Craft a paper heart card

Here's a sweet idea for a quick valentine card - use up your paper scraps and make a patchwork-effect heart. Find our free step-by-step guide on The Making Spot now.

If you think the pink heart's a bit too girly for your beloved, we reckon this project would look great in tones of blue or purple too!


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Make Martha's monster mittens!

We stumbled across this fantastic craft idea from Martha Stewart and just had to share - monster mittens!

This project is a great example of 'upcycling' with your craft skills; simply use Martha's templates to cut monster details from felt, then stitch on to shop-bought fleece mittens. Kids will love them, and it's quick and easy to make all the different monster characters. Thanks, Martha!

Click here to find the full project over on Martha's website


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Freebie Friday – silky shawl pattern

We've got a fantastic free knitting pattern for you today - Kirstie McLeod's Silky Elegance shawl. This soft shawl is perfect for winter adventures; dress it up with a brooch for a night out, or wear it as a scarf on frosty days. It's quick to knit, and the pattern download includes a step-by-step guide to help beginner knitters.

Click over to The Making Spot to download your free shawl pattern now.

Don't forget to come back back next Friday for another great freebie!

Inspire me: Crazy for colourwork

We've been cheering up a grey Thursday by drooling over some of our favourite colourwork projects from Simply Knitting and The Knitter. Here are a few of our favourites - each pattern is available to buy on The Making Spot, and those gorgeous green mittens are FREE to download! Click the images to find out more...



Make a quilled card - it's easy!

Quilling is the art of coiling paper to make different shapes and images. Quilled designs can be really simple or super-sophisticated - check out some of Yulia Brodskaya's amazing quilled artwork.

If you'd like to have a go at quilling, try this simple how-to guide for making Elizabeth Moad's cute cherry card. If you don't have a quilling tool, you can just coil the strips of paper with your fingers!

Ooh – another cross stitch treat!

If you love the gorgeous Be My Valentine project, the CrossStitcher magazine team have a special bonus chart for you! Head over to the CrossStitcher blog to download your owl card chart now. 

We love these fun cards - with birds, squirrels, elephants and penguins in bold, bright colours, there's sure to be a card you want to stitch for your beloved this Valentine's Day.

Happy stitching!

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Free cross stitch project for you

If you love cross stitch, don't miss our latest free download - Angela Poole's Elegant Birdcage Cards. There are four beautiful designs to stitch, all featuring ornate birdcages, fancy birds and yummy patterned backgrounds. They're perfect for birthdays, weddings and new home greetings. Stitch the whole set and you'll have one ready for the next big occasion!

Win a cute embroidery pattern!

We've been slipping and sliding around in the snow this week, making us wish that we could sledge to work in a giant teacup like this sweet little chap...

This fun design is called Happiness is a cup of tea in the snow, and it's one of a range of hand embroidery patterns from Bumpkin. Designer Catherine is giving away one copy of this gorgeous pattern for a lucky crafter to stitch at home - simply click the link below to enter now!

Click here to enter our Bumpkin embroidery pattern giveaway now. This competition is open to crafters worldwide, until Monday 28th January 2013.

If you love this, don't miss the other cute critters over at the Bumpkin Etsy store. As well as hand embroidery patterns, you can buy prints, cards and the fantastic Bumpkin Bunny craft kit below.

Don't forget to pop over to the Bumpkin blog and say hello to Catherine too!

Baby clothes transformed!

Chatting in The Making Spot office, we were super-intrigued when Ant told us that his friend Katie had ordered a special crafty keepsake for her baby. Check it out...

This adorable little lion is made out of old babygrows! He was made by Blossom Babies Keepsakes, who can transform outgrown clothes into all kinds of fun animals including monkeys, elephants and horses.

We love this idea! Many thanks to Katie Pope for sharing her fab photo with us.

If you'd like to order your own Blossom Babies Keepsake, visit the website now or click over to Facebook to find out more.


Texture-tastic stitch pattern

Keep your fingers warm with a bit of knitting practise! We've got some great free knitting tutorials over on The Making Spot, with guides to help knitters of every skill level.

Here's one of our favourite stitch pattern guides - Left Diagonals. This slip stitch pattern creates a gorgeous textured effect that's great for cushions and chunky scarves. Give it a whirl tonight!