Craft along with Prima!

 A promotion from The Making Spot

Live with Prima is a series of live online scrapbooking classes by the papercraft experts at Prima. Watch for gorgeous scrapbook ideas, plus handy tips and tricks - and because the classes are streamed live, you can chat with the instructors online!

The Prima team are based in the USA, but they're creating some new classes to be broadcast at a handy time for us European crafters. Today you can watch Live with Prima at 7pm GMT; click over to www.ustream.tv/channel/primaflower now and bookmark the page! If you'd like to join in and chat to the instructors, just create a free Ustream.com account, then a chat box will appear next to the video window.

You can also catch up on shows that you've missed - there are classes on card making, stamping, mini albums and more. 

Happy scrapping!

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!

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!

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!

How to sew a simple bag

Reach for your needle & thread & raid your scraps stash! We've put together this easy step-by-step quick guide to show you how to sew up a simple fabric bag. You don't need expert sewing skills to make this - it's a great first project to try if you're new to machine sewing and easy to customise with any fabric you fancy from your local store. This is the latest tutorial in our series of Infographics for Pinterest - click on read more to see the full tutorial. You can find more sewing tutorials over on our main site. Happy stitching everyone!

How to sew a simple bag

How to make your own birthday candles!

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We've just stumbled upon a brilliant idea for jazzing up birthday cakes with personalised candles! This DIY birthday candles project was featured in Martha Stewart Living earlier this year. Pretty nifty eh? Simply punch shapes from beeswax sheets using cookie cutters or punches, then sandwich together with a wick in the middle! Find out more over on The Crafts Dept. Whip up a batch to spell out greetings or show any shape you like, then light, close your eyes and make a wish!

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

Make a shrink plastic ruler gauge

We love using shrink plastic, but sometimes it's hard to know exactly how small our designs will turn out! Here's a clever tip that can help - make a shrink plastic ruler gauge! When you measure any hand-drawn or stamped design with a standard ruler, you can look at the shrink plastic ruler to work out how big it will be once shrunk.

Make quick birthday cards

Handmade birthday cards are so much more personal than shop-bought ones - and they're cheaper too! If you'd like to try making your own cards but aren't sure where to start, check out these free hot air balloon card tutorials from Zoe Pierson.