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Top 8 Vintage Inspired Crafts to Try At Home

We all know that staying at home is super important right now, but once you’ve caught up on your Netflix watch list you might start to get bored.
A really fun way to make use of the time indoors is crafting! Even if you think you don’t have a crafty bone in your body, there will be something out there for you! Getting crafty can also be a great way to manage stress.

Knitting is a perfect craft to while away your evenings. If you’ve ever wanted a cardigan or jumper to perfectly match a skirt or dress, knitting will get you just that! Learning to knit is easier than it ever has been, with lots of different videos on Youtube you’re sure to find the method for you. Once you’re more confident with the knitting needles, there’s lots of online resources available offering free or inexpensive vintage knitting patterns online – all you’ll need is the wool!

Sewing with our fabrics
We’re super excited to be launching a small range of fabrics in the next few weeks for you to purchase and sew your own items! If you’re a beginner, our cotton-rich fabrics are perfect for making wardrobe staples like gathered skirts and dresses. Our printed Viscose is ideal for drape garments like pretty blouses, casual Kimono-style jackets, or loose fitting jumpsuits. If you’ve purchased our items made from these fabrics, this is the perfect time to make yourself a matching co-ord, or matching pieces for your friend, partner or children too!

There are so many beautiful things you can make from paper! From origami to cut paper designs, all you need are a few sheets of paper, some scissors, and an afternoon. Follow tutorials on Youtube to make paper cranes, dinosaurs, and other fun origami designs. With careful use of a craft knife, you can make simple paper cut designs that are perfect to embellish to a plain card.

We’ve just released our fabulous downloadable colouring book – a perfect relaxing evening activity!

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Print off the sheets, gather your colouring pencils, and let those creative juices flow! I love the hot air balloon design, when I coloured it in I tried to use colours to represent my friends and family who I’m missing in Lockdown. When you’re done with your colouring, share online with the hashtag #stayathomewithcollectif – we’re looking forward to seeing your finished work!

Cross stitch
We’re thrilled to be expecting some cross stitch kits from independent company The Make Arcade. These mini cross stitch kits are complete with everything you need to make the finished item, including the aida fabric, threads, and felt to cover the back. Cross stitch is super meditative craft, so
get cosy, put your feet up, and relax. This kit will make a 3″ hooped cross stitch, why not add a brooch back to the felt back so you can wear your latest creation! Keep an eye on our new in section for the arrival of these cute kits!

If you love our Bright and Beautiful line of 60s and 70s inspired garments, macramé might be perfect for you! Macramé is a yarn craft perfect for homewear, made from knotting cords of cotton, linen, hemp, or jute in interesting patterns. Beginner macramé projects are easy to find online, and you can rustle up wall hangings and plant hangers for super boho decor. You can even make beautiful jewellery by using finer yarns and adding beads, shells, or pendants.

Baking is practical but great fun! It can be done by yourself or with the friends or family you’re isolating with. If you’re struggling to find ingredients, there are so many recipes replacing eggs, flour, and butter for dietary requirements that are just excellent. I’ve made two vegan banana breads since the beginning of the lockdown, it’s so delicious and the baking smell that fills the kitchen is mouth watering!

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, this is the perfect time to plant some pretty flowers to make your day. It’s a great idea to relax your mind whilst also getting lots of exercise and fresh air. Get all dressed up in our Pippa Dungarees and keep your hair back with a scarf to really get in the gardening mindset! Why not plant some fruit or vegetables? April is an ideal time to plant potatoes, leeks, beetroot, and carrots. Salad leaves, tomatoes, and herbs are all perfect to grow in plant pots on a balcony or indoors, if you don’t have access to a garden.

We’ve created a collection of crafty projects we think you’ll love. Head to our Pinterest for more great creative ideas.

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