The Zakka Style Sew Along, which is being co (?) hosted by lrstitched. Zakka Style is a new book (published in January) by Rashida Coleman and is full of gorgeous little projects perfect for gifting or adding a little something to your home!I had a look at the book and the projects looked amazing so I dropped a big hint to my husband (by leaving the book in his amazon shopping basket) and yay he bought me a copy! I wasn’t really sure if I was going to have time to join in and my first stumble was being unable to locate some organic linen! One fortuitous trip to Ray-Stitch (the fabric isn’t listed on the website, but if you ring up the shop, I am assured you can order it over the phone!) in London later and with help from my eagle eyed mum and we found some! Wahoo! I feel perhaps my mum had some motivation behind spotting that organic linen as she had thumbed through Zakka Style the night before and fallen in love with the zigzag tote!So there I was, no excuses left and a 4 day weekend leading up to the deadline for the tote. I don’t know if this is a phenomena that only occurs when you have kids, but as usual when we have a few days together as a family, NOTHING gets done. Well that’s not strictly true! I did manage to pre-wash, iron and cut out fabric for a few projects, and the zigzag tote is still cut in pieces as we speak. Another one of the projects I cut fabric for was the Happy Garland Message Board, which is also in Zakka Style. Unlike the bag, the message board actually got sewn together!
I already had the wooden embroidery hoop, but I found some cute painted mini wooden pegs from hobbycraft to put on the twine line. The main fabric is the organic linen and I used some Kunin Eco-Fi felt for the back. The flags are made from scraps of organic fairtrade cotton some from here and some from here.
Apart from the fiddly cutting of the flags, this was a great project to work on and best of all my mother-in-law was pleased when she received the message board for her birthday! Realistically I’m not likely to be joining in with the sew along but it will be great to follow along and get inspiration for when I do tackle the projects!