I’m sticking with the beeswax theme this week, but moving on to the August box from Craftiosity (https://craftiosity.co.uk/) featuring beeswax food wraps and an embroidered produce bag.
Included in the kit was:
Fabric squares x2
The fabric squares were actually missing from my box when I opened it up, which obviously can happen when so many boxes are being packed at once, but I got in touch with the lovely ladies at Craftiosity via Instagram and they sent out a couple of squares for me in the post straight away. The level of customer service I received from them was fantastic!
The process for making the wraps was so simple. I was amazed at how simple it was the last time I made them, but this was even easier! As the beeswax was already in pellets I didn’t have to worry about grating it or melting it down and there were no ovens involved. All you had to do was scatter the beeswax over the fabric and iron it between two pieces of parchment, ensuring that there were no bare patches. There was plenty of wax left over to create more wraps with your own fabric or to save and reseal these ones when the wax wears off a bit as they don’t last forever.
The embroidered bag was another quick project. Whilst I do like to get involved in a good big craft project, sometimes it is nice to have something that will take less than an hour to sit down and do with a nice cup of tea! The design was traced onto the bag using a pencil and then embroidered over using a combination of back stitch and satin stitch. Obviously it was a bit tricky embroidering inside the bag, but by positioning the design near the top rather than right in the middle there was a bit more room to manoeuvre. I also absolutely love the colour change embroidery thread provided in the kit. I have used it in another project recently and just think it gives a great effect to a piece of sewing.
I think I might use the bag to store my wraps in as I never know where to keep them. I had so much fun completing the two projects in this kit and also feel very eco-friendly making something reusable and plastic free!
I have signed up to another subscription box! This is a monthly one called the Craft Box Club (https://craftboxclub.co.uk/). They deliver a quick and easy craft each month to encourage people to take some time out of their busy lives and have a bit of creative me time. The main ethos behind their brand is to be plastic free, so all of their packaging has been designed with this in mind and their makes too.
I started with the March 2020 box which contained all the equipment to make beeswax wraps. Included in the box was:
3 pieces of fabric
3 blocks of beeswax
Also included is the link to a video showing you how to complete the project. At first I wasn’t sure about not having written instructions and only following a video, but once I watched the video I realised that the steps are really simple and easy to remember, so you don’t need to keep referring back to the video as you create. I really liked how the videos were laid out as well. They were shot from above which I felt gave a nice clear view of each step and there were several stills showing important things such as the contents of the box and how to sew on your buttons. There was also no talking, only captions to label things or tell you what to do. I much preferred this to having someone talk through the instructions as I find this can be distracting and sometimes unclear. The only thing I would have liked to change is that some of the shots were a bit far away and a close up of the step would have been better. The project was split into two videos: applying the wax to the fabric and sewing on the buttons.
For some reason I had images in my head of melting down the wax in a saucepan and dipping the fabric into it, but it’s actually way easier than that! All you had to do was grate the beeswax and spread it thinly over the fabric on a baking tray, put it in a low oven for five minutes and then use the brush to spread it out. Then just hang it up until it’s cooled completely and there you have your beeswax wrap. I couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was to do! The only warning I would give is to use a grater and a baking tray that aren’t your best ones because the wax is difficult to wash off!
The second step was adding buttons so that you could turn one (or two) of your wraps into a parcel. You had to fold the fabric up as you would if you were wrapping something like a sandwich and mark on where the buttons needed to go. Once the buttons were sewn on you could then use the string to fasten them.
Craft Box Club have several different subscription options including a three month or six month subscription with the choice to pay monthly or a larger one off payment, which obviously include a discount, or a flexible membership where you pay as you go and can cancel any time. I chose the flexible membership which is £22 a month including delivery, but all of them work out to roughly around the £20 mark. I would definitely recommend this box to anyone who was new to crafting and wanted to dip their toe into the creative pool. I had an email to say that my April box is already on the way so I’m looking forward to getting started on the next project.