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Cardmaking & Papercraft

Mollie Makes Christmas

With Cardmaking & Papercraft, you’ll never be short of Cardmaking ideas. Each issue is packed with the very best techniques, detailed step by step guides, essential advice and know how from top experts

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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1 min.
merry & magical...

Welcome to the third edition of Mollie Makes Christmas! This bumper edition is jam-packed with fantastic ways to fill your festive season with cheer. From gorgeous gifts to delight your friends, family and colleagues (not to mention plenty of fun makes for the little ones) to decorations for your tree, walls, and table, we’ve got your handmade Christmas covered. There’s a real variety of techniques and skill level too – from trusty favourites such as crochet, sewing and stitching, to newer kids on the block like marbling and weaving. Go on, give them a try! We’ve even thrown in a couple of recipes for keen bakers, too. And don’t miss our pull-out tags and greeting cards on page 115. Team Mollie Makes wishes you a very happy festive season and…

2 min.
contributors

Lia Griffith The reigning queen of US craft, Lia’s greatest loves are her daughter Emily, her dog Enzo and travelling in Europe. She believes every room should include a bit of handmade. Visit her site for amazing paper and felt projects. Whip up Lia’s felt mistletoe on page 29. www.liagriffith.com Becki Clark Becki creates patterns, brush lettering and illustrations from her cosy home in Bristol. She’s obsessed with polka dots, pom poms, badgers and fresh flowers. She’s also very partial to a pastel palette and fresh pot of ink. Find Becki’s cute gift cards in our pull-out section. www.beckiclark.com Layla Amber Layla is a designer-maker of illustrated handmade jewellery, who works from her studio on the Suffolk coast. Layla can also be found in her pyjamas knitting, drawing, baking or hanging out with her dog Ted. See Layla’s…

4 min.
‘twas the night before christmas

HOW TO MAKE… A STOCKING AND OWL MATERIALS For the stocking • Red and white striped cotton fabric, 0.5m (½yrd) • Fleece fabric, 0.5m (½yrd) • Cotton tape, 6cm (2/8 in) • Red embroidery thread • Ribbon, 16cm (6 3/8 in), 1cm ( 3/8 in) wide • Piping, 40cm (15¾in), 3mm ( 1/8 in) thick For the owl • Mint felt • White felt • Red felt • Small piece white fur/fleece fabric • Small piece of patterned fabric • Dark grey, blue and yellow embroidery threads • Matching sewing threads • Toy stuffing What were your Christmas traditions growing up? Charades in front of the fire, some sherry for Santa (AKA granddad) and the ever-exciting hanging of the stockings, just before bedtime? Recreate a little of that nostalgic magic by sewing a stocking, complete with a sweet owl mascot, that can be unpacked on the 24th for…

3 min.
eat, drink and be merry

HOW TO MAKE… FELT TABLE DECORATIONS MATERIALS • J Wool felt, 20 x 30cm (8 x 12in) sheets • Embroidery thread • Cardboard or chipboard • Mini pom poms • Small jewels • Sharp needles • Darning needle • Felt glue • Iron • Printer • Package tape • Very sharp scissors • Craft knife, box cutter or heavy duty scissors • Toothpicks, tweezers, wax paper (optional) Merry-makers tend to be a bit full and snoozy by 25 December, but we think Danielle Thompson’s eye-catching table decorations will wake everyone up a bit before the final port and stilton course finishes them off. The neon colours and pop art-inspired motifs are bound to delight the non-traditionalists, as well as providing a talking point for any lulls in conversation. Have fun matching one or two to your guests, adding your own motifs if you want – Aunt Mo’s…

1 min.
countdown to christmas

HOW TO MAKE… ADVENT CALENDAR BAGS MATERIALS • Paper • Scissors • Washi tape • Decorations A great stash-busting project, the joy of Lana’s grown-up advent calendar is that you don’t have to restrict yourself to just one chocolate… 01 Cut the paper to your desired size. Fold the sides of the paper inside. 02 Tape the folded parts together. Fold 2cm of the bottom of the paper up towards the top. 03 Open the folded area and flatten the corner, creating a triangle shape. Repeat this for the other side. 04 Take the top part of the flattened area and fold it downwards to the middle. Repeat for the bottom piece. 05 Place your hand inside the bag and push the side creases open. 06 Fold the side creases towards the inside of the bag, making a v-shape. 07 Decorate how you…

6 min.
let it snow

HOW TO MAKE… CROCHET SNOWFLAKES MATERIALS For table runner and›coasters • Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK yarn, 100% cotton, 100g/184m per ball, two balls in White (3660) (MC), one ball each in Shell Pink (3666) (Yarn A), Sky Blue (3667) (Yarn B), Soft Lime (3663) (Yarn C), Wisteria (3664) (Yarn D) • 4mm (UK 8, US G/6) crochet hook • Yarn needle • Sewing needle and›white thread For the hanging decoration • Wendy Supreme Cotton DK Yarn, 100% cotton, 100g/201m per ball, one›ball in White (1820) • 3.25mm (UK 10, US D/3) crochet hook TENSION Tension isn’t too important for this design, just aim for a finish you’re happy with. ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ch-sp(s) chain space(s) ss slip stitch dc double crochet htr half treble tr treble picot ch3 then ss to the 3rd ch from the hook FINISHED SIZE Approx. snowflake sizes at the widest point: Mini: 7cm (2¾in) Small: 13cm…