Eco-friendly gift-wrapping

Most wrapping paper can’t be recycled, and it’s ripped off a gift and thrown in the trash in a matter of seconds. Save your money – and our landfills – and try the Japanese art of fabric wrapping. Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, but you can use any recyclable fabric, a scarf, or […]

Sew a hot-water bottle cover

This felt cover is easy to make; you can whip one up in no time. Beginner sewers can easily make it too.

Knit a candy swirl beret

This gorgeous pattern comes from Gillian Whalley-Torchkler’s fabulous new book, Hats to Knit. Get the free pattern here.

Vessel Scents of Style

I am LOVING these! Beautiful jewellery and scent in one package. These nifty ‘vessels’ are stylish and practical, offering you the chance to customise your own jewellery.

Knitted fingerless mittens

Here’s a great gift idea for Mum – or other family members – and friends. Or simply knit a pair for yourself.

Debbie Bliss’ knitted lavender bags

These beautiful knitted lavender bags make great gifts for Mum and friends. Get the free pattern.

Crochet slippers: 10 free patterns

Need something to keep your feet warm? Try one of these gorgeous designs from expert designers around the globe. They are all free.

Make your own perfume

Make your own beautifully scented perfumes – for yourself or as a gift. Jane Wrigglesworth shows you how she made this solid perfume, contained in a mirror compact.

Cute knitted bibs

Looking for a cute gift for bubs? These hearty cotton bibs may be just the thing.

DIY mint and coconut lip balm

Donna Lee, from Cottage Hill Herbs, has devised a beautiful moisturising lip balm. Make some for you and your friends.

Knit a triangle scarf

Our friends at Australian Country Spinners have designed this triangle-shaped scarf using the stunning Patons Bohemia yarn. Get the free pattern here.

DIY stress buster bath milk

Feeling stressed? Donna Lee from Cottage Hill Herbs explains how to make your own tension-reducing mix for the bath.

Crochet a monkey pencil case

Adults and kids will love this monkey pencil case. They make the perfect gifts. Get your free crochet pattern here.

Gifts for him

Struggling to find the perfect gift for the man in your life? Check out our awesome gift guide – be it for Father’s Day, a birthday, Valentine’s Day… or just because.

Make your own herbal honey

Herbal honeys are very easy to create, says Donna Lee of Cottage Hill Herbs. Make unique gifts, soothing medicines and delicious culinary delights for the kitchen.

DIY stencilled tea towel

This easy project is great for beginners and makes a lovely gift idea for friends and family. Jenny McCabe, in her new book The Hand Printed Home, shows us how it’s done.

Gift wrap with washi tape

Gift wrapping can be a pain, especially if you want to make it special. So the very talented folk at Maru Store have shared a few simple ideas to turn plain and boring boxes into impressive looking presents with washi tape.

Felt brooches

We couldn’t help but be inspired by these exquisite felt brooches designed by Jane from Applique Originals. Jane, who lives in Newcastle in the UK, produces brooches, necklaces, collars and pictures made from felt.

Knit a baby cosy + hat

Isn’t this adorable? Check out the tutorial for this gorgeous baby cosy – a free pattern that comes from Nikki van de Car’s fabulous new book, What to Knit When You’re Expecting. The pattern also includes a matching hat.

DIY lavender sachets

We love the idea of making lavender pillows and laundry sachets as gifts. These gorgeous crafts are so simple to make yet they look and smell divine.