After last week's project, Week 11 on the Zakka trail is a walk-in-the-park, or to be more precise - a walk-on-the-orchard path. One small zip and a few hexagons, neither of which should present too much of a problem if you have been on the trail from the start, and you will be done in a couple of hours at most. Just follow Amanda Jenning's straight-forward instructions.
This week I am staying with
my sister, Lea, for a nice relaxing break. The fact that I brought with me more sewing
equipment than clothes tells you I had watched the weather forecast and was
ready for the torrential rain we are having. So this Zakka Monday Lea and I sat
down, side-by-side to chose fabrics and set up our sewing machines. My sister
chose a black background with applique hearts whilst I stuck pretty closely to
the pattern with a black-and-white check and hand-stitched hexagons. However,
we both decided to change the size of this project as, rather than the 9½"
x 6¾" pouch detailed in Zakka Style (compiled by Rashida Coleman-Hale) ,my
sister and I both wanted a little coin purse for our handbag.
This was easily achieved by
not enlarging the template provided in the book. Instead we added ¼” sew allowance to the
pouch template. We used the corner
detail placement markings again adding ¼” seam allowance all around, to create
corner detail cut outs. Lea created
small heart appliqué shapes, fusing them onto Bondaweb before hand-stitching
them to the pouch. I used the hexagon
template exactly as sized in the book and folded in ¼” all the way round,
before tacking and stitching as detailed in the book. As you can see, I slightly changed the
placement of the hexagons so as to fit neatly on the pouch.
Both of our Orchard Path coin
pouches went together fairly easily, measuring 5” x 3½” when completed. Lea hadn’t inserted a zip in anything before
and this was only my third project which involved zips. All went according to plan with no problems so I have no tips to give as none are needed. Needless to say we are both feeling quite
pleased with ourselves.
Now that Lea has been
initiated into the Zakka world she is eyeing up my zip organizer and picking
fabrics – (“put that one down it’s mine” - strewth – I have to watch her all the time
as my stash is getting smaller and smaller whilst hers is growing and growing!!).
Aside from this small
project, I am finishing off my summer ‘blackbird’ runner which I shall show you
all very soon and I have completed my ‘tea and cake’ mug rug for the newly formed
sew-along at work. I used fabric from a charm pack sent in a recent mug rug swap. What do you
think? Should I add a page with the
pattern for this little beauty? Let me
know in a comment below but that's all folks - until next time.