We like to keep things simple, so here is a list of the basic craft tools you will need for our children’s magazine, Imagine. Make. Believe, and our free tutorials projects. We also have suggestions for other craft tools that you may need from time to time.
- Sticky tape
- Glue (a glue stick and PVA glue are ideal – craft glue can also be used)
- Graphite (‘lead’) pencil
- Coloured pencils (crayons and felt tip pens can be also used)
- Ruler (for measuring or to rule straight lines)
- Printer attached to your computer (for printing off templates and magazine projects)
Sometimes you may need:
- A sharp pointy tool to make holes in cardboard or plastic – we suggest a drawing compass (and adult supervision), but you could also use a sharp metal skewer; an awl; a sharp nail; or sharp, pointed scissors
- Old scissors or wire cutters – to cut thin wire
- Clothes pegs
- Access to basic kitchen tools (bowl, wooden spoon, etc) and an oven (for cooking recipes)
- A window to trace things (or a light box if you have access to one)
Sometimes we use:
- A sewing machine. Sometimes our instructions are written for use with a sewing machine, because that is sometimes quicker and easier, especially if it has straight sewing lines. If you don’t have a sewing machine to use, that is okay, because we do not include large sewn items in the magazine, so all of our patterns can be sewn by hand. It will just take a little longer to make the item.
We generally don’t use:
- Paint – it is often messy and not everyone has access to it (although you can use it for some of the projects if you wish.
- Special tools (like a rotary cutter and so on, although sometimes you may find it quicker or easier to use special tools)
- Special supplies (like fusible webbing or hot glue, although you may wish to use these for some projects)
A list of these can be found on the Craft Supplies List page. They include paper, fabric, cardboard, etc.