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Zakka Style Sew Along: Sweet Memories Photo Frame

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Welcome to Week 21 of the Zakka Style Sew Along! The sew along is being led by Lindsey and Amy. They have invited 24 bloggers to sew the projects found in Rashida Coleman-Hale’s book, Zakka Style

Zakka Style Sew Along


Today I’m sharing the Sweet Memories Photo Frame project designed by Ayumi Takahashi.  It’s a super big honor to be sewing up Ayumi’s design.  If you’ve been hiding under a rock, you can find Ayumi’s blog Pink Penguin right here.


I was really surprised by this project!  It was fun to make, my girls picked out the patchwork fabrics and it didn’t take more than an hour to make.  Luckily I had all the supplies on hand.  If you’re not into much crafting, you’ll need chipboard and spray adhesive and a glue gun.  I think it’s the first time I used any of those supplies in a year or more.  


So that’s a good thing for those who don’t want to sit at the sewing machine all day.  It requires a fair amount of hand sewing, so it would be fun to take along on a road trip and then bring home and finish later.  

Okay, don’t stop there! You have a chance to win a pack of awesome threads from Aurifil. I’ve been using Aurifil for almost a year now, and it’s amazing. I’ve got 5 packs to give away


Just leave me a comment to enter! [Giveaway now closed, thanks for entering!]

  • One entry per person.  Please leave your email address in your comment. You can leave it in a format like this if you wish: anna [at] gmail [dot] com, it’s up to you though, if you have your email listed in your blogger profile, that works too!
  • I’ll close comments on Thursday August 23rd and pick winners.


And if you are making the Sweet Memories Photo Frame this week, don’t forget to post a photo of your finished project in the Flickr pool and link it up to Lindsey’s blog, LR Stitched, for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. WOW!! Can I enter Lindsey?  :)

A big thanks to the Zakka Style Sew Along sponsors as well: 























Now get sewing!

154 thoughts on “Zakka Style Sew Along: Sweet Memories Photo Frame

  1. christinaree says:

    So cute! Have been hearing a lot of good things about Aurifil!

  2. Kelly O. says:

    I would love to try some aurifil to see what all the fuss is about :)

  3. Amy says:

    That frame is adorable! I’ve never heard of Aurifil thread, but if you use it, it must be good!

  4. Love your version of Amy’s project! And the girls look so proud with it.
    What a nice chance to win Auriful thread (o:

  5. Wendy says:

    Yours turned out so neat! Mine is a real mess, the front and back are different sizes!

  6. mary says:

    I love your frame. With those 2 cute girls, it was probably hard to decide which pictures to use. I hope to win the thread! Mary at svalgoma@yahoo.com

  7. Mel says:

    I’ve got this project bookmarked to do with my girls. Yours is lovely!

  8. Ulla says:

    A frame for happy moments and for memories.Beautiful!

  9. Grandma G says:

    Cute frame! And I would love to give that thread a try!

  10. giddy99 says:

    The frame and your “models” are adorable! My email should be in Blogger, but just in case, it’s giddy99 (at) gmail. Thanks for the chance!

  11. I have the book and need to make one of these for Audrey’s latest photo. The girls chose cute fabrics.

  12. Always need more thread – and I’ve never tried Aurifil (I’m really curious about it). This is such a cute project, I love those instant gratification type of things (compared to quilts, say) and always love a project good for scraps. Thanks!

  13. Jodi says:

    darling little girls and frame. Thanks for the chance!

  14. So cute Anna! Looks like you’ll have to make another one, they’re both hanging on to it 😉

  15. Your frame looks lovely!! What a fab photo for inside too!

  16. Marilyn says:

    Your girls are so pretty!!

  17. I’ve never heard of Aurifil before, but would love to give it a try, I’m going to be doing A LOT of sewing in the next 2 months :)

  18. I love your frame!! So cute!

  19. Julie says:

    What a cute project. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. What a pretty frame! Love the fabric choices.

    Carly(dot)mikenna(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. Ali says:

    Hmm, I wasn’t sure if I was going to do this week’s project, but if you say only an hour? And fun? I’m in!

  22. Svetlana says:

    your frame looks adorable!

  23. Love your photo frame. I have made mine in spring yellows and greens and I’m really pleased with how it has turned out.

  24. Courtneysews says:

    Cute girls, Cute frame! Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. Emily says:

    What a sweet frame and picture.

  26. Sarah says:

    Beautiful frame! Thanks for the giveaway!
    lowry.sarahm[at]gmail[dot]com

  27. Shelley says:

    Your frame is almost as cute as your daughters! Would love to win some aurifil thread. Thanks.

  28. Sisters are precious! What great photos of your sweeties.

  29. kristin says:

    Oh your little gals are just the sweetest; what a sweet project for you all to do together!

  30. Lynn says:

    love how your frame turned out w/the darling gals!

  31. I had such high hopes for keeping up with this sew-along, but have only made one thing so far (it was the quilt, so a big one). I think this is just the project to get back on track. I love, love your frame! Thanks

  32. carrie says:

    Love the frame!

  33. Katie says:

    So cute!!! And I’ve heard such great things about that thread! :)

  34. B Greene says:

    Adorable project, photo and models! Thanks for the chance to win the thread sampler!

  35. Jodie says:

    Your frame turned out really cute! I might try making one.

  36. drmithome says:

    Sweet project.

  37. Vanessa says:

    so sweet…looks like the girls really love their frame!

  38. DKB says:

    i just bought this book last week. Would love to try aurifil- but it seems so expensive

  39. I love your “sisters” theme with that sweet photo. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  40. Cecilia says:

    Your frame turned out really cute! So are the girls. :) Thanks for the chance to win some Aurifil.

  41. Gill says:

    Cute frame but your girls are cuter!
    I’d love to try some Aurifil thread!

  42. Sheila says:

    Your frame turned out so well.

  43. Jocelyn says:

    It’s always fun to have a project where the kids can help make decisions about it. I would love to win the thread! I’ve never tried that kind before.

  44. Such a cute frame. I love this thread.

  45. Kay says:

    Thi sis a great project to make with the children, and very easy to find things for them to help with in it. I dream of having some Aurifil one day, thank you for the giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

  46. Diann says:

    Very cute project. Thanks for the giveaway.

  47. katiedidit says:

    The little sisters look pretty proud of the frame! Great job. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the chance to win some great thread.
    odgbk at aol dot com

  48. papelhilo says:

    great giveaway, thanks !
    papelhilo(at)gmail(dot)com

  49. I would so love to win some of that amazing thread.
    Your frame is inspiring. I think I might give this a go now.
    xxxx

  50. Katy Cameron says:

    So cute, and love the pic you chose!

  51. Amorette says:

    love it, great theme! i wish my sister and i got along so well when we were that age!

  52. Kimi says:

    Your girls are adorable! And that’s such fun that they picked out the fabric for their Sisters frame :)

  53. eileen c says:

    Sweet, sweet, sweet!!!

  54. legato1958 says:

    Beautiful way to frame your precious picture!
    Thanks for the giveaway chance!

    susie
    legato1958@aol.com

  55. annemarie says:

    Your girls are lovely – thanks for the giveaway. a(dot)haun(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  56. ME says:

    So cute- it looks like they had a great time.
    mirandaevans01(at)gmail(dot)com

  57. Fran says:

    Great frame! And I like that you involved your daughters in the process. Thanks for the chance to win some Aurifil thread.

  58. JoyceLM says:

    Cute frame. Thanks for the giveaway. Haven’t used Aurifil thread yet.

  59. Debg says:

    Adorable frames but even cuter girls. Enjoy them at this age. They grow up to fast. Love Aurifil thread.

  60. OhioLori says:

    Your sweet daughters are ADORABLE!! Love the picture frame!

    Would Loooove to win…thanks for the chance! :)

  61. What cutie pies! The frame too! Thanks for the inspiration…I’m always looking for ways to hang pics in my Mom’s room (she’s 92 in assisted living, and the only wall good for pics is where her bed sits…can’t have anything heavy that might fall and knock her out..LOL)… Definitely going to give this a try soon!

  62. KerryQ says:

    Lovely assistants! Thanks for the project idea and the giveaway!

  63. Deb says:

    I use Aurifil too – what a cute idea!
    Thanks for the giveaway-
    Deb
    dr392809atgmail.com

  64. Tracy says:

    The frame is great! I love that book and Ayumi. I’d love to try out that thread.

  65. Christi says:

    I would love to try Aurifil I usually use So Fine!
    Cjpike at Indiana dot edu

  66. Cameron says:

    Cute frame! Thanks for the giveaway!
    cameron (dot) lawracy (at) gmail (dot) com

  67. lorena says:

    Fun! I love giveaways and could use some Aurifil! 😉 Thanks!
    lorepuckett at verizon dot net

  68. Elaine says:

    Such a cute frame and your girls are the best photo assistants! Thanks for the opportunity.

  69. Emmy says:

    Cool frame! Thanks for the giveaway!
    emmy3031@gmail.com

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  71. jude says:

    I like it very much! thanks for the giveaway!

  72. Lovely frame and the models are too cute! xx
    paulaheredec(at)gmail(dot)com

  73. Cindy says:

    What an adorable frame!! And your little models are sweet too!!:) I’ve never tried the Aurifil thread. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  74. Yana says:

    Your girls are so cute:) Lovely frame, want to try make something like this

    yana.malysheva7 (at) gmail.com

  75. I love the frame:) and this blog! Looking forward to some.more.sewing!!!

  76. Anonymous says:

    Love your frame – a good way of using scraps to co-ordinate a look even. Has given me a lovely present idea. Found you via aurifil mention – saw them at birmingham FOQ’s the range of colours is amazing.

    clairemcdowell30@btinternet.com

  77. Great project! For those who have never tried Aurifil thread you won’t ever use anything else once you have tried it, yes it is that good.

  78. Gloria says:

    Love the way you used fabric on this project. and I love the girls showing the final outcome. I would love to try them too.

  79. Aw I love the fact the sisters chose the fabrics – and I love the photos of them holding the frame. They look like good friends.

  80. leanne says:

    such a sweet frame and the girls look pretty happy with it too :)

  81. Would love the chance to try the thread! Bumblebeeandsophie@gmail.com

  82. Elsa says:

    Such a cute frame ~ I started out strong with the Zakka Style sew along and it got lost somewhere.
    I love using Aurifil thread and would love to win a pack of it ~ thanks so much for the giveaway!

    elsa [dot] hart [@] gmail [dot] com

  83. Awww so cute! Your girls and the frame. I love Zakka Style. I have a different book, but now I’m interested in this one =)Thanks so much for the give-a-way. My email is catt[dot]eddleman[at]yahoo[dot]com

    Happy Sewing!

  84. Nancy says:

    Your frame looks fantastic!
    nlczerw(at)gmail(dot)com

  85. Gina says:

    What a cute project and lovely that you involved your girls in it too . Thanks for the chance to win .
    G

  86. Anna Maria says:

    Great frame! Thanks for the chance to win ! I know Aurifil threads! :)
    claudio.raho@fastwebnet.it

  87. Linda Dalton says:

    This is adorable! I won’t have time to make one this weekend, but I just added this to my projects to do list. Love your blog and thanks to Aurifil for showing me how to find you. Aurifil threads are all I use now…they are the best! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  88. ashley says:

    Wow! What a fun project! The picture with your girls is soooooo adorable!

    cnp2@aol.com

  89. Cute frame and girls too!
    thanks!

  90. Anonymous says:

    I have always want to try the thread out, but none of my local store carries it. This looks like a fun project and your girls are cute.

    nransantos@yahoo.com

  91. Shari says:

    Your blog is awesome and I’d love the chance to try the thread. My local stores only carry Coats n Clark.

  92. andri. says:

    Oh that looks so sweet:) and thanks for the chance!:)
    andri_chama(at)yahoo(dot)com

  93. kristine says:

    I’ve never used Aurifil thread but would love to try it!
    collinkh(at)yahoo(dot)com

  94. Maryvonne says:

    I would love to try Aurifil, I haven’t seen it around here in the Netherlands.
    vonken@casema.nl

  95. kirsten says:

    I hear great things about this thread! I’d love to try some!

    knspears (at) gmail (dot) com

  96. GLÒRIA says:

    I would to try Auifil Threas. Thank you!!!
    laboresgloria (at)gmail (dot) com

  97. DeniseMarie says:

    Love Zakka! Thanks!

  98. I’ve always wanted to try making a frame with a fabric touch to it. Just like classing up some plain notebooks or cards!

  99. Thanks for the chance to win some thread. Your frame is awesome!
    Linda F.

  100. Dahlia says:

    What a cute idea! And the girls picked out such fun fabric :)

  101. Meghann says:

    I would love to win this thread. I have been thinking about trying it out for a little while now.

    Your pictures are beautiful. I wish I had little girls to do these fun projects with.

  102. Yes please!!
    ~Michelle
    falafelandthebee(at)gmail(dot)com

  103. Jackie Zydeck says:

    Your frame is lovely. Jackie
    Jzlpbc@aol.com

  104. Anonymous says:

    a win would be so inspiring right now with school starting!
    jennifershue@zoominternet.net

  105. Sam says:

    So cute. I need to get busy on mine!

  106. JOY says:

    Quilting is my passion and I have been dying to try Aurifil. Thanks for the chance.

    mfflquilter(at)gmail(dot)com

  107. april says:

    Awesome frame! I would love a chance to try out aurifil thread on my quilts and see what all the hype is about:). Thanks for a chance!

  108. april says:

    Awesome frame! I would love a chance to try out aurifil thread on my quilts and see what all the hype is about:). Thanks for a chance!

  109. I wasnt going to do this project for ZAkka due to a sewing machine wreck (literally, my machine was in the car) Also my computer crashing, but I have a glue gun and some scraps so why not, the prizes are fabulous and I am a Frame NUT !!

  110. LSS says:

    I love Aurifil thread! Thanks for the giveaway. My email should be in my profile.

  111. Erin says:

    I keep hearing such good things about Aurifil thread and would love to try some. Thanks for the chance! elyse (dot) erin (at) gmail (dot) com

  112. Amy B says:

    Aurifil thread looks awesome! Thank you for the chance to try it~Amy

  113. brenna says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Haven’t tried that thread yet, but have heard lots of good things about it.

  114. Rebecca says:

    Sweet frame and girls! Thanks for the giveaway :) rktunnell {at} gmail {dot} com

  115. Lynne Tilley says:

    I don’t know what aurifil thread is, but I’d love to find out.
    tilleybl@aol.com

  116. Roberta says:

    I’d love to win the thread, I love the picture frame, so sweet.

  117. Roberta says:

    I’d love to win the thread, I love the picture frame, so sweet.

  118. Roberta says:

    I’d love to win the thread, I love the picture frame, so sweet.

  119. Jen says:

    Ack, that frame is so cute! The perfect spot to hold a pic of your beautiful girls. I haven’t tried Aurifil yet, but I hear such great things about it. Thanks!

  120. Beth says:

    I really enjoy following your blog and seeing your adorable little girls. I have 2 daughters myself and it is SO fun to sew for them. I would love some Aurifil thread. I had never heard of it, just googled it, and it looks like quality thread. Quality thread is very important for quilting and other sewing. It should match your fabric in content. Would love to win some! Thanks for sharing! whataboutbethATgmailDOTcom

  121. Lynn says:

    The frame is so cute! Thanks for the giveaway! lynn [dot] chouw [at] gmail [dot] com

  122. Sarah Bailey says:

    I think the frame isn’t really my style, but I like how you printed on it, and I bought the pattern and made a 241 tote recently, so yeah! Love your style! I’ve never used aurifil but I’m dying to try it. 😀

  123. Tiffany says:

    Cute girls! What a great use of scraps!

  124. Nana-Bob says:

    cute frame and i would love to try that thread. Thanks for the giveay!

  125. LOVE!
    amy[dot]comeaux[at]cox[dot]net
    THANKS!

  126. Belinda says:

    I’ve begun to use Aurifil for my quilting projects & LOVE it. Would so love to try the sample pack you’re giving away. Thanks for the opportunity!

  127. Tia says:

    What a cute frame! Love the packwork goodness.
    tiayn[at]yahoo[dot]com

  128. Stephanie says:

    Love your blog! Thank you for the chance to win.

    Stephanie
    c2drvrswyf[at]aol[dot]com

  129. zuska7 says:

    You chose so beautiful photo in your FRAME. Your blog is so inspiring. Thanks. zuzanaster@gmail.com

  130. Katherine says:

    I love the sweet patchwork your girls selected to frame their picture. What a darling project to show off a favourite photo AND fabric!

  131. P. says:

    That frame is adorable, as are the girls! I’d love to try Aurifil!

  132. I love projects that are simple and use scraps and your frame fits that! What cute pics of kids. Mine are grown so love my grandkids and enjoy seeing little ones play. Will be following your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.
    pmpatty@tds.net

  133. Simonsen says:

    What a nice project to do with the kids, my machine just broke down, so hand sewing it is, lets see if we have some time this weekend!

  134. Caitlin T. says:

    Your frame is adorable! I’ve been wanting to try out Aurifil for a while, after hearing so many great things about it. Thanks for the giveaway! saltyoat at gmail dot com

  135. Luisen says:

    I love frames and they are so cute. I migt wanna try to make those myself.

  136. Sally says:

    Handmade photo frames are always adorable! I have heard that Aurifil is great for hand work. I have a couple spools, but I don’t really do much handwork. I have been thinking of trying some hexies, though.

  137. wonkeybobbin says:

    Everything I’ve seen from Zakka Style has been so cute!

  138. sasnak1972 says:

    You are so talented, and once again a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  139. Tabatha says:

    Jumping in on the giveaway before it ends! I purchased the Zakka book but have yet to make anything from it! Lots of linen in my stash though, just waiting for the right moment to strike. 😀

  140. Cyn ;-) says:

    Love the frame idea. The girls are so cute!
    Would love to win some Aurifil. Thanks for the opportunity.
    cyn4rest [at] hotmail [dot] com

  141. gloriajanine says:

    That frame is sooo cute and the girls are adorable!! Wish my daughter was still little (can’t wait for grandchildren) I haven’t tried Aurifil, so thanks for the chance, would love to try some!! Auyumi is great – love her fabric bookcase amazing!!
    gjmanley@gmail.com

  142. Earlori7 says:

    What a lovely memory maker!

  143. kbzelazny says:

    I would love to try this thread!!!
    kbzelazny@gmail.com

  144. Deb says:

    Thanks for the chance to win the Aurifil thread! I really enjoy your blog and look forward to reading your posts.

  145. Chancy says:

    I’ve heard great things about Aurifil but have never tried it. Thanks for the chance to win some!

    chancyf (at) gmail (d0t) com

  146. Siew says:

    I’m on a yarn and fabric diet but thread certainly doesn’t count now does it?
    wotocho@telus.net

  147. Sandra says:

    I must be living under a rock! I’m checking out her blog right after this…I just bought my first spool of Aurifil, hear nothing but good stuff :) looking forward to see how it works for me…wish me luck!!!

  148. Patti says:

    Your girls look so cute and the frame is lovely.

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