Craft Mafia’s Lo-fi Sessions

mug hugLO-FI is a monthly get together for crafty types at Common in the Northern Quarter taking place on the first Tuesday of the Month. Starting about 6pm and costing just ¬£1.50 towards materials, it is a great way to meet other crafters plus the added bonus of skills sessions. The sessions are run by members of the Manchester Craft Mafia. The one I attended was run by Nico from Ophelia Button who led us through making mug hugs & eye-masks out of shrunken woolens & fleece. This is what I made…

Places must be booked to book and for more details contact Nico on

I hope to be able to attend more Lo-fi events. I will add my makes if I do…


In the summer, the lovely Caroline Coates taught us to make her famous Sock Pigs. You can buy them here. You can see mine below. He now lives in the dollshouse.

In November we did decorations & gifts ready for Christmas. I taught people how to make my fleece & leatherette snowflakes. A lot of different designs were tried out in paper first. Some people also made brooches.

For Valentine’s Nico taught paper roses and applique. I used this as an opportunity to brush up on my blanket and chain stitches. Not sure if I had done chain stitch since my primary school sampler which still has pride of place on Mum’s wall.

The next month, Sam from Ministry of Craft taught reverse applique which I really enjoyed. It is quick and effective. Looks far more complicated than it is which is a win win in my book. I chose to use more of the same remnants as for my hearts for my apple motif bag.

I wonder what will be next…