Make Martha's monster mittens!

We stumbled across this fantastic craft idea from Martha Stewart and just had to share - monster mittens!

This project is a great example of 'upcycling' with your craft skills; simply use Martha's templates to cut monster details from felt, then stitch on to shop-bought fleece mittens. Kids will love them, and it's quick and easy to make all the different monster characters. Thanks, Martha!

Click here to find the full project over on Martha's website


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Inspire me: Crazy for colourwork

We've been cheering up a grey Thursday by drooling over some of our favourite colourwork projects from Simply Knitting and The Knitter. Here are a few of our favourites - each pattern is available to buy on The Making Spot, and those gorgeous green mittens are FREE to download! Click the images to find out more...



Free Christmas Fairies papercraft project

We can't believe that our 12 Days of Christmas blog party is almost over! Have you seen all of our giveaways, offers and freebies? There's a complete list at the bottom of this post for you!

Today we've got a treat to celebrate the start of another bumper blog party - our friends over at Papercraft inspirations are hosting a week of spectacular competitions, card ideas and lots more! The party kicks off today, so click over to to see what's happening.

So here's our card-tastic treat for the day - a free card making project from the Papercraft inspirations archives. Designer Angela Poole has created printable illustrations, so all you have to do is print out, layer up and embellish!

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!

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!

Free Peter Pumpkin Bear pattern

Trick or treat! Here's a cute bear who's all dressed up for Halloween! 

You'll find a fantastic free knitting pattern for Peter Pumpkin Bear on the Deramores website right now, plus a great offer to keep you crafting this autumn - 10% off your next order at Deramores!

We love little Peter Pumpkin in his costume - you'll find him along with more bear friends in 20 to Make - Knitted Bears from Search Press. 

Thanks to Deramores and Search Press for this Spooky Weekend freebie!

Free knitting pattern: knit a sheep!

Miranda the Sheep Bahhhh-rilliant news! Rowan have created this fantabulously fluffy sheep toy - Miranda the Masham Sheep - and are offering her up as a free knitting pattern to celebrate Wool Week 2012. Designed by Janice Anderson using beautiful British Sheep Breeds yarns, we think Miranda is a must-knit and would be a fanatic fluffy addition to any home. Happy knitting everyone!

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...

Craft fab back to school gifts

With little ones starting school and teens heading off to college and university, it's an exciting - and nerve-wracking - time of year! We've got some great gift ideas for the new term, from quick stitched cards to special knits. Read on to see 8 of our favourite back to school projects...