As a crafter, I appreciate the need for clear, concise instructions for creative projects, so that’s how I write instructions! Here are just a few of the step-by-step how-to’s, guides and round-ups I’ve written for , Prima, Saga and The Lady, and for Hearst Magazines’ Allaboutyou.com (where I was craft editor for seven years; commissioning, editing and writing). Click on a link for the web page or PDF. For personal projects, I have a craft blog: Made it!
Handmade gift ideas | Saga
Giving a handmade present shows you’ve invested time and effort. These ideas are simple and inexpensive to make, with a wide appeal.
Easy Christmas decorations to make| Saga
Add a homemade touch to your Christmas tree and home with these natural craft ideas that are rich in the sweet, spicy scents of the season.
Make art from your travels | The Lady
Preserve your holiday memories by turning maps into handmade souvenirs
Transforming tealights | Saga
Add a little hygge to your home, with twinkling tealight ideas, for inside and out.
Seven benefits of knitting | Saga
Clicking away with a pair of needles and some yarn has benefits that go well beyond something new to wear. Find out about the health and social benefits of knitting.
How to press flowers | Saga
Find out how to press flowers to preserve beautiful spring colour for use in cardmaking and other craft projects.
New to knitting? Here’s what you need to get started | Saga
Find out about the key bits of kit you need when you first take up knitting.
How to knit a snood | Saga
There’s no pattern needed for a quick-to-knit snuggly snood or a cosy cowl, for yourself or someone else.
Christmas craft ideas | Allaboutyou.com
Autumn leaf crafts | Saga
9 inspiring craft ideas from the best craft blogs | Prima.co.uk
10 of the best knitting kits for beginners | Prima.co.uk
Easiest-ever knitting ideas My ideas for simple projects made from knitted rectangles or squares | Prima.co.uk
Grab your pencils, and get creative – with colouring in | Prima.co.uk
Patterns from the past: a lighthearted look at vintage knits | Allaboutyou.com
Buy fab bird-print fabrics | Allaboutyou.com
Pick up a pebble
Easy craft ideas for small stones | Allaboutyou.com
How to carve a classic Halloween pumpkin lantern | Allaboutyou.com
Make a quilled heart Valentine card | Prima.co.uk
Make a spotty heart Valentine card | Allaboutyou.com
Sew a rose-petal-filled heart | Allaboutyou.com
Make a ‘mum’ Mother’s Day card | Prima.co.uk
Make classic coloured eggs for Easter | Prima.co.uk
Make a chicks Easter card | Prima.co.uk
Make a last-minute egg and chick Easter decoration | Allaboutyou.com