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15 Low-Cost Craft Hobby Ideas for Beginners

Ania loves crafting—she made her first jumper at age ten and also enjoys needlework and sewing.

Here are some excellent crafting hobbies to explore if you don't want to spend too much!

Here are some excellent crafting hobbies to explore if you don't want to spend too much!

Looking for Crafting Hobbies?

From knitting and crocheting, through paper and clay craft, to soap and candle making, ideas for craft hobbies projects are endless.

If you are good at drawing or painting, choose something that involves decorating, like making cards or charcoal drawings. If you find that working in three dimensions and modelling things in your hands is what makes you tick, then go for clay, candle, or soap projects.

Finally, if you are patient and find repetition soothing and relaxing, there is nothing better than crochet or needlework. Some projects may take hours, others weeks, but all of them can be done for pennies if you engage your creativity.

15 Crafting Hobbies That Won't Break the Bank

  1. Crochet and Knitting
  2. Needlework
  3. Sewing
  4. Tatting
  5. Macramé
  6. Weaving Pictures
  7. Painting by Numbers
  8. Quilling
  9. Decoupage
  10. Colour Printouts
  11. Calendar Making
  12. Making Cards
  13. Papier-Mâché
  14. Soap Making
  15. Candle Making

1. Crochet and Knitting

I knitted my first jumper when I was ten. In fact, I made two of them as Christmas gifts for my parents. I have never been more proud of myself.

I do not actually remember when I learned to knit and crochet, but I know all my knowledge comes from my grandma. She used to knit or crochet all the time, so I had plenty of occasions to watch her working. And she was the one who gave me the old spare yarn for those jumpers. I spent a lot of time making them but did not spend any money at all.

Nowadays the internet provides so many tutorials and videos for beginners that each of us can find a perfect teacher. There are also hundreds of free patterns for everything, from a simple doily, through ponchos and jumpers, to complex clothes or jewellery designs. If you want to make a big piece, the yarn might become expensive purely because of the amount involved, but for small projects the materials will not cost much.

There are places when you can buy yarn in bulk quantities very cheaply, and obviously eBay offers a lot for almost nothing. Apart from the yarn, you will only need needles or crochet hooks, and a lot of time. This craft is for patient people, but it's very rewarding and soothes the nerves.

Cross-stitched sunflowers, work in progress

Cross-stitched sunflowers, work in progress

2. Needlework

If you like detailed work and have plenty of time and patience, then embroidery projects are the way to go for you. The easiest and probably the cheapest way to start is by buying a cross-stitch or embroidery set. Choose something small for your first piece, to make sure you will finish it in a reasonable amount of time. I must confess that I have projects I started years ago and I do not know when I will finish them. So choose wisely.

Once you get more confident using a needle and working with patterns, you may create your own designs. Patterns are easy to find online or in printed magazines. Buying canvas and a big selection of coloured threads will be much more expensive.

For doing it on a budget, try black-and-white patterns, like stitching your favourite pet. If you are looking for something more challenging, I would suggest looking at Richelieu patterns. They are usually done on a piece of white cotton fabric using white threads.

3. Sewing

Once you become tired with embroidery projects, or simply need a short break, you can put your new skills into sewing. There are endless things you may want to sew, so I give one example here that takes into account a limited budget.

When I was at school, I made a handbag out of scraps of old denim trousers. I cut out square pieces and arranged them in a checker pattern, then sewed all together. I added an inner lining of a different fabric and a few denim pockets. I finished it all off with a double-stitched denim belt. I used that bag for years to come and was very fond of it. It was a simple design, and I am sure you can create something similar yourself or find ideas online.

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