I made this plush mostly to help clear out some of my fleece scraps, but also because it seemed like something really simple that would make a huge impact, and I don’t think I was wrong :D I just love the huge menacing grin on this guy! If there are fans of the Super Mario games out there, you might recognize this as one of the minor enemies you defeat in your adventures. It was a lot of fun seeing him come together, and even more fun getting to swing him around when he’s done :3
Hello again everyone!
My Etsy store got another update today ^-^ As promised, this time around is a group of purple and yellow plushies. There are a lot of rehashes of previous characters, but a few new creatures managed to sneak in too :D
Like with other updates there are some narwhals and octopi in yellow and purple as well as another little robot in a butter yellow. There are also more punk bunnies in purple now with matching Union Jack details on their ears. A new character I’m happy to show off is a little violet-colored ninja bunny! Not only does she have a little shuriken in her hand, but a katana on her back as well – blinged out with beads, decoden style! I had made a group of girly ninjas like this in amigurumi form before, so I was so glad to get to create it in minky plush form as well :D
And lastly is the batch of Puff Monsters ^-^ This will probably be the last batch of Puff Monsters you’ll see, so if one of them has caught your eye, be sure to snatch him/her up before they’re all gone! There’s an annoyed puff with his caffeine fix, a little witch puff complete with broom, and another dapper puff with a fluffy mustache. I think he might be my favorite so far – just love that little bowler hat x3 Just remember from here on out I’ll just be doing original designs. It was a ton of fun getting to collaborate with Bianca Roman-Stumpff ^0^ And I’ll see if making more in the future is in the cards based on how her fans react.
As for what’s next, you can expect to see a collection in the red spectrum – everything from burgundy to fuchsia to hot pink. I’m actually moving in a week or so — not far, just a few towns north — so you might see my Etsy store go on a short vacation, but if all goes according to plan I shouldn’t be held up too badly. See you then!
Putting together this project was kind of a lucky break for me :D At my house we’re in desperate need of some more potholders, particularly because I do a lot of baking and cooking and somehow the ones I have always end up disappearing! I had some extra scraps of terry cloth and seeing the colors I had to choose from – white and pastel shades of pink, blue, and green – the boyfriend commented on how much they looked like Yoshi eggs, so it was an easy choice from there! They’re essentially dinosaur eggs, so if you’re not familiar with Yoshi you can just think of them like that ^-^ The egg shape makes it ideal for giving your hand a nice wide area to grip the potholder with, and the pocket on the back is helpful for keeping it on your hand. I know most potholder patterns include a loop for hanging, but I never use those so I kept them off of mine. I hope you agree that the finished egg looks just like it came out of the Mario games :D
Hello everyone out there! A lot’s happened in October ^0^ I’m sure you’ve seen I’ve been working through my stash of minky fabrics and making loads of plushies. I’m working color by color, so I’ve got a group of green, orange, and blue creations so far, and the next time I update you all should see a family of yellow and purple softies :D
Now that it’s November, it means the 2014 Monthly Crafting Challenge is almost about to come to a close :< It’s been a great year with soo many wonderful submissions. Just like last year I saved my favorite pattern for last, and I’m starting to plan things out for 2015! I have some ideas myself, but if you have a theme you want to throw out there I’d love to hear it in the comments!
Dorayaki are another kind of Japanese confection, it’s two pancake-like patties made from castellan with red bean paste in the middle. They’re also the favorite food of a classic kid’s cartoon character named Doraemon x3 I’ve had these once at a little Japanese wagashi shop when I went on vacation in Manhattan. They were very tasty and I can’t wait to try other sweets like them. Even if you aren’t crazy about the traditional look yourself, this pattern would be perfect for any kind of sandwich-like food. Ice cream sandwiches, Oreos, jam filled cookies, you name it! Just swap out the colors and maybe add some beads for sprinkles or chocolate chips ^-^
You can get the pattern for this plush by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right side of the page below the search bar). If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me. Also, bonus! for today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from October when you sign up. After today though, the prize is just this guy :) Though you can also purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.
If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during December to see the last pattern for the year!
Hello all and happy Halloween!
I’m back with yet another update :D As I mentioned, this time I worked on some blue plushies in a lot of the same designs as before but with a few new characters thrown in.
As before, we’ve got narwhals, an octopus, and the punk bunnies have made a triumphant return! I used up lots of scraps of blue plaid to make this batch, and for the shades of blue where I didn’t have matching plaid, I made ragged-edged Union Jack stripes going through their ears instead. As always, they have that renegade angry face with skull bunny tattoos on the backs of their ears x3
In the Puff Monster camp I’ve got 5 new creations this time, so I tried out some of Bianca Roman-Stumpff’s designs that I’ve been itching to implement. Namely, we’ve got a very angry puff, a dapper puff, a puff with cat-eye glasses named Tiger Lily (I’m sure you won’t have to wonder which one that one is), and a very special puff that has a jetpack! Check out the one with the purple eyes and backpack straps, you’ll see she has a rocket pack strapped on, complete with flames and ready for adventure x3
And lastly I have some newcomers! A squadron of robot plushies, complete with little audio receptors (ears) and radio wave receptors (antennae) :B Each one has little claw arms and some little motif on the front – either a star or a pixilated heart. Like the punk bunnies, they also have poly beads in their bottom to help them sit on their own. These were some of my favorites to make, so I hope you enjoy all the variations!
I’m back to work then! If nothing slows me down, the next update should be a collection of yellow and purple plushies ^0^ See you then!
This project came about because I realized I needed a purse that was a little more suitable for professional occasions, so I thought I would try making up a cute pattern that was also a little subtle. I’m not quite sure if I got exactly to that mix of professional with subtle cute, but it was fun trying nonetheless! Instead I think I ended up with a purse that’s just a bit subtle; maybe good for walking about town without grabbing too much attention. I used some extra corduroy to make this particular purse, and I think the dark reddish brown does a good job of looking stylish without being too over the top.
For this particular project I tried out a lot of new interfacing to see how it stacks up for stabilizing thin corduroy. You could leave it out as you prefer, of course, but I think it did the Pellon 50 I used did a good job of making thin corduroy into something more substantial. The lining includes several side pockets as well as a hidden zippered pocket. I ran out of strap adjusters by this point, so I tried out using a buckle instead. A little unorthodox, but I think I like it! Maybe you will too :D
I’m back with another store update and lots more plushies! As promised, this round I used up the last of my green fabrics — particularly olive green — with some orange and mango thrown in.
In the olive camp we have some more Cthulhu plushies as well as one of my more popular characters, the Zombunny :B The huggable plush version has poor bitten ears and skull bunny markings while the pillow version has stitches all over. Both have that deadpan glare that always makes me laugh.
Next up are the orange versions of the narwhal and octopus plushies from last update as well as a new little fox character. Not doing a fox when I had orange fabric just seems like a waste x3 The other color I had was more of a yellow-orange, kind of mango color, so that got slipped in as well as this “golden” fox variation.
Lastly is a new group of Puff Monsters a la Bianca Roman-Stumpff. The last batch went over well with her fans, so I made more to see what they think!
Another group of items I have up are these one-of-a-kind bunny hoodies. A while back I accidentally ordered the wrong kind of fleece online and got sweatshirt fleece instead. Instead of returning it, I thought I would use it to experiment with some new hoodie ideas. My extra-long bunny ear hoodies have proven to be popular in the past, so I took that plan and ran with it, making each hoodie a very particular style. The white gives off a bit of a mod/Lolita vibe, brown is more steampunk, black is a full-on biker jacket, and the red is more of a sleek moto jacket. Unfortunately because these were experiments I was only able to make them in one size – kind of a small/medium. But I had so much fun getting to try out new styles!
I hope you all like this week’s update! If all goes according to plan, the next update should be blue plushies! So stay tuned for lots of aqua, turquoise, and teal next time :D