Love crafting but bored of it looking just like everyone else’s stuff? Read on for a number of ways to personalize your crafts, no matter what they are.
Engravings are a super special way to personalize your crafts. You’ll need special equipment and a lot of patience to get really good. But nothing good comes easy! Give yourself time, and get lots of practice. Good lighting will help, as will not doing it when you’re tired, and your eyes are blurry! Think carefully about what you want to engrave. Go with something simple to begin with, like initials. You can then move up to dates, names, and eventually, full messages. An engraved item is a wonderful gift for a special occasion, like a friend’s wedding or a partner’s anniversary. Plus if you ever become a famous designer, that unique piece of work will be worth a fortune for them!
Go Against The Grain
Personalization doesn’t just have to be about personalizing the item in question. It’s also about putting your own personal stamp on it. So if everyone is working with white thread, work with black. If everyone is making feather earrings, make pearl ones! Developing your own personal brand is always wise, as it makes you stand out from the crowd. It makes people see your work and say ‘That’s by so and so’! Take UK designer Rob Ryan, for example. His paper cutting and screen printing is distinctive as his, and he’s now super successful as a result.
Match Their Interior Decor
If you are making a crafted item for a friend or family member, match it to the interior design in their homes. This way you’re giving them something that matches their home, and this alone makes it a very personalized gift. So if their bedroom has recently been painted yellow and gray, use the janome quilting machine to make a yellow chevron quilt. Or, on a smaller budget, make them a really unique cushion cover to decor the rest of their living room. The world is your oyster with this idea, as you can make them an item for any room in their house.
Monogram Their Initials
Monogramming initials onto items is a great way of personalizing things, whether it’s for yourself or a friend. It also makes things look expensive and luxurious, which is never a bad thing! Experiment with different fonts and thread colors. You can monogram by hand, but with practice, you can also do it with a sewing machine. Once you’ve mastered monograms, you could move onto full names or even messages! Read on for more on this…
Personalize your crafted item by putting your favorite lyrics on it. It doesn’t have to be lyrics, of course. How about your favorite movie quote, or an extract of a poem? If you are making an item as a gift, how about something that means a lot to the gift receiver? So, if it a gift to celebrate your friend’s recent wedding, how about a screenprint with their wedding vows on it?