Have you heard of The Makery? They are a fabulous ‘Creative Hub’ in Bath where you can buy fabrics and haberdashery, go and attend a workshop or even have a creative party there! Bath is such a beautiful city and The Makery looks fabulous….if only I lived a little closer I would be visiting all the time.
The Makery also have a range of Make Away Kits that they have pulled together. They have six kits in all, including a sweet little coin purse and a cute pair of knickers! I have recently been lucky enough to test out one of The Makery’s Make Away Kits. I was given the Stag Heat Make Away Kit to try out. It was a great kit and really fun to put together. Not my usual kind of sewing project, so I was so pleased that I had the opportunity to make this Stag’s Head. I just love him!
I just love the fabric that was sent for the ‘body’ of the Stag’s Head. There was just the right amount too….enough to allow you to space the pattern pieces out nicely, but not so much that you felt like there was wastage. The felt that was provided for the antlers was in fact a felt made from recycled plastic bottles! Amazing stuff, so soft and pliable, you would never guess what it had been made from. The kit instructions indicate that the kit will take 5 hours to make. Without blowing my own horn, I would call myself fairly accomplished when it comes to sewing, so for me the kit took 3 1/2 hours start to finish (not including a mistake I made along the way!). Some of the curved seams are a bit tricky to sew together so I would say that this is a kit suitable for someone with intermediate sewing skills. The instructions do state that you can add a little more stuffing to create a firmer finish. In hindsight I wish that I had added more stuffing in the antlers. They stand up fine but they wouldn’t win in stag fight!
I’m so pleased with my Stag’s Head…I just need somewhere to hang it….it might just go here in my utility room, what do you think?
Just so you know….I wasn’t paid to write this review, but I was given the kit for free. All of the views expressed above are my own