Thrifty Thursday: Vintage tins for spring

Spring is most definitely in the air. And once that happens it feels like the right time to bring more colour into our lives…grab a bunch of blooms or plant up some bulbs in an old tin… the rustier the better seems to work for spring flowers…

Sewing pattern: How to make a pillowcase bag

Today’s Tutorial Tuesday brings you a beginner’s essential. It’s thrifty, it’s quick, and so useful around the home. Roslyn Russell from Sew Delicious has dropped by our blog today to share her tips on making a drawstring bag from a vintage pillowcase…

Thrifty Thursday: Notebook cover

Cheap, chic and incredibly cute. Today’s thrifty make is the brainwave of Mary Jane Baxter, author of Chic on a Shoestring. With the help of a colour photocopier and a piece of her hand-stitched patchwork, Mary’s created this crafty notebook cover…

How to make a fabric flower hair band

Everyone needs something pretty in their hair from time to time, and a cute hairband will always do the job. We’ve invited Duni Buesken over from Duni Studio to take us through this cute flower headband…

Thrifty Thursday: Cupcake cases

It’ll soon be Easter and we’ve been looking for ways to decorate our homes for spring. So, how about this? There seems to be a whole movement dedicated to crafty pretties made from none other than – yes! – cupcake wrappers. Perfect for adding to gift wrap or to decorate the home for a special occasion. Most of us have some cupcake cases stashed away at the back of our kitchen cupboards, so call this a cost-free and thrifty project.

Vintage makeovers

You’ve tracked down the elusive vintage dress that actually fits, your home’s got just the right mix of retro and modern, and you love old movies as much as you love Mollie Makes. But what next, if you really want to live the vintage lifestyle? How about getting yourself a whole new hair and make-up look, based on pin-ups from the past. Lipstick and Curls are the go-to ladies for amazing makeovers. So if you want to look like this (and who wouldn’t?), read more…

Easter knitting patterns: Cute rabbits

We love bunnies more than ever at this time of year, and we’ve invited Claire Garland of Dot Pebbles to hop on over to us to share her felted rabbit pattern with Mollie Makes. There’s plenty of time to make a whole happy family of these before Easter…

Moodboard Monday: Doilies

Doilies and spring time go together like Easter and bunnies, and we’re feeling inspired by Donna Bramhall’s sweater makeover in issue 12 of Mollie Makes. Donna has used doilies to transform a plain top, but we can’t stop with clothing. We’ve got lots of doilies tucked away in drawers just waiting to have their moment. Try these ideas for adding prettiness to your home…

Mollie Makes issue 12

Step into spring with our Simple Pleasures issue by your side and you’ll never be short of inspiration. Our latest issue features seven great projects. Set a table for Easter with Susie Johnson’s quirky egg cosies. And while you’ve got your needles out, what about a pair of baby slippers designed by Caroline de Hugo. We’ve two fab crochet patterns – our free gift is a crochet flower brooch. Or, for a home style injection of the crochet kind, cover a stool seat. Plus, Donna Bramhall has dropped by to show us how to transform a plain white sweatshirt with thrifted doilies. Nicki Trench demonstrates how to make an apron from vintage traycloths. If you just want to relax and enjoy the spring sunshine, we’ve plenty of good reads too.

How to make a simple felt iPad cover

If you’re the proud owner of an ipad, a kindle or any type of smartphone, you’ll know even gadgets need a bit of tender loving care. And being as we love just about any kind of cosy here at Mollie Makes, how about this sweet and practical felt ipad cover, designed by Stefanie and Erin from Oh So Lovely Vintage. They’re co-hosting the blog today to show you how to make this felt gadget case. It’s the only way to accessorise your ipad, apart from a digital edition of Mollie Makes, that is…