Blogs

Sep 22
As seen in issue 42 of Craftseller magazine, Blogger of the month, Holly Becker, provides a brilliant floral tutorial for our online visitors, taken from her latest book, Decorate With Flowers. Up your flower-arranging skills with this super-simple DIY ptoject…
Aug 22
Copyright-free neon leather sunglasses case tutorial by Claireabellemakes.com
Not only do we spend ages deciding on the perfect pair of sunglasses, there’s nothing quite like being able to pull them out of a swanky looking case. This month our copyright-free project courtesy of this issue’s blogger of the month, Clairebellemakes.com
Aug 20
What makes a customer buy
Even with the success of Etsy, Folksy and the plethora of other online trading sites, the appeal of the face-to-face buy and sell custom is still big business. But what is it that makes a customer say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ to purchasing your makes in real-life time? Does a kerching-ending solely depend on the quality of your crafty wares or does the face behind the stall have a part to play? We think it’s a bit of both so here are some tips on how to use your powers of persuasion for craft-selling success.
Aug 18
10 tips on how to crochet
If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and learning how to crochet then we’re here to help. These great tips, from our very own crocheting expert, Liz Ward (amigurumibarmy.blogspot.co.uk), show you just how to move from sheepish amateur to confident crocheter in just minutes!
Aug 16
Free craft paper downloads (copyright free): Oriental summer theme
If you're an eager papercrafter then you'll love these copyright-free paper and tag designs from the Craftseller team. Simply print them onto high quality matt paper so you can make the most exquisite cards and more to sell for your own profit.
Aug 15
How to take great pictures of your craft projects
Thanks to the growth of sites like Folksy and Etsy, craft sellers now work within a global market. With hundreds of other crafters competing for sales and with the key Christmas selling season approaching, how can you be sure it is your product that draws the most attention?
Aug 14
Copyright free pattern: crochet granny squares
So much more than just a square – make lots to join into blankets, cushions, bunting and more! It’s time to master contemporary granny squares by Tracey Todhunter
Aug 13
How to sell handmade: 5 top tips for pricing your projects or makes
Canny craftsellers will soon be gathering their booty to sell at festive markets – make sure you don’t miss out at the most profitable time of year by making the right choices when it comes to pricing up your projects and makes
Aug 12
Free recipes: lemon drizzle cake
Why not tempt shoppers to your stall this summer with a tasty, zesty treat that will have children and adults coming back for more. We love this recipe because it’s so much fun making the topping and drizzling it all over the warm, sweet sponge cake! Make sure your customers know that they can buy a whole cake from you, because once they’ve tasted one slice, they won’t be able to turn down another… by Hannah Bellis
Aug 11
Free copyright-free knitting tutorial: cream aran cushion
There's nothing more classic than an aran knit, and this gorgeous cushion is a make that will reward you time after tie. Use pure wool aran yarn to make this pretty cushion that is sturdy enough to be an outdoor accessory as well as a great conservatory piece. Pattern by Val Pierce