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Top 5 craft projects to do at home


Feeling a little uninspired recently? Here are 5 different craft projects to take you out of your comfort zone, guaranteed to kill that boredom once and for all!


Terrarium
Difficulty level out of 5: ⅖
Tutorial: hereA terrarium can be described quite simply as an abundance of small plants growing in a controlled environment, and that controlled environment is usually a clear container than can be sealed off or open. This means that not only will it look in great in your home, but it’s also a great way to grow succulents and other such plants. Items such as pebbles and soil are used for it’s base, and from there you can plant and top said base however you wish. One of the best things about these are that they can be planted in almost any clear container, from glass cups to lightbulbs, the possibilities are endless!

Cork pinboard
Difficulty level out of 5: ⅗
Tutorial: hereThis DIY project isn’t exactly challenging but it is time consuming, though regardless of those two things, the end result is fantastic and distinctive enough to earn a place in your kitchen. It really is as simple as gluing corks to a blacked out picture frame, but it serves it’s purpose and adds character to any space.


Hand drawn teacups
Difficulty level out of 5: ⅕
Tutorial: hereA great gift idea, it’s easy to personalise these items in a matter of minutes! Using plain mugs of any shape and a permanent marker, you can draw whatever you fancy, whether it’s a sweet message or a pattern, and then all that’s left to do is seal it by baking for half an hour. You’re then armed with a battalion of fun, personal mugs for any occasion. 


Cut and fold paper stars
Difficulty level out of 5: ⅗
Tutorial: hereThese decorative stars were inspired by origami lucky stars, and are very similar in creation, just scaled to a larger size for garland purposes and much more. The full tutorial is in the link above, as well as templates for size and folding techniques.

Covered text/notebooks

Difficulty level out of 5: ⅖
Tutorial: hereOne for the (text)books! Make your school or work day a whole lot brighter with this simple way of customising even the most dull of subjects. The tutorial calls for the covering of textbooks, but this could also include notebooks of any size. You essentially just need a print out of any pattern you’d like, or even wrapping paper, and from there it’s simple to size and glue down the paper. Soon enough, you have colourful and fun notebooks to scribble down anything from thoughts and feelings to recipes in.



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This delightful rabbit in her pretty pink pinny is showing how much she loves you! She has long bendy ears and her arms and legs are jointed with buttons. She stands 28" tall. use a 1/4" seam allowance.



Materials needed:


Download the pattern this link50cm x 114cm plain fabric50cm x 114cm patterned fabric2m of 1/2" wide ribbonBlack embroidery thread2 small black buttons for the eyes4 x 2cm buttons for the joints2 buttons to decorate the heartA long needle and strong thread20cm of 0.5cm wide elastic250g of toy filler2 chenille sticksErasable ink penBlusher

1. Download the pattern here. Cut out the ear pieces and place the chenille sticks to the centre of the wrong side of the patterned fabric. Zig zag stitch in place.


2. Sew the plain ear fabric to the patterned, right sides together, leaving the bottom open. Turn the right way out and press, then edge stitch around the ear.


3. Sew four pieces of 15cm x 12cm of patterned fabric to four pieces of 15cm x 23cm of plain fabric.


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Debbie Shore's Threaders Project 4: Japanese Knot Bag

This stunning bag is actually very simple to make, and can be made as large or as small as you like! Try making it up in different fabrics, denim, faux leather or even silk, which would look lovely when embroidered as an evening bag! Use a 1.4” seam allowance.



Materials needed: 
• 2 pieces of patterned fabric measuring 19” x 25” 
• 2 pieces of lining fabric measuring 19” x 25” 
• 2 pieces of fusible fleece measuring the same

1: Cut a curve around the bottom edge of each piece of fabric and fleece.



2. Turn one of the patterned pieces to the wrong side and draw a line each side, from the top, 4” from the side and 12” from the top. Using a 12” circle template, join the lines to make a curve.



3. With the patterned fabrics right sides together, cut around the curved line. You’ll see two handles forming. Measure 8” from the top of one of the handles and cut across.



4. Measure 10” from the bottom of each section on the bag and make a mark on either side.



5. Sew the two outer and two lining section…

Meet the Presenter - Alex Turchyn

Coffee break quick fire questions with... Alex Turchyn How did you get introduced to crafts?My Granddad got me in to crafts and art from as soon as I could pick up a pen and brush. We would spend hours together drawing, painting and making things. What has been your highlights so far on Hochanda?Everyday is a highlight! I love meeting the guests, learning about different crafts and I particularly love it when the guests don't mind me crafting with them! What are looking forward to next with Hochanda?I'm looking forward to seeing the huge variety of hobbies, crafts and arts and especially the cross stitch shows which will be coming soon as that is one of my favourites. If there was one other craft you would like to try what would it be?Oooo that's a tricky one! I haven't yet had a go at making the tiny houses and furniture, which looks great fun and I'd love to do some glass painting. Interested in learning more? Tune in to Hochanda every day 24/7 for lots of fun and …