Assistant Editor Jordan Kushins: I’d love to make more time to make more things in the new year, and could definitely use a nudge or two in the right direction. DIY inspiration really is the gift that keeps on giving, so here’s a few projects and kits to kick off a creative renaissance.
Scottish textile designer extraordinaire Donna Wilson does some pretty wonderful things with wool. Her site has a selection of blankets and little plush toys, along with this great Make Your Own Monster kit, which features a creature form, stuffing, and sew-on accessories.
Billie and Tootie, the lovely owners of Silverlake’s ReForm School, have gathered together buttons from artisans around the world into this perfect little set. They come together in a little pouch, and would make awesome embellishments on a canvas bag, sweater, or displayed in a small bowl at home.
If you're a fan of classic patterns and love the look of vintage sheets, check out these sweet packs of pre-cut prints from LA-based sewing and crafting workshop Home Ec. Ten different 18"x22" fat quarters (a phrase which refers to the squat, square-ish shape of the piece as opposed to a longer strip) come in each collection, each one pretty perfect for adding a splash of color to any artsy project. And if you're down in LA, stop by the shop or pop in for a class!
Whether you're an avid crafter or font enthusiast, looking for some nifty little decorations to spice up your home or just love thumbing through a quality grab bag of paper goodies, Janet Morales and Stu Eli have put together a pack just for you. Each is unique, featuring numbers, tickets, labels, stamps, stencils, maps, and more. When you're done pining for paper, treat yourself to a virtual browse through their online shop, Three Potato Four, featuring mostly vintage and some new pieces for your tabletop, kid's room, office, and kitchen.
While DIY kits for Clockeee’s timepieces aren’t currently available, the framework of each clock is a complete modern DIY inspiration. Sans official kit, it may be a little bit of a challenge. Use the combination of your woodworking and design skills along with a clock mechanism and a little dedication, and you will create a stylish one-of-a-kind gift that will add a touch of craftsmanship to any hour.