Heart-felt holidays giveaway

Oh hello bunny! This hoppy little fellow is just one of a collection of festive felt projects that caught our eye this week... isn't he cute? He's the star project of Heart-Felt Holidays - a delicious new book featuring 40 festive felt projects by Kathy Sheldon & Amanda Carestio.... and we're giving away 3 copies! Read more to find out how to enter...

 How to make a felt rabbit toy

Make a fab felt crown!

Check out this amazing felt Happy Birthday Crown - you can make it with instructions found in Kathy Sheldon & Amanda Carestio's Heart-Felt Holidays

Make a felt queen!

Make the queen in felt!

He he thanks to Button Bag for making us all smile at the Jubilee Street Party with their contribution to the festivities. Click on over to www.buttonbag.co.uk to find out how they made this fantabulous felt Queen & Corgi! And that's not all - if you'd like to make your own, they've been inspired to make this handmade HRH by MM Jolie craft kits - and they're giving away 5 free kits this weekend! Enter over on the Button Bag website.

Flags ahoy! Cross stitch on waste canvas

Join in our Jubilee Street PartyThis week Jenny & I have been busy bees getting ready for this Saturday's Jubilee Street Party - a full day of free craft projects here on the blog. We have it on good authority that party-goers to our virtual event are offering all sorts of lovely freebies - including free knitting patterns, embroidery patterns & papercraft downloads!

Here's a sneak peak of one of the projects we'll be featuring... these sweet heart flags are part of a stitch a street party download from over on our main site - as seen in the May issue of Cross Stitcher magazine. My friend Holly kindly helped me stitch these up while I was making cupcake cases for a free tutorial (watch this space)! Read on to to find out how we got on with our first attempt at stitching on waste canvas!

DIY felt baby bootees

My long standing craft crush on Martha Stewart continues - today have discovered her felt baby bootees project - complete with free downloadable shape template for making your own booties for tiny tots in your life. Read more to find out where to get this free craft project, or if you're making for mini people, check our baby knitting patterns over on The Making Spot!

 Free baby bootees shape template

How Tuesday: Couching

Hi everyone! My name is Floresita and I edit a wonderful craft blog called Feeling Stitchy - maybe you’ve paid us a visit? If not, I’d love to see you all there sometime - we’re a group blog that features projects, tutorials, books, and photos on the topic of embroidery and craftiness. I’m super-honored to be guest posting on The Making Spot today! Today I’m going to show you the basics of Couching (as I understand it). If you’ve never tried couching before it’s a wonderfully easy stitch that will add a lot of texture and color to your work. Without further ado: Couching 101!

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Tutorial: how to make a felt hearts hanger

After falling in love with knitted hearts, it's occured to us there may also be quicker ways to whip up some love using our crafty skills. This romantic felt-hearts lavendar sachet project is one of a series of die-cutting home craft ideas we've found for how to use a die-cutting machine to cut fabric. Read on to find out how it's done...

How to make felt hearts lavendar sachets

Inspired by... gypsy caravans

Here's a little look at one of my favourite cards this month. I made this retro caravan card to say happpy birthday to fellow Community Ed Lyndsey. I love it for many reasons. Firstly it reminds me of childhood days spent reading The Famous Five books! Secondly it's old-school-simple to make - with lots of patterned paper shapes layered up with inexpensive texture details. It's basically made from paper, card, felt and a few embellishments from my stash.

 

I don't know about you but when I make cards, usually most of the time spent is in the research...I think about the recipient's favourite things, look up design ideas online and then sketch up a prototype - which later doubles up as my shape template if I need a guide cutting out paper pieces. Then I raid my stash for coordinating supplies (this bit of the process usually takes the longest as I rummage through boxes of papers, buttons, gems and adhesives, pens etc... looking for JUST the right mixture of supplies.

The actual making is the fun bit - but often the quickest! With Lyndsey, it didn't take long for me to think about things she likes - after all she blogs about them here! This card design is inspired by Lyndsey's Caravan I love blog post - and is my crafty ode to Cath Kidston's caravan sewing basket.

Perfect pumpkin ideas

How to make perfect pumpkins Flickr gallery

You don't have to reach for the carving knife to get in on the pumpkin action this year - turn to your favourite craft and crochet them, stitch them, twist them, paper-cut them... To give you an inspiration-boost, we've put together our very own Flickr gallery of our favourite pumpkin makes. 

 embroidered pumpkin tote Trick or Treat Tote by The Sometimes Crafter - download the free pattern from Sometimes Crafter & try it yourself!