Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Our MUST HAVE Christmas Craft Supplies!

Yep....that's it now, we've started our Christmas Crafts in the Pocket and Pin household! My eldest kiddos birthday is at the beginning of October but once that has passed i turn my mind well and truly towards Christmas! 
Owning a craft shop has become a big perk (and a bit dangerous!) especially at this time of year, i have so much to tempt me and the project list is ever growing! I always keep a little of my favourite ribbons, trims and buttons for my own stash.
Here are my faves from our craft shop for those essential Christmas crafts....


I ALWAYS have Hessian ready and waiting at this time of year! A couple of years ago I made my boys personalised Christmas sacks, they are still going strong! Hessian is great for sacks and stockings, table decorations, wreaths...it's so versatile and durable. You can buy it by the half metre in our shop, click here.



Felt is one of my favourite fabrics, also extremely versatile and great for little hands if the kiddos want to join in! Check out our Pinterest account for lots of ideas for felt projects. We have over forty colours in stock. We also put together pre-selected colour bundles. Our felt is 30% wool and confirms to EN71 toy safety standards.



Who doesn't love a festive ribbon?!? Whether you are choosing ribbons to adorn your festive makes or simply for that extra special gift wrap we have gone all out this year. It's definitely our biggest selection ever. Prices start from just 60p a metre for our printed ribbons and there are tons of cute and pretty prints to choose from. Whether you are a traditionalist or like something cute and modern, we have something for you. Here's a glimpse of some of my faves....




Our Christmas Bias binding is always popular. We have some of the old favourites from last year back plus a couple of newbies. Whether you are using it for some simple festive bunting  or finishing off some festive garments it's sure to add a very merry touch.




We love a cute button!...and you can't get cuter than little wooden StarsChristmas Trees and Snowflakes, all our Christmassy buttons have a distinctly Scandi feel this year, I LOVE them!



I can't get through the festive season without Baker's Twine! It's my go to trim for presents and hanging cards. We have some great colours for Christmas and new this year we have Metallic Gold and Silver which are available exclusively by the 100m roll in our Not on the High Street shop.


Gifts and Stocking Fillers

We are not all about the supplies! You can also find some fab little items to stuff those stockings or put under the tree to treat the crafty people in your life.
Our Polkadot Embroidery Scissors, Pin Wheels, Felt Bundles and Pom Pom Makers are ideal for stockings and our Habdash Boxes are a fab present to inspire any crafter. Why not give something a little different this year?


Home crafts definitely become more popular this time of year as the nights draw in and we need something to occupy us on those cosy autumn evenings. Here's to a busy couple of months of preparation and the most crafty time of year!

Sarah x

Habdash Reveal: The Christmas Box

This month has been a super busy one! Habdash is becoming more and more popular, which makes my task of getting all the boxes prepared, packed and out on time a much more time consuming task! 
Each fat quarter and felt bundle is cut and tied by me and all the ribbons are cut to size and bobbins would be me too. It's such a joy to put the boxes together, it really doesn't feel like work.

October's box was our Christmas Box. I deliberated over the timing of this box for ages...September was far to soon, November seemed too close when you consider you need plenty of time to think about what you want to create and then actually make it. So October it was, maybe too soon for most aspects of christmassy fayre but when it comes to crafting, we need to be slightly ahead!


I love a traditional Christmas, so i decided to go full on Red for this box, with a hint of natural as a highlight. The felt shades I used were Cherry, Crimson, Red, Light Stone and Cream. All can be found in the Felt Section of our Craft Shop.
A few months ago I found some fab Snowflake print fabric which I fell I love with. I tied the rest of the box in around this Snowflake theme, including Snowflake Buttons and Snowflake Ribbon.
The Wooden Christmas Tree Buttons are always one of our Bestsellers at this time of year and the natural wood colour really complimented the rest of the box.

 


I also included some fabulous quality East of India Thin Stitch Ribbon and of course I couldn't have a festive box without a 'Merry Christmas' thrown in! This particular Merry Christmas Ribbon will be available to purchase from our shop very soon. The Chevron ribbon is currently a Habdash exclusive.
I finished off all the boxes with a little extra in the form of one of our Wooden Tags. These are available in either Bauble, Reindeer, Angel or Christmas Tree shapes. The are plain untreated ply wood and are perfect either as they are or great decorated. I shall be letting the kiddos loose on a few to hang on our tree!


If you want to subscribe, new subscriptions are now available. Next month's theme is Frosted White and will be dispatched on 20th November. It is set to be a beautiful collection of white on white tones, sparkle and luxury.

Gift subscriptions and one off boxes are also available if you are after the PERFECT Christmas gift for the crafty person in your life. Available via Not on the Highstreet or our website.
Gift subscriptions available three, six or twelve month durations. The first box can be delivered to you for you to put under your tree with the rest of the subscription commencing after Christmas.

Happy crafting!

Sarah x


Sunday, 18 October 2015

Christmas Craft Hit List!

It's just over two months until the big day so we've put together a little Christmas Craft Hit List of our favorite crafty activities and inspiration!

Pinterest is an enormous and extremely valuable source for ideas, inspiration and tutorials for all kinds of crafting and DIY. This is definitely the time of year to start a project or a few, so here's our pick of the best.
Click the link below the pictures to view the Pin and follow to the source.

1. Felt Ornaments: Felt is one of may favourite materials, its so versatile, quick and easy to use. Why not whip up some cute tree decorations...it's also a great material for crafting with the kiddos as its easy to stitch and cut and you don't have to worry about seams. No fuss. You can find a fab range of felt in our craft shop to get you started and our Felt Makes board on Pinterest is jam packed full of ideas, inspiration and links to tutorials.

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2. Wreaths: The scope for wreaths nowadays is huge...and they are not just for Christmas! Here are a couple of my favourites from Pinterest. Pom Poms are such a fun way to cover a wreath! Super quick too, make sure you have some of these fab Pom Pom Makers in your craft kit!  I love to have a mix of wreaths around the house this time of year, i always go for fresh green for the front door at christmas but inside i have something on almost every door!

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3. Advent Calendars: I love a homemade advent calendar. They don't need to be all about chocolate either. Why not mix it up a bit and include miniature toys, different flavour tea bags or even (for the over 18 of us) bottles of wine! I may even think up a Habdash style Advent Calendar next year!...now there's an idea!

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4. Tags and Cards: I always make my own Christmas cards and quite often turn to Pinterest for inspiration. Last year i used my die cutter to cut Felt Stars which i glued onto Kraft card blanks. I am undecided on what to do this year. However for me, life is hectic, so it has to be simple and effective. I love these Snowflake cards embroidered with tapestry wool!

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5. Paper Crafts: As i said before, I love simplicity! I always go back to basics when crafting with the kiddos. It doesn't get simpler than paper!
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Now that's got you in the festive mood, be sure to check out our Christmas Craft Shop! Our Top 10 Christmas Craft Supplies will be on the blog next week!

Happy crafting!

Sarah x