Free downloads from Angela Poole

If you love Angela Poole's cross stitch and papercraft designs on The Making Spot, be sure to visit her new website. Angela's all ready to welcome you with her free fancy pants bunting downloads!

This adorable bunting looks like lots of fancy frilly pants hanging on a washing line! Craft from your favourite papers and it's sure to raise a smile at parties and summer barbecues.

How to make beach bunting tutorial

Welcome to our latest Jubilee street party project! You can find a nifty tutorial for how to make your own bunting over in Search Press's 20 to Make: Bunting & Penants book.

Freebies from Papercraft inspirations

Ooh, we're in love with SJ Dowsett's bright Jubilee printables, designed especially for the June issue of Papercraft inspirations. You can download them for free right now on the Papercraft inspirations website!

Bonus free charts from Cross Stitch Collection magazine

We love Angela Poole's Party Time Bunting - it's perfect for a summer celebration. So we were really excited to find that our friends at Cross Stitch Collection are sharing some bonus free charts from this project!

Bunting update: Fun with blocking!

Our knitted bunting project is going brilliantly! With a pile of gorgeous-but-wobbly woolly triangles already made, we're now smoothing things out with the magic art of blocking.

Knitted bunting

Read on for more about our blocking adventures, and find out how you can knit along with us.

Welcome to our new website!

This week we're all a flurry after a busy few weeks getting ready to launch our new site www.themakingspot.com.

From now on, we'll be offering you thousands of downloadable projects for all sorts of crafts over on our main website, alongside a whole host of 'how to' guides & tutorials to help you with your favourite crafts. Of course we'll still be keeping you up to date with our latest makes & posting up our favourite inspiration for craft projects on this blog, but we'll also be adding more and more projects over on the main site to keep you busy.

To celebrate the launch, we've made a video to introduce everyone to the site and explain what we're all about. You can see Lyndsey & me in action over on our You Tube debut.

Cupcakes in stitches

I've recently enjoyed one of my favourite ever simple pleasures - a cross stitch marathon! I have a fondness for baking as well as stitching, so I set out to  stitch a couple of cupcakes last weekend. The patterns for these cupcake designs are taken from a back issue of Cross Stitcher magazine, from a summer party set they featured a couple of years ago. Luckily I never throw anything away and love to hoard charts to stitch for later, so this was in my 'cut out and keep' charts file!