Christmas is coming.
I’d been kind of ignoring it, but then we tuned in live for the last episode of Downton Abbey last night, and OMG, the adverts..!
So I feel at liberty to start openly discussing all things Christmas, and have the beginnings of a plan for a series of posts about a less consumerist festive season.
Before that starts, here’s a little promo for Love Your Clothes and their “12 Jumpers of Christmas” competition.
Christmas jumpers seem to have become a real ‘thing’ in the last few years, and predictions are that this year we will spend over £300 million on Christmas jumpers, and that 40% of them will only be worn once or twice-aaaarrrrggggghhhhh!
To highlight this issue and to inspire us all to upcycle a preloved jumper rather than buy a new one, Love Your Clothes have launched a fabulous competition, with actual prizes and everything.
All you have to do is decorate a jumper or cardigan that you already have, or get yourself one from a charity shop that can be worn instead of purchasing a new Christmas jumper. Make sure your design is either washable or removable, so that the jumper can continue to be used after the festivities are over.
It’s open to everyone, and the jumper can be for kids, or big kids (adults!).
To be in with a chance of winning the top prize of a Janome 2200xt sewing machine, submit a good quality colour photograph (at least 72 dpi resolution) of your jumper by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘12 Jumpers of Christmas Competition’ in the email title. All entries must be received by 10.00am on Monday 7 December 2015.
For more information, and lots of brilliant tips for loving your clothes, check out the Love Your Clothes website.
And if you are in need of inspiration, here’s my most recent attempts:
And here’s a post I wrote last year with lots of inspiration for homemade Christmas jumpers:
and the inevitable Pinterest board!
I’ll be keeping an eye on the #12jumpers hashtag to see what everyone is getting up to, while I’m having a think about what I’m going to do this year!