Makerly March Box Review 2019

Reviewed by Alex Butler on March 28, 2019

A good hare day!

I’m a crafter. I’ve always been a crafter and I’ve now made it into my career so I suppose I’d better keep it up for a bit longer! I love taking a handful of bits and bobs and making them into a ‘thing’. As a child I was always creating and concocting (who can forget the rose perfume of 1987? Ingredients: artificial rose petals, ripped up sugar paper, some green lego bricks, a dash of shampoo, 2 bath pearls (remember them?) and a load of water. Method: put all ingredients in a large, almost clean putty tub, cover with lid and hide under your bed for 3 years until you ‘discover’ it on the day you’re moving house and your dad tips a bucket of congealed, greyish sludge all over your/new person about to move into the house’s bedroom carpet!) Thankfully I got a bit better at the whole thing and these days I (usually) make slightly more successful projects.I have no problem with experimenting with crafty techniques or ‘fudging’ when a project isn’t exactly going to plan and I know I can go to my stash and pull out whatever I need. I also know that many people don’t have the confidence to do that or the belief in their own abilities (or the crafty materials stash) to just ‘start’ a project or new craft and so a craft subscription box is perfect to start their journey down the rabbit hole!

First Impressions

Makerly projects come in a simple brown cardboard box decorated with a pretty label reflecting a contemporary style. I’ve had a look back through past project boxes on their Facebook page (Makerly Crafts) and they are all similar in style: fresh, bright colours and modern style makes including rag rugging, bath bombs and printing.Once I opened the box I was met with tissue paper confetti dots (cute!) and good haul of stuff! I dived straight in and found the instructions to see what I would be making. This month’s project is a March hare. The images showed me a ‘vegan and entirely cruelty free March Hare trophy head’. In my crafting, I generally prefer to make things that have a purpose as I’m worried about my house being overrun by beautiful decoration (and all of it needing dusting!), but I can honestly say I’ve never sewn a trophy head before so I wasn’t totally against the idea! I dragged out all of the bits and bobs and hopped to it! (sorry!)

Products

The box contained everything I needed (and more!) to create the trophy head, all packaged in lovely patterned paper bags. Extras included some coordinating gingham buttons, a bit of red lace, some little navy ribbon bows and 3 wooden buttons etched with “handmade with love”. Little touches like this give it a ‘treat’ feel and made the unpacking of it all that bit more exciting. I can see that if you regularly subscribe to this box, your craft stash will soon develop and before you know it you’ll have buttons, bows, bits and bobs a-plenty! All of which will undoubtedly inspire you to get even more creative! I’ve given you a full list of the contents at the bottom of this review so you can see how this box is pretty good value for money if you’re going to go on to do a bit more crafting. The instructions were pretty clear although I wouldn’t necessarily say they were suited to a total beginner. Step 2 required a ‘neat back stitch’ and some ‘sculpting’ which, although easy enough to work out with the help of a quick google search if it was new terminology, probably isn’t the easiest for novice stitchers. I worked through the whole project in about 2 hours and it was mostly straightforward (I cheated a bit and used my Big Shot die cutter with a flower and leaf die to cut out the felt shapes instead of cutting each one out with scissors). I did get what I like to call Crafter’s Doubt (that feeling that occurs between 40-60% of the way through any project where you say to yourself, “This is rubbish. It looks more like road kill than a trophy head. I’m clearly more suited to spawning dust bunnies than hare heads.”) but I ploughed on and finished it and was pretty chuffed with the results! Just as I was admiring my creation my little boy (aged 4) came in and asked me where its body was and when I was planning on finishing it (He has a crocheted Pikachu which has never managed to grow a tail and he likes to remind me of this on a regular basis!!!!). I considered starting to explain about taxidermy and its role as a way to demonstrate man’s dominance over other species and the social and historical significance of having part of a rare, dead animal over your fireplace etc. but I decided against it and just agreed that I’d failed to complete yet another project! Aren’t kids great! I did enjoy making the hare head. There were a few fiddly bits (sewing curves is never exactly a joy) but generally nothing major to struggle with. I’m not sure where it will live in the house (the spot above the fireplace is already taken!) but I like him and I’ve named him Hare-y Houdini (his final illusion being making his body disappear!).Having never really thought about a craft subscription box before, I can leave you with these final conclusions.
  1. Subscribing to Makerly would not only open you up to new crafts each month but it would also save you buying more art supplies than you need before you know that you even like the activity. For example a bag of toy stuffing can set you back anything from a fiver and you might not be planning on using very much at all. This box supplied just enough to complete the project so I’m not left with two thirds of a bag of stuffing I don’t need and have to find somewhere to store.
  2. The general use bits and bobs are great for building up your craft stash and equipping you for future projects when you start thinking ‘outside the box’! I now have a full wheel of pins, 8 self-threading sewing needles and some red cotton to do who knows what with when the moment comes.
  3. Taxidermy mounted trophy heads are no longer the sole property of moustachioed, upper-class gentlemen wishing to show off how many fluffy lives they have taken!
  4. I like bunny puns!
Rating 7/10 A pretty straightforward make but a bit of a limited range of uses!

Box contents

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Gingham and natural fabric
  • 4 colours of felt
  • Bag of stuffing
  • Reel of red cotton
  • 8 sewing needles
  • Wheel of pins
  • 3 wooden buttons
  • 3 ribbon bows
  • 6 red gingham buttons
  • Length of red lace
  • Hare postcard
  • Full colour instructions
  • Pattern sheets

Love Sub Rating: 7/ 10

  • Value for Money: 7
  • Packaging: 7
  • Product Variety: 7

Box Price:

£15.00