The lovely Rosie Scott from creative hub The New Craft Society (which recently won the Cosmopolitan Best Craft Blog award – congrats!) is on hand to offer us her advice on having a handmade Christmas.
“Have you started your Christmas shopping? I haven’t. In fact – I’ve been dreading it for months. The thought of competing with overwhelming crowds to buy frankly underwhelming gifts doesn’t exactly fill me with festive joy. Call me old-fashioned but I’d rather be at home with a mulled wine and my knitting. I decided it was time for a change so this year, Christmas is going to be handmade!
Making Christmas gifts doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult, there are plenty of small projects you can undertake to make simple, gorgeous gifts that the receivers will love. I love using Liberty prints in my projects as I think it makes them that little bit extra special. Tana Lawn is a touch expensive at £22 a metre but if you’re clever you can make it go really far. How about lavender bags? Or a bow tie like this one I made?
I’ve been familiar with Etsy for a few years but for those of you who aren’t, it’s an online marketplace where people can sell their handmade or vintage products. Etsy makes it so easy to find beautifully handcrafted, individual items which are perfect for Christmas gifts. Perhaps you could wrap them up in hand-printed wrapping paper (as pictured above) to give them an extra homemade touch?
Becoming a seller on Etsy is also really simple and an excellent way to make some money at Christmas time. We’ve made it a New Year’s Resolution at The New Craft Society to set up a shop and I’m really excited to get our products on there. It must be so rewarding to actually make money from the things you make! We’ve been using this Beginner’s Guide to Selling on Etsy to help us prepare.
I hope that going handmade helps to dispel some of your Christmas shopping stress; I’d love to hear any other tips you may have. Wishing you all a very happy, handmade festive season!”
Rosie is co-founder of The New Craft Society, a craft blog which specialises in using old crafting techniques in more modern designs. You can usually find her and her knitting in East London where she lives with her four housemates and their leopard gecko. Come and say hello @RosieScott22.