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!

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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. 

Free cross stitch chart for you

We loved hearing all about your handmade Christmas decorations on Twitter at the weekend, many thanks to everyone who shared their photos and ideas!

We've got a special treat for you today - a free cross stitch project from CrossStitcher magazine! With this gorgeous design by Diane Machin, you can create your own festive fabric chain. This beautiful decoration is sure to become a family favourite. If you don't have time to stitch a whole chain, you can use the individual motifs to make cards or tags!

Read on to find out more and get your free download link...

Mostly making: Granny square blanket

The Making Spot team are all about blankets this month. While Zoe's been busy making an old blanket look like new, I've been making a new blanket with a geeky retro look! 

Homespun: Light ideas for knits

Knitted lampshades!

Ooooh check out these knitted lampshades - just spied them on Land of Nod and seriously want to buy the full set (although this level of splurging is usually reserved for craft SUPPLIES, so hoping that blogging about them will relieve the urget to splurge!). They've also got us inspired for thinking up other ways to fill our homes with knitted details... Read more

Gorgeous new cross stitch projects

We're so excited about our all-new cross stitch projects, fresh from the latest issues of Cross Stitch Collection and CrossStitcher. There are lots of gorgeous ideas for Autumn plus great Christmas gifts to start stitching now. Read on for more info and links, plus find out how you can share your tips and photos with us!

Knit a tea cosy competition

Pop the kettle on and create your own tea cosy knitting pattern!

After Jenny's round up of summer tea party craft projects earlier this week, we're sticking with the theme with news of a fun new competition to design a tea cosy! Craft publishers GMC are calling on knitters everywhere to put their thinking caps (and kettles!) on and whip up a new tea cosy knitting pattern. 3 lucky winners will get to see their patterns in print in the latest in their series of GMC's Tea Cozies book series! All you have to do to take part is create a unique tea cosy design, based on any theme you like. To enter...

New knitting patterns for August


Hooray, we've got some fantastic new knitting patterns for you! These gorgeous makes come from the latest issues of Simply Knitting and The Knitter. Read on for more info and links, plus find out how you can share your tips and photos with us!

Craft country kitchen looks

Treat your kitchen to sweet homemade accessories with a touch of trendy rustic style. Read on to discover eight of our favourite country kitchen makes.

New projects from CrossStitcher!

We're so excited to bring you the latest cross stitch projects from CrossStitcher issue 255. Read on for links to each project on The Making Spot, and for more info on how you can join our stitch-along!