Time to take a look back at your favourite blog posts of 2018! I can’t believe it’s that time of year already. When I was searching through my analytics, I was in two minds. Half of me was really chuffed with how many blog posts I’d written this year (this will be the 66th one!). Whereas the other half was a bit freaked out that it’s been sooo long since I hit ‘publish’ on some of them – it feels like I was writing them just yesterday!

Time flies when you’re craft blogging. πŸ˜‰

Right, shall we get stuck in? Grab a cup of tea and enjoy looking back on my most-read craft tutorials of 2018…

Readers’ Favourites 2018

Sew a DIY wrist pincushion that sharpens your needles with wire wool, as you use it | Click for full tutorial #crafts #sewing

Wrist Pin Cushion

Jeez, I wish I’d made this pin cushion years ago. It’s become a sewing staple whenever I’m in my craft room! The best bit? It actually sharpens your pins as you use it. Learn how to make it here.

Learn how to make custom plywood shelves to fit in any space - Full step-by-step tutorial with tips - Click through for this and more DIY woodwork projects

Custom Plywood Shelves

Seems I’m not the only one who loves the raw plywood look! I wrote this detailed tutorial on how to measure, cut and fit a set of shelves, completely bespoke to your space. Take a look, here.

Free tutorial for how to make a mens T-Shirt from scratch - click through for more - tutorial by The Crafty Gentleman

How to sew a T-Shirt

After a lot of trial and error, I came up with a great way to make your own patterns and sew a T-Shirt from scratch! I’ve since made a whole load of them – it feels like a superpower! Find my detailed tutorial, here.

Bat Bow Tie / Holly Leaf Bow Tie

Wowza, my holiday bow ties went down a storm this year! You guys loved them – I was tagged in so many photos of you making them yourselves! I think I’ll have to continue this tradition into 2019. In the meantime, download these free templates here (bat) and here (holly leaf).

Make a cushion from a shirt | Click through for full tutorial | DIY and Craft blog

Turn a Shirt into a Cushion Cover

My brother-in-law actually requested that I make this project – and initially I wasn’t going to blog about it at all. Luckily, I changed my mind! It’s been really popular, especially on Pinterest. Take a look, here.

How to make a Scandinavian-Style DIY Wooden Lampshade | Easy woodwork project for beginners | DIY and Crafts | Click through for the full tutorial

Scandi-style Wooden Lampshade

I first made this lampshade live on stage at the Handmade Fair, as part of a craft challenge (which I won, woo!). The audience really loved it – so I recreated it for the blog, too. πŸ™‚ Learn how to make your own here (and read more about that craft challenge here).

DIY See Through Ghost decorations for Halloween - Easy Halloween crafts - Cricut crafts - Click for more

See-Through Ghosts

My most popular Halloween post of the year was for these acetate ghost decorations. I seriously love how they flutter about and catch the light, sometimes disappearing completely! See more of them here.

Make your own DIY Fabric Board Game

Quilted Board Game

Way back in January, I experimented with checkerboard quilting using my new patchwork Singer machine. My first completed project was this fabric board game – complete with a pocket to store your pieces. Learn how to make it here.

DIY Decoupage Blue Colour-Block Pine Cones - Autumn crafts and decor - DIY and craft blog

Decoupage Pine Cones

This project is proof that DIYs don’t have to be complex. With a bit of decoupage glue and tissue paper, I put a contemporary spin on some foraged pine cones. See how I did it here.

How to make a DIY footstool Click through for the full tutorial | DIY and Crafts blog

Foot Stool

This project ticked all the boxes: useful, looks good and was fun to make. I still use this foot stool on an almost daily basis! And no, you don’t need to be an expert woodworker to make one. Get the tutorial here.

Which of these projects was your favourite? Or was there another of my DIYs that you enjoyed? I’d really love to know – drop me a comment in the box below!

Thank you so much for all the support over the last year. Thank you for reading, commenting, liking, following, tagging and sharing. I truly appreciate it. Here’s to a crafty 2019! πŸ™‚ – Mike.