How to sew crazy patchwork

We've just added a new free step-by-step guide to The Making Spot for you - how to sew crazy patchwork. This fun technique is a great way to use up fabric scraps and practise your embroidery stitches. We just love the colourful results!

Click here to find the free step-by-step guide now. Have fun!

Make a Mother's Day card

Here's a great free tutorial from Judy Balchin - how to make a Mother's Day card. This card is simple enough for beginner papercrafters, and even children can have a go if you help them cut out the shapes. Choose card and felt in your mum's favourite colours and handwrite the greeting to make your card really personal.

Click here to find the free tutorial and printable template now. Happy crafting!

If you love this, check out more of our Mother's Day craft ideas on The Making Spot now - don't miss the fantastic freebies too!

Knit welly warmers with Mollie Makes!

Did you catch Knitting Week over on the Mollie Makes website last week? You can click over and catch up over at now. We loved the knitting book round-up and wonderful woolly moodboard, plus there's still time to enter this fantastic comp from The Purl Bee.

Here's our favourite Knitting Week treat - how to make your own welly warmers!

Craft a paper heart card

Here's a sweet idea for a quick valentine card - use up your paper scraps and make a patchwork-effect heart. Find our free step-by-step guide on The Making Spot now.

If you think the pink heart's a bit too girly for your beloved, we reckon this project would look great in tones of blue or purple too!


Love card making? Find projects, freebies and tutorials on The Making Spot now

Make a quilled card - it's easy!

Quilling is the art of coiling paper to make different shapes and images. Quilled designs can be really simple or super-sophisticated - check out some of Yulia Brodskaya's amazing quilled artwork.

If you'd like to have a go at quilling, try this simple how-to guide for making Elizabeth Moad's cute cherry card. If you don't have a quilling tool, you can just coil the strips of paper with your fingers!

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!

Have you ever wondered how to stitch a simple cushion? Here's a great how-to!

The Christmas holidays are just round the corner, and we're going to spend ours crafting! We always seem to stitch at super-speed over Christmas. It's the perfect time of the year to put your feet up with a cup of tea (or a glass of mulled wine!) and get stuck in to the project that you've been putting off for so long! At the end of the Christmas break, you'll inevitably have gorgeous hand-crafted creations, but you won't have anything to do with them. That's where this fab envelope cushion tutorial comes in! It's so quick and easy that your sofa will be over-flowing with lovely pillows by January!

How to knit knotted rib pattern

Cold fingers? Keep them warm with lots of knitting practise this winter! We've got plenty of free how-to guides for all skill levels. Here's one to get you started - knotted rib stitch pattern.

Costume Party giveaway & free how-to

We're loving the kids' costumes in Costume Party from Peg Crouch. They're so easy to make, with no sewing required - you can make hats, wings, masks and more in minutes!

The book is available from GMC, priced £5.99, but we've got three copies to give away:

Click here to enter our Costume Party book giveaway now

The giveaway closes on 31st October at midnight GMT, so be quick!

Even better, we've got a free pattern from the book for you - How to make a Halloween cape or cloak! Read on for the easy step-by-step guide... 

4 Halloween cards to make

Our Spooky Weekend blog party is almost over! But we're finishing with a freaky flourish - four quick and easy Halloween card tutorials! 

Click over to The Making Spot now to find your step-by-step guides and free templates!