Clare Kelly takes a peep inside new craft book Homemade Gifts Vintage Style and finds inspiration between its beautifully styled pages.
We’re often told not to judge a book by its cover, but when I saw the nostalgia-inspired cover of Homemade Gifts Vintage Style I just knew it was going to be a beautiful book – and it does not disappoint. Packed with 50 ideas to inspire you on a chilly wintery day (and throughout the seasons) it’s the perfect book to give as a gift, or to treasure yourself.
Author Sarah Moore is a collector with a particular interest in vintage textiles, papers and crockery, and her enthusiasm is evident in each perfectly put together project – whether it be simple ideas with antique decanters or handmade plush toys.
Sarah writes with real personality and there are lots of creative short cuts – such as gloves made from old garments – for those who fear craft can be time consuming. Handy templates can be found at the back of the book for easy reference, and Sarah offers helpful insights and tips to help you source the best vintage pieces for your projects.
This book will keep you busy over the winter months and will definitely appeal to those who love upcycling. If you want to add a little individuality to your home you’ll love these hands-on projects which include unusual fabric covered notebooks, super cute dog and cat cushions (for pets who have everything) and pretty beaded door hangings.
The photography and styling in the book is gorgeous, inviting you into a real home setting and at once making you feel warm and cosy. Homemade Gifts Vintage Style will show you how to look differently at the items you already have and demonstrate that, with a little know-how you can create simple, pretty gifts that you might find hard to part with!
Clare Kelly is a freelance craft writer and author of the blog Pass The Pattern.