Valentine weekend: Free quilling project

As a special treat for Valentine's Day, you can download this beautiful project FREE from The Making Spot right now - Elizabeth Moad's Romantic Quilled Cards.

Quilling is the perfect technique for valentine cards. From exquisite little flowers to swirly hearts and letters, no one will be able to resist these sweet cards. Even if you've never tried the technique before, Elizabeth has some simple designs that are great for beginners.

Click over to The Making Spot to get your free valentine project now. You need to register to download the project, but it's quick and completely free!

Texture-tastic stitch pattern

Keep your fingers warm with a bit of knitting practise! We've got some great free knitting tutorials over on The Making Spot, with guides to help knitters of every skill level.

Here's one of our favourite stitch pattern guides - Left Diagonals. This slip stitch pattern creates a gorgeous textured effect that's great for cushions and chunky scarves. Give it a whirl tonight!

Make a yoga mat carrier

Brighten up your gym session with your own handmade yoga mat carrier! We've got a free step-by-step tutorial for you - break out your sewing machine and your favourite patterned fabric to make this cute accessory. It makes a great quick gift for fitness fans too!

Tutorial: Make paper windmills!

The sun is finally shining on The Making Spot HQ, and we're in the mood for easy, breezy windmills! Make them for birthday greetings, fun party favours, or just to dress up the garden for a special occasion - if you're all bunting-ed out, windmills are a great alternative.

Get stuck in with embroidery

If you have been toying with the idea of trying your hand at embroidery we have just the pattern to get you started.

Stitch a Star: Free Jenson Button chart

If you love your Formula 1 racing you are going to get really revved up when you see what we have for you today!

Free pattern: knitted iPad cover

A few weeks ago I was a very happy young lady when I became the owner of a shiny new iPad, white. Anyone lucky enough to own such a stunning piece of tech will know it's pretty spesh but there is a downside - I'm terrified of damaging it.

Tutorial: how to make a sunhat

One of the best things about writing for a craft blog is that your friends send you links to all the cool craft stuff they've seen online. This free tutorial -  How to make a Shady Sunhat - from Junior magazine is the latest link loving to be sent my way.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

We couldn't let National Scrapbooking Day pass without a little shout out to all the frankly AMAZING scrapbooking blogs that we've come across since launching The Making Spot blog. To celebrate, we're linking through to one our favourite sites - Creating Keepsakes, who offer free fonts every week!

Woop! daily free sewing patterns

Fancy a month's worth of free sewing patterns? Just stumbled upon this classic collection of sewing projects by Grosgrain Fabulous - and they're all free! wooop.