Art Therapy At Home | I Do Handmade

At the start of the year, mum and daughter duo Becky and Wendy from I Do Handmade were all ready to start their craft classes, teaching people how to stamp their own fabric, but lockdown sadly put a stop to their plans. Instead they chose Plan B: sending kits out for customers to get crafty at home!

Full disclosure: I was gifted this set but with no obligation to review.

a white bag with black feather and turquoise leaf pattern layered under a blue knitted cardigan
a white bag stamped with turquoise and black feather and flower design with turquoise t-shirt and white trainers beside it

There are 6 kits to choose from, including makeup bags, baby vest and bags, and family bundles. At checkout you choose your stamps and paints, and a few days later a beautifully wrapped parcel arrives with everything you need.

Mine could not have arrived at a better time, because at work we are advised to get changed at home time, and chuck our uniforms in a hot wash as soon as we arrive home. Having the big drawstring bag means that I can put my uniform in it and just put the whole thing in the wash, easy peasy.

I chose black and turquoise paints for my design to match my uniform. You receive a really generous amount, and the squeezy tip of the bottles means it's easy to add dots or writing to your design should you wish. I also chose 3 stamps, which are the star of the show! Hand carved and fairly traded from Ghana, they really make the bag stand out from high street offerings and it feels lovely to own something that somebody has patiently handmade.

a circular geometric stamp, a feather stamp, and a flower stamp, with tubes of turquoise and black paint

Alongside the bag you'll find sponges for applying the paint, full instructions, and some design ideas. All you need is some newspaper to pop inside the bag, and an iron to smooth it out, then set your finished design.

Sure, my design isn't perfect because I'm new to stamping, but for half an hour I wasn't flicking through my phone reading more bad news, nor was my mind filled with it, I was just relaxed and focused on the task, and at the end of it I had a finished product to be proud of. 

The kits start at £14.90, which is worth it for the therapeutic value alone, but considering you receive everything you need plus the paints and stamps to use on your clothes, napkins, or whatever you fancy, it does work out really well. I also imagine that for the parents out there it's an absolute bargain to keep the kids occupied while they drink a hot brew!

What kinds of mindful crafting do you enjoy?

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