Zeroing in on zakka sewing! by Nancy Devine May 11, 2015 written by Nancy Devine May 11, 2015 636 Creating a zakka inspired mug cozy for individual cups of tea. In English, the Japanese word zakka loosely translates to mean the small necessities of everyday life, or more broadly, home goods. Actually, it doesn’t translate well at all. There’s something quite peaceful and basic in zakka design. Busy North American way of life gets in the way of the zen-like peace zakka design invokes. Search the word zakka, you’ll find many lovely items created in quilting cottons and linen blends, all following a design concept that borrows from cultures all over the world. In zakka creations, Scandinavian influences, French country accents, or North American retro prints are showcased on cotton-linen. These can be either neutral or bold solids. Meticulous handwork is part of zakka design, but the creations are designed for everyday and practical uses. This week on QUILTsocial, we’re going all zakka, all week long, yes, zeroing in on zakka sewing! Around here, we rarely make a pot of tea. With us, it’s always a tea bag, slung in a mug and boiling water poured over. But, it can get cold before we remember to drink it. Clearly, we need a mug cozy. It’s really a tea cozy, just smaller. And, like all zakka, designed to meet an actual need in a pretty way. Measure the sides of the mug, as well as the height, on paper towel to create a custom template. You will need cotton/linen blend (found fairly affordable at a certain Swedish home goods store) quilting cotton scraps quilting muslin insulated batting lightweight interfacing cotton lace, ric rac, or similar trim quilters’ tape DMC embroidery floss HeatnBond Featherlite paper towel freezer paper Perle Cotton or Baker’s twine Decorative button sewing machine marking pen When marking the measurements of the mug, make sure you include the handle. A silicone thimble makes an excellent prop. First, you’re going to make a paper towel prototype of the mug cozy. This is necessary because mugs come in all shapes and sizes. My favorite mug might not look anything like yours. But, just in case it does, I included a template below. Measure the mug’s height, width from the handle to the edge, then the circumference. Mark these measurements right on the paper towel (see photo). Use the outer curve of an embroidery hoop to create the top curve of the cozy, joining the two marked vertical lines on the paper towel template. You’re going for a dome shape — the classic teapot cozy — only scaled down. When you have all these measurements, add a 1/4″ seam allowance. This will account for the lining and bulk of the insulated batting. Measure and cut out a gusset piece of linen measuring 2″ x 18″ long. Baste the paper towel template together by hand, and try it on the mug. If it’s a roomy fit, you’ve created a perfect custom template. Cut out your paper prototype and hand baste the gusset to one side of the template, and then the other. Slip it over the mug. Does it look loose? Good, you’re going for a roomy fit. Remove the basting stitches and iron the paper towel template to the shiny side of the freezer paper. This will create a durable template. Cut out the linen, batting and muslin lining. We’ve got a good handle on this mug cozy…see what I did there? Come on back tomorrow for the second lesson on zeroing in on zakka sewing! Print this page or save as a PDF mug cozyzakkazakka sewing FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Nancy Devine Nancy Devine is a self-confessed craft-crazed blogger. She is a regular contributor to A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, one of the administrators for The Craft Café, a Facebook page devoted to the international sharing of the creative life, and a curator of an impressive collection of fabrics, notions and seam rippers. In her spare time, she wrangles dust bunnies and writes a blog called Nancy Dee Needleworks. Understandably, her house is a mess. previous post Apliquick Practice Quilt Block next post Zakka becomes my cup of tea YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... How to applique houses and landscapes with HeatnBond HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes printing out applique... Quilt a table topper for all seasons –... An easy way to make an embroidered wall... 7 simple steps to lovely wool applique |... How to transfer designs to fabric | DMC... 6 easy steps to add glamour to your... Sewing a hanging sleeve to your quilt, the... Repurposing men’s shirt fabrics | Quilt-as-you-go scrappy mug... 5 comments Katrine Dukic December 13, 2016 - 11:10 am A mug cozy is definitely what I need right now. The word zakka is what caught my eye in this post, I just had to know what it was all about. The template seems huge compared to the mug, but I will skip along to the next post to learn more. Thank you for this interesting post. Reply Michele T August 3, 2016 - 5:17 pm What a great idea and tutorial!!! I’m going to use this method for other patterns too!! Thanks! Reply Shelley Klassen May 15, 2015 - 2:55 am I love this idea or a simple project for my coffee mg. it looks lik fun and easy to do. Thanks. Reply Anne Gale May 13, 2015 - 8:26 am I love learning new techniques. This one looks like fun … and useful!! Reply Pam B May 11, 2015 - 12:43 pm Hiya!!! I’ve been following QuiltSocial now for some time, using the RSS feed from the top of the page. Last week, my feed wouldn’t open, and I removed it from my Yahoo page. I just tried to reload it and it won’t open. Is this something you can look into please??? I hate to miss the posts, but they slip my mind without the prompt that I see everyday. Thanks so much, love this blog!!! Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam playamom57 at yahoo dot com Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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