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I was so thrilled to be able to review the “Mollie Makes Woodland Friends” book! The book includes 20 different projects, all featuring the cutest creatures in the forest.

Mollie Makes Woodland FriendsProjects include gifts and home decorating items like a “Sew Faux Happy Log Pouch” jewelry roll, “Sew Sweet Hedgehog Sewing Set”, “Reverse Applique Mug Rugs”, and a “3D Felt Badger Pillow”. The project techniques range from knitting and crochet, to sewing, embroidery, and paper crafting.Mollie Makes Woodland FriendsI read through the projects and picked out a number that I am excited to get started on. The book covers so many different skills that I think any crafty person can find a project that they will be excited to begin. The “Felt Applique Napkin Ring Portraits” (below) caught my eye. Not because I desperately need a set of napkin rings with adorable animals, but because the critters are so cute and you can use the pattern to make any number of projects. I am thinking of leaving off the napkin ring portion on the back and making the embroidered felt animals into Christmas ornaments.Mollie Makes Woodland FriendsAnd because I am always looking for ways to use up some of my fabric scraps, I love the “Machine Applique Animal Pictures” (below). The step-by-step instructions for this project are easy to follow and include helpful tips. The projects include a detailed list of required materials and photos that highlight all the important instructions.Mollie Makes Woodland FriendsOne of my favorite aspects of this book is the pattern section at the back of the book. Every project includes patterns for the different shapes, which you can scan, enlarge, and print or use a photocopier to do the same thing. I can see myself using these patterns over and over again because the woodland theme is a favorite of mine and I especially like the animals and shapes featured in this book.

There is also a helpful stitching guide for all of the embroidery and applique projects. Mollie Makes Woodland FriendsAlthough I originally thought that I would use the book to make a few projects for my daughter’s room (which has a woodland theme), I now want to get started on a few projects for myself! Some of the projects in this book are fairly basic (pillows, garlands, quilts), but the animal characters and patterned shapes are what really make this book special. I would highly recommend this book to any crafter that favors woodland creatures or wants to create some fabulous gifts.

PROS:

  • The patterns included in this book are unique, and have the potential to be used over and over again!
  • Project instructions are clear and concise with great photos and helpful hints.
  • Covers a wide range of crafting techniques (sewing, crochet, paper crafts, etc.).

CONS:

  • Covers a wide range of crafting techniques. I can’t crochet, so I’ll have to have a friend make those projects for me.
  • If the woodland theme is not for you then you should probably check out a different “Mollie Makes” book.

Mollie Makes Woodland Friends” is published by Interweave and is currently available on Amazon.com for around $10.

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Cassandra has been scrapbooking and stamping for more than 15 years. Paper is her passion, and she says that she grew up wanting to own a stationery shop. She describes herself as "crafty" and enjoys projects ranging from card making and photography to quilting and crafts for kids. She was previously in corporate marketing but now spends her days at home with her young daughter. You can read more about Cassandra's adventures in crafting at the fresh crafts blog.

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