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Freebie Friday! The Game Controller Pouch

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I’m popping in again with something new during my semi-hiatus! :B

I’ve been itching to make another project with a game controller motif since I made an NES controller messenger bag for my boyfriend more than a year ago 😀 Growing up with the NES and SNES, I just love how retro those designs looked. Especially the controls you would see for arcade games, how the buttons would go along with what you needed for the game. It just seemed like something fun to play around with in a motif. What clinched it was making the BMO plush for the giveaway I held a while back. That little guy is clearly a nod to retro video games, and seeing how his buttons and panels were laid out made me realize all the variety that can be had.

The structure of the pouch is very similar to the Cassette Pouches I did earlier, but these have a dart in them for a little more depth – just another variation of a small project so I can make the most of my strange mix of quilting fabrics x3

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Freebie Friday! The Cassette Pouch

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More retro technology today! x3 As a child of the 90s I just had to do something with a cassette motif eventually, so here it is 😀 My stash of heavy duty fabrics is almost gone, so I’ve started to break into my quilting cottons, which I thought would be perfect for all the appliqué you see in the designs here. They’re great for holding pencils of course, but also just about anything else, like makeup or spare change. It’s one of those things you never realized how much you needed until you actually have it ^-^

In addition to clearing out the last of my heavyweight fabric stash, I’m also dipping into my stash of lining fabrics. While I think they’re best used for clothing, I don’t have enough of any particular fabric to actually use for a skirt or blazer or something, so I’m stuck using them for smaller projects like these. Since it’s so flimsy it can be kind of a pain to work with, but I’m trying out some things to get it to behave – maybe you’ll like the method I’ve used here!

Also, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ll have to start paring down from doing weekly projects every week to about every month or so that way I can catch up with some work I need to do and life in general 🙂 Nothing else about the site will change, so I do hope you’ll keep tuning in often to see what I’ve created!

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Freebie Friday! The Energy Tank Coffee Sleeve

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Mwahaha! More old-school video game motifs are back 😀 This time it’s the energy tank from the Megaman series ^-^ I thought it would look perfect to wrap around your favorite cup of coffee since that’s what energizes most of us in the morning. I have a lot of fun memories of awesome memories of watching and playing Megaman >w< It was super simple to put together, and I was able to deplete some of my quilting cotton stash with it. I hope you’ll give it a try too to keep your favorite cup of joe warm!

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Freebie Friday! The Boom Box Bag

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I’m bringing back more retro technology! x3 I’ve already got the Floppy Disk Coasters and tablet case that looks like an old school Gameboy, now boom boxes get a chance to shine! Ahh, the hours I used to spend recording my favorite songs from the radio while sitting in front of my stereo 🙂 I admit the design looks pretty funky and goofy, but I still like it ^-^ In fact, I made it just for me really. I have a few old reliable messenger bags that I think might be ready to put out to pasture, so I wanted to make sure my newest big bag had all the organization I need to keep things in line.
This bag sports a back zipper pocket, loads of inner pockets, and a detachable shoulder strap so I can switch between carrying in my hand or over my shoulder at will. Of course the front is covered with awesome colorful appliqué, and there’s also decorative piping to give it that extra punch 😀

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Freebie Friday! The Power-up Quilt Blocks

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The pixel art is back! If you all remember the Heart Piece Pillow Cover, you’ll remember my love of all things 8-bit >w< I’ve been itching to make something pixely again so I gave it another go! With some leftover light blue fabric I thought maybe I could get some quilt-block sized squares to resemble the items panel from Super Mario Brothers 3. Granted of course the items in that panel didn’t include a 1-up and a coin x3 but I had to make the items that my fabric stash would allow.

The pixels would have been far too small to make the blocks pieced, so I assembled the icons with appliqué instead 😀 I think it was a bit quicker than piecing all the little squares together, but I wouldn’t say one method is better than another 🙂 For large pixels I think squares are still a fun way to go. Maybe I’ll revisit these blocks later and make more ^-^ enough for a full quilt!

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Freebie Friday! The Tetris Pincushions

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All right! Time for some more old school video game love >w< For a while I’ve been wanting to make a plush version of the famous Tetris blocks, but the idea of just having plush squares seemed like it could be livened up at least a bit. When I remembered that I was in desperate need for some more pincushions, I put two and two together to make these 😀

These helped me use up some long-stashed quilting cottons so it allowed me to make the Tetris blocks into some wild colors as opposed to the traditional primaries. I kinda prefer it this way ¬3¬ Of course, you don’t need to make yours pincushions – you could increase the pattern and make them traditional plush size, or even pillow size! I think that would be a lot of fun 😀 I personally can’t get my boyfriend to stop playing with them XD

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Freebie Friday! The Floppy Disk Coasters

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Greetings from Tampa! :B In my 7 months of having this blog I’m finally doing my first automatic post. This weekend I’m in Tampa attending Metrocon, a huge anime convention that I’ve been frequenting for 10 years now! I’m selling all of my cutesy wares that have inhabited my Etsy store for some time. I’ll be back on Monday, so you might not see many comment or email responses from me until then. In addition, my store might change a bit depending on what I’ve sold at the convention. Anyway, onto the sewings!

I’m dating myself today! Are most of you out there old enough to remember floppy disks? :B I don’t know where I would be at this age if it weren’t for them. I remember in middle school my brother and I purchased about 3 dozen of these babies for just a few bucks from a store that was having a going out of business sale. Then we would take trips to the library and use the internet to fill up each disk with the tiniest of snippets of our favorite things XD .jpegs, .gifs, books (in .txt format of course), and .midis. We’d fill up all those disks during the hour that we had then bring them all home x3 It was kind of pathetic but it was all we had during those burgeoning internet years.

Anyhow, I was excited to use the floppy disk motif, but a square could be used so many ways x3 I could have made plushies or pouches I guess, but I thought coasters would be fun! And with all the cotton prints I’m trying to use up it gave me a chance to make the disks look like the brightly colored novelty disks my brother and I caught on sale sometimes. Though of course you all could go with the traditional black ^-^

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