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Published on March 4th, 2015 | by Merion


The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon

Craft for Comic Relief? What’s this new “Crafternoon” all about? And who are Ron and Audrey?

It is the brilliant brainchild of Emma Mitchell, jewellery maker and blogger and her fellow blogger and friend on the other side of the world, Australian Jodie Carleton, soft toy supremo.

Back in 2013, Emma was watching Comic Relief films of children younger than her own in Africa scavaging on rubbish tips, and she decided to harness the collective power of crafting bloggers to create “Red Nose Day Dolls” to raise money.

A merry band of bloggers created four gorgeous dolls, (with gorgeous wardrobes and accessories!) that were auctioned for Comic Relief. Spurred on by the brilliant response (they raised £4,200) Emma wanted to gather up the crafting community once again for Comic Relief by creating a magazine full of patterns and ideas that crafters everywhere could make and sell as fundraisers.

Giving something back is not only a good thing to do, it is an essential thing to do.  Crafters are often generous people, who prefer the joy of making and giving home-made treasure, and as Emma says, “You have the three things you try to keep going – family, food and work – but the fourth one – giving back – that’s so important as well.”

So, with the help of Jane Toft, Editor in Chief of the inspirational magazine Mollie Makes, she has rallied some of the most cherished bloggers and crafters in the UK – Lucy O’Regan of Attic 24, beloved for her inspirational crochet; Lynda Lewis – the nation’s favourite sewer from The Great British Sewing Bee, phenomenal knitter Lauren O’Farrell from Deadly Knitshade, Jenny Dixon, Mr X Stitch, Manda McGrory – and many others!   It is testament to the power of the online crafting community working together – it’s incredible.

Craft for Comic Relief!  All about Emma Mitchell and Mollie Makes special edition on the Loveknitting blog

The special edition of Mollie Makes (available in Sainsbury’s stores or for digital download), is jam packed with ideas that you can make and sell to raise money for Comic Relief.  Above, see some of the amazing crafts that are in this gorgeous issue – sewing, knitting, crochet, felting, ceramics – a glorious celebration of craft!   Do what we all love best – make, make and make – and then sell, sell, sell for Comic Relief!

Ron and Audrey

Two of the most adorable characters in the Crafternoon story are Ron and Audrey, felt guineapigs created by fabulous Australian blogger Jodie Carleton, who designed Maisie, one of the original Red Nose Dolls.  So famous are Ron and Audrey, that they have their own You Tube video, which we HAD to share with you below – take careful note of the cameo appearance from the strawberry (check the credits).  You can make Ron and Audrey, with their wonderful dressing up costumes, from the patterns in the magazine!


What’s next?

Hold a Crafternoon!

This is your essential planning session.  Get your crafty chums together, and some cake (this is apparently essential according to Emma’s Mollie Makes article and at LoveKnitting we quite agree) and pool your resources.  Decide what you might be able to make together to sell at a sale!   Then – craft like mad and raise some money for Comic Relief at a school sale, fair – or hold your very own crafternoon sale!   Here’s where you can make your donations after your fabulous Crafternoon: Red Nose Day Giving Page

Buy the magazine!

Just buying your copy of the The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon magazine donates £5 straight to Comic Relief, and that £5 will buy two malaria nets and save two lives.   Each time four copies are sold, a preventative workshop on cyber bullying could be set up in the UK.  Six copies could pay for a coach to hold a sports session for young people in a deprived area of the UK, and TEN copies can pay for a girl living in a Kenyan slum to do an apprenticeship and gain vital, life changing skills.

Make your face funny for money!

The other HILARIOUS part of this craft project is making “face furniture” – there are patterns in the magazine to make a crochet red nose from Little Conkers, a luxurious floral moustache from Flossie Teacakes and knitted beards from Lauren O’Farrell.  All you need to do, is make your face funny for money – and then tweet a silly selfie to 700111 with the word FUNNY – which will donate £1 to Comic Relief.

Don’t forget to rush out and buy your special edition Mollie Makes The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon magazine, or download a copy from Apple Newstand or Google Play now!  Do send us all your brilliant photos and show us what you’ve made!

About the Author

Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: March 4th, 2015.

2 Responses to The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon

  1. Louise says:

    What can I do I crochet and can knit

  2. Louise says:

    I made one in Braille and one ABC for my nieces

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