Wedding style - craft & wear!

We're celebrating our favourite wedding crafts on The Making Spot this month! If you're going to a wedding this summer, dress up your outfit with a special hand knitted or stitched piece - imagine how great it'll feel to say 'I made it myself' to the other guests!

Here are some of our favourite shawls, cardigans and accessories from The Making Spot - just click on the images to find more details and download the pattern today...

Freebie Friday: Cross stitched pendants

It's chilly outside, so curl up and enjoy a spot of crafting over the long weekend! We've got a special treat for you today, Maria Diaz's cross stitched pendant project, from the wonderful CrossStitcher magazine.

There are two sweet pendant designs to choose from, and each takes only 1-2 hours to stitch. If you like this, we've got lots more free projects for you to download, plus plenty of tutorials to help you along.

Happy crafting!

Inspire me: Craft ideas for Mother's Day

Here in the UK, we're looking forward to Mother's Day on 10th March! Here are eight of our favourite Mother's Day craft projects, including two great freebies you'll love...

Freebie Friday – silky shawl pattern

We've got a fantastic free knitting pattern for you today - Kirstie McLeod's Silky Elegance shawl. This soft shawl is perfect for winter adventures; dress it up with a brooch for a night out, or wear it as a scarf on frosty days. It's quick to knit, and the pattern download includes a step-by-step guide to help beginner knitters.

Click over to The Making Spot to download your free shawl pattern now.

Don't forget to come back back next Friday for another great freebie!

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...

  

 

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. 

Make way for cupcakes!

Cupcakes are everywhere, and nothing could look more appealing than a beautiful paper cupcake on the front of a home-made card! Papercraft Inspirations has some FREE download designs to help you make your own crafty cakes. The links include a step-by-step guide to make the perfect creation as well as printable paper designs.

Or if you’re a fan of working with fabric, how about making this lovely floral card design using interfacing. Nobody can resist these little beauties!

Inspire me: Cosy capes & shawls

Winter is coming - the perfect excuse to show off stylish knitted capes and shawls! You don't have to be an expert knitter to give it a go; even beginners can make simple designs like the Rainbow Wrap. Once you've had a bit of practice, shawls are a great way to showcase luxury yarns and fancy lace stitches too.

Here are eight of our favourite capes and shawls from The Making Spot to inspire you...

Gothic wristwarmers – free pattern!

Welcome back to the final day of our Spooky Weekend! We hope you're enjoying our blog party and Halloween sale - and remember you can tell us about your Halloween makes in the comments below, or on Twitter and Facebook!

We loved the Summer Cuffs pattern that designer Ruth Maddock shared with us back in May... in fact, we thought they'd look rather magnificent crocheted in black for Halloween!

Click 'read more' to find the quick and easy pattern for these Gothic Wristwarmers, and make yourself a pair for cosy trick-or-treating. The lacy scalloped edges look ace alongside blood-red nail varnish!

And if you love these, be sure to visit Ruth's website and her gorgeous Etsy shop. Thanks Ruth, we love your designs!

5 crochet flower patterns

Crochet flowers are sprouting up left, right and centre in the craftiverse summer - it's easy to see why as they're quick to stitch-up and oh-so-cute! We couldn't resist adding a few new flower crochet patterns of our own with petal power to our crochet patterns collection this week. Read on to make these 5 new floral crochet projects...

5 quick flower crochet patterns