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Get holiday-ready with these 6 great crafting projects

If you've got a holiday coming up: firstly – lucky you! Secondly, why not try crafting some handmade travel essentials to help get yourself in the mood? We've given you six ideas for projects to add a homespun touch to your hols, allowing you to enjoy them to the fullest and return with fond memories. So put on your sunnies and get making!

Get holiday-ready with these 6 great crafting projects

1 Crochet a beach bag

In case you hadn't heard, crochet is THE crafting trend for summer. Be the belle of the beach with a hand-crocheted bag that's the perfect size for carrying all your sunbathing essentials. Try combining summer brights like orange, pink and blue, or channel a French vibe with blue and white crochet stitches. We love this Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Country Blue.

2 Embellish flip flops with beads and buttons

There are so many ways to jazz up a plain pair of flip flops. For a boho vibe, wrap the plastic straps with alternating colours of embroidery thread; to make them sparkle, adhere gems and beads to the straps using strong glue, or for a more homespun look, stitch buttons onto the straps. Whatever your style, with a little DIY you can create a personal and unique pair of shoes for the trip!

3 Stitch a passport cover

A personalised passport cover is sure to get a smile out of customs officers at the airport! Use a medium-weight fabric in a pattern of your choice, add a lightweight interfacing, then make the pattern by drawing around your passport and adding on suitable seam allowance; you'll want the cover to be slightly bigger than your passport, so it can be slid on and off. Try using these vibrant Summer Skies 100% Cotton Fat Quarters.

4 Make holiday journals

Writing a journal is a great way to record memories, and it'll be a joy to look back at for years to come. Use a blank journal that's a good size for carrying around, then choose your embellishments; holiday die-cut shapes, gems, patterned papers and stamps would all work well. For a thoughtful pre-holiday gift, you could also personalise and decorate journals for each traveller – you'll love sharing your memories of the trip! Try using this Tattered Lace Globe Die to complete this project.

5 Make an anklet

Summer tans, painted toenails and pretty anklets go together so well. To make a piece of jewellery that'll put a spring in your step, try adding charms that relate to your destination – for example, an elephant for a safari holiday, fish for a seaside trip, or trees for a country escape. Make sure the anklet is securely made to cope with a lot of movement, and don't wear it as you're going through security!

6 Stitch a travel neck cushion

If you've got a long journey ahead, a travel pillow will be a godsend. The circular, neck-shaped variety is easily portable and great for sleeping on planes, trains and in cars, so you can arrive feeling refreshed. Use a lightweight stuffing material and a comfortable fabric, and ensure your stitches are extremely secure to avoid stuffing coming out. You might want to make more than one – or you'll find your fellow travellers pinching it when you turn a blind eye!