Clara Creates - the story behind the sewing kits

The Clara range of Sewing Kits for Children were inspired by the childhood memories of founder Alison Capeling. She fondly remembers sitting with her favourite Auntie in her sunny garden and choosing from the colourful fabric and fancy cottons that filled a brimming sewing basket to come up with a new toy creation. These treasured experiences created in Alison a lifelong passion for fabric and design, and a desire to pass on her love of sewing to the current and future generations of girls and boys.

Clara Creates - the story behind the sewing kits

clara creates sewing kits


Alison's idea was to create traditional felt soft toy sewing kits formed around the story of a traditional English terrace called Acorn Crescent where the animals all live and have their own characters bringing the toys created to life in the minds of the children who have made them. With characters such as Beau Barker the Scottie Dog, Coco Dax the Dachshund, Max Ecklefecklin the black and white cat, Mr Poop the pigeon and many more there are plenty to appeal to boys and girls wishing to learn to sew and regular stories on the Clara blog and facebook page keeps the magic going.

Clara sewing kits were launched in 2011with her friend Diddy Reeve and has gone from strength to strength with Poppet Bags being launched in 2013. Alison wants to create a range of crafts that encourage adults and children to spend time together - sewing, learning and having fun; to create memories for the future themselves. 

This summer, Clara Creates introduced a range of Seaside Memories – perfect sewing kits to make mementos of the wonderful summer holidays we’ve just had – some of the best weather in years!  If like me, you’ve spent long days having family fun on our beautiful beaches (we went to Hayle, Cornwall) then these kids sewing kits are perfect gifts to give. 

catch of the day sewing kit


The Catch of the Day will be an eye-catching decoration in any bedroom and Wigsby Whale will be a great favourite and the pretty Sandy the Seahorse with her mother of pearl button, sea shells and pearls is a real cutie! If you collected any flotsam and jetsam this summer, why not decorate your completed kits?

Each animal sewing kit is packaged to contain all that’s needed to sew-your-own character, just add scissors!

All the animal sewing kits are designed and made in Cornwall on the banks of the river Truro, they contain everything needed. With superior wool mix felt to funky buttons and ribbon and accessories, these are a great adult-and-child learn to sew gifts for children from age 8 upwards.

Tess Bradshaw
Owner, Crafts4Kids – September 2016

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Topic: Sewing Kits

Category: Arts and Crafts For Kids