Mollie Makes is a lifestyle and craft magazine for those who live creatively. We bring you the latest crafting trends in easy-to-follow how-tos, encouraging you to adapt and share your own crafty spin on things. We aim to inspire you to live your best, artful life.
Feeing lucky? We’re giving away four copies of Mollie Makes Mama in our latest competition.
It’s packed with creative projects for the smallest members of your family. Make clothes, décor and toys they’ll love! You’ll find all sorts of craft projects inside, including tutorials for knitting, crochet and sewing projects, so you can try out different crafty skills.
After some nursery inspiration? Mollie Makes Mama includes three tours of real-life nurseries to give you plenty of design ideas – and we’ll let you know where to buy the look too.
The mag has some great reads for mamas as well – we meet some mama makers, look at gender neutral toys and chat to Velveteen Babies’ Coral Atkinson about how she turned her passion into a business. Plus, we’ve got an exclusive interview with Clemmie Hooper, aka Mother of Daughters.
Mollie Makes Mama comes with exclusive bonus gifts too – pull-out prints by Ingrid Petrie and Wonder & Rah, and a set of nursery wardrobe dividers by Suzy Ultman.
Have a look inside Mollie Makes Mama…
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Download the templates for issue 94’s toucan keyring, cassette tape purses, ring dish, embroidered t-shirt, printed towel and sequin bumbag.
Issue 94 is available from 21st June in all good newsagents, supermarkets, independent craft shops, or from our official online store. Sold out? Download the digital edition. Get it from Apple (search ‘Mollie Makes‘ in the App Store), Google Play and Zinio.
Issue 94 of Mollie Makes lands tomorrow and we really can’t wait.
Prepare for a colour explosion! Our latest mag’s full of brightly-hued projects, from retro patchwork cassette purses to a bold piñata cushion. The mag comes with a kit to create a colourful toucan keyring, too.
Projects in this issue
Patchwork cassette purses
Crochet summer sandals
Macramé wall hanging
Easy-sew kids’ art roll
Colourful piñata cushion
Screen-printed beach towel
Neon crochet rug
Monstera leaf ring dish
Swirl wall art
Colour pop wooden trivets
Say hello to Toko the toucan – a colourful companion to add to your keys. Issue 93 comes with a kit containing everything you need to make him, including felt, threads and gold faux leather. This cheeky chap has been designed by to be a keyring by Manuela Trani, but you could get creative and make him into a cake topper or summer garland using the pattern.
Meet the London Loom and Gillian Roe
In issue 94 we have a cuppa and a chat with Francesca Kletz and Brooke Dennis, the ladies behind the London Loom, the capital’s first drop-in weaving studio. The pair share their love of weaving with us, as well as business lessons they’ve learned and insights into their creative process.
After some interior inspo? We tour the seaside home of blogger Gillian Roe, whose style reflects her love of the coast, Scandinavia and mid-century influences.
Have a look inside issue 94…
Issue 94 is available from 21st June 2018 in all good newsagents, supermarkets, independent craft shops, or from our official online store. Sold out? Download the digital edition. Get it from Apple (search ‘Mollie Makes‘ in the App Store), Google Play and Zinio.
Kate Jenkins of Pinyatay reveals how she comes up with her unique designs and why there ain’t no party like a piñata party.
Nothing says we’re having a party quite like a piñata stuffed with sweets. But forget donkey shaped ones, Kate Jenkins of Pinyatay has brought them bang up-to-date, creating piñatas of all shapes and sizes. From colourful unicorns to sparkling diamonds, there’s one to suit every celebration.
Kate works from her house in Hampshire, crafting her piñatas around looking after her two kids. She has her own creative space in the family home, which she confesses is often a whirlwind of tissue paper and confetti. We catch up with her to find out how making custom orders for customers and her kids keeps her creative.
Hi Kate! Your piñatas are so much fun, what made you decide to create them for a living?
I’ve been making and selling piñatas for about two years now. Before having kids I worked in fashion but I wanted more flexibility around my family. I aimed to do something creative once my daughter went to school and love planning and organising parties, so making custom piñatas just kind of happened.
What’s the first piñata you ever made?
It was a blue Lego brick piñata that my son just had to have for his birthday party. When I couldn’t find one that fitted his exact specifications I decided to create one. I kind of made it up as I went along but it turned out really well.
Can you describe your workspace and why it’s ideal for you?
I work from a long desk in our spare room. The space is always messy, with confetti on the floor and shelves stuffed with tissue paper and party supplies. I have a wall of inspirational notes and work from fellow small businesses, too.
What does your average working day look like?
I check emails and Instagram, update my to-do list then get making. All my piñatas are made to order so I try to get them finished in the morning and then I photograph them and send them out in the afternoon. More often than not, I go back to the workroom after the kids have gone to bed and finish off the bits I didn’t manage to get done in the day. I’m lucky that I can be flexible and meet friends for lunch or have a day to recharge if and when I need to. I love being able to work around my children as well.
Can you explain the process that goes into designing one of your piñatas?
I do a few sketches if a customer wants some ideas but generally I just start cutting and sticking. I find that’s the best way for the shape to evolve and grow from a flat bit of cardboard.
What’s your favourite piñata to make?
Honestly, it is always the latest one I’ve done. I love it when customers ask for something unusual too, then I really have to think about how it’s constructed and if it’s going to look like the thing it’s supposed to be.
How big is your craft stash?
So big! I have a cupboard filled with fabric and a whole heap of good intentions to make clothes for myself and the children, just never enough time. I also have mountains of cardboard and reams of tissue that spill out of the work room into the hall – did I mention I’m messy?! My shelves are filled with boxes of coloured card, wool, scraps, buttons, craft books, jewellery supplies and loads more besides. I do love a good crafting session and can never bring myself to throw anything away because it will always come in handy one day.
Who are your favourite makers and why?
My friend Rachel from ONRshop is a huge inspiration, she always makes me feel like anything is possible. Charlotte from Sisterfox paints beautiful portraits and has such a lovely style. Lucy from Never Perfect makes the most amazing wall hangings and Chloe from Cotton Clara has a really inspiring and colourful Instagram feed.
Where do you go to find inspiration?
My kids are always coming up with ideas. They are my best source of inspiration.
What’s been your proudest project?
I recently got asked to make piñatas for a photoshoot for one of my favourite fashion designers. It was a very tight deadline but I managed to make it work.
What’s been your biggest craft fail?
My biggest craft fails are always baking related. Over half term, the kids and I saw some banana penguins on Pinterest – basically bananas dipped in chocolate, easy right? Well the end result looked terrible, all dripping chocolate and wonky eyes, but it tasted amazing so all was not lost.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
I am a big fan of Meri Meri. Everything they do is just perfect.
What are your plans for your business?
To keep enjoying what I do and making piñatas that people love. One day I hope to do a wholesale range and expand to offer more party supplies, but right now I am happy.
Where are you happiest?
Probably sat at my desk with some time to make the ideas that keep circling in my brain.
What does making mean to you?
It means I can have a flexible job that works around my life, rather than my life fitting in around my job.
It’s almost Father’s Day and time to treat your pop, stepdad, grandad or any of the Father figures in your life who you want to celebrate. We’ve rounded up our pick of presents so you don’t have to.
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Got a DIY dad with a penchant for organisation? Then you’ve found their present. This weekly planner, from eco-stationery company Jeeves & Co, is handmade in the company’s studio and features vintage illustrations of tools.
The best kind of pot is a hipster pot which is why we’re totally smitten with this one. Nato ceramics’ Beardy Pot is hand built, has a white speckle glaze on the inside and some pretty perfect facial hair too.
A lobster bookmark. Need we say more? Oh, ok then. This little beaut comes in finely cut metal and is available in brass, blue or red (for the lobster traditionalists among us).
Crazy plant lady? Pass on the love to your pa with Secret of Green’s geo planter. Now you just need to find a plant to fill it…
Why not make mini felt versions of your whole clan (pets included) for a Father’s Day present? We’ve got the free tutorial from Louise Kelly.
Show appreciation for your dad with Bonbi Forest’s papa bear pin – featuring stars and arrows and available in black or dark teal green, plus gold or silver plated.
Your pa will be even more of a dapper gent with his own tweed bow tie courtesy of the Belfast Bow Company.
Contrast textures with delicate paper peonies in a concrete vase – Lana Red shows you how.
Pair lifelike paper peonies with a simple concrete vase, for a feminine vibe with an industrial edge. Easy to make, and purse-friendly too, there are so many ways you can adapt this project. Add a drop of food colouring to the concrete mix before pouring to colour the vase, place small leaf shapes around the base of the flowers, or add a few tones of paint to the petals for a realistic finish.
Photocopy and cut out the templates, then cut eight of each small petal and six large petals from the pink crepe paper. Cut one stamen from the yellow paper, cutting down the thinner lines to create a fringe.
Using a clean wet brush, dampen the petal, then paint a few drops of colour at the pointed end – we used a shade slightly darker than the crepe paper.
Repeat Step 2 with the remaining petals, then leave to dry – don’t move them while they’re still wet, as the paper may tear.
Take one of the smaller petals and hold it between your thumb and index finger. Gently place both your thumbs in the centre of the petal, then pull it slightly, stretching out the centre and indenting it to create a cup shape. Repeat with all the remaining petals.
Heat up your glue gun, then add a drop of glue to the bottom uncut corner of the stamen piece. Stick it onto one end of the floral wire, then tightly wrap the length of paper around the wire as shown. Secure the end in place with another drop of glue.
Add a drop of glue to the bottom point of one of the small petals, then press to the bottom of the stamen to secure. The petal should wrap slightly around the wire and stay upright.
Repeat Step 6, rotating the wire a small amount each time so the petals are evenly placed around the outside, slightly overlapping and layered on top of each other. Once all the small petals have been added, repeat to add the larger petals around the outside.
To cover the stem, cut a long strip from the green crepe paper. Add a dot of glue to the end of the paper and attach it to the bottom of the wire. Wrap the paper along the length of wire, adding dots of glue as you go, until you reach the base of the flower. Secure the end in place with another dot of glue.
Repeat Steps 1-8 to make a selection of flowers from both the pink and coral crepe paper.
How to make the concrete vase
Clean the plastic bottles, removing the labels, then cut the tops from both using a craft knife or scissors. The smaller bottle will need to fit inside the bigger bottle, with enough space around the outside for the concrete, as these will form your mould.
Mix the concrete with water as per the manufacturer’s instructions, then grease the inside of the larger bottle and the outside of the smaller bottle with petroleum jelly.
Fill the large bottle halfway with the concrete mixture, then shake it, or knock it against a surface to remove any air bubbles. Slowly push the small bottle inside the large bottle, taking care to keep it central, and stopping before you reach the bottom.
Shake or tap the bottle again to remove any air bubbles and to even out the top of the mixture. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours.
Once the concrete has set, carefully cut away the plastic, taking care not to mark the concrete. Remove the small plastic bottle by pulling it out, or leave it in and cut away any plastic showing.
Arrange your crepe paper flowers inside to finish, trimming the stems shorter if necessary.
About Lana Red
Lana is a photographer and designer – check out her DIY and lifestyle blog, Lana Red Studio, for craft tutorials and inspiring articles. You can also visit her shop at www.shoplanaredstudio.etsy.com to buy handmade jewellery and other makes.
Just A Card Week is taking place from 18-22 June and you’re invited to get involved!
The week is being held to mark the third birthday of the popular Just A Card campaign, which celebrates and supports designer-makers, independent shops and galleries. The initiative highlights that every sale from these businesses – even just a card – is vital to keep our high streets vibrant and varied.
It all began when artist Sarah Hamilton, founder of Just A Card, spotted a quote from an independent shopkeeper who’d been forced to shut down. “If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card’ we’d still be open”.
So how can you get involved with Just A Card Week?
The campaign is taking place across social media. Here’s what’s going on during the week:
There are daily prompts for you to follow on Instagram during the week, that are all about celebrating creativity and independents, finishing with a happy dance on the Friday. Why not get involved?
Daily social media tutorials and top tips
Sarah Hamilton and Emily Quinton are both sharing their advice and top tips to help creatives maximise the potential of social media during the week. They’ll be focussing on how to increase your followers and engagement, as well as how to make connections and friendships online. You can follow the campaign on Instagram and Twitter. Why not follow Sarah and Emily on Instagram too?
Just A Card giveaway
Blogger and Just A Card supporter Kate Marsden is organising a giveaway as part of the campaign. One lucky person will win a prize that’s designed to support a small business and includes mentoring from The Design Trust’s Patricia van den Akker.
Facebook and Twitter challenge
Just A Card is calling on everyone to retweet and share Facebook and Twitter posts about the week to share the campaign’s message far and wide and support designer-makers, independent shops and galleries. Don’t forget to share posts from the independents you love too.
Fancy a peek inside Mollie Makes 93? Then head on over this way.
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Issue 93 comes with a refreshing treat you can enjoy whatever the weather – a paper ice lollies kit that can be transformed into a summery garland. We’ve also got an on-trend rope bag, macramé placemats and boho crochet bunting. Plus, have a look below for a suitcase but as you’ve never seen one before…
Projects in this issue
Easy-sew velvet cushions
Boho crochet bunting
Liberty fabric kitchen set
Doll’s house craft room
Tropical paper lampshade
Sweet amigurumi pals
Kids’ magical dressing up set
Fringed macramé placemats
Statement jacket weave
Paper ice lollies kit
Are you all about the summer makes at the mo? Us too! These paper ice lollies have shot to the top of our to-make list and we plan to get crafting them soon. The latest issue comes with a kit featuring everything you need to make the mini treats – including colourful papers, ice lolly sticks and a reusable wooden template. Create your lollies and add them to some colourful string to make a refreshing summer garland.
Meet Bert Fowler and Lizzie Evans
Say hello to Bert Fowler, the creative behind Bert & Buoy, a contemporary homeware brand. This issue we travel to his South Devon studio to discover more about his nautical-inspired products. We also head to London to tour the home of Lizzie Evans, who owns the SMUG Lifestyle Store in Islington. She’s invented the term ‘Cluttered Minimalism’ for her eclectic home, which we’re pretty taken with.
Issue 93 is available from 24th May 2018 in all good newsagents, supermarkets, independent craft shops, or from our official online store. Sold out? Download the digital edition. Get it from Apple (search ‘Mollie Makes‘ in the App Store), Google Play and Zinio.
Stuck for present ideas this Father’s Day? Why not make your pa mini felt versions of the whole clan? Louise Kelly shows you how.
Say goodbye to awkward family photos, and hello to a cute collection of felt mini-mes. We love the idea of making dinky doll versions of ourselves, plus this way you can guarantee your hair and make-up looks spot on.
Each doll is constructed using the same basic steps, with different details added to personalise them. Use felt and scrap fabrics to match the hair colour, skin tone and favourite outfits of each family member. And, don’t forget your furry friends, too – sew on patches or embroider features so they look just like the real thing. We’ve used two strands of thread throughout, unless otherwise specified.
Felt in peach, yellow, brown, red, white, black, grey and pink
Embroidery thread in black, pink, white, yellow and brown
Using the templates, cut out all pattern pieces, adding a seam allowance to the clothing.
Position the hair front piece on top of the face piece. Sew in place around the hairline using backstitch and matching thread.
Place the neck piece on the wrong side (WS) of the hair back piece, using the face to position it correctly – the base of both neck pieces should line up. Sew together along the base of the hairline using matching embroidery thread.
Cut two small ovals of black felt for the eyes. Attach to the face using blanket stitch and matching thread, referring to the main image for placement. Add highlights using French knots in white thread, and eyelashes using straight stitches and matching thread.
Using black thread and backstitch, sew the mouth. For the mum, use backstitch and pink thread to create an outline, then fill in the lips with satin stitch.
To make the dad and the boy’s cotton body pieces, place a shirt and a jeans piece with right sides (RS) facing. Sew across the waist using a 0.5cm (¼”) seam allowance, then press the seam open.
Place a cotton body piece onto a felt body piece, RS up. Position the face piece on top, RS together and aligning the neck pieces. When making the mum, place the Peter Pan collar in between the head and the body, aligning the straight edge with the neck edge. Do the same for the girl, but using the pinafore collar. Sew across the neck, then repeat with the remaining body pieces and hair back piece.
Open out the front and back pieces of the doll. Pin together with RS facing, aligning the edges and neck area. Starting at the base of the doll, backstitch around the outside of the felt body and head pieces, using a 0.25cm (1/8″) seam allowance and leaving a 2.5cm (1″) gap at the bottom for turning.
Turn through to the RS, stuff firmly, then neatly close the gap using ladder stitch.
How to make the mum
Sew the buttons under the centre of her collar using matching thread. To give the top knot a round bun shape, wind matching thread around it a few times, pull the thread taught, then fasten off.
How to make the dad
To make a bow tie, sew the short ends of the large bow piece together, then flatten the loop so the seam sits at the centre back. Pinch the middle of the bow, wrap a thin length of felt around it, and secure with a few stitches at the back. Without cutting the thread, sew the bow to the shirt.
How to make the girl
Backstitch the pinafore collar to the body. To add the pocket, fold the scalloped edge of the pocket piece to the RS. Sew to the body along the curved edge, RS up, and leaving the top of the pocket open.
How to make the boy
Backstitch the pocket piece to the front of the body, leaving the top of the pocket open.
How to make a pet
Stitch the pet belly piece centrally onto a pet body piece. Stitch the inner ear pieces onto the outer ear pieces, aligning the bottoms of each ear piece.
Sew your chosen details onto a pet head piece to make the face – we added an eye patch and a black nose to the dog, and stripes and a pink nose for the cat. Using black thread, embroider two French knots for the eyes and straight stitches for the mouth.
Place the ear pieces onto the face with RS together, aligning the base of the ears with the top of the head. Tack in place close to the edge, so when the pet is turned RS out, the ears will pop out at the top.
Repeat Steps 7-9 of the main doll instructions to assemble the pet.
Sew a thin strip of felt around the neck to make a collar, securing it at the back with a few stitches. Cut a small round tag shape from glitter card and glue it in place to finish.
Louise Kelly – free tutorial to make a felt doll family
About Louise Kelly
Louise lives in the lovely city of Derry in Northern Ireland, with her two beloved hounds. Her passion is doll making and she’s just had her debut book, Sew Your Own Dolls, published by CICO Books. Find her on Instagram and Facebook @loulovesthis.
Looking for craft events to try next month? We hear you. We’ve rounded up the top workshops and creative events taking place in July and have found everything from Birmingham’s biggest yarn festival to an affordable workshop to make your own ring. Holding an event of your own? Tell us more at molliemakes[at]immediate.co.uk.
Make & Mend Festival
The Make & Mend Festival is all about celebrating the wellbeing benefits of craft. Visitors can expect a day full of colour and character, with creative workshops, inspiring talks, demos and mindful activities, from walking to yoga.
When: Sunday 1 July
Where: Preston Park Museum, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH
Want to up your game on Insta? The Instagram Masterclass is a practical workshop with artist, content creator and art print maker Georgie St Clair (check out her grid for some serious inspo). You’ll develop a thorough understanding of the platform, learn how to use all its features and get some tips for devising a strategy for the network. Georgie will also throw in some photography advice, branding guidance and thoughts on influencer marketing to boot.
Join London jewellers Katie Woodward and Kirstie MacLaren for a night that’s designed as a fun, easy and affordable jewellery making experience. They’ll show you how to carve your dream silver ring from jewellers wax before they convert it into solid silver and deliver it back to you in 3-4 weeks.
When: Wednesday 4 July
Where: Makerversity, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Notice anything familiar about this wall hanging? Yup, it’s issue 92’s cover star by Lucy from Peas & Needles. Head on over to this workshop to find out how to make it from the lady herself. You’ll find out how to craft loads of different blooms and leaves so you can create a bespoke piece to suit your home.
We want to give all the yarn in this picture a massive squish. You too? Birmingham’s biggest yarn festival is back for the third time – with plenty of yarn to squish. Yarningham will bring together the best dyers and independent producers from across the UK and beyond for a weekend celebration of yarn. There’ll be the chance to learn new skills with workshops such as 3D knitting, leather purse making and double knitting. The event will also feature demos, films and plenty of cake (we’re there).
When: Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 July
Where: Uffculme Centre, Queensbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QY
Spend a day learning how to use the renowned Oxford punch needle with Faye Hall. You’ll produce a unique piece of work to take home and will find out more about how this clever needle can be used to make large or small projects. The workshop is suitable for beginners and complementary refreshments and biscuits are provided.
When: Tuesday 17 July
Where: The Craft House, 101 Saltaire Road, Shipley BD18 3HD