More great yarnbombing!

We loved this Graffiti Meets Knitting story from Creative Bloq - check out that smiley knitted flower!

Free elf hat pattern & new voucher code!

It's time to treat yourself! Knit up this cute elf hat with our free pattern - lots of fun at family parties or office lunches, or just for cheering up early morning dog walking! 

Even better, we've got a new voucher code for you; you can enjoy 50% off your next order at The Making Spot until 31st January 2013.

Read on to get your voucher code and a download link for your free elf hat knitting pattern...

Free knitting pattern: knit a sheep!

Miranda the Sheep Bahhhh-rilliant news! Rowan have created this fantabulously fluffy sheep toy - Miranda the Masham Sheep - and are offering her up as a free knitting pattern to celebrate Wool Week 2012. Designed by Janice Anderson using beautiful British Sheep Breeds yarns, we think Miranda is a must-knit and would be a fanatic fluffy addition to any home. Happy knitting everyone!

DIY hot air balloon decorations

This week our current crafty obsession with a) weather motifs and b) hot air balloons continues. So imagine our delight to find this free tutorial for how to make hot air balloon party decorations! These fun decorations are the handiwork of Hands Occupied blog and they totally float our boat! Check out their sit for more free tutorials, from nautical headbands to DIY olympic rings table settings!

How to make hot air balloon decorations

Knit a tea cosy competition

Pop the kettle on and create your own tea cosy knitting pattern!

After Jenny's round up of summer tea party craft projects earlier this week, we're sticking with the theme with news of a fun new competition to design a tea cosy! Craft publishers GMC are calling on knitters everywhere to put their thinking caps (and kettles!) on and whip up a new tea cosy knitting pattern. 3 lucky winners will get to see their patterns in print in the latest in their series of GMC's Tea Cozies book series! All you have to do to take part is create a unique tea cosy design, based on any theme you like. To enter...

The Big Knit is back!

Happy days - our favourite charity knitting campaign of the year is back! The Big Knit 2012 is calling on knitters far and wide to reach for their needles and knit up teeny tiny hats to top off Innocent Smoothie bottles! Later this year the hats will appear on smoothies in shops across the UK, and money raised from sales will go to Age UK's annual efforts to help keep older people warm this winter. For more info, head over to in this year's Big Knit

Crochet biscuits... crumb-free!

 Jammy Dodger biscuit

I'm not sure about you, but I personally am a huge fan of the humble jammy dodger (it's one of my favourite nostalgic biscuits as it reminds me of my mum's biscuit tin when I was growing up). Here on The Making Spot we're often found nibbling on them as an energy boost to fuel our latest craft projects. Now you can cook up a batch of your own that are entirely calorie free with this free crochet pattern for DIY jammy dodgers from blogger According to Matt. Crumbs! What a nifty idea... 


Mostly making: Nintendo craft!

When I realised not one but two of my nephews are celebrating birthdays this week, I knew I'd get the chance to have some fun making them cards. All my nephews are mad about computer gaming - especially Mario - and I'm a bit of a fan of 'geek craft' ideas - so I did a bit of online scouring for Nintdo craft ideas, and came up with the below. First up - here's Yoshi in cross stitch... read on to find out where to get the free chart - and how to make a paper Mario! Read more...

Yoshi cross stitch pattern

Make a felt queen!

Make the queen in felt!

He he thanks to Button Bag for making us all smile at the Jubilee Street Party with their contribution to the festivities. Click on over to to find out how they made this fantabulous felt Queen & Corgi! And that's not all - if you'd like to make your own, they've been inspired to make this handmade HRH by MM Jolie craft kits - and they're giving away 5 free kits this weekend! Enter over on the Button Bag website.

Mostly making: cross stitch bugs!

 ladybirds & bees

Oh happy days - this spring I stitched these happy-making ladybirds & bumblebees for issue 250 of Cross Stitcher magazine... aren't they cute? Read more