World Craft Week is back! 6 ways to get involved

World Craft Week

It’s back! The week-long celebration of making that launched last year is returning to our craft desks and instagram feeds next week. What exactly is World Craft Week and how can you join in the fun?

World Craft Week is a week-long community event from 16th-22nd April. It will see some of your favourite magazines, brands and designers celebrate the wonderful world of making stuff! The event launched last year, and was such a success that this  year’s event is promising to be bigger, better and more fabric-filled than ever. This year, the organisers have teamed up with Bliss – the charity that supports families of premature or ill babies, so it’s a great chance to craft for a good cause and share your love of quilting too.

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1 Get started with free patterns

The World Craft Week team have created a free project book packed with ideas and event information over at www.worldcraftweek.com. This free digital magazine includes a great selection of free sewing projects and patterns, including Julie Rutter’s patchwork Bunny Comforter (main image, bottom right) and Sally Ablett’s Bunnies & Cream quilt from issue 25 – it’s the perfect choice for nursery makes with a vintage twist.

Bunnies and cream quilt by Sally Ablett

2 Craft 4 Bliss

Host a mini craft party with family and friends to share your making together. Anyone can take part, no matter what their age or favourite method of making. From quilting bees to knit and natters, this is a fun excuse to get together and share your love of crafting. Post a photo or photos of your gathering and add the hashtags #craft4bliss and #worldcraft week to share with the rest of the World Craft Week community. Ask everyone to make a small donation to Bliss too and you’ll be raising money for a good cause as you craft.

3 Buy a craft download

Visit www.buysubscriptions.com/Craft4Bliss and choose one of four downloadable craft projects and patterns that you can buy to support Bliss. They’re just £3 each and you get them instantly to your phone, tablet or computer. One of the downloads is Fiona Hesford’s pattern and tutorial for a patchwork cat softie (below) from Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine – combining two of our favourite things: kitties and sewing!

4 Make a donation

If you want to show your support for Bliss during World Craft Week but aren’t sure you’ve got time to get really stuck in, there are 3 easy ways you can donate to Bliss instead:

  • Make your donation online at www.bliss.org.uk/craft4bliss
  • Text MAKE14 followed why the amount to 70070 – for example MAKE14£10
  • Send a cheque made payable to Bliss to CRAFT4BLISS, Bliss, 2nd Floor Chapter House, 18-20 Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW. Please write ‘CRAFT4BLISS‘ on the back too!

5 Join in with our Today’s Quilter challenges

We’re excited to reveal that we’re busily getting ready to reveal some very special activity for you from us here on the Today’s Quilter team to mark our own World Craft Week festivities next week. Watch this space for our big reveal tomorrow.

6. Share your photos and see what everyone’s up to!

If you’re making something for World Craft Week, or just want to show your love of sewing, share a photo of your latest project on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #worldcraftweek and#Craft4Bliss. You could win a Craft4Bliss Hero Award (we hear there will be some tempting prizes for the winners!).

These hashtags are also a great way to see what your fellow quilters and makers are up to. We’ve heard on the grapevine there will be a whole host of sewalongs, prizes and free quilt patterns and tutorials happening next week so the hashtags are a great way to make sure you don’t miss out!

Fiona Hesford Cat Softie