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Cosy up this winter with these 7 DIY projects

For some originality in your winter wear, why not opt for handmade creations?

Cosy up this winter with these 7 DIY projects

1. Beaded mitts

This winter transform your gloves into a statement piece by using an assortment of beads and sequins. You can opt for a rainbow effect using embellishments of different hues, or keep it simple and feature just one or two colours. So grab a needle and thread, tie a secure knot on one of your mittens, then begin sewing your beads and sequins until you're satisfied with the result. Once both mittens are done, slip them on, wear them out and wait for the lovely comments from strangers and friends.

2. Tie-dye scarf

Try ditching the store-bought scarf and making your very own design with a simple yet striking tie-dye effect. This technique requires minimal equipment and supplies; you'll need rubber bands, gloves, dye and a scarf. Get started by securing sections of the scarf with rubber bands, then mix the dye according to the package instructions, working over a sink. Leave it to dry, then rinse with hot water until the water runs clear.

3. Cosy socks

Brrr... it's cold outside and now that the temperature's dropped, it's the perfect time to make something to keep your feet warm! Show them some TLC with socks embellished with your favourite DIY felt design. Perhaps you can trace and cut out two red hearts before attaching them to your socks, or if you're already excited about the festive season, make snowmen instead. Whatever design you choose, your toasty feet will thank you for it.

4. Beanie bling

If you're a fan of sparkly things, then stiching embellishments to your favourite beanie will help to jazz up your entire look. It's easy to add items to a hat, and this project will require skills that aren't much more involved than tying knots or sewing a simple stitch. Once you've tried it you'll be adding lovely bits to every hat worn by a family member or friend.

5. Simple quilt

What better way to usher in the weather change than by making a blanket – a patchwork design can greatly increase the look and feel of your interior décor. Use materials such as old clothing that you'd hate to throw away, or patterned fabrics from crafty shopping trips. If you're a little unsure of where to start, there are plenty of tutorials online to guide you. Whatever design or theme you choose, it's sure to be an exciting project to take on.

6. Pom pom sweater

For fun, try giving a beloved sweater a facelift – it's the perfect project for adults and kids to get stuck into. All you'll need is a plain jumper, a handful of pom poms either store-bought or handmade, and a needle and thread. It's up to you how many little pom poms you choose to add. For children, it's a great idea to go wild with creative designs to brighten up their wardrobe. For added sparkle, you could also incorporate sequins, too.

7. Faux fur headband

Keep your ears warm in blustery winds with a faux fur headband. First, gather the essentials, such as fur, and a needle and thread and elastic if the fur isn't long enough to fit around your head. If your fur is long enough, trim until it fits your head, then sew both ends together inside out. If you haven't got enough fur, you can sew either end of some elastic to your fur for an extension. Once completed, simply step outside without having to worry about the effects of the cold weather.