Crafting with a social conscience meets easy-to-follow instructions in The Sewcial Circle. Perfect for beginners.
Easy to follow instructions
End result feels stylish and modern
You do need to provide some additional tools
By Jess Beech
The past year might not have panned out quite as we planned, but many people have been finding the silver linings within challenging circumstances. For instance, more time at home does mean more time to embrace your inner artist.
This acknowledgment of your creative side is something that Katie, founder of The Sewcial Circle knows all about; the craft-based brand started life in 2013 as a side hustle to her day job as a copywriter and has grown organically to become an online community of people who love to make things – especially pom-poms!
If you’re looking for an introduction to both The Sewcial Circle and crafting in general, its jewellery making kits are a great starting point, allowing you (as they do) to flex your craft muscles. And all with a little extra help, via Katie’s easy-to-follow instructions.
Jewellery making is just one string of the The Sewcial Circle bow, with its website covering plenty of other crafts including pom-poms, weaving and embroidery. It’s not all about the kits either (although we’d argue they’re the jewel in the brand’s crown); you can buy craft supplies for your own projects through the website too.
The Sewcial Circle jewellery making kit specifications
- Starting price point: £14
- Collection size: 9 starter and refill kits
- Materials: Various
- Tools included: No
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How much do Sewcial Circle jewellery making kits cost?
Prices start at £16 for the Braided Cord Friendship Bracelet Kit, travelling up to £30 for the Friendship Bracelet Gift Set in a Tin. Refills for much-loved kits come in at a very purse-friendly £14.
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Which Sewcial Circle jewellery making kits are best?
Braided Cord Friendship Bracelet Kit, £16
An enjoyable activity for big and little kids alike, this kit includes a Bamboo loom and enough colourful cotton yarn to weave at least 8 bracelets. It’s not too fiddly, and once you get into the rhythm of it, it becomes surprisingly therapeutic. How long it takes to weave a piece long enough for a bracelet will depend on how fast you work, but it took us around 30 minutes of nonstop crafting to make one (not including the setting up time). We loved that it’s mess-free, compact to store and can be left for another day if you get distracted. You’ll need a jump ring to finish your bracelet off (not included), which can be picked up on Etsy for as little as 83p.
Cord and Bead Necklace Kit, £26
Great for little hands or anyone who struggles with mobility in their fingers, this kit uses a big loom, chunky beads and wide, stretchy t-shirt yarn to make statement necklaces. Each set has enough supplies to make three necklaces, or a combination of necklaces and bracelets to keep things fresh. The t-shirt yarn itself is made from fashion industry offcuts, so the colours and designs in the kits are alway changing, too.
Tassel Earring Kit, £24
As well as being a little more fiddly than the Braided Cord Friendship Bracelet Kit, this particular process requires slightly more concentration. Each kit comes with enough silky embroidery floss to make two pairs of earrings, as well as gold- and silver-plated hooks and hardware. You’ll need a little extra room for this project (and the help of a measuring tape) as the floss needs to be cut into 2m lengths. Jewellery pliers would be handy too, in order to help you close the metal jump loops.
Ease of use?
Great for beginners, all Sewcial Circle instructions are easy to follow with handy diagrams in case you get stuck. There aren’t too many steps either, so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.
The Sewcial Circle has made a real commitment to making sure all of its packaging is planet friendly. Its recyclable, resealable pouches could be used for everything from storing hair bands to spices, while the metal tins are great for storing smaller jewellery pieces.
In response to social distancing restrictions, Katie has just listed her first online workshops to the website, and will be adding more at the start of the new year. Designed for kids and adults alike, these are fun activities for the whole family to get involved.
Summing up… Sewcial Circle jewellery making kits
With local lockdown restrictions meaning more time spent indoors, these fun kits are the perfect antidote to otherwise gloomy afternoons. Definitely worth investing some time and money.
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