1. Tardis pillow (finished jan 5) 2. Siamese cat pillow (finished jan 7) 3. Cthulhu scarf (finished . . . early jan sometime) 4. Tenth Doctor Doll (late Jan) 5. L doll (late Jan, too, I think) 6. Ganesh doll (mid March) 7. Om wallet (mid March) (for OTT 21) 8. Ninth Doctor Doll 9. my first poppet, Tate 10. Jacket for a friend 11. Poppet #2 Tigan 12. Applique messenger bag 13. Pajama Shorts (with rockets and atoms on!) 14. Little ribbon tote for Mom 15. Fresh Baked Hearth Bread for Grandfather's 80th Birthday 16. Sundress for sister's friend 17. Black linen capri pants 18. Ensign Tamaki doll 19. Painted T-shirts 20. Gameboy Costume 21. Alice in Wonderland Costume 22. Preggers Costume 23. Wrap pants 24. Decoupage mirror box for little sister's birthday 25. Snuggie (with hood!) for little sister's birthday 26. (Doctor Who)Mini Master doll for RevolutionaryGirl 27. Crab Bag to put my work stuff in 28. Narwhal plushie 29. New Purse for Mom - she's already run off with it! 30. Link poppet 31. Christmas Gift Item #1 for RevolutionaryGirl 32. Christmas Gift Item #2 for RevolutionaryGirl 33. Insanely long Doctor Who Fourth Doctor scarf - pictures to come 34. Yankee's fleece blanket for sister's birthday 35. Hayate bag for me - pictures to come 36. Orchid jordy bag for friend's birthday - pictures to come 37. Orchid wallet for friend's birthday - pictures to come
38. Three orange doggy vests
I'm always afraid during hunting season that my dogs will get away from me and be shot by a hunter in the woods, so I made them these orange safety vests so that they are not mistaken for deer. As you can see, they are very stylish
39. Three StarGate Bears
That's Carson Beckett, Daniel Jackson, and Rodney McKay. They were a commission I got at Dragon*con back in September and I finally finished them.
40. Bag for Mother for Christmas
She described to me the bag she wanted and I made it. Simple simple. I would have put some kind of embellishment on it, but she likes plain. It has an adjustable strap and magnetic closures.
Yes, I read of the manga. I especially love Fullmetal Alchemist and one of my favorite characters is Hawkeye's dog, Black Hayate. He's so cute I wanted to make a bag with him all over.
It's a smallish messenger bag, big enough for a book, my wallet, and some odds and ends.
I'm pretty proud of it. I made collages of the manga pages in photo shop and cut and treated several 8.5x11 sheets of twill with bubble jet set so that I could print the collages directly onto the fabric. Then I dyed the fabric with coffee (it was a little too white before I did that). And I just put together a simple messenger bag pattern that fit the pieces.
It was the first time I used those awesome magnetic closures. I LOVE those.
The full back collage with the flap.
One side . . .
And the other.
Oooh, there's a zipper pocket inside! I did use the zipper tutorial on the tutes list for that.
I decided not to coffee dye the little applique piece with just puppy Hayate on it so that he would stand out a little bit more. I like this bag so much, I'll probably end of making more in this style. Though, if I do do this again, I will remember to do the coffee dye on the fabric before I treat it for printing because, even after the solution is washed out the treated fabric soaks in color crazy much. So the bag is a little browner than I had originally intended and I had some issues getting the bottom and the strap (the only untreated pieces in the finished bag) to come close to matching the other bits. Also, the strap is a little wide, though I think I might just go back and fix that.
This scarf is like 15 feet long. It's insane. And I am not six feet tall, either. I would add tassels, like the Fourth Doctor's scarf has, but that would make it even longer and it's already a little unmanageable.
34. Yankee's fleece blanket for sister's birthday
35. Hayate bag for me
I'm quite proud of this bag. I designed the fabric by making a collage of manga pages (it's Fullmetal Alchemist, because I love Hawkeye's dog, Hayate, and wanted a bag with him all over), I treated some white twill with bubble jet set and printed the collages onto the fabric with my printer, and then I used coffee to dye the fabric to that sort of antique-y brown color. And I just threw together a pattern for a mini messenger bag (with magnetic closures that I am unreasonably excited about). I did learn a few things while I was doing it though, most important of which was that I should do the coffee dye before I treat the fabric for printing because it turned out a little darker than I wanted because, even though the solution was washed out the fabric was still sucking in color. Also, for the two pieces of the bag that weren't treated, I had a hell of a time getting them to match the rest. Still, I really love this bag.
I used printable fabric for the orchid. The picture is a bit washed out, but the color of the flower is a lot richer than that in real life. I used the jordy tutorial over on the purses board, but a put a little snap button snap closure over the top and a zipper pocket on the inside as well.
37. Orchid wallet for friend's birthday
Lying flat so you can see one of the sets of card holders and the orchid on the outside. It also has a vinyl pocket on the inside for drivers license or whatever. I used the wallet tutorial over on the bags and purses etc board, though the vinyl pocket (and applique) were my own additions.
So, there were some requests for a pattern/tutorial, so I have decided to oblige. There can never be too many narwhals out there!
Okay, so I used basic solid no-pill fleece in gray and white. You can, of course, use whatever colors you want but for the sake of these directions I'll use the colors that I chose.
So, get your white fleece and cut out this shape.
Then get your gray fleece and cut out this shape.
You're going to cut two of them over a fold so that your right sides are both the right side of the fabric. Now, when I cut mine out I do the full shape without taking out the half circle where the horn will go and the deep V for the dart in his head. I like to judge those on a case-by-case basis, but cutting them out now works just as well.
For my little narwhals, I did splatter-paint to give them a sort of dappled look. Basically I laid the gray pieces, the whale's sides, out on some newspaper with the right sides facing up. I mixed some black acrylic paint with water and then took a large-ish paint brush and starting flicking the paint solution at the fleece, concentrating on the lower part of the piece, more toward the fin, with fewer speckles up towards the top of the whale. And I didn't mix the paint too thoroughly, either, so that some drops were more paint than water, and vice versa, so there is some slight color variation in the speckles.
Okay, now the horn.
You can use one piece of fleece for this, but I wanted my narwhal's horn to be shiny so I cut one out of an iridescent lame and one out of some white broadcloth I had laying around. I used broadcloth because it would stabilize the lame and keep the fluff from being seen when I stuffed it.
Okay, so if you are using two layers of fabric, sew them together along the darker black line on the pattern there (or, you know, something like it) to hold them together (lame is a little wiley and will try to slip away if you don't baste it down). Then you are going to fold it in half laterally and sew it into a horn shape.
Once the paint on your gray pieces is dry, you are going to start to sew them together along the top line (the opposite side from the pectoral fin) with the painted sides facing in. Start at the base of the tail and go up to the dart. Then, sew the dart straight across his forehead. Sew up the space between the dart and the horn circle and then from the horn circle to the end of the topline (his upper lip, for lack of a better definition).
Now you're going to sew the belly on. Start by sewing the pectoral fins together on each side and then sew from the center of the tail fin out to meet the pectoral fin seam, remembering to leave a space on one of those sides so that you can stuff him. Now sew up his head. Turn him out from the hole you left so stuff him so now you have all your right sides out. Sew up the fins now along the dotted lines on the pattern to keep the stuffing out of them - you want them to be thin and floppy, and these little seams will keep them that way.
Now for the horn. Personally, I like to stuff the horn before attaching it, but you can do it however you like. Once the horn is stuffed, run a long strand of thread spiraling around the horn. Pull it until the spiral appears on the horn itself (use your judgment on how pronounced you want it to be) and then tie the thread off at the top of the horn. I put a teeny bit of hot glue on the top of the horn to keep the thread from pulling out. Spiral the thread back down the track it already made and tie it off at the bottom and cut the thread. Hand sew the horn into the horn circle that is still vacant on the narwhal's forehead, lining up the seam in the horn with the seam in the narwhal's face below it (just for neatness' sake).
For my narwhal's, I stuffed them first and then made the eyes out of layers of felt and hot-glued them on his face. This is because I wanted to see how the shape of the narwhal's head would turn out before I put his eyes on. But you can sew them on now, if you like. Using the end of the dart in his head as a marker is a good trick with this particular pattern.
Now stuff him! Be generous, he is a whale you know. I concentrated a lot of stuffing in the head to make sure that the horn had a lot of back up so it doesn't fall over or look melty. You can go a little thinner on his tail end so it's a bit floppy. Sew up the little gap you left using the ladder stitch and then, if you've waited until now, hot glue on the eyes. Yay! You have a narwhal!
Originally I was just going to make one, but I guess they're sort of like potato chips. I was making on to give to a friend for his birthday, then my sister saw it and decided she had to have one, too. And of course, I needed one after all that.
I had so much fun making them! They are made of fleece. I flicked black paint on the gray parts to give them the dappled look sort of like what real narwhals have. The horns are white broadcloth covered in iridescent lamee so they're shiny. The eyes are made of felt. I made up the pattern myself on the fly.
You can sort of see how shiny the horn is in this picture.
Well, he's been about six months in the making (on and off, of course, and allowing for the time my sewing machine was broken) but he's finally finished. He was a commission from a friend.
Link, he come to town, come to save the Princess Zelda . . .
He's very stern.
From the back you can see his sword sheath and shield hung on his back as well as the pouches on the back of his belt. The pouches have snap buttons to close them and both of the belts have snap buttons hidden on them as well so they are fully removable, as is his tunic, leggings, gauntlets, arm . . . lings, and boots.
Close-up of gauntlets and boots.
He has pipe cleaners in his fingers so he can hold on to both his sword and shield.
The back of the shield, showing the arm straps and the little strap that holds onto the hilt of the sword when he's wearing them on his back.
Holding onto the sword. His fingers are so cute! The sword is made of foam with a popsicle stick core. The yellow is painted on there and the triangle symbol is carved into the foam itself on both sides.
The shield is made of foamcore board and painted with acrylics, then finished with woodfinish to make it shiny.
He also has an ocarina.
It's made of sculpey. The yellow tri-force is painted on and it's coated in woodfinish as well.
I was really please with the way he came out and he was a little bit hard to give up, but my friend really likes him, so that made me happy. Still, there is an empty place on my shelf now Haha, but he was really fun to make. I love all the little details the character has and I had fun plushifying them. I used ghilie's poppet pattern as a starting point, but resized and altered most of the pieces to make him look more masculine and whatnot. Anyway, hope you like and thanks for looking!
31. Christmas Gift Item #1 for RevolutionaryGirl 32. Christmas Gift Item #2 for RevolutionaryGirl We are friends in RL, but since she's on craftster as well, I don't want to post pictures or descriptions of these items just in case she wanders over here.
33. Insanely long Doctor Who Fourth Doctor scarf - pictures to come 34. Yankee's fleece blanket for sister's birthday 35. Hayate bag for me - pictures to come 36. Orchid jordy bag for friend's birthday - pictures to come 37. Orchid wallet for friend's birthday - pictures to come
My camera and my compy are currently not on speaking terms. Once they make it up, I'll have lots more pictures to post.
Finally this swap can be put to bed because cursive_queen got the angel package I sent. Sorry for the whole song and dance there! Anyway, I thought I'd just share what I sent her so we can finally call this swap over (and get ready for the next one!)
A white Totoro pillow
A soot sprite tee shirt
A little Totoro magnet
And our co-organizer RevolutionaryGirl made this little Calcifer magnet for her as well!
Ooookay, so removing all the crafts I did for swaps this year, I have a frighteningly short list. BUT, pretty much all of my friends and family have birthdays in the next two months, so I still may be able to reach 50 without swap stuff. Anyway, my amended list (with all swap crafts extracted) is as follows.
1. Tardis pillow (finished jan 5) 2. Siamese cat pillow (finished jan 7) 3. Cthulhu scarf (finished . . . early jan sometime) 4. Tenth Doctor Doll (late Jan) 5. L doll (late Jan, too, I think) 6. Ganesh doll (mid March) 7. Om wallet (mid March) (for OTT 21) 8. Ninth Doctor Doll 9. my first poppet, Tate 10. Jacket for a friend 11. Poppet #2 Tigan 12. Applique messenger bag 13. Pajama Shorts (with rockets and atoms on!) 14. Little ribbon tote for Mom 15. Fresh Baked Hearth Bread for Grandfather's 80th Birthday 16. Sundress for sister's friend 17. Black linen capri pants 18. Ensign Tamaki doll 19. Painted T-shirts 20. Gameboy Costume 21. Alice in Wonderland Costume 22. Preggers Costume 23. Wrap pants
Yee gods, that's less than half! Okay, new stuff.
24. Decoupage mirror box for little sister's birthday (not totally happy with it, so I may make a few adjustments before I post a picture. 25. Snuggie (with hood!) for little sister's birthday (will take picture after I give it to her ) 26. (Doctor Who)Mini Master doll for RevolutionaryGirl
The fur fabric was a little bit long to be Simm!Master's hair so he looks a little more like Amadeus than Saxon, but I was still pretty amused by him and RevGirl liked him so that's what matters.
I'm almost finished with my Link Poppet and I have to make a little bag for my mother and finish a fleece blanket for my sister's birthday this week. And I'm starting to panic about the Holiday!!Crafting I need to do. So yeah. I should probably get back to work