We are quite excited in the prima office today because we just realized there are only a few weeks left until Christmas!
London Craft Week celebrates the ‘magical combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill found in the best-made things’, so what better time to channel that creativity into crafting a Christmas gift for a to be expensive?
Edward Griffith, CEO and Founder of LoveCrafts says, “We truly believe that craftsmanship makes the world a better place. Science has proven the positive impact of crafting on our physical and mental well-being, and there are hidden benefits too!
“Being part of a global community and making new friends through a shared passion. Selfless opportunities, using your craft for good by knitting or crocheting for charity. And of course there’s the joy of keeping alive centuries-old traditions, to pass on skills through the generations.”
Here are the top three ideas to get you started, and we’ll update you every week with a new idea – so be sure to check back next Monday!
Week one: Comfortable socks
A pair of chunky cashmerino slippers is a great gift for someone you love. Knitted flat, in an easy flat garter, these slippers can be put on in the blink of an eye. Garter stitch keeps all that gorgeous warmth inside, with a deep ribbed cuff to fold over at the ankle. When they’re so quick to knit, you’ll want to make several pairs to give away this winter.
Second week: Embroidery designs
There’s nothing sweeter than a hand-stitched gift and this bumper pattern pack, designed by Thread Honey for Paintbox Crafts, will have you personalizing sweet gifts in no time. Sew them on a t-shirt or linen napkin set. Or if you want to take it a step further, why not sew a simple tote bag or pencil case for the ultimate handmade gift.
Third week: crochet afghan blanket
The Paintbox Snugly Fall Afghan is the perfect cozy blanket in fall colors. It’s crocheted in squares that are connected using single crochet stitches and is the perfect blanket to snuggle up on the sofa or take with you on campfire adventures under the stars. Whoever the lucky recipient is, one thing is certain, this is a blanket that will be treasured year after year.
Week 4: patchwork cushion
We love this colorful patchwork cushion. Use your scraps of fabric or choose a fabulously festive fabric to sew this gorgeous piece in no time! If you’re new to quilting, this is the perfect first project to put your skills to the test..
Fifth week: crochet beanie
If you’re a beginner crocheter or looking for quick and satisfying projects to tick everyone off your gift list, this hat is for you! There is a useful step by step video by Jess Coppom, from Make & Do Crew who will teach you how to make this magnificent knitted hat topped with a very cute pompom! We would go for soft, warm colors like rust, mustard and faded blues.
Sixth week: knitted headband
Cozy cables are a winter wardrobe staple, and these headbands are perfect for filling stockings! Read the practice how to knit cables before starting. Grab a hot chocolate, your knitting needles and snuggle up in it. There is also a helpful video for further instructions before you download free cable knitting pattern.
Seventh week: Gift bag template
These beautiful, luxury gift bags are a festive treat and you can make your special handmade gifts out of them just in time, or fill them with goodies to leave under the tree. This easy pattern from Lou Orth uses two squares of the Christmas Village Fat Quarter Bundles.
Eighth week: macrame flowerpot
For the plant lover in your life, these macrame planters will brighten up their space and also makes a brilliant beginner’s project to make a DIY gift in no time. Do you take some t shirt yarn Where macrame cord and get ready!
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