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The Making Spot is now closed. Thank you for your support, we hope you enjoyed the site!

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The Making Spot is closing – be sure to save your craft projects!

Hello, we hope you've had a wonderful summer. Today we're sorry to announce that The Making Spot website is closing – Monday 30th September will be our last day online.

The projects from your Profile page will only be available to you until 30th September 2013, so you must save projects from your Profile page on to your computer before then.

To save your projects:

Log in to www.themakingspot.com

Click on 'Profile' in the top-right corner to see your list of projects

Then either:

Click the 'Download' button to open each project in a web browser, then save it to your Desktop.

OR

Right-click on the 'Download' button and choose a 'Save as...' option from there.

Computers vary, but you should be able to save your projects easily. Send us an email at themakingspot@futurenet.com if you have problems and we'll be able to help. Please be patient; we'll reply to all emails as soon as we can, and will be around to help with queries until 31st October.

Farewell and happy crafting,

Jenny x

Scrumptious beads!

A promotion from The Making Spot

Ooh, look what we got in the mail - a treasure trove of super-sparkly beads from the peeps at Maruti Beads! These mega handcrafted beads come in loads of colours and designs, and many of them are embellished with glitter and rhinestones for maximum bling. Perfect if you're planning to craft gifts and decorations for Christmas.

Freebie Friday: Crochet flower gifts

Here's a fantastic free download for crochet fans - the fantastic Flower Power Crochet project from Simply Crochet!

In this downloadable pdf article, you'll find the pattern for a beautiful bloom by Jennifer May - once you've got the hang of it, move to the next page and learn how to make a purse corsage, posh paperclip and flower gift ribbon.

Click here now to find your free Flower Power Crochet project. You have to sign up to The Making Spot to download the pattern, but it's quick and totally free.

Love this? Check out more of our Freebie Friday projects now!

Win: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding!

If you're looking for wedding inspiration, don't miss the beautiful Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding, a one-off special from the team at Mollie Makes.

This scrumptious 130-page special is filled with crafty ideas for weddings, including step-by-step projects, wedding theme ideas and tips for buying vintage dresses.You'll also love the 8 picture galleries from real-life weddings, with tips from the brides and grooms! Projects include a gorgeous fresh flower circlet, stunning paper decorations and a funky heart-shaped fan for summer weddings.

For a sneak peek inside, click over to the Mollie Makes website and check out the digital sampler!

Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding is out now, available in all good newsagents, or you can order a copy online.

We've got 10 copies of Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding to give away to lucky winners!

Click here to enter our Handmade Wedding competition now. Good luck! This competition is open to UK crafters until 3rd May 2013.

Wedding style - craft & wear!

We're celebrating our favourite wedding crafts on The Making Spot this month! If you're going to a wedding this summer, dress up your outfit with a special hand knitted or stitched piece - imagine how great it'll feel to say 'I made it myself' to the other guests!

Here are some of our favourite shawls, cardigans and accessories from The Making Spot - just click on the images to find more details and download the pattern today...

How to make stepper cards

We've got a very special free download for card makers today - a fantastic stepper cards masterclass from the Papercraft inspirations archives!

These shaped 3D cards look so impressive, and they're lots of fun to make. Designer Angela Poole has made it easy for you to get started - your pdf article includes a basic stepper card how-to, plus step-by-step guides and templates for making three gorgeous cards.

Click here now to get your free stepper cards download. You have to sign up to The Making Spot to download the project, but it's quick and totally free!

If you love this, check out more of our Friday Freebies here on the blog, and don't miss more of our fantastic card making tutorials over on The Making Spot.

Have a great weekend!

Our top 10 crafters on Pinterest!

We love Pinterest - it's a great place to collect inspiring images, ideas and tutorials you've spotted online, and you can browse other people's 'pins' for hours. It's totally addictive!

We're pinning our favourite craft projects over at pinterest.com/the_making_spot - come and join us.

If you're just getting started with Pinterest, here are 10 of our favourite crafters to follow right now... 

Freebie Friday: New home cross stitch

Send a special handmade greeting that'll brighten up a new home! Download Angela Poole's free new home card project now and get started on these four fantastic designs. We think the 'Home sweet home' design would even looked great framed up as a picture for you to keep!

If you're new to cross stitching, we've got a handy beginners guide and lots more free tutorials to help you along. Happy crafting!

If you love this, check out more of our Freebie Friday patterns now.

 

Love cross stitch? Find 100s of projects, freebies and tutorials on The Making Spot!

Freebie Friday: Make wedding cards!

April is wedding month on The Making Spot! We'll be bringing you our favourite wedding craft projects, including ideas for gifts, decorations and cards.

Today we've got a fab Friday freebie for you - Angela Poole's romantic wedding cards. As well as your project guide, this PDF article includes Angela's gorgeous bride and groom illustrations. Print them on to card and get busy embellishing with beads, sequins and ribbons!