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Mollie Makes Mama

Mollie Makes Mama

Mollie Makes Mama

The team behind Mollie Makes bring you a collection of beautiful projects to make for children, from newborns to young explorers. Break out your sewing, crochet and papercrafting skills to create toys, clothes and décor – and be inspired by nursery tours and family-focused features.

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited

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1 min
hang time

HOW TO MAKE… A SIMPLE FRAME MATERIALS Four lengths of balsa wood, 30 x 2.5 x 0.5cm (11⅞ x 1 x ¼") Strong wood glue Two screw hooks Faux suede cord Add instant art to any nursery (or grown-up room) with a quick contemporary frame. Showing off prints in a fresh, modern way, these wooden poster strips are currently stocked in all our favourite lifestyle stores. Get creative and make your own art to display this way (Teri’s tutorial for some botanical art is in issue 78 of Mollie Makes), or why not show off one of this magazine’s free prints? Just trim the wood to fit. 01 Mark 7cm (2_") in from either end along one narrow edge of a length of balsa wood. Screw a hook into both marked points until just…

4 min
if you go down to the woods…

HOW TO MAKE… STITCHED HOOP ART MATERIALS Fusible webbing (such as Bondaweb) Fawn-coloured felt, approx. 12cm (43/4") square White or cream-coloured felt, approx. 30cm (12") square Mid-weight cotton or linen fabric, approx. 30cm (12") square Water-soluble fabric marker Embroidery hoops, 18cm (7") for framing plus one larger for working Embroidery thread in black, white, green, ecru, dark fawn, red and brown, plus shades of your choice for the flower border and mountain background Acrylic or craft paint (optional) Fine-grade sandpaper (optional) PVA glue Introduce a little Scandi-style folk art into a little one’s bedroom with this super-cute fawn design by Kirsty Neale. The seven stitches used here – satin, straight, French knot, split, whipped backstitch, lazy daisy and backstitch – are all classics that you can use in projects again and again.…

2 min
starry skies

HOW TO MAKE… A NIGHT SKY MOBILE MATERIALS Mobile hanger Felt in various colours Metallic faux leather Matching sewing thread White embroidery thread Hot glue gun Soft toy stuffing Tapestry needle We love making gifts to welcome a new baby, especially when they’re as sweet as this easy-sew moon and stars mobile. Designed to catch the attention of inquisitive eyes, this night sky display will keep little ones entertained by day and soothe them to sleep at bedtime. Pick similar felt shades for your version, or stay true to the stargazing experience with blues and greys. When hanging this mobile in a nursery or young child’s bedroom, always make sure it’s kept well out of reach. Avoid suspending it over a cot or crib, and always make sure it’s properly secured to the ceiling. 01…

3 min
playtime pants

HOW TO MAKE… BABY PANTS AND BIB MATERIALS Cotton jersey fabric, 50cm (193/4") Contrast jersey fabric, 50cm (193/4") Polyester thread Popper or plastic fastener Sewing machine Basic sewing kit As well as plenty of cuddles, newborns need cosy clothes to warm them through those early days. These comfy mini harem pants and matching bib can be made in a couple of hours, and you can make them extra-personal by upcycling old T-shirts and jersey tops – maybe a T-shirt dedicated to mum and dad’s favourite band? A ballpoint needle in your machine will make sewing jersey easier, and pre-washing fabric to allow for shrinkage is a good idea too. These pants are designed to fit a baby aged 1-3 months, but you could scale up for older babbas too – use an…

4 min
scandi pants

HOW TO MAKE… A BABY ROMPER MATERIALS Drops Cotton Merino, 50% wool/50% cotton, 50g/110m per ball, two balls in Sea Green (29) 3mm and 3.5mm circular needles, 40cm (15¾") long 3mm double-pointed needles 6mm cable needle or double-pointed needle Three 1.5cm (⅝") buttons Two 2cm (¾") buttons Tapestry needle Stitch holder Stitch marker TENSION Approx. 22 sts and 30 rows in st st to measure 10cm (4") ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl sl slip st st stocking st (if straight needles, knit one row, purl one row repeated, if knitting in the round knit all rounds) k2tog knit 2 stitches together p2tog purl 2 stitches together dpn(s) double pointed needle(s) tbl through back loop yo yarn over wyib with yarn in back wyif with yarn in front RS right side WS wrong side FINISHED SIZE To fit 38 (44, 50, 54)cm (15 (17⅜, 19¾, 21¼)")…

3 min
games without frontiers

Once upon a time, girls wore dungarees and played in sandpits with diggers, and boys happily bounced around on space hoppers while rocking a rainbow tee. But 30 years on, our toy shops are very specific about what our children should prefer. Action-loving boys this way, please; pretty princesses to the aisle on the right. Francesca Mallen, founder of the Let Clothes Be Clothes campaign, is unhappy about this change. “Growing up in the 80s, I wore dinosaur dungarees and loved Star Wars, but my own daughters are told those things are in the boys’ aisles. Did girls change so much in three decades that they’re now naturally inclined towards pink and frills? Are all boys ‘trouble’ like the slogans suggest?” Of course, this is part of a wider gender issue, which…