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Freebie Pattern Friday! Leather Dice Bag

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Today’s project is a little off the beaten path for me, but the motivation was about the same as always xD Part of my overwhelming fabric stash actually included some bits of leather. I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how I could use it, but it didn’t seem to go with any of the other fabrics I had so I was pretty much at a loss. Eventually I came around to the idea of making some dice bags! That is, the kind usually made for D&D dice 😀

I realize I’m giving you all a deeper glimpse into my geekiness here, but bear with me! I don’t play D&D as much as I wish I could, so making these was kind of like getting to live that feeling for a little bit. And it means I’ll be ready should I have time to delve into a game. Of course, you could use these for loads more besides dice. They make a great accessory for anyone into Renaissance fairs or for holding special trinkets. And this project is especially perfect if you’ve never worked with leather before – it would be a great way to introduce yourself to the material.

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Freebie Friday! The Skeleton Tie

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More Halloween fun today! I’ve cooked up another accessory that hopefully will look good on just about everyone, from men to women to kids and adults. This time around it’s a tie that’s made up with some ribcage and spinal cord appliqué that’s perfect for topping off a simple costume or maybe a casual Friday bit of Halloween cheer. While ties are typically pretty easy, some parts can be a bit tricky because they’re made with silk cut on the bias and often involve a bit of hand sewing. I’ve simplified the process even further to make the pattern super quick to churn out, making it perfect for a costume tie. Of course you could use the same pattern and decorate it however you choose! Maybe a zombie or Frankenstein tie :B! Or even some well-placed blood splatters would be excellent for Halloween 😀 Either way, with only two weeks left until Halloween, hopefully this will be easy to pull off if you need a costume in a hurry.

The appliqué was placed specifically so it would look relatively anatomically correct on the average adult, but you could easily scoot the ribcage down and take off some of the lower vertebrae to make it fit all kinds of sizes.

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Freebie Friday: The Gamekip Tablet Case

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Prj019BIsn’t this little guy just the cutest? Of course this is an adorable combination of an old school Gameboy mixed with a Mudkip from Pokemon, and I just love the mashup of bright colors with the vintage Nintendo feel! Before you read on, however, I warn that you must prepare yourself. This is probably the most involved project I’ve posted so far, as it has *24* steps XD The steps are easy to follow, but this little guy might take you more than a few afternoons.

The story behind the gamekip is as such: My boyfriend has finally been able to get himself a new tablet! Even though he wanted an iPad, he made a financial compromise and got a Nexus 7 instead 🙂 My boyfriend it a total technophile, so he’s very picky when it comes to his electronics. He’s already gotten a super-tough shell case for the tablet, but he wanted a soft case for transporting the tablet too. This way the hard case couldn’t crush anything or come loose in his bag or something. ALSO, he insisted that the case must have a button closure (so there’s no scratching or hard pressing as with snaps, Velcro, or zippers), an inner pocket (with Velcro flap!) for his stylus, and a pocket on the back to hold his cord and charger. It’s all those details that make this project so involved. And (luckily for him ^-~) I was happy to do it, because I’m a fellow technophile and I would want all those things for my own tablet case if it were me.

All of these specifications worked perfectly with the Gameboy theme that my boyfriend wanted. The Mudkip dorsal fin worked perfectly as a closing flap, and the battery case on the back was the perfect storage space for his cords and charger.

So if you have a tablet in need of a home, and you too are a very discerning technophile, I hope you’ll give this project a try, even if it takes a whole weekend to finish x3! Considering the dimensions, it would likely fit all 7” (Kindle Fire, Nook, etc.) tablets with some wiggle room, or if you too put your tablet in a hard shell first, it would fit more snuggly.

I used scraps of fleece to put this together, as it’s already cushy so it makes a perfect material for a soft case. Though I can see making this from other light to medium weight fabrics as well, like cotton or a light twill if you prefer.

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