Bonds of friendship
DMC's Friendship Bracelet Maker™ Traveller is a new tool designed to simplify the craft of making friendship bracelets on the move. It's a creative, entertaining and safe pastime for children that will keep them amused for hours. The Traveller is great for the summer holidays as it is a convenient size that can fit easily into a backpack or “carry on” bag to pass time at the airport, train or coach station.
The kit includes a storage tray with 20 pre-cut Prism® threads in 10 different colours and has a global clip and numbered slots to keep the threads organised while knotting. Easy to follow instructions are included for a simple striped bracelet. The product helps children with their dexterity and is perfect to give as a gift. RRP £14.99.
The company also offers a range of value thread packs for all types of art and craft projects. The Prism® craft threads can be used in many ways including: friendship wear, card making, scrapbooking, hair braiding, cord making, wrapping, decorative finishings and simple sewing projects. Prism value craft thread packs RRP between £9.99 – 17.99. Contact DMC Creative World Ltd, T: +44 (0)116 275 4000, W: www.dmccreative.co.uk
Back to nature
Charlotte Packe formed Sparrowkids to introduce children to design by creating their own unique and individual garments.
The project motifs are taken from nature, each make uses sustainable, locally sourced materials and the felt used in the kits has a high wool content. The kits come in clear biodegradable bags made from cornstarch. Sparrowkids' chicken cushion kit contains pre-cut wool felt shapes with pre-punched holes, plastic safety needle, wool thread, cut felt decorations, embroidery thread and instructions all in a biodegradable clear bag with printed header. The RRP is £12, and the kit is available in white wool felt. It is also available as a party kit for five, RRP £49.
The cherry blossom purse leaf kit, includes two pre-cut leaf shapes with pre-punched holes in thick wool green felt, plastic safety needle, cut out felt flowers, wool thread, thick cord and instructions and help on identifying a cherry tree. Packaged in a biodegradable clear bag with printed header, the kit has an RRP of £10. This design also comes in a more economical party pack for 10 people with an RRP of £34. All Sparrowkids kits are made in England, please email for all trade enquires E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Galt toys, www.galttoys.com, has a range of kid's kits. Its Sock Dog Kit, RRP £7.99, enables kids to make a cool sock dog. Contents include: sock body with legs, sock head, two sock arms, felt pieces, plastic eyes, stuffing, embroidery thread, bodkin and guide. For six years plus.
Its Sensational Sequins Ponies kit, RRP £5.99, allows little hands to create two sparkly sequin pony pictures to hang in your room. All kids have to do is peel off the backing sheet, pick up the sequins with the wax crayon and stick them onto the picture, matching the sequins to the colour on the board. Kit includes two self-adhesive pictures, large sequins in assorted colours, and a wax crayon. Suitable for children aged five years plus.
Galt's Petal Pouffe kit, RRP £10.99, makes a great inflatable petal pouffe for a child's bedroom. Kids can stitch the pre-punched pieces of soft fleece and finish with a funky flower and handy side pockets. Includes inflatable pouffe, pre-punched fleece pieces, embroidery thread, button, bodkin and guide. Suitable for age six years and above.
Looby Lou Designs has a range of contemporary canvas kits to creatively inspire boys and girls from aged three years and up to make their own special and personalised pictures.
All products are carefully designed to encourage children to have fun and use their own creativity, allowing for wonderful individual results. The kits are also designed to give children the confidence to explore and find their own “making” ideas.
Lucy now has an ever-growing range including Little Art, Little Stitch, Mini Art, Children's party in a box and Looby Lou's Bits 'n' Bobs, with plans to develop the range further. For orders email Lucy via E: email@example.com
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