A quick Christmas banner

We know, we know. We’re not even in December yet, but let’s give ourselves plenty of time to get our Christmas projects finished, before it’s actually upon us.

Today’s blog post comes to you from the lovely Jenny Warner, who appeared in Mollie Makes issue 6’s My Space. She’s put together a tutorial for a Christmas version of the banner featured on that page. Over to you Jenny…
I tend to use only vintage things for most of my makes. It’s usually very cheap and I have plenty of old things in our house! But you could easily use last year’s Christmas cards or nice wrapping paper backed with thin card. I used an old, thrifted Ladybird book for this banner. You’ll see if you look at my Flickr stream that I’m always trying to make things the quickest way possible and I hate measuring!

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Thrifty Thursdays: Host your own craft weekend

Though we love running about town seeking out creative adventures, sometimes home comforts are just the ticket. With winter on us and cash spread a little thin, it’s the perfect time to get your trackie bums on, dig out your existing supplies and host your own craft weekend. Just what we did last weekend in fact! Read on for our top tips.

Clear a space Pretty obvs, but give yourselves plenty of room to make a mess. Clear a dining room or kitchen table and pull up a chair.
Gather your materials Have a think about what you want to make in the run-up to your craft day and put a little kit together so you’re not carting around your entire craft stash at once. You’ll get tons more done this way too as the decision-making process gets reduced drastically!

How to make felt coffee cosies

We’ve seen a bundle (is that a good collective noun for these?) of our cover star tea cosies knitted up this month, but perhaps we can interest you in a little something different for your coffee? We couldn’t resist sharing this tutorial with you from our namesake, ‘Molly’s Sketchbook’ on The Purl Bee.

To make 16 felt cosies:
One fuscia felt bundle – available from Purl Soho or choose some colours from your local haberdashery
100% cotton thread

Mollie Makes issue 7

Heart-warming projects, Christmas ideas and more!
Issue 7 is packed with fun and cosy projects to make, home ideas and Christmas inspiration. Projects include a pretty patchwork pillow, designer brooch and an exclusive Felt Mistress monster.

How to make a felt beard

With mankind buzzing about Movember and Novembeard, we feel the ladies should be able to join in too. Introducing Erin Dollar, the woman who wears a beard rather well. 

Here’s how to make your own woolly whiskers. 
Two 8″×12″ pieces craft felt, any colour
Thread in matching colour
1 yard grosgrain ribbon, cut in half 18″ each
Needle or sewing machine
Straight pins

Ready for a craft off?

Not that we’re competitive or anything, but we’ll race you to this cool event in Nottingham run by Spinster’s Emporium and Merrimaking on Sunday night. Just get a team together and psyche yourself up for an evening of outdoing all others. No skills necessary – sticky back plastic, feathers and glitter provided. Vivid imagination essential.
We just love the poster illustration too, courtesy of the very talented Jen McHugh.

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