Issue 5 of One Thimble Sewing E-Zine

Introducing the ‘One Thimble’ Sewing E-zine

A little while ago I was introduced to a fantastic digital magazine called One Thimble. It’s created by Jen, the seriously talented pattern designer behind Ainslee Fox. Jen spent years looking for a magazine that had a range of sewing patterns, articles about sewing, and tips on running a handmade business. And in 2013 she gave up the search and took the plunge. One Thimble was born!

Issue 5 of One Thimble Magazine

Issue 5 has just been released and it’s a bumper First Anniversary edition. Bigger than ever before, it contains over 15 PDF patterns, 25 articles and 20 discount codes for many of the contributing businesses. And the best part is that it’s in digital format, so you can save the PDF file to any of your devices for easy reference! And there’s no need to wait for it to arrive in your letter box!

Issue 5 of One Thimble Sewing E-Zine

But why do I love One Thimble? Well, it’s a great read! It introduces the reader to new pattern makers, clever creators and designers from all over the international sewing community! It encourages you to try projects that you mightn’t have thought to try before. It is so visually appealing, well laid out and easy to follow. And it’s affordable. The $25 cover price makes the whole collection of patterns, articles and tips excellent value for money. You’re receiving over $115 worth of value, just in the patterns alone. So you really can’t go wrong. But if you decide you’d like just one or two stand alone PDF patterns, you can also purchase them via the website*.

As a designer, contributing to magazines like One Thimble is an absolute career highlight! I was so very lucky to be able to include not one, but two Molly and Mama applique templates to the latest edition – Miss Miranda and Percy Pineapple. These were designed exclusively for One Thimble’s tropical theme for this issue. And I’ll be sharing more about their design (and a behind the scenes look) in an upcoming post. But right now, I just wanted to make sure you knew all about One thimble. Because I LOVE it! And I know you will too!

Miss Miranda Applique template by Molly and Mama

Percy Pineapple Applique Template by Molly and Mama

I whipped up a girly version of the Percy Pineapple pattern the other day. I love the bow. But then again, I usually put bows on everything! What do you think?

Persephone Pineapple Tee by Molly and Mama

I’m really keen to make myself a Festival Skirt and also sew the Moku Skorts for my little miss. But the adorable Christmas projects are calling to me too! So I’ll keep you posted.

You can also join the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts Facebook group, where you can share your creations, ask questions, and seek clarification and advice. It’s an invaluable resource, especially as many of the pattern makers are members too!

If you’d like to read more about One thimble, pop over to the website HERE*.

Happy stitching, Lauren x

* In the interest of full disclosure, if you choose to purchase One thimble via the links provided in this blog post, I may receive a small commission that helps keep Molly and Mama going. Rest assured that there is no additional cost to you. Thanks for supporting One Thimble and Molly and Mama.

This post was written by Lauren Wright of Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com

Hand Stitch a Pretty Posy - a tutorial by Molly and Mama

Make a Pretty Posy Pin Cushion

Bring a bit of Spring into your sewing space with this beautiful felt flower pin cushion. It’s a very simple project to hand stitch and is the perfect way to store your sewing pins! Using readily available materials, you can piece one together in an afternoon!

If you’re a fan of pin cushions, you can find more tutorials HERE. I love writing about Pin Cushions and have some great tips for working with Wool Felt. I have a gorgeous collection of inspiring ideas on Pinterest too. I even have Pin Cushion patterns in my Etsy store. So I’m a big fan too!

YOU WILL NEED

  • 100% wool felt in varying shades.You’ll need 27cm (11”) x 14cm (5.5”) for the pin cushion. I used lemon coloured felt. The flowers use a combination of white, lemon, apricot, pastel pink, baby blue and pale green felt pieces. The largest piece you’ll need is a white 10cm (4”) square for the magnolia.
  • co-ordinating embroidery floss or thread (six stranded embroidery cotton)
  • sparkly metallic quilting thread
  • polyfill stuffing
  • rice (or a weight for the pin cushion base)
  • fine, small scissors for cutting the felt shapes
  • scissors
  • embroidery needle and fine eyed needle for stitching beads
  • embellishments like crochet flowers, beads, sparkly rhinestone buttons, resin cabochons or other pretty pieces
  • hot glue gun
  • a print out of the flower template. You can download it HERE.

DIRECTIONS

Make the Pin Cushion

1. Cut two felt circles for the top and base, with a diameter of 9cm (3.5”). Cut one felt strip for the side of the pin cushion measuring 27cm (11”) x 5cm (2”).

2. Pin the strip carefully around the perimeter of one circle. This will make the base and side of your pin cushion. I found it easier to pin a section and then stitch a section at a time.

3, 4 and 5. Thread your embroidery needle with two strands of separated embroidery floss in a shade to match the felt. Stitch the side strip of felt to the base using blanket stitch. Continue to stitch around the perimeter of the base until you reach your starting point. You may need to change your thread once or twice.

Make a Felt Flower Pin Cushion  - Molly and Mama

As a quick refresher, this illustration shows you what Blanket Stitch looks like.

Molly and Mama blanket stitch illustration

  1. Overlap the felt of the side piece by 5mm (and trim away any excess felt length).
  1. Blanket stitch the sides together.
  1. Pin the top circle of felt to the rim of the pin cushion.

Make a Felt Flower Pin Cushion  - Molly and Mama

9, 10 and 11. Blanket stitch the top in place by starting at the side seam. Change thread when necessary.

  1. Stop stitching when you are three quarters of the way around the circle, but leave your thread intact (to continue stitching after stuffing).

Make a Felt Flower Pin Cushion  - Molly and Mama

13 and 14. Fill the base of the pin cushion with a layer of rice. This will add weight. Add polyfill stuffing to firmly fill the pin cushion.

  1. Continue to blanket stitch the pin cushion closed.
  1. Your completed pin cushion makes the perfect base for any pin cushion project.

Make a Felt Flower Pin Cushion  - Molly and Mama

Make the Flowers

Now it’s time to get creative. You’ll need a combination of flowers and leaves to cover the top of your pin cushion. Perhaps you’d like to make just one statement flower for the centre, or a whole lot of tiny blooms to decorate your pin cushion top. You’re only limited by your imagination!

Felt Flower Blooms by Molly and Mama

I selected a number of colours and materials to create my posy of pretty flowers. You can use the provided template or cut your felt shapes freehand. Use small sharp scissors to get a clean and neat cut.

Follow the instructions outlined to create each of the individual flowers HERE. I used the same techniques to create the flowers as for this FELT FLOWER CROWN tutorial.

Felt Flower Crown Tutorial by Molly and Mama

Arrange your Posy and Put it all Together

Arrange your flowers on your pin cushion top as you create them. I made a number of different flowers and also cut a variety of freehand leaves.

Embellished Felt Flowers by Molly and Mama

Once I was happy with my floral collection and their placement, I used a few well-placed invisible stitches to firmly secure each flower and leaf to the pin cushion top. My completed pin cushion looks as pretty as a posy!

Spring Posy Flowers by Molly and Mama

If you liked stitching this pin cushion, you might like these PATTERNS too!

Felt 'Sleepy Cloud' Pattern by Molly and Mama

Miss Molly Pin Cushion Pattern by Molly and Mama Happy stitching, Lauren x

This tutorial was written by Lauren Wright and appeared first on Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com 

The 2014 Crafty Christmas Tutorial Link-Up by Bugs and Fishes

Is it just me, or does Christmas come around quicker every year? It’s scary! I’ve been visiting Pinterest and blog land, looking for gorgeous crafty tutorials and ideas for Christmas gift giving and decor. And I’ve come up with some lovely projects. But it’s so much nicer when everything is listed in just one place.

I wanted to give a huge shout out of thanks to Laura of Bugs and Fishes for putting together another stunning collection of Christmas crafts from bloggers and sewers around the world! Her 2014 Crafty Christmas Tutorial Link-Up is fantastic!

You can make my sweet Christmas mouse with a tutorial written especially for this link-up.

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

This tutorial is featured alongside some beautiful creations. Do yourself a favour and pop over to Bugs and Fishes for the whole collection. But I just had to share a few of my favourites here.

Kerry from Candyfloss Ramparts has an embroidery hoop project that has Rudolph shining rather brightly! Shiny-Reindeer-Embroidered-Hoop-Art-600x593

And Rebecca’s modern take on the traditional advent calendar is lovely. You can see the full tutorial on her blog Hugs are Fun.

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I also love Wendi’s Gingerbread Felt Ornament! There’s just something about felt, isn’t there?

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And here’s a list of the other gorgeous contributions! Make sure you pop over and visit them all.

Mini Teddy Bed – Grace’s Favours 

Teeny Tiny Snowman Pendant – i ManuFatti

Nativity Bunting Tutorial – Hoogally

Floating Pompom Garland – RetroDelicious

Printable Colouring-In Snowflake Labels – It’s Organised

Blackwork Pleated Heart – Carina’s Craftblog

Patchwork Christmas Bauble – Made by Mrs M

Upcycled Jumper Christmas Stocking with Robin Appliqué – Halcyon Threads

First Flake, Snowflake Ornament – Betz White

Mod Winter Table Runner – Tumus / Little Red Thread

Shabby Christmas Denim Heart – Cocojude 

Fairy Lights Christmas Cake – Cupcakery

Washi Tape & Button Christmas Card – The Lilac Linnet

Christmas Card String & Pegs – Fizzi Jayne Makes

Felt Christmas Stocking – Vicky Myers Creations

Felt Holiday Wreath – The Felt Store

Penguin Pocket Friend or Ornament – Lulu & Celeste

Saint Nick Ornaments – Homemade at My Place

Retro Photo Christmas Cards – Bugs and Fishes

Felt Christmas Ornaments – Marc’s Treasure Basket

I hope you find something you like here, and you’re inspired to start your own Christmas crafting.

For more ideas, you may enjoy this post about creating simple crafts for Christmas with kids. Or you can find more quick and easy Christmas ideas HERE.

Happy stitching, Lauren x

This post was written by Lauren Wright of Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com

Sew this sweet Christmas sugar mouse. A free pattern from Molly and Mama

Sew a Felt Christmas Mouse

In the big hot land Down Under, we don’t get to really enjoy the beauty of a white Christmas (or even a green Christmas come to think of it!). It’s hot, and dry, and characterised by seafood, salads, swimming and sun! But that doesn’t mean we don’t often dream of a snowy Christmas, snuggled up by the fire with a hot chocolate, staring contentedly at our fresh evergreen Christmas tree laden with cookie decorations and popcorn garlands. I’m painting a pretty picture here right?

One way to bring a traditional Christmas to Australia is with decorations! And if you know me, you know that there’s nothing I like more than hand-stitching some gorgeous little creations in felt. In fact, I love 100% wool felt so much, I wrote some tips and tricks for working with it HERE. It’s just so versatile! And forgiving!

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

With some scraps of wool felt, a needle and embroidery floss, you can create this adorable little mouse and also stitch her sweet little stocking. She’s only small (3 inches tall and 2 inches wide), so she’s a bit fiddly to make. But she’s easy to sew. And so is her stocking. It’s only 3 inches tall (not including the hanging loop).

You could make a whole bunch of cute mice in stockings to cover your tree. Now wouldn’t that be a sight? They’d make adorable gifts too!

Before you get started, make sure you print out the template provided HERE. This pattern (the template and instructions) is for personal use only.

YOU WILL NEED

  • scraps of 100% wool felt. I used a cream colour for the body, pale pink for the inner ears and stocking hanger, candy pink for the mouse’s dress, white for the stocking cuff and pale green for the stocking body.
  • embroidery floss in shades that coordinate with your felt, and also a light brown.
  • cotton thread in shades to match the mouse.
  • embroidery needle.
  • small sharp scissors for felt cutting.
  • paper scissors.
  • small amount of polyester stuffing. 
  • a small tool to manoeuvre stuffing (like a chop stick or crochet hook).
  • a print out of the template. You can download it HERE.

WHICH STITCH?

This pattern uses running stitch, back stitch, blanket stitch and whip stitch. Be sure to consult our old friend Google for help if you’re unsure of the stitch methods. They’re all extremely easy though. Here’s a couple a diagrams to help too!

Molly and Mama back stitch illustration

Back Stitch Illustration

Molly and Mama blanket stitch illustration

Blanket Stitch Illustration

WHICH THREAD?

I used DMC embroidery floss for the pink ear inners, and the facial features of the mouse. I also used it to blanket stitch all of the stocking. I used normal sewing cotton to whip stitch the mouse together, including all the body pieces and the pink dress.

LET’S GET STARTED! 

It’s a good idea to read the tutorial through once before you begin, just to get a feel for what the project is asking of you. Got a question? I’d love to help. Leave a comment or shoot me an email – mollyandmama @ gmail.com.

CUT OUT THE FELT PIECES

Use the template to cut out all the shapes as listed. You’ll need a two of everything for the mouse (except one each of the ear centres and one tail piece). You’ll need two stocking pieces, one stocking cuff and one hanging loop.

Roughly cut around each template piece on the print out (using paper scissors). Then hold the paper piece against the felt and use your small sharp scissors to cut each individual piece by cutting along the lines on the template. To cut the second corresponding piece of each pair, place the first piece over another piece of felt and use it as a template (not the paper). That way you are more likely to cut two pieces of felt that are the same shape and size. And they’ll be easier to stitch.

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Once you have all your pieces cut out, start by assembling the mouse. You’ll need to individually stitch the ears, head, body, arms, legs and tail. Then piece them altogether.

SEW THE MOUSE

All body parts are stitched with a single strand of sewing cotton. Small tight whip stitches are used.

EARS To make the ears, use running stitch to attach the pink ear inners onto the front piece of ear felt, using one strand of pink embroidery floss. Make sure you have a left ear and a right ear! Change your thread to normal sewing cotton that matches the colour of the mouse felt. Starting at the base of the ear and continuing around the top, whip stitch the ear front and back together. Stop stitching when you get to the straight base of the ear. But keep your needle threaded and your cotton intact.

Roll a tiny amount of polyester fill or stuffing into a ball and gently insert it into the space inside the ear. A chopstick, crochet hook, or even closed scissor blades are a good tool to help manoeuvre the stuffing in. Once gently stuffed, continue whip stitching the ear closed. Be sure to secure your thread well. Follow the same method to complete the other ear.

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

The stuffed and stitched ears

HEAD With a single strand of light brown embroidery floss, and using the template image as a guide, embroider the mouse’s eyes on. Secure your stitching well in the back. Change your needle to two strands of pink embroidery floss and sew a few horizontal straight stitches to make the nose. We’ll do the whiskers after we’ve stuffed the head.

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

With a single strand of sewing cotton (to match your mouse colour), whip stitch the head front and back together. Start at the base of the head and continue your stitching around leaving a small 1/2 inch gap at the end. Use the gap to softly and gently stuff the head with polysester fill. Once stuffed, continue to whip stitch the head closed. Secure your stitching well.

Now for the whiskers. Use three strands of embroidery floss on your needle but do not tie a knot in the end. Insert the needle near the mouse nose and then bring the needle back out just beside it. Pull your thread through but leave an inch of thread at the end. You’ll trim this part to make the whiskers. Take your needle back through the first hole to make a tiny stitch, and guide the needle through the inside of the head, over to the other side of the nose. Bring it out just beside the nose (so that the exit point lines up with the same one you stitched first). Make a small back stitch over the exit point and then draw the needle and thread tight. Trim the ends on each whisker to about 1/2 inch long.

BODY ARMS and LEGS Use the same method to stitch the body, arms and legs. Use a single strand of sewing cotton for all parts. Whip stitch each body part (front and back), being sure to leave a space at the base of each shape to enable you to add polyester fill, before stitching the space closed.

TAIL Fold the tail piece in half lengthways. Start whip stitching the tail from the wider part at the base to the narrower tip. Once you reach the tip of the tail, thread your needle back though the length of the felt tail so it comes out the base. Give the thread a gentle pull so that it gathers up the tail. Add a couple of stitches to close the base of the tail and to secure the gather.

ASSEMBLE THE MOUSE

Thread your needle with a single strand of sewing cotton in the same colour as your mouse body. With small, tight whip stitches, attach the ears to the head first. Next I sewed the legs on.  Attach the head, and the arms after that.

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Sew on the tail last. To do this, guide your needle through a side seam so that it pops out at the back of the mouse’s body (as seen below). Make small whip stitches to attach the base of the tail to the mouse’s back.

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Your finished mouse will look something like this; Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

SEW THE STOCKING

Using two strands of embroidery floss, blanket stitch the sides of the stocking front and back together. I used a green floss to complement my green stocking felt. Be sure to secure your stitches well at the beginning and the end.

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Next, fold your white stocking cuff in half and blanket stitch the side seam together, by starting at the bottom (as shown here on the left below). I used two strands of white embroidery floss to match the white cuff. Don’t trim your thread when you get to the top. You can use this thread to continue blanket stitching the cuff to the stocking top. Slip the cuff over the top of the stocking. Fold the pink hanger loop in half and tuck it between the stocking and cuff at the back of the stocking (as shown on the right below).

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Using the remaining white floss, blanket stitch the cuff to the stocking top, being careful to stitch in the pink hanger loop as you go. Also ensure that you stitch all the way around the stocking top, so that it can still open up. When you’re done, it will look something like this;

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

TIPS

  • be sure to secure your stitches well. You don’t want your little mouse unravelling!
  • use small tight whip stitches, so that the mouse is the feature, and not your stitching!
  • being a small project, with small parts, this mouse is only suitable for gentle supervised play by children over the age of three.

Now that I’ve completed this cute project, I’m imagining all sorts of adorable additions to the mouse’s wardrobe and decor. Wait until you see what I’ve come up with next! But in the meantime, enjoy her in her winter wonderland! Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

I love the effects you can create with a photo editing program! We can’t have real snow for Christmas, so here’s the next best thing. I think this little mouse looks awfully cute! Don’t you?

What will you be sewing for Christmas this year? If you happen to stitch up one of these little treasures, be sure and share photos over on the Molly and Mama Facebook Page. I’d be thrilled to show them off! While you’re there, feel free to like Molly and Mama so you can keep up to date with new projects, posts and promotions. Pop over to Pinterest if that’s your thing. Or follow me here by signing up via email or Bloglovin’ in the right hand side bar.

If you get a chance, you might like to pop over to my ETSY store too. There are some adorable felt patterns available as well as a number of applique templates.

Felt patterns at Molly and Mama

I’ve got some more free tutorials you might like to try too! Just head over HERE.

Free Tutorials by Molly and Mama

Thanks for being here. I hope you enjoyed this little project as much as I did. If you don’t sew it now, make sure you PIN IT for later!

This project appears in the Bugs and Fishes 2014 Crafty Christmas Tutorial Link Up. Pop over HERE to see all the gorgeous Christmas projects available!

Happy stitching, Lauren x

This post was written by Lauren Wright and appeared first on Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com 

Felt Flower Crown Tutorial for beginners by Molly and Mama

Make a Pretty Felt Flower Crown

Spring is well and truly here and I’ve been so inspired by our lovely blossoms and gardens this season. I decided to have a play around with my gorgeous stash of 100% wool felt and here’s what I came up with!

This gorgeous collection of felt flowers was so easy to make. And then I just attached them to a pretty ribbon to make them into a precious flower crown.

Felt Flower Crown by Molly and Mama

Image by MiaMia Photography

YOU WILL NEED

  • 100% wool felt in varying shades. The flowers use a combination of white, lemon, apricot, pastel pink, baby blue and pale green felt pieces. The largest piece you’ll need is a white 10cm (4”) square for the magnolia.
  • co-ordinating embroidery floss or thread (six stranded embroidery cotton).
  • sparkly metallic quilting thread.
  • fine, small scissors for cutting the felt shapes.
  • scissors.
  • embroidery needle and fine eyed needle for stitching beads.
  • needle and thread.
  • embellishments like crochet flowers, beads, sparkly rhinestone buttons, resin cabochons or other pretty pieces.
  • hot glue gun.
  • heat sealer or lighter.
  • length of co-ordinating ribbon. I used cream grosgrain ribbon.
  • template print out.
Choose some pastel felt and pretty embellishments from your stash

Choose some pastel felt and pretty embellishments from your stash

DIRECTIONS

Make the Flowers

It’s time to get creative. You’ll need a combination of flowers to create your crown. Perhaps you’d like to make just one statement flower for the centre, or a whole lot of tiny blooms to decorate a longer length of ribbon. You’re only limited by your imagination!

Felt flowers by Molly and Mama

Create simple felt flowers then embellish them with button, cabochons, beads and embroidered details

I selected a number of colours and materials to create my crown of pretty blooms. Here’s a quick description on how to piece together a few of the flowers. You can create your own too. Use the provided TEMPLATE or cut your felt shapes freehand. Use small sharp scissors to get a clean and neat cut.

Apricot Blossom

Cut the two blossom flowers from the template. Place the smaller flower over the larger one and secure together with a couple of stitches. Add a lazy daisy stitch to the centre of each petal using the metallic thread. Stitch a crochet flower to the centre and use hot glue to secure a sparkly rhinestone button on top.

Apricot Blossom by Molly and Mama

Lemon and White Daisy

Cut a white daisy base from the template provided. Using the lemon felt, cut six small scallops in a strip 6cm long and 1cm high. Use a running stitch across the straight base to gather the felt. Pull gently to gather the flower, and secure. Use a straight stitch of metallic thread to add a centre vein to each petal. Stitch the lemon daisy to the centre of the white daisy base. Hot glue is great for adding a bit of sparkle with a blingy button!

Lemon Daisy by Molly and Mama

White Magnolia

Using the template provided, cut one white scalloped felt piece. Starting at the centre of the spiral, sew a running stitch close to the straight edge of the felt. Gently gather the stitching as you go. When you’re happy with the final shape, secure the flower’s layers with a number of well-placed stitches at the back. Add some pretty pearl beads if you wish.

White Magnolia by Molly and Mama

Pink Flower

The pink flower was made by cutting and stitching together five petal pieces. Cut them out using the template. Line up the pieces in a row. Starting at one end, sew running stitches across the base of each petal, being sure the thread enters and exits each petal on the top side of the felt. Gently pull the thread to gather the felt pieces together. Secure the flower with some extra stitches.

Pink Flower by Molly and Mama

Add another layer to the pink flower with a blue blossom. Use the same method as for the pink flower above. Lay the blue flower over the centre of the pink flower and stitch together. Add a resin cabochon with hot glue if desired.

More Flowers

Create more flowers with your own variations of colour and shape using the methods described above. Add metallic stitching, beads and buttons!

Felt Flower Blooms by Molly and Mama

Arrange your Crown and Put it all Together

Now it’s time to decide how to arrange your blooms on the ribbon. I made a number of different flowers and also cut a variety of freehand leaves. I’ve included a leaf pattern on the template if you wish to use it.

Lay the blooms out in a line until you are happy with their order, and arrangement. Take your desired length of ribbon and heat seal the ends so they don’t fray. Use a heat sealer, or a run the flame of a lighter quickly along the raw ribbon edge, to melt the fibres together. Your ribbon should be long enough to fit around the wearer, and have extra length for a bow.

Find the centre of the ribbon, and attach your centre flower to the ribbon using small stitches that are invisible at the front. Add leaves and flowers on either side of the centre one, and then continue to arrange and sew as you go. Alternatively, you could also hot glue the flowers and leaves in place.

Once completed, you’ll have an adorable felt flower crown that is perfect for Spring!

Felt Flower Crown Tutorial by Molly and Mama

Image by MiaMia Photography

If you enjoy working with wool felt, you may like the tips I’ve posted HERE. For more free hair accessory ideas, you can visit my other TUTORIALS too.

Happy felting, Lauren x

This tutorial was brought to you by Lauren Wright of Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com

Happy stitching, Lauren

Introducing the ‘Sleepy Cloud’ Applique Template

I’ve been so inspired by the sweet little cloud trend that has become so popular recently. So I decided to create my own little cloud appliqué template. Introducing the ‘Sleepy Cloud’ PDF appliqué pattern! You can purchase one as an instant download HERE.

Sleepy Cloud Appliqué pattern by Molly and Mama

The ‘Sleepy Cloud’ template is perfect for beginners. All my Molly and Mama patterns have lots of photos, detailed instructions and clear templates. So they are really easy to follow! I take you through the process of raw-edge fabric appliqué so that you can embellish whatever you like with this smiling sweet cloud!

I made this cute bedroom set using the template.

the Sleepy Cloud applique template by Molly and Mama

And a version for the boy’s too.

Blue Cloud by Molly and Mama

But I still think I like it best of all on a plain t-shirt.

Sleepy Cloud tee by Molly and Mama

Pop by my ETSY STORE to pick this one up, and see the rest of the range. You can even buy the matching ‘Sleepy Cloud’ pin cushion pattern.

Felt 'Sleepy Cloud' Pattern by Molly and Mama

 

 

I wrote a free little tutorial for a pretty pin topper to go with this too. Isn’t it cute?

Sleepy Cloud Pin Cushion Topper by Molly and MamaFor more Cloud inspiration pop by my Pinterest board on Clouds.

And if you get sewing with the template, be sure to share your creations on the Molly and Mama Facebook Page.

Happy stitching, Lauren x

This post was written by Lauren Wright of Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com

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I’m a ‘Tickle the Imagination’ Ambassador!

Guess what? I’ve taken on a new role as an Ambassador for ‘tickle the imagination’ magazine! I’m SO EXCITED about this. I really love ‘tickle’ and I’m so eager to help promote it and get the word out about this amazing creative lifestyle mag!

So in celebration of this new role, I have a wonderful offer to share with my lovely readers! Simply subscribe to ‘tickle’ and mention ‘Molly and Mama’ in the ‘notes to seller’ to receive this lovely three word necklace. It’s valued at $25! Click HERE to subscribe.

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Being a lover of handmade, and passionate about helping support the Australian handmade community, it makes sense that I’m also a lover of ‘tickle the imagination’ magazine! So when Tanya, the lovely editor, put out a call for ambassadors, I jumped at the chance.

If you haven’t been introduced to ‘tickle’ before, this is what Tanya says about it;

Published quarterly, tickle the imagination magazine celebrates the handmade and creative community in Australia.

tickle the imagination aims to inspire creativity, showcasing talented designers & makers, discovering emerging talent and sharing real-life stories and diy projects.

…be inspired by gorgeous images, take a peek into the lives of designers and makers and discover ways to include creativity & handmade into your everyday living.

Tanya first featured Molly and Mama in her ‘Celebrations’ Issue (10) in 2013. Molly and Mama had a gorgeous Easter feature. You can read more about the behind-the-scenes HERE.

Easter Collection 2013 by Molly and Mama

Then at Christmas last year, Molly and Mama created a stunning handmade Christmas shoot which appeared in the ‘Christmas Wishes’ Issue (14) in 2013. You can find out more about the shoot HERE and read all the kid’s crafty tutorials HERE.

Making Christmas Memories by Molly and Mama

Having my work and my words appear in a print magazine has honestly been a huge career highlight. If it wasn’t for Tanya and her vision, I may never have been able to fulfil that dream!

I really believe in Tanya’s magazine and what she is doing to promote, encourage, and share so many talented Australian makers, designers, and artisans. I love that the articles inspire us. I love the stunning imagery. I love the DIY projects, tutorials and crafty ideas. I love the business tips. So do yourself a favour, pop over to ‘tickle’ and have a look. I promise you’ll love it!

Thanks for reading, Lauren x

This post was written by Lauren Wright for Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.wordpress.com