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    Get crafty this Christmas. Part one: Get your knit/crochet/stitch on

    by  • Saturday, November 21, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    This Christmas I have adopted a ‘hand-made only’ rule to all the chrimbo gifts I shall be giving to nearest and dearest- mainly in an effort to save as much money as possible for 2016 (rather insanely a wedding and house purchase have been planned for the same year- *gulp*) but also because I am fed up with just buying ‘stuff’ and ‘things’, which no matter how much appreciated, at the end of the day, it’s just another top/CD/necklace/book/game to add to the pile and I refuse to add to the consumer craziness that is the Christmas spending spree. (sorry, mini rant over, everything else about Christmas fills my heart with glee!)

    But what I love about a hand-made gift, is that it brings happiness to both the giver of said gift, as well as the receiver. Well that’s if you love getting stuck into crafting, sewing, making and the like. If not, perhaps you know someone who does, so a crafty, DIY kit could make the perfect present, and once again bring joy to both parties. Out of the two, I am the former- I love making and creating and although I may have slightly underestimated just how many gifts I need to make this year, I’m determined to do the best I can and create something hand-made for all the family.

    This week I’m focusing on all things knitted, crocheted and stitched and I’ve found lots of great ideas to make yourself or to give as gifts.


    If you’re a keen knitter anyway, and you find yourself readily surrounded by wools and yarns, then knitting these cute baubles and stockings as gifts, will save you lots of dosh as the patterns start from as  little as £1.96. Plus they are the gift that keeps on giving as they can be used year after year and your receiver will always think of you when using them. 1. ‘Wesley Bobs’ knitting pattern, £3.75, by Ann Kingstone at Love Knitting. 2. Crochet Christmas baubles pattern, £1.96, by Jane Crowfoot at Love Knitting. 3. Festive Christmas stockings pattern, £2.50, by Janice Anderson at Love Knitting. 


    If you’re a bit of novice when it comes to knitting but you’re keen to learn, then these kits are perfect as they’re aimed at beginners and include simple step by step instructions. TOP: This block-colour cushion cover is perfect for adding a bit of fun and brightness to any home. Masley cushion cover knitting kit, £39, Stitch & Story. BOTTOM: If you know someone who loves to relax and unwind after a busy day of work, then these slippers will go down a treat. Lola pom slippers knitting kit, £28, Stitch & Story.


    A cactus that won’t sting you- physically or financially! Download the pattern, don your crochet needle and give the finished product to that wanna be green-fingered friend who has trouble keeping the real thing alive! Small cactus crochet pattern, £3.94, by Flying Dutchman Crochet Design at Love Crochet. 


    A perfectly modern cross stitch craft kit to make for gin and tonic lovers in your life! This kit contains the fabric, threads, embroidery hoop and needle so you have all you need to make a special gift, for a special friend this Christmas. ‘More Gin Please’ cross stitch kit, £8.95, by The Make Arcade at Etsy


    Pom pons are so easy to make and very addictive. Using these clever little devices from Clover, they literally take minutes to make and in no time at all you’ll find yourself with a whole fleet of fluffy balls. I love the idea of creating this fun and alternative Christmas wreath- the perfect gift for a youngster to hang on their own bedroom door. Head to the Hobbycraft blog to find out how. Clover Pom Pom maker (35mm & 45mm) £5.90, Hobbycraft. 

    Another way you could use your little pom poms is to make a super fun garland. Simply make your poms in your chosen colours and sizes, then thread them onto bakers twine, and voila! Here’s one I made earlier this week, ready to give to my 2 year old nephew for his room!


    None of these ideas float your boat, but you know a friend who’ll go wild with excitement at the thought of getting stuck right in? Then maybe this round up of crafty, DIY gifts will make their Christmas (and yours!) a cracker.



    1. Learn to crochet cushion kit, £42, Mrs Moon. 2. Make a pair of knickers kit, £14.95, The Makery. 3. Traditional wooden knitting dolly set, £3.95, Dotcomgiftshop.  4. Knit your own cushion set, £25, Marks and Spencer.  5. Buttonbag sewing kit suitcase, £22.95, Cuckooland.  6. Knit your own scarf kit, £20, Laura Ashley 7. Butterfly cross stitch kit, £14.99, by Floss and Mischief at Etsy.   8. Finn sewing kit, £22.95, Pippa Blue

    Well I hope you enjoy making, creating or just purchasing some of these crafty Christmas ideas this weekend, I will be looking into the next lot of DIY gift ideas, so check back in next week to find out how I get on making my own candles (cue long evenings spent playing with warm wax!)  and other home-made projects I discover online.

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    Ahoy there, crafters: FREE bunting

    by  • Monday, April 26, 2010 • Books and TV, Craft, News, Stylish shopping • 8 Comments

    Oooh la la! The new June issue of Ideal Home is in the shops now, and it’s a cracker! Bunting fans will be especially chuffed to discover we’re giving away some gorgeous printed bunting with this issue, covered with pretty vintage-style floral patterns fresh from the pages of the lovely Reprodepot Pattern book: Flora.

    It’s so easy to make – all you need is a ribbon and some staples or glue – and it looks great draped around the garden for a summer party. Stick it to your shed, tie it to trees and bushes, wrap it around your garden furniture – instant summer chic! Also, if you’re keen to get hold of the Reprodepot Pattern book: Flora and the joyous accompanying CD of high-resolution printable patterns for craft, we’re running a special offer in our June issue, which means you can get your sticky little mitts on the book for just £9.99 as opposed to £16.99 – you can’t say fairer than that. – Ellie

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    by  • Monday, December 7, 2009 • Craft, Decorating and interiors, News, Stylish shopping • 8 Comments

    Scrabble cushions, Scrabble wall art…who’d have thunk it? My favourite game is finally cool. Of course, I usually get stuck with seven vowels while my opponent scores 96 on a triple word score square with ‘opaquer’ or some other RANDOM word that I didn’t even know existed, but HEY – losing aside, I do LOVE Scrabble. Check out these fabulous Scrabble cushions from Rockett St GeorgeMaybe this trend started a while ago with Stephen Reed’s Scrabble cushions installation for the Bloomberg offices in London? I’ve got a bit of a thing at the moment for vintage black Scrabble tiles with white lettering…ever since I saw some in Vintage Heaven‘s Halloween display back in October. I bought the letters ‘LOVE’ (cheesy, I know) and they’re in a grey rack in front of my old typewriter – how pleasing…

    Sometimes, it’s as if the lovely people at Rockett are reading my mind…

    These cushions look so cool on a white sofa in front of a dark grey wall (REALLY need to get this dark grey thing out of my system soon!) If you prefer the traditional cream tiles, check out this stylish Brigitte Herrod artwork, also from Rockett:

    This is lovely, but I can’t help thinking you could make your own…vintage Scrabble sets are cheap as chips on eBay, and some shops (such as Vintage Heaven!) sell old Scrabble tiles for pence. A trusty IKEA Ribba frame, some super-glue, and job’s a good ‘un. Right, I’m a bit Scrabbled-out and still recovering from the opening party of the fabulous London pop-up Drink, Shop, Do…(Smack my Stitch up, anyone?) so let’s see if those lovely pics from Sibella Court’s new book,  Etcetera, have arrived yet…oooooh, they have! – Ellie

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