Making: Upcycled jeans runner

upcycled denim runner | the simple things

Give an al fresco meal the stylish setting it deserves. Turn a picnic into an occasion with our upcycled jeans runner project.

Kirstie Allsopp presents The Handmade Fair

kirstie allsopp handmade fair

We are delighted to announce that we’ve teamed up with Kirstie Allsopp and Hobbycraft to bring you The Handmade Fair, coming this September to Hampton Court Palace! Join The Handmade Fair mailing list to get all the latest updates and for access to the ticket pre-sale.

The Simple Things Etsy Pages


Discovering and curating our favourite things through NEW Etsy Pages. Nesting curated by The Simple Things on Etsy Above: our favourite ways to NEST… When Etsy asked us to be one of the first UK Partners selected to curate our finds through Etsy Pages we were thrilled. At The Simple Things we constantly use Etsy to… Continue reading

Love to Craft? Try Gathered by Mollie Makes


Gathered by Mollie Makes is your weekly fix of quick craft ideas to make and enjoy available on the iPad – and now the iPhone too! Each week inside the magazine you can expect: • Two exclusive craft projects • Interviews with designer-makers • A roundup of our favourite things, including vintage treats, our book… Continue reading

Sponsored post: Learn a new skill for free with The Amazings

Make an heirloom patchwork quilt with help from Virgina

Have you heard of The Amazings? It’s an online platform for skill-sharing, where older teachers (over 50s, AKA ‘Amazings’) teach the younger generation skills for life. Whether that’s carpentry, crochet or jewellery making. Classes have been running in London for over a year now but the exciting news is The Amazings has recently launched online… Continue reading

Upcycling project: How to make yourself a fab ebook reader case using an old hardback book!

Paul Stevenson ebook cover 1

We love books, print and digital, so what better than recycling an old hardback to keep your ebook reader safe and sound? Read on to find out how!

5 things for the weekend: wood

DIYs for a lazy afternoon

We’ve put together five simple DIYs for you to try over the weekend, using one of our favourite materials: wood.

Meet The Amazings

Judith Paris, teacher for The Amazings

As one of the most overused words in the English language, you could argue the term ‘amazing’ has lost some of its sentiment, but not when it comes to this truly incredible group of people… Like something out of a marvel comic, The Amazings have been brought together for their invaluable set of skills in… Continue reading

The Simple Things Issue 5 is out today, packed with ideas for a brilliant New Year!

The Simple Things issue 5 cover blog version caption

Baking, making pasta, playing in the snow, gardening, caring for birds in Winter, crafting a paper candle shade, exploring Montreal… these are just a few of the huge range of ideas in Issue 5, to help you get 2013 off to an inspiring start and make the coldest months of the year the cosiest and most pleasurable!

Christmas project: Framing your own photos – a great gift idea!

Christmas photo framing featured image

When it comes to giving a really personal present to a friend or family member, not many things will give them as much daily pleasure as a framed photograph of a special moment or place.