5 tips for running a craft business

Sometimes running a creative business on your own can be a bit overwhelming, especially during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas period. Melanie Chadwick shares 5 tips for running a craft business. Is there a recipe for success for this screenprinter? Let’s find out.

Mollie Makes issue 21

Get your crafty mitts on the latest issue! Mollie Makes issue 21 is jam-packed with merry projects, including owl wrist warmers (snug!), festive Robin badges, felt bow rings and a woodland collar to top-off your best outfit

Mollie Makes Christmas book

Everyone’s a budding author these days and we’re no different! We’re thrilled to reveal our first ever book!  

 

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…

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.

Christmas origami decoration

Vintage papers come into their own with this sweet and delicate demo. Today’s guest-blogger, Sarah Fielke is primarily a quilter, teacher and fabric designer with three books to her name including Material Obsession, but like most of us, she dabbles in a few crafts. This one makes the most of old books – or you could even use Christmas wrapping paper.

Moodboard Monday: Your Mollie-inspired decorations

If you weren’t feeling all that festive yet, you are now.

Mollie Makes Gift Guide: 50 Top Books, Part 2

Following on from Part 1 over the weekend, here’s our second instalment of the crafty books we think would please any creative bod this Christmas! There’s still time to shop the following…

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.

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