Wednesday, 17 June 2015


After many years of faithful service we are retiring our very popular 'Tell the Bobbin who's boss' (Boooo!) But we're launching a new monthly competition #MinistryMakes (yayyy!) 

#MinistryMakes will be open to all crafters; sewing, knitting, printmakers and everything in between you're all welcome!

All you have to do is share your next project with us and you could be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes!

How to enter

Simply send us a photograph of your latest making success to or tag us in your social media posts using the hashtag #MinistryMakes.

This month's #MinistryMakes closes at midnight on 30th June.

The Prize

Each month up for grabs:

- A £10 Ministry of Craft gift voucher to use against any of our courses


- A six issue subscription to either Love Sewing Magazine or Simply Cards & Papercraft 

So get making, we're looking forward to seeing what fantastic things you come up with!

Monday, 15 June 2015

Don't forget Father's Day (Sunday 21 June): Our Top 5 Father's Day Gifts

We’ve got a whole bunch of great ideas for Father’s Day over on our Pinterest board. From gadgety gifts, to awesome and quick DIYs for a handmade token of affection, there’s a host of options to show your Daddy he’s the coolest. Here's our top 5 picks:

1. DIY Pretzel Pincushion
I don't know how many of you have dads who sew, but this is the kind of gift that Great British Sewing Bee winner Matt Chapple would love! It's fun, easy and cute.

Tutorial from
 2. Ministry of Craft Screen Printing Course
 Your dad will be in his element printing up his very own band tshirt under the expert tutelage of our resident screen printer Nell Smith
Cute cine camera print by one of our past cusomers

3. Sew-it-Yourself Denim Tool Roll 

Does your other half store his tools in a big pile in the bottom of the cupboard or shed like mine does? Encourage good storage habits by sewing this space-saving manly roll-up tool organiser. Great for tools, knives, or any other equipment which shouldn't be stored in a pile at the bottom of a cupboard. (Ps- we run a course where you can learn to sew a pouch like this, check it out here)
Tutorial from

4. Fred Aldous Block Printing Kit
This kit is the bees knees. I have just bought one for a friend: it's THE PERFECT gift for someone with a creative side, who likes beautiful packaging and who wants to try printing from the comfort of their own home. Just gorgeous.

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5. Home-made Rosemary & Mint Shaving Cream
Whip up a storm with this organic rosemary mint shaving foam. Find yourself a lovely vintage storage jar (you can buy them from Fred Aldous) and voila: home made, fresh-scented foam to combat those pesky shaving ouchies. Time to get rid of that embarassing hipster beard, Dad.
Tutorial from

Don't forget we've got a REVERSIBLE APRON course happening this weekend, so come along if you'd like some help to make a thoughtful and useful gift for your Dad or husband. **NOW AT THE SPECIAL PRICE OF £30** use code APRON30 at the checkout.

You can always buy gift vouchers from Ministry of Craft too - so if you think he'd like to choose a craft course to attend himself, then that's a good option. Why not come along too and have some quality father-and-daughter time? 

Happy Father's Day to all of you lovely lot, enjoy your Sunday!