Making the best of things: Free craft projects from David and Charles for you and the kids!

This might just be the time to learn a new craft, return to a neglected hobby or make a handmade gift for a loved one. And it’s certainly the time to be keeping the kids busy while you do just that! So we’ve put together some free downloads to help you learn a new craft and keep the children entertained that you can view online and download from the comfort of your home.

Learn to Crochet

Crochet is one of the easiest crafts to learn and in no time you can be making projects for your home or to wear. This free PDF download explains the basics, what you will need to get started and walks you through two stitches, it includes the instructions to create a cosy cafetiere project.

Taken from the Beginner’s Guide to Crochet, a comprehensive book teaching you all the basic crochet techniques, skills and stitches to get you started. Each new technique is explained with accompanying photographs and diagrams and is followed directly with a project utilizing those skills. Available at,, Waterstones or Hive*.


Learn to Quilt

There is no more satisfying project than completing a handmade quilt. This free PDF download introduces the basic kit you will need and explains piecing, the foundation of all patchwork. It includes instructions to make a handmade needle book as an accessible and achievable first quilting project.

Taken from the Beginner’s Guide to Quilting, a complete guide to patchwork and quilting for beginners that teaches piecing, applique, quilting and binding. The book includes 16 simple projects, each focusing on a different technique. Available at,, Waterstones or Hive*.


Learn Macrame

Macrame is back and this free PDF download is all you need to learn from scratch or refresh your knowledge. Covering knotting cords, terminology, 4 essential knots and techniques and finishing with a beautiful hanging shelf project.

Taken from Macrame for Beginners and Beyond that takes a fresh and modern take on the traditional craft of macrame. The book features 12 different projects with an ‘easy’ and ‘more advanced’ version for each so you can develop your skills as you go. Available at,, Waterstones or Hive*.


Make a Handmade Gift

There is no better gift to give than something handmade. This free PDF download includes 50 gifts across a range of crafts and you are bound to find the perfect project for your loved one.

The PDF includes all the projects available in 50 DIY Gifts. You can order the print copy of the book from,, Waterstones or Hive*.




Slime 101

Kids love nothing more than getting their hands covered in all types of gloopy slime! This free PDF download teaches you how to make Glitter, Sequin and even Rainbow slime!

You can order the print copy of the book from, or Waterstones.





Spot the Differences Around the World

No passports needed for this trip! This free PDF download takes you from Big Ben to the Amazon River Basin and beyond.

You can order the print copy of the book from,, Waterstones or Hive*.





Stone Painting for Kids

Have fun with stone painting and get creative! This free PDF download has fun-to-follow instructions for simple projects that the whole family can enjoy.

You can order the print copy of the book from,, Waterstones or Hive*.





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