Frequently asked questions


1. About The Making Spot


2. Getting started



3. About your profile


4. How to download from The Making Spot - the techie stuff



5. I’d like to be featured on The Making Spot


6. Any other questions?


1. About The Making Spot


What is The Making Spot?

We sell downloadable patterns & tutorials that we love and we think you will too! We’re easy to search and we offer a lot of free articles for your favourite craft too. Visit the Welcome page for more information.


What does The Making Spot sell?

We offer you thousands of free and paid-for digital pdf files which show you how to make things. Our pdfs include knitting & crochet patterns, cross stitch & sewing charts, templates and downloadable papers for papercrafters.


Where do our projects come from?

Our patterns and charts were first published in some of our favourite craft magazines. We are proud to work alongside some of the UK’s best-selling craft titles, and excited to offer a searchable database for you to search vintage projects over the past 2 decades alongside the latest ideas and patterns for your favourite craft. All of the details and shopping lists in our pdfs were correct at the time of printing, but some products or offers featured in our pdfs may no longer be available. If you have any questions, contact us.


Do I need to use Facebook to use The Making Spot?

You don't need to use Facebook to accesss The Making Spot. You can register for your own The Making Spot account.


I don’t live in the UK - what do your yarn types & stitches mean?

The Making Spot's projects are all written in UK crafting terminology. If you are outside the UK and you are not sure how they translate, just check out our Yarn Conversion page where we will help you find out what stitches mean and what needles and hooks you should be using.


2. Getting started


Beginners start here


How do I search projects?


We’ve created the site especially to give you several ways to look for content:

  1. Our carousel is updated regularly and showcases some of our favourite projects and tutorials
  2. Use the ‘search’ box to search the entire site, then filter
  3. Use the left hand panel to narrow down our projects and find your favourite crafts, designers, techniques or features.
  4. Search the entire site or go straight to your favourite craft landing page.
  5. Our newsletter features weekly round-ups of our new & favourite projects. Sign up today and we’ll send inspiration straight to your inbox!


Why should I register?

You’ll be able to download our freebies, get our free newsletter and enjoy exclusive offers, discounts and competitions for your favourite craft. By setting up a profile you can also swap tips, chat and advice with other members and upload photos of your latest projects.


How do I register?

Registering with us is free and setting up your profile page only takes seconds. Simply go to ‘sign up’ in the top right-hand corner and fill in your details!


How do I post comments?

All of our patterns & projects give you the option to tell us what you think about them, and share your tips and advice with other users. Select the project you’d like to talk about, scroll down and add your comment in the comments box. Made your own version of it? Add pictures using the ‘add pics’ link.

3. About your profile - sharing your makes

What can I add to my profile?

Once you’ve signed up to The Making Spot you can upload a photo of yourself, add some words to tell others about you and your crafting, and comment or share photos of your latest makes with other users. You can also edit your details and see a list of your purchased projects.


4. How to download from The Making spot - the techie stuff


What do I receive when I buy or download a project from The Making Spot?

After you’ve brought a project, we’ll send you an email with instructions for how to download the pdf that you have purchased. When you buy our patterns, we’ll send you email confirmation and a link to where you can access your file.


I’ve bought a pattern but can’t open it - help!

To open our pdfs, you will first need to have Adobe Reader on your computer.

It is free to download and easy to install yourself - it’s free to download from <Adobe link>.
To open your pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to The Making Spot by clicking on the ‘sign in’ link in the top right of your screen.
  2. Go to your profile page and click on ‘My purchases’ tab.
  3. You’ll see a list of all your purchases. Click on the one you’d like to download.
  4. Your pdf will be downloaded to your computer and should now appear in your ‘downloads’ folder.
  5. Open the pdf using Adobe Reader.

How long are my patterns available for after I download them?

All your patterns will be saved in your ‘my purchases’ page for as long as you’re a member of The Making Spot. You can download them as many times as you like.

Can I share and reuse The Making Spot patterns?

When you buy our patterns and projects, you are free to print them out, make them, blog about them, post pictures of them, tell others about them and show off your finished creations online and in your social networks. As long as it’s for your personal use!

But please remember that the copyright of our designs, patterns and pdfs belongs to Future Publishing Limited and our lovely designers and contributors. You cannot re-sell, share or distribute our downloads without permission from The Making Spot. Unauthorised copying is illegal. To find out more, see our <Terms and Conditions>.

How do I change my currency?

Go to change currency link in the top right of this page.

5. I’d like to be featured on The Making Spot

How can I advertise on The Making Spot?

Get in touch with our ads team 

How can I get a mention on The Making Spot blog?

We love to make friends with other crafters online and are constantly on the look out for new and exciting crafty fun to tell our readers about. If you have a project or tutorial you’d like us to link to, drop us a line and tell us about it. We also welcome ideas and invitations for swaps, hops, challenges & charity craft projects to join in with!


Can I sell my patterns and charts on The Making Spot?

At the moment, we feature a hand-picked collection of downloadable projects that first appeared in some of our favourite craft magazines. But we’re hoping to grow over the coming months, so if you’re a designer we’d love to hear from you. To find out more send us your questions and contact details.


6. Any other questions?

Contact us

If we haven’t answered your question, drop us a line & ask us in person.