We all jumped for joy in the office yesterday afternoon when we found out that Channel 4 was airing a show all about crafting. ‘Craft: I Made This’ was shown on More 4 at 9pm last night, and we were all glued to our screens as we followed three presenters getting stuck in and hands on, much to our delight.
We met three craft enthusiasts last night on Craft: I Made This, who gave us all an insight into their handiwork, and why they love doing what they do. From the quick and easy endeavours, to the more time-consuming but oh-so-worth-it projects, every type of crafter was catered for in this one-off special. Editorial Assistant Danielle Lett takes a closer look at these crafters and their crafts…
First up was Ant Anstead, car bloke by trade, but craft lover by name. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with making things with my hands.” So he met up with leather craftsman Bill Blaikie and tried his hand at stitching together a leather satchel.
We were shown how to craft your very own carrier, from choosing the leather, to cutting, sewing and turning it right side out.
Pleased with the final product, he proudly beamed as he was presented with his brand new nifty tool bag − and with the joy of knowing that no one else has anything like it, it was worth the pinpricks!
Next, we met the lovely William Hardie of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Shed of the Year competition fame, who showed us how easy it is to put together a bench for your garden.
But if you, like us, think that may be a bit too ambitious, you could always source a secondhand bench or garden chair and upcycle it like we’ve already done here with a deck chair!
We were finally greeted by the fabulous Clemency Green, a woman after our own hearts here at Homemaker as she proclaimed, “I’m never happier than when I’m making something. I love craft, I’m always crafting, always making things.”
She showed us how easy it is to make a dog bed that requires no needle and thread. Yes, you heard right!
By taking two sheets of your chosen fabric and a pair of scissors, all you need to do is simply cut around the border as shown, and knot together three sides. Insert an old cushion before tying up the final edge to finish and hey presto, your pup or kitten has a new place to sleep!
This is a great craft to introduce someone to the joys of making who might not be confident yet with the sharper side of haberdashery.
We love the idea of a no-sew make here at Homemaker. Why not use the time-saving method to whip up other creations, like a wall hanging or double-sided blanket? You will knot be disappointed!
She also showed us how easy it is to make your very own terrarium from scratch, and the beauty of cutting your own glass to size.
This greenhouse-style make cost only £60 to put together, a perfect lifelong investment for housing your succulents and favourite plants.
Clem then opened up her studio to three crafters, who showed us their quick makes that can be achieved in a few simple and easy steps! Choose from either a macrame mirror, clay ring dish or concrete succulent holder that will take no-time-at-all, and perfect for a beginner crafter!
We absolutely adored watching Craft: I Made This – our only complaint is that it was a one-off. Here’s hoping for more episodes in the future!