Freebie Friday: Crochet flower gifts

Here's a fantastic free download for crochet fans - the fantastic Flower Power Crochet project from Simply Crochet!

In this downloadable pdf article, you'll find the pattern for a beautiful bloom by Jennifer May - once you've got the hang of it, move to the next page and learn how to make a purse corsage, posh paperclip and flower gift ribbon.

Click here now to find your free Flower Power Crochet project. You have to sign up to The Making Spot to download the pattern, but it's quick and totally free.

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How to make stepper cards

We've got a very special free download for card makers today - a fantastic stepper cards masterclass from the Papercraft inspirations archives!

These shaped 3D cards look so impressive, and they're lots of fun to make. Designer Angela Poole has made it easy for you to get started - your pdf article includes a basic stepper card how-to, plus step-by-step guides and templates for making three gorgeous cards.

Click here now to get your free stepper cards download. You have to sign up to The Making Spot to download the project, but it's quick and totally free!

If you love this, check out more of our Friday Freebies here on the blog, and don't miss more of our fantastic card making tutorials over on The Making Spot.

Have a great weekend!

Freebie Friday: New home cross stitch

Send a special handmade greeting that'll brighten up a new home! Download Angela Poole's free new home card project now and get started on these four fantastic designs. We think the 'Home sweet home' design would even looked great framed up as a picture for you to keep!

If you're new to cross stitching, we've got a handy beginners guide and lots more free tutorials to help you along. Happy crafting!

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Freebie Friday: Make wedding cards!

April is wedding month on The Making Spot! We'll be bringing you our favourite wedding craft projects, including ideas for gifts, decorations and cards.

Today we've got a fab Friday freebie for you - Angela Poole's romantic wedding cards. As well as your project guide, this PDF article includes Angela's gorgeous bride and groom illustrations. Print them on to card and get busy embellishing with beads, sequins and ribbons!

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!

Free Easter cross stitch chart from DMC

We're helping you get crafting for Easter with a fun blog party this weekend. This morning we've got a fantastic free download from DMC - a selection of Easter motifs to cross stitch! There are four gorgeous designs to stitch, including Easter eggs, a cute chick and a pretty 'Easter' greeting. The motifs are simple enough for beginner stitchers - you just need to know basic cross stitch, plus backstitch and French knots (for the chick's eye!).

Use them to make cards, gift tags, table decorations and more. We love this brilliant card idea, created by the DMC design team!

Click here to download your free DMC cross stitch chart now (PDF)

If you love this, click over to to check out the latest DMC cross stitch products, handy technique guides and find your nearest stockist. You can also visit the DMC Facebook page!

Craft spring lambs – and hop over to join the Papercraft inspirations blog party!

We're not the only crafters enjoying a blog party this weekend! Our chums at Papercraft inspirations are hosting an Easter extravaganza, including some fantastic free downloads, mega competitions and lots of inspiration for your handmade cards. Click over to the Papercraft inspirations blog to check it out now.

We wanted to bring a great free project to the paper party, so here's one of our favourites from the Papercraft inspirations archives - Debi Potter's funky sheep cards!

Free Easter bunny crochet pattern

We're getting ready for Easter with a fun blog party this weekend, and we're starting today with a wonderful free crochet pattern from our friends at Coats Crafts!

We just love this adorable bunny napkin ring. It's easy to make, and you can have fun dressing up your finished bunny with a ribbon bow and tiny crocheted flower. The bunny is crocheted in Anchor Aida - it's available in a range of shades, so you can make bunnies in different colours if you like!

Click here to get your free crochet bunny pattern now (PDF) We've got a handy list of crochet abbreviations and UK/US conversions here to help you along!

If you love this, head over to to discover more great crochet projects, browse crochet yarns and other gorgeous products, plus find stockists in your local area.

Free Easter papercraft project – plus more spring treats this weekend!

This weekend we're helping you get ready for Easter with a crafty party right here on The Making Spot blog! We're kicking off the fun with this gorgeous free Easter party papercraft project, PLUS a special voucher code so you can enjoy 50% off your next order at The Making Spot - read on to find out more...

You'll love Jo Anne Cavanagh's Easter party decorations. Bunting, gift tags, treat boxes and more - they're sure to be a hit with family and friends, especially children. Click here to download the project now; you have to register with The Making Spot to get the download, but it's quick and totally free.

Even better, you can enjoy 50% off your next purchase at The Making Spot from now until 2nd April 2013! Simply add the projects you'd like to your basket, then enter the voucher code EASTER2013 at the checkout - you'll see the discount applied to your purchases before you buy. Happy shopping!

We've got more treats for you this weekend, including free project ideas for Easter, plus crafty giveaways for you - bookmark The Making Spot blog now, and pop back tomorrow!

Freebie Friday – floral cross stitch chart!

Happy Friday! Today we've got a fun free cross stitch pattern for you - Maria Diaz's Bright Blue Flowers. This design is so much fun to stitch and won't take long- it measures 7x10cm, and there are no fractional stitches or backstitch. It's the perfect size for a greetings card, notebook patch or needlebook. 

If you'd like to use soluble canvas to stitch on to felt as in our photo above, you'll find our soluble canvas tutorial here.

If you love this, check out more of our Friday freebies now. Have a great weekend!