Scrumptious beads!

A promotion from The Making Spot

Ooh, look what we got in the mail - a treasure trove of super-sparkly beads from the peeps at Maruti Beads! These mega handcrafted beads come in loads of colours and designs, and many of them are embellished with glitter and rhinestones for maximum bling. Perfect if you're planning to craft gifts and decorations for Christmas.

Freebie Friday: Daffodil cross stitch

1st March is St David's Day, so we've got this fantastic free Daffodil Delight project for you to download today! Lesley Teare's stylish daffodil design is quick and fun to stitch - as well as the cross stitch chart, the PDF download includes instructions for turning your stitching into a tea cosy and matching coaster.

Click here now to find out more and download your Daffodil Delight project now. You need to register with The Making Spot to get your download, but it's quick and totally free.

Have a great weekend!

Love cross stitch? Find projects, tutorials and more freebies on The Making Spot now.

Valentine weekend: Stitch a monogram!

Hope you're enjoying our Valentine weekend so far. Yesterday we brought you six gorgeous gifts to knit and a fun giveaway comp for left-handed crafters!

Today we've got a freebie for cross stitch fans - Lesley Teare's dainty rose alphabet

Stitch these pretty floral monograms to make gift bags, tags, trinket pots and more. They've got a gorgeous vintage vibe that's just so romantic!

Click here to find the free project on The Making Spot now You have to register to download your freebie, but it's quick and totally free!

Come back tomorrow for another free project download - this time it's a very special papercraft idea.

Love this? Find more Valentine's Day craft ideas on The Making Spot now


Free cross stitch project for you

If you love cross stitch, don't miss our latest free download - Angela Poole's Elegant Birdcage Cards. There are four beautiful designs to stitch, all featuring ornate birdcages, fancy birds and yummy patterned backgrounds. They're perfect for birthdays, weddings and new home greetings. Stitch the whole set and you'll have one ready for the next big occasion!

Win a cute embroidery pattern!

We've been slipping and sliding around in the snow this week, making us wish that we could sledge to work in a giant teacup like this sweet little chap...

This fun design is called Happiness is a cup of tea in the snow, and it's one of a range of hand embroidery patterns from Bumpkin. Designer Catherine is giving away one copy of this gorgeous pattern for a lucky crafter to stitch at home - simply click the link below to enter now!

Click here to enter our Bumpkin embroidery pattern giveaway now. This competition is open to crafters worldwide, until Monday 28th January 2013.

If you love this, don't miss the other cute critters over at the Bumpkin Etsy store. As well as hand embroidery patterns, you can buy prints, cards and the fantastic Bumpkin Bunny craft kit below.

Don't forget to pop over to the Bumpkin blog and say hello to Catherine too!

Baby clothes transformed!

Chatting in The Making Spot office, we were super-intrigued when Ant told us that his friend Katie had ordered a special crafty keepsake for her baby. Check it out...

This adorable little lion is made out of old babygrows! He was made by Blossom Babies Keepsakes, who can transform outgrown clothes into all kinds of fun animals including monkeys, elephants and horses.

We love this idea! Many thanks to Katie Pope for sharing her fab photo with us.

If you'd like to order your own Blossom Babies Keepsake, visit the website now or click over to Facebook to find out more.


Make a yoga mat carrier

Brighten up your gym session with your own handmade yoga mat carrier! We've got a free step-by-step tutorial for you - break out your sewing machine and your favourite patterned fabric to make this cute accessory. It makes a great quick gift for fitness fans too!

Recipe for success


Fed up with searching for recipes on tiny scraps of paper? Then look no further than Shirley Toogood’s homemade recipe album. It’s a great excuse to get scrap booking with all of your favourite dinner and dessert ideas.

The design is free to download from The Making Spot and allows you to keep all of your recipes safe. Shirley helps you to make your creation personal by adding pictures of loved ones and culinary results. It's a brilliant family activity that's well worth a go! Wow your guests with both your cooking abilities AND your organisational skills. 

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.

Free project - cross stitch a needlecase!

Today is the last day of our 12 Days of Christmas blog party! Thank you so much for joining us, we hope you've enjoyed our festive treats.

Here's a free project for when you've finally finished all those Christmas makes - a trendy union flag needlecase just for you!

Designer Angela Poole has created this little project in candy pink shades, but you could choose any other colours you like; we think it would look great in cool blues or funky purples too.