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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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Mollie Makes

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!

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!

Freebie Friday: Cross stitched pendants

It's chilly outside, so curl up and enjoy a spot of crafting over the long weekend! We've got a special treat for you today, Maria Diaz's cross stitched pendant project, from the wonderful CrossStitcher magazine.

There are two sweet pendant designs to choose from, and each takes only 1-2 hours to stitch. If you like this, we've got lots more free projects for you to download, plus plenty of tutorials to help you along.

Happy crafting!