Introducing Create!



For the last few months I’ve been working on a secret project, which I can now share with you all. Over the summer, with Rachel from Handmade by Holchester, we’ve been designing a range of craft kits. Earlier this week, we launched 4 kits, each to make a fantastic fabric banner, two for Christmas, and two for all year round.

I can’t take much credit for deciding to sell these kits; Rachel approached me earlier this summer to ask if I would be interested. We had taught a workshop earlier in the year, showing fellow crafters how to make similar banners, and we saw how much enthusiasm there was for them. Each kit is designed to teach you step-by-step how to create something wonderful, but also allow the maker to be creative with the design. Inside each box are two templates, but we encourage you to go freestyle. Perhaps a heart, a sun, or even a letter. Each banner can be tweaked as much as you want.

I’m really proud of what we have designed for you all, and we’ve had some really positive comments to date. We’re selling the kits via the Handmade by Holchester Etsy page, and also at some events in Oxford, which we’ll be attending:

A Rosie Life launch, 20 October, The Annie Sloan Shop, Oxford.

Find details about tickets on Rosie’s Facebook page.

Independent Oxford Christmas Market, 26 November

As well as having a stall, we’ll be running some mini workshops, more details to follow.

So what do you need to know about the kits?

  • Each kit is £15, with FREE postage within the UK. You can pick one up here.
  • All the materials are included; the only thing you need to add is pins to make life a little easier.
  • We purposely leave the boxes unsealed, so that if you’re giving as a gift, you can add additional decorations.
  • The kits really are designed for beginners, included is a step-by-step guide to help you along the way. We’ll also be sharing top tips over on our Instagram.
  • You don’t need a sewing machine! Although it is admittedly easier with one, we include white thread in case you don’t have access to one.
  • We’ve really tried to include the best quality materials possible. Each piece of fabric comes with interfacing attached to the back to prevent fraying; the needles are the same ones we use in our day-to-day sewing. The white cotton is a lovely thick twill, so it hangs really nicely.


I’d love to know what you think about the kits, if you do buy one, I’d love to see your completed banner. I’ll be sharing my favourites over the coming months on social media. If you have any questions about the kits, do leave a comment below or contact us via our Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

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