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Mollie Makes: Dingly Dangly Flower (Issue 2)

[picture from Mollie Makes]

In late Spring 2011, I discovered my first issue of Mollie Makes magazine. Unfortunately, it was issue 2, and I never managed to track down issue 1.

Mollie Makes was a new craft magazine and it drew me in because it looked like it was all of my favourite blogs and projects I looked at on US blogs/websites being made in the UK. I was so excited to finally find a magazine I could identify with after being disappointed with scrapbooking/card making magazines on offer here. I tore out the insert and took it into the Spar shop and asked if they could please add the magazine to our order (Tim gets loads of railway and garden railway magazines and I already received Jamie magazine). It took him a few months and a few trips running around Lincoln trying to find copies, but I finally now regularly pick up my issue at the corner shop each month.

Every month, Mollie Makes comes with something attached to the magazine. Usually a kit, but it’s also been ribbon and in January it was a calendar. I always devour the magazine and look at all the amazing projects…and never do them. I wind up putting the magazine in my magazine file “to do later”.

Last night, I pulled out the first issue of Mollie Makes I have. Attached to the front was a cute little felt flower kit – the kit that first drew my attention when I saw the magazine on display in WH Smith. Directions for the flower can be found inside the issue, including the pattern at half-size. In order to make the flower, you need to enlarge the pattern by 200%. Now, this can be tricky for people who don’t know how to us a copy machine, so Mollie Makes kindly puts all their patterns on their website, one pdf file per issue.

I printed the flower pattern out on regular paper, but soon wished I had used vellum or tracing paper as the printer paper was too stiff for pinning to the felt and I wound up with some misshapen petals as a result. The magazine also didn’t give much in the way of sewing instructions, so I had to make things up as I went along. The flower stayed together, so that’s all that matters.

My flower next to the the kit

See? Not bad.

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4 Comments so far

  1. LindaMaeS February 21st, 2012 3:42

    The flower is cute. What do you do with the flower. You can show me how to make them when I’m there.

  2. Rebecca February 21st, 2012 14:32

    I have no idea what I’m going to do with it, but I might make a pink one for Aunt Janie!

  3. miss m February 21st, 2012 16:07

    Neat! Cute that the magazine comes with a project. I like the little strawberries on the cover. (It’s strawberry season here in Florida right now. The annual Strawberry festival will be happening in a few weeks in fact.)

  4. Rebecca February 21st, 2012 16:15

    Nice! It won’t be strawberry season here til like June! The magazine is available in the US, too, but I’d imagine it’d have a huge import mark-up.

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