Beanies & babies.

With winter around the corner what better time to stay indoors and learn a new craft or increase your skill with a challenging new project. This month’s selection of craft books caters for all. Baby beanies : happy hats to knit for little heads by Amanda Keeys has a variety of beanie patterns incorporating bright colours, rich textures and quirky trimmings. Even beginning knitters can easily whip up a present for a special baby. As the author says “babies should wear hats because they look so darned cute!”

Do you have small pieces of fabric that you’re not sure what to do with? Sew fabulous fabric by Alice Butcher & Ginny Farquhar will solve this problem combining new and recycled fabrics for vintage, homespun and retro results. There are over 40 practical projects including cushions, curtains, gift bags, cuddly toys and much more. Step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow instructions will lead the crafter through the process.

Jelly rolls are the new fat quarter bundle! No, not something to eat but a technique incorporating two inch strips of colour-coordinated fabric rolled up to create a solid disk and tied with a ribbon. Jelly roll quilts : the perfect guide to making the most of the latest strip rolls by Pam & Nicky Lintott will explain all.
Find out about these craft projects and others featuring quilting, paper folding, scrap-booking, knitting and canvaswork via this month’s Recent Craft Picks. Winter will fly by.