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INSIDE THIS ISSUE ¤ FESTIVE ANIMAL FELTIES ¤ CROCHET BACKPACK ¤ MINI CRACKER GIFTS ¤ FLORAL DRESSING GOWN ¤ RUSTIC TABLE SETTINGS ¤ KNITTED COSY SOCKS


CONTENTS

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issue number seventy three

80 ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS, STYLING: HELENA STEELE & BECKI CLARK, MODEL: ALEXANDRA FIA

Wrapping ideas

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WINTER FELTIES

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

Fill your life and home with crafted goodness

9 INTRODUCING…

43 LIVING

Handpicked crafty happenings

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

14 TRENDS Indulge in opulent luxe, then make your own beaded velvet party clutch

46 HOME TOUR Textile designer Jonna Saarinen’s home is filled with colour and childhood nostalgia

18 WINTER FELTIES Hang these cute animals in your home

52 FESTIVE TABLE SETTING

26 TEA AND A CHAT

Photographer Emily Quinton shares her styling ideas and makes for Christmas Day

Fi Douglas, owner of bluebellgray

57 FLOOR CUSHION

Talk to us!

33 CRACKER GIFTS

Comfy seating for impromptu gatherings

Mini treats to fill homemade crackers – use them with your free gift

62 CROCHET BACKPACK Hook this rucksack for the man in your life

36 GOOD READ facebook.com/MollieMakes

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The benefits of collaborating with friends and fellow crafters

67 PULL-OUT PAPERS EXCLUSIVE!

38 DRESSING GOWN

98 TEMPLATES

Sew for yourself or as a Christmas gift

All you need to make this issue’s projects

Seasonal painterly papers and gift tags


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Cracker gifts

Velvet clutch

IT’S GOOD TO GIVE

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Dressing gown

LOVING Treats and treasures to fall in love with

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One of my Christmas highlights is making handmade gifts. For me, it sums up what presents are all about: giving thoughtfully, with love stitched and sewn into every piece. With that in mind, we’ve filled this issue with beautiful makes for loved ones. My favourite? Mount Royal Mint’s heirloom polar bear on page 76. You’ll be putting it out on your mantelpiece every Christmas. I’ve also been inspired by the amazingly talented Fi Douglas of bluebellgray – her honesty about the challenges in finding her creative path is refreshing. Read about her journey (and see inside her beautiful Glasgow studio) in our interview on page 26. Share your makes using #molliemakers – we wish you all a cosy, creative Christmas.

Crochet backpack

Cath Dean Editor

75 LOVING Beautiful things to adore and make

76 POLAR BEAR Sew this magical creature and give as a charming heirloom piece

80 WRAPPING IDEAS Create beautifully-wrapped gifts

83 KNITTED SOCKS Keep your toes cosy this winter

89 BABY TOYS Entertain little ones with this set of tactile shapes in pretty floral fabrics

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Knitted socks

93 CROCHET TREES Mini decorative Christmas trees

106 BACK PAGE PROJECT Writer Momtaz Begum-Hossain on discovering crafts around the world Subscribe at molliemakes.com

er Turn the page to dirnscovto your free gift! Tu page 67 for your papers


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

Fi Douglas Fi’s passion for colour and drawing as a young Fine Art student has never left her, as is evident in her designs for bluebellgray. She loves to be surrounded by natural light, fresh flowers and generally beautiful things. Discover Fi’s artistic journey on page 26. www.bluebellgray.com

Emily Quinton Emily teaches people to take beautiful images. Married with four children, her family motto is ‘create something every day’, so be careful when visiting as you’re sure to leave with glitter in your hair and stickers on your socks. Find Emily’s styling tips on page 52. www.emilyquinton.com

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Ben Treanor Illustrator Ben originally worked as Head Designer for Waterstones before founding Old English Company. He takes inspiration from vintage signs, bold typography, handlettering and all things monochrome. Make your free gift using Ben’s papers. www.oldenglishprints.com

Jonna Saarinen Originally from Finland but now living in Crystal Palace, textile designer Jonna is obsessed with all things Moomin. Her dream dinner party guests include Moomin Papa, Joseph Paxton and Ringo Starr. Look around Jonna’s home on page 46. www.jonnasaarinen.co.uk

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Momtaz Begum-Hossain A lifelong fashionista, Momtaz is forever making style statements and changes the colour of her hair every season. On days off you’ll find her chilling with her Gotham box sets while eating veggie Colin the Caterpillars. Find out about Momtaz on page 106. www.momtazbh.co.uk

Sabina Gibson When Sabina was young, she always picked stuffed animals over dolls, so it’s no surprise she now designs her own animal characters. She takes inspiration from everyday objects, fantasy films and anime, and 80s cartoons. Sew Sabina’s magical bear on page 76. www.mountroyalmint.com

Other contributors Suzie Attaway, Valerie Bracegirdle, Annelise Brant, Hannah Cross, Rob Eyres, Alexandra Fia @ Mustard Models, Olivia Gordon, H & Sammy, Chloe Hardisty, Kate Lilley, Maryanne Moodie, Fiona Murray, The New Craft House, Tina O’Rourke, Lana Red, Philip Sowels, Stitch & Story, Anastasia Telegey, Irina Tretyakova, Lara Watson, Caro Weiss

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Mini cracker kit

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.. Christmas dinner wouldn’t be complete without crackers at the table, so we asked two talented designers to team up and create this clever kit so you can make your own. Ben Treanor of Old English Company illustrated this festive set of seasonal papers, each adorned with his contemporary handlettering, while Kate Lilley of Minieco created the wooden template to cut, score and fold your crackers. To complete the collaboration,

Chloe Hardisty has come up with a selection of tiny treats (both edible and non-edible) for you to make and hide inside on page 33 – paper hats and cheesy jokes are optional. Find Ben’s hand-lettered typography on prints and homeware at www.oldenglishprints.com. Kate’s craft and DIY blog, Minieco, is full of creative ideas and printables. www.minieco.co.uk Turn to page 98 for all instructions, then share your makes using #molliemakers.

THIS GIFT COMES WITH THE PRINT COPY OF THE MAGAZINE ONLY. ALTERNATIVE KIT ON SOME OVERSEAS COPIES. PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS, STYLING: HELENA STEELE & BECKI CLARK

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THE LATEST IN CREATIVE GOODNESS – HANDPICKED JUST FOR YOU All we want for Christmas is to look this glamorous in our winter woollies. From the Ardingly Rose Ivory Shawl and Pink Faux Fur Coat, right down to the Navy Pom Pom Gloves, this cosy ensemble from Cath Kidston’s Christmas collection is just what we need to banish our winter blues. www.cathkidston.com

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TOP READ Colour pop Stripes, chevrons and polka dots? We’re in. Mary Jane Mucklestone’s new book, Geo Knits, starts with garter stitch and advances to more challenging projects, so you’ll master all the skills you need to become a knitting pro. www.quartoknows.com

Knit your own Christmas sweater this year, courtesy of Anxiety UK’s project with knitwear brand Where’s Me Jumper. The pattern costs £2 to download and all proceeds go to charity, so you’ll get a warm feeling inside and out. www.anxietyuk.org.uk

THIS MONTH’S WISHLIST

Finally! The foil Christmas decs of our childhood are back and this time they have a fun holographic twist. We can’t get enough of these Iridescent Stars from Talking Tables, which will be decking our halls with retro loveliness come December. www.talkingtables.co.uk

There are already plenty of reasons to visit geo-fleur’s online store, but stocking up on Skandinavisk Candles is our new favourite. A chance to fill our homes with Hygge-inspired aromas? It would be rude not to. www.geo-fleur.com

Inspired by a family’s adventures in South America, free-spirited kids’ clothing brand Waddler champions bright and playful knitwear. The new collection features this colourful tassel cardi, plus striped leggings, cute pinafore dresses and wolf jumpsuits. www.waddler.co.uk 10 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 73


Helen selects stones for their natural beauty and colour

BRAND FOCUS Decadorn

This dreamy glassware collection from RICE will make your party snacks pop and your Brussels sprouts sing! Each delicate piece is made by mixing mineral powder with transparent glass for a breathtakingly beautiful effect. www.ricebyrice.com

Decadorn founder Helen Bailey worked as a fashion buyer for 10 years before launching her delicate jewellery range at Spitalfields Market, London, in 2011. Made with unpolished natural stones sourced from around the world and selected by Helen for their unique properties, each piece is a oneof-a-kind design statement. Find them at Harvey Nichols, Anthropologie and online at www.decadorn.co.uk.

These druzy triangle are carved by hand for a natural finish

WEBSITE TO WATCH Studio DIY Following their own mantra, ‘life is a party,’ to the max, Studio DIY’s new costume-themed online store is a riot of mix and match rainbow shift dresses, wacky accessories and free party attire printables. So whether you fancy dressing as a pineapple, a slice of pie or a chill pill, they’ve got it covered. It’s a bit on the bonkers side, but we like it! shop.studiodiy.com Subscribe at molliemakes.com

Helen celebrates the gems’ unique shapes and textures

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TOP READ Wild wood Liven up your winter wardrobe with Terrarium, the new knitting pattern collection from Purl Alpaca Designs. There are seven designs, including this swoonworthy Masika skirt in a striking cable pattern with stocking stitch side panels. www. purlalpacadesigns.com

Fancy whittling your own Christmas gifts this year? Tapping into the trend for slow living and ideal for intrepid DIY-ers, The Urban Woodsman by Max Bainbridge teaches you how to carve and shape local timber into rustic cutlery, bowls and boards with easy-tofollow instructions. www.kylebooks.com

How could anyone resist these prettily packaged soaps from The Printed Peanut? Handmade in Yorkshire and available in a range of relaxing scents and styles, the bars are perfect for lathering up after a long day at work. www.theprintedpeanut.co.uk

Founded by Beata Jezek, Hedgehog Fibres – an artisan yarn and fibre dyeing studio in County Cork, Ireland – is our latest craft obsession. Its colour collections range from rich and earthy to bold and vibrant, with shade names such as ‘Sorry not sorry’ and ‘Highlighter’. shop.hedgehogfibres.com

We all know that gift wrap sets the tone for the pressie inside, and these perky ‘Pour’ labels (as in ‘For’ in French), will certainly bring a touch of je ne sais quoi to your gifts this year. Sold in sets of 10, they’re hand-printed to order. www.beletteprint.etsy.com 12 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 73


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OPULENT LUXE Indulge in sumptuous fabrics and decadent shades of gold this winter

Combine metallics with rich velvet for tantalising texture. www.grahamand

PHOTOGRAPHY: MEL YATES FOR GRAHAM AND GREEN

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Pretty up Christmas

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VELVET CLUTCH

MATERIALS Q Two pieces of velvet fabric, 20 x 15cm (77/8 x 6") Q Two pieces of lining fabric, 20 x 15cm (77/8 x 6") Q Two pieces of wadding, 20 x 15cm (77/8 x 6") Q Sew-on faceted gems Q Bugle beads Q Matching sewing thread Q Beading needle 01 Place your zip along the length of a piece of velvet fabric

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with right sides (RS) together and raw edges aligned. 02 Position a piece of lining fabric on top of the zip and velvet with RS facing and raw edges aligned. Place a piece of wadding on top, then pin and sew along the top of the zip. 03 Fold your layers open so the velvet fabric and zip are RS up, with the wadding and lining fabric layered underneath. Top stitch along the seam, close to the edge of the zip.

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04 Repeat Step 2 with the remaining velvet, lining and wadding pieces along the other side of the zip. Open the zip. 05 Pin both the velvet fabric pieces RS together and the lining pieces RS together – the lining should sit between the wadding. Sew around all four edges, leaving a small opening in the bottom of the lining. 06 Turn the clutch RS out through the opening, then sew shut with straight stitch along the seam.

07 Push the lining neatly inside the clutch, then sew your gems and beads onto the front of the clutch to finish.

Lana Red is a girly girl who loves wearing red lipstick and overdressing for every occasion. She spends her days cuddling her cats and creating new craft tutorials and inspiring articles for her DIY and lifestyle blog, Lana Red Studio. www.lanaredstudio.com


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PHOTOGRAPH: PHILIP SOWELS, STYLING: HELENA STEELE & BECKI CLARK. WARNING! NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 36 MONTHS. THESE ARE NOT TOYS – CHILDREN SHOULD BE SUPERVISED AT ALL TIMES WHEN PLAYING WITH THEM.

Festive felties Spread Christmas joy with Anastasia Telegey’s kawaii-cute animal decorations


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HOW TO MAKE… FELT ANIMAL DECORATIONS MATERIALS Q Soft toy filling Q Toy safety eyes, 8mm (1/8") Q Sewing needle Q Matching sewing thread Q Embroidery needle Q Black embroidery thread Q Thread for hanging Q Fabric glue Q Erasable fabric marker

Q Pink colouring pencil For the penguin Q Black, white, red and orange felt For the bear Q White, black and blue felt For the reindeer Q Dark brown, light brown, beige and black felt

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The only stocking filler cuter than these felt animals would be a tiny fluffy kitten – fact. Soft, squishy, and with the sweetest faces, you can hang them around your home, use them to decorate the Christmas tree, or give them as mini gifts. Easy to make, why not get kids involved in putting together these felt friends? Help them cut out the shapes by pinning the templates to the felt or drawing around them with a fabric marker, then show them how to join the pieces with blanket stitch – just add hot chocolate for a fun family night in.

Making the penguin 01 Using the templates on page 98, cut out all penguin pattern pieces. 02 Add a few drops of fabric glue to the reverse of the white face and tummy piece, then stick to the body piece, using the picture as a guide. 03 Blanket stitch around the edge of the face and tummy piece with white sewing thread. 04 Use the tip of a pair of embroidery scissors to make two holes for the eyes. Insert the safety eyes, then add on the connectors at the back, sliding each connector onto the post as far as it will go.


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05 Embroider the eyelashes using straight stitch and black embroidery thread, then glue on the beak. 06 Pin the two body pieces with wrong sides (WS) together. Add a few drops of glue along the wider top parts of the feet, then position between the two body pieces, pressing down to secure. 07 Blanket stitch around the body, adding a loop of thread at the top and leaving an opening on one side. Stuff, then sew the gap closed. 08 Tie on the scarf. Rub the pink pencil onto the penguin’s cheeks and smudge with your finger.

Making the bear 09 Using the templates on page 98, cut out all bear pattern pieces. 10 Glue the face piece onto the head using the picture as a guide, then blanket stitch around the edge of the face piece. Glue on the nose. 11 Use the tip of a pair of embroidery scissors to make two holes for the eyes. Insert the safety eyes, then add on the connectors at the back, sliding each connector onto the post as far as it will go. 12 Embroider the eyebrows and mouth using straight stitch and black embroidery thread, using

the picture as a guide. With WS facing up, glue the bear’s ears onto the top of the head back as shown. 13 Place the head front and back with WS together and blanket stitch around the edge, adding a loop of thread at the top for hanging and leaving an opening at the bottom. 14 With WS together, blanket stitch two arm pieces to join. Repeat with the other two arm pieces, then glue onto the WS of the body back. 15 Place the body front and back with WS together and blanket stitch around the edge, leaving an opening at the top for stuffing. 73 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 21


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HOW TO MAKE‌ FELT ANIMAL DECORATIONS 16 Stuff the head and body, then sew the gaps closed. Pin the head to the body and sew in place with ladder stitch. Go around the join several times to sew firmly in place. 17 Tie on the scarf, then rub the pink pencil onto the bear’s cheeks and gently smudge with your finger.

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as a guide. Glue three dots to the body front, then glue the smaller ear pieces onto the larger ear pieces. Glue the ears and antlers onto the WS of the head back. 20 Use the tip of a pair of embroidery scissors to make two tiny holes for the eyes. Insert the safety eyes with the connectors at the back, sliding each connector onto the post as far as it will go. 21 Glue on the nose, then embroider on the eyelashes and mouth as shown, using straight stitch and black embroidery thread.

22 Place the head front and back with WS together then blanket stitch around the edge, adding a loop of thread at the top for hanging and leaving an opening at the bottom of the head for stuffing. 23 Place the body front and back with WS together and blanket stitch around the edge, leaving an opening at the neck area. 24 Stuff the head and body, then sew the gaps closed. Pin head to body and sew in place with ladder stitch. Go around the join several times to sew firmly in place.


Anastasia Telegey Anastasia originally trained as a civil engineer, but after discovering the joy of making felt decorations, couldn’t imagine life without them. Visit her Etsy shop to find cute baby mobiles, festive decorations and animal ornaments. www.mymagicfelt.etsy.com


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Describe yourself in a few words. Colourful, fun, stylish.

Finding your way with...

BLUEBELLGRAY Textile designer Fi Douglas shares her journey from daunted art student to owner of a successful print studio and homeware brand Words: LARA WATSON Photographs: CARO WEISS

Glasgow-based designer Fi Douglas is best known for the beautiful, bold watercolour designs she creates for her brand, bluebellgray. Painted on a large scale by hand, her work on paper and canvas is then digitised and printed onto textiles, homeware, ceramics, and now, her first wallpaper collection. Fi’s confident growing business tells a very different story from her artistic beginnings 16 years ago, feeling lost while studying Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art. “It was a very tough ‘throw you in at the deep end’ kind of 26 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 73

course,” says Fi. “I was an 18-year-old kid, fresh from the Highlands, who loved colour, drawing and making beautiful things, but the art world was different then and pretty intimidating.” Fi’s best friend, studying Textiles in the design department, was key to her discovering her path. “She was always saying, ‘Fi, you’re a textile designer, I just know it!’ So I transferred my course.” Now with plans to open a showroom, we caught up with Fi to find out how she built bluebellgray from scratch, and the lessons she’s learned along the way.

How did you learn your craft? Once I found my path at Glasgow School of Art, I quickly fell in love with print as I discovered digital printing and started translating my watercolour-style paintings onto textiles. After graduating I worked in the industry for a few years before taking the leap to set up on my own. Every day since then has been a learning curve and with every collection I push my designs further – it’s a cliché but it’s amazing what experience teaches you. Without even realising it, you’re learning all the time. What does a typical working day look like for you? I have two young boys so the morning is mostly a blur of us getting out the door. I work in a beautiful, colourful studio space in the west end of Glasgow, and my days are really varied. Most days I start with emails, then it’s about catching up with my team. We might be pulling a fabric range together in the final stages of sampling, so I’ll spend all day tweaking colour options. I’ll catch up with our graphic designer and marketing team, then I might have a meeting with one of our suppliers – one of my favourite parts of the job is working with all the amazing people


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who manufacture our products. I also catch up with the team who deal with our finance, sales and customer service – an important part of running the business is understanding which products are selling. Tell us about your creative process. It’s taken me years to fully understand it, but I’ve realised my creative process takes a while. I find inspiration in so many places and am always absorbing the world around me, so thinking time is the most important part. For a new season collection I always

have a feeling emerging of what I want to do, then I travel with my team to officially start the project. We go somewhere new, and get immersed in it. We’ve just come back from Marrakech, and the season before, we stayed in a pink hotel in the middle of nowhere in Scotland. I drew some of the designs in the collection while outside on a very windy Scottish hillside! I take the sketches back to the studio along with lots of photographs and pin everything up on the walls. It’s vital to have these visual references all around me, so

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when I actually sit down to paint on paper or canvas, it’s already there. Once I’ve got a selection of original artworks, everything gets digitised, worked on and sent to our suppliers to be made into samples. Then, when they come back, we start building the range. It takes around 12 to 18 months for a design to go from inspiration and painting to being on the shelf instore. What tools could you not live without? I always use Fabriano paper and Pro Arte brushes. I also love Rembrandt pastels, as they’re highly pigmented and super soft, and great for adding details.

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Was it hard to get the business started? Taking the leap from being in a paid job to going it alone was hard. The best thing I did was a business start-up course for creatives, provided by The Cultural Enterprise Office in Scotland. It was so valuable spending time with others who were going through the same challenges and excitement. At the end of the course I pitched for a small amount of funding and won it – it wasn’t huge, but it was enough to get going. I used part of it to do a show in London called ‘One Year On’, which was a huge turning point – for the first time I was talking to customers and press and it gave me a burst of exposure. My husband’s


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belief in me helped more than anything though, and friends’ and family’s support. Tell us the most important business lesson you’ve learnt. Be nice. I always try and run my business with kindness as the team dynamic is really important, as is being strong with your vision and ethos. It goes a long way to creating a hard-working culture. I think it’s also worth noting that a lot of people will want to offer you advice – particularly if you’re a woman – and it’s good to Subscribe at molliemakes.com

remember that not all advice is helpful. Make sure opportunities are right for you before making any big decisions. What’s been key to achieving your creative and professional goals? Having a support network around me. In the early days I was burning myself out thinking I should be able to do everything. Now I’ve learnt it’s OK to hand things over to other people who know how to do it better than I can. That’s let me concentrate on what I’m good at and, most

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importantly, what I love doing, which is why I set the business up in the first place. What would be your dream project? I’d love to do a kids’ collection – wallpaper, furniture, cool accessories, bedding, prams, maybe even clothes. And a hotel project, that would be amazing. I’d also love to paint a giant outside wall – if anyone wants one doing, let me know!

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Fi Douglas Fi Douglas is the founder of bluebellgray, a homeware and textiles brand based on her original watercolour-style paintings, full of colour and florals. Fi lives in Glasgow and all bluebellgray’s fabrics and cushions are made in the UK. You can keep up with her at www.bluebellgray.com.

What are you currently working on? We’ve just launched a wallpaper collection so I’m adding more designs. We’re also opening our first showroom in Glasgow which is such a milestone – people can shop the full collection in a friendly, relaxed environment. I also want to hold workshops and use it as a gallery space for guest designers or artists to exhibit. We’re selling more curated items on our site now to give designer-makers a platform – it’s about finding items we couldn’t make ourselves that complement our collection. Finally, what’s the best piece of creative advice you’ve been given? A very wise, experienced designer I admire once told me that great design takes time. He’s so right, the creative process really is a journey. If only I could go back and tell that to my 21-year-old self!


Add a pop of colour to your Christmas table with geometric cake toppers in bright pastel shades. Cut from balsa wood and attached to skewers, these painted toppers are a contemporary way to accessorise a home-baked Christmas cake. Stick with the bright colour scheme or go with classic red and green for a traditional take. We’ll be covering ours in glitter paint and sticking them in our homemade mince pies. Find the full tutorial at www.tellloveandparty.com.

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Hi D Tr A U s PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS, STYLING: HELENA STEELE & BECKI CLARK

Say goodbye to dad jokes and hello to tiny treats with Chloe Hardisty’s cracker gifts


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HOW TO MAKE… CRACKER GIFTS MATERIALS Wine charms Q Four mediumsized wooden beads Q Four small wooden beads Q Acrylic paint Q Embroidery thread Q Ruler Q Baking tray

Q Eraser clay in brown, blue and pink Keyrings Q White faux leather Q Acrylic paints Q Masking tape Q Four D-shaped keyring findings Q Strong craft glue

Gingerbread house erasers Q White oil-based marker pen

INGREDIENTS Treats (makes 25) Q 200g (7oz) ground almonds Q 200g (7oz) caster sugar Q 1 egg Q Almond essence Q 300g (10 oz) white chocolate Q Macadamia nuts Q Edible gold and pink glitter Q Freeze dried strawberry pieces Q Parchment paper Q Baker’s twine

Chloe Hardisty Stylist and designer-maker Chloe was shortlisted for the Creative Idea Award at this year’s Mollie Makes Handmade Awards. Passionate about all things fabric and needle-related, she’s recently discovered the joy of weaving. www.cottonclara.wordpress.com

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Take Christmas dinner up a notch this year and wow family and guests with homemade crackers at the table. Use your free gift to make the crackers themselves following the instructions on page 98, then fill with Chloe’s selection of mini treats – much more impressive than a fortune telling fish and a paper hat. Each make is quick and easy, and simple to adapt. Cover your marzipan treats in milk or dark chocolate if you prefer, and paint the wine charms to match your table décor. Our favourites – and sure to be a hit with kids – are the mini erasers. We used Sculpey Eraser Clay, available from Amazon (what a find!), to make little houses that double up as rubbers. Pop a mini pencil inside your cracker too, and you’ve got an instant stationery set.

propped ours on the end of a pencil for ease of painting, but you could also use a wooden skewer or similar. Once dry, use paint in a contrasting colour to add a pattern onto the larger beads. 02 To make the tassel, wrap embroidery thread 10 times around the width of a ruler. 03 Remove the bundle of thread from the ruler. Tie a 15cm (6") length of thread around the top of the loop, cut the bottom of the loop, then trim to neaten. 04 Thread your larger bead over the top of the tassel, then thread on the smaller bead. Tie a knot at the top end of your thread. You can then attach the charm to a wine glass by looping it over the base, or by placing it round the stem and pulling the smaller bead through the two long pieces of thread.

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coloured clay to make a longer house shape you can slice into. The pattern should run through the shape, like a stick of rock. 06 Start by moulding a piece of brown clay into a prism shape to create the pointed roof. Add a rectangle of brown clay below it to form the area between the roof and the windows. 07 Add alternate rectangles of brown, pink, brown, pink and then brown again below this to create the window section – use the picture above as a guide. 08 Sandwich a rectangle of blue clay lengthways between two rectangles of brown clay to form the bottom section, then add this below the window section. Squeeze the clay so the pieces are as close together as possible, being careful to keep the shape. 09 Use a knife to cut the shapes into 1cm (3/8.") wide slices. Place onto a tray and bake for 30 minutes at 120ºC/250ºF/Gas mark ½.

10 Leave to cool for an hour, then use the white pen to outline the windows and door, and add a icing effect to the roof.

Geometric keyrings 16 Cut a 23 x 2.5cm (91/8 x 1") strip from your faux leather. 17 Using the tape, mask off a triangle shape at one end of your leather, with the base of the triangle starting at the narrow end, and the point ending just short of halfway along the length. 18 Repeat Step 17 at the other end of the leather, then paint the triangle shapes. Leave to dry. 19 Pass the strip of leather through the D ring and fold in half lengthways, then apply glue to the wrong side. Fold in half along the length, aligning the edges, and press together to finish. Macadamia and marzipan treats 20 Combine the ground almonds, caster sugar, egg and a couple

of drops of almond essence in a bowl, mixing well until it forms a marzipan dough. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours, or preferably overnight. 21 Divide the marzipan into 25 equal pieces – each one should weigh approximately 15g (½oz). Shape the pieces into a small flat circle, then put a macadamia nut in the middle. Shape the marzipan around the nut, roll into a small ball and put to one side. 22 Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Remove the bowl from the pan, then coat each ball thoroughly – we used a cocktail stick to remove it from the chocolate. Place on a piece of parchment paper. 23 While the chocolate is still liquid, sprinkle each one with a combination of edible glitter and freeze-dried strawberry pieces. 24 Leave to set, then wrap in a square of parchment paper, tying the ends with baker’s twine. 73 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 35


PHOTOGRAPHY: © 2016 STEPHANIE BARNES AND MARIA VETTESE.

Maria and Stephanie’s blog features photographs of their lives – the joint project is now the subject of their new book, A Year Between Friends: 3191 Miles Apart

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COLLABORATING WITH FRIENDS Fuse your creative dreams with a fellow crafter and reap rewards of confidence, inspiration and motivation Words: OLIVIA GORDON Photography: © 2016 STEPHANIE BARNES AND MARIA VETTESE

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ack in 2005, two creative women on opposite sides of America stumbled across each other’s blogs. Maria Alexandra Vettese from Maine, who runs art and design shop More & Co. (www. alittlemorelikethis.com), and photographer and stylist Stephanie Congdon Barnes from Oregon quickly built an online friendship based on a shared love of photography, art, craft and everyday beauty. The friends decided to start a new blog together, www.3191milesapart.com. Posting everything from photos of their day side by side to recipes and craft ideas, Stephanie remembers: “A simple photo of my breakfast table took on new meaning and significance when next to [Maria’s]. Somehow it felt more complete.” Documenting years of their geographically distant but emotionally close lives, Maria and Stephanie use the spark of their friendship as a catalyst to create original works of art. The blog has transformed their lives and careers, with the pair’s photos, crafts and writings from 2015 currently celebrated in their newly published book, A Year Between Friends: 3191 Miles Apart (Abrams, £14.99).

IT’S FRIENDLIER WITH TWO Makers often work alone, and we tend to consider creative vision as something we hold deep within ourselves. But, all too frequently, creative people feel isolated. Sharing your vision with a friend (or friends) can be a creative union which brings you both selfconfidence, thanks to the encouragement and support they can give. Look at playful alliances like ‘best Brighton craft buddies’ hello DODO (www.hello-dodo. blogspot.co.uk) and Designosaur (www.designosauryeah. blogspot.com), or Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden, who founded jewellery company Tatty Devine (www. tattydevine.com) after hitting it off at art school. “It’s like [we take] everything, distill it through Rosie and I, and out comes this fun take on the rest of the world,” explains Harriet. “We’re always firing off each other, imagining bonkers stuff that doesn’t exist yet. Anyone else would think ‘What on earth are you talking about?’. I can just go ‘Oh yeah’ and [Rosie]

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can hear the cogs in my brain working out how I can change that idea into jewellery.” As Maria and Stephanie have shown, friends don’t have to meet in person. Today, projects can easily be sustained remotely, such as designer Leslie Shewring’s (@leslieshewring) recent partnership with photographer and stylist friend Holly Becker (www.decor8blog.com). Teaming up to create a new book, Decorate for a Party (£20, Jacqui Small), they shared ideas ‘continuously through emails, Skype and text.’

CREATIVE CHEMISTRY Bouncing ideas off a friend is the ideal way to create, Leslie explains. “Holly would send an interesting concept or some gorgeous visuals and I’d then get inspiration I wouldn’t have otherwise had. We get to explore new creative territories.” Partnering up can benefit all aspects of your life, not just work. Stephanie describes the process as a kind of ‘magic’, explaining that personalities come together in a form of alchemy. “When I might give up on a project, Maria pushes me to keep going. Despite hardships, we’ve stayed true to each other and the collaboration. Building that trust and friendship has been one of the greatest gifts in my life.” If you don’t have a creative friend to team up with, seek one out at a local craft club. Martha Kilner (www. craftykilner.co.uk) started her own London-based craft group, Pins & Needles, last summer. She tells us: “Lots of connections have been made between people, and true friendships have blossomed.” It’s easy to hit it off with a fellow maker over pom poms and prosecco, and just imagine what the two of you could make happen. Reader offer A Year Between Friends: 3191 Miles Apart by Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes is published by Abrams (£14.99). To purchase a copy for £11.99 with free UK P&P, call 01903 828503 and quote 50538. www.abramsandchronicle.co.uk

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PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS, STYLING: HELENA STEELE & BECKI CLARK, MODEL: ALEXANDRA FIA


Lazy mornings Lounging around has never looked so glam with H & Sammy’s dressing gown

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This dressing gown was made for Sunday mornings. And Saturday mornings. In fact, pretty much any morning when you don’t feel like getting showered and dressed straight away, but don’t want to look like you’ve just fallen out of bed. We’ve got our eye on it for Christmas Day for a relaxed yet presentable look, and it would make a lovely gift for a friend or family member. H & Sammy have chosen a lightweight cotton fabric, but cotton waffle would work just as well for that luxury hotel feel, or opt for a fleecy fabric if you’re after a snuggly finish. Wash your fabric first in case it shrinks slightly, and use a seam allowance of 1.5cm (5/8") throughout unless stated.

Wash and iron your fabric before starting, then fold in half along the length with wrong sides (WS) together. Photocopy and cut out your pattern pieces using the templates on page 98, then pin them to the fabric as shown in the template diagram. Cut out all pattern pieces from the fabric. 02 Sew around the curved edges on each piece, 0.5cm (¼") in from the edge, to prevent the edges of the fabric from stretching. 03 With right sides (RS) together, place the front pieces onto the back piece, aligning the raw edges of the front and back sides. Pin and sew along both side seams. 04 Pin one sleeve front and one sleeve back RS together, aligning the raw edges as shown. Sew 01

along the length of the curved shoulder and underarm seams. 05 Fold over the cuff of your sleeve to the WS by 0.5cm (¼"), press, then fold over again by 2.5cm (1"). Press and sew, then repeat Steps 4–5 for the second sleeve. 06 Turn one sleeve right side out. Holding the body towards you, pin the sleeve to the armhole edge all the way around the outside, with RS together and matching the markings. Sew around the edge joining sleeve to body. 07 Repeat Step 6 to sew the second sleeve onto the remaining armhole of the garment body. 08 Fold over the hem at the bottom of your gown to the WS by 0.5cm (¼"), press, then fold over again by 2.5cm (1"). Press and sew in place.


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With RS facing, sew the two neck band pieces together along one short edge. Fold over the hem along one long edge of the sewn band to the WS by 1cm (3/8"), then press in place. 10 Pin the raw long edge of the neck band to the raw edge of the garment with RS together, starting at the centre back neckline and working your way to the bottom hem. There will be roughly 1cm (3/8") overhanging the bottom of the body at either side. Sew along the edge of the band. 11 Cut small notches along the seam allowance between the garment and the band where it curves to remove any bulk, being careful not to cut the seam. Press the seam towards the band. 09

Fold up the bottom overhang of the band to align with the bottom of the gown, then fold the band over to the WS of the gown. Top stitch all the way around the edge of the band. 13 Fold over all four edges of the tie casing to the WS by 0.5cm (Âź") and pin it along the waistline on the back of the gown. Sew in place along the two long edges. 12

With RS together, pin and sew the two tie pieces along one short edge. Fold the tie in half along the length with RS together, pin, then sew along the length, 0.5cm (Âź") in from the raw edge. 15 Turn the tie through to the RS and press. Neatly slip stitch the short ends closed, then thread through the tie casing at the back to finish your dressing gown. 14

Live it. Love it. Make it. Bloggers, crafters and best friends, H and Sammy’s website is packed with lifestyle inspiration and plenty of sewing tutorials. Follow their craft adventures on Instagram @liveit.loveit.makeit and find lots of lovely things on their Pinterest @livelovemakeit. www.liveitloveitmakeit.com

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INSPIRATION ALERT! SPACES, PLACES & NEW DESIGNERS TO WATCH

 

This month’s home tour on page 46 has put us in the mood for statement wallpaper – now we want to experiment with vibrant colours and patterns. Inject some retro Scandi style with a couple of rolls of wallpaper from Swedish brand Svenskt Tenn. www.svenskttenn.se

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Add colour with this striking Scandi-inspired print by Restyle Graphic – it’s making us think of festive partridges. Or, give your kitchen a bold Christmas lift with a tea towel by Hey Holla. www.restylegraphic.etsy.com, www.notonthehighstreet.com/heyholla

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Add some kitsch to your Christmas with this Yellow Woodland Doll by Lapin & Me. The retro collectables were originally made in Japan in the early 70s as squeaky toys. www.lapinand me.co.uk

Add this vibrant retroinspired cushion by cult Finnish design house Marimekko to your sofa for an instant injection of vibrant Scandi style. www.marimekko.com

Inspired by mid-century British textiles and vintage toys, Mini Moderns’ latest collection of cool kitchenalia will add a retro vibe to your home this winter. www.minimoderns.com


Abstract Grid cushions are hand-screenprinted

BRAND FOCUS Laura Slater

Laura Slater’s hand-printed textiles are created in her West Yorkshire studio. Since graduating from The Royal College of Art in 2008, she’s been inspired by the interaction of colour and shape to create cushions, lampshades, planters, kitchenware and prints. Find her complete collection at www.lauraslater.co.uk.

 

We love a bit of nifty storage and this wire shelving unit by Rockett St George will showcase your trinkets and treasures nicely. We’re picturing it stacked full of colourcoded yarn. www. rockettstgeorge.co.uk

Laura prints her designs onto linen

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Launched in 2005 by mother and daughter team Yvonne and Rebecca Drury, MissPrint started with a collection of silk-printed lampshades before branching out into fabric and wallpaper. The entire collection is hand-illustrated by Rebecca and combines vintage-inspired prints with a contemporary colour palette. www.missprint.co.uk

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Her new collection features bold tableware

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LIVING home tour

THE MOOMINS These happy hippopotamusstyle characters from the mind of celebrated Finnish writer Tove Jannson (1914-2001) are a favourite of Jonna’s. The Moomin family and their friends featured in a series of books and comic strips, originally published in Sweden, that became much-loved the world over, eventually being translated into 45 different languages.

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that captured Jonna’s heart in the first place) and the creative couple’s eclectic tastes. “Lately I’ve been moving away from ‘single-use’ items and flat-pack furniture and making more of inherited pieces, toys from my childhood and things from other designermakers,” Jonna enthuses. “I don’t care if it’s cool or not really, it’s more about how it makes me feel and if it makes me smile.” This is the couple’s second home together and they’ve been in the area for over eight years. “I didn’t even see the house before we bought it,” says Jonna. “We’d been looking for ages but I was in Finland when it went on the market – it had been boarded up for three years and had only been lived in by one family. It needed a lot of work but I thought: ‘How difficult can it be? It’ll be done by Christmas.’ For the first few months, there was no central heating or hot water, and five years later we’re still renovating!” 48 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 73

It’s probably a good job this couple are keen campers – you may have seen pictures of Bluubs, their bright blue VW camper van on Jonna’s Instagram. Primary colours rule their permanent roost too, and red, blue and green are the key accents both here and throughout Jonna’s work, which revolves around handdrawing, screen-printing and mark-making to create a range of vibrant, harmonious products for the home. There’s plenty of inspiration around – among the discoveries made while researching the house’s history, Jonna found out the previous owners had been a travel writer, visiting her native Scandinavia in particular, and a hat-maker, just like Jonna’s great auntie. A lot of Jonna’s relatives’ furniture, rugs and lamps are now in this house. “The things I’ve inherited mean a lot to me,” she says. “It’s very much about nostalgia. I still have a lot of my old toys and I can’t bear to part with them.”

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Jonna’s Moomin collection, first started by her gran, includes her old Moomin alarm clock. The wallpaper is from the 1940s and is by Josef Frank, one of Jonna’s favourite designers.

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A lot of these toys are of the Moomin variety. Jonna’s biggest inspiration is Tove Jansson and she’s been collecting paraphernalia connected to the celebrated author since she was a teenager. Look closely and there are Moomins everywhere. Even her vintage dressers and cocktail cabinets are well-stocked with Moomin straws, alongside vast collections of pub coasters and beautiful Finnish glassware, which, Jonna says, you can pick up for a £1 a piece in Finland. Furnishing on a budget has been this couple’s approach and they have a rule not to spend over £50 on any one item. Charity shops and West Norwood’s Emmaus store have been key to them kitting out their home, and Jonna also has a soft spot for kitsch and holiday souvenirs, with collections of snowglobes and fridge magnets bursting from shelves and covering metallic surfaces. The couple fitted their small country kitchen themselves, echoing the existing furniture and 50 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 73

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JONNA SAARINEN Jonna Saarinen is a Finnish textile designer and Central Saint Martins College and Royal College of Art graduate. Get 20% off her homewares at www.jonnasaarinen.etsy.com until Feb 28th 2017 with code ‘MOLLIEHOME’.


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HOW TO MAKE… FESTIVE TABLE SETTINGS MATERIALS Cutlery ■ Plain cutlery ■ Gold spray paint ■ Cardboard box ■ Washi tape ■ Paper ■ Varnish ■ Gold ribbon

Place card wreaths ■ Eucalyptus branches ■ Florist wire, 24-gauge ■ Washi tape ■ Ribbon ■ Tags ■ Gold glitter tape ■ Brush pen

Foliage centrepiece ■ Eucalyptus branches ■ Twine ■ Battery-operated fairy lights ■ Mini star tinsel ■ Pine cones

Emily Quinton A professional photographer and stylist, Emily uses her Instagram @emilyquinton to build a visual journal. Teaching and inspiring students to take beautiful photographs through workshops, online, and at her Makelight Studio, Emily also loves to make and create. www.emilyquinton.com

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Forget elaborate displays and formal decorations – this Christmas is all about embracing nature. Taking inspiration from the great outdoors, we asked one of our favourite stylists and photographers, Makelight’s Emily Quinton, to create a table setting for a relaxed festive gathering with family and friends. Her rustic styling combines masses of fresh greenery with delicate metallic details and twinkling fairy lights. This look is also a purse-friendly way to prettify your home. Use your choice of seasonal foliage – bought or foraged – and give old cutlery an impressive upgrade. Plus, find Emily’s styling tips on page 56.


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Place card wreaths 05 Cut a piece of eucalyptus to approximately 20cm (77/8") and bend into a circle. Secure with florist wire or washi tape. 06 Use an italic or brush pen to write a guest’s name onto a tag, then add gold glitter tape to the end. Thread a length of ribbon onto the tag and tie it onto your eucalyptus wreath with a bow. 07 Repeat Steps 5-6 to make place settings for each of your guests. Foliage centrepiece 08 Tie together three bunches of eucalyptus with a length of twine. Lay these out along your table, overlapping each bunch slightly.

09 Add your fairy lights, winding them in and around the greenery, and hiding the battery packs underneath. This helps to give your display shape, as well as adding a festive feel to it. 10 Add some thin tinsel in and around the lights and greenery – we used gold star tinsel to echo the look of the star fairy lights. 11 Finally, dot pine cones in and around the display. You can either keep these natural, or accentuate them with gold spray paint. 12 Tie your remaining eucalyptus into smaller bunches with lengths of twine. These can then be hung from the backs of your chairs using more twine or gold ribbon.

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02 Stock up on glittery washi tape. This will come in handy for everything from wrapping gifts to hanging cards on the wall, or even making and decorating gift tags and table settings.

03 Dry hydrangeas ready to display on your Christmas table, or to fill vases and jugs around the home to add subtle colour.

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season. These not only look beautiful in your home, but they smell gorgeous too. 05 Use fabric dye to customise a plain tablecloth or give old table linen an updated look. I used navy blue to complement the green and gold colour scheme.

06 Foliage wreaths can also double as gift tags. Wrap your gifts in brown paper and rustic twine, then finish with a wreath.

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08 Make a floral wreath for your front door. This will make everyone smile and feel inspired when they arrive to visit you.

09 If you have children, let them be free with decorating the Christmas tree, then treat yourself to a mini one that you can decorate on your own! I always love to have a smaller version in the kitchen that I can style however I choose.

10 Use battery operated fairy lights on your Christmas table as a safe and very pretty alternative to candles. In fact, use them everywhere at Christmas! I particularly love to add sparkle with smaller star-shaped lights.


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PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILLIP SOWELS, STYLING: HELENA STEELE & BECKI CLARK

Keep seating arrangements casual this Christmas with The New Craft House’s floor cushion

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HOW TO MAKE… A FLOOR CUSHION MATERIALS Q Cotton fabric, 1.5m (1 yrds) Q Cotton fabric for piping, 1m (1yrd) Q Piping cord, 4.5m (4 yrds), 0.5cm ( ") wide Q Matching sewing thread Q Zip, 53cm (207/8") long Q Square cushion pad, 53 x 53cm (207/8 x 207/8"), 15cm (6") deep

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Whether you’re having impromptu drinks at yours, welcoming unexpected guests, or just entertaining friends and family, there’s always a call for extra seating over the festive season. This comfy floor cushion is so handy to have stashed behind a sofa or in a cupboard under the stairs, and gives an informal cosy charm to any gathering. We couldn’t resist trying out Rifle Paper Co’s new fabric range for Cotton and Steel (swoon), and used Tapestry in Rose for a folksy, whimsical feel. It's beautifully finished with navy blue piping which you’ll make yourself, although you can buy ready-made piping from most haberdasheries if you prefer. Use a 1.5cm (5/8") seam allowance throughout the project unless otherwise specified.

01 Cut two 56 x 56cm (221/8 x 221/8") top and bottom pieces, three 56 x 17cm (221/8 x 6 ") side pieces and two 56 x 10cm (221/8 x 4") zip pieces from your main fabric and put to one side. 02 With right sides (RS) together, fold the cut side of your piping fabric over to the selvedge edge to create a triangle shape. Cut along the fold, then cut 5cm (2") wide strips from each side of this cut, so along the bias. You’ll need the combined length of all your strips to come to 4.5m (4 yrds). 03 Sew together half of your bias strips as shown, making sure the long edges line up and the bias of the fabric remains in the same direction. Repeat with the other half to make two long strips. 04 Cut a strip of piping cord to the same length as a bias strip. Fold

the strip around the piping cord with wrong sides (WS) together and sew along the length. Repeat with the second bias strip. 05 Pin one piece of piping around all four sides of the top cushion piece, RS together and aligning the raw edges. Cut into the seam allowance at the corners to help it curve around, then sew, leaving the ends of the piping cord unsewn. 06 Overlap the two ends of the piping cord and cut so they butt up against each other with no overlap. Trim the bias strip so the ends overlap by approximately 8cm (31/8"), then fold over the end of one piece to the WS by 2cm ( "). Position this over the top of the raw edge, then pin in place and sew. 07 Repeat Steps 5-6 with the remaining strip of piping and the bottom cushion piece.


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08 Cut two 35 x 10cm (13 x 4") pieces from your main fabric. Fold each piece in half along the length with WS together and press. Open out, fold over all four edges on each piece to the WS by 1cm (3/8"), press, then fold in half again. Top stitch around all four sides 0.5mm ( ") in from the edge – these will be your two handles. 09 With RS up, place a handle centrally onto one of the side pieces. Pin, leaving some slack in the handle so it’s easy to pick up, then secure by sewing a rectangle roughly 4 x 3cm (15/8 x 1 ") with a cross through the centre (as shown) at either end. Repeat the step with your remaining handle and a second side piece. 10 Pin one side piece with a handle and one without RS together. Sew along one short edge. Sew the

other side piece with a handle onto the remaining short edge of the piece without in the same way to make three sides of your cushion. 11 With RS together, pin the edge of the zip along the length of a zip piece. Sew using a zipper foot. 12 Open the zip, then sew the other half of the zip to your remaining zip piece in the same way. 13 Close the zip, then pin and sew the short ends of the zip piece to the short ends of your cushion side

with RS together to form a loop. Open the zip again. 14 Pin the side piece to the cushion top with RS together, aligning the raw edges and encasing the piping as you go. Using your zipper foot, sew around all four sides, keeping close to the piping. Repeat with the bottom cushion piece. 15 Turn the cushion cover RS out through the zip opening and press. Put your cushion pad inside, then close the zip to finish.

The New Craft House Using traditional craft techniques in a modern way, Hannah and Rosie – the duo behind The New Craft House – share tutorials and inspiration on their website. You can also buy patterns and other goodies, including their latest piped cushion kit. www.thenewcrafthouse.com

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The man bag

PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS , STYLING: HELENA STEELE & BECKI CLARK

Give the gift of style with Hannah Cross’ on-trend crochet backpack

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HOW TO MAKE… A CROCHET BACKPACK MATERIALS Q Rico Creative Cotton Aran, 100% cotton, 50g/85m per ball, nine balls in Pearl Grey (52) Q 4mm (UK 8, US G/6) crochet hook Q Yarn needle Q Leather cross body straps, 2.5cm x 112-135cm (1 x 44-63") Q Two leather buckles with magnetic clasps, 3 x 10cm (1 x 4") Q Three D rings, 2.5cm (1") Q Press stud Q Brown sewing thread Q Sewing needle Q Stitch markers

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TENSION 15 sts and 14 rows to 10cm (4") square ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) ch chain dc double crochet tr treble RS right side BLO work stitch through back loop only FLO work stitch through back loop only FINISHED SIZE Approx. 34 x 36 x 13cm (133/8 x 14 1/8 x 5 ")

If you’ve heard “Can you put this in your bag for me?” one too many times, this rucksack is a must for the man in your life. Not only will he say goodbye to overstuffed pockets, he’ll earn himself some serious style points, and save you carrying round his belongings. Hannah’s slouchy backpack has an easy-going, relaxed feel, with the grey yarn and brown leather strap combo making it a failsafe gift for most. We got our straps, buckles and D rings from www. bag-clasps.co.uk, who stock a range of different colourways, including navy and black. Instructions The bag is made from three crocheted pieces, an identical front and back, and a gusset for the sides and base. Note – ch1 at the

beginning of a row does not count as a st throughout. Front/back (make two) Foundation ch40 Row 1 (RS) (1dc, 1tr) in 2nd ch from hook, *miss 1 st, (1dc, 1tr) in next st; repeat from * to last 2 sts, miss 1 st, 1dc in last st, turn (39 sts) Row 2 ch1, (1dc, 1tr) in 1st st, *(1dc, 1tr) in next dc; repeat from * across, end with 1dc in last dc, turn (39 sts) Rows 3-60 Repeat Row 2 Break yarn and fasten off. Now make side borders on each piece, working in rows along both long edges (row ends) of the front and back, starting with WS facing. Row 1 ch1, work 60dc evenly along the long side, turn (60 sts) Row 2 ch1, 1dc in BLO of each st, turn Row 3 ch1, 1dc in FLO of each


st, turn Row 4 ch1, 1dc in BLO of each st, turn Row 5 ch1, 1dc in FLO of each st, break yarn and fasten off

Row 11 ch1, 49dc, break yarn and fasten off With RS facing, join yarn to unworked side of foundation chain and repeat Rows 1-11.

Gusset Foundation ch170 Row 1 (RS) 1dc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, turn (169 sts) Rows 2-5 ch1, 1dc in each st, turn At the end of Row 5 break yarn and fasten off. Row 6 miss 30 sts and join yarn to next st, ch1, 109dc, turn Row 7 ch1, 109dc, break yarn and fasten off, turn Row 8 miss first 15 sts of Row 7 and join yarn to next st, ch1, 79dc, turn Row 9 ch1, 79dc, break yarn and fasten off, turn Row 10 miss first 15sts of Row 9, ch1, 49dc, turn

Finishing Press all three sections and then weave in all ends. Line up the sides and bottom of the front and back with the gusset using stitch markers. With RS facing up, use three strands of yarn and the 4mm hook to work a dc seam

around the edge, joining the front to the gusset. Repeat with the back to join the back to the gusset. Sew the buckle clasps at the rib edges, two D rings on the back bottom edges and a D ring at the top centre of the back of the bag, using the pictures as a guide. Thread the leather strap through the centre D ring, then join the strap clasps to the bottom two D rings. Open the bag, then sew either side of the press stud to the top inside centre to finish.

Hannah Cross Hannah is the designer, writer, maker, photographer and chief tea maker behind HanJan Crochet. Taught to crochet by her mum, her inability to stick to a pattern – tweaking borders on blankets and edging on garments – led her to creating her own designs. www.hanjancrochet.com

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HOW TO MAKE… A POLAR BEAR MATERIALS ■ White felt ■ Scrap felt in pale pink, pale blue and mint ■ Erasable fabric marker ■ Embroidery thread in white, black, red, pink, pale blue and mint ■ Soft toy stuffing ■ Fabric glue

Straight from the pages of a fairytale, this little polar bear might come from colder climes, but he’s adept at melting hearts. Make for a friend or someone special for Christmas or a birthday – this soft sculpture is too precious to be manhandled by the sticky fingers of a toddler. You could give him as a gift for a newborn though, as these bears are beautiful collector’s pieces. Or, construct your own winter wonderland on a sideboard or shelf for all to admire. 01 Cut out all pattern pieces from the templates on page 98. Cut the body from white felt, adding the

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markings onto the side body pieces using a fabric marker. Cut the ears, tail and leaves from mint felt, and the hearts from blue and pink felt. 02 Place one body piece on top of the underside piece with right sides (RS) together, aligning the edges and making sure either end of the underside piece aligns with the markings. Pin and sew all the way along the underside. 03 Pin the second body piece to the sewn body piece with RS together. Sew from the nose to where the underside joins at the back. 04 With RS facing, pin the underside to the second body piece, aligning the edges and markings. Sew,

starting at the nose and leaving a gap for turning at the back. 05 Turn through to the right side, using a chopstick or similar to push out the legs and nose. 06 Stuff your bear, using smaller pieces and the chopstick to fill the legs and nose firmly, then close up the open seam using ladder stitch. 07 Turn your bear over so the underside is facing up. Fold one leg in towards the body, then sew in place using a few small ladder stitches. Repeat with the other three legs so your bear stands up. 08 Arrange your coloured felt shapes around the bear’s collar using the guide above. Bear in mind


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you’ll be embroidering stems to the hearts, so leave enough space for these between each heart. Pin the shapes in place once you’re happy with the placement. 09 Stick down each shape using fabric glue, then glue the ears and tail in place where marked. If you prefer, you could attach the ears and tail using ladder stitch. 10 Following the guide above, embroider stems from the bottom of the hearts using straight stitch and mint thread, then use straight stitch to add detail to your leaves. 11 Use red thread and straight stitch to add the embroidered flowers. Using straight stitch and mint

thread, stitch tiny accent lines in the gaps all the way around the collar. 12 Knot the end of a length of black thread a few times, then take the needle down on one side of the face and out under the chin to create an eye. Tie a knot to secure, then trim the excess thread. Repeat

on the opposite side for the other eye. Use straight stitch and red thread to add the nose and mouth. 13 Use straight stitch and pink thread to add cheeks below each eye, then use blue thread to make a loop around the snout, sewing in and out of the seam to secure.

Mount Royal Mint As well as creating heirloom toys for Mount Royal Mint, Sabina Gibson also illustrates children’s books. Using needle and thread to tell stories, she brings characters to life with clever photography and settings – we love Little Bird, Be Quiet!, illustrated by Sabina for Kirsten Hall. www.mountroyalmint.com

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Th r Of g Vi g Up your wrap game with Helena Steele’s ideas for pretty pressies

CUT AND STICK Use your festive papers on page 67 as wrap for smaller packages, or opt for plain brown paper for a rustic feel. Experiment with different ribbons and string as well – red and white baker’s twine evokes candy cane stripes, while a length of rich velvet adds a luxe finish.

POM POM PARTY Use a pom pom maker and yarn in contrasting colours to create a trio of mini decorations. Trim the pom poms into shape, leaving a length of yarn for tying, then take three strands of yarn and wrap around the gift. Tie on the pom poms to finish.

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SENT WITH LOVE SEASONAL FOLIAGE Take inspiration from nature and decorate your gifts with foliage. From sprigs of eucalyptus to clusters of berries, you’ll also echo the prints on the papers from this issue. Or, buy your accessories instead – we love Cox and Cox’s copper jingle bells and wooden stars.

DIP-DYED DETAILS Prettify presents by dipping a pine cone in white paint, or by making paper tassels. Fold tissue paper in half along then length, then along the width. Cut the bottom into strips, unfold, and roll along the uncut centre section. Twist the middle to secure, fold in half, then dip-dye the ends to finish.

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HOW TO MAKE… KNITTED SOCKS MATERIALS ■ Stitch & Story The Chunky Wool, 100% merino wool, 100g/65m per ball, two balls in Stone Teal ■ 8mm (UK 0, US 11) knitting needles ■ Tapestry needle TENSION 10 sts and 17 rows to 10cm (4") square over garter stitch on 8mm needles ABBREVATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl k1fb knit into the front and back loop of the next stitch sl1 slip 1 stitch from left needle unworked onto your right needle k2tog knit 2 sts together

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If you’re looking for a handmade gift idea you can squeeze in at the last minute, these snuggly socks are sure to impress. Normally reserved as a classic dad Christmas present, we think everyone deserves to find a pair of these woolly wonders under their tree this year. Worked in a chunky knit yarn, they’re warm, cosy and soft, and best of all, easy to make. Knitted on straight needles, this simple-to-follow pattern is made in a single piece that’s then sewn together, with the cuffs made longer so you can turn them down. Pick the yarn in your choice of colour – Stitch & Story have some gorgeous shades on their website – and adjust the pattern to get the correct size for your chosen toes, then sit back and wait for the compliments to roll in. Instructions The pattern is designed to fit the following women’s shoe sizes: UK 3-4 (US 5-6, EU 35-36.5) UK 5-6 (US 7-8, EU 37.5-39) UK 7-9 (US 9-11, EU 40.5-43) Where the instructions differ

depending on the size of socks you’re knitting, the smallest size is given first, with the others following in brackets, increasing in order of size e.g. 1 (2, 3) sts. Using the long tail method when casting on will ensure the edge is stretchy. The socks are then worked flat from the cuff down with turning at the heel, and the side seam is sewn together. Follow the pattern twice to make left and right socks in the same way. Cuff Cast on 20 (22, 24) sts using long tail method and work in rib stitch as follows: Row 1 *k1, p1, repeat from * to end Repeat 1st row until 12 (13, 14) rows have been completed. Main section The rest of the sock is knitted in garter stitch throughout. Rows 1-10 (11, 12) k to end Heel shaping Row 1 k6, turn, sl1, k4, k1fb [21 (23, 25) sts] Row 2 k to end

Row 3 k6, turn, sl1, k4, k1fb [22 (24, 26) sts] Row 4 k to end Row 5 k6, turn, sl1, k4, k1fb [23 (25, 27) sts] Row 6 k to end Row 7 k6, turn, sl1, k4, k1fb [24 (26, 28) sts] Row 8 k to end Row 9 k6, turn, sl1, k4, k1fb [25 (27, 29) sts] Row 10 k to end Row 11 k6, turn, sl1, k4, k1fb [26 (28, 30) sts] Row 12 k to end Medium (UK 5-6) and large (UK 7-9) sizes carry on as follows: Row 13 k6, turn, sl1, k4, k1fb [29 (31) sts] Row 14 k to end Row 15 k6, turn, sl1, k4, k1fb [30 (32) sts] Row 16 k to end Large size (UK 7-9) carries on as follows: Row 17 k6, turn, sl1, k4, k1fb [33 sts] Row 18 k to end Row 19 k6, turn, sl1, k4, k1fb [34 sts] Row 20 k to end


Decrease for heels All sizes work as follows: Row 1 k2tog, k5, turn, sl1, k5 [25 (29, 33) sts] Row 2 k to end Row 3 k2tog, k5, turn, sl1, k5 [24 (28, 32) sts] Row 4 k to end Row 5 k2tog, k5, turn, sl1, k5 [23 (27, 31) sts] Row 6 k to end Row 7 k2tog, k5, turn, sl1, k5 [22 (26, 30) sts] Row 8 k to end For both medium (UK 5-6) and large (UK 7-9) sizes, carry on the pattern as follows: Row 9 k2tog, k5, turn, sl1, k5 [25, 29 sts] Row 10 k to end Row 11 k2tog, k5, turn, sl1, k5 [24, 28 sts] Row 12 k to end Large size (UK 7-9) carries on as follows: Row 13 k2tog, k5, turn, sl1, k5 [27 sts] Row 14 k to end Row 15 k2tog, k5, turn, sl1, k5 [26 sts] Row 16 k to end

Foot All sizes work as follows: Row 1 k2tog, k18 (20, 22), k2tog [20 (22, 24) sts] Row 2 k to end Row 3 k to end Row 4 k2tog, k16 (18, 20), k2tog [18 (20, 22) sts] Row 5 k to end Row 6 k to end Row 7 k2tog, k14 (16, 18), k2tog [16 (18, 20) sts] Row 8 k to end Row 9 k to end Medium (UK 5-6) and large (UK 7-9) sizes carry on as follows: Row 10 k2tog, k14 (16), k2tog [16 (18) sts] Row 11 k to end Row 12 k to end Large size carries on as follows:

Row 13 k2tog, k14, k2tog [16 sts] Shaping the toe All sizes work as follows: Row 1-4 k to end. Row 5 k2tog all stitches [8 sts] Row 6 k2tog all stitches [4 sts] Finishing Leaving a 60cm (235/8") tail for sewing, cut the yarn. Thread the tail onto the tapestry needle and run it through the 4 sts left on the knitting needle like a drawstring. Remove the knitting needle and draw tight to secure. Using the tapestry needle, sew from the toe along the bottom of the sock all the way to the top of the cuff. Weave in any loose ends on the wrong side.

Stitch & Story Jen and Jenny are Stitch & Story’s co-founders. Funded by The Big Lottery three years ago as young entrepreneurs straight from university, they’re now stocked in John Lewis and Liberty. They’ve even knitted for royalty before – a pair of booties and a bunny for Prince George. www.stitchandstory.com

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HOW TO MAKE… BABY TOYS MATERIALS Q Patterned fabric, six fat quarters (we used a selection from Lewis & Irene’s Flo’s Little Flowers collection) Q Patterned fabric, 0.5m ( yrd) Q Matching sewing thread Q Soft toy filling Q Ribbon, 1.5m (591/8"), 2.5cm (1") wide Q Tailor’s chalk

There’s nothing tiny hands love more than grabbing and investigating, so this soft toy set is a nifty way to keep them entertained. Little ones will love the feel of these squashy shapes, light enough for them to pick up, while toddlers can learn the names of each one as they play. With a matching drawstring bag to tidy them away in, they make the prettiest gift for a newborn, or for baby’s first Christmas. Plus, the handmade touch will definitely earn you brownie points with parents. 01 Cut out all toy pattern pieces using the templates on page 98 (templates include the 0.5cm ( ") seam allowance used throughout), then pin to your fat quarters and cut out. Use the chalk to mark the turning through area onto the wrong side (WS) of one fabric piece for each of the shapes.

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02 To make the pyramid, place two triangles with right sides (RS) together and pin, then sew along one side. Repeat with the second set of triangles, then press the seams open. Place the triangle pairs RS together and sew both sides, then press the seams open. Trim the seam allowance at the top. 03 Open up the pyramid shape. Pin the square piece onto the base with RS together, lining up the triangle seams with the corners of the square. Sew around the base of the triangle, leaving the marked section open for turning. 04 Trim the seam allowance on the bottom corners of the triangle and turn RS out. Push out the corners gently with a knitting needle or similar then stuff firmly. Neatly slip stitch the gap closed. 05 To make the ball, pin two oval pieces with RS together and sew along one side. Pin a third section

along one of the unsewn sides, again with RS together, and sew. 06 Repeat Step 5 with the remaining oval pieces, attaching the marked section for turning last. 07 Place one of the sewn sections inside the other with RS together and pin. Sew around the circumference leaving the marked section open, then turn RS out through the hole. Push out the curves gently and stuff firmly, then slip stitch the gap closed. 08 To make the cylinder, fold the rectangle in half along the length with RS together and short edges aligned. Sew the short edges, leaving the marked section unsewn, then press the seam open. 09 Pin the circle piece onto the base of the cylinder with RS together and raw edges aligned. Sew, then repeat with the remaining circle at the other end of the cylinder. Turn RS out, then push


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rectangles, and sewing along the length of the rectangles. 13 To make the drawstring bag, fold the 0.5m ( yrd) of fabric in half along the width with WS together. Measure 7.5cm (3") down from the top of the material on each side and mark with the chalk. Sew from the mark to the folded base of the bag using a 0.5cm ( ") seam allowance, then trim as close to the seam as possible. Turn the bag WS out and press the seams open. 14 Sew a second seam either side, the same length as the first one,

enclosing the first seam inside the second seam. Turn RS out. 15 Fold a double hem on the 7.5cm (3") unsewn sections at the top of the bag and sew in place. 16 Fold the top of the bag to the WS by 3.5cm (13/8"), then again by 3.5cm (13/8"). Press, then sew along the base of the hem to create a channel for the ribbon to be pulled through. Repeat on the other side of the bag, then feed the length of ribbon through both channels. Sew the ribbon ends together, then pull tight to close.

Tina O’Rourke Tina is a crafter and writer living on the West coast of Ireland with her husband, two Springer Spaniels and two cats. She made her first quilt at 11 and designed most of her clothes as a teenager, but her passion is sewing dolls and toys – find patterns and tutorials on her site. www.missdaisypatterns.com

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HOW TO MAKE… CROCHET CHRISTMAS TREES MATERIALS ■ Anchor Pearl Cotton 5 thread, 100% cotton, 5g/21m per skein, one skein in 310 (Yarn D) ■ For the pink tree: one skein each in 23 (Yarn A), 27 (Yarn B), 77 (Yarn C) ■ For the coral tree: one skein each in 926 (Yarn A), 301 (Yarn B), 303 (Yarn C) ■ For the yellow tree: one skein each in 2 (Yarn A), 8 (Yarn B), 11 (Yarn C) ■ 1.25mm (US steel 10) crochet hook ■ Soft toy filling ■ Embellishments (we used star buttons, micro-mini buttons and seed beads) ■ Stitch markers ■ Tapestry needle

TENSION Tension isn’t too important, but make sure your stitches are fairly tight to prevent any stuffing showing through ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) ch chain dc double crochet RS right side ss slip stitch dc2tog double crochet two together BLO work stitch through back loop only FLO work stitch through front loop only Magic ring to make a magic ring, hold the thread in your hand and wrap working yarn around forefinger twice to create ring, slip ring off your

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Everything is so much better in miniature, from fun-sized chocolate bars (you’re allowed to eat more) to these scaled-down Christmas trees and their teeny tiny button trimmings. Use them as fun table decorations, create a festive display on your sideboard or mantelpiece, or make them as sweet stocking fillers to give to friends and family. Each tree top uses three different threads in varying shades to give a pretty ombre effect. You can echo this look with your own choice of colours, or use variegated thread to create a similar feel. Instructions Each tree is made up from a base and a cone shape, both made in the round in a continuous spiral, then joined together with crab stitch. Don’t join at the end of each round – instead, use a stitch marker to show the start of each round. Making the base Work from bottom upwards. Using Yarn D, start with a magic ring and work in a continuous spiral Round 1 ch1 (does not count as st), 7dc in ring, pull ring tight [7 sts] Round 1 2dc in each st around [14 sts] Round 2 (1dc in next st, 2dc in next


st) seven times [21 sts] Round 3 (1dc in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in the next st) seven times [28 sts] Round 4 working into the BLO (1dc in each of next 5 sts, dc2tog) four times [24 sts] Round 5 1dc in each st around Change to Yarn C Round 6 working into the FLO (1dc in each of next 3 sts, 2dc in next st) six times [30 sts] Round 7 (1dc in each of next 4 sts, 2dc in next st) six times [36 sts] Round 8 (1dc in each of next 5 sts, 2dc in next st) six times [42 sts] Round 9 (1dc in each of next 6 sts, 2dc in next st) six times [48 sts] Take the hook out of the working loop but don’t close it. Cut the yarn, leaving a 7cm (2 ") length. Making the cone Work from the top downwards. Using Yarn A, start with a magic ring and work in a continuous spiral Round 1 ch1 (does not count as st, 6dc in ring, pull ring tight [6 sts] Round 2 1dc in each st around Round 3 (1dc in next st, 2dc in next st) three times [9 sts] Round 4 1dc in each st around Round 5 (1dc in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in next st) three times [12 sts] Round 6 1dc in each st around Round 7 (1dc in each of next 3 sts,

2dc in next st) three times [15 sts] Round 8 1dc in each st around Round 9 (1dc in each of next 4 sts, 2dc in next st) three times [18 sts] Round 10 1dc in each st around Change to Yarn B Round 11 (1dc in each of next 5 sts, 2dc in next st) three times [21 sts] Change to Yarn A Round 12 1dc in each st around Change to Yarn B Round 13 (1dc in each of next 6 sts, 2dc in next st) three times [24 sts] Round 14 1dc in each st around Round 15 (1dc in each of next 7 sts, 2dc in next st) three times [27 sts] Round 16 1dc in each st around Round 17 (1dc in each of next 8 sts, 2dc in next st) three times [30 sts] Round 18 1dc in each st around Round 19 (1dc in each of next 9 sts, 2dc in next st) three times [33 sts] Round 20 1dc in each st around Change to Yarn C Round 21 (1dc in each of next 10 sts, 2dc in next st) three times [36 sts] Change to Yarn B Round 22 1dc in each st around Change to Yarn C Round 23 (1dc in each of next 11 sts, 2dc in next st) three times [39 sts] Round 24 1dc in each st around Round 25 (1dc in each of next 12 sts, 2dc in next st) three times

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MAKES

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 www.molliemakes.com YOUR FREE GIFT TEMPLATE BY MINI-ECO; PAPERS BY OLD ENGLISH COMPANY PAGE 7 01

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MATERIALS Q Cutting mat Q Scalpel Q Scissors Q Glue Q Pencil Q Ruler 01 Take a sheet of paper and lay it right side down on the cutting

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mat. Place the wooden cracker template on top, aligning the edges of the paper with the edges of the template. 02 Draw around the template with a pencil, including the cut out diamond sections. 03 Remove the template and cut along the zigzag edges with scissors. Use the scalpel to

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cut out the diamond sections, cutting away from your body. 04 Score lines onto the paper with the blunt side of the scalpel, using the dash lines on the template as a guide. 05 Fold along the scored lines and roll the cracker into shape. 06 Fill the cracker with a few of the confetti pieces, then carefully

find mini cracker gifts on page 33

apply glue along one long edge on the inside of the cracker. 07 Roll up the cracker, bringing the two long edges together, and stick them in place. 08 Using your twine, tie a neat bow at one side of the cracker barrel, making sure the confetti stays inside. Cut the twine, then repeat at the other end to finish.

Thank you for making this project from Mollie Makes. We have requested specific permission from designers so that you can recreate and sell selected projects from this issue on the following conditions. Just look for this icon. You can individually hand-make as many as you wish of our labelled projects, to sell either for yourself, your local event or to raise money for charity. You cannot sell in shops (online or otherwise) and you cannot go into mass production, which means you cannot manufacture in large quantities, especially by machine. Selling photocopies of any part of this magazine, its kits or supplements is prohibited. We don’t mind if you make a copy of the templates for a friend but please do not make any part of the templates or instructions available to others through your website or a third party website, or copy it multiple times without our permission. Please respect one another’s copyright.

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MAKES Leave open for turning & stuffing

BABY TOYS BY TINA O’ROURKE PAGE 89

Pyramid Shape Cut triangle x 4 Cut square x 1 Pattern includes 1/4” seam allowance

Photocopy at 200%

Drawstring bag and soft toys

Pyramid Cut 1 Leave open for turning & stuffing

Drawstring bag and soft toys FIND FULL SIZE TEMPLATES ON molliemakes.com

Cuboid Shape Cut square x 2

Cuboid Cut rectangle by 4 Cut 1/4” 2 seam allowance Pattern includes

Pyramid Cut 4

Note: with this pattern either print out twice to be able to cut out the square and rectangle separately or trace the square on to another piece of paper before cutting out the rectangle

Leave open for turning & stuffing

Cuboid Cut 4

Ball Shape Cut x 6 Pattern includes 1/4” seam allowance

Ball Cut 6

Leave open for turning & stuffing

Leave open for turning & stuffing

Cube Shape Cut x 6 Pattern includes 1/4” seam allowance

Cylinder Shape Cut circle x 2 Cut rectangle x 1 Pattern includes 1/4” seam allowance

Cylinder Note: with this pattern either print out twice Cutthe 2 square and circle to be able to cut out separately or trace the square on to another piece of paper before cutting out the circle.

Cube Cut 6

Drawstring bag and soft toys

Drawstring bag and soft toys Cylinder Cut 1 Place on the fold of the fabric Place on the fold of the fabric

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MAKES

FELT ANIMAL DECORATIONS BY ANASTASIA TELEGEY PAGE 18

Bear head Cut 2

Bear body Cut 2

Bear ear Cut 2 Bear face Cut 1 Bear arm Cut 4

Bear nose Cut 1

Bear scarf Cut 1

Reindeer nose Cut 1

Reindeer head Cut 2

Reindeer face Cut 1

Reindeer ear Cut 2

Reindeer body Cut 2

Reindeer dots Cut 6 Reindeer antlers Cut 2

Reindeer ear Cut 2

Place on the fold of the fabric

Penguin scarf Cut 1

Thank you for making this project from Mollie Makes. We have requested specific permission from designers so that you can recreate and sell selected projects from this issue on the following conditions. Just look for this icon. You can individually hand-make as many as you wish of our labelled projects, to sell either for yourself, your local event or to raise money for charity. You cannot sell in shops (online or otherwise) and you cannot go into mass production, which means you cannot manufacture in large quantities, especially by machine. Selling photocopies of any part of this magazine, its kits or supplements is prohibited. We don’t mind if you make a copy of the templates for a friend but please do not make any part of the templates or instructions available to others through your website or a third party website, or copy it multiple times without our permission. Please respect one another’s copyright.

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MAKES

FELT ANIMAL DECORATIONS BY ANASTASIA TELEGEY PAGE 18

Penguin nose Cut 1 Penguin body Cut 2 Penguin leg Cut 2

Penguin face and tummy Cut 2

POLAR BEAR

C A

BY MOUNT ROYAL MINT PAGE 76

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Heart Cut 4

Ear Cut 2

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Underside Cut 1 Side body Cut 2

Leaf Cut 4

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D B

Tail Cut 1

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MAKES

DRESSING GOWN

FIND FULL SIZE TEMPLATES ON molliemakes.com

BY H & SAMMY PAGE 38 Photocopy at 400%

Template diagram

Waistline

Sleeve front Cut 2

Sleeve back Cut 2

Place on the fold Waistline

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MAKES

DRESSING GOWN BY H & SAMMY PAGE 38 Photocopy at 400%

Tie casing Cut 2

Attach the two back pieces along the dotted line to make one template

Tie Cut 2

Back Cut 1

Back Attach the two back pieces along the dotted line to make one template

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MAKES Attach the two front pieces along the dotted line to make one template

DRESSING GOWN BY H & SAMMY PAGE 38 Photocopy at 400%

Front

Front Cut 2

Attach the two front pieces along the dotted line to make one template

Neck band Cut 2

Attach the two neck band pieces along the dotted line to make one template

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Neck band

Attach the two neck band pieces along the dotted line to make one template

Thank you for making this project from Mollie Makes. We have requested specific permission from designers so that you can recreate and sell selected projects from this issue on the following conditions. Just look for this icon. You can individually hand-make as many as you wish of our labelled projects, to sell either for yourself, your local event or to raise money for charity. You cannot sell in shops (online or otherwise) and you cannot go into mass production, which means you cannot manufacture in large quantities, especially by machine. Selling photocopies of any part of this magazine, its kits or supplements is prohibited. We don’t mind if you make a copy of the templates for a friend but please do not make any part of the templates or instructions available to others through your website or a third party website, or copy it multiple times without our permission. Please respect one another’s copyright.

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Visit Crafting Live at Peterborough Arena on 11th & 12th November There are over 50 Exhibitors, 3000 Make and Takes, plus your chance to meet Stephanie and Nancy as well as many more Create and Craft Celebrities. For more info and to get your tickets, visit: www.craftinglive.co.uk


Writer Momtaz Begum-Hossain on travelling the world through craft

Name: Momtaz Begum-Hossain Occupation: Writer, presenter and crafter

By the time this issue hits the shelves I’ll be on route to my 13th country of 2016. Every nation has its own unique crafts and my aim is to find out about them. Some of my discoveries include fish scale jewellery in India, felt creatures in Nepal, flip-flop making in Kenya, mosaics in Morocco, natural dyeing in Bali and silk production in Thailand. The latter was an eye-opener. As a vegetarian, I was concerned about the ethics and the use of silkworms, but by the end of my visit I felt better informed and even had a go.

every nation has its own unique crafts and my aim is to find out about them Rickshaw art being made at a workshop in Bangladesh

Momtaz had always wanted to visit Guatemala, full of colourful textiles

Learning about crafts while travelling is a great way to meet people. In Hawaii I met a woman finishing a quilt her grandmother started 100 years ago and in Bangladesh I visited Tangail, a village where everyone makes for a living. Shopping is essential. I always buy something to support local artisans. My collection includes wall hangings from Mexico, a cushion from Turkey and furniture from Guatemala. I can’t wait to see what I’ll discover next.

Currents Follow Momtaz’s adventures and share your own crafty travels on her blog, www.craftandtravel.com. You can also keep up with her on Instagram @crafttravel

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Eating: Hoppers – Sri Lankan bowl-shaped crepes, a yummy alternative to rice. Reading: They Didn’t Teach THIS in Worm School! by Simone Lia – a hilarious illustrated story. Listening to: Suede’s Night Thoughts – my album of the year.


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