Kirstie Allsopp's love affair with British crafts took off when she renovated her house in Devon. This new book accompanies her TV series, Kirsties Handmade Britain, in which she tours the country learning about traditional crafts and entering her creations into country shows. The book contains 50 practical projects, from making your own family scrapbooks and appliqué cushions to jam-making and handmade bunting.
Buy from All About You's online bookshop: 'Kirstie Allsopp Craft', by Kirstie Allsopp (Hodder & Stoughton, £20)
Who would have thought that a shirt could be transformed into so many beautiful things? Whether it's rescued from the back of your man's wardrobe, or a charity shop find, an ordinary cotton shirt can be put to a myriad of uses. Blogger and craft expert Juliet Bawden reveals how to re-invent mens shirts to make bunting, cushion covers, toys, accessories and a whole lot more. Each project is beautifully photographed with clear instructions.
Buy from All About You's online bookshop: 'The Shirt off his Back', by Juliet Bawden (Jacqui Small, £18.99)
Felt is a brilliantly versatile material and, if you're a novice felter, this book is a good place to start. Divided into four sections accessories, gifts, homewares and decorations it contains 35 simple projects, including brooches, scarves, pincushions, coasters, and Christmas decorations. Every design comes complete with clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations, and at the back is a helpful techniques section explaining all the stitches and skills required.
Buy from All About You's online bookshop: 'Super-Cute Felting', by Laura Howard (CICO Books, £12.99, offer price £11.99)
If you fancy recreating the mad hatter's tea party or dressing up as the Queen of Hearts, this is the book for you. Alices adventures in Wonderland provide the inspiration for this collection of 50 craft makes, ranging from a hand-sewn white rabbit toy to cut-out-and-keep dress-up dolls. Interspersed between the projects are instructions for fun party games, such as How to Become a Queen and How to Run a Caucus Race.
Buy from All About You's online bookshop: 'Everything Alice The Wonderland Book of Makes', by Hannah Read-Baldrey and Christine Leech (Quadrille, £14.99)
As the nights draw in, what better way to spend your evenings than making these adorable sock creatures? Brenna Maloney explains how to transform any sock new ones, old ones, even the ones with holes into something really fun, like a fluffy sheep, a fuzzy bear or a quirky alien. This book is sure to keep you entertained for hours
Buy from All About You's online bookshop: 'Sockology: making cute and cuddly sock creatures', by Brenna Maloney (£10.99, Apple Press)
Taking craft a step further into art, this book shows you how to combine different disciplines to create mixed media artworks. As well as an extensive techniques section, it contains three beautiful and inspiring projects suitable for both beginners and veteran crafters. Step-by-step photographs and clear instructions guide you through the process of making wonderful works of art.
Buy from All About You's online bookshop: 'Stitch, Cloth, Paper & Paint', by Angie Hughes (£12.99, Search Press Ltd)
Whether youre a beginner or more advanced, this book shows you how to make stunning, fashionable jewellery from the contents of your sewing box. With 25 easy-to-follow projects, there's something for all tastes in this book, from a ribbon choker with velvet flowers to linen heart brooches.
Buy from All About You's online bookshop: 'Handmade At Home: Button and Bead Jewelry', by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell (CICO books, £9.99)
Put your personal stamp on Christmas with this beautiful collection of 50 seasonal projects. The five chapters cover a wide range of different crafting techniques, from papercutting and papier mâché to embroidery and sugar crafting. Projects include tree decorations, hand-made gifts, Christmas cards, gift wrap ideas and more, each with clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful illustrations.
Buy from All About You's online bookshop: 'Christmas Crafting in No Time', by Clare Youngs (CICO, £14.99, offer price £11.99)
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Written by Jazz Domino Holly, daughter of the late Joe Strummer and founder of the Shoreditch Sisters Women's Institute, this book is a mine of information. As well as explaining the basics of all the crafts mentioned in the title, Jazz shows you how to make a girlie bow headband, queen of crafts jam tarts, Oh My Darling Clementine Marmalade and lots more.
Buy from All About You's online bookshop: 'Queen of Crafts: The Modern Girls' Guide to Knitting, Sewing, Quilting, Baking, Preserving & Kitchen Gardening', by Jazz Domino Holly (Fig Tree, £16.99)
In this inspiring book, the founders of cult jewellery brand Tatty Devine share their extensive knowledge and experience by showing you how to make your own quirky and individual accessories. The book includes basic techniques for creating your own necklaces, earrings, rings, cuffs and more, as well as various Tatty Design pieces for you to make.
Buy from All About You's online bookshop: 'How to Make Jewellery With Tatty Devine', by Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine (£12.99, Virgin Books)