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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffed voidwalker (from World of Warcraft) on: November 11, 2008 09:56:26 AM
A friend (and guildmaster) saw a stuffed voidwalker (from the MMORPG, World of Warcraft) on Etsy which had been linked from WowInsider. He was really sad to learn that there were only 2 available. Weeks later he was still talking about it... so I decided to make one for him, since I am the most craft-capable guild member. This is what I ended up with:



I had never even tried making a stuffed toy before so it was a bit of a challenge. Not to mention that the blue fur was a total pain to work with, and shed tiny blue bits of fuzz all over my apartment and INSIDE MY SEWING MACHINE. I improvised the pattern, although I would be happy to explain how I did it if anyone else is trying to make one of these for a sad guild master/boyfriend/husband/self. The voidwalker's "base" is actually a plastic cup from the dollar store, covered with grey tissue paper and then wrapped in some black gauze (and secured with about 10 cubic inches of hot glue). He can come out of it, but doesn't stand up by himself. (So you can demonstrate his attacking and aggro-holding capabilities, lol)

A close-up of his gauntlet, which was my favourite part to make:



The "jewels" are scrapbooking brads (dollar store again!) and I "mounted" some of them inside grommets to make them look bigger and more elaborate. It was a really fun project!

A few days later, my friend opened up free repairs from guild bank funds. So it was worth it.  Wink
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The messenger bag that goes with everything-- now with tutorial link on p4 on: May 27, 2008 09:08:57 PM
I have an obsession with bags. Every cool fabric I see, I think, "that would make a great bag!" As a way to avoid actually sewing 1,000,000 bags, I "invented" a bag with interchangeable flaps.

It looks like this [excuse the giant headphones]:



The bag itself is made out of a heavy beige twill, which I figured would match almost anything. It's lined with a stripy cotton from the bargain bin.

Inside, with front pockets:



A close-up of the velcro apparatus:



Basically there is a strip of velcro along the back of the bag, and then an outside back pocket to hide it. The flaps each have a strip of velcro also, and they fit snugly between the back of the bag and the pocket. I hope that makes sense Smiley I also put a small piece of velcro on the inside of the pocket, and on the opposite side of each of the flaps, to keep the pocket closed.

All the flaps I've made so far:



(1 a day since I made the bag! I said I was obsessed!)

The flaps are really easy to make, and now I can make one to go with everything.
Thanks for looking!
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Firefly "be in my bunk" shirt on: January 05, 2007 10:13:13 PM
This is my first time posting on craftster but I wanted to share my Christmas craft project. I made these "I'll be in my bunk" shirts for me, my boyfriend, and my sister, all of us Firefly fans.

Picture 1:

Picture 2:

I screen-printed it with frames made of embroidery hoops I got from the dollar store; pantyhose from Wal-Mart; and Mod-Podge. I used this very simple and excellent screenprinting tutorial: http://community.livejournal.com/craftgrrl/3674467.html

Instead of tracing my pattern with pencil, I made a slight modification to the instructions. I printed out my pattern on my printer, then placed it on my work-surface (with lots of newspaper underneath). Next I put a clear plastic bag so I could see the pattern through it. Then the screen overtop. This way, I could paint directly on the screen with mod-podge without the intermediate drawing step. The plastic prevents the mod-podge from soaking through and getting the screen stuck to the paper.

Anyway I would welcome any feedback, or suggestions from other people who have tried similar screen-printing techniques!
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