When I posted my guide to buying fabric on eBay I was inundated with emails asking me to expand on the topic and share my favourite haberdashery and bits and bobs/craft-y sellers.
eBay Crafty Goodies
This year I plan to make 60% of my Christmas gifts, for some this might be nothing but I’m not blessed with the crafty ways of some of you clever folk so for me this is a lot. I know it’s only July but I need to get a wriggle on if I don’t want to be crying my way through my 400th viewing of Elf as I glue a brooch back on to something kitsch come December.
I’ll need supplies of course. A lot of my fabric has been sourced at bootsales or eBay as detailed in my buying fabric post and I was lucky enough to pick up a lifetime supply of vintage thread for £1 in a charity shop a few years back so I’m set for the basics however things that change small little crafty gifts from dull and ordinary to a A Special Gift, well those I need to stock up on.
Is there a clinical name for a ribbon addiction? Why can’t I resist the stuff? It truly is my weakness.
- Why yes I do need various coloured leopard print ribbon. You mean you don’t?
- If you follow me on Instagram (@athriftymrsuk) you’ll note ‘I fart polka dots’ so this insanely huge selection or polka dot ribbon for £1.519 (5 yards) could come in useful in case I can’t summons the wind myself. No, really this will be perfect for a couple of craft projects I have in mind including sewing a cot bumper for my friend’s baby and hair ties for a cheerleader (yeah, really) friend.
- I think we’d struggle to be friends if you can’t at least admit that ladybird ribbon is cuter than a kitten shaped cupcake.
When I mentioned cabochons in this post I had so many emails asking me to feature more, so it would be rude not to
- These swallows are some of my favourites. They are great as brooches and even make a pretty mean statement ring.
- Right, I cannot even begin to tell you how much I need, want and lust after these poodle cabochons. I have projects swimming through my head just at the mere thought of them.
- I’m a bit of a bow fiend and can already see these as a ring.
- So many things, so many things, there are so, so many things I could do with these skull cabochons. SO MANY THINGS.
- I want to wear these peachy gorgeous flowers in my hair and pretend we have a summer.
When I posted about making jewellery in this post a lot of you asked where to get earrings, chains and other bits and bobs. Naturally eBay is my answer.
- I’ve had a few bad experiences with some of them turning wrists and ears a fetching shade of green but eventually I’ve found this seller to be really good and very fast when it comes to dispatch. I’ve found a lot of sellers to be a good bit cheaper but I don’t want to give a gift to someone and have it discolour their ears.
- These metal studs are good quality and key to lots of current trends.
- If you’re making rings you’ll need some ring blanks. There are so many different choices in colour sizes, widths that you really need to sit down and think about what you prefer. I make quite a few rings for gifts and always find that these ones work best for me.
P.S. Do you have a favourite craft or haberdashery seller on eBay? Do feel free to share the links.
P.P.S. I posted earlier today with the Wednesday task for #DHWP. You can find it here.