Making a hygge, or ultra cozy, home has many components, one of which is crafting. Homemade blankets, pot holders, place settings, aprons, sweaters, socks, and paintings give a house that personal factor that makes a home a home. Crafting does not have to be complicated. Simple crochet or knit stitches can go a long way in helping you to create items that are beautiful, useful, and meaningful to you. Who needs a professional designer when you’ve got yourself!
Crocheting is a great place to start if you are a beginner crafter and is often used for making blankets, pot holders, place settings, aprons, and sweaters. It involves using a single needle to create stitches that, when done over and over, leads to a finished product. If a stitch is dropped or you lose count of stitches, it is very easy to correct.
Knitting can easily be learned and is great for making blankets, socks, and sweaters. By using multiple needles simultaneously, knitting permits ribbed and braided patterns to be used and can create intricate designs by using two colors of yarn at the same time. A little difficult for many in the beginning, but practice makes perfect!
Embroidery may appear on pillows, table cloths, or wall hangings and is often done using heart, bird, or floral designs, along side uplifting messages. When picking a design, choose a creation that evokes happiness or a sense of nostalgia. Hygge is about making a home your own, so make sure your artwork speaks to you!
The coziest of homes boast walls decorated with handmade paintings. The picture could be a childhood home, a special church, or a peaceful landscape scene. It is not about having "cookie cutter", filler art, rather including meaningful pieces that remind you of a happy time or experience and make you feel comfortable in your space.
Crafting makes the home more inviting and personalized, but it also works as a relaxing activity that magnifies the enjoyment of everyday activities. It is not uncommon for those who live a hygge lifestyle to craft while watching TV, drinking coffee, or even while waiting at the doctor's office (may as well do something while you wait, right?). You will soon be on your way to creating heirlooms of your own! Check out our free CRAFTING lessons to learn how to make crafting work for you. For more coziness-building inspiration, read 6 Simple Tips for Adding Hygge to Your Home.