Match at­tack!

Craftseller - - Q&a - LYNDA HER­RETT, PLYMOUTH

I’ve just been asked to help with the school Christ­mas fair – any quick and easy in­spi­ra­tion most wel­come! JANE SAYS: Cloth-cov­ered match­boxes make great lit­tle nov­elty gifts. With a few chocolate coins or jelly­beans in­side, th­ese pack­ages also work well for Christ­mas stock­ings, piled up un­der minia­ture trees and popped into party goody bags. You could also make match­ing laven­der bags to insert or use for jew­ellery stor­age. Be­cause they re­quire no sewing and are quick and easy to cre­ate, the kids can get in­volved. Sewing and stick­ing will en­cour­age kids’ cre­ativ­ity and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. This is also a great way of us­ing up fab­ric scraps that are too small for other projects. There are more ideas for craft­ing with, and for, chil­dren in my book,

(Pav­il­ion, £14.99, avail­able now from pavil­ion­books.com).

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