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Christmas gift guide: for the craft lover

Great presents for creative types

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Good gift guide: craft

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Treat the creative types in your life to a present they\'ll love - whether it\'s for an existing hobby, or introducing them to a new activity

 

 

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Large labels

Christmas,best buys,feeling creative,garden inspiration Burgon & Ball wooden plant labels

Not just for forgetful or shortsighted gardeners, these FSC hardwood labels are too large to be overlooked. Measuring 30cm (about a foot) it\'s clear to anyone what\'s planted where. The collection features 24 plants, including herbs, salad crops and veg.

 

Burgon & Ball\'s Giant Wooden Plant Labels are available from www.burgonandball.com and good garden centres, RRP £2.49

Stylish stitching

Christmas,best buys,feeling creative,books to read,sewing Cath Kidston Stitch! book cover

Fans of Cath Kidston will be delighted with her latest book, \'Stitch!. As well as 30 simple needlework and cross-stitch projects including a Provence Rose pincushion and Union jack cushion, it also contains all you need to make a Garden Flowers purse.


\'Stitch!\' by Cath Kidston, (Quadrille, £14.99, publication date November 5); buy it from the Allaboutyou online bookshop

Whatever they want

Christmas,best buys,feeling creative Hobbycraft vouchers It\'s often easy to get it slightly wrong when choosing a present to reflect someone\'s hobby. Leave the choice up to them with Hobbycraft gift vouchers: there\'s a massive range of craft things to buy in over 50 shops nationwide

 

Gift vouchers, in denominations of £5 and £10; minimum order £5, maximum £200; buy online at www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Sew good

Christmas,best buys,feeling creative,sewing Singer sewing machine

A sewing machine is the ideal choice for someone who loves to sew. Save up to £150 on a sophisticated new sewing machine. Models cost from £99.99

 

Shop for a sewing machine in Allaboutyou\'s online shop

 

 

Neat needles

Christmas,best buys,feeling creative,knitting patterns John Lewis bamboo knitting needle roll

New knitters especially may not have all the needle sizes they need. Treat them to this vintage-look fabric case, measuring 24cm x 37cm, containing eight pairs of trendy bamboo needles in sizes from 3mm to 6mm. Bamboo needles are lightweight and warm to the touch.

John Lewis knitting needle roll, £14; buy it online at www.johnlewis.com

 



Patch perfect

Christmas,best buys,feeling creative,sewing Liberty patchwork fabric bundle - American Retro Patchwork and quilting have never been so popular, and what every patchworker always needs is more \'fat quarters\' (fabric pieces). This gorgeously retro bundle features flowers, cherries and graphics in shades of red, pink and blue, with enough to make a 1.4m square quilt.


American Retro patchwork fabric bundle, £55; buy it online at www.liberty.co.uk

Made to measure

Christmas,best buys,feeling creative,sewing tailor\'s dummy

For someone who sews a lot of clothes, an adjustable tailor\'s dummy makes life easier. This model is adjustable to fit bust 33-41in, waist 23-31in and hips 34-42in, and comes with a stand for comfortable working, and an instruction leaflet.

 

Delux Lady Valet Adjustable Dressmaker Tailor Mannequin, £140 at Amazon

Stash it all

Christmas,best buys,feeling creative,storage solutions,crochet,furniture crochet-topped storage stool

This funky crochet-covered storage stool is perfect for keeping all your craft bits and bobs at hand. Tuck all your buttons and bows, needles and threads away beneath the crochet-covered seat - storage and somewhere to sit in one.

 

Crochet-top storage stool, £64.99, from The Contemporary Home

Labelled with love

Christmas,best buys,feeling creative woven labels for garments Add a finishing touch to handmade garments with a sewn-in label. There are several styles of label to choose from and they\'re all fully customisable, with choice of background colour, font style and, of course, the wording. Maybe \'Handmade with love by...\'


Customised woven labels, £9.99 for 36; buy online at www.wovenlabelsuk.com

Felt up

Christmas,best buys,feeling creative Button Co. felt bundle Felt is an amazingly versatile craft material: soft and non-fraying, it comes in handy for all kinds of projects. And this bundle comes in four beautifully toning shade sets of pink and purple (left), green, red and yellow, and aqua.


The Button Company Felt Mini Roll, £10; buy it online at www.johnlewis.com

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