Video tutorial: How to make a book bag

How to make handmade bags from vintage books | Mollie Makes

How many of you have seen the fabric book covers in issue nine? Our vintage fabric covers help to keep your books looking gorgeous when you’re on the go. Well, we’re not ones to rest on our laurels so we’ve sourced another idea for you, and we’re sure you’ll like it. This time instead of covering up your book, you use the book to make a bag. Crafty, thrifty and downright ingenious, we say. We saw this on curbly and we had to share it with you… Read more to find out how to make this vintage book bag and to link to curbly’s video tutorial below.

Here’s what you need to get started…

Moodboard Monday: Watching the clock

The countdown starts here… Mollie Makes issue ten will be on the newsstands this Thursday. Hurrah! Oh, what’s that, you can’t wait that long? You’re in luck… We can help the week fly by with our timely selection of clocks. Read more for details on the makers and stockists…

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How to make tiny notebooks

Tiny scraps of paper can be transformed into mini notebooks, which are perfect to pop in your purse. We all have to own up the fact that we’ve collected piles of paper which are too special for wrapping presents, but we knew would come in handy one day. Try making these diddy notebooks, designed by Amy Karol, author of Break the Rules Sewing. Click over the page to find out more…

How to make a sewing machine cover

New Year, new style for your trusted sewing machine. Not the prettiest of craft room accessories, but with a made-to-measure sewing machine cover, your old friend can be transformed from frumpy accessory to a thing of beauty you’ll want on display. And if it’s on display, you’ll use it more, which is, come to think of it, a great New Year’s Resolution… Over to Candace Todd from Sparkle Power to show you how to make this thrifty sewing machine cover…

DIY gift: Fairy walnut presents

Keep the magic of Christmas going that little bit longer for the tiny tots in your life with this sparkly and sweet idea from Helen Bird over at Curly Birds. Hiding a present inside a walnut means a little effort for a big impact – these are the moments that stick in a child’s festive memories. Too cute not to share. Over to you Helen!

My blog is devoted to crafts for children and the art of play. The blog and small line of children’s play accessories are aptly named for my sweet, curly-haired twin girls. I put these sweet walnut presents into the bottom of my girls’ (and their cousins) stockings this year. They’re a little magic and ever so special.

Free crochet flowers pattern

Here’s a new skill to learn over Christmas: crochet! We know how much you loved these beauties from issue 3, so Carmen Heffernan is back to share the crochet love with even more of you online. Merry Christmas!

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Mollie Makes meets: Eline Pellinkhof

Dutch design just makes us swoon. Simple as. Today, we’re super-excited to interview Eline Pellinkhof, crafter, designer and illustrator extraordinaire, and get a peek behind the scenes of her latest book, Eline’s Winterhuis. 

Photo by Hans Guldemond