Here’s a way to liven up those plain multipacks of onesies, tees and the like nestled away in the back corner of the drawer. Treat them to a makeover with applique kits by Kia Hing Fay at Hello Kia. Team these kits with a garment, a steady hand and presto! Your child will soon sport some new nanna chic style.
Inspired by the seasons, there are four styles to chose from – Bug Catcher, Cuckoo Clock, Spring and Autumn. Each kit comes with sweetly patterned fabric patches, needle, thread, a haberdashery hoop and easy instructions.
Some of the fabric patches are stamped with cute illustrated characters, which I think is a nice addition. Fine details like this are what make these kits special. Kia’s handmade touches seep out of the packet, you get to ramp up the uniqueness quota with your own stitching and composition.
Kia, like many Australians, is of mixed heritage. She’s Chinese, Scandinavian, and Scottish. Although she’s an exotic mix of culture, Scandinavian style reigns supreme in her makings. Her pieces are crafted to the Danish concept of ‘hygge’, a native term that describes warmth and homeliness within a product or space. Kia explains that it’s about finding joy in everyday things like sharing a pot of tea or picking flowers for your kitchen, a lovely sentiment.
Kits are available from online craft store Miss Millas for $25. They’re particularly good for dressing up shirts and rompers. For a great way to dress up other items like hats, see our craft tutorial on fabric flowers.