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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!