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Crocheting, knitting, sewing: why handicraft is back in trend

There are many good reasons for the new desire to do-it-yourself. Some resort to needle and thread themselves because they want to pass the time, others want to live more sustainably or make sure that the clothes they wear are made from 100 percent natural materials.

What is behind it, why is handcraft trendy again?

Reason 1: Handicraft is a meaningful and productive hobby

A good reason for crocheting, knitting, and sewing is that handcraft is so productive and meaningful. With a little practice, you can easily make many practical and beautiful things yourself. The self-crocheted or felted bag, a warm knitted hat, a pretty summer skirt, a cool carnival costume or decorative jewelry that is guaranteed to be unique are just a small selection of the possibilities.

Those who like something special and individual will be delighted by the do-it-yourself trend. For example, simple and inexpensive dirndl dresses for the Oktoberfest can be embellished with sparkling decorative stones, fragrant ribbons and cute embroidery according to your own taste. No other woman at the Oktoberfest has such a dress! And much more is possible:

  • Gem-studded pumps complete a Cinderella appearance on a first date.
  • Embroidered trouser cuffs make normal jeans an absolute favorite.
  • An open cardigan looks festive with a self-made clasp brooch.
  • Anyone who has always been on the lookout for a rocking top that is perfect for the disco evening - namely, for example with an integrated pocket for change, lipstick or drinks menu - can finally end their search and courageously reach for needle and thread.

So that the first steps on the sewing machine are successful, it is advisable to take an online sewing course in advance or to book a basic course at the VHS on site.

Once the basics are in place, all you have to do is buy a sewing machine, tailor's scissors and other accessories - and you're ready to go. The feeling of creating something useful with your own hands that can be used in everyday life is irreplaceable.

Make gifts yourself

Handicraft is not only practical for yourself and your family. You can also make wonderful gifts. How about beautiful damask napkins, an attractive tablecloth or individually made towels with pretty motifs for the kitchen or the swimming pool?

Such gifts are well received by friends and relatives and, because of their idealistic component, are often preferred to purchased everyday products.

Reason 2: The new desire for sustainability

Anyone who crochets, knits or sews a lot piles up in drawers and cupboards, in baskets and boxes, wool, needles, yarn, buttons, beads, sewing patterns and much more. In fact, you don't really know what's slumbering on the shelves any more. But one thing is certain: everything is needed!

That is the beauty of the handicraft, the enormous selection and the creative possibilities that result from it. At the same time, manual work is part of an ecologically sustainable approach to life. Handicraft is part of abstaining from consumption and offers creative approaches for the zero-waste trend.

Living sustainably in your own household can also be characterized by the fact that damaged items of clothing are not simply disposed of, but repaired. Tears in jeans, a frayed hem and torn buttonholes can easily be repaired by yourself.

If the clothes are really badly worn, you can make something new out of the fabrics. A cool shoulder bag, a backpack, decorative bows and ribbons or a patchwork blanket are ways to use fabrics sustainably. At the very end, completely worn fabrics are often still suitable as cleaning rags or duster.

Once on the trail of sustainability, there are other uses for items of clothing that in the past might have simply been put in the old clothes bag because they no longer fit or no longer fit. Garments can be exchanged, sold or even loaned out, because what one no longer fits or doesn't like it may be just right for others.

Improve carbon footprint

A wonderful side effect of crocheting, knitting and sewing is that your own carbon footprint is improved. The more thoughtless one has acted in the past, the greater the improvement.

Example: If clothing is ordered in Asia, it must first be shipped over long distances to Europe. The CO2 pollution associated with this is enormous. If the clothing is made in-house or the existing items of clothing are processed further, the CO2 savings are large. Anyone who wants to know what their own CO2 footprint looks like on earth can easily test it.

Reason 3: Know what is coming into your body

“Made in China” or “Made in Taiwan” is emblazoned on many labels of cheaply produced garments. Is the information about the material composition correct at all?

Many people ask themselves this question, who supposedly order high-quality clothes made of pure cotton and end up holding a cheap synthetic blend in their hands. What was the fabric dyed or bleached with? Which thread was used? What material are the buttons made of?

Those who tailor their clothes, knit their hats and gloves themselves and do a lot of other things themselves have it in their hands: the acquisition of buttons, yarn or fabrics, for example made from certified organic cotton from companies that produce sustainably and are socially acceptable to theirs Bypass workforce.

If you only want to use high-quality material made from pure natural fibers, you can ensure this by purchasing the materials yourself from sustainably managed companies.

People suffering from allergies and those with sensitive skin benefit particularly

For people who are particularly sensitive to synthetic fibers and aggressive bleaches or dyes, the do-it-yourself trend is a blessing. Natural substances do not irritate the skin and the absence of aggressive ingredients found in some chemically dyed clothing is also good for those with a contact allergy.

Last but not least, self-made clothing is also a good choice for babies and toddlers. On the one hand, parents can be sure that only selected materials come into contact with their child.

On the other hand, items of clothing that the child has outgrown can be recycled and processed into new items of clothing or utensils: The first romper becomes a soft hat, the first pair of jeans becomes a storage bag for Lego bricks and the like. Yourself trend all by itself.

Conclusion: Handicraft is back in fashion because ...

... it meets today's zeitgeist, which is characterized by zero waste, sustainability and health-conscious behavior. Hardly any hobby is as creative and meaningful as handicraft, regardless of whether it is about sewing, crocheting, embroidery, knotting, felting, knitting, lace-making, weaving, darning, patching, quilting, patchworking or braiding.

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