Mollie Makes Gift Guide: 50 Top Books, Part 1

Though so much has moved online in the world of crafty inspiration, there will always be a special place in every creative’s heart for a beautifully produced magazine or book. If you’re stuck for a gift (or want to hint for yourself), these are our faves, divided into ten crafty disciplines for your shopping ease. Today, the first 25.

Crafty Gatherings, Part III

Presenting our latest round up of Christmas craft events:

DIY Scandinavian inspired star garland

More red, blue and white love for you, Scandi fans! Here’s a little extra tutorial to accompany your issue 8, in shops now. The fabulous Ez from Creature Comforts is here today to share this gorgeous take on a Christmas garland with us. Over to you, Ez.

This project was inspired by the sweet simplicity of Scandinavian holiday decor and I really love how it turned out. You can hang these vertically, drape them horizontally, or even use them to adorn gifts! I hope you’ll have as much fun making these as I did (maybe you’ll even make extras to give as presents).

Christmas star garland

Christmas craft fairs this weekend

Ah, the atmosphere at a good Christmas fair! Bustling shoppers, mulled wine and lots of delighted faces at the prospect of getting the festive shopping done. A few of us on the team have taken a handmade pledge this year to only buy gifts from independent or local designer makers and your nearest fair is the perfect place to seek these people out and guarantee your gifts aren’t delayed in the post. Win win.

Our round up of events taking place this weekend:
Got Craft? Tooting Tram and Social. Started in Vancouver BC in 2007, the Got Craft? fair now comes to Blighty. Their tagline is ‘Because mall is a four-letter word’. Love it

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!

Mollie Makes issue 8 templates

Your project templates for Mollie Makes issue 8 are ready to download

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