Free Craft Guides

Free guides to download - resources are of course available in the Make It shop!

Felted Friends Thumper the Rabbit and Charlie Chick
These cute little felted pets are made with some simple sewing and gluing. 
Pick your own colours from our great choice of felt. We also sell the cute bows - as sported by our cuddly sloths.

Download the bunny & chick guide

Glamorous Garden Stake! 

It's that time of year when all this sunshine and rain has made things grow like crazy in the garden. So if you've got any plants so tall they need help standing up, grab a stick, some wire and buttons to make a colourful stake. If you need any buttons or wire, you know where to come!

Download Glamorous Garden Stake

If, like us, you love crafting with buttons, check out our book,
Blissed Out with Buttons

               Blissed out with buttons
National Upcycling Day: Armadillo Tie Brooch

We're sharing our Rubbish Revamped guide to upcycling an old tie into a funky armadillo brooch, so grab an old tie from your wardrobe and have some fun!

Download Rubbish Revamped Armadillo Tie Brooch tutorial

 Rubbish Revamped armadillo tie brooch


Twiddlemuffs are sensory sleeves made for stimulation and stress relief.
They have been found to provide comfort and pleasure for restless hands of people with advanced dementia. Items like buttons and ribbons are securely attached for extra visual and sensory interest. They are fun and easy to knit - even for beginners!  We also sell all-in-one kits to knit a twiddlemuff, with a variety of yarns and a selection of bits and bobs to sew on too.

Download a free step-by-step guide to knitting a Twiddlemuff


Chinese New Year of the Monkey

To celebrate the new year of the Monkey in February 2016 we are sharing our guide to make a sock monkey from How to Make Monsters & Monkeys.

So grab a pair of old socks and transform them into your own lucky new friend.

If you enjoy it and have more socks to transform into different creatures, pop into the shop to get yourself of copy of the full booklet, or buy it online here How to Make Monsters & Monkeys and it will be posted to you.

National Penguin Awareness Day

Everyone loves penguins, huh? To celebrate this splendid day, we're sharing our guide for an easy-sew penguin. Felt is of course available at the Make It shop, for just 50p a sheet. We have lots of other penguin-shaped crafts in the shop if you're a fan!

Download Penguin Guide

Transform your Christmas cards into a huge globe!

It's a bit sad taking down Christmas cards, so why not retain memories of a lovely time by turning your cards into an amazing hanging globe ornament?

You could make these globes with any cards. It would be a nice way to preserve birthday cards from a special birthday. In fact you can literally use any card as I once made one from food packaging entirely from pizza boxes for my pizza-mad son - who now thankfully eats a wider range of foods ;-)

Download Card Globe guide

Feeling festive...?
Here's a lovely little project for lovers of buttons. Have them as a table decoration or hang them. 

Download Button baubles guide

Foam and silk clay guide
Everyone loves this amazing air-dry clay. If you've not tried it before, come to the shop to find out what it's all about. If you've got some, you might like this handy guide.

Download Foam & Silk Clay Guide


Easter Bonnet making ideas
We're enjoying helping you gather resources for Easter bonnets, and we've put together
some ideas if you need extra inspiration.

Download Easter bonnet ideas


Lots and lots of our customers are big button fans and many also love doing decopatch, so here's the perfect activity combining the two. Peg-It-Up is a great project if you like making practical and decorative items for your home.  Download Peg-It-Up Craft Guide. 

More button crafts are available in our book Blissed Out with Buttons, available in the shop for £4.50. You can also buy it online from the website.
Juice carton wallet
Slurp slurp, enjoyed that juice? Don't chuck the carton in the bin, turn it into a handy little wallet! Download Juice Carton Wallet craft guide
 Paper Roses 
Customers regularly admire our vintage-look paper roses. Now you can make your own too. These were made to feature in a Vintage crafts book, 101 Ways to Stitch Craft Create Vintage, available from us for only £6.99.  Download Paper Roses craft guide




Here's another way to display the paper roses, found on good old Pinterest. Cute, eh?
We have some vintage book sheets available in the shop - do ask to see them.

         paperrose pic not text