Things to do in 'airplane mode'

Things to do in ‘airplane mode’

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With the start of summer basically here, it’s time to start getting excited and orgnaised for your trip away. Whether it’s a plane journey away to somewhere abroad or maybe it’s a 5 hour long train journey to visit family elsewhere in the UK, either way you are going to have plenty of time to kill when travelling (unless you pulled the short straw and need to drive of course)!

Here is a quick blog post on various ideas to keep you busy and productive. These will come in handy not only while on route to your holiday destination, but if you are anything like me and can’t sit still to sun bathe or at the beach, these ideas will certainly keep you occupied… and off your mobile phone!


FAKE NEWS!

Before we start, let me clear up some myths when it comes to being crafty on flights and what is allowed in your hand luggage! Having been on a 13 hour flight to Thailand in February this year, I can confirm the following is totally fine to be on board a flight - (Hey, don’t just take it from me! You can find out more on the GOV website too)

OK TO FLY LIST:

  • Small scissors (with blades no longer than 6cm)

  • Nail clippers - If you don’t have small enough scissors, nail clippers do the job in desperate times when it comes to cutting embroidery threads!

  • Knitting needles

  • Crochet Hooks

  • Sewing needle


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I have only recently started learning how to crochet and knit thanks to our amazing tutor Beth! So for me personally before now, I found hand embroidery the best thing to keep me occupied outdoors and while travelling, also because hand embroidery isn’t as bulky as carrying around various balls of wool!

Although with that being said, I felt that doing hand embroidery on a 13 hour flight did start to make my eyes go a bit crossed eyes so it was nice to then be able to sit and continuously knit rows and rows of what I am now claiming to be a very long scarf!

I also found being crafty on holiday helped my tan - yes you heard correctly! As I mentioned, I am useless when it comes to sunbathing or relaxing on the beach, I get bored so easily and need to be kept busy, so between reading a book and finishing off the hand embroidery kit I started at the airport I would I was a slightly darker shade of white!

So whether it’s one of our embroidery kits, knitting, crochet, weaving or more - make sure you are staying crafty this summer.

Ok maybe this one isn’t exactly something you can do while in ‘airplane mode’. but it is still a handy thing to mention for any of you luck lot that maybe have holiday homes or going away for a couple of weeks but don’t want to leave your sewing machine behind! This 100% fits in hand luggage as our very own Jenny took one to Glasgow airport to test it out for herself.

https://www.sewconfident.co.uk/sewing-machines/elna-sewingmachine-carrycase-red

Mothers Day Makes

With Mothers day right around the corner (31st of March for those who may have forgot), it is time to get your thinking caps on to create your mum a beautiful unique gift! We have posted below some nice ideas we might even try for ourselves! Ditch the boring, usual flowers and chocolate and this year get crafty!

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Not only are these embroidery hoops beautiful to look at and make a great wall hanging, if your mum is as crafty as you are she will appreciate all the time put into that hand embroidery. You could even use your hand embroidered fabric and create a classic but one of a kind zip bag.

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How adorable is this cushion cover? To those who have been along to our beginners class you will be masters of the piped cushion! Machine embroidery (or as we like to call it, machine doodles) is then used to create the writing and hands, also making this gift the perfect scrap buster.

Speaking of scrap buster, this basic stuffed heart shape with a message wrote in fabric pens is the perfect simple quick make that is guaranteed to be a hit with Mums with young kids.

Last but not least, a beautiful hand made Memory Bear (as pictured below). This can be made using some personal old items of clothing such as baby grows or maybe just some old tshirts that can no longer be worn. Not got anything old to use? These bears look just as good made in a nice mix of different patterned fabrics.

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If sadly you just don’t have the time to get crafty with your gifts this year, you can still make your mothers day efforts original by purchasing some Sew Confident Gift vouchers which can be used to whatever class, whenever they want!

For Glasgow Classes: https://bookeo.com/sewconfidentglasgow

For Dundee Classes: https://bookeo.com/sewconfidentdundee

Frida Frenzy

Everywhere we look there is Frida Kahlo designs to be seen! What are your thoughts on this latest trend or are you still a little unsure on who this famous mono brow lady even is…?

Who is Frida?

Considered one of the Mexico's greatest artist, Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyocoan, Mexico City, Mexico.  Frida painted many portraits, self-portraits and works inspired by the nature and artefacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist.


Sew Confident does Frida

Never wanting to miss a trend, here at Sew Confident we have created our very own, super cool item. DRUM ROLL PLEASE… Ladies & Gentleman, now available via the website or from our studios - A Frida hand embroidery kit!


Wanting to see what else we are loving? Check out below some of Colettes best finds! Just click the image to follow on to the website I found them on.