Friday, 30 September 2016

Upcoming Class: Make a Felt Baby Mobile

As you might remember, I'm teaching some sewing classes at The Village Haberdashery in London this autumn.

On Saturday 29th October we'll be making rainbows...

... and happy little felt suns...

... and lots of clouds, then combining them all to make weather-themed baby mobiles!

All the materials you'll need to make the mobile will be provided in the class fee. After learning how to make all the pieces and assemble the mobile, you'll get a copy of the pattern to take home so you can make more mobiles or cute things like rainbow brooches.

(It took me a while to perfect my rainbow-making method - I'm so pleased with how they turned out!)

Click here for the full details of the baby mobile class, and to sign up. 

This autumn I'm also teaching classes on making a felt autumn wreath, and colourful Christmas ornaments inspired by vintage baubles - click here to see all the upcoming classes at The Village Haberdashery.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Have a Very Mollie Makes Christmas

The third edition of Mollie Makes Christmas is out now!

This year's edition of this festive bookazine contains over 100 crafty projects - gifts to make, festive decorating ideas, and more.

Did you spot a familiar little birdie on the cover...?

Yup, it's my Partridge & Pear wreath! (The wreath originally appeared in Mollie Makes #59).

It's lovely to see the wreath back in print, and peeking out from newsagent shelves once more. It was a total joy seeing the wreaths people made popping up on social media - if you make one this year (or even just a partridge or pear ornament) do let me know!

My wreath is in excellent company as the mag is jam-packed with fab, crafty projects from past issues of Mollie Makes.


I especially love this blanket cape...

... and these snowy mountain mittens!

There are also some exclusive notecards and gift tags to use for your winter gifting. 

Mollie Makes Christmas is in newsagents now, or you can buy it online here. The digital edition is available from Apple Newsstand (in the Mollie Makes app under ‘Special Editions’).

Thanks to the team at Mollie Makes for sending me a contributor copy of the mag! xxx

Monday, 26 September 2016

How To: Embroidered Felt Snow Globe Ornament Tutorial

After embroidering a snow globe, I simply had to turn it into a Christmas ornament!

embroidered snow globe ornament

Wanna make your own snow globe ornament? Click here for the free snow globe embroidery pattern. 

Follow the steps in that post to embroider the design on your chosen felt. I used white embroidery thread (floss) and royal blue felt. Your finished embroidery will look something like this:

snow globe embroidery

Remove the felt from the embroidery hoop and carefully cut out the design, leaving a small border of felt around the edge of the stitching.

making an embroidered snow globe ornament

Then use this shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece of felt.

making an embroidered snow globe ornament

Cut a length of co-ordinating narrow ribbon, about 7 inches long. Fold the ribbon into a loop and sew it to the backing shape. Use matching sewing thread and whip stitches, taking care to sew into the felt not through it.

adding a ribbon loop to the snow globe ornament

Place the front and back of the ornament together and sew around the edge with more matching thread and whip stitch or blanket stitch.

finishing the snow globe ornament

If you want, you could stuff the ornament lightly with toy stuffing for a 3D effect similar to these embroidered baubles, but I decided to keep mine flat.

embroidered snow globe ornament
 embroidered felt snow globe

This tutorial is for personal use only: you can use it to stitch as many felt ornaments as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a photo or two if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my post or share the pattern itself on your site. Thanks!

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embroidered snow globe felt ornament tutorial

Friday, 23 September 2016

Childhood Crafting: Sylvanian Families Furniture

As well as making felt fashions and lots of mini fake food for our Sylvanian Families when we were kids, we also decorated our homemade Sylvanian houses with handmade furniture. Here are some of the things I made for mine (recently rediscovered in a box in our attic).

Kitchen cabinets and an oven!


Shelves made from matchboxes, old tissue boxes and the trays from chocolate boxes; beds made from card with faux-woodgrain sticky back plastic headboards; mini cupcake cases for lampshades; off-cuts of carpet and fluffy fabric for doormats; a sofa made from tights packaging; and pillows made from scrap fabric sewn round cotton wool balls.

I think you would call this look "recycling box chic". I had a big box in the bottom of my wardrobe full of little cardboard boxes and other stuff I thought might come in handy for making stuff... and this is the sort of stuff it became.

The kitchen units are particularly adorable. The happy hours that must have gone into making them!

The counter-tops are made with off-cuts of vinyl flooring from my parents' DIY projects, and the cupboards are all decorated with faux woodgrain sticky back plastic.

The oven has an extractor hood (another bit of vinyl flooring) and cardboard hot plates on the hob (there were originally four, one seems to have fallen sometime in the past 25 years). The doorknobs are brass fasteners from the stationery department and the doors open and close.

The cabinet is made from an old toothpaste box, the drawers in the cabinet are made from two matchboxes stuck together...

... and there's a matching chopping board, too (made from a rectangle of vinyl covered in yet more sticky back plastic).

The kitchen sink is a little cardboard box lined with foil and sunk into the top of the cabinet. The foil looks quite thin (not like kitchen/baking foil), so I guess I must have saved it from something like a KitKat.

Who needs a store-bought dollshouse when you have a fancy kitchen like that?

Missed my earlier posts about this box of treasures? Click here to see my Sylvanian Families collection, and here to see the food and fashions we made for our Sylvanians when we were kids. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

100 Gift Wrapping Ideas, Part One: From Pompoms to Hydrangeas to Old Photo Negatives!

I recently set myself a challenge, to share 100 crafty gift wrapping ideas over the coming weeks and months. And... I've just completed the first 10 ideas! Hurrah!

collage of gift wrapping ideas

I know I'm only a little way through this challenge, but I'm really enjoying it so far and I hope you guys are too.

I've started with a plain, brown paper parcel each time. I love the simplicity of brown paper (it's a great blank canvas!) but you could use any plain gift wrap you fancy.

1. Pompoms.

gifts decorated with pompoms

2. Beads.

parcel decorated with wooden beads and yarn

3. Lavender & Washi Tape.

gifts decorated with polkadot washi tape and lavender

4. Buttons.

parcels decorated with pastel buttons

5. Hydrangeas.

brown paper parcel with a hydrangea bloom as a gift topper
three gifts decorated with hydrangea blooms

6. Painted Leaves.

simple parcels decorated with painted leaves

7. Feathers. 

parcel decorated with colourful craft feathers

8. Woven Threads. 

parcel wrapped with a grid of woven threads

9. Yarn. 

gifts wrapped with bright and colourful yarn scraps

10. Photo Negatives. 

parcel decorated with old photo negatives

And now... my challenge continues! You can follow along on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I'm sharing the gift wrapping ideas under the hashtag #100giftwrappingideas as I slowly work my way up to 100.

You'll also find lots of creative gift wrapping ideas in my archive of free crafty tutorials (scroll down to the bottom of the page, you'll find card and gift wrap ideas below the Christmas tutorials).

For even more crafty goodness, check out my books: Super-Cute Felt and Super-Cute Felt Animals.

100 Gift Wrapping Ideas: Part One

Monday, 19 September 2016

Free Christmas Embroidery Pattern: Stitch a Snow Globe!

If you've been reading my blog for a while - or if you've visited my archive of free crafty tutorials lately - you might remember the felt snow globe ornament tutorial I shared a few years ago.

When I was working on that I thought "ooh, this would make a lovely embroidery pattern, too!"... and it's only taken three years to get it stitched and shared on my blog! Hurrah! Better late than never, right??

snow globe embroidery

You'll find the free pattern at the bottom of this post. 

 snow globe embroidery

Here's how I stitched my snow globe...

I traced the pattern (excluding the snowflakes) onto a piece of white tissue paper with a fine black pen. I stretched a piece of blue felt in an embroidery hoop and used large tacking stitches to hold the pattern in place in the centre of the felt.

stitching a snow globe using a tissue paper pattern

Following the lines of the pattern, I used half strands of white embroidery thread (floss) and backstitch to embroider the design. Remember to use small stitches when you sew round curves!

When I'd finished stitching, I removed the tacking threads and carefully tore away the tissue paper.

snow globe embroidery in progress

Then I filled in the sky with snowflakes, creating each snowflake from four overlapping stitches.

embroidering snow flakes

Ta-DA! One embroidered snow globe.

finished snow globe embroidery

This embroidery pattern is for non commercial use only: you can use it to stitch as many snow globes as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a few photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my post or share the pattern itself on your site. Thanks!

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Click here to view the pattern, then print it at 100%. I've included a scale line so you can see if your pattern has printed out at the "correct" size, but of course you can enlarge or reduce the pattern slightly if you prefer.

free snow globe embroidery pattern

You could also sew a cross stitch snow globe...

cross stitch snowglobe felt ornament

... or make felt snow globe ornaments!

felt snow globe Christmas ornaments

free snowglobe embroidery pattern