How to make a rubber stamp

We love the speed and ease of stamping as much as the next crafter, but what if you want to make something totally hand-made and unique. Well, the answer is, design your own rubber stamp. Here Yi Farn of Cotton Candy shows us how to make a rubber stamp from an eraser in a step-by-step guide… 

How to make fabric fortune cookies

As the Chinese Year of the Dragon enters, how about this for a quick and fun tutorial? These tiny fabric fortune cookies are perfect for secret messages, love notes, good luck tokens or just for fun… A great addition to children’s lunch boxes on birthdays too, the list is endless. We’ve invited Liz Havartine from Lady Havartine blog to share her fabric fortune cookie tutorial with you… Over to Liz…

Video tutorial: How to make a book bag

How to make handmade bags from vintage books | Mollie Makes

How many of you have seen the fabric book covers in issue nine? Our vintage fabric covers help to keep your books looking gorgeous when you’re on the go. Well, we’re not ones to rest on our laurels so we’ve sourced another idea for you, and we’re sure you’ll like it. This time instead of covering up your book, you use the book to make a bag. Crafty, thrifty and downright ingenious, we say. We saw this on curbly and we had to share it with you… Read more to find out how to make this vintage book bag and to link to curbly’s video tutorial below.

Here’s what you need to get started…

How to make a sewing machine cover

New Year, new style for your trusted sewing machine. Not the prettiest of craft room accessories, but with a made-to-measure sewing machine cover, your old friend can be transformed from frumpy accessory to a thing of beauty you’ll want on display. And if it’s on display, you’ll use it more, which is, come to think of it, a great New Year’s Resolution… Over to Candace Todd from Sparkle Power to show you how to make this thrifty sewing machine cover…

DIY gift: Fairy walnut presents

Keep the magic of Christmas going that little bit longer for the tiny tots in your life with this sparkly and sweet idea from Helen Bird over at Curly Birds. Hiding a present inside a walnut means a little effort for a big impact – these are the moments that stick in a child’s festive memories. Too cute not to share. Over to you Helen!

My blog is devoted to crafts for children and the art of play. The blog and small line of children’s play accessories are aptly named for my sweet, curly-haired twin girls. I put these sweet walnut presents into the bottom of my girls’ (and their cousins) stockings this year. They’re a little magic and ever so special.

Free crochet flowers pattern

Here’s a new skill to learn over Christmas: crochet! We know how much you loved these beauties from issue 3, so Carmen Heffernan is back to share the crochet love with even more of you online. Merry Christmas!

Christmas origami decoration

Vintage papers come into their own with this sweet and delicate demo. Today’s guest-blogger, Sarah Fielke is primarily a quilter, teacher and fabric designer with three books to her name including Material Obsession, but like most of us, she dabbles in a few crafts. This one makes the most of old books – or you could even use Christmas wrapping paper.

DIY Scandinavian inspired star garland

More red, blue and white love for you, Scandi fans! Here’s a little extra tutorial to accompany your issue 8, in shops now. The fabulous Ez from Creature Comforts is here today to share this gorgeous take on a Christmas garland with us. Over to you, Ez.

 
This project was inspired by the sweet simplicity of Scandinavian holiday decor and I really love how it turned out. You can hang these vertically, drape them horizontally, or even use them to adorn gifts! I hope you’ll have as much fun making these as I did (maybe you’ll even make extras to give as presents).

Christmas star garland

How to make felt coffee cosies

We’ve seen a bundle (is that a good collective noun for these?) of our cover star tea cosies knitted up this month, but perhaps we can interest you in a little something different for your coffee? We couldn’t resist sharing this tutorial with you from our namesake, ‘Molly’s Sketchbook’ on The Purl Bee.

Materials
To make 16 felt cosies:
One fuscia felt bundle – available from Purl Soho or choose some colours from your local haberdashery
100% cotton thread

How to make a felt beard

With mankind buzzing about Movember and Novembeard, we feel the ladies should be able to join in too. Introducing Erin Dollar, the woman who wears a beard rather well. 

Here’s how to make your own woolly whiskers. 
 
Materials:
Two 8″×12″ pieces craft felt, any colour
Thread in matching colour
1 yard grosgrain ribbon, cut in half 18″ each
Tools:
Needle or sewing machine
Straight pins
Scissors