Now summer is over, thoughts are turning to planning for Christmas! It may seem premature, but if you are looking for the ultimate gift solution and project all in one, then taking up crafting is a great prospect.
Sew your own!
Every year people seek to decorate their house and show their affection to others through trinkets and gifts. Commonly-bought items include decorations to hang around the home, novelty jumpers and tree decorations. Yet rather than be part of rush and push of buying these items – there is a creative solution – make them!
Christmas crafts are set to be big this year – especially because of the previous popularity of The Great British Sewing Bee and also Kirstie Allsopp’s crafting programmes and books. With some good Christmas fabric and a determination to make something great, you can be well on the way! There are many instructional videos on YouTube and online which may inspire you to make a particular product. They are also a great source of teaching you technique in an easy-to-understand way.
Some ideas to get you going
But if you are super-keen, why not consider planning one of these following projects? After all, taking up a crafting creation for Christmas provides an ideal method to occupy those darkening nights:
- Sew your own stockings – you can use decorative fabric for the sock, and then perhaps embellish with sequins for a great novelty effect. These will look brilliant and traditional when assembled on a fireplace or near the Christmas tree
- Christmas teddy bear – there are many templates and even beginner kits available for making a basic teddy bear. Then you can carry on the festive spirit and sew on some seasonal extras, such as a holly necklace, for example