Costume Party giveaway & free how-to

We're loving the kids' costumes in Costume Party from Peg Crouch. They're so easy to make, with no sewing required - you can make hats, wings, masks and more in minutes!

The book is available from GMC, priced £5.99, but we've got three copies to give away:

Click here to enter our Costume Party book giveaway now

The giveaway closes on 31st October at midnight GMT, so be quick!

Even better, we've got a free pattern from the book for you - How to make a Halloween cape or cloak! Read on for the easy step-by-step guide... 

Sale! 50% off Halloween Gifts pattern set

Get crafting for Halloween with our mega sale! You can save 50% on all of our Halloween craft projects until 31st October 2012 - check them out now! 

We wanted to show you one of our favourite Halloween knitting projects; 6 Halloween Gifts by Jane Burns. This set of easy knitting patterns is perfect if you're crafting for a kids' party or making some fun trick-or-treat costumes. It usually costs £2.99 for the set of six patterns, but you can download for just £1.49 until 31st October 2012 - bargain!

Craft cards & gifts for kids

September is a big month for birthdays, so we've rounded up some of our favourite handmade gifts and cards for birthday boys and girls! From dinosaurs to dress-up dolls, there's something for everyone...

Mostly making: Nintendo craft!

When I realised not one but two of my nephews are celebrating birthdays this week, I knew I'd get the chance to have some fun making them cards. All my nephews are mad about computer gaming - especially Mario - and I'm a bit of a fan of 'geek craft' ideas - so I did a bit of online scouring for Nintdo craft ideas, and came up with the below. First up - here's Yoshi in cross stitch... read on to find out where to get the free chart - and how to make a paper Mario! Read more...

Yoshi cross stitch pattern

New baby = crafterama!

This week I was very please to welcome into the world my very own real life nephew. He's my first and totally the cutest sweetest thing you have ever seen in your life #barf #bias #natch.

We were all eager for his arrival espesh my lil' sis who was very glad to 'get him out' as it were, as not only was he causing havoc with her ribs, the overdue like tyke weighed in at a whopping 12.2lbs! Poor girl. 

Coming from a crafty family there have been lots of little projects on the go. My mum, his granny, had been knitting away to make him little outfits and when he finally arrived all sorts of people came out of the woodwork like the three wise men bearing all sorts of crafty gifts.

I think the arrival of a new baby has to one of the most celebrated events in people's lives and there is no better way to mark the occasion with a thoughtful made by hand giftlet.

You may be wondering what the Hello Kitty have I made for little Jasper, but as it's still a WIP i'll keep it under wraps for now if you don't mind.

Like you the web is always my first stop for initial inspiration so I thought I would show you some I have found. 

How cool are these little moccasins from Purl Bee. They're perfect for your mini eskimos.

You can find the pattern over at their blog which we think it so darn generous.

Nappies don't have to look unsightly anymore with these stylish nappy cover baby bloomers from Lumiere via Folksy.