Wednesday, 20 November 2013

giving free gifts {a craft-a-long}

When the latest issue of Mollie Makes dropped through my door I had an epiphany. The free kit with Issue 34 is an adorable 70s style doll and they suggested it would be a great stocking filler... well yes... it would! My eldest daughter would love it. And that got me thinking, I know I've got more of those kind of things lying around. Turns out I've got thirteen of those free kits from different craft magazines. Thirteen?! I seem to have developed a magazine addiction along with the fabric one.


What a waste to have those supplies lying around while I'm trying to think up gifts to make for teachers. If I have time I'd love to also make little fabric baskets to put them in but if not they'd be just as cute tied up to a bar of chocolate! Some of them would be ideal for this and some others my kids would love to have at Christmas.

So in the spirit of using what you have and creating some extra little gifts would you like to join me? If you have any of those free kits now is the perfect time to make them up!

I've created a blog page and link for us to add our free kit makes. The link is now open and will stay open until the end of December. I would appreciate help getting the word out so please grab the button and add it to your blog:

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Of course you don't have to give them away and if you've made any of those free kits recently then feel free to add them to the link party - I know I've seen a couple around.

I don't know how many I will be able to do but it will be fun to try some different projects and none of them are very difficult makes.

I'm starting with an easy quick one (I hope!). The oilcloth coin purse from Issue 24 of Mollie Makes:


You can link up with makes using free kits from any craft magazine, I also have some from Crafty and one from Love Patchwork and Quilting.

I'm hoping I'm not the only person with a collection of free kits waiting to be made!


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

18 comments:

  1. I have a drawer full of these, I've been thinking that when the children are a bit bigger they can make them all for me!! Have fun making

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  2. Lucy you are killing two birds with one stone - very clever. Di x

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  3. Ahem, I have sooooooooooo many - I'm in!

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  4. GREAT idea! I have that oilcloth purse too. I will see how many I have (all still attached to the magazines, of course!)

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  5. I don't personally have any (Mollie Makes is too expensive for me to buy in the US) but I know of several bloggers who have been doing this and I think it's a great idea.

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  6. Great idea Lucy! I am not a huge magazine buyer but I'm pretty sure I have a Cath Kidston tote bag freebie around the place somewhere - I think everything is pre cut so should be pretty quick to whip up!

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  7. Great idea...though I subscribed to love patchwork and quilting online..... No free gift :o(
    I have quite a few little cross stitch ones.....somewhere in the depths of my junk/sewing room.

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  8. I obviously need to buy more magazines (or get someone to buy them for me and send them over!) :-) Which ones to people recommend?

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  9. Your magazines give you free kits??? That's it! I am moving! Haha

    I don't have any free kits, but I have been making up little kits for myself when I am done with a project or need a change they are cut, ready to go with the instructions all in a bag for each project!

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  10. I have some cute knitting ones that I bought when I was in the UK, a few weeks ago. Now to team up the kit and mag, to get instructions!

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  11. I am hoping this weekend to make the felt makes from an edition of Crafty a month or so ago, a robin and a Christmas pudding tree decorations

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  12. Great idea, Lucy. I always read Mollie Makes in the bookstore and the little freebies look so fun.

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  13. What a great idea, although I don't buy magazines!

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  14. I have a ton of these that I keep thinking I'll take away with me as wee hand projects and which I invariably forget!

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  15. Great idea Lu! I don't actually have any but if something pops up I'll be sure to play along. Looking forward to seeing all your makes. x

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  16. I meant to leave you a comment when I saw this post a few days ago. It's so funny that you are doing this, because I just put together the two packs I had from Mollie Makes!

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