How to make a cushion cover: Making a cushion cover is easier than you think. Our simple step-by-step video will have you wizzing up your own creations in no time.

Hoop boat picture

Take inspiration from the seaside with this lovely boat picture project in an embroidery hoop Materials 25cm square of plain light turquoise cotton fabric 17.5cm wooden embroidery hoop Air-erasable fabric…

Clanger outfit

If you’ve made your own knitted Clanger from the free BBC pattern, then here are our tips on making the Clanger outfit to match Deputy Craft Editor Esme Clemo set…

Here’s our step-by-step video guide to how to make tassels   Materials Thin card   Ruler   Pencil   Craft scissors   Anchor embroidery skeins, to make tassels for our…

Editor Diane went to meet the ladies behind the scenes on the makeover shoot

Teresa Stone, 52 (pictured, right) ‘My sister discovered she had breast cancer three years ago and her doctor told her that my other sister and I should get checked, 
as…

Is back surgery the answer? © iStock

It’s not always the best solution for a bad back. So when is back surgery worth it and when are other options better? The five lumbar vertebrae (L1…

Materials   Cushion pad measuring 45 x 45cm   Two pieces of fabric measuring 48 x 48cm   General purpose plastic coil zip measuring 35cm   Zipper foot   Seam…

A mammogram can reveal whether a lump needs further examination © iStock

Nine out of 10 breast lumps aren’t cancerous, but they do need to be checked out. Dr Melanie Wynne-Jones explains why… Our breasts contain milk-producing glands, connected…

July is the time to enjoy your garden! But, there is still plenty to get done in your garden in July - read our tips and advice on what to…

How to make a cushion cover tack

An envelope-backed cushion cover is a great beginner project to have a go at if you’re new to sewing and a quick and easy solution to brighten up your home.…