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INTRODUCING.. LIVING The latest news from the world of handmade

Fill your life and home with crafted goodness



Handpicked crafty happenings

Our top picks of the loveliest buys for a hand-crafted, creative home

14 TRENDS Embrace this season’s marble effects



Instagram favourite Romana Howells Brodie’s striking monochrome home

Knit a set of Scandi-style designs

57 WOODLAND PAPERCUT 26 TEA AND A CHAT With lingerie designer Maddie Flanigan

Create a display-worthy decoration with simple papercutting techniques



Easy-sew style to keep you cosy

Inspired by the classic fashion pairing of white shirts and blue jeans




Storytelling through craft



Colourful Christmas patterns and prints to cut, stick and wrap by Victoria Johnson

Turn a jumper into a pom pom muff


42 SANTA SACKS Sew, appliqué, then fill with pressies


Everything you need to make all this issue’s projects

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EMBRACING HYGGE The nights are drawing in, there’s the hint of a chill in the air and we’re starting to think about (whisper it) Christmas. Get into the festive spirit with this month’s kitsch-cool fairy tree topper gift, try appliqué with our bright Christmas present sacks on page 42, or make a thoughtful gift with a Nordicinspired quilt on page 80. This festive season, we’re embracing the Danish concept of Hygge. Celebrating warmth and cosiness, it’s all about good friends and family, and finding joy in life’s simple pleasures. Add some winter warmth to your home with this issue’s bonus magazine – it’s full of handcrafted Scandi makes to ease you into the new season if you aren’t quite ready for Christmas.

Treats and treasures to fall in love with Cath Dean Editor

75 LOVING Beautiful things to adore and make

77 CROCHET CLUTCH Hook yourself a covetable accessory and learn a new technique at the same time

80 PATCHWORK QUILT Master basic patchwork skills to make a Nordic-inspired winter warmer

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94 PINAFORE DRESS Knit this mini make for little ones

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Contributors EDITORIAL Editor Cath Dean Deputy Editor Nikki Arnold Senior Art Editor Helena Tracey Production Editor Yvette Streeter Designer Becki Clark Digital Editor Nina Camacho Picture Editor Emma Georgiou Newsletter Coordinator Lottie Storey

Emma Block Emma is an illustrator living in London. She likes charity shops, sausage dogs and going on drawing trips with her trusty travel paint kit. She loves house plants, but can’t keep them alive, no matter how hard she tries. Find Emma’s illustration on page 36.

Emily Hogarth In love with all things paper-related, Emily dreams of writing and illustrating books to take children and adults alike on magical adventures. You’ll often find her daydreaming over a cup of tea. Make Emily’s woodland papercut on page 57.

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Chloe Hardisty Outside her 9–5 working hours, Chloe is a designer-maker extraordinaire. Addicted to Insta, follow her feed for gratuitous doughnut shots on cake day (Tuesday), and to see the shade of pink she’s painting her front door. Sew Chloe’s pom pom muff on page 39.

Maddie Flanigan A self-proclaimed science nerd, lingerie designer Maddie took chemistry and calculus at high school. She first came across a sewing machine at university, and is now proud to call herself Chief Panty Girl at Madalynne. Read about Maddie’s journey on page 26.

MANAGEMENT Publishing Director Catherine Potter Group Senior Editor Julie Taylor Group Art Director Matthew Hunkin Chairman Stephen Alexander Chief Executive Officer Tom Bureau Managing Director, Bristol Andy Marshall

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Rosee Woodland Rosee first discovered her love of craft when she made earrings to sell at her infant school’s Blue Peter Bring and Buy sale. She’s been making ever since and spends her days dreaming up projects from her Bristol home. Knit Rosee’s mug cosies on page 18.

Laura Strutt Growing up in a creative household, when Laura took a craft-led career path instead of following her childhood ambition to become a fairy, it was no surprise. She hopes to one day form a ukulele band with her husband. Hook Laura’s crochet clutch on page 77.

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Christmas fairy tree topper

Starry, starry night... We all have our own rituals when it comes to hanging up those festive decs (trimming the tree while watching Elf, anyone?). But whether you string up your lights first or last, you’ve got to make room for Paloma’s cute felt fairy on the top of your tree this year. Your embroidered tree topper is kept sturdy with a cardboard insert, and you’ll need to add a small amount of stuing to keep that retro star-shaped hairstyle standing. Otherwise, the

whole project is hand-sewn, so you’ll be ready to spread fairy magic in no time. Don’t forget her little star-shaped friend too! Paloma Rocha Ferreirós is the designer-maker behind Noia Land.Visit her shop to buy the most gorgeous felt doll patterns, including unicorns and gingerbread men, and check out her blog for tutorials and the latest designs. Turn to page 100 for instructions, then share photos of your makes using #molliemakers.


Add a touch of kitsch to the top of your tree with Paloma Rocha Ferreirós’ kawaii-inspired collectable

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THE LATEST IN CREATIVE GOODNESS – HANDPICKED JUST FOR YOU Take your love for ceramics wherever you go with House of Rym’s latest collaboration. They’ve teamed up with Swedish jewellery brand Sägen to create a new line of accessories made from broken pieces of their signature porcelain. Now that’s upcycling with style.

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TOP READ Winning tips Get your Sewing Bee on with 2015 winner Mark Chapple’s new book, Make It, Love It, Own It. Learn how to repair and customise your garments, from simple alterations to fancy trims and pattern-free projects. It’s out 20th October.

We’re welcoming winter with open arms this year. The reason? We’ve discovered Miss Pom Pom’s reversible scarf and are embracing any and every opportunity to wear it.


Cosy and bright, this distinctive Southbank cushion is from a series of geometric designs by awardwinning weaver Rowenna Mason. She makes each one by hand in her London studio using complex weaving and dimensional patterns. 10 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 71

Say hello to this fun scoop neck sweater from Letter Clothing Company – the new clothing brand by the talented folks at The Old English Company. Bonjour, Dreaming of Unicorns and Hustle are just a few of the chic slogan jumpers you’ll find in the online store.

Calligraphy fan or not, Ash Bush’s crush-worthy nib holders are too exquisite to ignore.They’re available in so many styles, with quirky names to match, they’ll make you feel like Harry Potter choosing his wand for Hogwarts.

Flo’s Little Flowers is Lewis & Irene’s latest collection

BRAND FOCUS Lewis & Irene British, family-run business Lewis & Irene have been designing themed ranges of printed cotton fabric for over 12 years. Their seasonallyinspired collections are distributed to craft shops across the UK, and feature carefully coordinated designs that are perfect for décor, patchwork and general craft projects. Head to the website to see the latest prints and download free patterns.

For storage with staying power, RICE really knows its stuff. The new Autumn/ Winter collection features oodles of colourful and tactile baskets, which you can stack, stuff and stow to your heart’s content. This country-inspired pattern is from the Walk in the Glen range

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TOP READ Peaceful knits Up the warmth and your cable skills with this Unchained Sweater from Wool And The Gang. It’s knitted up in Wool Me Tender, their new super soft and chunky Peruvian yarn, which is a joy to work with, and equally stunning to wear.

Written by Rachael Matthews, yarn shop owner and Director of Cast Off Knitting Club for Boys and Girls, The Mindfulness in Knitting explores the calming qualities of plain and purl. It’s a thoughtful reminder of why we’re drawn to this nurturing craft. leaping-hare-press

There’s no place like home, especially if home is like this snuggly Tall House Cushion. Softly padded for cuddles and play, it comes in a variety of colours and sizes. Each features stitched windows and doors and a hand-quilted roof for a homespun finish.

Proving you’re never too old for dreams to come true, Cath Kidston has teamed up with Disney to create a series of limited edition collections.The first, Winnie-the-Pooh x Cath Kidston, launches 26th September. Don’t miss out on the chance to bring a little piece of the Hundred Acre Wood into your home.

This arty packaging won our hearts even before we realised there was chocolate inside. Every bar is lovingly handmade in Dorset with each flavour represented by a different ARTHOUSE Meath illustration. Almost too pretty to unwrap... 12 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 71

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MATERIALS Q Plain cotton fabric, 40 x 36cm (15¾ x 141/8") Q Metallic gilding paint (we used Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding in Gold) Q Silver spray paint Q Disposable baking tray Q Lollipop stick Q Cushion pad, 40 x 40cm (15¾ x 15¾") 01 Fill the baking tray with lukewarm water and place it on an even surface. Spray the silver paint onto the surface of the


water until you’ve created a marble effect on the top. 02 Add small drops of the gold gilding to the water using the lollipop stick, keeping the stick close to the surface so the drops don’t sink to the bottom. 03 Once you have a few drops of gold on the surface, break them up by vigorously running the stick through them, dragging the paint across the water. 04 Drape the fabric over the tray right side down and carefully push it onto the surface of the water. Peel the fabric off the

water and move it across, then press down lightly again. 05 Repeat Step 5, covering as much of the fabric as possible until there is no more paint left on the surface of the water. Hang the fabric up to dry. 06 Shake off any excess paint and press with a clean, dry cloth to fully set the paint. Press the short edges of your fabric to the wrong side by 1cm (3/8") and sew close to the edge to hem. 07 Place your fabric right side (RS) up, then fold the short edges into the centre,

overlapping them slightly to create an envelope opening. Pin and sew the side edges. 08 Turn the cushion cover RS out through the envelope opening, then insert the pad to finish.

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Keep winter chills at bay with plenty of hot chocolate and Rosee Woodland’s Scandi snowflake mug cosies



CHART Silver Shrimp White Fondant Aspen

Knit on RS, p on WS Purl on RS, knit on WS Repeat 3 times Sherbet

Multi on Silver - medium

Multi on Silver - Small

HOW TO MAKE… MUG COSIES MATERIALS Q Stylecraft Special DK, 100% acrylic, 100g/295m per ball, one ball in Silver (1203) (Yarn A), Shrimp (1132), Aspen (1422), Fondant (1241), Sherbet (1034), White (1001) Q Pair 3.5mm (US 4) knitting needles Q Yarn needle TENSION 25 sts and 28 rows over Fair Isle pattern to measure 10cm (4") square 20 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 71

ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl RS right side WS wrong side FINISHED SIZE Small approx. 8cm (31/8") diameter and 8.5cm (33/8") tall Medium approx. 8cm (31/8 ") diameter and 9cm (3 5/8 ") tall Large approx. 9cm (35/8 ") diameter and 11cm (43/8 ") tall

Everyone needs an extra woolly layer once those long, dark evenings start drawing in, and mugs full of chocolatey goodness are no exception. Whether you’re sitting round a campfire in autumn or snuggled into an armchair in the middle of winter, use these colourful cosies to keep your drink warm, and make your enamel mugs truly Insta-worthy. This set uses Fair Isle knitting, which works two or more colours in the same row. Carry the yarn you aren’t knitting with across the back of the work as you go – you can keep one colour in your left hand and one in your right, or hold both yarns in your right

hand. However you choose to work, make sure you keep the background colour above the contrast colour to help these stitches stand out. When you’ve finished using a particular shade, cut the yarn, leaving a 10cm (4") tail, and join a new colour as shown on the chart – don’t carry colours not in use up the side of the knitting, as they’ll distort it. Instructions There are two styles of cosy, each with three different charts depending on the size you need. Choose the chart you want to knit – small, medium or large – then follow it by working from the

Multi on Silver - Large

bottom row up, right to left on odd numbered rows, and left to right on even numbered rows. The stitches in the red box are a repeat, so work up to the box, work the repeated stitches three times, then work to the end of the row. The main section of the pattern is worked in stocking stitch, so knit on odd rows and purl on even rows. The pattern also includes some garter stitch, where knit stitches are made on even rows – these show as dots on the charts. The largest size cosy has a garter stitch edging at the top and bottom, and all cosies have a narrow garter edging to the left and right to help them sit flat.

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Where instructions differ between sizes, the smallest size is always given first, followed by the other sizes in brackets, increasing in size order e.g. 1 (2, 3) sts. Making the mug cosy Using Yarn A, cast on 53 (53, 59) sts. Work following your chosen chart until you have completed all 19 (23, 29) rows. When working two colours in the same row, keep the colour not in use on the WS (p side) of your work and keep it fairly loose so that it doesn’t pull the fabric. Cast off loosely knitwise on the WS using your background colour. If you tend to cast off very tightly, cast off

using a larger knitting needle or two needles held together. Finishing With RS facing up, hold a medium steam iron above the knitting and let the steam soak into it – be careful not touch the knitting with the iron as it will melt. Gently flatten it out with your hands, then turn WS up and repeat. Weave in all the ends, gently tugging them first to even out the edge stitches where you changed colour, and weave in any ends carried across the back of the work. Trim off any excess. With short sides together, sew the top and bottom 1cm (3/8") of the 71 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 21

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FInISHING & embellishing

HOW TO MAKE‌ MUG COSIES cosy using matching yarn, leaving a gap for the mug handle. Embellishing To make the woven edging, take two colours and thread under one stitch and over two all the way around the RS of the cosy. Weave in the ends on the WS of the fabric. 22 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 71

To make a tassel, cut 40cm (15ž") lengths of yarn in your chosen colours and twist them together until they start to curl. Fold the tassel in half and it will curl on itself. Tie the ends in a knot to keep the twist, then sew on the top of the cosy using matching yarn. To make mini pom poms, wind a

length of yarn around a large fork to a similar thickness as pictured above. Cut a 30cm (117/8") strand (matching or contrasting) and tie it tightly around the middle. Slide off the fork and cut each side loop, then trim your pom pom to make it even. Sew on the top of the cosy, on top of any tassels.

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Rosee Woodland Rosee Woodland is a textile designer and freelance journalist. Living in Bristol with her family and their Boston terrier, Ponyo, when she’s not making things, she loves wild swimming, watching Hayao Miyazaki movies and baking with her daughter.

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Describe your style in a few words. A mix of old and new. Except for advances in fabric technologies and a few other things, I sometimes feel as if we’ve designed it all. If the future is in the past, then I see the future of design as mixing the old with the new.

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MADDIE FLANIGAN The woman behind the Madalynne lingerie line and blog shares the story behind her drive, ambition and ever-growing success Words: LARA WATSON Photographs: MELISSA TILLEY

Maddie Flanigan has built her modern lingerie business, Madalynne, from a ten-year love afair with sewing and a determination to live life to the fullest. Learning her craft as a teenager in Florida from a local tailor named Myshka, she received an unparalleled education as this neighbourhood seamstress had worked for a host of designers, including Dior. Maddie later enrolled in the Savannah College of Art and Design, but transferred to Johnson and Wales University to study fashion 26 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 71

merchandising and retail marketing on a full scholarship. For her work placement, Maddie applied to Urban Outfitters, never expecting to be chosen. To her surprise, she got the gig, and nearly seven years later she’s still there. This year marked Madalynne’s biggest accomplishments – an exclusive line of Madalynne Intimates released in 50 Urban Outfitters stores and online, and a collaboration with Simplicity Patterns. Also working on her own lingerie line and hosting bra making workshops, Maddie doesn’t plan on stopping there.

Tell us about your typical working day? I have two amazingly fulfilling jobs. At the moment, I work for URBN, which comprises the brands Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Free People, Terrain and BHLDN, handling internal communication and PR. I’m also their resident photographer, in-house graphic designer and internal blogger. Sounds like a lot? It is! I’m just about to start in a new role though – one I’m very excited about. I’ll be transferring to a part-time position as a personal stylist at an Anthropologie store so I can concentrate on Madalynne full time. I’m not exactly sure what my typical day will look like, or if I’ll even have one, but my days will be filled with helping women with their wardrobe needs while building and growing Madalynne to what I know and believe it can be. Your relationship with URBN sounds like it’s been a very fruitful one. URBN have been amazing to work with – they gave me a ladder to reach for the

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stars and achieve my dreams. For the Madalynne Intimates collection they handled production, used my label, sent press releases and hosted press events. Everything I’ve achieved has been because of them. I can’t thank them enough, and I do whenever I get the chance! What’s the most important business lesson you’ve learnt? Have a thick skin. Not everyone is going to like what you do, what you make or your business practices, but that’s OK. Know

your goal and your ultimate vision, and don’t let anyone or anything get in the way. How does your creative process work? I see something and want to know how it’s made, then remake it to my own tune. I don’t sketch; I’m actually very bad at it! What advice would you give to people looking to define their own style? Dorothy Draper, a famous interior designer, said, “I believe in doing the things you feel are right. If it looks right, it is



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right.” If you get dressed in the morning and it doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t your style. What’s been key to achieving your creative and professional goals? Having a myopic view of your goal and staying focused. People will have their own opinion about what you should do and you can listen, but in the end, make the choice that feels right to you. My gut has never lied to me, nor had any ulterior motives. If there were no resource restraints, what would be your dream project? To make a ridiculously expensive bra using ridiculously expensive lace.



Maddie’s creative

moodboard includes “whatever feels right and relevant to me.” 02

Inspecting the

label on one of her newest designs. 03

New and vintage

mannequins display the bras from the Madalynne X Simplicity line – a halter bra, underwire bra and a bralette.



Tell us about your collaboration with Simplicity Patterns. I teamed up with Simplicity to create two exclusive lingerie patterns. The 8228 features a halter and a racerback bralette, both with scalloped lace edges, and matching high-waisted pants with lace side panels. The 8229 features an underwire bra with a full band and scalloped lace edges on the upper cups, and basic, high-waisted silhouette pants. Both are available in sizes 32A through 42DD for the bras and sizes XS-XL for the pants. If you’re in the UK, you can find them on their website at www.

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01 Additionally, The New Craft House and Timeless Fabrics will be selling the patterns and bra kits. How did you feel when Simplicity first approached you to work together? I was taken aback. Me? I remember sitting in Jo-Ann’s thumbing through pattern catalogues when I first began sewing, thinking, “what will I make next?” I was around 18 years old then and never in a million years did I think I’d be in one of those catalogues 10 years later. I can’t Subscribe at

thank the team enough for their support – they’ve been a pleasure to work with. What else are you working on? Lots more lingerie! I have five more workshops scheduled this year, each where students will make a diferent type of bra. I’m trying to develop my teaching skills so students can walk away feeling confident and knowledgeable enough to make more of the designs on their own. I’m also working with a local manufacturer to produce my lingerie line. Manufacturing



Maddie’s studio is

gifted to Maddie

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“It’s my zen zone,

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where my creativity

her relatives.

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– “The studio has to be clean before I start a project.”


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goes against some sewist’s beliefs, but my vision is to provide women with beautiful, everyday lingerie. Some people can’t sew, so you’ll be able to both buy and make Madalynne Intimates.



Maddie takes time

Your studio is amazing. Where did you source all your furniture and fittings? Thanks! It’s an apartment in Philadelphia separate to my home. I’ve always got my eyes peeled for beautiful things and I love to collect. My chest of drawers is from a company that rents out furniture for weddings – it got water damaged so I asked if I could have it. The large gold picture frame I found at the side of the road! I’ve also spotted items around charity shops, so I’m always on the lookout.

out to look over her latest designs in her Philadelphia studio. 02

Scissors, thread

and lace are all displayed neatly on a

What’s next for Madalynne? Five years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined I’d be where I am today, so I have no idea what the future holds. Hopefully I’ll be with people I love, doing the things I love.

pegboard on the wall.

Finally, what’s the best piece of creative advice you’ve ever been given? Live a true, authentic life full of passion. My mom died when I was a teenager, and it was then I decided to surround myself with the things, people and places that matter most, sewing being one of them. 30 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 71

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Madalynne Madalynne is an educational, inspirational blog, sewing studio and lingerie brand designed by Maddie Flanigan. The 28-year-old American has a serious love of lace and likes to think she’s taking over the world, one bra at a time. You can join her in her adventures at




Lazy days Up your loungewear game in The New Craft House’s cosy-glam swan pyjamas








HOW TO MAKE… PYJAMA BOTTOMS MATERIALS Q Light to mediumweight woven fabric, 2.5m (2½yrds) Q Matching sewing thread Q Elastic, 1m (1yrd), 0.5cm (¼") wide Q Ribbon, 60cm (235/8"), 1.5cm (5/8") wide Q Paper for templates Q Tailor’s chalk SIZES Q Small (UK 8-10) Q Medium (UK 10-12) Q Large (UK 12-14)


There’s nothing better than coming home on a chilly autumn evening and changing straight into a slouchy jumper, woolly socks and your favourite pjs. This pair will let everyone know you’re officially off-duty, and ready to curl up on the sofa for the evening. We’ve used Bonnie Christine’s Hello Ollie fabric in Swanlings Bevy Peach, designed for Art Gallery Fabrics, as we’re seriously crushing on all things swan-related. But, this straightforward pattern would work just as well with brushed cotton for a classic pyjama feel. Use a seam allowance of 1.5cm (5/8"), clipping the curves where necessary so the seam allowances lie flat, and making sure to press your seams open throughout.

01 Using the templates on our blog at, trace out your pattern pieces in small, medium or large onto pattern paper or greaseproof paper. 02 Fold your fabric in half lengthways with wrong sides (WS) facing, then pin your pattern pieces to the fabric, matching the grain line on the pattern to the straight grain of your fabric. Cut around your pattern pieces carefully and mark all notches. Mark the buttonholes and pocket markers using tailor’s chalk. If you’re using a directional fabric, make sure you cut the pattern pieces in the right direction. 03 Using your buttonhole foot, make a buttonhole on both of your front leg pieces at the

markings, ensuring it’s wide enough to fit your elastic through. 04 Fold the top of your pocket piece to the WS by 0.5cm (¼"), then again by 1.5cm (5/8"). Press and sew in place. Fold over the remaining three sides of your pocket to the WS, again by 0.5cm (¼"), and press. 05 Place your pocket on the right side back leg piece, matching it up with the pocket markers and with right side (RS) up. Pin in place, then top stitch around the two sides and bottom of the pocket, close to the edge. 06 Place one front and one back leg with RS together, lining them up along the inner legs with notches matching. Pin and sew along the inner leg seam, then press the





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seam open. Repeat for the other front and back leg. 07 Place both leg pieces RS together, lining them up around the crotch seam. Pin and sew around the curve. Sew another seam 0.5cm (¼") down from this line of stitching, and trim off any excess seam allowance above the first line. 08 With RS still together, match the two side seams of your pyjamas. Pin and sew both sides together along the length. 09 Fold over the bottom of your pyjama legs to the WS by 0.5cm (¼"), then again by 1.5cm (5/8"). Press and sew in place. 10 Fold over the waistband of your pyjamas to the WS by 0.5cm (¼"), then again by 2.5cm (1"). Check

your buttonholes are positioned in the centre of the band, then press and pin. Sew in place along the bottom of the waistband, then turn the pyjamas RS out. 11 Measure the elastic around your hips where the trousers will sit and mark at a comfortable length. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic, then push through one buttonhole all the way around

the waistband, being careful not to twist the elastic. Pull out of the same buttonhole, cross the two ends of the elastic over each other so they lie flat, and stitch together at the mark you made earlier. Push the elastic back into the buttonhole so it all sits inside the waistband. 12 Thread your length of ribbon through the buttonholes and tie in a bow to finish.

The New Craft House Rosie and Hannah are the duo behind awardwinning blog The New Craft House. Friends since childhood, the pair learned to knit together on the school bus. They both love using traditional crafts in modern projects and have recently launched their own range of craft kits.




STORYTELLING THROUGH CRAFT We take a look at the ways women throughout history have recorded their lives using craft – and how we can continue the tradition today Words: JESSICA BATEMAN Illustration: EMMA BLOCK



overlooked subject: the importance of cloth throughout the trajectory of human lives. “We have contact with cloth as soon as we come into the world [when wrapped up by a midwife] and as we leave it too,” she explains. “We also use it to mark important events such as weddings and christenings.” It’s this human element that leads us to craft not just for loved ones, but also for strangers, particularly in times of need. In World War II, Canadian women made quilts for the Red Cross that were sent to families whose homes had been bombed. More recently, Simply Knitting and The Knitter magazines asked readers to knit squares that were turned into blankets for women and children in refuges. And, there’s a long history of women creating political quilts and appliqué artwork for the abolitionist movement and trade unions.

Quilting is one of the most frequently-used mediums for crafty storytelling, thanks to its potential for bringing together diferent fabrics from separate sources. “There’s a long tradition of widow’s quilts, made using a partner or husband’s shirts,” Ann tells us. “Women have also made quilts from baby clothes to remember happy times when children were little.” Friendship quilts were popular in 19th century America too, and would involve women asking all their friends for scraps of material to sew together. Today we might make a quilt for a bride-to-be, with all her hens chipping in sentimental fabrics, or a patchwork medley of band T-shirts to remember concerts. Other ways we might commemorate special occasions are by making unique items. Ann cites an example of a woman who makes family bunting, adding a new flag every time it’s used at a gettogether or celebration. Jan Hassard, a quilt teacher from Bristol, makes new tablecloths and napkins for big events, which she then keeps as mementos. “I made a whole set for my daughter’s 18th birthday party,” she tells us. “I still use it now, and got it out the other day when she was round for dinner.” Ann believes that the close association between craft and life events is part of a larger, often

Even in an age where we can record everything around us at the touch of a button, there are still many ways to tell our stories through craft. Using both digital and analogue images, scrapbooking is just one of these creative channels. “There’s something wonderful about taking our digital photos and putting them into a tangible [object],” says scrapbook designer Amy Tan (www.amytangerine. com). “It allows us to re-live wonderful moments. For my baby shower, I had a scrapbook put together for me and it was such a special gift. My favourite event I’ve scrapbooked is the birth of our son and the first few weeks at home.” Amy runs an online class for modern scrapbooking, showing how to print of Instagram photos and lay out page designs. She recommends starting with a recent event, not worrying about rules and aiming for progress over perfection: “Just focus on the creative process and actually finishing it – I mess up all the time.” So next time you sit down to work on a special project or gift, remember you’re not just trying to make something pretty – you’re furthering a tradition almost as old as humankind itself.

e all know the joy that comes from making a baby blanket, or a sampler to celebrate a wedding. But when we mark life events and relationships through craft, we’re not only enjoying a hobby, we’re taking part in a centuries-old tradition, intertwined with the female experience. Throughout history, women have used crafts to tell stories and record their lives, from ancient tapestries to commemorative quilts, right through to contemporary scrapbooking. “Women have traditionally been – and still are – the archivers of family stories,” says Ann Rippon, an Academic Quilter at the University of Bristol whose work is focused on the role of cloth in society.

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HOW TO MAKE… A POM POM MUFF MATERIALS Q Sweatshirt or jumper with a close knit stitch Q Lining fabric in contrasting colour, 30 x 40cm (117/8 x 15¾") Q Thirty felt balls, 1.5cm (5/8") diameter Q Wadding, 135g/4oz, 60 x 80cm (235/8 x 31½") Q Cord, 2m (78 7/8"), 0.5cm (¼") wide Q Thin elastic, 1m (39 3/8") Q Matching tapestry wool Q Matching sewing thread


This cosy project is a great way to make the most of an old pullover you know you’ll never wear again, but can’t quite bear to part with. Or, use it to salvage that gorgeous wool jumper that somehow found its way into the washing machine and now resembles children’s clothing. If you don’t have any lining fabric to hand, use an old T-shirt instead. And, if you’re feeling extra-crafty, you could even make your own mini pom poms from scraps of brightly coloured yarn. Cut out a 30 x 40cm (117/8 x 15¾") piece from your jumper and pin to your lining fabric with right sides (RS) together. Sew around three of the edges, leaving one of the short ends open. 02 Clip the corners, then turn RS out. Thread half of the elastic along each short edge of your rectangle, taking it out through each corner.

03 Arrange the felt balls around the centre section of the rectangle and pin – this will form the front of your muff. The top and bottom will be folded round to form the back, so won’t be on display. 04 Attach each of the felt balls with 3 or 4 stitches using matching thread, working from the wrong side of the jumper fabric so the loose threads are hidden. 05 Cut your wadding in half to create two 30 x 40cm (117/8 x 15¾") rectangles. With the rectangles on top of each other, place inside, making sure the wadding fills the

corners. Fold in the raw edges, pin together and sew closed. 06 With RS together, pin the two short edges along the seam. Pull the lengths of elastic tight, tying the ends in a knot and cutting off any loose elastic. Make sure it’s not too tight, as this is the opening you’ll put your hands through. 07 Using the tapestry wool, sew the short edges together. Thread the cord through the muff and tie the ends together, adjusting the length to how long you’d like the strap to be. You can either wear the knot at the top, or hide it in the centre.


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Presents please! Make sure Santa knows exactly where to leave your gifts with Super+Super’s pom pom-tastic sacks








HOW TO MAKE… SANTA SACKS MATERIALS Q Two pieces of calico fabric for the large sack, 42 x 60cm (16½ x 23 5/8") Q Two pieces of patterned fabric for the large sack, 42 x 15cm (16½ x 6") Q Two pieces of calico fabric for the small sack, 42 x 45cm (16½ x 17¾") Q Two pieces of patterned fabric for the small sack, 42 x 12cm (16½ x 4¾") Q Pom pom trim, 1m for each sack


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If you think this year’s presents deserve more than being stuffed inside a pillow case or carrier bag on Christmas morning, up your game and have a go at making these colourful drawstring festive sacks. Combining simple sewing machine skills, decorative appliqué lettering and a liberal helping of easy-to-make pom poms, they’re a thoughtful way to add a handmade touch to your Christmas gift giving this year (bonus points if you've made all the pressies inside). 01 With your calico fabric right side (RS) up, place the pom pom trim along the seam allowance at the bottom with pom poms facing inwards. Tack in place.

02 With RS facing, place your patterned fabric on top of the calico fabric and pom pom trim, aligning the raw edges that are both the same length. Pin in place. 03 Sew together along the length of the pom pom tape, making sure you keep the pom poms on the inside. Repeat Steps 2-3 with the remaining pieces of calico and patterned fabric, minus the pom pom trim. 04 Place front and back pieces with RS together and sew up both sides of your sack, matching the seams where plain and patterned panels meet. Zigzag stitch over the outer seam area to strengthen. 05 Sew along the patterned open edge to close the bag, then zigzag stitch over the seam area as before.



06 Fold the open top edge of the sack to the wrong side (WS) by 0.5cm (¼") and press. Fold over the top edge to the WS again by 1cm ( 3/8") and sew in place. 07 Take a length of plain or patterned ribbon, fold the raw edge under, and pin to a side seam on the WS of your sack, 8cm (4¾") down from the top edge. Continue to pin in place along the width of the sack, then when you reach the seam you started at, cut, fold the raw edge under and pin in place on the reverse of the seam. 08 Sew along the top and bottom edges of the ribbon all the way round the width of the sack to create a channel for your drawstring, then thread through a

length of yarn for the drawstring. Make a small hole in one of the side seams along of your drawstring channel, and thread the two yarn ends through to the RS of the sack. 09 Turn the sack RS out and press along the seams. Draw your chosen letters onto the different coloured felt pieces using an erasable marker, cut out, then

position and pin in place in your sack. Appliqué the letters on using straight stitch and matching thread. 10 Make a selection of pom poms in different sizes for each sack following the pom pom maker instructions, and thread onto the ends of your drawstring with a needle. Tie securely, and trim off any excess yarn to finish.

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This knotted rope wall hanging from House Doctor hangs on a gold frame and adds a contemporary feel to urban interiors. Who says macramé has to have a Seventies vibe? Holly creates custom designs and colourways

BRAND FOCUS Holly & Teddy Based in Widnes in the north of England, a love of colour and texture prompted Holly Farrow to launch her weaving business. Specialising in tactile wall hangings and pom pom dream catchers, Holly’s designs are instantly recognisable by their delicate colour palettes and intricate details. Find them at www.

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Romana Howells Brodie’s Prestwick home is a monochrome marvel Words: LARA WATSON Photography: CARO WEISS

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This page: Romana had a lot of work to do, including tackling the 1930s fireplace. “The owners put in a gas fire and damaged the original tiles, so we installed new tiles and had a stove put in.” Opposite: Romana lifts her monochrome scheme by adding texture with diferent fabrics and finishes.


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HIMMELI FOCUS Himmeli ornaments are the quintessential Christmas decoration of Finland.The geometric ornaments were traditionally made with dried straw, but now most crafters, like Romana, prefer to use drinking straws. Originally, himmelis were hung above dining tables to ensure a good crop for the coming year, and stayed on display from Christmas till Midsummer.



often makes an appearance on Romana’s feed looking just as Instagram-worthy. “Believe it or not,” she says, “my flat before this was decorated in a very diferent way – it was pretty eclectic and busy. I felt this place was the opportunity for a clean slate, to start again.” The house needed a lot of work first though. After adding a bathroom upstairs, dampcoursing and completely rewiring, Romana painted everything white, retaining quirky touches like the exposed stone wall in the master bedroom, and the original fireplace hearth tiles in what is now Isabella’s room. Certain belongings helped inspire Romana’s design choices. The cast-iron bed in the guest room, also painted white, led Romana to paint the wall behind it black to make a feature of it. In turn, this wall became the backdrop to Shanna Murray’s beautiful wall art, and one of John’s favourite pieces, the deer head. 52 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 71

Look around and it’s clear to see heritage and modern sit together nicely in this home. The couple were given a mid-century sideboard and cocktail cabinet, and while they’ve become focal pieces in the two living rooms, “I like to accent our monochrome style with lots of greenery. And, I really like pink at the moment,” says Romana. Evident in Isabella’s sweet room and the carpet in the couple’s bedroom, she laughs, “I’m lucky John goes with whatever I choose!” Some of Romana’s crafts are also on display in their home. The black cocktail straw himmeli in one of the sitting rooms was something Romana saw and decided to make her own version of, while a diamond pattern wall feature in the hallway was inspired by Ferm Living’s designs. “It’s such a high ceiling, I needed something there,” explains Romana. “I had some black vinyl so I cut out diamond shapes and arranged them – they’ve been there four years now!”


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‘makeshift feature’ adds interest to an otherwise plain wall.

Romana’s sewing room in the loft is kept spick and span, with all her materials on display for inspiration.

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The grey chair in Isabella’s bedroom was a wedding present to Romana and John from a friend.



Romana works as a solution development manager for the Scottish Qualifications Authority, so any crafting takes place in her free time. She has a room in the loft for sewing, dressmaking and quilting, and her knitting travels around the house with her. The previous owners had four daughters at art school who used Romana’s sewing room as their studio. “It’s lovely that this room still has a creative use to it.” Romana’s a dab hand at scouring eBay and H&M Home for bits and pieces, and Etsy for prints. “If I see a print I like, I often buy it directly from the designer,” she tells us. “I like to circulate our art around the house on a regular basis, so the floating shelves are ideal.” Brandwise, Romana loves IKEA, Habitat and Nest for clean, simple pieces, and Moleta Munro in Edinburgh for lighting and furniture. So what’s next for this beautiful fourbedroomed home? “We’d like to extend the 54 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 71

kitchen and re-landscape the garden one day. We’ve got a lot of plans for the next few years,” says Romana. “My husband was hoping we’d stay when we’re done, but I want to move on and start another project! I’ve had a tenement flat and this Victorian property, so it would be wonderful to try something modern next.” With Romana’s creative knack for styling, it’s clear our Instagram feeds are guaranteed more gorgeous interiors imagery for a while to come.


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this room in a way that’s easy to change as Isabella grows up,” says Romana.

MADE BY ROMANA You can follow Romana’s monochrome home décor adventures, see her inspiring crafts and beautiful discoveries, and be treated to the cutest pics of baby Isabella (and her on-point outfits) on her Instagram feed @romana21s.



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HOW TO MAKE… A WOODLAND PAPERCUT MATERIALS Q Six sheets of A4 white paper, 120gsm Q One sheet of blush pink card Q One sheet of A4 metallic card Q Double-sided tape Q Cutting mat Q Scalpel and blades Q Pencil Q Glass dome, approx. 30cm (117/8") high (we used a Large Bevin Beech Based Glass Dome from www. 58 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 71

Glass domed bell jars are our top pick for showing off precious treasures and collectables, and we can’t think of a better piece to draw attention to than this festive woodland papercut. Whether set up on a sideboard and styled up with some simple foliage around it, or taking centre stage on your dining table on Christmas Day (move over, turkey), it’s bound to get lots of admiring looks. If you’ve never tried papercutting before, practise your technique on scrap paper first. Hold the scalpel like a pen, keeping the blade at a 45º angle, and hold the paper with

your other hand. Rotate the paper as you work, cutting away from your body, and making sure to change the blade regularly to get a clean cut. Start with the detailed parts of the design first, working your way up to the simpler shapes, and taking your time as you go. You can also copy the templates at a different percentage to change the size of your final design and suit the shape of your dome – try a mini version displayed in a large jam jar for a snowglobe-style effect. 01 Photocopy and cut out the templates from page 100.

02 Fold a sheet of white paper in half vertically and place your tree template on top, aligning the centre of the tree with the centre fold. Use small pieces of tape to keep the template in place and trace around it with a pencil. 03 Carefully cut out your tree through both layers of your folded paper, then repeat another five times with the remaining sheets. 04 Attach the deer templates to the metallic card with small pieces of tape, trace round, and carefully cut out each one. Repeat twice with the border template and the pink card to give two borders, then



repeat with the star template, this time folding a piece of metallic card in half with wrong sides (WS) facing so you cut out two stars. 05 To make the tree, stick small pieces of tape to one side of your folded tree and attach it to another of your trees. Keep repeating this process until all six trees are attached together. 06 At the bottom of each deer are two flaps, one on the left side and one on the right. Bend these behind to the WS and attach small pieces of double sided tape to them. Play around with the placement of each deer between

the tree branches, and when you’re happy, remove the backing from your tape and attach in place. 07 To create your border, attach both your cut out pieces together at either end using small pieces of tape – this will create a continuous

border that fits all the way around your tree. Place around the base. 08 With WS facing, stick the two stars together. Cut a small slit in the base, then slot the star on top of the tree. Place your papercut under the glass dome to finish.

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HOW TO MAKE… A RAG RUG MATERIALS Q Mesh rug canvas, 3 count, 70 x 94cm (275/8 x 37") (ideally two sides should be selvages) Q Nine pairs of denim jeans in six different shades Q Eight white shirts Q Latch hook Q Fabric scissors Q Matching sewing thread Q Fabric marker


Every girl knows rocking an oversized white shirt with skinny jeans is an easy route to effortless style. Add the same laid-back appeal to your home with Elspeth Jackson’s rag rug, inspired by this classic fashion pairing. Raid the back of your wardrobe or visit local charity shops to source the fabrics you need, then follow the instructions to cut your strips and learn the loopy rag rugging technique before you get started. Cutting fabric strips 01 Choose your garment, then turn the item wrong side (WS) out so any seams are visible. Using sharp fabric scissors, cut along the edge of every seam, except for the bottom hem and neckline, to separate the garment into its constituent pieces. So for a shirt you’ll have five sections – two front pieces, the back and two arms. 02 Cut off and discard any parts that can’t be used, such as stiff or thick collars and clothing labels, then cut the garment along the line of the seams in 1cm (3/8") wide strips. Cut the strips containing the seams slightly narrower to account for the added thickness.

03 Cut a strip or strips from the bottom hem, if there is one. If the bottom hem is less than 1cm (3/8") high, create one strip out of it by cutting above the hem. If it’s more than 1cm (3/8") high, cut below the hem so the fabric opens up to create a normal strip. Create a separate strip from the seam left on the garment. 04 Once you’ve cut off all the seams, fold the garment in half lengthwise, then again into quarters, then into eighths to create a tube. It’s better to fold it, as some fabrics become too thick to cut through when rolled. 05 Cut the tube into 2cm (¾") wide rolls, then unravel into long strips. Repeat the process with your other fabric pieces.

Loopy rag rugging 06 Hold the latch hook in your dominant hand – it’s usually easier to hold it nearer the hook, as this gives you more control. 07 In your other hand, hold the top of a strip of fabric between your index and middle fingers, then further down the strip between your fourth finger and thumb. The strip should be taut between your

fingers, as you’ll be hooking this from the underside of the canvas. 08 Hold the strip of fabric under the rug canvas. Insert the hook into your chosen hole from the top of the canvas through to the underside with the latch open. 09 Hook onto the taut part of the fabric strip, then let go of the strip with your index and middle fingers and pull the shorter end of the fabric strip up through the hole. 10 Adjust the fabric strip so 1cm (3/8") is showing above the top of the canvas. You can make it more or less depending on the height you’d like your loops to be, as long as least 0.5cm (¼") shows through. 11 Working from the top of the canvas, insert the hook in the next hole in the direction you want to work. Holding the strip under the canvas, hook it and pull another loop up to the same height. 12 Repeat Step 11 until you have four loops. The loops will begin to form a fan shape and, if you look at the underside of the canvas, you’ll see that the holes around the rag rugging have tightened up. This means that the rag rugging is tight enough so you no longer have to rag rug into every hole.



13 Repeat Step 11 as many times as necessary, rag rugging into every other hole or two. When you reach the end of your strip, or if you want to change fabric, pull the loose end of the strip through to the top of the canvas. Cut off to the same height as the other loops. 14 If you’re continuing to rag rug in the same area of the canvas, pull the first end of the new strip up through the same hole you finished your last strip in. Having two ends in the same hole pads it out and secures the fabric in place, but isn’t essential. When you start a new strip in an area of canvas that already has rag rugging in it, you can continue rag rugging into every other hole or two, as that area of canvas will have already been tightened.

Making the rug 15 To hem the edges of your canvas that aren’t already selvaged, turn three pairs of jeans through to the wrong side (WS) and cut the seams off the outside legs, 3cm (1¼") away from the seam itself. Cut off any bulk from the top or bottom of the strip.

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16 Pin the canvas edge inside the seam, cutting to length if necessary. Sew using zigzag stitch, repeating until all unselvaged edges of the canvas are hemmed. 17 Cut the remaining denim into 1cm (3/8") wide strips that are as long as possible, making sure not to include any seams. 18 Loopy rag rug one row along one short edge of the canvas, close to the hem. Your loops should be about 2cm (¾") in height so that the denim stays secure. Rag rug three more rows of denim, working toward the centre of the rug (making a total of four rows), to form a block of denim at the end of the rug. Repeat these four rows at the other short edge of the canvas. 19 Measure and divide the remaining bare canvas into four, widthwise and lengthwise. Draw

three lines along the length of the canvas, then create chevrons by drawing diagonal lines as shown. 20 Using the same shade of denim as the blocks at the ends of the rug, loopy rag rug three rows along each of the three long lines of the rug. In the same shade of denim, loopy rag rug two rows along each of the diagonal chevron lines. 21 Loopy rag rug five diagonal rows in different shades of denim as shown above. Cut the white shirts into long strips – shirt fabric is much thinner than denim, so add thickness by using two strips at once. When you reach the end of one or both strips, pull them through to the top and cut both strips to the same height as the denim loops. Loopy rag rug the rest of the canvas with shirts using the same process.

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Knitter and blogger Olivia Villareal loves the textures and colours of her yarn collection I’ve been knitting since I was a little girl when my grandmother taught me, and I suppose I’ve been collecting ever since. My mother and I used to spend Saturday mornings browsing yard sales and any time I came upon bags or boxes of yarn, I’d buy them. I’d share them with my grandmother – we’d spend hours together at the kitchen table with our treasures as she showed me how me how to crochet and knit garter stitch. After I first discovered hand-dyed yarn at my local yarn store and came across Etsy, my yarn collection started to grow immensely. I couldn’t knit fast enough to get through all the yarn I’d started buying. Discovering yarns that had been dyed in gorgeous blues, greys and yellows and blended with cashmere and alpaca was so eye76 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 71

opening. Up until that time I’d been working with acrylics or wool from the craft stores. I really love browsing on Etsy for new yarns, as there are so many diferent yarn dyers to choose from. It’s important to me to support local and small businesses too. Instagram is another great yarn enabler, as I’ve discovered beautiful yarns that come from all over the world. I have yarn from Iceland, England, Canada and Scotland, but my favourite yarns are the Shetland yarns. The colours are so beautiful and inspired by nature. I’ve collected so many diferent yarns over the years. Some are treasured favourites just waiting for the perfect project. My collection’s not overwhelming though; I don’t need a whole room for it yet.


Clutch crush Hook yourself the ultimate new season accessory with Laura Strutt’s tactile textured bag


HOW TO MAKE… A CROCHET CLUTCH MATERIALS Q Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, 85% wool/15% mohair, 113g/173m per ball, one ball in Sunburst Gold (M14) Q 5.0 mm (UK 6, US H/8) crochet hook Q Yarn for tassel Q Lining fabric, 29 x 38cm (11½ x 15") Q Zip, 20cm (77/8") Q Sewing needle Q Matching sewing thread Q Yarn needle TENSION 5.5 sts and 7.5 rows in puff st to measure 10cm (4")

ABBREVIATIONS (UK) Q st(s) stitch(es) Q ch chain Q ch-sp chain space Q dc double crochet Q ss slip stitch Q tr treble Q ps puff stitch Q RS right side FINISHED SIZE 28 x 18cm (11 x 71/8")

Team Mollie are always up for expanding their crochet repertoire – especially when handbags are involved – so we couldn’t resist this make. Using a technique called puff stitch to add interest and texture to the crocheted fabric, we guarantee you’ll be fending off compliments whenever you break out this clutch. Laura’s used a mustard yellow yarn for the main body of the bag, accented with a neon pink tassel, but experiment with your choice of colours. Just make sure you have enough yarn before you begin though – this might look like a fairly small project, but puff stitch uses a lot of yarn, and tension can vary dramatically. Try to keep each of the loops as even as possible when creating the stitches, as this will ensure the individual puffs come out at a similar size. Puff stitch technique 01 Wrap the yarn around the hook and insert hook in st, then wrap the yarn around the hook again.


02 Draw the hook back through the stitch – there should be three loops on the hook. 03 Wrap the yarn around the hook again and insert the hook in the same stitch. Wrap the yarn around the hook again before drawing it back through. 04 Repeat a further five times more until there are 13 loops of yarn on the hook. 05 Wrap the yarn around the hook and draw it through all the loops on the hook – there will now be one loop on the hook. 06 Work a chain stitch to secure the loops of the puff stitch in place.

Instructions The bag is worked from the base upwards, rejoining the yarn to work the second side. You’ll join the side seams together next, then sew the zip and lining in place, and add a yarn tassel to finish. First side Foundation ch35 Row 1 (RS) 1dc in 2nd ch from

hook, and each st to end, turn [34sts] Rows 2-4 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in each st along, turn Row 5 ch3 (counts as 1tr), 1tr in each of next 2sts, *miss next st, ch1, ps in next st; repeat from * to last 3sts, work 1tr in each of next 3sts, turn [13 puff sts] Row 6 ch3 (counts as 1tr), 1tr in each of next 2sts, *ch1, miss next st, ps in next st; repeat from * to last 4sts, ch1, miss next st, 1tr in each of next 3 sts (the 3rd tr is worked into the 3ch of the ch on previous row), turn Repeat Rows 5 and 6 a further eight times more, making sure to work the puff stitches into the chain spaces and working the final tr of each row into the 3rd ch in previous row. Row 23 ch1 (does not count as st), miss first st, 1dc in next st, 2dc in ch-sp, 1dc in each st to last ch-sp, 2dc in ch-sp, 1dc in each st to end, turn Repeat Rows 2-4, then break yarn and fasten off.

Second side Row 1 with RS facing, rejoin the yarn to opposite side of foundation ch and work 34dc along, turn Rows 2-3 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in each st along, turn Repeat instructions for First side from Row 5 onwards. Finishing Weave in all yarn ends and fold the bag in half, aligning the sides and upper edges. Join each of the side seams in turn with 1dc in each st and join 4sts at each side of the upper opening with 1dc in each. Open the zip and pin into place with one half on each side of the opening of the bag. Secure in place with hand stitches.

Fold the lining fabric in half lengthways with RS together. On each of the short ends, press 1cm (3/8") to the wrong side, then sew the two side seams of the lining using a 1cm (3/8") seam allowance. Place the lining inside the bag and secure in place along the zip tape with neat slip stitches. Create a tassel by braiding 20cm (77/8") of yarn and knotting the ends together to form a loop. Cut several 15 x 20cm (6 x 77/8") lengths of yarn and place inside the loop. With the knot in the centre, fold the lengths of yarn in half. Take a small scrap of yarn and tie around the top of the fold to secure the strands of the tassel in place. Loop through the zip tab to finish.

Laura Strutt Laura lives in Colchester with her husband and little dog,Waffle. After making a break from journalism to go freelance, she’s written a number of crafting books and also shares makes, ‘how to’ guides and inspiration on her blog.




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HOW TO MAKE… A MORNING STAR QUILT MATERIALS Q Background fabric, 2.5m (2¾yrds) Q Scrap fabrics, 2.6m (27/8 yrds) total or 12 fat quarters Q Backing fabric, 3.5m (3¾yrds) Q Binding fabric, 0.5m (½yrd) or 2 fat quarters Q Wadding, 1.7m (68") square Q Paper for templates


If you’ve never given quilting a go before, this Nordic-feel project is a great place to start. Not only does it tap into this winter’s trend for all things Scandi, it’s also a beautiful heirloom make. Start it now and give to someone special as a thoughtful (and seriously impressive) Christmas gift. Made using the traditional morning star quilt block in fresh, contemporary fabrics, you’ll piece together triangles and squares using basic quilting techniques that are easy to master. Lynne used a Handmade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics fat quarter bundle for the top, back and binding, then Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Snow for the background. But, you can mix and match fabrics of your

own if you prefer, or switch up the colour scheme – we like the idea of using a selection of solid brights against a wintery grey base. Cutting 01 Cut the print fabrics into twelve 11cm (4½") squares for the small star centres, thirteen 16.5cm (6½") squares for the large star centres, twelve 16.5cm (6½") squares for the small star HSTs (half square triangles) and thirteen 21.5cm (8½") squares for the larger star HSTs. 02 Cut the background fabric into sixteen 6cm (2½") WOF (width of fabric) strips and cut those into forty-eight 6cm (2½") squares, twenty-four 6 x 21.5cm (2½ x 8½") strips and twenty-four 6 x 5cm (2½ x 12½") strips. Then cut five 9cm

(3½") WOF strips and cut those into fifty-two 9cm (3½") squares, cut two 16.5cm (6½") WOF strips and cut those into twelve 16.5cm (6½") squares and cut three 21.5cm (8½") WOF strips and cut those into thirteen 21.5cm (8½") squares. 03 Sew the two binding fat quarters end to end and cut into six 6cm (2½") WOF strips. 04 Cut the backing fabric into two equal lengths. Making the quilt top 05 Photocopy twelve small HST templates and thirteen large HST templates from page 104. Pair together print and background fabric squares with right sides (RS) together to make the eight HSTs in each of the blocks – 16.5cm (6½")





squares will be used with the small HST templates and 21.5cm (8½") squares will be used with the large HST templates. Pin a pair to a HST template with the background fabric and reverse of the template together, making sure the fabric overhangs by at least 0.5cm (¼") all round. 06 Shorten the stitch length on your machine to 1.5 to make removing the paper easier, then sew along the green lines. 07 Trim any excess paper and fabric and cut along the blue lines, through both the template and fabric, using a rotary cutter. Trim along the red lines to clip the corners, then press the HSTs open – do this before removing the paper to get a straighter seam.

08 Tear away the paper from the back of the HSTs, then with RS and matching fabrics together, sew along the side of one white triangle and press open. 09 Sew two of these HST pairs to a star centre square and sew background fabric squares to the ends of two more of these pairs as shown above – 11cm (4½") print and 6cm (2½") background fabric squares will be used for the twelve smaller stars and 16.5cm (6½") print and 9cm (3½") background fabric squares will be used for the thirteen larger stars. Press seams away from the HSTs in each section. 10 Sew the three rows together to complete a morning star block, pressing the seams towards the centre of the block.

11 Sew 6 x 21.5cm (2½ x 8½") background fabric strips to both sides of each of the smaller star blocks, then sew 6 x 5cm (2½ x 12½") background fabric strips to the top and bottom of each of the smaller stars. 12 Sew the star blocks into five rows of five as shown in the diagram on page 84 and press the seams away from the larger star blocks in each row. Sew the five rows together to finish the quilt top.

Finishing 13 Sew the two pieces of backing fabric together along the length using a 0.5cm (½") seam. Press the seam open. 14 Layer the backing RS down, wadding and finally quilt top RS 71 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 83

HOW TO MAKE… A MORNING STAR QUILT up and tack together. Top stitch as desired – we quilted diagonally across our finished patchwork using a walking foot. 15 Sew the binding strips together in one continuous length, then press in half along the length with wrong sides together. 16 With the quilt RS up, attach the binding to the first edge starting halfway along, leaving 10cm (4") unattached at the start. Stop sewing 0.5cm (¼") from the edge of the quilt, then turn 45° and sew to the corner. Remove from the machine and rotate to the next edge. 17 Pull your binding strip up away from the quilt in line with the raw edge so it forms a 45° angle at the corner. Hold the fold in place 84 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 71

then bring the binding strip back down along the edge of your quilt, aligning the edges. Pin in place and begin stitching the next seam from the top edge. 18 Continue around the four edges in the same way, stopping 10cm (4") away from the starting point. Fold back the two ends of the binding at 45° so they touch, and mark with

a pin. Open out the binding and join the ends with a diagonal seam. Trim to a 0.5cm (¼") seam and press it open, then refold and finish stitching the binding in place. 19 Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and slip stitch in place by hand. At the corners, fold the edges over in the opposite order to the front to mitre them neatly.

Lynne Goldsworthy Lynne is a modern British quilt designer who goes by the name of Lily’s Quilts. She’s written three quilting books, her most recent being Quick and Easy Quilts, is a regular UK quilting magazine contributor and designs beautiful quilts for several different quilting fabric companies.










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The party skirt Up the glam factor at festive gatherings with Hannah Silvani’s statement skirt








HOW TO MAKE… A METALLIC SKIRT MATERIALS Q Gold pleated fabric, 1m (1yrd) (we used gold crumple accordion pleated pleuche fabric from www.ivyverynice. Q Black elastic, 1m (1yrd), 5cm (2") wide Q Matching sewing thread

Already shopping for an outfit to impress at all this year’s Christmas parties? Spend an afternoon with your sewing machine instead and whip up Hannah’s surprisingly easy skirt – you don’t even need a pattern as you’ll use your own measurements, adjusting the length to suit. Ticking the boxes for all this season’s biggest trends (metallics, velvet, pleats... no need to thank us), just add a simple black top and

Hannah Silvani Hannah has always enjoyed making, and at the moment she’s on a mission to sew an entirely handmade wardrobe. One half of The New Craft House, Hannah works alongside pal Rosie creating crafty tutorials as well as their range of DIY kits.


heels, accessorise with a bright clutch and a slick of red lipstick, and you’ll be party-ready in no time. See you on the dance floor! 01 Measure around your waist at the narrowest point. Multiply this by 1.5 to get your fabric width measurement, then measure from your waist to the finished length you’d like your skirt to be for your fabric length measurement. 02 Taking care not to stretch the pleats, and with the pleats running down the length of your skirt, cut the fabric to size, then cut a piece of elastic 10cm (4") shorter than your waist measurement. 03 With fabric right side (RS) up and using a basting stitch, sew two lines across the top of your skirt – one 1.5cm (5/8") from the edge and one 1cm (3/8") from the edge.

04 Holding the ends of your threads from these lines of stitching, gently pull and begin to gather the width of your skirt. Continue until your skirt width measures the same as your length of elastic, being careful not to snap the threads. 05 Pin your elastic to the top edge of your skirt, both with RS up and overlapping the skirt and elastic edges by 2cm (¾"). Using zigzag stitch, sew along the width of the skirt, 1.5cm (5/8") up from the bottom edge of the elastic. Snip out your basting stitches. 06 With RS together, pin your skirt along the side seam edge. Sew together along the length using a 1.5cm (5/8") seam allowance. 07 To hem your skirt, fold the bottom edge over to the wrong side by 1cm (3/8") twice, pin in place, then sew.

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Make household chores more enticing with Ayda Algin’s crochet tea towel trims, in association with Tick Tock Tea

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HOW TO MAKE… CROCHET-EDGED TEA TOWELS MATERIALS Q DMC Natura Just Cotton yarn, 100% cotton, 50g/155m per ball, one ball each in Geranium (N52) (Yarn A), Giroflee (N52) (Yarn B), Aquamarine (N25) (Yarn C) Q 2.5mm (UK 12, US C/2) crochet hook Q Three tea towels approx. 40cm (15¾") wide Q Tapestry needle TENSION Tension isn’t too important, just aim for a neat finish


ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) sp(s) space(s) ch chain ch-sp chain space ss slip stitch dc double crochet tr treble yrh yarn round hook tr2tog treble 2 together (yrh, insert hook in next st, yrh and pull up loop, yrh and draw through 2 loops) twice, yrh and draw through all loops on hook 5ch picot ch5, ss in 5th ch from hook

Upgrade the humble tea towel to a display-worthy accessory with this trio of crochet trims. The scalloped edging adds a vintage feel to this cotton set – either crochet it onto similar shop-bought versions, or make your own to fit with your kitchen décor. You’ll need two pieces of fabric measuring 40 x 65cm (15¾ x 255/8"), either matching, or in contrasting patterns. With right sides together sew around the edge, leaving a gap for turning. Turn the tea towel right side out, sew the gap closed and press. Add a crochet trim in a complementary shade of yarn, and you’re ready to tackle those dishes. Pink trim Using Yarn A and the tapestry

needle, sew blanket sts evenly along the short end of the tea towel. You’ll need 48 sts along the edge, so measure and sew carefully. Fasten off neatly. Row 1 with right side facing, join yarn into first st, ch1 (does not count as st), work 2dc in each bar across, turn [96sts] Row 2 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in each st along, turn Row 3 *ch1, miss 3 sts, (tr2tog, ch3, tr2tog, ch3, tr2tog) all in next st, ch1, miss 3 sts, 1dc in next st; repeat from * to end of row. Break yarn and fasten off. Yellow trim Using Yarn B and the tapestry needle, sew blanket sts evenly along the short end of the tea

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towel. You’ll need 46 sts along the edge, so measure and sew carefully. Fasten off neatly. Row 1 with right side facing, join yarn into first st, ch1 (does not count as st), work 2dc in each bar across, turn [92sts] Row 2 ch3 (counts as first tr), 1tr in each st along, turn Row 3 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in first st, *ch6, 1dc between 5th and 6th st along; repeat from * to end of row, turn Row 4 ch1 (does not count as st), (2dc, 3tr, 2dc) into the each 6ch-sp along. Break yarn and fasten off. Blue trim Using Yarn C and the tapestry needle, sew blanket sts evenly along the short end of the tea towel. You’ll need 48 sts along the Subscribe at

edge, so measure and sew carefully. Fasten off neatly. Row 1 with right side facing, join yarn into first bar, ch1 (does not count as st), work 2dc in each bar across, turn [96sts] Row 2 ch3 (counts as first tr), 1tr into the next dc, *ch2, miss 2dcs, 1tr in each of next 2 sts; repeat from * to the last 2 sts, ch1, 1tr into the last st, turn

Row 3 ch3 (counts as first tr), 1tr in 1ch-sp, *ch2, 2tr in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * to the last 2 sts, ch1, 1tr in last st, turn Row 4 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc, *ch10, 1dc in 4th tr along; repeat from * to end of row, turn Row 5 ch1 (does not count as st), (5dc, 5ch picot, 5dc) into each 10ch-sp along. Break yarn and fasten off to finish.

Ayda Algin Ayda lives in Istanbul and has a passion for interior decoration, craft, food and art. Her blog, cafenohut, is where she shares her inspirations, adventures and ideas. She loves working with yarn and fabric, and sells her handmade items in her Etsy shop, deconoHut.


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Keep little ones snug with Monica Russel’s knitted heart pinafore dress



HOW TO MAKE… A PINAFORE DRESS MATERIALS Q Wool and The Gang Billie Jean, 100% cotton, 100g/135m per ball, in Raw Denim (Yarn A) (check size guide for quantities) Q Wool and The Gang Shiny Happy Cotton, 100% cotton, 100g/142m per ball, one ball in Hot Pink (Yarn B) Q Pair of 4.5mm (UK 7/US 7) knitting needles Q Pair of 5.0mm (UK 6/US 8) knitting needles Q 4.5mm (UK 7/US 7) circular knitting needles Q Button Q Yarn needle Q Stitch markers Q Blocking mats

ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) k knit k2tog knit 2 sts together p purl p3tog purl 3 sts together st st stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row) m1 make one by knitting into the back of the loop between sts or (at the end of a row) purl and knit into the same st sl1 slip one st knitwise psso pass slipped stitch over yo yarn over needle yfwd yarn forward round needle rep repeat RS right side WS wrong side patt pattern

TENSION 14 sts and 25 rows to 10cm (4") over stocking stitch on 5mm needles Age

Quantity Yarn A

Back length Chest

Actual size

18 months2 years

Two balls

43cm (17")

56cm (22 1/8")

2-3 years

Three balls

45cm (17¾") 56cm (30 1/8") 62cm (24 3/8")

3-4 years

Three balls

47cm (18½")

Four balls

49cm (19 3/8") 66cm (26")

4-5 years


50cm (19¾")

61cm (24")

66cm (26") 70cm (275/8")

Handmade clothes for little ones always go down a treat, and this sweet pinafore is sure to be a hit with both kids and parents. The main body of the dress is in Wool and the Gang’s new Billie Jean yarn, made from upcycled denim for a finish that’s as comfy as a worn-in pair of jeans, but tough enough to survive a hard day’s play – just add a long-sleeved tee and woolly tights for a cute winter outfit. Instructions The front and back are knitted separately from the bottom up. You’ll start with a picot cast on in the contrast colour, then add the heart motif pattern following the chart, working the main body in stocking stitch, then textured stitch. Where instructions differ between sizes, the smallest is given first, with the other sizes in brackets, increasing in order of size e.g. 1 (2, 3) sts. Textured stitch Row 1 (RS) k Row 2 k Row 3 *k1, p1; rep from * to end Row 4 *k1, p1; rep from * to end Making the front Picot Cast on: Using 4.5mm and Yarn B, cast on 5sts, *cast off 2sts, place st on

right hand needle back to left hand needle, cast on 3sts (using cable cast on method); repeat from * until you have 28 (30, 32, 34) sts on needle. Next row * p1, m1, rep from * to end 56 (60, 64, 68) sts Row 1 (RS) p2 (0, 1, 2), *yo, k1, yfwd, p2; rep from * to end. 92 (100, 106, 112) sts Row 2 k2 (0, 1, 2), *p3, k2; rep from * to end Row 3 p2, *k3, p2; rep from * to last 0 (3, 4, 0) sts, k0 [k3: (k3, p1): k0] Row 4 k2 (0, 1, 2), *p3tog, k2; rep from * to end 56 (60, 64, 68) sts Cut off Yarn B and change to 5mm needles. Beginning with a RS row, work 6 rows st st using Yarn A. Heart motif This section is worked over 6 rows using both yarns. When working this section, twist Yarn B up the side so it can be picked up when you place the motif. Twist your yarns together every 2 sts so there are no large loops on the back of your work. Follow the chart – all odd numbered rows are knitted from right to left, and even numbered rows are purled reading the chart from left to right. Pink square denotes Yarn B, white square denotes Yarn A. Next row (RS) place motif as


follows: k6 (0, 4, 6), *work from st 1 from chart to st 8, k4; rep from * to last 2 (0, 0, 2) sts k2 (0, 0, 2) Break off Yarn B and continue working in st st in Yarn A, decreasing 1 st at each end of every 8th row until 46 (50, 54, 58) sts remain and work measures 26 (28, 28, 28)cm (10Âź (11, 11, 11)") Work 4 (6, 8, 12) rows using textured stitch. Place marker at each end of work to denote start of armhole shaping. Shaping the armhole Continue working in textured stitch throughout and maintain patt during shaping. Note the casting off is only on the first 2 rows. Row 1 cast off 1 st, patt to end. Place st marker Row 2 cast off 1 st, patt to end. Place st marker Row 3 k1, sl1, k1, psso, work patt to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 Row 4 k1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end Continue working textured stitch and at the same time decrease 1 st at each end of every alternate RS row until 40 (42, 44, 46) sts remain. Work a further 9 rows in patt ending with a WS row.*** Shaping the neck Next row patt 16 (17, 17, 18) sts, turn. Keeping patt correct, work

on these sts as follows: Row 1 (WS) Cast off 1 st, patt to end Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next and following alternate row until 13 (14, 13, 13) sts remain Work 6 (8, 8, 8) more rows Cast off and rejoin yarn to remaining sts and cast off centre 8 (8, 10, 10) sts, patt to end Work remaining sts as first side of neck, reversing shaping. Making the back Work as front to *** Divide for back opening Next row patt 19 (20, 21, 22) sts, cast off 2 sts, patt 19 (20, 21, 22) sts Work a further 11 (13, 15, 17) rows in patt on first side.

Shaping the neck Row 1 cast off 3 (3, 5, 6) sts at neck edge, patt to end Row 2 patt to end Row 3 cast off 3sts at neck edge, patt to end Cast off remaining 13 (14, 13, 13) sts Rejoin yarn to remaining sts and work to match first side, reversing the shaping. Finishing Spray the front and back pieces with water. Stretch to the right shape and size, then pin to your blocking mats, using a tape measure to ensure that both pieces have the same measurements. Leave to dry thoroughly, then sew together the shoulder seams to finish.

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TEMPLATES All the shapes for this issue’s makes. Unless otherwise stated, templates are shown at 100%.You can find the full-size templates ready to download from YOUR FREE GIFT BY PALOMA ROCHA FERREIRÓS PAGE 7



MATERIALS QTissue paper QErasable fabric marker QSoft toy stuffing QScallop shears (optional) QFabric glue QPink pencil 01 Using the templates on pages 101-102, cut out the doll pieces from the felt, then trace the embroidery templates on page 103 onto tissue paper or thin tracing paper. If you need help with any of the embroidery




stitches, you’ll find a stitch guide and tips on our blog at 02 Pin the tissue paper with the hair embroidery guide in place on the hair piece. Using split stitch and two strands of gold embroidery thread, sew along the lines. Add some lazy daisy stitches and two stars of four overlapping straight stitches using the picture as a guide, then carefully tear away the paper, using a pin to remove any little pieces under the stitches.

03 Carefully position the hair at the top of the face piece and pin in place, then sew the hairline onto the face using small running stitches and two strands of matching thread. 04 Draw the face using a fabric marker. Thread an embroidery needle with two strands of brown embroidery thread and sew the eyes and lashes onto the face. The eyes are made using a few curving backstitches, and the eyelashes using small straight stitches. Sew an outline

circle for the pupils and fill with satin stitch. Sew a tiny straight stitch for each eyebrow. With pink thread, embroider a small, curved mouth using a few backstitches, then stitch the lips using horizontal straight stitches positioned close together. Pin a turquoise star on the hair and embroider five lazy daisy stitches around a French knot in two strands of gold thread, using the picture as a guide. 05 Align the two head pieces wrong sides (WS) together then

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join using whip stitch, leaving a small opening at the base of the head. Fill with toy stuffing and stitch the head closed. 06 Fold the arms in half along the length, then whip stitch around the edges, leaving the short edge open. Push the arms onto a pipe cleaner as shown. 07 Pin the dress pieces together so they slightly overlap, using the picture as a guide. We used scallop pinking shears to cut the bottom of each piece, but you could use pinking shears

or regular scissors. Sew in place using a small vertical stitch between each scallop in matching thread. 08 Embroider the dress design in the same way as you did the hair design. Sew on two stars using a small vertical stitch between each scallop in matching thread, and the picture as a guide. 09 Cut out your card insert using the template on page 102, then glue to the WS of the dress. Fold the dress round, aligning the back edges, then use small

whip stitches to join the dress together along the length. 10 Insert the arms in the gaps of the top piece of the dress and sew together the arm and neck area using whip stitch. 11 Pin head to neck and sew in place using ladder stitch and two strands of matching thread. Go around the join several times, sewing higher on the head and lower on the neck until secure. 12 Tie the ribbon into a neat bow, then sew this and the star button in place on the neck,

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using the picture as a guide. Colour in the doll’s cheeks using a pink pencil. 13 Embroider the mini star’s eyes and mouth using small back stitches, and the picture as a guide. Add a French knot for the nose and five lazy daisy stitches around the face in two strands of embroidery thread. Align the two star pieces with WS together then join using whip stitch and matching thread, leaving a small opening. Fill with toy stuffing and sew the gap closed.

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Name: Christine Leech Occupation: Author, maker and illustrator

It was when I was writing my third book, Felt Sew Good, that I realised what I liked most about craft – sharing that knowledge with other people. I decided I’d never be the kind of crafter who spent all their time making to sell; I just didn’t have the patience. A couple of years later, the lovely Ros Badger contacted me asking if I would help her run some craft workshops at Port Eliot festival – it was exhausting but so much fun. I loved seeing people learning a new skill or refreshing an old one, and cajoling dads into making pom poms with their children. From felt f lowers to pom pom bunnies, Christine shares fun tutorials on her site

what i liked most about craft was sharing that knowledge with others Christine’s workshop for LoveKnitting and Stylist’s Reclaim your Lunchbreak campaign

One girl learnt how to make paper pinwheels, then got her fiancée and friends making them as the backdrop to her wedding table. Since then I’ve run workshops on a whole variety of crafts from pom pom making to decorating sunglasses, working with brands like Loveknitting, Instyle magazine, Smashbox CosmeticsandFestivalNo.6. I’dlovetorunmore workshops for hen events and birthday parties – sharing the craft love is such a special thing.

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