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Floral Fancy Foiled Cards

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Whip up these shimmering greetings with your January gift

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Quilled Frilly Flowers

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Mother’s Day comes but once a year, so make a special bouquet from paper for the most important lady in your life.

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Magical Unicorn Gift Set

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Use your Brother ScanNCut machine to design easy motifs for any occasion.

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Delightful Daffodil Duo

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Celebrate the upcoming arrival of spring with Carolyn Letten’s colourful appliqué project

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Happy New Year Gift Set

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Make like Adele and say ‘hello’ to a new year, new beginnings and a new you with Carolyn Letten’s chic stitched set

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Hot Water Bottle Cover

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Patchwork a snug hot water bottle cover to keep you toasty

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Fun Mistletoe Duo

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Be first in line for smooches with Helen Fitzjohn’s stylish mistletoe set

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Festive Alpaca Gift Set

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Snuggle with an adorable alpaca this month and create Katie Skilton's Christmas set

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Stitcher’s Gift Pack

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Pretty up sewing box basics using Jill Alblas’ clever tricks with chintzy prints

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Marble Effect Gift Set

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Brighten up your summer evenings with Jill Alblas' decorated tabletop set

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Nautical Notebook Set

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Polymer clay and transfers work beautifully to create this fabulous gift set by Ellen Kharade

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Polymer Clay Flowers

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Magic polymer clay into sweet spring florals with our easy-to-follow how-to...

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Hand Sewn Fairy

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Add a folky touch to your festive delight decorations with an enchanting hand sewn fairy for the tree

Our pretty tree topper is made from floral cotton and felt using this season’s popular Scandanavian colour palette. It is constructed just like a traditional rag doll and with some loving care she will last year after year! The candy canes and heart decorations are quick to make and use up any left over scraps of fabric, so they all co-ordinate really well. Make up some extra little hearts and use them to embellish special Christmas gifts. If red and white isn’t your thing, why not try something more traditional or co-ordinate her with your own colour scheme.

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Vintage-Inspired Christmas Collection

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This vintage-inspired Christmas collection captures the nostalgic magic of celebrations past

The traditional festive pairing of red and green has always been a firm favourite when it comes to cards, gift-tags and decorations at this time of year. However, with so many funky colours to experiment with it can be tempting to opt for a contemporary design when sending winter wishes to family and friends. Here at CB, we love this enchanting project which manages to incorporate both - combining vintage-style Santa images with classic shades and modern details. The result is a delightfully on-trend set that offers a glimpse of old-fashioned charm at the same time. Ribbon strips form a flag, the main motif on each piece, which takes us back to post-war days when communities came together to embrace the season and reflect on the year gone by. A touch of faux glitter stitching brings the design up-to-date, while the printed fabric adds texture and depth. A sure-fire hit, this simple and stylish make ticks all the right boxes, so what are you waiting for?

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Vintage-Style Christmas Cards

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Embrace the traditional icons of Christmas with this lovely set of vintage-style cards and decorations

If you’re bored of the old decorations that get dragged out of the loft year after year, why not try something different? Give your living room a burst of festive warmth with a piece of fabric embellished heart art, mounted in a simple yet stylish whitewash frame. The co-ordinating gift-tag, whipped up from classic red printed fabric and delicate details, would also double up as a contemporary bauble-style hanging for the Christmas tree. Use any left over material for the fun holly greeting ­- the perfect way to send winter wishes across the miles.

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Little Doves

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These quirky little doves will give your cards a fresh look ­ and use up all those left over fabric scraps too!

This gorgeously folksy project makes use of a clean, Scandinavian inspired palette, combining bright white with soft blue and warm shades of crimson red. Teamed with the simple dove motif and festive holly, the finished effect is very different to a traditional Christmas design, so perfect if you’re lacking in inspiration. You don’t necessarily need a sewing machine to get cracking on this one, simple hand sewing will do the job nicely and add to the bespoke feel. Scraps of delicate lace lend a vintage touch to the proceedings, while iridescent glitter-glue brings the project bang up-to-date. Make the gift-tag in minutes to complete the set, while the easy decoration would make a lovely present.

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Patchwork Delight

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Transform fabric scraps into a patchwork delight, perfect for hanging from the mantelpiece

Children love nothing more than to wake up on Christmas morning to find a stocking bursting full of presents at the bottom of their bed and, let’s face it, so do grown ups! This quirky take on a real festive icon makes use of all those leftovers in your work-box. Combining spotty patterns with circular prints, the project has a really retro feel and would look great as part of your seasonal décor. Teamed with a felt heart decoration, complete with stitched detailing and a jaunty little button, you could pop a little trinket inside and use it as a novel gift wrap idea!

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Heart & Star-Shaped Ornaments

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Add a flash of colour with vibrant hanging fabric decorations

These pretty heart and star-shaped ornaments would look beautiful adorning the tree or mantel, and the colour scheme could easily be adapted to suit any room in the house too. If you need a gift idea for a special friend, then these would make lovely perfumed pouches - simply fill with dried lavender or add a few drops of orange oil to the stuffing.

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Festive Gift Ideas

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Use simple brush strokes to transform plain items into festive gift ideas

Adding lots of bright cheery colours gives this rockin’ robin project a festive feel. The main illustration has been designed in one shade and the brighter tones have been added afterwards. If you have never tried ceramic painting before, working over a template is a good way to start. Once you have got the hang of it, make the design your own by adding a flourish here and there or change the arrangement to suit, such as the position of the motif or by including your own message. Finally, take time to embellish the design, it will lift the whole layout and give it a more finished look. You can do this using outliners or even little gems to add sparkling highlights. If the finished mugs are gifts, make a tag and attach it to the handles; this is a really nice way of creating a complementary set.

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Quirky Festive Gifts

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Have a go at these charming projects if you’re looking to give something special this year

Christmas is a time for presents, and who could resist these cute and quirky festive gifts. Show off your needlecraft skills to make your nearest and dearest a token they will treasure. Work up a selection of mini cushions and cards in bright and cheerful colours, then scatter them about the lounge or bedrooms for a really festive feel! These designs are a joy to create and each one reflects the magic of this special season. Worked in whole cross and back stitches only, they are ideal for both the novice and experienced stitcher alike.

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Cracking Gift Set

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Santa Claus is coming to town, so why not celebrate his arrival with this cracking gift set?

For those of you who are fans of Kris Kringle crafting, we’ve put together a suitably cheery project that will have you feeling very merry indeed. With patterned paper in the colours of peppermint candy canes and traditional gingham designs, you’re guaranteed to put festive smiles on the faces of friends and family. Plus, you can have a go at using white liquid appliqué, an embellishment that easily gives projects extra dimensional puff -­ just dab on, then heat with an embossing gun and you’re done! Tool handling aside, these pieces are a breeze to create, meaning you’ll have them made up and ready to go, quicker than you can say ‘Ho Ho Ho’.

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Decorative Bottles

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Turn your hand to painting for a wonderfully festive selection of decorative bottles

You don’t have to opt for baubles, presents or stockings to create a Christmas feel for your crafting. Instead, use a rich colour palette and cheerful motifs to evoke that warm, seasonal spirit. This lovely set of oil bottles would make a beautiful gift for someone, if you can bear to part with them, that is! The key to glass painting is its reflective quality ­ it relies

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Folk Friendly Leaving Gifts

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Make moving house a breeze by creating these beautiful, folk-friendly leaving gifts

Say a fond farewell to a friend or relative with this delightful bird-themed collection, made using cotton squares and a little imagination. The creamy colours are ideal for a new abode as they work with every decor, and the clean, fresh look of the pieces will add extra sophisticated style to any room that may be missing something special. Fabric textures give the makes a comfy feel and the dove motifs embody all that is peaceful and serene, a welcome addition to what will probably be a hectic time! Use up scraps of material and shape them using the templates to create a bookmark for moments when all you need is a bit of quiet, and a framed picture to hang on a wall and make a place feel a whole lot more like home.

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Gorgeous Charms And Beads

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Layer up your accessories with gorgeous charms and beads inspired by the great outdoors

This project is all about letting your imagination run wild. Style the earrings and necklace with our stunning designs, then add them onto delicate chains just as you fancy! We’ve got the instructions here for you as a guide, but if you feel like traveling on a path less trodden, simply adapt the makes to suit your individual style. Using brown and blue tones gives the set a lovely eclectic look that will certainly have your friends and family green with envy, so it won’t be long before the orders start flooding in. Lucky then, that it’s easy to do! Transfer the templates onto shrink plastic then string them amongst multifaceted beads for a look that will appeal to your nature-loving side.

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Watercolour Garden Set

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Create a beautiful garden set using simple stencilling and watercolour techniques

It’s amazing how a bit of sunshine can make all the difference to how we feel, while also offering fresh ideas for craft projects. Summer skies provided the inspiration for the light blue colouring of this project and warmer destinations were also behind the idea for the vintage pattern, which gives more than a nod to Greek tile designs. The paint work on the trug has been applied using a distressed technique, creating a shabby chic style that is fresh, cool and very contemporary. If you potter around the garden a lot and need somewhere to keep gloves, then this set would look great both indoors and out.

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Cleverly Folded Goodies

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baby, crafts, gift, paper,

Welcome a newborn into the world with a striking set of cleverly folded goodies that are sure to delight

There’s nothing quite like a little one joining the family, so why not send warm wishes with a special gift. A decorated money box would look lovely in a nursery and, when combined with the pretty gift boxes, adorable shaped cards and matching tags, makes the perfect set. One of the great things about this project is that the pieces can be adapted simply by using different shades and embellishments. Even if you aren’t hearing the pitter patter of tiny feet, whip up a trinket pocket to hold jewellery, sweets or bath salts.

This is created in exactly the same way as Baby Girl, using the shape of a jump suit instead of a dress and blue printed paper to decorate.

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Country Living Styled Gift Set

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Take your crafting projects to the top of the pecking order with this country living styled gift set

Created to be reminiscent of dusky Summer days spent on the range, these pieces are sure to appeal to everyone, whether you were born into country life or not. With a gorgeous vintage feel, the key to this project is the picturesque design panel set in the centre of the mini-cushion. Mixing home-on-the-farm style with high-tech scanning and picture editing allows for the creation of the matching card and tag. Just print your motif onto glossy paper for a cohesive look that is simply special. Decorate with raffia ribbon tied into sweet bows and shell button trims and give the set to a loved one who’s just moved into a new house.

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Gorgeous Little Dolly

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doll, fabric, gift, stitch,

This gorgeous little dolly and matching accessories make for a fun-filled project that’s sure to delight

There’s something enchanting about the sight of a house in miniature. Whether it’s the tiny pieces of furniture, delicate little touches or even the inhabitants, it never fails to appeal. This charming collection will definitely bring a smile to your face, and best of all it won’t break the bank either as it’s made up of scraps of fabric. Combine pretty cotton material with cord and beads to create the doll, matchbox bed and little table ­ the perfect gift for a little one.

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Bright Collection Of Home Accessories

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Create a beautifully bright collection of home accessories, inspired by the most fragrant of blooms

Give your bathroom a seasonal makeover by reflecting the glorious scenes of nature that are bursting into life right outside your door. Transfer the delicate rose buds and contrasting green leaves onto a whole range of everyday objects, including a cosmetic bottle, ceramic soap dish and plain wooden nail brush. The stunning, hand painted set would make a wonderful addition to any home, or could double up as a thoughtful gift for a friend.

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Fab On-Trend Bag

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Turn your hand to sewing and make a statement with this fab on-trend bag and matching items

Being thrifty has never looked so good! We’ve revamped a dotty tea towel into a pretty little tote to give you the perfect excuse to show off your handiwork. Eye-catching arm candy is a must for summer and this stand out project is quick and easy, especially as the hems are already there for you to use. For a retro co-ordinated look that will have heads turning, make matching pieces like a simple purse and notebook to carry around when you are out and about. Or if you’re giving your makes as a gift, create a stripy card with blue denim accents and button flowers, for that special friend who was born to shop.

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New Home Stitched Gift

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Welcome that special someone to their new address with this charming stitched gift

Moving house can be a very stressful event, and once the boxes have been unloaded and half unpacked, a nice cup of tea is the only thing that will really calm your nerves. What then, would make a better gift to help a loved one settle in, than a gorgeous handmade tea cosy? Create this fab piece by stitching candy dotted fabric to thick white cotton and adding a brightly coloured ribbon bow. It’s sure to add some much needed decoration to any new kitchen area. Sew on the ‘home sweet home’ greeting, sprinkle on some pretty embroidered dots, and deliver it with a matching tag to let your friend know you’re thinking of her.

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Groovy Paper Art

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Create a set of endearing characters and decorate with groovy paper art and easy, home-made felt

All things chicken-related have become an enduringly popular Easter theme and this quirky interpretation is sure to raise a smile. Utilising basic triangular shapes, these clever designs can quickly become charming, cheery characters. Create cute hen cards, or a perfect perch from where a sweet tin hen topper can rule the roost. The little gift box makes the ideal companion and craftily conceals a chocolate treat! Finish it all off with a felted egg cosy made from an unwanted woolly scarf; just right for a scrumptious Easter morning breakfast. Enjoy!

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Easter Themed Gifts

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Use vibrant sheets to construct seasonal decorations and cheerful greetings

Spring fever is in the air and colourful paper is all you need to create jolly Easter themed gifts and ornaments that can be brought out every year! Bright blues, yellows, pinks and greens make a lovely seasonal combination. The cute bunny basket is perfect for filling with yummy mini chocolate eggs. This time of year is a celebration of fresh beginnings and the pretty bird house card is an ideal way to welcome your friends into their new home.

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Funky Silk Painted

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Set your inner artist free with these funky silk painted designs in vibrant retro colours

Organic shapes are the inspiration for this fab card and wall art set. The strong lines and bright colours will complement most contemporary décor, and would make a great house-warming gift. If you have always loved the look of this technique, but never taken the plunge, this is an ideal project to get started with. We have also made life that little bit easier by using polyester satin instead of silk, which is available from most good fabric departments. For those who don’t feel ready to commit to buying a frame, grab yourself an embroidery hoop, and have a go at the gorgeous greetings instead.

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Button Crafts

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Buttons are the ultimate fun and thrifty craft item ­ check out these beautiful designs to find out why!

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Stylish And Funky Accessories

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Use rich colours with shimmering fibres to create stylish and funky accessories

Making felt is much easier than you think and just look at the results! This stunning bag and purse set would be at home on any catwalk and the vibrant shades make them a real fashion must have. This project combines traditional wet and needle felting techniques with glitzy Angelina fibres for a glamorous tote that is sure to get you noticed. Take it with you on a romantic walk in the park or shopping with the girls. Flowers are the perfect motif to put you in the mood for a spring fling and these blooms are guaranteed to bring a smile. Take the brooch off the card and pin it to a hat or coat for a funky embellishment. It also makes a great gift in itself. Large pink seed beads are a beautiful finishing touch, use them to decorate around the flower centre.

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Stylish And Funky Accessories

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Use rich colours with shimmering fibres to create stylish and funky accessories

Making felt is much easier than you think and just look at the results! This stunning bag and purse set would be at home on any catwalk and the vibrant shades make them a real fashion must have. This project combines traditional wet and needle felting techniques with glitzy Angelina fibres for a glamorous tote that is sure to get you noticed. Take it with you on a romantic walk in the park or shopping with the girls. Flowers are the perfect motif to put you in the mood for a spring fling and these blooms are guaranteed to bring a smile. Take the brooch off the card and pin it to a hat or coat for a funky embellishment. It also makes a great gift in itself. Large pink seed beads are a beautiful finishing touch, use them to decorate around the flower centre.

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When using felting needles, make sure you hold them vertically while working the stabbing action, otherwise the pins may snap

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Fleece, felting needles, angelina fibres, Crafty Notions, 01636 700862, www.craftynotions.com ** Felt, Panduro Hobby, **0845 121 6875, www.pandurohobby.co.uk ** Polypropylene sheet, Paperchase, **020 8747 1885, www.paperchase.co.uk

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Papercraft A Striking Heart-Themed Set

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Papercraft a striking heart-themed set, ready to fill with token gifts of your choice

One great handy time saving advantage to this project is that it requires so few materials. We’ve already provided you with the templates, designed exclusively for us by Card Carousel, so all you need is the funky patterned sheets and coloured card, along with basics such as foam dots and strong glue. It also demonstrates how to sculpt a bow, which is a great trick to have up your sleeve for future designs as it can be used on pressies all year. Why not whip up some simple chocolate truffles to put in the pouches for the ultimate thrifty Valentine gift.

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Gorgeous Accessories

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Put together a glamorous look for spring with these gorgeous accessories

If you are new to the craft of making jewellery, do not let the fiddly appearance of these pieces scare you off. This funky project is actually quite simple! The easy-to-follow guide, our ‘how-to’ figures on the pattern page and some breathtaking beads will have you putting together a set of stunning sparklers in no time. A therapeutic twisting technique is all it takes to form these twinkly delights which make a great gift for any style conscious friend. Once the method has been mastered, have fun making this design your own by playing around with bead colour, texture and size to see what different effects can be created!

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Cute Felt Accessories

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These cute felt accessories with adorable polka dot patterns only require simple stitching and are sure to be a hit

Spots are tipped to continue as one of the hottest crafting trends throughout 2009, making this pretty set a must-have. The hanging heart decorations are simply delightful ­ why not add a few drops of scented oil to the toy filling and turn it into a sweet-smelling sachet. Felt is a really good material to work with. It cuts easily and the edges won’t fray, making this an ideal project for a beginner. Covering a notebook is a great way to transform an everyday object into a special gift, and the charming `with love’ labels are the perfect finishing touches for the Valentine season.

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Painted Garden Gifts

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Adorn all manner of items using Sharon Bennett’s illustrations and coloured Posca pens

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Snowflake Cross-Stitch Stocking

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Add funky flair to your home this Christmas with Helen Philipps’ gorgeous stocking

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Papercraft Jam Pot Labels

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Not only are these ever-so-tasty biscuits simple to make, they also contain the deliciously-scented leaves of a plant you’re sure to find in your very own garden – truly homemade!

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Stylish bracelets that any teen would love

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Need a gift for a teenage girl? Dorothy Wood’s bracelets are bang on trend

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Papercraft Teenage Gift Set

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Take inspiration from Debi Potter’s musical masterpieces and impress any youngster!

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Mosaic Gift Set

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Use simple mosaic work to create Jill Alblas’ lovely accessories

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Flower Gift Box

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Create Cathie Shuttleworth’s summery makes using only paper, ribbon and buttons!

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Origami Butterflies

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Follow origami-master Cathie Shuttleworth’s easy steps to create beautiful butterflies

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Beach Inspired Gifts

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Create Ellen Kharade’s beach-inspired gifts to evoke holiday memories

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Chicken egg cosy and gift tag

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Embrace easter thecalorie-free way and work up Carolyn Letten’s chirpy designs!

If you’ve stuck resolutely to a Lent healthy eating pledge, first of all, we salute you, but Easter will pose quite the challenge for your new regime. Short of batting the offending fatty items away with carrot sticks, you may have already resigned yourself to failure. However, CB is here to help! Why not ask your friends and family to give you the supplies for Carolyn’s springtime project instead of sugary treats? This way, the end result of your Easter weekend will be delightful sewn home accessories instead of a guilty conscious and a pot belly!

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Easter gift set

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Helen Philipps works up a springtime gift set with a novel twist

Got the stitch itch? We’ve got just the project for you! This embroidered Easter trio would make the perfect gift for a kiddie’s birthday, but do be careful of the buttons. Our advice is: if in doubt, replace with thread - simply sew little round circles or flowers instead of any easily-swallowed embellishments. Helen’s project is also a great one for newbie stitchers as her designs are small-scale and super easy to follow. Once you’ve got your confidence up, why not adjust the dimensions and work up the cute leaping bunny as a wall hanging? You could even sew the little tot’s name and birthday underneath the rabbit for a personal touch.

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Gem encrusted candle frame & card

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Shimmer your way into autumn with this gem-encrusted set

As summer draws to a close, the dread of rainy days, cold nights and dark evenings starts to eek in. The remedy? A glorious sparkling craft project, of course! Jill Alblas has outdone herself with this gift set; the mishmash of earthy green tones and glittering embellishments work perfectly together and give the three makes a sense of cohesiveness.

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Cookery gift set

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Grab your paintbrush and create a cookery gift set that looks good enough to eat!

Jam is such a versatile spread; use it on toast, scones, cake… we could go on! So why not give this well-loved preserve as a present? All you need is suitably delicious packaging to place it in. Well, Sharon Bennett has gone one better and hasn’t just whipped up a label design, but a card, recipe book and card holder! Just follow her easy-to-trace templates and create the whole set ­ and don’t forget to include a few jam recipes whilst you’re at it.

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True love photo album and matching card

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Capture the memories of your happiest day with a beautiful album and card duo

Lucinda Ganderton’s gorgeous photo album and card set is just perfect for recording the special memories of your wedding day. Handmade, textured and pretty coloured papers all combine to produce the classic couple. What a wonderful thing to create in the lead up to the main event; it’s very easy to do when you follow our simple how-to steps over the next couple of pages. Don’t worry if you’re not getting married yourself, as this would be a fantastic gift to give to a friend or family member who is tying the knot.

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Folksy Garden Gifts

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crafts, garden, gift, home, paper,

Give wood engraving a go and pretty-up your pad using Jill Alblas’ collection of folksy makes ­ perfect for the garden

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Vintage Wedding Confetti Holder

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Celebrate your wedding in old-fashioned style with Carolyn Letten’s charming vintage set

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Mosaic Gifts

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Mosaic work is fun, simple and creates fab gifts ­ let us show you how

Jill Alblas has taken a fresh approach to mosaics and combined mirror tiles with glass painting ­ we think the effect is stunning. The design is quick and easy to construct, however painting the tiles does take patience, so if you’re pushed for time and looking for a `quick make’ it’s best to leave them tiles unpainted. Once you’ve got the hang of it, mosaic can be used to give lots of other household items a new lease of life. Tiled plant pots look gorgeous, plain coasters can be transformed and well, once you start you’ll find it difficult to stop!

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Union Jack Tins And Cards

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Spruce up tinware with a touch of shell brit styling and a shimmer of glitter

Taking inspiration from this Summer’s Diamond Jubilee, these tinware pieces have been given a patriotic feel using a suits selection of emulsion paint tester pots. make unique Easter gifts, especially for grown-ups! Our designer, Jane Kharade, used a pastel colour palette, but why not try out a more traditional The decorated tins can be filled with look, with red, white and blue for a chocolate eggs and sweet treats to really striking effect?

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Easter Gifts

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Bring some fun to your Easter gifts with these pretty pastel creations

Papercraft eggs-pert (excuse the pun!) Niki Rowland has come up with these adorable designs so you can celebrate Easter in Spring style. Let’s face it, British weather can never be counted on ­ even on special days such as this ­ which is where the cheery pink and yellow shades of these makes come in handy! As well as card ideas, we have a cute gift-tag and basket for you to personalise your gifts.

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Charming Beauty Set

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Create a charming beauty set that your little girl will treasure forever!

This pretty-in-pink collection is the ideal gift to make anyone feel like a princess, as well as the perfect excuse to dive into your stash of bright and glittery decorations! Jill Alblas’s design will make your little girl’s dressing table the envy of all who come across it and, we can assure you, trying to avoid the temptation to keep it for yourself is harder than you’d think! Simplicity, sparkle and shine; this make has it all.

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Mother’s Day Photo Frames

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Instead of just handing over a card this Mother’s Day, why not create a memento she can keep and enjoy all year round? Niki Rowland has whipped up this delightful gift set which is just begging to be displayed in a hallway for all to admire. But if you’re a traditional box of-chocolates kind of gift-giver never fear, because Niki’s whipped up a cute little box for that very reason!

Personalise a Mother’s day make with snapshots of her pride and joy!

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Retro Silk Painting

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Conjure up some retro style with our silk painting ideas

Inspired by the designs on the high street, Jane Kharade has turned a silk painted scarf and matching picture and card into a unique gift idea. The silk scarf used here is of really good quality, so it’s well worth taking your time over the paintwork and applying the gutta over a couple of evenings. If you prefer cool colours, use ocean hues such as turquoise, cobalt and aqua. Or, once you have the hang of the the painting why not design your own pattern?

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Stylish Oriental Doll

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Make play days fun with this stylish little oriental lady

Our pretty oriental rag doll designed by Ellen Kharade will enchant any little girl lucky enough to receive her. She is soft-bodied which makes her ideal to cuddle up to and sturdy enough for endless play days. She is dressed in a oriental-style outfit of red brocade with a large bow to the back of the dress. Her hair has also been styled traditionally with pearl and sequin decoration to complete the look. The basic pattern can be used to make any kind of rag doll; change the dress fabric to printed cotton for a more conventional looking doll, and omit the hairpiece in favour of long flowing locks.

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Simple painted wood home decs

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Jazz-up plain wood with Katherine Printall’s easy-to-do brushwork

This striking breakfast tray and coaster set is guaranteed to brighten up any meal time. It’s perfect for treating a loved one to a well-earned breakfast in bed or for serving up tea and biscuits to friends. Using a bold contemporary pattern and trendy eye-catching colours the painted set would make a perfect gift for someone special, or if you can’t bear to part with it, keep it for yourself!

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Homemade Mother’s day gifts

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We all know how difficult it is to find the time to relax, so why not create this crafty pamper set and indulge in some precious `me time’. The fresh feminine colours and cheery fabrics capture the essence of retro-inspired chic and give a nice personalised touch to the décor. The quirky card and door hanger cleverly uses a faux stitching technique to complement the embroidered lettering on the towel. So, don’t be nervy about drawing out the designs by hand, because we’ve supplied fail-safe templates to guide you on our pattern pages.

Debi Potter whips up the perfect crafty treat for a busy mum

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Mother’s day gifts and card

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fabric, floral, gift, pattern, spring, stitching,

Carolyn Letten has designed a gorgeous pressie option that any mum would love to receive

Show your mum just how much you care by making this gorgeous trio of gifts. Carolyn had produced a fantastic project that is easy to replicate, whatever your creative ability. Inspired by spring greens and the palest of pinks your special mother is sure to love this pretty floral corsage edged with sparkling net and finished with an exquisite diamante button. The fabric postcard will look delightful hung anywhere and it wont get lost in the post either. Plus, the decorative gift tag will give a co-ordinated finish to your parcel of goodies. It’s by far better received if you make the gifts and greetings rather than purchasing the ready-made versions that seem to dominate all occasions. Give a little extra by sending something made with your own fair hands. Enjoy!

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Glass Gift Set

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card, craft, floral, gift, painting, pattern,

Paint florals onto a glass gift set to enhance the décor

Glass painting never fails to impress. It looks sophisticated, but this beautiful craft is very easy to master and here Jill Alblas shows us how. Flower motifs are brilliant for beginners as imperfections in the shape of the petals really won’t show, and when complete, the eye is drawn to the lovely jewelled effect of the colours instead. If you’re a complete novice we suggest starting with the card or tag as these are `quick makes’ and will help you build up confidence. Our pretty mirror and vase could be your next step. They will enhance any room and certainly be admired by all. As transferring a pattern and working directly on a mirror can be tricky, we’ve shown you an easy way to do this.

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Floral Mother’s day cards

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Show your mum how much you thanks care with Sharon Bennett’s a bunch pretty floral makes

Say ‘Mother’s Day’; think flowers. It’s the traditional present of the occasion, but boy, don’t they get boring? Why not treat your mum to something a little more unexpected and craft together a gift project with a gorgeous floral pattern instead? This gift would not only last much longer than the average posy, but shows real thought and artistic flair. But don’t fret, these pretty little designs don’t require you to paint like Monet, they are just copied from templates that Sharon has kindly provided for us!

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Make A Mug Cosy

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craft, gift, mug, stitch,

Get to grips with your morning coffee in a new crafty way

An early morning cuppa can be a lifesaver, but there’s been more than one occasion where a too-hot cup has wreaked havoc in the crafty office! But this was before we discovered Laura Howard’s design – now we wonder how our hands ever survived without it! Mug cosies make a lovely gifts for a fellow tea-lovers, with the delicate embroidery setting the design off a treat. If you’d like to add an extra personal touch, why not add the recipients name across the centre of the teacup? You could even make a set for your entire family – then, with the use of their new personalised cosies, you could solve the age-old teatime problem of whose brew has been sugared and whose hasn’t!

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Make A Sewing Notebook

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Give lists a crafty makeover with a handy jotter that’s sew gorgeous!

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Father’s Day Cards And Gifts

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Give dads the best father’s day present yet with our snazzy set of treats

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Fifties Themed Papercrafts

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Add fifties flair to your papercrafts with these classic designs

For cards with a touch of class, what could be finer than a fabulous fifties design? The delicate colour scheme is perfectly in keeping with the beautifully cut retro dresses, but if you fancy a more modern approach, feel free to play around with brightly coloured cards. These glamorous gals will be gratefully received by any ladies that lunch!

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Pretty Pastel Thank You Cards

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cards, christmas, craft, gift, thank you,

Cute owls are the main focus in these pretty pastel thank you cards

After all the festivities of Christmas, January can seem such a dull month. Say a special `thank you’ for your Christmas gifts with these bright and cheery cards that will really lift the mood.

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Money Box Houses

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craft, fabric, gift, house,

Need a gift set quick? In an afternoon you can whip up these

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Cross-Stitched Heart

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christmas, craft, fabric, gift, heart, home, stitch,

Decorate your home in cosily crafty style, with Helen Philipps’

Embroidery thread is used for cross-stitch due to its six easily split strands. This allows for differing stitch thicknesses; one strand produces a fine look and more creates a bolder appearance, and finer thread is used for smaller details.

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Your Free Gift

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Create a family of hanging tree decs using the wad of felt and collection of embellishments from the kit

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Papercutting Christmas Gift Set

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Combine sharp cuts with clever patterns for a little

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Stitched Bird Themed Hanging Decoartion

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card, christmas, craft, fabric, gift, stitch,

Give a Scandinavian twist to the traditional Christmas ‘four calling birds’ rhyme with this delightful stitch and bobbin decoration. The powder blue polka dot fabric and wooden spools give it a vintage feel while the printed numerals and red stitched crowns add a fun retro twist. The co-ordinating greeting card and tag makes it an ideal gift to give to someone special who loves to stitch!

Try this…

Why not add a hanging loop to each bird to make tree decorations

“Use your left overs to make a birdie gift-tag”

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In between your stitches, be sure to give your palms a little TLC

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Patchwork Baby Blanket

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Helen Philipp’s turns patchwork pieces into a nursery room favourite

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Paint Garden Themed Cards

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card, cards, crafts, gift, paint, painting, paper, spring,

As we start to see the odd brighter day, we gardeners start to eagerly prepare for spring. Even if you are not green fingered, this little set makes an excellent gift for a special friend who loves to be outdoors. Comprising of a hook plaque for a coat or apron, a seed pack design, card and gift-tag too. The box will slip into a pocket, great for holding useful little bits such as plant ties, pins or elastic bands. Several quaint designs have been pulled together with a complementing colour scheme to bring a beautifully crafted set. The main items are prepared with water colours on appropriate paper, while the wooden hook and papier mache box are completed using acrylic paints.

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Cupcake Themed Gifts

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Fill the room with the aroma of freshly prepared heavenly cupcakes with this tasty collection of goodies. Keep all the special family treats that mother used to bake safe and sound in this pretty fabric-covered recipe book. Once `baked’, display them on this embroidered cake stand card where they’ll look good enough to eat. The fridge magnet will hold your next shopping list firmly on the fridge in style so you don’t forget the essential eggs, sugar and flour!

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Cupcake Themed Gifts

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Fill the room with the aroma of freshly prepared heavenly cupcakes with this tasty collection of goodies. Keep all the special family treats that mother used to bake safe and sound in this pretty fabric-covered recipe book. Once `baked’, display them on this embroidered cake stand card where they’ll look good enough to eat. The fridge magnet will hold your next shopping list firmly on the fridge in style so you don’t forget the essential eggs, sugar and flour!

 

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Fabric Cards

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Our pretty folksy cards are really eye catching and a great way of using up small pieces of material that you can’t bear to throw away. The fabric has been quickly stuck down with iron-on fusible bonding material and embellished with embroidery stitching and buttons. This technique makes it easy to produce lovely keepsakes for special occasions, such as weddings and christenings, especially if a name and date are added. Why not mount your creations in a frame for a truly wonderful gift?

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Stitch A Sampler Christmas Gift

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Our beautiful sampler, finished in a striking white frame, makes the perfect Christmas gift

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Woodland Companions

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Work your magic and turn felt and decoupage into this charming set of woodland friends

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Felted Babuska Dollies

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Stitch a darling trio of gifts

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Copyright-Free Decorative Gift-Box

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christmas, craft, crafts, fabric, gift, home,

We all love pretty, individually wrapped gifts, whether giving or receiving them. However, with more of us opting to buy from big companies that have efficient but lacklustre packaging, customer expectation to be wowed is higher for homemade gifts, especially at Christmas.

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Little Packages

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christmas, craft, gift, home, paper,

Homemade boxes and embellishments a the perfect finishing touch to gifts. And, great designs are easily achievable ­ once you’ve learnt a few basic cut and folds you’ll be churning out your own in no time. We’ve picked tartans and stag imagery for our charming set, but you could decorate yours with prints of your choice. Make a collection soon to ensure wrapping is a breeze this year.

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Domestic Dream

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Make drying the dishes less of a chore with Jenny Arnott’s embroidered appliqué tea towel

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Baby Steps

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Papercraft Niki Rowland’s little box of treasures as a steps gift for a first-time mum

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Teacher’s Pet

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These designs by Jaennyc Arhnott are perfect for your child to give to their favourite teacher at the end of term!

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