We are pretty excited in the Prima office today because we just realized that there are only a few weeks left until Christmas!
To celebrate this, and the fact that it’s also the start of London Craft Week, LoveCrafts has brought you 12 free templates for some great gift ideas to give to your family and friends this Christmas.
London Craft Week celebrates the ‘magical combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill found in the best things made’, so what better time to channel that creativity into gift-making Christmas for a loved one?
Edward Griffith, CEO and Founder of LoveCrafts, says, “We truly believe that craftsmanship makes the world a better place. Science has proven the positive impact of craftsmanship on our physical and mental well-being, and there are hidden benefits too!
“Being part of a global community and making new friends through a shared passion. Selfless opportunities, using your craft for good by knitting or crocheting for charity. And of course there is the joy of keeping things alive. centuries-old traditions, to pass on skills down through the generations. “
Here are the top three ideas to get you started, and we’ll update you every week with a new idea – so be sure to come back next Monday!
Week 1: Comfortable socks
A pair of cashmere slippers is a nice gift for someone you love. Knitted flat, as an easy-to-lay garter, these slippers can be assembled in the blink of an eye. Garter stitch keeps all that gorgeous warmth inside, with a deep ribbed cuff to fold up at the ankle. When they’re so quick to knit, you’ll want to make several pairs to give away this winter.
Second week: embroidery designs
There is nothing sweeter than a hand-sewn gift and this bumper pattern pack, designed by Thread Honey for Paintbox Crafts, will have you personalizing cute gifts in no time. Sew them onto a t-shirt or a set of linen napkins. Or if you want to go the extra mile, why not sew a simple tote bag or pencil case for the ultimate handmade gift.
Third week: Afghan crochet blanket
The Snugly Fall Afghan Paintbox is a perfect cozy blanket in fall colors. It’s crocheted in squares that are stitched together using single crochet stitches and makes the perfect blanket for snuggling up on the sofa or taking with you on adventures around a campfire under the stars. Whoever the lucky recipient is, one thing is for sure, it’s a blanket that will be cherished year after year.
Fourth week: Patchwork Cushion
We love this colorful patchwork cushion. Use your fabric scraps or choose a fabulously festive material to sew this gorgeous piece in no time! If you are a newbie to quilting crafts, this is the perfect first project to put your skills to the test..
Week Five: Crochet Hat
If you’re a newbie crocheter or looking for quick, satisfying projects to tick everyone off your gift list, then this hat is for you! There’s a helpful step-by-step video from Jess Coppom of Make & Do Crew that will teach you how to make this gorgeous knit beanie topped with a cute pom pom! We would go for soft, warm colors like rust, mustard, and faded blues.
Sixth week: Knitted headband
Comfortable cables are a winter wardrobe staple, and these headbands are perfect for filling in stockings! Read the handy cable knitting guide before you start. Grab a hot chocolate, your knitting needles, and snuggle up in it. There is also a helpful video for more instruction before downloading the free cable knitting pattern.
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