Great craft giveaways from DMC!

It's the fifth day of our 12 Days of Christmas celebration, and today we welcome our friends from DMC, with five top treats for you!

As well as two free pattern downloads, we've got three brilliant giveaways for you. Enter today and you'll be in with a chance of winning amazing Hoooked Zpagetti yarns, a children's Friendship Bracelet Maker, and a beautiful Christmas stocking kit.

Read on to find out more and enter these exciting giveaway competitions now! You can enter from wherever you live in the world, until 11th December 2012. 

New Year's Eve party ideas from Sizzix!

If you're planning a party for New Year's Eve, don't miss the latest free project downloads from Sizzix. There are great die-cutting ideas for invitations, party bags, decorations, and even little bowls for your party nibbles!

These projects are quick and easy to put together with die-cut shapes. We love the homespun look created by layering up doilies and luggage tags, and using wooden pegs to hold everything together. You'll have the most stylish party in town!

To get your free project sheets, simply head over to the Sizzix website and enter your email address; this will also sign you up to the Sizzix newsletter so you can be the first to hear about the latest news, views and offers.

Join us for 12 days of Christmas treats

December's almost here, and we've got some exciting festive news for you - 12 days of crafty Christmas fun.

Join us every day from now until 11th December for giveaways, free patterns, special offers and more. If you sign up to our newsletter (enter your email address at the top of the page), we'll keep you up to date with what's happening!

Read on for today's little treat...

Make a family album card

We love this project from SJ Dowsett - make a family album card to share all your news this Christmas. Head over to The Making Spot to download for free now!

Black Friday sale - 50% off craft projects!

Yippee, we're having a massive Black Friday sale! Head over to The Making Spot to save a whopping 50% on hundreds of craft patterns and projects.

The sale runs from today until 25th November 2012, so be quick and grab a crafty bargain!

You can find projects for all your favourite crafts, including knitting, cross stitch and papercraft. Don't forget we've got over 200 freebies to enjoy too - perfect if you've always wanted to try a new craft!

Here are some of our favourite sale patterns, plus freebies you'll love...

Craft up cute polar pals!

Penguins, polar bears and seals - but mostly penguins! We all love a cute animal character at Christmas, so here are some of our favourite polar pal projects, including two fab freebies. Remember that these will be great for winter birthdays as well as Christmas pressies!

Christmas ideas: Gifts for men

Christmas is coming, and we're busy crafting up gifts for family and friends! We'll be bringing you some inspiring round-ups of our favourite projects in the coming weeks, and here's a great one to start with - gifts for men! Read on to see 8 of our favourite makes, including luxurious knits and quick cross stitch... 

How to knit knotted rib pattern

Cold fingers? Keep them warm with lots of knitting practise this winter! We've got plenty of free how-to guides for all skill levels. Here's one to get you started - knotted rib stitch pattern.

Crochet a moustache with Mel!

Is anyone you know growing a moustache for Movember? This fun campaign does seriously great work, raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer - you can find out more on the Movember website.

We were chatting to crafter Mel from Addicted to Making over on our Facebook page, and we discovered that she had a great way for us ladies to join in the Movember fun - with crocheted moustaches!

Head over to her website now to find the full story and free crochet pattern from Mel, and remember to make a Movember donation over at

Free pattern – knit a poppy in November

Lots of us are wearing paper poppies in support of The Royal British Legion's poppy appeal this month.

Our friends at Search Press have shared this free poppy pattern from 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet, so you can knit yourself a beautiful poppy to wear - click 'read more' to find the download link now.

Before you start, be sure to head over to the Poppy Appeal webpage and make a donation today. It's quick and easy to do, and you'll be helping to support serving members of the Armed Forces, ex-Service men and women and their families.