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 😀 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
Putting together this project was kind of a lucky break for me 😀 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 😀
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
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!
You all got me to 1,000 likes on Facebook! 😀 Time for another giveaway!
Thanks to all of you, I’ve reached another pretty awesome milestone on Facebook, so I’m holding another giveaway, this time for a big cuddly BMO plush!
He is of course the friendly little living video game system from the cartoon Adventure Time 😀 The plush is about 9″ tall, 7″ wide, and 4″ deep, not including arms and legs. The arms and legs are 5″ long each ^-^ He’s made from a super soft minky fabric and all of his features are sewn with hand-guided satin stitch applique. He’s super soft and loveable, and even has a few plastic pellets in his bottom to help him sit upright 😀
Here are all the details you’ll need to know when entering:
• The giveaway will be active from Monday, September 9th and the winner will be chosen at 10pm EST on Monday, September 16th
• To enter, simply fill out the form found at the bottom of this post
• The winning entrant will be chosen at random from the list of completed forms
• The winning entrant will be contacted via email about their win (so keep an eye on your emails for messages from email@example.com!)
• The winner will have 48 hours to respond to their winning notification before another winner is chosen
• As a winner, you will be expected to divulge your address (or PO Box) to me so the prize can be shipped to you
• As a winner, your name/pseudonym (and website, if given) will be announced on this website as the winner of the prize, so every entrant knows who was the final winner
• The prize will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail — domestic takes 2-3 business days while international takes 6-10
• International entrants are more than welcome to enter
• To all international entrants: note that you may be required to pick up your package at your local post office or pay customs fees. These rules differ for every country so unfortunately I can’t be held responsible for any extra charges you might be asked to pay.
• By entering in this contest, you agree to these rules 🙂
The contest is now over so I won’t be taking any more entries. Thanks to everyone that entered!
The winner has been contacted, and I’ll announce who it is as soon as they’ve confirmed their address and all that stuff. If they don’t get back to me in 48 hours as the rules stated, I’ll pick someone new ^-^
So if you weren’t the lucky winner emailed last night, you might still have a chance!
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!
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
Isn’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.
I couldn’t wait to share this one with you all ^-^ Again, I got a little tired of bags so I took a break and wanted to show you this gift I made for my boyfriend a little while back. He was working tons of overtime and I wanted to give him a little gift to cheer him up. Hence this little guy was born. He’s the perfect size to let sit on your desk or toss around with bored coworkers :3 What’s more, it bounces like nobody’s business – I don’t know what’s up with that, it must be the physics of the shape plus the materials or something xD I love it.
Much like the Triforce Plush this one takes a little finagling to get the best cube shape, but if you use fleece like I did, it covers a lot of the mistakes, and it looks more soft and plush-like anyway.
Haha! So simple but so awesome! x3 My best friend commissioned me to make these for a party she was throwing some months back, and it was so simple to put together I just had to share. This is the ubiquitous Triforce from the Legend of Zelda series, and definitely one of my favorite video games as a kid.
I needed a break from making bags! So I dove into my stash of fleece scraps so I could whip up one of these to share with you. It’s super simple to put together if you’re familiar at all with matching up sharp corners of fabric – like cubes or, in this case, triangles. The goal of course is to make the points of your triangle in the middle line up perfectly sharp and even, but the fleece is very forgiving so if you haven’t done it before this is a good place to start!