Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Have a Homemade-Merry Christmas with Mencap - 12/18 December is Make Week

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to deck the halls and get crafty with Make With Me – the making & baking initiative in aid of learning disability charity Mencap.

Make With Me has teamed up with actor and comedian Mathew Horne and TV presenter/actress Lynda Bellingham and a host of other makers who have created some spectacular homemade gift ideas. From 12 - 18 December it’s Make Week, visit and find an exciting, new Christmas craft project every day – all FREE to download. Join us and get Making now!!

Whether it’s a stocking or tummy filler why not get together and create something special and unique for a loved one this festive season and help raise £25,000 for Mencap. With homemade gifts, not only will you beat the Christmas shopping rush, you’ll have something truly personal to put under your tree, so download free ideas and make a donation at today!

Mathew Horne and Lynda Bellingham have all designed their own stylish hat patterns, which have been brought to life courtesy of The Knitter Magazine. ‘Head’ to the website now to download and make these exclusive Christmas gift designs to keep your noggin toasty this winter!

Lynda Bellingham said "Although for Calendar Girls I dared to bear all, for Mencap I am more than happy to cover-up with this gorgeous knitted-beret. Downloading my hat pattern is a fantastic way for knitting fans to not only get their hands on a great new knitting pattern but to also raise money and help support the 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK."

For those who want to add a personal touch to their Christmas presents this year; why not have a go at making one of these simple yet fun gift tags, thanks to Crafty Makes – all you need to get started is on the website

More great pressie ideas for you to have a go at such as cards, festive fabric wreaths and a patchwork gift sack have been donated by Sew Ray Me, Bustle & Sew and Lucy Farfort all available from

Make With Me in aid of Mencap is a fun filled, homemade initiative that encourages people to get creative and raise much needed funds for Mencap to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Visitors to the website can hold their own Make or Bake Parties and donate money by downloading a free fund raising pack to get started!

To stay up to date with all the Make With Me news, stop by and say hello on Twitter (@makewithme) and Facebook ( Got a crafty idea? Anyone can donate ideas to make with me via the website’s your projects section, just head to
VISIT Makewithme ONLINE:,,
I hope you find some good ideas to work with. I'll be back tomorrow to show you one Christmas gift I made today.

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