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Missguided Crafty Christmas

Not long after we moved into our house I set up a 'craft room' in a room downstairs that was converted from the garage some years before.  I put in a desk for my computer and sewing machine and bought a set of drawers to store all of my fabrics.  I bought a lot of fabric, felt, threads and put a beautiful sewing box on my Christmas list.  I bought crafty books and subscribed to Mollie Makes, flicking through all of the 'makes' with excitement and bookmarking future projects.  My enthusiasm for craft was unrelenting - I pictured myself spending lazy Sunday afternoons making dresses, pins in my mouth, a black and white film on TV and endless mugs of tea to fuel the gentle putter of the sewing machine.

My first foray into sewing at home was cushion covers.  I made a few cushion covers for our house, I made cushions as presents to give to other people.  I pretty much nailed cushions.  I then moved onto hanging hearts.  I made a mess of hanging hearts.  There were wonky hearts, misshapen hearts, stuffing coming out of hearts.  I tried other things - other projects from my Mollie Makes and Cath Kidston books.  I messed them up.  I excelled in unthreading the needle, getting the thread jammed, taking an hour to wind the bobbin and generally producing things that looked that they'd been made by primary school children.  I remember a time in Primary School, actually, where I undertook a sewing project where I had to appliqué a character onto a bit of fabric.  After an hour of sewing I discovered I had sewed the entire thing onto the fabric, but also onto my school skirt.  I probably should have known at that stage what my relationshup with sewing would be in later years, but unfortunately I did not take the hint.  I did eventually take the hint with my own endeavours a few months ago, after several stressful Sunday afternoons throwing tantrums at my disfigured creations. Mollie Makes, but Rosie Ruins.  I accepted that I was not a crafter.  I packed away the sewing machine.

So when Missguided got in contact about their Crafty Christmas campaign where we had to make a Christmas jumper out of a DIY kit with felt and glitter and all kinds of other fun ingredients, I probably should have left it to the professionals.  And upon seeing the results, I definitely should have left it to the professionals.


In my defence there was a tighter deadline than I thought to knock this up, meaning I had to do it in one afternoon (with a bit of help from my Mum and Dad).  Also in my defence, my Christmas jumper:

1. is musical, in the sense that it has bells sewn onto it
2. features a slightly drunk looking Rudolph with glitter baubles on his antlers.

What's not to like? Well perhaps quite a lot, as now the album has gone live on the Missguided Facebook page my creation is currently well and truly last at about 70 likes, with some of the others on over 1000.  And most of them at least on a few hundred.  I had to laugh into my cup of tea last night when I saw it, some of the other jumpers are absolutely amazing and totally deserve to win.


If you like an underdog, why not go and give drunken Rudoph a vote here, and whilst you're at it, view the whole set.  If you 'like' your favourite you could win a £75 Missguided voucher so there is something in it for you rather than simply nursing my bruised ego at being so far behind! 

Are you a naturally crafty person or are you a messy, botcher like me?

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21 comments

  1. Haha that jumper is the best! At least you can tell it's handmade with love ;) xx

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  2. That's really good Rosie!! I have voted for you! I like your little Rudolph! I'm a massive botcher, I can't even sew a button on without it falling off again about 10 minutes later! Well done!
    xx

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  3. Haha love the jumper! x
    www.lornaswishingwell.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I think it's really cute! Also, where did you get the original jumper from? It's a lovely colour xx
    Coquetin

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  5. I'm an impatient crafter, to be honest. I like the idea of creating dress masterpieces, but then when I get started I just want it to be finished, so I sometimes cut corners which I know isn't great. I like your drunk Rudolph, though! If I had a facebook I'd vote for you....

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  6. Lol. Be proud and flaunt it my dear. Besides you'll probably only wear this once a year. It takes time to learn and aquire crafting skills. IE you have to make A LOT of mistakes and try not to make them again. Don't give up. Maybe just try a different craft.

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  7. Love it.. to be honest your creation is 100x better than if I attempted any jumper customisation. I love the idea of crafting and once I went on maternity leave I dreamt of making drawer smellies & xmas decorations... But alas it was a dream! Probably for the best!

    Your jumper is amazing and it reeks of Christmas spirit!

    Georgie xx

    The Blonde Galaxy

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  8. I love this, i don't think i could have made a better jumper myself x

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  9. It actually looks super cute on you, Rosie!

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  10. I think it looks FABulous Dahrrrrrrling!
    Seriously cute and fun and festive.
    I love doing crafty bits and bats and was getting sick of having to clear the kitchen table whenever I was mid project and we were having tea.
    So I've set myself up a corner in our attic conversion. Its a double bedroom with my desk and bits set up on one side. Now I can quite happily lose myself for a few hours!

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  11. Only you could make a drunk rudolph jumper look stylish.
    I am a total craft numpty, I am ambivelent about sewing and knitting? Forget it. I like painting, drawing, writing... I hope that fulfills my creative quota :) I remember making a hat in textiles at school and sewing the whole thing together so no head could get in haha oh deary me. xxx

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  12. I personally LOVE your creation. I'm not crafty at all but you did real good and as if it means anything but you're my winner! Ha! <3

    Tara xo

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  13. It's the taking part which counts :P I think you've done a great job Miss! X

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  14. Aww don't be too hard on yourself, this design is so sweet! I'd buy it! xxx

    Grace | Glitter and Carousels

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  15. Your jumper is adorable (and so are you!) The way you've styled it is totally up my street, gave you a vote earlier before I even saw the post! x

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  16. Haha I love your jumper Rosie and I love this post. I'm going to go vote for you now, good luck!
    x

    Raffles Bizarre Blog

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  17. Well, I happen to think your Rudolph is really cute! You've done a great job, and you're now over 100 votes :) I've just added to it!
    I'm pretty crafty, love anything like this! xx

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  18. I think your rudolph is lovely and that you've done a good job so much better than I would do if I was involved. http://joannavictoria.co.uk/

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  19. Don't slate your work Rosie, I actually think this is fab, much better than anything I could do! x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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  20. This is hilarious! But fab attempt...much better than I could manage, espesh as I'd struggle to sew a button on! Well done...Drunken Rudolph Rocks!

    Katie x
    http://www.missenchanting.co.uk/

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