There comes a time when you’re a crafter when you suddenly need a quick crafty gift. But it can’t look like a quick crafty gift. It has to look special. Personal. A little different. So why not use your Craft Tray Bag, some mini pony beads and elastic thread and knock up a quick named friendship bracelet or charm? This one is actually designed to fit around a water bottle so that the owner can spot it at a distance, but it will fit on her wrist as well. This is a quick and relatively easy make, although it is a bit fiddly. I’d advise against trying to get clever the way I did and making it in a string, as that gets complicated very quickly. (You have to count the beads as you go to make sure you’re threading them on right, and you have to remember that the strands will turn to go up and down. This is because the elastic loops up and down, and then the second strand goes the opposite way. More pictures needed.) The craft tray bag is great for this kind of work as you can fasten your thread down with a safety pin really easily, and the beads don’t shoot all over the place as they would on a hard surface. Working with just two colours, I found it easiest to sort out all the beads I needed first, and you can work out how long a piece of thread you need by measuring how long a bracelet you want and allowing 2 cm *2 for each row of beads. I found that 2 rows made a cm, so 16 rows gave me the length I needed given there’s some stretch. Once you’ve done all the calculations and sorted your beads out, the only thing to do is get threading. Like I say, I started with a straight thread. Once I’d got a few beads on, I quickly realised that keeping track of what I needed where was complicated, so I pushed the beads to the middle of the elastic, and started to do the second threading. Basically you bend the beads in a zig zag and the other end of the elastic goes the opposite direction through each set of 4 beads, meaning that all except the first set are double threaded. So it starts to look something like this. And then as you tidy it up you can see how the bracelet is going to form. You can use this technique to do all sorts of things. We’ve made little animals and owls as keychains or phone charms. Or bigger animals like lizards as toys. To finish this off as a bracelet, I took the ends of the elastic and tied them off, then threaded them through the first row of beads as if they were new beads, so there’s no break in the bracelet at all. Pretty, quick, unique and cheap. An excellent craft in all sorts of ways.
Easter Sunday falls in April 20th this year and that’s plenty of time to get some Easter crafts ready to share as gifts amongst your family. Now spring’s here and the sun is out it’s a great time for crafting in the garden and with your Trabasack craft tray you have a safe and sturdy service to work from.
Tray Top Card Crafts
Giving and receiving cards shouldn’t be restricted to Christmas time. By collecting (or even creating!) Spring images along with some simple white card, you’ve provided yourself with all of the tools you need for some seasonally festive cards. Images should be bright and full of greens and yellows for a true Easter feel, or try something totally different to stand out from the crowd.
To aid yourself further in this craft, try a lap tray like the Trabasack; a spacious and wipe-clean surface to lay your materials out and piece them together with great comfort and ease.
For the more adventurous crafter, try a knitted or crocheted egg cosy – in the shape of a bunny! Simple patterns (and even intricate ones if you feel like a challenge) can be found online or in seasonal craft magazines, and this skilful display is sure to bring glee to any friends and family who pop by. Turn your Easter crafting into a social event by inviting friends to come round for a chat while knitting “bunny cosies” right there in their laps.
Make your own Easter Bunnies
A great way to get the kids involved is to give Easter sock bunnies a try. Simply lay out some colourful (the brighter and more patterned, the better!) socks in front of you, carefully fill them with dry rice and use a rubber band to tie the top. Round off the top to create ears, tie a pretty ribbon around the “neck” and stick on some googly eyes – and there you have it! Easy Easter crafts that don’t take too long, but look brilliant when finished. The zip-up pouch on the Trabasack is ideal for storing scissors, ribbons and other craft materials safely, and keeps them to hand when you’re crafting with your lap tray.
Here’s a quick tutorial for making your own Easter bunnies:
The Best of the Bloggers
There are hundreds of craft tutorials and innovative ideas to try out across the web. Having a quick look around we’ve found some top crafts that you may want to give a go.
- Easter Bunny Treat Cups from The Imagination Tree are fantastic for the kids and super simple to make. Their Bunny piñata is also a fantastic Easter treat for children.
- Red Ted Art has a whole series of Egg Decorating posts but we’ve picked out this fun Easter Bunny Craft one as our favourite.
- Mollie Makes is one of the leading craft magazines in the country and their fun Rabbit ear headband is a fab gift for the kids when it’s time for the annual egg hunt.
We also found this really great assortment of crafts on Pinterest thanks to Makes and Takes.
The Trabasack is a unique and innovative craft tray design. The curved edge lies comfortably against your body, while the tray itself is spacious and robust – perfect for crafting! To buy your Trabasack and enhance your crafting experience, click here.
Arts and Crafts are an important factor in the development of children. Not only does creating bright pictures and chunky jewellery give themselves a chance to express themselves independently (and make themselves – and you – some fabulous new accessories) but it aids in promoting a healthy relationship with self-esteem. One of the ways to encourage high self-esteem is to allow independence through creativity. Giving your child their own space to colour and make gives them the freedom to explore through art. The Trabasack is a lap tray which clips securely around your child’s waist, giving them a “table” to work on in any location. As well as the comfortable bean bag cushion, beneath the tray there is a secure pouch with a zip which is ideal for storing materials and supplies so that they are always on hand and less likely to get lost.
Top Crafts for Kids Craft Tray Play
Hama Beads are the ideal table-top craft. Your child can get up close and personal with designs and, with the combination of the non-slip mat and the raised lip around the edges, the Trabasack provides a surface that will hold beads without them rolling away.
Many children love the focus and skill of using a French knitting doll – there are now sets available that are chunkier, making the work easier for smaller hands. As well as the tray being a handy place to lean the knitting on, the zip-up pouch is ideal for carrying the equipment around. Wool can also be woven around the D-rings around the Kids Craft Tray bag, freeing up your child’s hand if they find it difficult.
Friendship bracelets are another great way to use the Trabasack, as the kids craft tray bag provides a soft, velour surface on which to lay beads and thread out in various colour combinations and styles.
The zip-up pouch is ideal for carrying the equipment safely and securely. If your child loves play dough, then the waterproof non-slip mat for the Trabasack Curve is the ideal personal table. Not only is the tray large enough for them to create some great models, but the wipe-clean surface makes life easier for you too. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with good, old-fashioned drawing. Carry your paper and pens in the Trabasack so that it is always on hand and, using the Trabasack Mini your child will have a compact yet sturdy surface on which to colour and create. Our range of Trabasacks are a great idea for any crafts you love and want to pass onto your kids.
Macrame was big in the 70s to create wall hangings that no one quite understood, and bags that no one wanted to carry. But the techniques that it uses can be brought up to date and used to create beautiful jewelry with very little effort. For this micro macrame project making a ring, I used burgundy thread and a glass bead. You can buy specific micro macrame knotting thread, which is a little thicker than the thread I’m using, which is probably quite a good idea when you’re starting out.
Getting started with micro macrame – the materials.
As you can see, everything I needed fits beautifully into the craft tray bag for safe keeping when I’m not working on the project.
This particular project is a very simple one, and uses only one knot, the square head knot. If you’re just getting started with macrame, I’d suggest trying out the knots with something a little less fiddly than fine thread – I actually learnt all my knotting with scoobies! They are a lot easier to manipulate, and you can see exactly what the knot needs to be like.
You can easily find instructions to do this knot and many other macrame techniques on youtube if you need to practice before you get started, or there is a good image based tutorial here
Measuring your thread
The first thing I did was measure the thread twice around my finger to go through the bead. With a thicker thread you may only need to go round once. Once I’d knotted it, I slid the knots inside the bead, giving a ring looking something like this. You can also dab a little glue onto the knot before you slide it into the bead, if you want to be absolutely sure it isn’t going to come apart.
To actually do the knotting, I fastened the bead to one of the loops on the craft tray bag with a pipe cleaner. Might not be the most elegant looking solution, but it works surprisingly well. One of the things that I find particularly good for crafting about this bag are the variety of ways you can use things like the fastenings to make your crafting life easier. And let’s face it, we’re all about making life easier, aren’t we?
The work in progress
As the bag surface is fabric, the bead doesn’t slide around and you can even pin to it very gently if you’re so inclined. As you can see, I use needles to make the two threads I’m knotting more manageable – I can effectively sew the knots as I’m going.
Here’s a close up of the knots in progress. My technique is to go under from the left and over the right thread, then take the right thread over the ring threads and through the loop the left thread has left. You then reverse this process so that the left thread (now at the right) goes back under the ring threads and over the right thread, and the right thread goes back over the right threads and under the left. If you’re not quite sure what I’m talking about, the best thing to do is try it
When you’ve finished knotting, the best thing to do with the thread ends is sew them through the knotting so they can’t be seen. The finished effect is very clean and elegant I think, do you agree?
The finished ring
This is a simple and effective gift, and when you get into the hang of it, takes around half an hour to make. Micro macrame is definitely a craft that deserves bringing up to date I feel. Do you agree?
Trabasack: the craft tray solution
There are many reasons why it could be hard to have your own designated craft room or area. It could be that you live in a small home, have small children who may start rifling through all your precious crafting tools and potentially hurt themselves or just simply don’t have the time to set a specific area up. Of course, these are just some of the reasons you may not be able to have your own craft area. But this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your crafting hobbies, simply buy a Trabasack craft tray and bag and keep your crafting hobby compactly inside it!
Trabasack is a fantastic craft tray and bag which means you can enjoy your crafting hobby whilst sat comfortably on your sofa, at your dining table or even in bed! You can enjoy your hobby at ease wherever you wish. Then when you’re done for the evening, you can happily pack up your crafting work and accesories inside the Trabasack’s bag compartment.
Trabasack Craft Tray allows you to enjoy your hobby in the comfort of your sitting room
It doesn’t matter what your craft is, from beadwork to knitting, Trabasack gives you the freedom to practice and indulge your hobby wherever you may be. You can really get to grips with your crafting hobby without feeling you’re cluttering up the dinner table or shutting yourself away from the family. You can enjoy your hobby in the comfort of your sitting room and you’ll probably find yourself more involved in it than you were previously!
Trabasack is a fantastic British invention which has a hard tray surface on one side and a soft beanbag cushion on the other to keep you comfortable when utilising the tray. The bag space is extremely spacious and it is a brilliant innovative invention, ideal for crafters of all kinds.
Trabasack is the craft tray solution for all!