied I think the book is better for someone who has sewn before. Each pattern contains a list of the materials you will use, what preparation you will need to do and the cutting out. You also get an explanation of the sewing & the finishing off. There are a goof mix of patterns each having it's own unique look. The paper feel of the pages matches the look of the projects and gives it that feeling of home. Tips are included where you need them to give the project a good look. I also love the fact that some of the pieces are small so you can use your scraps to give it a unique style. There are some really cute ideas and they are ideas that can be used for all the family. They would also make fantastic gifts. With 22 projects there is a really good mix and variety of projects. If you like the quilt and patchwork look then you will really love the designs in this book. The designs also give you the opportunity to make them your own as your choice of fabrics will make a huge difference to each design.-Crochet Addict UK This book has lots of pretty gifts (22 in fact) to make, including a mini wallet, pencil case, boxed washbag bag, shoulder bag and book cover amongst others. The projects have the usual zakka style of neutral linen fabrics combined with colourful patchwork. Skills covered in the book include patchwork, quilt as you go, applique and sewing zips. These techniques are covered at the front of the book before you get to the projects. The projects themselves have step by step written instructions and a single photo of the finished item. There are also instructions for the cutting out and any preparation needed before you start plus useful tips scattered throughout. I think most people would find several projects they wanted to make in this book.-The Sewing Directory I love Zakka. It's colourful and cool, modern and stylish. These easy contemporary sewing projects are great for the home and would make perfect gifts. These gifts turn a house into a home. The 22 easy and quick to make projects come complete with easy to follow instructions and are well photographed. Templates have been provided, some need enlarging. The basics are explained so even beginners will be able to start sewing straight away. The projects are adorable - each and every one and I just LOVE this book. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys contemporary sewing.-yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts

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Even from a young age Cecilia Hanselmann was fascinated by history and fashion. So she started early and began to tailor and sew historical clothing in her teenage years. After high school she made her hobby into a profession. Today she lives and works as an independent master tailor in Freiburg, Germany.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed 22 Mar 2014
By Natalie
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Always on the look out for ideas of present to make. Have seen plenty of zakka style books but can't remember how I chose his one. What a shame I did. I am so disappointed. The instructions are brief with few diagrams and looking through it when it arrived today some of the project are really shoddily made. The cup holder for example isn't even the same size in the photo on each side....mine might look like that but I'd hope the person writing it would be able to make a good job of it! Also I noticed several threads sticking out in photos and the general quality of the project were average. Better books out there, sorry.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of pretty gifts to make 12 Mar 2014
By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This book has lots of pretty gifts (22 in fact) to make, including a mini wallet, pencil case, boxed washbag bag, shoulder bag and book cover amongst others. The projects have the usual zakka style of neutral linen fabrics combined with colourful patchwork.
Skills covered in the book include patchwork, quilt as you go, applique and sewing zips. These techniques are covered at the front of the book before you get to the projects. The projects themselves have step by step written instructions and a single photo of the finished item. There are also instructions for the cutting out and any preparation needed before you start plus useful tips scattered throughout.

I think most people would find several projects they wanted to make in this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zakka style, easy style 8 Mar 2014
By annie
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An easy to follow book. Lots of lovely things to make have not started making yet but looking forward to doing so.
Would definitely recommend this book. Good value price too.
Very small items which don't take long to make.
Ideal ideas for craft stalls,bazaars etc
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By scotty
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A very thin book with a few very, very simple and unimaginative projects; the most complicated and interesting being shown on the cover. Much better books out there for the same or less pennies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspires me 22 Feb 2014
By SM TOP 50 REVIEWER
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The book is very clear in its instructions and concise. You don't have to be an expert but it produces some lovely items. Great for making gifts.

Really pleased with this and would recommend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great simple projects with style 24 Mar 2014
By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I love Zakka. It's colourful and cool, modern and stylish. These easy contemporary sewing projects are great for the home and would make perfect gifts. These gifts turn a house into a home. The 22 easy and quick to make projects come complete with easy to follow instructions and are well photographed. Templates have been provided, some need enlarging. The basics are explained so even beginners will be able to start sewing straight away. The projects are adorable - each and every one and I just LOVE this book. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys contemporary sewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and nice 18 Jun 2014
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The projects in this book are lovely. They appear to be very simple to make and there are really good instructions. Thee is plenty of scope for you to add you own designs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted with this lovely book. 7 Aug 2014
By Janz
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I'm delighted with this book, it's packed with usefull projects that will use up all those odd scraps of fabric that I have left in my stash. Most of the projects are easy to do and will make great gifts for birthdays and Christmas and also great little items for fetes and bazaar tables. Some of the projects would be easy for youngsters just taking up sewing, either by machine or hand. Most of the templates do not need enlarging and the ones that do are easy. Another great book from Search Press.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Some nice designs and ideas.
Published 5 days ago by craftylady
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction back into sewing
Simple, low cost materials. Good introduction back into sewing.
Published 21 days ago by P. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent for making gifts for Christmas.
Published 1 month ago by Teal Household
5.0 out of 5 stars Zakka Style Gifts
Many lovely ideas to make for yourself as a treat and lovely ideas for gifts to give for presents to your special friends.
Published 3 months ago by J Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace book
Excellent service: just what I wanted. Product as described. Appropriate packaging.I would recommend this product. Good price for this product
Published 4 months ago by Susan Read
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good but there are better books out there.
Nice book for teaching or hobby craft
Making too for bazaars etc...
Can be used for business starter in making bags aswell.
Published 4 months ago by designerliz
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked
I just love Zakka, and the projects in this book are easy to follow, and delightful
I recommend it to anyone with a little experience who wants to try something different
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. G. Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars New ideas
I received this book in what seemed like record time. I have read it so far but nor embarked on a project yet as I've things to finish first. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jan G
1.0 out of 5 stars American Book!
Whilst I was instantly taken with the projects in the book, the language is american, such as batting, which in the uk is wadding. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Margaret McKenzie
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