Sneaky peek at the Winter issue... on sale Thursday 6 December

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

4 December 2012

Our rather glamorous Winter issue of Making  is going on sale this Thursday 6 December! It's jam packed with beautiful projects to keep you and your home thoroughly pampered this season, including pretty home accessories, incredibly chic party wear, and home comforts to keep the warm out and you and your home looking gorgeous, have a look at a few that will be sure to whet your appetite...

Gatsby Top _skirt _hairband _for Web
Stunning headband and Gatsby inspired decorative sleeves: vintage chic eat your heart out!

Phoebe _3 For Web

A soft and feminine knit to contrast with glitzy party outfits from Rowan...

Sleepingkit _for Web
Soft and silky kimono sleeping set...

Throw And Cushion _for Web
An utterly decadent faux fur throw and matching cushions...

Notelets - For Web
Make your own beautiful stationery set for all your post-Christmas 'thank you' letters...

Like what you see? Well there's 24 luxurious projects to make in this Winter issue, plus 6 extra projects in our Finishing Touches supplement, so don't forget to pick up your copy this Friday!

Want to buy yours online? Click here to buy any back issue of Making. You'll be able to buy your Winter copy from the website on Thursday.  


Crafting for a cause: this weeks Charity Maker

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

30 November 2012

Craftivism is the new buzz word in the craft world - there are all kinds of groups getting together to change the world one stitch at a time. We thought it would be a great idea to learn about what Making readers are getting up to and doing or making in the name of charity, so this week we began our new regular feature on twitter and facebook called Charity Makers.

Every Wednesday we want to hear about any craft projects you or your friends might be making or events you may be running to raise money or awareness for charity. We'll pick one person from the bunch and feature their worthwhile cause on our blog.

Thank you to everyone that got involved this Wednesday, you all responded with some great pics and stories about what your up to in the name of charity. One of our favourite photos of the day had to be of Michelle Stichie Sheep Sullivan dressed up as a sheep whilst selling her crafty wares for a charity event, you can see the pic on our facebook page by clicking here.

However, the one maker who really impressed us this week with her dedication to social craftivism was Su Senior, here is her story:

Hi my name's Su and I am 58 years old and recently graduated from university with a 2.1 degree in English Literature with creative writing. I have committed myself to not buying new clothes for a whole year and subsequently will make or alter my own clothing and buy second hand from charity shops etc. As a result I set up a facebook page and blog last week to record my progress. 

I am committed to being a social craftivist and am determined to use my skills to make a difference in the world. 

So far I am committed to making a dozen pillowcase dresses for Dress a Girl Around the World UK through

The picture below is of one I made last year.

SU Pillow Dress 2011 

4 Jigsaw Pieces for Save the Children's campaign against child hunger (below is the beginning of one of them!)

Su Jigsaw Project Pic 2

 and 2 Blood Bags for The Blood Bag Project.

Su Blood Bag Pic 3

All this and more of my charity craft endeavors can be found on my blog at where I write under the name of Slizzy Sewandsew. Or you can visit my facebook page at  

To learn more about Dress a Girl Around the World UK click here.

To learn more about The Jigsaw Project for Save the Children click here

To learn more about The Blood Bag Project click here.


Happy Craft Activism to you all - we look forward to hearing about more of your work next Wednesday! 

Dress A Girl Around The World 3

See what went on behind the scenes at the launch of exciting new book Teatime by Jean Cazals

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

26 November 2012

Making were invited to Le Cordon Bleu London earlier last week to celebrate a mouth-watering new book by famous French food photographer Jean Cazals. Called TeaTime, the beautiful coffee table tome is published by Papadakis and takes the reader on a sumptuous journey around 50 of London's unique and brilliant tea-hotspots, plus it includes amazing recipes for you to create at home. As well as being more than happy to discuss his love of the very British tradition of tea time, Jean signed copies of his book and took part in a cookery demonstration with multi award-winning chef-pâtissier Claire Clark MBE, who wrote the foreword for the book.

The pair made bright pink bubblegum meringues which were passed round the guests for tasting - and what a treat they were! There were also delicious desserts and cake pops made by the talented students at Le Cordon Bleu for the guests to enjoy along with a glass of bubbly. What bliss! See our behind the scene pics below of the event or click here to find out more about the book.

Jean Cazals Signs A Copy Of His New Book Tea Time Published By Papadakis
Jean Cazal signs a copy of his new book TeaTime published by Papadakis

Jean Cazals Takes Note As Claire Clark Pipes The Meringues1
Claire Clarke making delicious bubblegum meringues whilst Jean Cazal is busy taking notes...

Jean Cazals And Claire Clark1
... and then getting stuck in himself!

Claire Clark MBE Presents Her Bubblegum Meringues1
Claire Clarke MBE proudly presenting the finished meringues.

Claire Clark With A Copy Of Tea Time By Jean Cazals Which She Wrote The Foreword For1
Claire Clark with a copy of TeaTime by Jean Cazals which she wrote the foreword for.

Claire Clark MBE, Jean Cazals And Alexandra Papadakis1
Claire Clarke MBE with Jean Cazal and Alexandra Papadakis.


Contemporary vs Traditional Christmas

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

20 November 2012


It's nearly time to Deck the Halls, and perhaps some of you festive eager beavers have already cracked out the tinsel and baubles? So in preparation we thought we'd check out the merits of contemporary Christmas decor versus the more traditional approach. Which do you prefer....


Grouping together the luxe candle holders contrasts well with this stark modern interior.

Non Traditional Tree

At least you won't need to hoover up the needles with this Christmas tree!

Modern Xmas 2

Understated Christmas decor is tres chic. 

Modern Xmas 3

It's all about minimalism darling.

Modern Xmas 4

Have to say I think this is my favourite, its rather cool don't you think?

PVC Pipe Wreath

A rather unconventional wreath made from pvc pipes; probably not everyones cup of tea. 


Traditional Tree

Or is the traditional decor more your bag? 

Traditional Table

Traditional table setting - lovely!

Traditional Xmas 1

Where would we be without the traditional stockings on the mantelpiece?

Traditional Xmas Lounge

Just looking at this picture makes me feel warm and cosy...pass the mulled wine!

Xmas Wreath

Ah the classic wreath, nothing wrong with a golden oldie!

So there you go, that's our pick of our favourite contemporary and traditional Christmas decorations, but how will you be decorating your house this festive season? Post up your pics on our forum and lets get the debate going! 




















What's been happening in the Making office this week...

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

9 November 2012

Phew, I don't about all of you but its been a busy week for us here at Making magazine!

For the first half of the week our Editor Emma was away in America being extremely busy and  important (we suspect it was to organise the presidential election). We've also been putting the finishing touches on our Winter Luxe issue and getting it ready to go to print. It has loads of glamorous projects to see you through the cold months ahead, watch this space for some sneak peak pics of the crafty goodness you'll find inside.

We've also all been very excited to see the bumper Christmas issue of Making go on sale this Thursday, we hope you all enjoy reading it and expect to see plenty of pictures of the projects you've made from it soon!

There's also been a lot of preparation in the whole building for the up and coming Ideal Home Show, which is running next week from the 14-18 November (click here for more details). We'll have our own appropriately Christmassy stall there, complete with Christmas tree, so be sure to pop along and say hello! 

There really is no rest for the wicked eh?! Well we're off now to put our feet up for the weekend, we hope you have a great (and of course crafty) weekend too.




Happy Halloween!

Sophie Mould

Sophie Mould

29 October 2012


I love Halloween, don't you? What better excuse to unleash your creative juices and make your friends and family dress up in ridiculous costumes without the fear of them actually being ridiculed?

I guess many of you will have already taken part in Halloween celebrations this year but if you haven't there's a good chance you'll be making last minute preparations for something this week (I hope I'm not the only one!).

We've plumped for a mid-week Halloween party this time and so mine and the better half's weekend was spent teaching ourselves to carve pumpkins! I can't believe I've reached this ripe old age and never done it before - it's possibly one of the most satisfying tasks I've ever carried out!

And here's the result of our hard work…


The big one on the left is James' (Christened Jack Jnr) and the little one on the right is mine (I've called him Gary). We got an A* for our efforts from an actual bona fide art teacher! #smug

So now all that's left to do is sort out our costumes, oh and the food - probably should get on to that this evening.

I'll let you know how we got on - keep your eyes peeled for more pics to follow soon.

This weeks crafty escapades...

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

25 October 2012

Ok, It's official, the clocks go back this weekend, temperatures are set to drop soon and it seems we can no longer deny the fact that the winter months are now upon us, no matter how much we pout or stamp our feet.

To be honest I rather like winter (and more precisely winter fashion) as for me it's an excuse to wrap up warm in chunky knitted jumpers, scarves and hats, plus eat comfort food and sip mulled cider, brilliant! The only problem is that my skin isn't such a big fan of winter. Walking out into the cold icy air teamed with the effects of warm and stuffy central heating wreaks havoc with my complexion, as I'm sure it does for many of you too.

With this in mind I've been surfing the net looking for all kinds of beauty treatments and spa craft recipes to keep us all pampered and looking beautiful for the Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas parties on the horizon. I stumbled across some fab and ultra simple recipes on Channel 4's website, including a sea salt body scrub and an avocado and honey face mask that looked achievable even for a novice like me. The scrub was a great success not to mention it's a ridiculously easy recipe that took minutes to whip up. Once you've mixed your sea salt, grapefruit peel and oil together in a bowl all you need to do is run yourself a bath and soak for a few minutes, dry off, apply the scrub to dry skin and then get back in the tub to soak and relax, preferably with a cold glass of white wine in hand. I'm happy to report that soft and supple skin was achieved and it only cost pennies to get it!

The face mask was slightly less of a success, one could even call it an utter failure. Note to all; make sure you have ripe avocados before attempting to mash them into a pulp and then smear on your face. Unfortunately the results of last nights experiment went straight into the bin instead - oh well live and learn!

However I'm not put off, in fact I'm raring to go and try more spa craft recipes, tonight is going to be a brown sugar hand mask and tomorrow, spa craft world domination…well perhaps I'd best not get too carried away! World domination aside I thoroughly recommend that you all give making your own beauty products a go, not only are they kinder to your skin and free from horrid chemicals like a lot of shop bought products, they will save you money, plus make brilliant gifts for friends and family. If I've sparked your interest then check out our spa craft recipes on our website and in each issue of Making. Go on, have a go and protect your skin and your money this winter.

P.S. We'd love to hear from you if you make your own beauty products already, join our forum and share and swap your crafty knowledge.

The latest from the Making HQ

Sophie Mould

Sophie Mould

17 October 2012

So, what, I hear you ask, has been happening this week at Making HQ? What hasn't been happening this week more like!

This week is one of those times in a magazine's month where we are kept on our toes with three consecutive issues; our November issue is in print and on sale and we're busy flicking through the pages, appreciating the end product of all our hard work; our bumper December issue, which we've been working on tirelessly for the past few weeks, is being checked and double checked before making its way to the printers to ensure that avid makers are kept busy in the weeks leading up to Christmas; and we're just starting to pull everything together for our special Winter issue, seeing all of the gorgeous projects come into the office, taking everything to the photo shoot and starting the editing process before design. In short, we've had quite a lot on our plate (but that's the way we like it)!

Anyway, we thought we'd give you a sneaky peek of some of our fab projects from our vintage themed Christmas issue - we're very excited and already deciding what we're going to be making for all of our friends and family, hopefully you will be too! 

Yummy recipe jars for budding bakers...

recipe jars


A stylish winter warmer...



Hanging crochet treat bags...

crochet bags


Fair Isle baubles...



And a partridge in a pear tree - or actually a much more useful and beautiful pearly stocking!

pearly stocking


That's your lot for the time being. Keep your eyes peeled for the biggest issue of Making on sale from the 8th November! 

Hello and welcome!

Sophie Mould

Sophie Mould

10 October 2012

It's so nice to have you here - grab a cuppa and pull up a pew - we've got loads to catch up on!

Ok, so just to fill you in on what's been going on…

We've been working our homemade socks off over the last few weeks to bring you not only another fabulous issue of Making but to launch our spangly new website to give you guys the best of both worlds - exciting huh? We've got a whole heap of things to show you, from favourite projects to fascinating features, reviews, news and the latest new products. We've delved into the minds of the Making team to tell you all you need to know about the people that put your favourite craft mag together and we'll be bringing you exclusive sneak peeks from behind the scenes. We also have a great competition where the winner will receive a Janome XL601 machine worth £399! Plus we have so much more lined up for the upcoming months.

During this whole process, Emma has discovered her talents for singing (possible video feed to come), Tanya has been discovering the delights of learning to sew (don't hold your breath), Faye has been getting tangled up in pattern pieces (no room for expletives on this website) and Sophie (that's me) has been trying to decide what kind of costume to make for Halloween (perhaps I'll get Tanya to make me something)…

Have a browse through the website and let us know what you think - don't forget to check out the forum to see what other crafty types are up to and come and say hello when you're free on Facebook or Twitter.

Now, who's got the biscuits?

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