Stand by your machines! World Craft Week is here

WORLD CRAFT WEEK 2018

We’re a hive of activity here on team LPQ today, getting ready to share some pretty exciting quilting treats with you to celebrate World Craft Week next week. Back for it’s second year, the week-long celebration of making is shaping up to be a lot of fun…

In case you missed it’s launch last year, World Craft Week is a community event which sees some of our favourite magazines, brands and designers join forces to make stuff and swap photos of our projects online. The aim of the week is to spread the word that, well, sewing (and crafting in general) is awesome.

Following on from the success of last year’s event, this year’s event will take place next week from 16th-22nd April.

This time around 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.

World Craft Week free digi mag

Get started today with the free project book

No virtual festival of making would be complete with some freebies, so The World Craft Week team have made a free project book of 25 craft projects and patterns, and it includes two of our very own projects! As this year’s event supports Bliss, the book has a baby theme so we’re sharing Julie Rutter’s bunny comforter (pictured above – bottom right) and Ali Burdon’s patchwork bootees (below) from our archive. Get your copy of the book for free at www.worldcraftweek.com. It also includes loads of handy information about the week itself and how you can get involved.

Ali Burdon patchwork bootees

What’s new, pussycat?

We’ve also sharing a project to raise funds for Bliss and it’s available to download now! Visit www.buysubscriptions.com/Craft4Bliss to download Fiona Hesford’s cat softie pattern and tutorial (below) for £3 and all the funds raised will go to helping premature and poorly babies here in the UK.

Fiona Hesford cat toy

Shhh! Exciting things are coming

We’ll be revealing our own World Craft Week activities for you when the week officially starts on Monday 16th April, so watch this space for more news (hint, there may be the chance to win some fabric too!).

Watch out for the hashtags #craft4bliss and #worldcraftweek in the days to come as they’ll not just be awash with all the lovely makes from our friends in the online craft community. Plus we hear on the grapevine that there’ll be all sorts of freebies and sewalongs to join in with too as the week itself gets started on Monday.