Category Archives: The Blog

The Kendal Shop

What a beautiful morning here in Kendal, I just love it when there’s sunshine and frost on the hills, and even on the roof of our Coolcrafting shop, here on Stramongate. So I’m popping up a new picture of the Continue reading

Knitting for Luna Lapin

Its been a lovely week seeing how much our customers have enjoyed knitting Luna Lapin’s new ballet wrap cardigan and slippers. I am sure that there will be many more beautiful pictures of Fiona’s knitting pattern to come on the Continue reading

Shop Changes

Dated 28.06.18 Okay, I’ve been writing this post in my head for the last few months and over that time my decisions and the end result have changed fairly dramatically. As you probably know Luna is a big thing- she Continue reading

The Skye Wrap

In January 2017 Fiona, who works in our shops and designs accessories for us, came up with the Skye Wrap. A simple and versatile over – garment, Fiona’s thoughts were to showcase the wonderful fabrics that we stock in the Continue reading

Luna’s Birthday Competition July 2017

To help celebrate our 6th birthday we ran a competition all about Luna and her wardrobe. Many of  you  shared your photographs of Luna and friends either on social media (facebook, instagram, or twitter) or by sending them to us by email and we Continue reading

Bob’s Project – Upcycled Football Planters

This post was originally written in 2012 – when I had time to be creative. It has just been featured on Buzzfeed so we thought it would be great to bring it to the front page again in 2015. The Continue reading

Origami Fabric Butterfly Tutorial

We have just arrived back from showing at Country Living’s Spring Fair in London, where on alternate days Sarah was running workshops showing how to make these pretty and easy origami butterflies. This video is not perfect – we suggest Continue reading

January Sale Now On

We are having a DE-STASH. Our January sale starts on New Year’s Day and runs for 7 days. Limited stock. Up to 50% off 100% cotton fabrics, reductions on our best selling wool felt, some beautiful buttons & ribbons reduced Continue reading

Tweed Mouse Tutorial

Eeeek – this is now going to be published on Friday 22nd  August 2014

Foodie Friday – Aubergines

  I like to talk about food, mainly because I love food. I love to cook, to eat out. Discovering a great new recipe is my own brand of fun. I, however, can not stand food shopping. It is expensive Continue reading

Luna Loves… Macarons

I’m not sure what it is about these sweet little cakes that I love so much. If it is their pretty colours, that they are so dainty, or if my love of Macarons is just part of a lifelong and Continue reading

For The Love Of Lace

Lace has been a key player in the fashion & interiors world for a few seasons now and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. Lace was the most tweeted word from the 2014 catwalks with big fashion names Continue reading

Looking Back at 2013

2013 has been a hectic year, and not quite the one I had planned when I set up CoolCrafting in 2011. We have peddled ribbons and buttons the length and breadth of England out of vintage suitcases and an overloaded Continue reading

Merchant and Mills

Established in 2010, Merchant and Mills produce a range of card pattern, and sewing equipment in stark, utilitarian packaging. It’s very beautiful, and the founders, Carolyn Denham and Roderick Field have the same beliefs that we do here at CoolCrafting, Continue reading

Testimonial Time

If you are thinking about booking a course with us, here is some feedback that we have had from our most recent Absolute Beginners Make Friends with your Sewing Machine Class

5 Rather Good Projects for Buttons

We meet so many fellow hoarders at the fairs and events we attend: fabric lovers, ribbon stashers and of course, button enthusiasts. We meet people who confess to having a habit, but who just can’t resist just one more piece Continue reading

Intergalactic Leggings Tutorial

Galaxy prints were all over the AW12 runways and are now in store. You can have fun making your own unique versions following our tutorial below

CoolCrafting Jubilations

It’s been a long time since I posted anything – it genuinely feels like stage fright! So in an attempt to get back into the blogging habit I thought I would pop on some of the Jubilee themed products that Continue reading

CoolCrafting LoveBirds Kit

One of our latest Make Me Crafting Kits are the Love Birds. Further to the success of the Little Owl kit, I decided to convert our birds into a kit as well. Each Jam Jar contains two contrasting felt colours Continue reading

Bob’s Project – Upcycled Cushion Bag

It’s been a while – so long that I had better explain -Bob’s Project is about upcycling the things we don’t use into things we will. I was hunting for something in the cellar, when I came across these cushion Continue reading

Blackpool Rocks!

A day out in Blackpool, primarily to discuss a new Craft Awards scheme that is being set up . Afterwards, it was important to go and see the sights… Photographs  – thanks to the wonderful Grace x

Knitted Turban Tutorial

The headband is Accessories big news this winter. Functional and good looking, it keeps ears warm whilst being part of this season’s trends. We have been using up left over yarn to make Christmas presents. This is a very easy Continue reading

CoolCrafting Adorable Owl Cushions

There is a huge woodland trend in the crafting (and fashion) world, with some lovely makes inspired by the softer creatures, such as deer, foxes and rabbits. However, probably the most influencial creature at the moment is the Owl. With Continue reading

CoolCrafting Doggy Doorstops

In our week of blogs featuring the products we are making, today we are having a Doggy Doorstop moment. This was probably one of the first products we developed when CoolCrafting was born. We recognised the doorstop was going to Continue reading

CoolCrafting Make Me Kits

We have been very busy attending some lovely craft events in the last few weekends, and have found ourselves ‘too busy to blog’. So we thought it would be a nice idea to feature some of the makes that we Continue reading

Showroom Focus Dorothy Wightman

Dorothy Wightman is an internationally reknowned interior designer, based in Lupton, near Kirkby Lonsdale. With a reputation for creating beautiful bespoke interiors, what is maybe less well known is that Dorothy’s showroom also stocks talented British craftspeople and artists. If Continue reading

Patch By Cath Kidston Book Review

This eagerly anticipated book is the fourth in a series of titles by Cath Kidston with a giveaway kit – everything you need to create the cover bag or cushion shown on the cover. A great idea to kick off Continue reading

Heartwarming Crafting

When we take our bitesize workshops to fairs and events, many of our attendees are children, and it is always lovely to see what they make and how they want to add their own design input to the project. Last Continue reading

Natural Soap Book Review

Natural Soap by Melinda Coss, focuses on using natural ingredients in soap making, and the soaps within the book could not look more beautiful. Whether you are looking for an introduction to the art of soap making, or are experienced, Continue reading

The Oooby Paper Plane Tutorial

Our first video tutorial, made by eldest boy and friend. It’s addictive, use an old sheet of A4, and fold as directed. Dead simple and a perfect flyer. For more paper plane tutorials visit this channel.