Mollie Makes: Toucan Keyring Kit

I’ve never bought a Mollie Makes magazine until now and I have no idea why I haven’t purchased one sooner. They are jam packed full of creativity, inspiration and craft ideas. This months issue really caught my eye as the Toucan Keyring Kit looked awesome. Who doesn’t want a cute homemade toucan attached to your keys to brighten up your day.

So, on Saturday, whilst Shaun was glued to watching England in the World Cup, I decided to get crafty and create this fun little chap.

The Toucan Keyring Kit is available in Issue 94 of Mollie Makes and it is designed by Manuela Trani. 

Inside the kit: Black, blue, coral and yellow felt, embroidery thread, gold faux leather fabric, 1 x gold coloured keyring, soft toy stuffing, 1 x sharp sewing needle.

There is everything you need! Just make sure you have a sharp pair of scissors to cut the felt.

To make this, you need to flick to page 96 in the magazine to find the handy toucan templates.

Firstly, you need to carefully cut around the templates provided.

I found it easiest to lay each shape onto the felt so there was no confusion later. These toucan body parts are really tiny!

Grab your scissors and get cutting! The sharper your scissors the better as these shapes are quite fiddly.

After about 20 minutes of trying to thread a needle, stitch the pink felt square on to the yellow beak.

Then do the same for the black piece of felt at the end of the beak.

At this stage, I went freestyle and stopped following the instructions. Threading a needle was taking me FOREVER, so I wanted to get the most out of each coloured thread. Here I stitched the golden chest and tail in yellow.

Next up was the blue thread and layered on the blue felt. 

I then added the black wing and added blue stitches to the wing. The eye and pink circle thingy followed, with extra pink wing stitches (or feathers).

Oops, that extra bit of black fluff on its tail isn’t meant to be there.

I managed to irreversibly bend my needle in all the excitement but somehow it still managed to sew. The black detailing on the beak was the next stage.

In the kit, you get two pieces of black felt. The second piece is used to cut around the entire toucan outline and create its back body.

Now you need to fatten up your bird with the soft toy stuffing. It looks like my poor toucan is having major surgery. Once suitably stuffed, you can sew him back together again.

Don’t forget his feet! As you can see, I’m not the neatest at sewing but who wants a perfect toucan anyway.

Once his little feet are securely in place, sewing on the keyring with the gold fabric was quite straight forward.

Ta-da! Here is Mr. Toucan! This is a really fun little DIY project and took me about 90 minutes (approx. the entire England v Sweden game). If you fancy giving this a try yourself, why not pick up a copy of Mollie Makes and give it a go! Other than threading the needle (which drove me slightly mad) the sewing was very relaxing and I really enjoyed seeing my birdie take shape.

Have you tried making this or anything similar? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. July 11, 2018 / 8:28 am

    I have seen these magazines, but I have not picked one up before either. Looks fun and cheerful. I may just pick one up next time.

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 6:36 am

      Thanks Liz! 💖 It’s such a fun magazine with loads of craft ideas, would definitely recommend 😘 xx

  2. July 11, 2018 / 8:51 am

    I’ve never heard of this. It sounds like fun. Also, you’ve done such a good job with that keyring, Bexa!! 🙂

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 6:40 am

      Aww thanks so much Ruth! 💖 It was really fun to do. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  3. July 11, 2018 / 9:27 am

    I didn’t know there was a magazine that also gave you the kits to make the crafts! I’ve only seen those with instructions only. Now I really want to try it! You’re so creative with Mr. Toucan, Bexa. It must be a nice feeling to have your own handmade keyring!

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 7:40 am

      Thank you so much lovely! 💖 It was such a fun little project and nice that the magazine is full of other craft ideas too! 😘 xx

  4. July 11, 2018 / 9:42 am

    I haven’t seen this magazine before, it looks really fun! The last kit I had was a felt Pug kit in one of my Artemis & Xena boxes – I gave it away to a Pug loving friend but your Toucan looks amazing. I know what you mean about threading the needle though, sewing Flora’s Cubs badges on is a task I dread, haha. I think this magazine would make a great subscription gift for a crafty creative 🙂 x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 7:43 am

      Thanks so much Lisa! 💖 It was such a fun project although threading a needle is such a pain 🙈. It must take a lot of patience to sew Flora’s cub badges on he he. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  5. July 11, 2018 / 11:51 am

    I’ve bought this mag and let’s knit mag but I’m still to make anything from them 😕😫 I think the moral of the story here is I like to look at all the things and go yep I’ll sit down tomorrow/next week/ over the weekend and I just don’t! Such a procrastinator!

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 9:29 am

      Thanks Shan! 💖 He he, I know that feeling well! At least you have the mags to hand if you ever have a spare afternoon ☺️ xx

  6. July 11, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    I’ve never heard of these magazines. That’s pretty cool that it comes with a kit. Most craft magazines I’ve seen only tell you what you need and then you have to go out and buy everything.

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 9:30 am

      Thanks Alicia! 💖 It’s great that everything is included, even the needle! It’s a really fun little project 😘 xx

  7. July 11, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    This is so cute! You’re so creative and I would never have the patience to do this

    Kate xx
    http://www.mummywho.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 9:47 am

      He he, thanks Kate! It was a bit frustrating at times with the needle threading but glad I finished it 😍💕 xx

  8. July 11, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    It’s been years since I bought a magazine, and I will admit I’m not all that creative in the making things department.
    I really enjoyed reading this post though (:

    Alys / alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 9:49 am

      Thanks so much Alys! 💖 So glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  9. July 11, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    This little toucan is such a darling! Does he have a name?

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.squarespace.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 9:49 am

      Aww thank you, I think I should call him Terry xx 😄💕

  10. Arshi
    July 11, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    Wow this is so cool! I remember doing DIYs like these when I was younger but I had no idea they were still around! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    notesfromarshi.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 9:53 am

      Thanks so much Arshi! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  11. July 11, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    I’ve never seen this before, but its a great Idea. That Toucan would be perfect for your car keys, at least you will then be able to find them in your bag.

    Steph

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 9:54 am

      Thanks Steph! 💖 It is really perfect for car keys and making sure they don’t get lost. Great idea! 😘 xx

  12. July 11, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    I’ve never seen one of these magazines before, will defo check it out x

    theordinaryblogger.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 10:01 am

      Thanks so much! 💖 xx

  13. July 11, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    You find the most gorgeous things Bexa! I’ve never come across this magazine before! I’d love a little keyring like this! I’d love to see what else is in the magazine too if you need another idea for a post? I’m so awful at craft but I really want to go buy this magazine! Your toucan is so lovely! And when people ask where you got it from it’s so nice to say you made it!!

    Lots of love,

    Molly xo

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 10:16 am

      Aww thanks so much Molly! 💖 So glad you like the toucan! It was a really fun little project. That’s a great idea, I’m going to have a flick through the magazine soon for some more craft inspiration 💕😘 xx

  14. July 11, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    I love you step-by-step photos! Super cute!

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 10:17 am

      Thanks so much Katy! 💖 xx

  15. July 11, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    I’ve never heard of this magazine before, but I love how this turned out! It’s so cute! Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Paige

    https://currentlylately.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 10:17 am

      Thanks so much Paige! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  16. July 11, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    This is genuinely the coolest thing, I recently got a SkinnyDip keyring that is so similar to this! I really want to get more creative, I’ve just subscribed to a crafts box that gets delivered monthly so I’m hoping I get things as cool as this! You did a fab job x

    Alice | http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 10:21 am

      Thanks so much Alice! 💖 wow, a craft subscription box sounds awesome! That would be the best parcel to receive! 😍 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 11:30 am

      Thanks so much! 💖 So glad you enjoyed the post, he he yes the needle threading did drive me slightly crazy 😜🙈 xx

  17. July 11, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    This looks fab I love making things. I mads my little one the mog and owl Teddy from meg and mog. They actually turned out OK ha. This mag looks great xx http://mummythomas.blog 💚

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 10:23 am

      Thanks so much Kerry! 💖 Aww the teddy sounded cute, I’m pleased it turned out okay! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 10:23 am

      Thanks so much Meredith! 💖 xx

  18. July 11, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    Awh Bexa! This little chappy is so cute! ☺️ I love your step by step photos as well! You’re so creative!! Xo

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 10:24 am

      Aww thanks so much Lozza! It was so much fun, glad you enjoyed the post 💕😘 xx

  19. July 12, 2018 / 10:04 am

    Aw this is so cute and looks like a really nice way to relax and be creative too. Love your photos as they are so helpful to follow Bexa! Great post as always xx

    Rebecca | https://www.rebeccasreviews.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 10:25 am

      Thank you so much Rebecca! 💖 It was really relaxing and fun to do, glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  20. July 12, 2018 / 10:11 am

    That looks so cool! I want to make one now. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to make a note of this, so I remember to look for it.

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 10:26 am

      Thanks Sharon! Hope you enjoy making it too! 💖 xx

  21. July 12, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Awh he’s so cute and turned out really well! I wish I had the patience to sit down and do crafty things like that. I wouldn’t know where to start so a magazine like this would be really helpful for me! 🙂 xxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 10:30 am

      Thanks Jenny! 💖 The magazine with all the instructions was so helpful, I don’t think I could make it on my own 🙈. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  22. Shaun
    July 12, 2018 / 10:36 am

    I love your toucan key ring ☺️. It looks like you had fun making it, although I appreciate it must have taken a lot of patience threading the needle 👌🏻. I can imagine it was really satisfying seeing the end product come together 😘. A lovely post Bexa 😄😍💖😘 xxxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 10:41 am

      Aww thank you so much Shaun! It definitely was a satisfying experience! I’m glad I finished it even though the needle threading drove me crazy 😜😍😘💖 xxxx

  23. July 12, 2018 / 10:49 am

    Ah this is adorab;e, and the keyring turned out so well! Your posts inspire me to be more creative and crafty, I used to enjoy it so much when I was younger! Such a fun way to unwind as well! Thanks for sharing x

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Thanks so much Evie! 💖 Glad it’s inspired you, that’s so awesome! 😘 xx

  24. July 12, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    This is the cutest key ring ever! I am not much of a DIY person but seeing you make it was so fun I wanna give it a try although I probably won’t be as good as you haha! xx
    https://beaulife.org

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      Thanks so much Huda 💖 it was really fun, so glad you enjoyed the post, you should definitely give it a go 😘 xx

  25. July 12, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    Woahhh! I didn’t even know this magazine was a thing. I love creative projects like this and I like how straight-forward and easy the tutorial is. Lol the fact that this is the length of a football game is hilarious because I really thought it would’ve finished faster but then I remember how time consuming sewing can be tehe. You did a great job, it looks just like the tutorial in the mag…Such a fun post 😀 <3

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Aww thanks so much Lena! 💖 It was such a fun project, glad you enjoyed the post lovely! He he, it did take a while to do, mostly trying to thread a needle ha ha 🙈😂😜 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 14, 2018 / 9:16 am

      Thanks Lily! 💖 He he, it did take me a while too 😂 glad you enjoyed the post xx

  26. July 12, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    I’ve never heard of this magazine before but it sounds like so much fun. I used to love crafty things like this (where it tells you exactly what to do so you can’t screw up..). Your finished one looks fantastic x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 14, 2018 / 9:29 am

      Thanks so much Sophie! He he yes, having the instructions was so helpful 😄 not sure I could have done it without them. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  27. July 12, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    This looks like so much fun! You find the best crafty things Bexa! I like the sound of this one xx
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.com/

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 14, 2018 / 9:31 am

      Thanks so much Alys! Glad you enjoyed the post. It’s a really fun little project to do! 💕😘 xx

  28. July 15, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    Aw this is so cute! I love all of the adorable little DIY projects that you manage to find and this would make such a cute addition to a set of keys! I’ve never heard of Mollie Makes so I’ll have to check it out!
    Sophie – https://sophhearts.com x

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 15, 2018 / 4:19 pm

      Thank you so much Sophie! 💖 It’s a really fun project and quite easy too. Would definitely recommend and glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

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