Those of you who who've been peeking in through my Attic window for a while may remember these dinky little crochet blankets I made for the "Red Nose Day Dollies" as part of a fund-raising initiative for UK charity Comic Relief. Do you remember them? I crocheted one using little squares, and one using mini ripples. I loved making them and the dolls proved to be a ginormous success when they were auctioned on eBay, with all monies going to help those in need. Comic Relief is a tremendously popular charity here in the UK (rightly so), raising millions of ££'s each year which is used to "tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice in the UK and across the world".
Fast forward two years and 2015 sees the launch of The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon. It's an exciting concept dreamed up by Emma of Silverpebble, and put into action by the team at Mollie Makes. So what exactly is The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon? Weeeelllll.....it's two things actually.
Number one - it is a super-duper 132-page magazine featuring fifty handmade projects by talented crafters and designers from around the globe.
And number two - it is an invite to you (yes, you!). We would like you to gather together your friends for a fun and creative "Crafternoon" where you all get to make some lovely little handmade items, with the aim of then organising yourself a craft fair to be held on March 13th (Red Nose Day) so that you can sell your wondrous creative makes raising even more money for Comic Relief (and breeeeeeathe). That was a very long-winded sentence, but I hope you get the gist of it. In a nutshell - Make something funny/pretty/cute and sell it, then donate the proceeds to Comic Relief. Genius idea eh?
The magazine is chocka-block full of wonderful things to make, aimed at anyone who might have just an inkling of a creative itch. The two adorable felt guinea pigs above (named Ron and Audrey) are so utterly cute that they very quickly became stars of the social media scene in recent weeks. I can tell that you might already be considering the possibility of creating your very own Ron and Audrey and yes, the pattern and full instructions (created by the super-talented Jodie Carelton) will be in the magazine.
My contribution was not comical or cute really, but rather something pretty and hooky.
I designed this little Spring Posy brooch to cheer up a dull old woolly cardy or a boring old coat lapel. I don't often wear brooches but I love seeing them adorning other people and so was inspired to create my own pretty little pin-on something. I've actually worn this Spring Posy a lot since I made it, I genuinely enjoy looking down and seeing it sat on me! The projects in the magazine come with step by step photo-tutorials (my favourite kind of pattern writing) so I do hope you will be inspired to grab a copy and have a go at making yourself something lovely.
So here is the lowdown of the Big Comic Relief Crafternoon Magazine.....
- It goes on sale in Sainsbury's and online via iTunes/Google Play on 29th January (that's this coming Thursday).
- It costs £7.99 with a generous £5 going straight to Comic Relief to support their wonderful projects in the UK and Africa.
- Inside the pages there are OODLES of gorgeous tutorials from lovely crafters such as Dottie Angel, Flossie Teacakes, Jodie Carleton, Lynda Lewis from the Great British Sewing Bee, Oh No Rachio. And me.
- There is also a guide to running your own craft fair so you can make an entire troupe of felt guinea pigs/nursery full of Spring Posy brooches and sell them to make more crafty cash for Comic Relief.
As with all fund-raising efforts for Very Good Causes, it helps enormously if lots and lots and lots of people join in. It goes without saying that I would LOVE it if you could help spread the word, there is much crafty jollity going on over on Facebook and Twitter if you'd like to have a peek and share with your creative buddies.
Happy crafting my lovelies!
ps, Emma Mitchell who is the creative force behind the whole Crafternoon idea wrote a great blog post about it here.
pps, if you a hold crafty event or run workshops/creative crafternoons to raise money for Comic Relief, there is an easy donations page set up for you to transfer your Crafty Cash, find it here. The target is set at £1000, lets see if we can make it happen!