We asked the designers and makers of Folksy.com to tell us their favourite magazines… the pages where they long to see their products, the magazines they look to for trends, the ones they think their customers read, and the magazines they would most like to settle down to with a cup of tea.
We’ve split their suggestions into four different categories – Lifestyle Magazines, Craft Magazines, Home and Gardens Magazines and Niche Magazines – and we’re kicking off with Lifestyle Magazines.
Below, we’ve listed the top lifestyle magazines we think every designer and maker should be reading. We’ve also included a summary about each magazine, as well as the themes you’ll find featured in their pages, so you can see at a glance the ones that will appeal most to you and your audience, and spot the magazines that might be a good fit for you and your work. As well as products, magazines are often on the look-out for interesting stories and people to interview, as well as submissions from illustrators and photographers, so have a look down our list and see which ones could be worth researching further (aka blissfully perusing) and possibly contacting. Don’t be scared to submit ideas to an editorial team if you think they’ll be interested but make sure you do your research first, follow their submission guidelines and contact the right person with the right story – you’ll find advice on how to get your work featured at the end of the post.
Must-read lifestyle magazines for crafters in the UK
If you have a magazine recommendation that you think we’ve missed, let us know by posting a comment.
Mollie Makes – A lifestyle magazine for those who live creatively, Mollie Makes is a lifestyle magazine with a crafting heart. Features the latest crafting trends, how-to DIY tutorials, creative interiors, interviews with up-and-coming designers, and hot topics in the design world with lots of insider tips.
Features: craft, interiors, trends, tutorials, art, fashion, illustration, craft-selling tips
Oh Comely – A beautiful British lifestyle magazine that “celebrates curiosity, creativity, variety and exploration, wrapped up in beautiful words, illustration and photography”. Each issue has a different theme and a single, guest illustrator. The editorial team are always looking for people who have a story to tell with words, photographs or illustrations. Published six times a year.
Features: illustration, photography, craft, food, travel, fashion, interviews
Hole and Corner – A magazine celebrating craft, beauty, passion and skill. “It’s about people who spend more time ‘doing’ than ‘talking’, who put content above style, whose work is their life.” Published as a biannual print magazine and a regularly updated digital platform.
Features: craft, interviews, photography, travel
The Simple Things – A magazine that celebrates slow living and living well, available as a print version and digital edition. The Simple Things is about slowing down and enjoying what you have by making, upcycling, growing, cooking, entertaining, escaping or relaxing. Published monthly in the UK.
Features: food, craft, gardening, interiors, outdoors, travel
91 Magazine – An online magazine for vintage style, interiors and crafts, with the occasional print issue. Features home tours, interviews, DIY craft tutorials, ideas and tips for styling your home. Supports independent designers and crafts people through interviews, shopping guides and features.
Features: interiors, crafts, homes, style, vintage, DIY makes, shopping
Betty Magazine – An independent women’s lifestyle magazine featuring fashion ideas, lovely artwork and photography, products, beauty, crafts and recipes. Stylish, with a retro feel and distinctly British air. Published biannually in the UK.
Features: fashion, interviews, art, photography, crafts, beauty, food
Lionheart Magazine – A British magazine that’s smart, funny, friendly and a little irreverent, together with beautiful design, illustrations and photography.
Features: craft, gardening, health, art, fashion, art, interviews
Caboodle Magazine – “A print compendium of all the wonderful things in life.” Caboodle is fun and colourful, filled with photography and illustrations, and aims to offers inspiration for artistically minded people who have found themselves saying, “I could make that”. Published bi-annually in the UK.
Features: handmade, crafts, crochet, DIY tutorials, illustration, interiors, beauty, recipes, interviews, travel… cocktails!
Frankie – A magazine “aimed at women (and men) looking for a magazine that’s as smart, funny, sarcastic, friendly, cute, rude, arty, curious and caring as we are”. Published bi-monthly in Australia with an international readership.
Features: craft, design, art, photography, interiors, fashion, travel, music, real-life stories
Kinfolk – A leading independent lifestyle magazine for young creative professionals, Kinfolk is a slow living magazine “that explores ways for readers to simplify their lives, cultivate community and spend more time with their friends and family”. Published quarterly by a small team located in Copenhagen and Portland, each issue has content contributed by up to 60 people from all over the world.
Features: photography, illustration, culture, style craft, design, art, photography, interiors, fashion, travel, relationships, food
Cereal Magazine – A travel and lifestyle magazine, divided into city-specific chapters with a selection of style and culture articles. Each chapter comprises features on places, people and products. Published twice a year.
Features: travel, culture, photography, fashion, architecture, art, craft, design, interiors
Flow Magazine – A Dutch magazine “that takes its time”. Celebrating creativity, imperfection, and life’s little pleasures. Published in the Netherlands, eight times a year.
Features: illustrations, paper
Bust Magazine – A groundbreaking, original women’s lifestyle magazine and website, with a fierce, funny attitude that “connect with bright, cutting-edge, influential young women.” Published six times a year in Brooklyn, USA.
Features: women’s interests, celebrity interviews, music, fashion, art, crafting, sex, news
Daphne’s Diary – A diary in the form of a magazine. Each issue is produced from four types of paper and includes extra items, such as stickers, cards and things to fold, stick and cut out. Published in the Netherlands.
Features: homes and gardens, food, travel, crafts, shopping
Jocks and Nerds – A London-based men’s lifestyle magazine that covers culture and style from historic and contemporary standpoints and interviews stylish individuals. Printed quarterly.
Features: style, history, culture, cinema, music, sport, photography, interviews
The Gentlewoman – A British magazine that celebrates modern women of style and purpose. It offers “a fresh and intelligent perspective on fashion that’s focused on personal style – the way women actually look, think and dress.” Published biannually in London.
Features: fashion, style, culture, photography, interviews
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