Never have I been more proud about the fact I’m a crafts hoarder. Yes many have laughed (and Marie Kondo would undoubtedly be horrified if she saw my duplicates) but it’s true, I have a lot of craft supplies. Holed up at home over the next few weeks, I am finally going to put them to use. I intend to make all the crafts projects I’ve been meaning to make, but just don’t normally have time to (as well as others that I think of.)
I have about 50 projects I’ve listed that I intend to make and I won’t be buying any new materials, I’m only using what I already have at home.
Call them ‘corona crafts’ or ‘covidcrafts’ if you like, because if I wasn’t #stayingathome and the whole world wasn’t in lockdown because of coronavirus, these things probably wouldn’t get made.
This blog post will be updated regularly with my projects as each one is completed so check back to keep an eye on what I’ve been making and if you have any questions about the projects leave a comment.
Coronavirus crafting 1: Patchwork runner for TV side board (31/3/20)
So why did I start with this? Well the thing is I hardly watch television, I’m mostly out and about or away or doing something sociable so I rarely have time. For that reason I’ve never had Netflix. But two days ago I finally gave in and got it. This means I can finally watch all the TV that everyone talks about that I’ve never seen, it means that while I’m crafting I have something to watch and more importantly this made me realise how dull the sideboard was. It was in need of brightening up!
I started by cutting out 44 5inch by 5inch fabric squares. I measured the surface first and worked out that’s how many I’d need. Then I laid them out to form a pattern and stitched the strips all together on my sewing machine.
I stitched some yellow ribbon all along the edges and then sewed on a back piece of fabric. All of the fabrics I’ve used are basic cottons with prints on.
This project took me a full day to do and I’ve instantly put it to use. Ta – dah!
Coronavirus crafting 2: Giant tassels (4/04/20)
There’s a few walking routes near where I live but my favourite two along the waterfront have now been blocked off. What I have instead though is a local park at the edge of which is a tree-lined walkway. All the neighbours will end up doing this same route so I thought I’d add something special to change it up a bit for them.
I made 20 giant tassels and hung them up in the trees to create a colourful art trail. I hope no one minds. If I put a smile on one person’s face, I’ll feel happy.
If you’d like to have a go too, then I made the giant tassels by cutting yarn at 30inch lengths and folding them in half, they need to be giant tassels to stand out against the trees. Each one has five colours and three of each colour. Tassels can be easily adapted too like my next project.
UPDATE: 20/April I went for a walk today and discovered that someone else took inspiration from the project and have now hung their own tassels up near mine to create a really lovely, colourful walkway
Coronavirus crafting 3: Grave marking for my old hamster (04/04/20)
Guinness (RIP) passed away early February. At the time he was buried in a handmade coffin in the park, hidden away behind trees in a spot where humans can’t walk. But I’d not had a chance to mark it with a sign.
So I adapted a giant tassel by adding some beads and added felt heart. It’s now been hung in a tree above where he is buried.
Incidentally, I now have a new hamster called Houdini and I’m looking forward to making him some toys for him over the coming weeks.
Coronavirus crafting 4: Cards for pregnant friends (05/04/20)
Two of my friends are pregnant and I won’t now be able to see them until the little ones are born. So I made some cards to post to them to let them know I’m thinking of them.
Coronavirus crafting 5: Easter Daisy Chain Bracelet (07/04/20)
I designed this one for anyone who’s missing making real daisy chains in the park. It’s a simple design so perfect for children to do. I’ve created a template for this one – download the PDF.
Coronavirus crafting 6: Masks for the People’s Mask initiative (10/04/20)
Over the Easter weekend I started making masks for the People’s Masks initiative. There are some great community initiatives at the moment to help with the fight against coronavirus including For The Love of Scrubs where you can help make scrubs for NHS workers or masks for people who need them. They aren’t medical grade but they offer some barrier and are needed by everyone from delivery drivers to food bank workers. The People’s Masks initiative that I’m supporting has daily lists of where masks are needed and they require a minimum of 20 to be sent at a time. So I’m currently working on that using my fabric stash.
The pattern to make the masks is very clear and easy to follow, it’s ideal for sewing beginners and I really recommend it if you’d like to make masks too – whether they’re for yourself or for someone else. Watch this You Tube video which includes a link to download the PDF.
UPDATE: 20 Apri
Here’s a photo of my finished masks.
Coronavirus crafting 7: Quarantine Style Masks for Me (14/04/20)
While I’m making basic cotton masks for The People’s Masks mentioned above, I’m also making a range of themed and very stylised masks for myself like this Arabesque, Bollywood inspired number. Once I’ve made a few I’m going to upload all the images onto a different post but here’s the first one for now. I’ve also made one for Bengali New Year which is today and have one for Ramadan in the pipeline along with some other Ramadan Crafts I’m hoping to make.
Coronavirus crafting 8: Ramadan Crafts Challenge! (20/04/20)
So when I say challenge I’ve actually decided to make 30 crafts for the 30 days of Ramadan, an epic feat but also one that I’m looking forward to. All the projects will have a Ramadan theme but you don’t need to be Muslim, or observing the Islamic month of fasting to enjoy them. I’m ensuring they’re simple, made from accessible crafts supplies and most importantly, appealing to all.
Here’s my Button Moon hanging to get started. As I’ll be busy making crafts and masks for Eid presents I doubt I’ll have much time for other crafting over the next month.
Coronavirus crafting 9: Stitched saying (10/05/20)
This is a very special ribbon embroidery as it’s inspired by my late dad’s favourite saying ‘Take It Easy.’ I started it a while back and it lay in my unfinished projects pile so it was nice to finally complete it to hand in a new chill out space I’ve been trying to create. The flowers around the edge are from a free pattern by Laura Howard.
Coronavirus crafting 10: Eid Shoes (24/05/20)
Not that I was going anywhere but on Eid you usually wear new clothes so instead I decorated some pumps by covering them in glitter and adding text shoe clips attached by paper clip.
Coronavirus crafting 11: Painted plant pots (30/05/20)
I’m not a plant lady. I repeat. I’m not a plant lady. Every plant I’ve ever had to date has died on me. So when garden centres re-opened recently I went along bought some more determined to try again. And of course. I decorated the pots too!
Coronavirus crafting 12: Disposable glove art (05/20)
Disposable gloves and masks have fast become the norm when going out but if you’re going to do this, accessorise in style! I decorated mine with bling although I don’t encourage wearing disposable anything, they can be easy and practical but they are not a friend of the environment. I have a stash at home for when I’m doing particular messy/chemically crafts and dyeing my hair.
UPDATE 6th July 2020: This post closed at the end of May mainly because in June and for the remainder of lockdown my workload increased so there was less time for crafting. I didn’t make as many things as I wanted to during lockdown but I’ve got plans for many more projects and still have several underway. I don’t suppose the unfinished pile will finish any time soon!
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sapiloMay 16, 2020
I believe the difference between arts crafts is the artist thinks outside the box, they have a great imagination. The craft person is creative but works follows a procedures already established. I’m 82 years old, dyslexic and left-handed. Most of my life I’ ve had to think outside the box, it was my way of learning. I’ ve always loved being creative. I look forward to your course and like you l enjoy learning.
Momtaz Begum-HossainMay 27, 2020
Thank you! Creativity is something we humans are blessed with but often take for granted as we don’t realise its value. I hope you are continuing to enjoy doing what makes you happy. I like your way of life. Thinking outside of the box is better than doing the same as everyone else. Best wishes.