Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A Craftiosity Craft Kit Review, a Cork Passport Holder

A review of April's Craftiosity craft kit subscription box to make a cork passport holder.
I was given one of the Craftiosity April craft kit boxes in return for an honest review. 
I love the idea of subscription boxes, a present that drops through the letter box regularly with surprise goodies - what's not to like. The box from Craftiosity arrived last week and I saved it for the bank holiday weekend so I could enjoy playing with it's contents.
First thing to say is how beautifully the box was packaged. I know it should be what's on the inside that counts but pretty packaging makes it all feel like a real treat.
Craftiosity Craft Kit Box
This April box contains everything needed to make a cork passport holder, not just materials either, a couple of tools are in there too.
My Craftiosity box contained:
Cork Fabric
Bright Blue Felt
Linen Thread
An Awl
An Overstitch wheel
Needle & Thimble
Fabric Clips
A Template
Full Instructions

As well as the printed instructions in the box, Craftiosity also have a blog where they publish a video tutorial for the projects in case you need extra help with any of the instructions.

I did wander slightly from the instructions in the kit, I just can't help myself - sorry not sorry! The lovely folks at Craftiosity do say "make it your own way" and give some ideas for personalisation so I feel it is not only allowed but encouraged!
I used a water soluble pen to draw a paper aeroplane on the front piece of my passport holder before I attached the felt so back was hidden by the felt later.
Paper aeroplane design for embroidery
The kit had more than enough of the linen thread to add this extra embroidery.
Cork fabric passport cover
I also switched the stitching round the edge from a backstitch to a simple running stitch. I found the thread was pretty tough to pull through the holes I'd made in the cork even though I'd used the awl to make them, and with the thimble to protect my poor fingers! 
Inside, I did the first lines of decorative stitching as backstitch as per the instructions but going through the holes that second time was tricky.
Cork fabric passport cover
The finished passport holder is sturdy enough with just a running stitch so I'm happy. My passport fits in perfectly too!
Cork fabric passport cover
I love the look and feel of this cork fabric, I've seen a few ideas of things other people have made with it but I'm not sure it is something I would have gone out and bought just to experiment with. And THAT is the beauty of a kit like this, everything you need to try something new is included.
To be completely honest I'm not sure I would treat myself to a box subscription like this, but only because I have a ridiculously large stash of craft materials as it is. I think they make the most brilliant gifts though, especially if you know someone who is new to crafting and who doesn't have a lot of equipment or a big stash of materials.
The Craftiosity boxes are £20 each if you buy them individually, or at a discount if you buy more or subscribe - all the details of the different options are on the Craftiosity website here.

I had a little bit of the cork fabric left over so I was able to make a keyring too.
Cork fabric passport cover
I'll share the tutorial for that tomorrow. The tutorial is here if you fancy a peek. 
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  1. Such a great little craft kit! Your new passport cover looks great - I hope you get to use it soon!

  2. I keep seeing cork fabric come up at the moment so I was very interested to read your impression of using it! It's not something I would go out of my way to buy, and given how hard you found it to stitch with I may leave it a bit longer! I do love your passport cover - and I actually prefer the running stitch - it looks fabulous! I'm only just starting to use linen threads and love how they add that different light reflection.

  3. I have never seen cork fabric before. Looks interesting.

    1. It's fun stuff, I've seen bags and all sorts made with it. A little tricky to hand stitch so good for small projects I'd say. The machine coped ok with it though when I played with the left overs.

  4. Who does not like a perfectly wrapped box full of goodies, not seen cork used this way before and has turned out really good


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