The Crafter’s Box Review June 2022
The Crafter’s Box is a subscription service that aims to deliver a joyful crafting experience right to your doorstep by providing all the materials, tools, and expert instruction you need to complete each month’s project. This subscription is perfect for those looking to explore new crafts, learn new artistic styles, or expand their personal creative boundaries. They kindly sent us this box for review.
Each The Crafter’s Box is thoughtfully curated in collaboration with the featured artist or maker. Subscribers will receive high end materials and tools needed to complete the project, as well as access to the accompanying digital workshop and live/recorded Q&A chat led by the featured maker. Crafter’s Box also hosts a marketplace where you can purchase past workshop kits, premium workshops, digital classes, and tools and supplies.
Subscriptions cost $65 per month with cost savings for those opting for longer term subscriptions. Boxes ship for a flat rate of $6.50 within the United States, $20 to Canada, and $30 internationally. The Crafter’s Box is unique in that it offers subscribers the option to skip or swap out a box if the upcoming box theme is not of interest. Love this kind of flexibility in a subscription!
Leather Belt Bag
“Create your own minimalist leather belt bag that can be worn several ways by adjusting the strap, or converted to an elegant clutch by removing the strap entirely. In this workshop, Klum House founder Ellie Lum guides us through the process of turning a pre-cut piece of vegetable-tanned leather into a stylish belt bag as we learn how to use rivets and work with leather. The assemble uses rivets only so there’s absolutely no sewing involved.”
The bag selected for this project is named the Balboa Belt Bag, after Balboa Avenue in Portland and San Diego, the home cities of Klum House and The Crafter’s Box. I am so excited for this! I am actually looking for a bag/clutch in a similar style, and now I get to make my own. Also love that there is no sewing involved, because I can’t sew to save my life. My husband does all the mending and darning around here because my sewing skills are just the worst.
The first thing you will see in the box is a folded card describing the project and introducing the maker. It also lists all the materials inside the box, and any additional materials to have at home if needed. For this project, common household tools such as a hammer, scissors, and ruler are needed.
Tan Leather Piece and Strap
This kit includes two pieces of pre-cut vegetable tanned leather. The strap included measures 3/4 by 70 inches. I just love this pinkish beige shade! It is exactly the kind of colour I would pick out for myself when choosing a bag.
Center Bar Buckle and Rivets
The kit comes with all the rivets needed to assemble the pouch.
The brass/gold colour of the buckle and rivets complement the tan leather perfectly.
Dot Anvil and Drive Punch
The included tools in the kit are a dot anvil to assemble the rivets, and a drive punch to make precise holes in the leather.
A pattern template for the bag is included, ready to be traced and transferred onto the leather.
The Crafter’s Box Review June 2022 – Final Thoughts
I think this month’s The Crafter’s Box project is my favourite one yet. I got to learn a craft that I am totally unfamiliar with and end up with a useful and practical end product. The video instructions make it all really straightforward and easy to learn. With a project like this, the value of a this subscription is really highlighted. I know nothing about leather crafting, and having all the needed materials pre-prepared makes it so much easier and convenient. I can only imagine the hassle if I were to have to source the leather pieces and finishings on my own. Highly recommend The Crafter’s Box to anyone who likes to try out new craft projects.
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