home: made [ things to do at home ]

home: made [ things to do at home ]

Our lives have changed rather dramaticaly over the last few weeks, and this means we are indoors the majority of our day.

Once we have our daily work and chores out the way, it’s important for all if us to have some down time. Self isolation is not a fun position to be in on the surfce, but we can take some positives from being at home. Use this opportunity to slow down and become more productive in the home, and you will start to feel fullfiled.

Below are some fun and relaxing ideas of things to do to escape the crazy life we are all currently living.

Start painting

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Maybe you haven’t painted since school, maybe you had great plans of picking up a brush last year, but never did. Now is your chance to get your creating juices flowing. Head to Amazon or Hobbycraft for basic art supplies

Paint anything and everything. Just letting you mind wonder and find one escapism will do wonders for your mental health right now. A great starter book for daily exercises is 365 days of Art

Plant some seeds

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Spring has sprung and with the clocks going forward this weekend we can start to feel rejuvinated and enjoy a bit of sunshine. Of course we are not having a ‘normal’ Spring, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do the things we normally would.

Get yourself some plant pots, some seeds and soil, and get messy. Watch your seedlings grow over the coming weeks. This will give you purpose and an element of responsibility to help your seeds to grow. This is a great activity of you have kids. You can try growing anything from flowers to vegetables. Check out Amazon.co.uk for all you needs, including starter kits.

Odd jobs

We all have odd jobs in our homes that we never got round the finishing. Whether it’s a loose cupboard door, an unpainted wall or a putting up some pictures. Use this time to get these jobs done. You will feel positive from completing this tasks. All good for the mind.

Needlepoint and knitting

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Try something new like knitting or embroidery. It’s proven that these type of hobbies are stress releaving. Craft something for someone, or knit a blanket for your home. Whatever it is, you will get satisfaction in what you can achieve. And with time on our hands, you can dip into it for a little bit each day.

Make sure you all take time out for yourselves, and do a little something you love each day. We will get through this!

home: event [ embroidery workshop ]

home: event [ embroidery workshop ]

With Christmas in mind, and the thought of buying gifts it’s a great tune to kill two birds with one stone and learn a new skill.

Tea and Crafting are hosting a one night only Sashiko embroidery class where you will learn all the skills of this popular new craft.

During our Sashiko embroidery class you will learn all about the history of this style of embroidery, learn all of our tips and tricks on how to make stunning designs as well as walk home with a finished Sashiko design in a wooden hoop to hang on your wall. You will then move onto stitching your own tote bag

Head to teaandcrafting.co.uk for tickets

[ £39.50 ]

home: made [ quilted cushion ]

home: made [ quilted cushion ]

This lovely little make is from the fab abeautifulmess.com and will test your basic sewing skills.

Using a simple envelope design these pillow cases can be made in any material but we agree with ABM that it should be velvet. Perfect for a cosy cushion on a sofa or bed!

Create your own stitching design and experiment with different patterns.

Follow the step by step tutorial here

home: event [ learning the basics ]

home: event [ learning the basics ]

If you have ever wished you knew how to properly tile a wall, change a plug socket or even hang a mirror correctly, than look no further 

The Goodlife Centre run workshops on all the basic know-how to feeling confident around your home. Their half day courses focus on one craft and you get advice, tips and practice, ready for you to recreate at home. 

Perfect for those who love a bit of DIY and want to gain more knowledge, and of course avoid paying someone else to do the work for you. 

Get tickets from thegoodlifecentre.co.uk

home: made [ felt pouf ]

home: made [ felt pouf ]

Now is the time to start making our living rooms more cosy, with more textures and layers. We have found a tutoral for a felt pouf which looks great and can double up as a seat and table for a tray.

You may need to have some basic sewings skills to attempt this one, but its worth it.

Layer it with a faux sheepskin for ultimate coziness, put your feet up and relax.

Tutorial from bildschoenes.blogspot.co.uk

home: made [ rag rug baskets ]

home: made [ rag rug baskets ]

These fun baskets are easy to make and a perfect storage solution in an office space or kids bedroom. Made from a rag rug [ try ikea ] these baskets bring colour and texture to a space and also very practical, as they can pack flat when not in use.

We found this great tutorial from sugarandcloth.com

home: made [ pom poms ]

home: made [ pom poms ]

Pom poms have made a bit of a comeback recently, whether it’s fringing on cushions, throws and light shades. Or large pom poms covering the whole item. 

Today we share some great tutorials showing you the techniques for making pom poms and the best ways to attach them to your desired cushion or throw [ Of course, you can always buy ready made pom poms to cut the job in half ]. Have fun with it, mix colours up for a kids bedroom or perhaps something more subtle for a grown up living room. The options are endless.

[ Pom pom trim available from eBay and Amazon ]

Cushions:

Abeautifulmess.com

Andralovesfashion.blogspot.co.uk 

Makingitinthemountains.com 

Throws:

Littleinspiration.com

Almostmakesperfect.com

Homedit.com

home: made [ appliqué cushion ]

home: made [ appliqué cushion ]

We have all seen appliqué used on soft furnishings but quite often we see examples using florals or animals which can tend to look dated. To bring the appliqué technique up to date how about using typography. Personalise a cushion with an initial or make a statement with a slogan or phrase.

appliqué : ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck on to a larger piece to form a picture or pattern.

We have found some tutorials to get you inspired, giving step by step guidance on creating your perfect appliqué cushion.

instructables.com

wholefully.com 

polkadotbride.com

handmadecanberra.com

home: event [ print and sewing workshop ] 

home: event [ print and sewing workshop ] 

We love Nikki McWilliams and her amazing cushion and accessory collection that even though this is a workshop to make a clutch (from her original cushion designs) we couldn’t help but want to shout about it. These tickets will sell out first. 

Click HERE to get tickets for this super workshop being held at West Elm, London. 

We love how West Elm supports small brands and businesses and gives them great opportunities.

When: Thursday 1st September / 6pm – 8.30pm

Where: West Elm, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PN
Tickets: £35