5 Xmas projects to start making now!

OK so Christmas may still be 3 months away, but there are some craft projects that never get done when we leave them until early December to start making! So we've rounded up a few of our big craft patterns for you to curl up and start making in advance, nice & early this month... we'll be bringing you plenty of quicker makes & ideas over the coming weeks but here are a few real 'get your teeth stuck into' projects to wow your friends & family with this Christmas if you get crafting this month...

Make your own Christmas tree advent calendarThis cross stitch project by Kerry Morgan has been on our 'must make' list for a couple of years now - 2012 will be the year we finally get making it! *nips to the shops to buy the threads & fabric to start stitching*

Knit a Fair Isle Christmas jumper


Noridic haze jumper - fair isle snowflake patterns & snuggly alpaca yarn? yes please! (this jumper knitting pattern was designed by Amanda Jones, first seen in Simply Knitting)

Stitch up retro Christmas cushions!

Winter wonderland retro cushions - this beautiful design by Emily Peacock (as seen in Cross Stitcher) is a lovely contemporary Christmas cross stitch pattern to make for any room of the house...

Stitch a victorian Christmas scene

Get nostalgic with a classic Christmas scene... Here's one for The Making Spot's Jenny (she has a not-so-secret soft spot for traditional Victorian scenes to stitch!) - this Victorian street scene will be a real treat for traditionalists & stitchers who want to take on a stitching challenge this autumn!

 Advent calendar

Knit a Christmas countdownBelinda Boaden's knitted advent stockings are one of our most popular projects - this free knitting pattern might take you a while though, so reach for your needles & get started now!