Sew this simple project in two contrasting fabrics. Finished size: 31 x 24cm You will need 1cm-squared graph paper and pencil, or access to a photocopier to enlarge template Two…

Decorate your gifts with a few original flourishes and really impress your family and friends. Take Three Things… Stack little gifts into a ribbon-tied pile to maximise their appeal. We…

These cards will look very special in anyone’s home. Collage Christmas Tree You will need ● 13 x 18cm brown card blank ● A selection of different patterned papers ●…

You’ll be able to bring these Christmas Advent calendars out year after year to fill with festive goodies and a proverb or joke.   You will need ● 7 small…

Homemade gifts cufflinks

These are gifts that your loved ones will treasure forever. Velvet scarf This silk velvet scarf takes minutes to make, but adds instant glamour to the plainest of outfits. Use…

Suffragettes in 1906

Suffragette – a screenplay written by Abi Morgan – documents the lengths women went to over 100 years ago to secure their right to vote. Although lead actress Carey Mulligan’s…

Darker evenings and chilly weather are the first sign that Halloween is on the way. As well as dusting off our witch’s hat and digging out our fancy dress cauldron,…

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Where I went… To the top of the iconic Blackpool Tower, to enjoy views as far as Liverpool (though, not on our hazy watch). We were, however, able to see…

Christmas Santas

Little Santas These adorable Christmas Santa decorations are made from kitchen- and toilet-roll tubes and coloured felt. Children will enjoy making them as much as receiving them. Finished sizes: (approx.)…

Christma heart decoration

Looking for a crafty way to transform your Christimas tree? We’ll show you how to make a heart decoration that’s perfect for hanging of the branches by following just a…

Diane Kenwood and Julian Clary

Julian first found fame as The Joan Collins Fanclub. The flamboyant star is now also a novelist and actor and won Celebrity Big Brother in 2012. His new children’s book…

Kandy Regis and Tina Egleton

Knitting expert Freddie Patmore asks Knitting Design Editor Kandy Regis and Technical Editor Tina Egleton to talk us through the process of creating the best knitting patterns, in our video…

Lisbon Tram (c) iStock

Sprawling across seven hills with spectacular views of the Tagus estuary, Lisbon – Europe’s westernmost capital city – isn’t simply a gorgeous destination, but a historic one, too. Antiquated trams…