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How to Nip Holiday Crafting in the Bud

Knit Weekend Hoodie Wine Carrier Yarn Crafted Ornaments
Knit Weekend Hoodie Crochet Wine Carrier Yarncrafted Ornaments

Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo shares her tips for enjoying holiday crafting - avoid feeling overwhelmed as as the season gets closer! Read her previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.

It happens every year to the best of us. We get excited about all of the wonderful gifts that we’re going to knit and crochet for everyone we love. Not to mention we want to decorate our own homes with our crafts. It’s thrilling and inspiring but as the holidays deadlines get closer, the cost of the supplies seems more than its worth, the gifts feel like they’ll never be finished, and you haven’t even started the crafts. Suddenly we’re overwhelmed and holiday crafting has become painful instead of joyful.

Don’t let it happen again this year!

Make a List of What You Want to Make

Write it all down on paper: from the crochet wine gift bags to the knit sweaters with a note about who it is for. Narrow down that list with the following steps:

  • Cross off any item that requires supplies that are too expensive  to make the gift itself.
  • Cross off any item that would go to someone you know won’t appreciate your handmade efforts.
  • Cross off any item that you don’t actually want to make but just feel like you should.
  • Cross off any item that you’d really like to make but know in your heart you don’t have the time for.  (Make it for a birthday instead!)

The point here is to give yourself permission to make only the handcrafted items you want to make, can reasonably make and know they will be appreciated by the fact you made it.

Get Out The Calendar

Now it’s time to go through your list and assign an amount of time to each project. Schedule the projects into your calendar. That’s right; actually block out your crafting time as a scheduled appointment. If you can’t make it work on a calendar, you can’t make it work in real life. It’ll just become stressful so that means you have to re-assess and further narrow down your work.

Get All Prep Work Done

Now it’s time to make sure that you’ve purchased all of the yarn and any other supplies that you need. Have everything on hand to make the process simpler.

Make the Most of Your Craft Time

Now that you’re prepared to craft in a reasonable way, relax. Enjoy the process of crafting and make the most of the time. Some suggestions:

  • Use this time to meditate. This greatly relieves holiday stress!
  • Do intentional crafting. Boost the loving feelings of the holiday by focusing on those you adore while you craft.
  • Make it a family affair. Do your holiday crafting while the kids do theirs.
  • Host a craft night. If you have other crafty friends then they’re dealing with holiday overwhelm, too, so it can help to all get together for a scheduled craft night and knock out those WIPs.

If those deadlines get too close and you still want to whip up a handmade gift, check out our list of crafts to make in less than 15 minutes.

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