I’m Becky, a 30 something mama from West London and have been a creative soul since I can remember. I run this little business together with my mum Wendy, who’s a palliative care nurse by profession and works a few days a week for a cancer charity. The rest of her time you’ll either find her sewing, knitting or trying out a new baking trend.
In a nutshell
I Do Handmade offers a lovingly curated selection of craft kits, supplied by different independent small businesses, all designed to help you unwind and switch off from the outside world. We’re a mama and daughter duo on a mission to help you discover a moment of crafty calm by creating something beautiful.
How it all begun
As a child I used to always be making something out of anything lying around the house. Pencil pots out of toilet rolls, a computer out of an empty shreddies box – that kinda talent! I used to love getting home after school to watch Art Attack and Smart! Any 80s babes remember those shows?
My biggest influence was my mum and my grandma, both incredibly talented ladies. They were always working on new projects, and as a kid I always wanted to have a go too. From pottery to quilling to embroidery to weaving, you name it.
Fast forward several years, I graduated in 2008 and bumbled my way into the PR and Communication world, working at Eurostar then British Airways, while also running my own mobile spray tan business in the evenings which is probably a story for another day!
In 2013 we launched I Do Handmade
This little company started following my own wedding in 2013. With the help of budding bridesmaids and family, we pretty much made/built/ baked/sewed/crafted everything but the dress.
After the big day, we received a few requests asking if we’d create personalised decor for their weddings. And so we begun; putting all of our crafty skills and talents to work. Something I learned was that decorating does not need to be expensive, with a bit of handy DIY and crafty TLC you can really transform any blank space into a wonderland!
In 2018 I went full-time self-employed
Redundancy from my corporate job knocked on my door in 2018 so I decided it was an opportunity to focus purely on on this handmade venture full-time. It was a scary leap, but I had big dreams and hopes for this business so I jumped right in.
In 2019 we launched craft workshops
We had been creating decor for events for six years and I wanted to grow the business and use our talents to help people discover the benefits of getting creative themselves .
With the busyness of life, something which has always calmed me down is taking a moment to switch off and get creative. Whether it’s practicing calligraphy, creating handmade cards, upcycling furniture, anything that gets me out of my head does wonders for the soul! And I knew this could help so many other people too.
So we begun hosting craft workshops, giving people the opportunity to learn how to make things with us and switch off from this busy ol’ world.
In 2020 we launched our own range of crafts kits
When Covid landed, we sadly had to postpone all craft workshops. So we pivoted like many small businesses at the time, and converted our workshops into craft kits for people to make things at home. We begun with a block printing tote bag decorating kit and have been increasing the range since. Kits come with all the supplies you need to get started straight away.
It’s been so encouraging hearing comments on how therapeutic and distracting these craft kits have been for people, especially during lockdown.
In 2021 we begun working with small independent businesses
We started working with small businesses to expand the range of craft kits we offer. We begun lovingly curating the perfect collection to help offer customers more to choose from. From clay jewellery making to embroidery to beer brewing, there is now a little something for everyone. The selection continues to grow, with new businesses joining our online store every week.
We also refreshed the blog and created an Inspiration Hub, full of creative makes, upcycling projects, ideas to make at home, handmade gift ideas plus more. This continues to grow with new tutorials and inspiration being added weekly.
In 2022 we launched I Do Handmade Pop-Ups
When covid landed on our doorstep in, one thing we did to help encourage sales was launch the Shop Small Christmas Gift Catalogue. We posted it out to thousands of homes, advertising gift ideas, all sold from small businesses, including our own craft kits, encouraging people to shop small at Christmas.
Discovering the joy in helping other companies, and thanks to the retail industry looking likely to remain open, I wondered whether I could convert the catalogue into an in-person event.
So new for 2022, we’re hosting pop-up markets in popular hustling locations, encouraging the nation to shop from small businesses.
Purchase one of our craft kits
View our collection of kits helping you or a friend to get creative at home. These kits make wonderful, thoughtful gifts and come delivered to your door with all the supplies you need.
A talented duo with many creative skills up our sleeves, we receive numerous requests to create unique and personalised kits and gifts throughout the year. From creating themed craft kits to celebrate a charity’s 30th anniversary to sewing personalised favours for a customer’s weddings. Get in touch if you have something you’d like created for you.
Craft kits are available on a wholesale basis at lower prices with a minimum order of 10 kits. Get in touch to receive our wholesaler pack full of information and pricing.
Fancy working together?
We welcome brand partnerships and collaborations, get in touch if you’d like to work together.