Free cross stitch project for you

If you love cross stitch, don't miss our latest free download - Angela Poole's Elegant Birdcage Cards. There are four beautiful designs to stitch, all featuring ornate birdcages, fancy birds and yummy patterned backgrounds. They're perfect for birthdays, weddings and new home greetings. Stitch the whole set and you'll have one ready for the next big occasion!

Free Halloween owl template

Hi everyone! I was so excited about our Spooky Weekend that I couldn't resist making a little party favour for you - an embroidery template for stitching this quirky Halloween owl! Click 'read more' to find this cute character download...

8 little birds to craft

Tweet tweet! We love bird-themed makes, and there are plenty to choose from on The Making Spot! Here are 8 of our favourite little birds to stitch, knit and papercraft, including 2 freebies for you...

Mostly making: wedding cards

Butterfly wedding card idea

These butterfly place names are one of my favourite card making projects over on our main site (see Get crafting for weddings) & they've inspired me to take a concept & try it on my cards. I happen to have 4 weddings of friends & family coming up this summer, &  I love the excuse to get together with everyone on the day almost as much as I love the excuse to reach for my craft stash! I've been inspired by these butterfly designs to come up with a simple card idea which shows off pretty papers, cut into stylish shapes. The goal was that I could create a few of (personalised of course!) for my summer of weddings. Read more...

Cross stitching out of season

OK OK so here in England the air is getting chilly and the Christmas vibes on the high street are gathering pace with Christmas gift guides and festive craft projects everywhere you look. But as every stitcher knows, Christmas isn't the only reason to get crafting in the winter months. This Perfect Pair set of romantic cards is one of my all-time favourite out-of-season stitching projects! They're a pretty nifty project if you've got winter weddings or anniversaries coming up, or *shock*if you're THAT organised you're thinking ahead to Valentine's day... he he.

What a hoot: fabric owls

When it comes to sewing projects, I am a self-confessed novice. I yearn to get fancy with fabric, but my skills let me down. So I was chuffed to make a fabric owl this week, with a little help with my friends.

Friday i'm in love

Hello there, it's Friday again so that means it's time for me to tell you about some of the treasures that have had me cooing in the last week.

5 ways to make birds

I'm feeling chirpy today - after scouring the web for my five favourite ways to make chirpy birds. From hippy chicks to wise owls, fly away with our favourite five free craft projects, templates and tips for making your own feathered friends.

Wowzers!

Welcome to my very first official blog post on The Making Spot! This is a very exciting day for my good friend Zoe and I as today (after lots of ideas and planning) we finally get to actually start putting finger to keyboard and talk about what we love - making.