Makerly is a gloriously innovative subscription company that delivers a mystery craft kit to your door every month! We spoke to the founder, Nichola, to find out more.
Can you tell our readers a bit more about your background and why you decided to start Makerly.
I am a serial hobbyist who has always dreamed of being my own boss and doing something creative. A few years ago, I began organising and running craft classes as part of my day job in healthcare, and realised how much I loved coming up with different craft projects that I could use to teach others. A monthly subscription box seemed like the perfect way to develop this interest into a steady business!
How do you decide what kits to make?
People have often asked if it’s difficult to come up with a different craft every month, but actually this is the part that I find the easiest. Thanks to the massive online craft community there are so many places to find inspiration and new techniques. I tend to try and come up with ideas that subscribers of all different abilities will be able to have a go at, and focus on projects that have a fun, colourful and contemporary feel.
The best part of running my own business is doing something that I already enjoyed as a hobby and being able to call it work!
Which items are proving most popular?
Subscribers seem to have really enjoyed the kits that help them to learn a new technique, but also allows for them to put their own stamp on the project. I try not to make the kits too colour-by-number and encourage subscribers to be creative with their materials. The mosaic coaster kit has been particularly popular for this reason and I have loved seeing how people have come up with such different designs and used their materials in different ways.
What are the best and the most challenging elements of running your own business?
The best part of running my own business is doing something that I already enjoyed as a hobby and being able to call it work! I love that since setting up Makerly I have been forced to keep learning new skills and playing with new techniques. The biggest challenge for me has been knowing when to switch off and focus on other things. When you run your own business you always have so many plates spinning that it’s tempting to work until 10pm every day…I am not always the kindest boss to myself!
Is there anything new or exciting coming up that you’d like to tell our readers about?
Each month’s kit is a surprise until it arrives, so I can’t tell you much about what is coming up. However, one thing I would really love to do is to add a more sociable element to Makerly and perhaps run some events where makers can come along and learn each month’s craft in a group. It’s an idea in progress – watch this space!
Don’t miss the next issue of Sew Now (on sale 24th May) for an exclusive giveaway from Makerly!