So you’ve been prowling the internet for a while, reading up on all sorts of home craft ideas and you’ve decided to take the plunge. It’s time to stop reading and start doing. Well firstly, congratulations, you’ve taken your first step into a greater world. Secondly, don’t panic. This guide will tell you exactly what you need to do to turn that image of a DIY craft expert in your head, into a reality.
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First things first, you’re going to need some quality tools to do the jobs you’ve got planned. You’re most basic purchases here will be a decent sewing kit. Make sure you have a good selection of sewing needles as well as thread in different colors and sizes. You will also need a thimble or two, lots of pins (these will magically disappear over time, like socks in the dryer), and a pincushion to allow easy access to them. After these basics have been purchased, it’s well worth investing in some slightly larger, quality tools. Good quality fabric shears are a must, as well as embroidery scissors for the more delicate jobs. Don’t make do with grabbing the kitchen scissors and thinking they’ll be up to the job. Many tailors and dressmakers use the same scissors for well over ten years, so think of these as a long-term purchase. Your next buy is going to be a little bit more expensive, but unless you want to make one day worth of crafting last all week, it will be much needed. That’s right, a sewing machine. You may have an old one hiding in the attic somewhere, but it’s probably worth getting something a bit more up to date. All you have to do is read some reviews to see how much the technology has progressed since that old hand-me-down last saw daylight. A worker is only as good as their tools, so make sure you’re fully researching yours and investing in quality.
Next up you’re going to need to stock up on materials. What you need depends on the type of crafts you’re planning to do, but a good selection of the basics can never go astray. Felt – in various colors – is a good call, as well as selections of plain and patterned fabrics. You don’t have to buy all of these; you could repurpose old clothes or bedding to add a bit of variety to your collection. You will likely need buttons, poppers, zippers, and toggles. All of which can be had from unwanted clothing also, or purchased new.
Now that you’ve bought all your materials and equipment, you’re going to need somewhere to keep it safe and secure. Whether you have a large collection or a small one, you will need room to expand as you repertoire increases. Some companies offer a range of solutions, suiting the expert craft enthusiast, right down to someone who just enjoys the occasional weekend project.
Hopefully, this little list has helped ease some of your worries about diving in and starting to enjoy the fun that can be had from DIY crafts. So whether you’re making treats for your children or some decorations for around the home, you’ll have everything you need ready to go.
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