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. 

DIY Jubilee party dress

How to make a jubilee party dress

Ooooh when we asked Shimelle Laine if she fancied coming to our Jubilee Street Party, we were chuffed she could make it - we knew she has some SERIOUS skills when it comes to paper play, scrapbooking and photography, but we didn't realise she was also more-than-pretty-nifty with a needle & thread - until now! Check out Shimelle's DIY Jubilee party dress tutorial. We love that she's recycled fabric from a previous dress-making attempt, plus a black T-shirt - and that she's added a cool collar - to create her blue, white & black creation. And of course, to complete the patriotic feel she's accessorised with a splash of red. We love it! Thanks for coming to our party Shimelle! Don't forget to bookmark - to see her latest inspiration & crafty good times. 

Make a doggy bag with Martha

I love Martha Stewart's Craft of the Day ideas, and I was especially thrilled to see this adorable Doggie Tote Bag pop up on Wednesday. You don't need to be an expert at sewing to make this applique-style design - you can use fabric glue or Bondaweb to layer up the shapes!

Mostly making: Embroidery practise!

It's years since I've done any embroidery, but I was really inspired by Jacinta Lodge's wonderful tips on satin stitch and Emily Peacock's sweet tweeted bird. My skills are pretty rusty, so I quickly traced this little bird on to a bit of cotton and started practising my backstitch! Read on to find out more, and find your link to this fun birdie template...

Wake up Crafters! Coffee Cosy how-to

We don't know about you, but we sometimes need a little extra help on a gloomy Monday morning. We were chuffed to find this coffee cosy tutorial from Tiny Happy that will make our caffine habit much more stylish! Read on to find out how ...  

How to make scrabble tile cushions

Besides making gifts for friends and family, my favourite thing about the holiday season is when I'm given handmade gifts and cards. Nothing beats them... which is why these home-sewn scrabble tile cushions (a gift from my 'secret santa' - aka my friend Holly) are my favourite Christmas pressie. Read on to see more pics and a link to a tutorial to make your own...

Scrabble tile cushions sewing

Princess & the pea

Why is it things always seem so much sweeter when they are created in miniature?

How lovely is this little Liberty print Princess & the Pea designed by Etsy seller Do Little Design.

Each of the 10 little mattresses are doubled sided so you get 20 pieces of Japanese cotton to coo over, and each stuffed with lavender buds so they smell gorgeous. We think even Hans Christian Andersen would be smiling.



Free pattern: Liberty Cross Stitch Needlecase

Looking for something new to make this weekend? Good news fellow crafty pals... we've arranged for a free taster project for you from Helene Le Berre's new book - Liberty Cross Stitch: 24 designs to sew. Read on to find out how to make this charming needlecase - and download the free cross stitch chart. Stitch this sweet needle case on to linen for a classic feel, then sew up the results with lovely Liberty print fabric for a classy way to keep track of your needles!

How to make a scrap map!

Oh wow - just stumbled upon this feat of fabric genius over at See Kate Sew. A map featuring all the states of America - stitched up using left-over fabric scraps!

It's a nifty way to use up bits and bobs from your stash and you could easily adapt to anywhere in the world! Hop on over to the Scrap Map tutorial for Katy's step-by-step guide to how to make your own fabric map.

How to make a t-shirt flower

I don't know about you but I'm forever rummaging around my flat chasing the quest of the 'big clear out' . This involves me gathering up a charity bag then rummaging around for tops, skirts & accessories that are living poor, neglected lives in my drawers. So I do love it when I stumble upon cool ideas for upcycling garments that I no longer wear.

I stumbled upon this nifty tutorial for how to make a t-shirt flower over on beautiful craft blog A Bit of Sunshine - it includes step-by-step instructions for how to snip, gather & fold scraps of material from your old tops into blooming embellishments & brooches. And if you like the scarf, they've even got a tutorial for how to make that too! 

If you're a fan of online tutorials, you'll be happy to hear we're adding daily new additions to our own fledgling collection of how to guides in a range of crafts over on our main site. We've got some great beginners guides like hold your crochet hook plus essential embroidery stitches and lots more. Hop on over & take a look!