Don't miss our January sale!

My, what a big sale we've got! Don't miss The Making Spot's January sale, starting today! Save up to 50% on some of our favourite craft projects, including fantastic knitting patterns, cross stitch charts, printable papers, sewing ideas and lots more.

Scrapbook your year!

We love this free project from the Papercraft inspirations archives - Morag Cutts shares her ideas for creating a scrapbook celebration of your year! Click over to The Making Spot now to get your free download. Happy scrapping!

Thank you card ideas

If you want to say a special 'thanks' this festive season, we've got some great thank you card ideas...

Have yourself a very cross stitched Christmas!

Every single year we look back and think 'if only I'd stitched more of my presents', or 'if only I'd made more of my Christmas cards'. It all starts with good intentions and gorgeous charts in October, and then by the time Christmas comes you've only stitched half of what you wanted. Ironically, we then spend the entire Christmas holiday stitching three year's worth of presents!

We couldn't help but share this fabulous blog post by Emily from Family Fordham, who has had the most cross-stitched Christmas we've ever seen! From cards to gifts and decorations galore, Emily's house is jam-packed with handmade delights this Christmas!

Have you ever wondered how to stitch a simple cushion? Here's a great how-to!

The Christmas holidays are just round the corner, and we're going to spend ours crafting! We always seem to stitch at super-speed over Christmas. It's the perfect time of the year to put your feet up with a cup of tea (or a glass of mulled wine!) and get stuck in to the project that you've been putting off for so long! At the end of the Christmas break, you'll inevitably have gorgeous hand-crafted creations, but you won't have anything to do with them. That's where this fab envelope cushion tutorial comes in! It's so quick and easy that your sofa will be over-flowing with lovely pillows by January!

Turn your old t-shirts in to a ball of yarn!

If you're having a pre-Christmas clear out or you're already planning what to do with unwanted Christmas clothing, then we've stumbled across a tutorial we think you're going to love! Head over to Time for Tea, where blogger Jess teaches you how to recycle old t-shirts into a big ball of yarn - perfect for knitting into wintery accessories. We're thinking hats, scarves and mittens!

Stitch luxury wrapping

For a really special Christmas present, we love this idea from CrossStitcher - stitch your own gift wrap! Get the free download now, and create beautiful wrapping that can be used again and again.

Join the Papercraft inspirations party!

If you enjoyed our 12 Days of Christmas online party last week, there's even more fun to be had over at the Papercraft inspirations website

The magazine team are having a week of blog party fun, including free projects, giveaways and a bumper competition - the ultimate papercraft giveaway! Click over now to check out card ideas from American Crafts, a clever scrapbooking idea from Morag Cutts, free Christmas paper downloads and much more.

It's papercraft heaven! Visit to catch up on all the party fun!

Take a peek at Simply Crochet!

We had a huge response to our Simply Crochet competition last week, so we're thrilled that you can now get a sneak preview of this exciting new magazine!

Head over to and click on the 'Take a peek' link to browse a few pages of the first issue.

The magazine hits the shops very soon, or you can subscribe now online. Each issue is filled with gorgeous crochet patterns plus tips and tutorials for beginners. It's a treasure trove for crochet fans!

Even better, the Simply Crochet team have a bumper competition for you to enter right now. You could win crochet goodies worth over £200 - visit the website to find out more and enter now.

We love you, Simply Crochet!

12 Days of Christmas quick links

Our 12 Days of Christmas blog party is over! Here are some quick links to all the posts so you can catch up on anything you missed. Please note that the competitions have now closed, but we've added links anyway for those who want to ogle the pretty prizes!

Many thanks for joining us - we were thrilled to read the wonderful comments and emails from all over the world. If you've enjoyed our party, be sure to sign up to The Making Spot for more free patterns, tutorials and great new craft projects every month. Happy crafting!