Saturday, 2 February 2013

Fabric Leaves (Mollie Makes Magazine)



Hello there! I hope you're all enjoying the weekend. It's very cold and sunny here. I took Bella and Angus to the park this morning and I think it was the first time we'd been there in weeks - this time last week it was all under inches of snow.

So, my wee challenge to complete one "make" from each issue of Mollie Makes magazine continues. This particular make was one of those highly enjoyable crafty affairs that takes little time or cost and can be achieved in a couple of hours. Last Saturday afternoon I made a cup of tea, turned on the radio, sat down at the table and made these little leaves with some leftover fabric scraps. Lovely. They are sewn together with wire down the middle to give structure and act as a hook, then some simple stitching is added to show the leaf veins which gives a lovely quilted effect. 

I think the feel of this project was supposed to be autumnal but I'm five months late so we'll call them spring leaves, shall we? For now they hang on some pussy willow which sits in a vase in the living room and they add a little cheerful, fluttery colour to an otherwise dull and grey corner. 

Ah, spring, it will come, it will...

43 comments:

Sharron said...

How lovely those colourful leaves are...!! The fabric you've used is perfect, a very sweet, simple project :)

Jackie said...

They look lovely! I must admit that I have got lots of Mollie Makes magazines but have never made anything from them. I really should try a bit harder :O)xx

Tracey said...

Just found you through Jen at Little Birdie, lookig forward to following.Lovely Leaves.

Linda Stefansdottir said...

Wow these are gorgeous. I bought the Mollie Makes today :) Where did you get your willow from? I'd really like something similar for my lounge :)

Gillian said...

Hi Linda. I bought it in the flower section at M&S about a year ago! I never put it in water but just left it to dry out and it still looks fine.

Gillian x

SusieT said...

What pretty little leaves, such a simple idea but so effective especially hung on the pussy willow. Sue

Anonymous said...

Lovely and a quick project too - instant satisfaction. Like your tip about drying pussy willow out too thanks!

jen said...

Oh very pretty! I love them hanging on the branches. x

Irene said...

A brilliant and colourful idea.
luv
irene
xxxx

serious sarah said...

those are adorable!

-s.

serioussarahblog.blogspot.com

Jen said...

I like your spring leaves, they suit their bright colours and funky patterns! A definite push towards sunnier (and please) warmer days! x

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

What fun! And you have pussy willow already ... I'm watching for the buds here but we're not quite there yet.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Ah, just read your comment. Whenever I leave pussy willow in water it roots, something my kids used to love seeing happen when they were small :)

Gillian said...

I have never tried leaving it in water - I like the sound of watching it root. I'll look out for some more fresh pussy willow and try that. Thanks Annie. x

A Normandy kitchen said...

They look so good and really cheerful. I had no idea pussy willow could be dried - so thanks for that. I love the whole look and may give it a spin! (on my sewing machine!!) Have a good Sunday...
Ivan x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

These are LOVELY! :) x

Jo said...

What a lovely project. So lovely using the pussy willow too, so tactile, I wouldn't be able to resist stroking it as I passed by.

Leanne said...


I may even be able to have a go at these myself!! Lovely xx

the linen cloud said...

So pretty ... I love them on the willow ... Bee xx

Deborah Hamilton said...

Those leaves are so cute, and you have inspired me to make some. I have decided to leave my small Christmas tree up all year and decorate it with seasonal decorations. I'll be making some fabric leaves pretty soon. Right now it's decorated with valentines.

Debs said...

They are adorable. Please can I have a copy of the instructions! Sounds like the perfect (quick and not too difficult) project for me. And I am sure spring will come REAL SOON!!!!

Elizabeth said...

I.cannot.believe.it...
I feel really stupid right now.
I have the issue with the leaves tucked into my "autumn" folder.
Not being smart like you, I was waiting for next fall to make them.
Excuse me while I go get the magazine along with some spring remnants
and get started :)

Andrea @ little buckles said...

They look great hung on the branches. Really nice display x

Jennifer said...

Very pretty, I love the way they look on the branches.

Greer said...

clever you!

Thomasina Tittlemouse said...

Such a pretty idea, Gillian - they're lovely! E x

tea with lucy said...

love these! i'll have to track down one of these magazines. always love what i see!

rachel xo

Julie said...

These look so pretty and I'm particularly taken with the turquoise fabric. I stopped buying Mollie Makes as there was rarely anything I wanted to make - maybe it's time for another look. x

rachel said...

Gorgeous - where are your favourite fabric emporiums - you always have such beautiful ones?

my little red suitcase said...

I just love these leaves and the catkins, such a pretty decoration! I would keep these up all year round. Heather x

PinkCatJo said...

Definitely not only autumnal! Fantastic colours for the changing seasons! I love the pussy willow too - it looks fantastic! I subscribed to the first year of Mollie Makes and as much as I loved looking at it, I never made anything. It's been quite inspiring looking at all your makes! x

Coal Valley View said...

Oh this is gorgeous! Very Spring-y and a great way to use up little bits of fabric x

Oh Abigail said...

Love them, and the material!

Julia said...

These are gorgeous! And the fabrics are perfect for Spring...love them (especially the green!) We are having a nice sunny, but cold weekend!

cassie said...

lovely! i was at my favorite grocery store last week and saw an issue of Mollie Makes and thought of you! i almost bought it as a treat to myself, but realized that i have no time to craft and it would end up being a big tease. so it stayed there. at least this way i can craft vicariously through you!

Lisa said...

They are so pretty.
Lisa x

Megan said...

So sweet. Isn't it amazing what colors can do for one in the late winter? These really make me smile! We are about to move back to New England where the leaves tickled me all year around as they changed with every season. Here in Idaho, I don't seem to notice the change of season as drastically as we did there. I'm ready to go buy some beautiful fabric and make these!

Jenny said...

These are so sweet!

Col | Hello Olive said...

They look great Gillian! So cheery and colourful :-) x

Reginas Simple Living said...

they are so sweet.......lovely fabrics perfect for spring.
wishing you a nice day,
regina

Donna said...

They look lovely, and it's a great way of using scraps of fabric. They suit any time of the year - perfect for spring coming!x

TACIStudio said...

Love the little leaves... So cute and quiet beautiful blog :)

Trudy said...

Pretty leaves. Like your idea of making something from every issue of MM.