How to line a gift basket

Here's a great way to to tidy up the bathroom - wicker baskets lined with pretty fabric. We think these would make fun Christmas gifts too; just fill with fancy soaps or other bathtime treats!

Click here now to find our simple step-by-step guide!

Tutorial Tuesday: Knit stitch

Learning to knit? Or picking up your needles again after a long break? You'll find a step-by-step refresher on basic knit stitch on The Making Spot!

Free winter projects from Sizzix!

Autumn evenings are perfect for crafting cosy projects for home. Head over to the Sizzix website to download six free projects now! Designed by Paula Pascual, your free projects include mug warmers, coasters and a funky tea cosy.

The projects are quick and easy to make with Sizzix dies and die-cutting machines - so when you've finished making treats for your home, craft a few extras as Christmas gifts for friends and family!

To get your free project downloads, simply click here and enter your email address. This will also sign you up to the newsletter so you can be the first to hear about the latest news, offers and more.

Need a helping hand?

How to knit socks

Reach for your needles & get ready to have fun! We've teamed up with Craftsy to offer a little treat for this coming weekend. The craft-class-pros are offering £££ off a range of their online knitting classes (up to 37% off for The Making Spot followers). They've got 25 online classes to choose from - from beginner to advanced techniques - and you can get to grips with new skills from the comfort of your own sofa! Take a look at their classes with a special discount, or to try a free mini-class, over at This Knit Sock Workshop (above) is top of my must-try list as I'm desperate to try out some of our socks knitting patterns.

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!

How to: Crochet-along flower

This week I've been busy making flowers for our big crochet-along! My favourite bloom to crochet is the large rose from the Anchor's free flower necklace pattern, so I thought I'd show you how I make the flower from start to finish. Download your free pattern, then read more to see how the crochet rose grows...

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.