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Top 3 Handmade Fashion Accessory Trends In 2021

Nov 02, 2021 | Dillon Gohil

A quick glance through your Instagram feed/explore page would show you that handmade ‘do-it-yourself’ accessories are the latest wave. The COVID-19 pandemic allowed for our creative boundaries to be broken down as people got busy at home with their tools and sewing machines and it seems bigger corporations have followed suit.

But what are the trends that you should consider when deciding what accessories to source for your store?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are the top 3 current trends within fashion accessories:

1.    Face Masks – It’s no surprise that face masks have naturally become a trend for obvious reasons. Even though the peak of the pandemic has passed us, it’s still very likely that most of us will keep a mask handy from this point on, especially when travelling on public transport. This has led to many taking the opportunity to create customised handmade face masks to sell on online marketplaces such as eBay, Amazon and Etsy. Even the world of high fashion has chosen to put their own spin on things with large fashion houses such as Balenciaga producing their own range of face masks. The brand even sponsored Kim Kardashian’s look for the very prestigious Met Gala this year which, controversially, included a face-covering balaclava.

2.    Crochet – This is a practice that involves creating textiles by using a crochet hook to interlock loops of thread, a very similar process to knitting. Social media apps, namely TikTok, can claim responsibility for this trend as many use the app to showcase their crochet designs while providing inspiration to others on what to create. Crochet styles were also seen on the runway of fashion brands Bottega Veneta and Fendi this year, showing that handmade DIY is a sustainable trend that is here to be taken seriously.


3.    Upcycling – Also known as ‘creative reuse’, upcycling involves transforming unwanted items into completely new items with artistic or environmental value. An example of upcycling within fashion is disassembling old, damaged clothes and re-using the textiles to create an entirely new piece of clothing. Many small artisans and designers have been using this practice for a while now, however even companies as big as Patagonia are now jumping on board. Upcycling in furniture and home décor can allow for more creativity as items such as an empty wine bottle, for example, can be used as a plant pot for the living room table. Upcycling contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions since lifetimes of the materials used are extended and aids in reducing the overall environmental pollution caused by the fast fashion industry in the production process.


The 3 examples above show that sustainable handmade practices being exhibited and popularised on social media can only go on to benefit society in the long run, especially if the younger generations watching are also learning the importance of reducing their impact on the environment. 

Here at Rural Handmade, we have you covered for each of the trends above. You can find more designs to be inspired by here.

Alternatively, if you would like to design your own items, feel free to contact us and we can help you with that.

Whilst you are here, have a read of another insightful blog on sustainable trends that will change businesses in the foreseeable future.

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