Here are my humble makes literally in the hands of Mollie Makes. I’m a bit overwhelmed to have one of my projects shown off like this, as most venture no further than my family and friends and rather too many don’t even make it out of my workbox.
I was thrilled to be commissioned by Mollie Makes. They asked me to work with autumn in mind, so luscious fruits were just the thing. I feel like I come alive in the autumn so there was no shortage of inspiration.
I liked the idea of little plump pears, so that’s where I started. I cut some rough shapes from scraps of cream calico and tacked these together to see how the construction could work. (I had to choose something plain, as I know that if I’d started sorting through my fabric stash at that stage, I’d have been sidetracked for hours.) It was soon obvious that working in six panels gave the most pleasing rounded shape. I did go through four prototypes to get to my final template shape, ranging from something that looked like a potato to a pumpkin with a lump on top. Thankfully the defining moment came when I figured out that I needed to squish in the ends of the fruit to get the perfect shape. And of course I’ll always find an excuse to add buttons to anything, so I was pleased to pop a tiny brown button on the bottom (what do you call the opposite end to the stalk?).
The apple shape came together a little more quickly, with no potato-shaped accidents this time. I created two different sizes so there’s a bit of variety if you make lots and display them together. If you do have a go, I’d recommend starting with the larger size, as the smaller apple is a teeny bit fiddlier to work with.
Playing with all the patterned fabrics was a joy. Mollie Makes only asked me to make a few variations but before I knew it there were actually 12 apples and pears lined up along my mantelpiece. I got carried away with all the variations for stems, leaves and little extras like embroidered insects. (There is actually a 13th project too. If you visit me again in a little while, I will share this as a little bonus project!)
My favourite? It has to be the pear with a little ladybird embroidered on one side.
You’ll find templates and instructions for all the fruits in issue 6 of Mollie Makes. I really hope you enjoy them. Go careful, they do get a bit addictive!