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The best make it yourself kits, courses and workshops for creative souls

Do you know someone who just loves to make? It doesn’t matter what it is, they can’t wait to get stuck in to learning a new skill. Then this gift guide for the creatively minded should help you nail their Christmas presents quick smart and earn mega brownie points for buying such a thoughtful gift.

Read on for workshops, courses and kits to make the creative soul in your life’s heart sing. After all, there’s nothing more rewarding than looking at something you’ve made and thinking ‘I did that!’ (come on, it’s not just me, is it?!

Stitchless Bag Kit & bag making courses, Leather Needle Thread

Designer and leatherworker Esther Keen of Leather Needle Thread runs workshops from her Bristol studio where you can make everything from a backpack to your own trainers. I attended her Make a Leather Bag in a Day class last year and made an absolute beauty of a tan leather bucket bag. I’m so pleased with it and I still can’t believe that I actually managed to create something so lovely (I’m not the handiest with a sewing machine). You can check out the details of her forthcoming workshops here.

Happily, Esther has also just launched a couple of bag making kits with everything you need to create your own stitchless bag design. This is such a great idea if you don’t live locally or don’t have the time to attend a course. The kits are currently 20% off so I’d recommend checking them out ASAP while you’ve still got time to snag yourself a bargain.