Christmas Felt Hair Clips by Molly and Mama

Pretty Felt Bows for Christmas

It’s only a few days to go until Christmas! I’ve been stitching up some lovely gifts this year, but I have also been trawling Pinterest for some quick and easy project inspiration. Lucky for me, I came across this wonderful free tutorial from Oliver & S on how to make felt bows. There’s even a free template to download.

Wool Felt Hair Clips by Molly and Mama

I followed Leisl’s instructions to create some plain bows in red and pink wool felt. I then attached the bows with some hot glue to hair clips lined with grosgrain ribbon. I just used coordinating colours.

Wool Felt Bows for Christmas

If you’re not sure how to cover clips, you can read all about it in my tutorial HERE. But this image also gives you the basics.

Line an alligator clip - a tutorial by Molly and Mama

These felt bows were SO EASY to make! And if you didn’t want to create hair clips, they’d make a lovely addition to your Christmas wrapping too! In fact, I’m sure you could find a whole range of uses for them.

For simple project ideas that are similar, be sure to check out the following Pinterest boards; Hair Accessories, Bows and Felt Fun. There’s lots of lovely inspiration!

Of you might like to make this Felt Pear Pin Cushion. It was inspired by the ’12 Days of Christmas’ and represents ‘A Partridge in a Pear Tree’. Cute hey?

Make a Felt Pear Pin Cushion ~ Tutorial by Molly and Mama

Happy stitching, Lauren x

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

Can I Ask a Small Favour?

Can I ask a teeny, tiny favour?

Deanna from Sew McCool has hosted an amazing ’12 Days of Christmas’ Holiday Blogger Challenge. All the participants have submitted a Christmas tutorial and I have to tell you that the range of projects is amazing and there are some really lovely ideas! You can see them all listed HERE.

She’s now calling for voters to determine the most popular project and the winner will receive $100 just in time for Christmas! Voting closes on the 21st December. So why should you vote? Many bloggers create their projects just for the love of it. I’m one of those bloggers. This blog doesn’t earn it’s own income. So if I were to win this challenge, the money would be well spent buying materials that would enable me to continue bringing you FREE projects, tutorials and ideas on the the Molly and Mama blog. And I do that because I love it. I love teaching and sharing, inspiring and making. So if you have a spare minute to pop over and vote for my FELT ANGEL project (or another of your choice), I’d be ever so grateful!

Here’s the FELT ANGEL project I created for the challenge. Perhaps you saw it on Sew Mama Sew in recent days?

Christmas Angel Ornament Tutorial from Molly and Mama

You can read the full tutorial and download the free PDF template HERE. And you can see more tutorials, including lots of Christmas project ideas HERE.

Thanks so much for being here and for your continued support in 2014. I can’t wait to show you what I have planned for 2015. So stay tuned!

Happy holidays, Lauren x

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

Sew Mama Sew ‘Giveaway Day’ Winners – December 2014

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of those who participated in the Sew Mama Sew ‘Giveaway Day’ promotion. And ‘hello’ and ‘welcome’ to all the lovely new subscribers and followers who have made their way here. If you’ve been here a while I’d like to wish you a heartfelt thank you for your continued support!

It was wonderful to hear all of your creative suggestions for new appliqué and felt designs. With your wonderful input I have pages and pages of new inspiration in my journal. So THANK YOU!

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And without further ado, it’s time to announce the WINNERS!!!! it was so inspiring reading through everyone’s comments, ideas and suggestions. It’s such a wonderful way to get to know my readers and find out what you’re after and what your kids like! And I really appreciate that you took the time to get in touch. Choosing winners was a difficult task!

Each of the winners will be emailed a set of six PDF Molly and Mama Patterns; the ‘Miss Molly’  and the ‘Sleepy Cloud’ Felt Pin Cushion Patterns, and four appliqué templates, ‘Doll Face’, ‘Beatrice Bunny’, ‘Sleepy Cloud’ and ‘Betty Babushka.’  You can view and purchase these PDF patterns HERE. They’re an instant download so you can get stitching right away! But I digress! Wishing a big CONGRATULATIONS to the following WINNERS;

  • Alison who is looking for more designs for boys (something that is very lacking on the Molly and Mama blog). Thanks for the dinosaur, cars, boats, animals and trains ideas!
  • Melissa who (in her lovely honesty) asked for more inspiring ideas. I think I can help!

The winners have been emailed, so if you think it might be you and you haven’t heard from me, check your inbox, junk mail or send me a quick note – mollyandmama{at}gmail.com.

Thanks so much for supporting this little giveaway and being here! If you haven’t had a chance, feel free to have a look around and see what’s new. There’s lots of great free TUTORIALS to try with new projects being added all the time. I also share images from some gorgeous shoots I’ve done HEREHERE and HERE.

Molly and Mama pretties

Make sure you visit Molly and Mama on FACEBOOK and PINTEREST. It’s the best way to keep up to date with what’s happening!

Also, don’t forget to pop by Sew Mama Sew and check with other promoters to see if you were lucky enough to win one of their giveaways! A huge thanks to Sew Mama Sew for hosting such a wonderful promotion that brings so many creatives together.

Happy Stitching, Lauren x

Free Christmas Projects and Tutorials from Molly and Mama

Christmas Projects For You To Try

Why is it that once December arrives Christmas is suddenly upon us? Every year, Mama and I say that we’re going to start our Christmas sewing and craft after Easter. But we never quite manage it. I’m determined for things to be different in 2015. Perhaps if I host a ‘Christmas In July’ challenge, I might get something done? Any takers?

Just as well all of these felt Christmas projects are really quick to make and super simple too! And all the patterns are FREE!! Don’t you love it? So I’ve still got time to make up some more of these pretties.

Felt Christmas Projects from Molly and Mama

  1. Sew this lovely felt mouse and her sweet little stocking to hand on the tree. I have a full tutorial HERE including a printable PDF pattern.
  2. This felt ornament was super simple to sew. Read more HERE.
  3. These lovely felt decorations were inspired by another clever blogger, who has a whole range of patterns for these adorable pieces. I wrote about them HERE.
  4. These Christmas Spice Pillows are just one of a whole list of sweet Christmas creations you can make with your kids. Click HERE to see the whole collection.
  5. This little angel decoration even has a tiny treat pocket on the front, so you can put special treasures inside. There’s a PDF pattern and more over HERE.
  6. This lovely felt pin cushion was originally inspired by a ‘Partridge in a Pear Tree’ Christmas project. The full tutorial and printable template is over HERE.

For tips on working with wool felt, you can read more HERE.

I’d love to see what you create so feel free to share on the Molly and Mama Facebook Page. And I’m always happy to pin your gorgeous creations to Pinterest too!

Happy Christmas crafting and sewing. If you come across some adorable patterns and templates, be sure to share them!

Merry Christmas, Lauren x

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

A Christmas Thank You Gift

It’s hard to believe that I started this blog only one year ago. And I missed my anniversary!! I can’t believe it! So to celebrate one year of blogging, lots of lovely tutorials, and a whole lot more, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY!

And how fantastic that it coincides with the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day promotion too! So if you’ve made your way here from Sew Mama Sew, wishing you a warm welcome! It’s great to have you here.

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In case we haven’t met, I’m Lauren and I come from a small town near Toowoomba in sunny Queensland, Australia. I love all things crafty, especially applique, hand stitching, working with felt, and writing PDF applique templates and tutorials. You can find out more about me and my business HERE

So what’s the giveaway all about? I’d love to offer TWO readers a copy of each of the SIX PDF PATTERNS listed in my ETSY STORE. I love writing patterns and tutorials for applique and hand stitching in felt. My patterns are terrific because they’re aimed at the beginner. I like to avoid all the technical jargon and keep things simple. There’s lots of photos and step-by-step instructions and you can just print the patterns at home.

In order to be eligible to enter this promotion, I’d love for you to subscribe to Molly and Mama either by email or Bloglovin’. You’ll find the tabs in the right hand side bar. Then leave me a comment telling me what kinds of designs you think would make a cute appliqué or felt project. The author of my two favourite suggestions will be gifted a collection of six Molly and Mama patterns. These will be delivered to both of the winner’s email inboxes. So be sure you’re contactable by email!

The patterns include; ‘Betty Babushka’, ‘Beatrice Bunny’, ‘Doll Face’ and the ‘Sleepy Cloud’ appliqué templates. And you’ll also receive the ‘Miss Molly’ felt pin cushion and ‘Sleepy Cloud’ felt pin cushion pattern too! You can purchase the patterns HERE, but here’s some images to give you an idea!

Felt patterns at Molly and Mama

Molly and Mama Appliqué Patterns

SO JUST TO RECAP;

  • I am giving away two sets of six Molly and Mama PDF patterns (digital files) that will be emailed to the winners to print at home
  • Two winners will be selected from the comments on this post
  • To enter, leave a comment suggesting a great appliqué design idea
  • Please also follow the blog via Email or Bloglovin’ using the tabs in the right sidebar
  • The giveaway opens on the 8th December
  • The giveaway closes on 12th December
  • Winners will be announced on the blog by 14th December and contacted by email

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENTRIES, IDEAS AND SUPPORT X

Be sure to follow Molly and Mama on Pinterest or like Molly and Mama on Facebook. You’ll find all my latest projects plus some gorgeous crafty ideas, and you can keep up with everything that’s happening!

Or you might like to pop by the TUTORIALS page, where you’ll find the instructions to make some of these sweet projects;

Sew a Christmas Angel Ornament with Molly and Mama

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Spring Posy Flowers by Molly and Mama

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing some of your wonderful ideas! Wishing all of you a very special Christmas season, wherever you may be. And I’ll look forward to sharing some gorgeous new patterns and tutorials with you in the new year!

Happy commenting (and sewing), Lauren x

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

Hand Stitch a Christmas Angel. A beginner's tutorial by Molly and Mama

Stitch a Felt Angel Christmas Ornament

I have had so much fun designing and stitching up decorations for Christmas this year. It gives me so much pleasure! So when Deanna from Sew McCool announced she was hosting a ’12 Days of Christmas’ Blogger Challenge, I knew exactly what kind of ornament I was planning to make.

Deanna is offering a $100 cash prize to the most popular project on her Christmas Blogger Challenge. Voting closes on the 21st of December. If you have a moment and you like this project, please feel free to head over HERE and vote. I’d be so grateful. Small prizes like this help the blog keep ticking over, and it would allow me to continue to bring you more FREE tutorials and projects. Thanks for your support! 

I created this lovely smiling face last week and I liked her so much, I thought I’d transform her into an angel. 

Molly and Mama angel ornament

So here’s some step-by-step instructions to hand sew this lovely little angel with a tiny front pocket for treats. When complete, the angel ornament measures 3″ across and 4.5″ high (without the loop). This tutorial is perfect for beginners.

Christmas Angel Ornament Tutorial from Molly and Mama

YOU WILL NEED;

  • felt scraps in your chosen colours, including skin colour, hair colour, wings, one shade for the pocket and another for the front and back.
  • embroidery floss and needle for hand stitching. Select colours to compliment your felt shades.
  • 3 – 3.5″ of tiny pearl beading for the halo.
  • sewing cotton to stitch the pearl beading and bow in place. 
  • small sharp scissors for cutting felt.
  • 7″ of narrow ribbon to tie a tiny bow and for a hanging loop.
  • a print out of the template which you can download HERE.
  • paper scissors for your template.
  • lighter or heat sealer to seal the bow ends.

WHICH STITCH?

The sewing techniques used in this project are simple and easy to complete. If you are unfamiliar with these stitch types, our old friend Google will show you a huge range of tutorials and videos for reference.

Back stitch is used for the eyes and mouth. Molly and Mama back stitch illustration

Blanket stitch is used to applique the face and pocket to the angel’s body. And it’s also used to stitch the whole project together!

Molly and Mama blanket stitch illustration

LET’S GET STARTED

Cut out the template pieces from the paper TEMPLATE provided. Pin the paper to the felt and using small, sharp scissors cut out each piece of felt.

Felt angel pieces - Angel Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Unless otherwise specified, all stitches are made with two strands of embroidery floss.

Attach the Pocket

Thread your embroidery needle with ‘pocket’ coloured floss. Using blanket stitch, stitch along the top of the pocket to create a ‘hem’. Once complete, don’t cut off the floss. Pin the pocket to the body piece, and use the remaining thread to secure the pocket to the body using blanket stitch around the other three sides. Once complete, the pocket should remain ‘open’ at the top.

*please note that my stitching might be in a different direction to yours. I’m left handed! 

Appliqué the pocket - Angel Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Use a small amount of your ribbon to tie a tiny bow. Trim the ends and heat seal them. Run a flame along the cut ribbon edge to prevent them from fraying. Attach the bow with carefully hidden stitches of a single strand of sewing cotton. Secure well. (You’ll note that my bow wasn’t added at this stage, but it’s easier to do it now, rather than at the end. Lucky we learn from our mistakes!).

Stitch the Face

Place the hair over the face circle and pin in place. Use small straight stitches to attach the bottom edge of the hair fringe (or bangs) to the face. Using the template as a guide, hand stitch the eyes and mouth using back stitch. You can also transfer the face design using a water soluble marker, or by sewing through the design copied onto tracing paper.

Embroider the Angel Face - Angel Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Appliqué the Face

Pin the embroidered face to the top of the body piece. Using skin coloured embroidery floss, blanket stitch the face to the body. Change threads when you reach the hair and continue blanket stitching. See the image below as a guide. Secure your stitching well.

Add the Halo

Cut your beaded pearls to length and arrange in a halo shape around the angel’s hair. (I put the join for the beads at the top of the angel). Secure the beading by adding small stitches between each pearl using a single strand of complimentary sewing cotton.

Appliqué the Angel Face - Angel Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Put it All Together 

Cut 3″ of ribbon for the loop and fold in half. Stitch the loop to the back side of the angel’s head, so that it is centred on the top. Lay the piece for the back down on a flat surface. Lay the wings over the top of this. Place the top piece over the wings and back piece, and pin together carefully. Starting at the side of the angel at the neck, blanket stitch the front and back pieces together. Stitch through the wing pieces. This will secure them in place. Stitch carefully around the ribbon loop too. Be sure to secure your stitching well when you return to the start of your stitches.

Stitch the Angel Body Together - Angel Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Your little angel is ready for use! I loved putting little treasures in her teeny tiny pocket and I know that my daughter will love it too.

Sew a Christmas Angel Ornament with Molly and Mama

Feel free to personalise your angel with a hand embroidered name or monogram on the back. Add the year if you wish too. That way, your keepsake ornament can be treasured always. You could also embellish the wings with some pretty beads, sequins or embroidery.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial! Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at my tutorial for a cute little felt mouse in her lovely stocking. She’s another decoration that would make an ideal Christmas keepsake.

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

I love creating with wool felt. In fact, I’ve written some tips for you HERE. And you can see more of my tutorials listed HERE.

Feel free to pop by the STORE to view the full range of Molly and Mama PDF patterns and appliqué templates. Or head to my FACEBOOK page to share your creations. I also have some gorgeous and inspirational ideas pinned to my Christmas Inspiration board on Pinterest. Feel free to follow along. 

It’s lovely being inspired by a special ‘Blogger’ challenge! With so many other participants with wonderful projects and tutorials, you’re going to be spoilt for choice this Christmas! 

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Don’t forget to visit all of the bloggers who are creating tutorials for the ‘Sew McCool 12 Days of Christmas’ challenge! Voting will begin on www.sewmccool.com on December 13 and go through 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on December 20. The blogger with the most votes will win $100 – just in time for Christmas!

December 1

Ren @ The Inspired Wren * Stephanie @ Swoodson Says * Alicia @ Felt With Love Designs

December 2

Natalie @ Sew Outnumbered *Deby @ So-Sew-Easy * Ajaire @ Call Ajaire

December 3

Amy @ Friends Stitched Together * Maris @ Sew Maris * Gemia @ Phat Quarters

December 4

Amy @ How I Make Stuff * Michelle @ Falafel and the Bee

December 5

Beth @ Beth Jarrett * Jen @ Just Joshin

December 6

Lauren @ Molly and Mama * Krista @ Bee Quilted Beauties

December 7

Vicky @ Vicky Myers Creations * Deb @ Sprouting Jube Jube

December 8

Addie @ Addie K * Michelle @ Not My Tree

December 9

Ula @ Lulu & Celeste * Sara @ Made By Sara * Chelsea @ GYCT Designs

December 10

Nichole @ Bluebird & the Boy * Darcy @ Ginger House Designs * Shelly @ Coral & Co.

December 11

Amy @ Britches ‘n Bloomers * Kelly @ Kelly J Designs

December 12

Maegen @ Mae and K * Jess @ Gracious Threads * Jone @ Knot Sew Normal

Thanks for following along. Happy stitching, Lauren x

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

Introducing Percy the Pineapple

Introducing one of the latest appliqué template in the Molly and Mama range – ‘Percy the Pineapple’! Isn’t he cute? Right on trend for summer and easily converted to ‘Persephone the Pineapple’ with the addition of a bow and button! This pattern was designed exclusively for One Thimble Sewing E-zine.

Percy Pineapple Applique Template by Molly and Mama

Jen at One Thimble had a gorgeous vision for her 5th edition. To celebrate the anniversary of the magazine, she wanted to create a bright, tropical and happy vibe! And she definitely achieved it. It really ties in well with the summery Christmas vibe we have ‘Down Under’. You can read more about Issue 5 in this post HERE. This edition is packed with beautiful summery patterns, useful articles, great tips and business advice! Truth be told, I’m totally in love with this magazine.

So when Jen did a call out for this edition, I knew exactly which pattern I was going to submit! And luckily for me, Jen liked what she saw and I ended up designing two tropical appliqué templates for Issue 5. Today I’ll be sharing ‘Percy’ with you, but stayed tuned for a write-up about ‘Miranda’ coming very soon!

Percy the Pineapple applique template from Molly and Mama

So how does an appliqué pattern come about? It all starts on the sketch pad. I scribble ideas and come up with a rough outline of the design. I then tweak the outline so I can make it into a practical pattern that will be easily recreated with fabric and hand stitching, or machine appliqué. I have a lovely group of testers that help me trial the pattern and make sure that the explanations and descriptions are easy to understand and that the actual templates for the appliqué work well.

I also make up some samples to show off the design and have my dear friend Melissa from MiaMia Photography photograph it all. And I usually rope my kids into modelling for me. My little miss is so used to this, and loves being involved. My son usually requires a bit of bribery though!

Percy the Pineapple applique template from Molly and Mama

Designing the patterns is a fairly long process and involves a lot of work. But it’s also a lot of fun, and so rewarding when you see your work in print or in an online magazine!

All of my patterns include more than just a template. There’s a full set of step-by-step instructions with lots of photos and clear jargon-free explanations for each step. I want my patterns to be accessible to all, and especially to the beginner. So I really hope I’ve achieved that! You can see my full range of patterns in my ETSY STORE.

The making of Percy the Pineapple by Molly and Mama

But this gorgeous pineapple design and the other pattern I created for One Thimble are available exclusively through the magazine’s website until February 2015. If you like what you see, you can buy the template on it’s own (as a stand-alone pattern) at One Thimble. You can also bundle ‘Percy’ and ‘Miranda’ for a little saving, but your best value for money would be to buy a copy of the magazine or better yet, subscribe!

Tropical appliqué pack by Molly and Mama

* 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