Lockdown craft ideas – 5 beautiful projects to enjoy

May 6, 2020

5 beautiful lockdown craft ideas

If you’re in need of some creative lockdown craft ideas to help pass the time, we have just the thing. I’ve selected 5 of my favourite makes from the blog that are easy to do from your own home. Patterns that you can download, materials that you can order online or forage for. Inspiration and creative escape that helps ease the stress of these strange times. Hope you like what I’ve picked out – and would love to see your creations when they’re done!

5 beautiful lockdown craft ideas

Lockdown craft idea 1 – knit a bunny

lockdown craft ideas: peter rabbit knitting pattern peter rabbit cardigan knitting pattern

I love Claire Garland’s knitting patterns – particularly her Black Otter Rex rabbit (below) and Peter Rabbit (above) patterns.

lockdown craft ideas: rabbit knitting pattern and step by step tutorial by dot pebbles knits

Click the links to buy them as downloads on Etsy.

To read the full blog post How to knit a bunny rabbit – free pattern & tutorial  CLICK HERE – which includes all of Claire’s rabbit patterns, as well as expert tips from Claire herself.

There’s also a super-helpful video tutorial from Claire here: Knit a rabbit video tutorial & free pattern

To download Claire’s free baby bunny pattern CLICK HERE  If you’re a keen knitter (or would like to become one) I can’t really think of a better craft idea for easing lockdown.


Lockdown craft idea 2 – embroider a hoop with dried flowers

dried flower hoop embroidery art with olga prinku #frombritainwithlove #lockdown #craftideas

I love the botanical ’embroideries’ that Olga Prinku creates using bamboo hoops, tulle and simple dried flowers.

If you’re new to the idea, we’ve shared a super-simple mini hoop idea over on the blog here: How to make embroidery hoop art with dried flowers

dried flower hoop embroidery art with olga prinku #frombritainwithlove #lockdown #craftideas

If you feel like getting more adventurous and taking on a bigger project, what about something like these ideas:

dried flower hoop art embroidery intial monogram letter s with pink and yellow dried flowers #driedflowers #hoopart #lockdown #craftideas #frombritainwithlovelockdown craft idea: dried flower embroidery hoop art necklace with pink and yellow dried flowers #driedflowers #hoopart #lockdown #craftideas #frombritainwithlove

There’s a fab video tutorial by Olga to help you here: Dried flower embroidery video tutorial

And lots more ideas from Olga to inspire you here


Lockdown craft idea 3 sew a pinafore apron dress

how to make a cross back apron dress #lockdown #craftideas #apron #frombritiainwithlove

I absolutely adore the cross-back pinafore apron dress I made with Diana Uprichard at her sewing workshop in Lewes. You might not be able to attend the class in person right now, but I have shared the pattern and lots of step by step images. If I can make one, literally anyone can.

how to make a cross back apron dress #lockdown #craftideas #apron #frombritiainwithlove

Read the blog post How to make an apron dress with cross back to get all the info you need There are also lots of other cross-back apron ideas to inspire you.

If you don’t already have fabric to use for this, there are some lovely organic linens over on Etsy as well as end of rolls and denims…. I really love my apron.

how to make a cross back apron dress #lockdown #craftideas #apron #frombritiainwithlove

I wear it when I’m pottering in the garden or getting stuck into a craft project. My happy place. Hope you enjoy making your own… X


Lockdown craft idea 4 make a pair of felted wool slippers

how to make wool felt slippers

It’s surprisingly easy to make your own wool felt slippers like this pair made by Rita J Felt. Click here to get step by steps and to find out where to buy all the materials you need to make your own pair. Our blog post How to make felt slippers tells you all you need to know to master the technique… and also shares lots of creative ideas for you to try. We learned with the queen of felting – Gillian Gladrag who also sells all the equipment and supplies you need if you fancy having a go…

From wild and ditsy floral creations to pretty dots and simple one or two-colour options. Hope you enjoy. Also, aren’t cosy slippers THE ESSENTIAL footwear right now?

Lockdown craft idea 5 Learn Freehand embroidery

learn freehand machine embroidery with poppy treffry using old fabrics, linen and embroidery hoop #freehand #embroidery #poppytreffry #frombritainwithlove

If you have a sewing machine, an embroidery hoop and some bits and pieces of fabric lying around, you’re good to go. Turns out this is a fun – and forgiving – way to get creative at the sewing machine.

The queen of freehand machine embroidery has to be lovely Poppy Treffry. We spent a day with her down in Cornwall, learning the tricks of the trade. There are step by steps, as well as lots of tips from Poppy in this blog post: Freehand machine embroidery with Poppy Treffry

Poppy sells a lovely freehand embroidery kit which you can buy here. Alternatively there are lots of fabric bundles and embroidery supplies over on Etsy that might get the creative juices flowing….

If you don’t have a sewing machine, why not try out a spot of hand embroidery? I have found a couple of kits I particularly love, so I’m sharing them with you: Jam Jar Flowers embroidery kit and Blue Tit embroidery kit

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