I’m no crafter – I’d like to be but I just don’t think I have it in me. I have the vision and many many wonderful ideas of things to make and do, but I’m severely lacking in the know how and patience department. Buying a crafting kit would be a good place to start surely? I decided on this Cath Kidston Make-Your-Own Christmas Decorations Book it seemed to have easy to follow instructions, it’s nearly christmas and if I’m honest being half price at the time of buying swayed it for me!
Sewing and embroidery instructions
A selection of coloured felt in six different shades
*Stuffing needed, it’s not included in the everything you need to make them pack – so that was a lie then.
“All of this can be used to create a delightful selection of 12 different ornaments including a Christmas Pudding, Ribbon-Wrapped Gift, Striped Candy Cane, Snowman, Reindeer, Holly Leaves and, of course, a Festive Stanley. The book details exactly how to use the enclosed pack of materials to create the ornaments, with each stage detailed clearly in the explanatory step-by-step photographs.”
Now I’m not sure if I’m just being icky but white material is advertised but the set contains cream, I don’t want to make a cream coloured snowman! I want want. So that put me in a bad mood to start.
I was doing this with my 6 year old son as he needed to make a christmas tree decoration for homework to be put on the school tree. We decided to make the tree shaped decoration! The instructions are simple enough and easy to follow showing how to cut the felt shapes out so as to not use up too much material. The material feels good quality and the thread is durable too. We decided against adding pompom decorations to the tree and instead opted to sew shiny buttons on to imitate decorations instead.
The finished decoration looked good, and my son is very pleased with it. I forgot to take a picture and it is now in school (will add one when he brings it home). We did only do the one decoration but plan to do more this coming weekend.
Even with my poor crafting experience I feel this is quite a disappointing set, it is marketed towards adults which is why I bought it but it is so basic that it is more suited to a child (lucky for me on this occasion) and although the finished product does look good it is very expensive (it RRPs at £18.00) for 12 little decorations. I’d read so many good things about Cath Kidston sets however this has put me off buying any more.