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Making Time For Crafts In 2020

One of my resolutions for 2020 is to set aside time for crafts. I sorted through my craft stuff recently so let’s have a look at all my unfinished (and yet-to-be-started) projects and kits.

kawaii window seat

Window Seat

Back in 2015 (!) my dad made me a wooden chest to use as a window seat in my bedroom. Here’s the plans, the finished piece and the fabric I chose for the cushion. I then spent many mornings looking at it from my bed and considering how to cover the foam cushion. Last year, I read about this DIY upholstery headboard at Design*Sponge and realised I could totally do that too. I found a similar tutorial for a window seat so now I have a piece of wood, a piece of foam, lots of fabric and a staple gun. I am confident it will be happening this year (but extremely slowly because my hand strength is nil).

kawaii fabric bows

Fabric Bows

Georgie of Beauxoxo made these adorable bows with my fabric for a no-sew tutorial in my book. One of the other Sakura bows was glued to a headband, which I’ve been wearing a lot but the others have just been sitting in a box of book stuff. I want to turn them into more headbands and accessories that I can wear to events, markets etc.

secret project

Secret Project Gift

Wow, I had forgotten all about this. I must have made it back during my tapestry adventures of 2012-2014. It is 95% finished but the last 5% of putting it all together is very tedious. It would be great to finally get it completed for the giftee’s next birthday.

kawaii quilt fabric

Kawaii Quilt

Another project from the depths of time (2013) when I started sewing bits of fabric from my purse-making and Spoonflower swatches into strips for a possible quilt. I’ve got a roll of strips, a box of cut pieces and a big pile of new swatches now. It’s pretty easy work so I will try to pick it up again.

stevie dressmaking pattern

Stevie Sewing Pattern

I have had so many dressmaking failures and yet it’s something I really want to be able to do so I keep going back. This Tilly and the Buttons pattern for a top/dress is supposed to be for beginners, and it’s something I could make over and over again if I get a good fit. Realistically, I am not going to start this until spring/summer when it might be warm enough to be taking it on and off for fitting.

snowman craft kit

Snowman Kit

I bought this in Daiso on my last Japan trip because it was cute and had English instructions. I’ve never done this type of paper weaving craft and it looks horribly complicated but I might end up loving it? Maybe if I start now, I’ll have it done for Christmas.

craft kits

Miscellaneous Craft Kits

I think the 2 on the left were free with Mollie Makes, the top right must have been a gift from someone with a Lucky Dip Club subscription (Claire?) and the mini embroidery hoops at the bottom left is from Flying Tiger. I’m not super-excited about any of these but I’ll probably tackle some of them first to ease my way back into crafting and see if they inspire my own ideas.

japanese rubber stamp kit

Stamp Carving

I bought these on my 2016 Japan trip at Yuzawaya, a massive craft shop. This is the only thing I bought there that I haven’t used yet so hopefully I will come up with an idea for it this year. My art degree is in printmaking so it would be nice to get into this as a hobby.

embroidery hoop

Embroidery Hoop

I still love this bright yellow hoop and need to create something that makes the most of it. I have a couple of other bits of hoop art so it would be cool to make a little gallery wall in my studio.

DIY Fabric Wall Hanging
Image by Spoonflower

Fabric Wall Hanging

There is a big blank space in my bedroom, above the radiator and right at the doorway, that annoys me so much because I can’t think of anything to hang there. Spoonflower shared 4 Easy Ways to Make a Fabric Wall Hanging recently and I had a lightbulb moment. Of course, this was after I’d just tidied up my fabric stash so I’ll need to look through again to see if I have anything suitable or if I should design something.

I’m quite excited about all this! Very little of it is intimidating so I hope to report back with some finished projects soon.


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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