How to: Make card embellishments

There are loads of card making occasions coming up! We've all got cards to make for birthdays, weddings and those adorable new babies, plus crafters in the USA are getting ready for Mother's Day! Here are a few of our favourite ideas for making your own card embellishments - great for using up all those bits 'n' bobs from your craft stash.

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How tues-day: Free motion quilting

Today's how Tuesday is dedicated to all those of you who love to sew and quilt. Whether you've always fancied giving quilting a go or are looking for tips on how to step it up a notch & go freehand - we've found the perfect place to get advice - The Free Motion Quilting Project.

Join in with the free motion quilt along project

Creator Leah Day has set up a Free Motion Quiltalong as a way of sharing her love of freehand quilting with others. Once a week she posts a new video tutorial - free for everyone to try - and then invites you to share a link to your progress...

Tips & freebies from our mag pals!

We're so proud to work alongside some of your favourite craft magazines - and did you know they have their own brilliant blogs too? Read on to find links to some of our all-time favourite freebies and tutorials from our magazine chums...

How Tuesday: snap happy craft photos

Usually our Tuesday tutorial focuses something fun to make - but this week we thought we'd mix things up a bit and share this nifty online tutorial for all those of you who take photos of your craft projects. We know there are loads of you who share what you're making on your blog, with friends on Facebook, or perhaps even selling in an Etsy store. Read more to find out how it's done...

How to light your craft photos

How Tuesday: Antique tags

Vintage looks are so hot right now, especially in papercrafting. From retro doily stamps to distressed edges and aged ink effects, you can't beat a bit of antique glamour!

Get the look and make these vintage luggage tags. They're stunning on cards and scrapbook layouts, or use them as fancy gift tags for really special gifts.

Read on to find out how it's done with Tim Holtz Alterations dies and the Vagabond die-cutting machine. Thanks to Sizzix for this project - find more free projects on the Sizzix website!

How Tuesday: simply stitches

If, like us, you often glance reverently at others' knitting and thought 'I wish I could knit that' - then never fear! This week's Tuesday tutorial is actually a series of how to guides for knitters. Our new Simply Stitches series shows you how to give your garments all sorts of wonderul knitted effects - from cables to lace and (my favourite-sounding) - cluster & puff crochet! Read on to find out more

How to knit all sorts of beautiful textures!

Wake up Crafters! Coffee Cosy how-to

We don't know about you, but we sometimes need a little extra help on a gloomy Monday morning. We were chuffed to find this coffee cosy tutorial from Tiny Happy that will make our caffine habit much more stylish! Read on to find out how ...  

How Tuesday: Couching

Hi everyone! My name is Floresita and I edit a wonderful craft blog called Feeling Stitchy - maybe you’ve paid us a visit? If not, I’d love to see you all there sometime - we’re a group blog that features projects, tutorials, books, and photos on the topic of embroidery and craftiness. I’m super-honored to be guest posting on The Making Spot today! Today I’m going to show you the basics of Couching (as I understand it). If you’ve never tried couching before it’s a wonderfully easy stitch that will add a lot of texture and color to your work. Without further ado: Couching 101!

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How tuesday: vintage valentines frame

In case you haven't noticed, love is in the air today. And as you may have noticed, we're rather fond of making things rather than buying our greetings on the high street! If, like us, you prefer the excuse to make something with love, we've got a nifty tutorial for any cupid-inspired crafters out there today! How to upcyle an old frame by adding a few paper hearts!

Read on to find out how it's done, and thanks to Sizzix for sharing this project with us - this is one of their free project sheets so hop on over to their site to find more like it. 

Pssst - don't forget - if you're making valentines projects today, hop on over to our Valentines craftalong Flickr group and share a photo - you could win a free craft book as we'll be picking our five favourites to send a little freebie to later this week!

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Tutorial: how to make a felt hearts hanger

After falling in love with knitted hearts, it's occured to us there may also be quicker ways to whip up some love using our crafty skills. This romantic felt-hearts lavendar sachet project is one of a series of die-cutting home craft ideas we've found for how to use a die-cutting machine to cut fabric. Read on to find out how it's done...

How to make felt hearts lavendar sachets