diy: do or don’t?


Felt Floral Mobile made by me. Photo Credit: Alisha Landreth

Should you DIY that?

Something I get asked often by my less crafty friends is “Will you teach me to make that?” To which I normally reply with a list of all the materials it took to make the item they’re admiring and the amount of time I invested in it as well. The usual response is that they would just like to pay me to make them one because they don’t think the time and monetary commitment is worth it for the final product. To be honest, a lot of the time DIY isn’t worth it. This is coming from someone whose desk is currently covered in embroidery thread, hoops, and various half-finished felt projects. I have spent more money than I would like to admit on craft projects in just the last year. I sew, paint, draw, embroider, and craft items from felt. I have a BUSINESS selling mouse ears!


Felt Flowers made by me. Photo Credit: Alisha Landreth

You might think I would be the last one to tell you that it’s not a worthwhile investment, but here’s the thing, if you aren’t already hoarding craft supplies then it’s probably not.   I am not saying that this means you have to actually be good at making crafts to invest in it as a hobby. I am saying that if your hobby is normally bird watching and you decide that you want to make yourself a hand embroidered bird pillow with high quality wool felt and only the best floss you will most likely be shocked at the initial financial investment you will have to make to achieve such a project. So if you are like me and don’t mind buying $30 in felt to make one bouquet because you know you will use the leftovers in another project someday, then sure, dive right in! If you don’t think you would use a glue gun more than once, please just support your local artisans and ask someone to make you the thing you’re lusting after on Pinterest. Or be like my friends and have your crafty friend make it (only if you pay them a fair price of course!).



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