How to make stepper cards

We've got a very special free download for card makers today - a fantastic stepper cards masterclass from the Papercraft inspirations archives!

These shaped 3D cards look so impressive, and they're lots of fun to make. Designer Angela Poole has made it easy for you to get started - your pdf article includes a basic stepper card how-to, plus step-by-step guides and templates for making three gorgeous cards.

Click here now to get your free stepper cards download. You have to sign up to The Making Spot to download the project, but it's quick and totally free!

If you love this, check out more of our Friday Freebies here on the blog, and don't miss more of our fantastic card making tutorials over on The Making Spot.

Have a great weekend!

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!

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 now and bookmark the page! If you'd like to join in and chat to the instructors, just create a free 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!

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!


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Make Martha's monster mittens!

We stumbled across this fantastic craft idea from Martha Stewart and just had to share - monster mittens!

This project is a great example of 'upcycling' with your craft skills; simply use Martha's templates to cut monster details from felt, then stitch on to shop-bought fleece mittens. Kids will love them, and it's quick and easy to make all the different monster characters. Thanks, Martha!

Click here to find the full project over on Martha's website


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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!