Guest blogger series: Crafting with Zakka Flair

by kath_red on February 20, 2011

in Guest Series 2011

Today I want to welcome Marisa, based in Toronto, Canada, Marisa writes Omiyage Blogs and with her husband runs Omiyage, an online shop full of charming things from Japan,

After living in Japan for a number of years, I’ve become rather passionate about the country and can be found sharing my love for Japan, Japanese culture and craft with anyone who’ll listen! One Japanese thing I love is zakka. And what a thrill to be asked to guest post for Whip Up. Thanks so much Kathreen and hello to all you Whip Up-er’s!

Zakka – one of the most wonderful, yet confusing, terms to come out of Japan. I’m often asked “what is zakka?” The explanation that has always stuck with me is that zakka is something that makes your life simpler and warms your heart at the same time. Sounds great, right?

If you have the chance to visit Japan, you will find store after store (after store) filled with zakka. From pillows shaped like turtles to toothbrushes with faces to sweet characters on pretty much everything, there certainly is no limit to the cute and quirky! But the zakka which interests me the most is handmade zakka. Simple projects with a little extra flair – clever patchwork, kawaii fabric choice, applique, unique form.

And because who doesn’t want to craft up something which will both simplify their life and warm their heart – here are a handful of sewing tutorials with zakka flavour – these are pictured above in order:

1- Scrappy Mug Rug – Stash Manicure
2- Pin Cushion Cuff – Keyka Lou
3- Zakka Inspired Pencil Pouch – Noodlehead
4- Bento Box Lunch Bag – Pink Penguin
5- Sweet Bunny Sachets – Craft Passion
6- Patchwork Camera Strap Cover with Lens Cap Pocket – lbg studio

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1 Kiki February 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Thanks for the explanation of zakka– I’ve seen the term used often but never fully understood it. It definitely makes more sense now!

2 anna February 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm

great round up, and thanks for linking! :)

3 Becky February 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Thanks for explaining “Zakka.” and for the great round -up linkage!

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