Homemade vs Premade – What’s Better?

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You know when you were a kid; parents and teachers told you that a handmade gift is the best gift anyone could get. There was nothing better than the built anticipation and excitement you felt as you watched someone reveal a gift you’d been working on for weeks. This feeling, “the kid” in all of us, is alive and well at Happy Crafters. We are constantly finding new ideas for gifts, for yourself, your home, your patio, whatever room needs a touch of inspiration – made by you. But for those who have craft-mares about having the ability to create exactly what you want (hey, we’ve all been there), how do you know buying what you want is better? Do you rest easy and hope that new lamp being shipped is just right, or do you take the chance and actually make a lamp that you know will rock the living room?

Option I: Premade (aka store-bought)

There’s nothing wrong with buying a gift for your sister’s birthday or spending boocoo bucks on new accent pillows for the family room. Sometimes, it’s the simpler option. Let’s breakdown the process here and for subject-sake we’ll stick with online shopping.

Step 1: You find the perfect pillow (or whatever). It matches the living room, the material looks comfortable and it adds that little bit of urban decor you’ve been searching for.

Step 2: You walk through 20 checkout steps till finally, Confirmation page – Pillows bought. Success.

Step 3: You wait. 3, 4, 5, 6, maybe even 7 days and just when you’re about to call, they arrive.

Step 4: You rip open the box, snatch up your pillows, and arrange them strategically on the couch. Ew. These look nothing like the picture and look even worse on your couch. What now? Do you spend more money in returning them, packaging them up again, and waiting a week or so until the money is credited back to your account?

Okay so this doesn’t always work out this way but for the most part, product pictures are designed to look pretty on the site (durr, so you want to buy it) and sometimes when you actually see it in person; it looks nothing like the picture. Instead of returning it, keep it but try this…

Option II: Homemade (aka made by you)

Go to HappyCrafters.com (you knew this was coming). We have a huge selection of iron-on vinyl and fabric ink, fabric ink kits, and vinyl cutters – all of which will help fix your couch pillow crisis.

Step 1: Browse through our site. Look at our Iron-On Vinyl (just design, cut, and transfer using an iron) and our Fabric Ink (ink and accessories, stencil vinyl, and vinyl cutter is all ya need).

Step 2: Find the best fit, personally we like both options, and check out.

Step 3: Now…wait. We are pretty sure you won’t be waiting 6 or 7 business days but 3 – 5 is our standard.

Step 4: Receive your new materials and get to crafting! Browse the internet for designs and create it. You can cut the design straight from your vinyl cutter and physically see (in real life) what your purchase will look like.

Now the best part about all of this is, guess what? If you don’t like the first design, just create another one! Or if your satisfied, keep your extra materials and find something else in the house you think needs a new look. Our products aren’t a one and done project. Make endless creations with just one purchase!

Needless to say, there’s really no right or wrong answer. Each project is different and requires specific items or materials. All we’re saying is throw your fears away about crafting and try it. The crafting community is growing; don’t get left behind and start crafting smiles today!

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