{Craft as Therapy} Introducing #craftastherapy on Instagram

#craftastherapyI am really excited to introduce the #craftastherapy hashtag on Instagram. Over the past few years crafting and creating has become a huge part of my life and has helped me get through the toughest of times. I have spoken to a lot of fellow crafters about the benefits of using craft as a method of therapy and so many agree that time spent crafting is relaxing and therapeutic. I have heard many stories about how craft has helped provide stress relief during mental or physical hardship. Whether it is learning a new skill or revisiting a previous hobby, time spent creating is good for the mind and body.
Upcycled atlas wreath A number of clever, crafty instagrammers have already started using the hashtag. The #craftastherapy feed is filling up with inspirational and beautiful images. I hope to share projects here on the blog from the #craftastherapy feed, so please feel welcome to join in and tag your crafty projects with this hashtag. Or if you’d like to share your story and have a feature of your own, i would love to hear from you. stitching on embroidery hoopThe above sweet stitchery is by Robyn from @shopsewrobyn and is made on a canvas of vintage sheets. Robyn was kind enough to share her story with me – in October just past, she suffered a miscarriage and used her newly acquired skill of hand-embroidery to help her get through the waiting and recovering time. She said, “I could just sit and stitch and think as much or as little as i wanted, and have the comfort/satisfaction of making and completing something beautiful with my hands, even though my body had failed me in other ways at the time”.
crochet blanketThis beautiful crochet blanket is just one of the creative images you will find in the #craftastherapy feed. Robyn aka @crochetgirl99 is super talented with the hook and her own feed is full of stunning creations. She calls this project her “summer loving” blanket. weaving projectsThis unique weave made by Anna aka @ansies also features in the #craftastherapy feed along with some of her other inspiring projects. Her weaves are like nothing i have ever seen before and feature lots of natural and foraged materials.
crochet vignetteThe above image is from Chaney, aka @lovemylittlebird – what could be more relaxing than crochet and a cup of coffee?

Please check out the #craftastherapy feed on Instagram and be amazed by the creative and crafty people that are posting under the hashtag. It is a visual feast of crafty projects plus a you will find loads of encouraging and supportive people there.

Sew Easy Fabric Bows

pastelbows.jpgI am always on the look out for new crafty projects, especially those that make use of my fabric scraps. This bow tutorial looked simple enough to do, so i started making some last week. They are totally addictive to make and I’m a little embarrassed to say that i have made over 50 bows! Here are the super easy steps –

tutorialforbows.jpg1. Cut two fabric rectangles. One 7×10 inches and the other 2x3inches.

2. Fold them in half long ways (wrong side out) and sew along the longer edge.

3. Turn the fabric right side out. I used this handy little hooked tool for the smaller rectangle. Iron flat making sure the seam is in the middle.

4. With the seam on the outside, stitch the short ends together to make a loop.

5. Turn both loops inside out so the seams are on the inside.

6. Pinch the bigger loop to make a bow shape and then hand stitch in place. Now squeeze the small loop over the bow to form the centre.

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I’m attaching a range of clips, elastics, and fasteners so that they can be used as hair accessories or bow ties. Here are some that i’ve finished. And below is my handsome model wearing a polka dot bow tie.

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