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Editorial Reviews


"A beautiful new book." - Cate Prato, editor, Studios magazine

"[Coleman-Hale] has an amazing eye for color and combining fabrics, and is able to infuse a ton of impact into unfussy, beautiful sewn objects...we can all try our hands at these Japanese-inspired, happiness-inducing projects." -

"A modern approach to this sewing technique that will appeal to beginning to intermediate sewers and quilters." - FabTalk

"If you're a fan of the handmade aesthetic with a clean simplistic look, this is a must-read." -

"The author grew up in Japan and her first-hand experience with zakka style shines through in this collection of functional and beautiful designs." - Grand Rapids Press

"Unique ways to combine simple sewing with various applique techniques, fabric ties and buttons." - The Detroit News

"A great introductory book... Love it for anywhere from a kitchen to a kid's room." - McClatchy-Tribune News Services

"Coleman-Hale's created a fellow linen-lover. I just droooool over I Love Patchwork." - Euphoria Blog

About the Author

Rashida Coleman-Hale studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, sells her designs on, and has contributed to Stitch magazine. She lives in New York City.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159668142X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596681422
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rashida Coleman-Hale has been making things ever since she can remember. Sewing is a gift passed on to her by her mother, grandmother, and grandfather, who was a tailor. Rashida studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Not sure if fashion was her calling, she traded her sewing machine for a computer and worked as a freelance graphic designer. Her passion for sewing was rekindled in 2006 after the arrival of her first child, and she began the blog I Heart Linen to document her re-born creative life and her life as a stay-at-home mommy.

Having spent much of her youth in Tokyo, Japan, where her love of linen began. Her experiences there have completely influenced her work and its style. Her work has been featured in SewNews, Stitch, SewHip!, ReadyMade, Burda Style, and Quilting Arts magazines, as well as on popular blogs such as Ohdeedoh, Design Sponge, Decor8, Craftzine, Sew, Mama, Sew, and True Up. She is also a fabric designer with Cloud 9 Fabrics.

Rashida lives in Atlanta with her husband and their three children. Read more about her crafty life at

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Miller on October 4, 2011
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The linen/cotton projects in this book are lovely and fresh. The author has a beautiful sense of style and whimsy and I've already pre-ordered her next book, sight unseen. I've made 3 projects from this book and found the instructions easy enough to follow (I'm a beginner). I gave the book only 4 stars instead of the 5 that I think the projects themselves deserve because 2 of 3 three projects I've done so far had errors in the instructions. I think this was just sloppy editing. For example, the placemats instructions say to cut a 12 1/2" x 10" square -- and it should say 12 1/2" square. I discovered this after only cutting out one placemat, thank goodness - so I didn't waste that much fabric. Also, the fold up eco bag, in instruction #1, says to fold over one long edge -- when I believe it means fold over one short edge. At least that's the way it makes sense to me - I had to rip out a seam. Those errors made me nervous when I started my third project (with a zipper!), but it went smoothly with no problems. I am still a big fan however and will make several more projects from this book -- rare for a sewing book to have so many great looking projects. I wish Amazon or the publisher's website had an errata page for editing errors caught by readers!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Astrid on October 6, 2010
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One thing I like about this book is that it contains several projects that I haven't seen before. Sure, you've got the mandatory apron, cosmetics bag, kitchen towel, tote bag, coasters, and pillow, but you've also got inspired ideas such as a linen sewing machine cover, a paper-pieced baby's ball, a utensil basket, and the button calendar.

Ah, the button calendar. Let's talk about that. It was the project that made me buy the book; I was so excited and ran right out to buy the supplies. Ouch. Anyone know just how much self-covering buttons and velcro circles cost? But I went with it... you know, sometimes things you love cost a little more. (But seriously, if you're making a re-usable calendar to save money, you'd better plan to pass it down to your kids if you want to break even). The calendar was fun to make, good instructions, nice photos, clear diagram. I finished it up over several evenings, and then stood back proudly. But... oh, wait a second... if a month starts on a Friday or Saturday, there aren't enough spaces for all the buttons!!!! So, all that money on supplies, all that time, and it turns out the silly thing wasn't even designed properly, which was a little frustrating.

So far, the calendar is the only thing I've made, and though it was a little disappointing, I will definitely give the book another shot by trying out the sewing machine cover.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lauri Smith on March 10, 2010
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I really like this book...of course, I love any Zakka book! I have found that Zakka, in and of itself, are always very easy craft patterns. That's why so many people can buy the Japanese Zakka books and have no problem making their item, even though all the directions are in Japanese and they do not know the language. Most, if not all, of the projects are simple enough that you really don't have to have a sewing machine, as they can easily be handsewn.

This is a good book for beginners of any age with all of the easy step by step directions in English and lovely illustrations. It's a nice introduction to sewing. For the advanced or intermediate sewer (I consider myself an 'intermediate' sewer), I think it is always fun to try a new book and possibly see ideas and projects you haven't seen before. Want to give someone a quick, handmade gift? There are projects in here for everyone, and everyone will be amazed that YOU made it JUST for them!

Basically, if you are interested in Zakka crafting but have been afraid to try because most of the books out there are written in Japanese, this is a great book to begin with. Or, if you are just looking for quick and easy sewing projects, it's great for that, too!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By crafty brit chic on December 22, 2009
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Yippee! Finally a sewing book that has something refreshing and new, but 100% achievable and fun to read at the same time. As soon as I put the book down, I wanted to run to my sewing machine and make the Little Lamb Softie and the Sewing Machine cover, and the Lap Quilt. Rashida includes great information about linen and her resources sections is excellent. There were a couple of projects that were not for me or I had seen elsewhere, but for the most part, some solid projects, a great voice and a design aesthetic that is flawless. Much better choice than the Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household (Stc Craft) which I thought was hopeless.
Well done!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sue B VINE VOICE on December 24, 2009
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Loosely translated Zakka means "miscellaneous goods" but as the author talks about in her introduction it has really grown into it's own aesthetic design style that's focussed on everything from household items to personal accessories. And that's exactly what you'll find plenty of in this book: 21 very fun and engaging projects to sew that are suitable for just about any skill level. Directions for each project are clearly written and easy to follow and you'll also find some helpful diagrams and illustrations to accompany a lot of them. You'll find a wide variety of projects in this book ranging from personal accessories like the cosmetic bag, pencil case, patchwork bordered apron and fold up eco-bag; household items like placemats, kitchen towels, table runner, utensil basket and coasters and things for your sewing room that include a pincushion, sewing machine cover and a travel sewing kit. The author uses linen combined with cotton patchwork for all of her examples but any of these projects would be equally as charming done in cotton or even denim. Whether you're a beginner or experienced sewer you'll enjoy the projects in this book.
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