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8 tips for Christmas crafting

Posted on October 05, 2014 by The Makery | 0 comments
All of us crafty types know if you're going to make Christmas presents and decorations you need to start early. Don't get us wrong, you still could be sewing as Father Christmas' legs appear down the chimney but a little bit of planning will help alleviate some of the panic.


  super cute festive buttons from our Makery collection

Making Christmas presents is a great way to not only save money but add the personal touch to show you have thought about the present and have spent time making it. 
Enjoy making your Christmas goodies, there's nothing so rewarding than giving a handmade gift.

8 tips for Christmas crafting

1. Make a list of presents and trimmings you want to make
2. Be realistic about time available and how ambitious the plans are - the festive period is a busy time with parties and Christmas catch-up drinks
3. Create a secret Pinterest board for ideas and start browsing tutorials 
4. Plan a workshop at The Makery or join a making group to help keep you focussed
5. Pick the project that will take the longest and make a list of the supplies you need
6. Gather and shop for craft supplies for the first two projects only - you may never get past these and will need funds for buying gifts!
7. Get making your first project
8. After two weeks look at your progress - depending on how many sleeps before Christmas - look at your other planned projects. Do you have time? Is there a quick one you can fit in?

Have you got a fail safe Christmas planning top tip? Let us know below. 

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Pompom inspiration

Posted on September 14, 2014 by The Makery | 0 comments

With one week to go until The Handmade Fair in Hampton Court, London we couldn't resist getting in on the action and talking about one of our favourite subjects, pompoms!

Headed up by Kirstie Allsopp, The Handmade Fair team are aiming to break the Guinness World Record for the longest line of pompoms and raise money for the charity Sense to help support adults and children who are deafblind.

Are you taking part in #worldpomination? Have you made some pompoms? If you haven't done it yet, you still have time. Just pop over to #WorldPomination and find out how you can take part. 

We have long been pinners of pompoms on our Pinterest board and love how versatile and easy to make they are. Have you got a pompom board? Share it with us and we will follow back. 

At The Makery pompoms are an essential crafty staple crafty. We sell the regular size pompom makers as well as the mega large. The big one is so popular and would make a perfect super sized bobble hat like this gorgeous one by YesJess on Etsy

YesJess - we like it!

 Have you made something with our giant pompom maker? We'd love to hear, just share on our Facebook or Twitter and we'll post them up.

Via HonestlyWTF

Oh and check out this pompom love-in on style blog HonestlyWTF celebrating the Pom Pom factory who make their pompoms from 100% bio-degradable and recycled tissue paper. They create them for weddings, store windows, fashion shoots and parties but can also make installations. How stunning is the umbrella design!


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Ladies day at The Makery

Posted on August 11, 2014 by The Makery | 0 comments

How stunning do these ladies look with their head pieces made at our fascinator workshop?

Created at a hen do at The Makery we know these beauties are going to be a big hit at the wedding.

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A wonderful Baby Shower at The Makery

Posted on August 06, 2014 by The Makery | 0 comments

It was a real shower of thought, love and support. A creative treat, a giggle, a reunion, and a marking of a moment.

Last Sunday afternoon we hosted the most wonderful baby shower and were so impressed by the creativity and effort invested in making this a really beautiful event we thought we would share with you.

Organised by Moira for her sister Kez, the event was top secret and the expectant mum was lured to The Makery by her husband under the guise of a super baby sale! How duped she was!

Kes was so surprised, delighted and overwhelmed by the beautiful room, filled with familiar faces,delicious treats and the knowledge that everyone was there to make a beautiful baby quilt for her future son!

The next couple of hours were spent designing and making a patchwork square each. Amongst birds, hearts, and noughts and crosses, the creations took on a real sense of occasion. The feeling of support and kinship was woven into the pieces and by the end of the afternoon a set of squares were finished and ready to be joined together. 

A wonderful afternoon!

Over the next week team Makery will set to patch-working the squares together and a suitable blue backing will be added then wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string this will be then shipped to Kes with our best wishes for her future bundle of joy!



The finished masterpiece! Lucky baby!  


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