Thursday, February 9, 2012

Zakka Sewing Love Story

It`s been a while since my last posts, but I have an excuse: I`ve been busy sewing:).

I`m all into pouches and totes, cutting beautiful, shabby chic fabrics and then sewing them together makes me happy.

On my last trip to Ikea I`ve bought some canvas in a gorgeous, warm caffe au lait neutral shade and  a red and pink toned floral fabric that`s simply delicious eye candy.

The first thing (that I wanted to make for a long time) was to prepare to sew a romantic/zakka tote in which to use some vintage lace that I love and have laying around for ages.

I think it turned out great, what do you think?


It turned out to be reversible, has an interior pocket from the same floral material, and, of course, the lace trimming I`ve been telling you about.

I am a really big sucker for small cute zakka details, so the front side of the tote got adorned with a vintage, salmon pink doily bought at the flea market. It seemed to me that the entire ensemble goes perfectly with some pearls so the little bow was born.

I used to dream about this bag, so the word "dreamer" seamed right at home:)

This tote is available in my Etsy shop, here.

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I love everything about zakka!!!!! And this is an understatement!

I didn`t know what it ment till about 2 months ago, when I stumbled upon the word on a random blog. I know, I don`t think there is anyone out there, involved in crafting, that doesn`t know about it, but maybe, just maybe, there is, so I promise to come back and talk more about it in another post:)

But, as I was reading some zakka blogs (mostly japanese, which I loooove, japanese crafting blogs are the best by far) I`ve seen all kinds of cute pouches and suddenly felt like making some of my own ideas:).

I wanted one more romantic and shabby like, and one more elegant, lacy and with a vintage air to it.

The collection was named "Sewing Love Story", after the irresistibly cute zakka labels that say "Sewing Story" (bought on Etsy).

So, here they are!!

This is the first one, made from canvas-floral fabric combo and, of course, the sweet little details:

quilted with protective felt

Available here.

The second one was sewn from a vintage fabric I had for a long time now; it didn`t seem to work for any  project till now:)

I love the delicate print and the color combo, I think it goes perfectly with the macrame trim and the shell button. The pearly ribbon fits right at home with the corn flower blue zipper:)

Do you like it? It has two interior pockets (credit card size) and it is large enough to fit your most loved treasures that you carry with you everywhere.

When I bought the "Sewing story" labels, Jessie from RetroNaNa was very nice to add some extra tags, like the one I used here to adorn the inside of the pouch.

Available here.

I`ve also made one pouch inspired by a traditional romanian costume, but I keep the secret for the next time:)

I would be thrilled to hear what you think of my sewing adventures so far ;)

Thanks, Hugz!


1 comment:

  1. Oh my, your sewing projects are amazing! Love them all!
    I'm just starting to learn how to sew, but I love-love-love it!
    Keep up the good work and I'm looking forward to the traditional-Romanian-costume inspired one! :)


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