8 crafty ways to get ready for Christmas
How is it the middle of October already? It only feels five minutes since we were ironing on patches to our summer denims and choosing which colour espadrilles to make.
The clocks go back in a couple of weeks and the big countdown to Christmas begins. If you're anything like us you'll have promised yourself to start Christmas crafting earlier this year and not leave it all until the last minute!
To help you get ready we've put together 8 crafty ways to get started making in time for Christmas. We hope it puts you in the Christmas spirit!
We'd love to see your festive makes! Tag us on social media with the hashtag #MakeryMakes
1. Make your own Advent calendar
There are only 6 weeks until the official countdown to Christmas begins so if you're thinking of making a handmade advent calendar you'll need to get cracking.
Why not sign up to one of our advent calendar workshops at The Makery in Bath or John Lewis, Oxford Street London or pick up one of our kits and make it at home whilst watching a cuddly Christmas film like Miracle on 34th Street.
Don't forget: The surprises don't have to be chocolate or sweets - why not write some cute notes or poems, pop in stickers or temporary tattoos or what about treats for your pet!
2. Make a Christmas Wreath
If you've always fancied learning to make your own natural Christmas decorations our Christmas wreath workshop is a must. Suitable for complete beginners you'll learn how to use ribbons and festive decorations to spruce up your spruce and is guaranteed to get you feeling Christmassy!
PS. Why not coincide a trip to the famous Bath Christmas Market with a festive workshop. The market runs from 23rd November to 10th December and is well worth a visit.
3. Learn to make a paper Christmas wreath
Fans of papercraft will love this festive workshop run by the brilliant Athena from Meticulous Ink. In this 3 hr class Athena will show you how to make a origami card wreath that will bring contemporary style to your home or work space.
Pssst! This festive papercraft wreath is very evergreen and will last until next Christmas if you put it away nicely.
4. Learn to print your own Christmas cards
Print making is such a great skill and once you get to grips with the lino and cutter you'll be hooked, we promise! In this workshop you'll learn how to made a lino block and carve your festive designs.
Psst! Once you've made your block you can print your own wrapping paper too!
5. Make a Christmas stocking
It wouldn't be Christmas without a Christmas stocking workshop and this class is ideal for newbie sewers or those who have not touched a sewing machine for years.
Come and spend a lovely morning with us in-between doing your Christmas shopping, you'll feet will need a rest!
6. Kids Christmas workshop - Make a pom pom snowman
The little ones don't miss out at The Makery especially with workshops in the Christmas holidays to keep excited minds off of a visit from a certain jolly gentleman.
Book them in to our pom pom class and we'll show them how to make a cute and cuddly snowman!
7. Learn freehand machine Christmas embroidery
If you're looking for ideas for handmade Christmas presents Freehand Machine Embroidery is a brilliant skill to learn. It's literally drawing with your sewing machine! Come to this class in The Makery, John Lewis, Oxford Street and you'll make your own festive stitched Christmas card to take home.
8. Learn to make a needle felted robin
Needle felting is the art of sculpting with wool and it's brilliant fun. Using fleeces of difference colours and special barbed needles, we'll show you how to mould and model wool fleece into a wonderful little festive robin you will love.
By the way: Suitable for 10 yrs + #cute