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1  Homemade Buzz Lightyear in Halloween Costumes by dellastella on: November 05, 2016 09:14:57 PM
To Halloween and beyond!
This year my three year old wanted to be Buzz Lightyear. I made his entire costume from scratch, without a pattern.

The "armor" is Pellon Flex Foam and fleece. The wings were created out of a few layers of foam fitness mats also covered in fleece. The boots are just rain boots that I spray painted, and the gloves are dollar store white gloves with purple spray paint on the tips. All of the decals are printed onto transfer paper and ironed on. The tummy rolls are insulating foam used on pipes. We took apart a neglected talking buzz lightyear plush for its laser and voicebox, which gave us laser sounds and a few catchphrases at the push of the "laser" button. VERY popular with our little guy. Last but not least, the helmet is a large acrylic light fixture cover that I cut and sanded with a Dremel.

Here's a link to a quick video of the laser/sound effects in action.

And here are some of the in-progress shots as I worked on it.

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Please let me know what you think! Smiley
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2  Sheriff Woody Solo - Toy Story / Star Wars Mashup Toddler Costume in Halloween Costumes by dellastella on: November 03, 2015 10:53:49 AM
Now that my son is getting older, he was able to have input into his costume choice for the first time.  He couldnt decide between Woody from Toy Story and Star Wars, so I tried to give him both. Introducing Sheriff Woody Solo! I tried to blend elements from both characters together into the ultimate space cowboy.

Here are all the details:

Red & white checked shirt. Out of necessity, I made the crosshatch design with a fabric marker. The pattern is a modified version of this shirt: Barmy Beetroot Western Shirt.

Millennium Falcon buttons. Designed in Illustrator, laser cut by Ponoko.

The Star Wars bandanna. Designed in Illustrator, printed with Spoonflower.

Jeans with Corellian Blood Stripe. Modified version of Dana Made It's Kid Pants.

Leia belt buckle, spurs, and sheriff badge. Designed and cut with my Silhouette Cameo.

Cow print smuggler vest. Modified a free pattern by Made by Marzipan.

Woody's pull string. Cord from the fabric store and a painted embroidery hoop.

Boots & Spurs. Black rain boots with embellishments.

Chewbacca/Slink treat bag. Designed in Silhouette Studio, printed onto canvas and assembled into a small bag.

The cowboy hat is from Amazon, and the amazing tauntaun hobby horse is something we've had for years. We got it to decorate his Star Wars nursery when he has born. I'm so glad we got to use it in this costume!

There are additional pictures and more construction details on my blog, Sticks on a Plane. Thank you for looking! May the force be with you...
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3  Gimli LOTR Costume -- Toddler Sized and Picture Heavy in Halloween Costumes by dellastella on: November 01, 2014 04:06:10 PM
This year for Halloween, I decided to have our not-quite two year old dress up as Gimli from Lord of the Rings. I'm thrilled with how it came together, and even more so that he actually wore it! Everything except his basic fleece pants and boots is homemade.

There are five parts: the beard, helm, tunic, bandolier/belt, and treat bag.

For the beard, I scaled down this most excellent Instructable. It is made with two colors of acrylic yarn and plastic canvas for a base. I modified it to snap on to the hat with oversized snaps. It wasn't his favorite part to wear, so I wanted to make it easily removable.


For the hat, I made changes to this free fleece knight helmet pattern. I added chain mail-ish stitching on the back, as well as a medallion and cheek straps cut out with my Silhouette Cameo. I freehanded the designs based loosely off of movie screenshots. Finally, there's a little elastic chinstrap to keep him from tearing it off.

The tunic was based on Butterick 3244 -- a simple fireman's jacket. The sleeve pattern was chopped into a few pieces to get the look I was going for, and a faux chain mail underlayer was added.

The bandolier/belt was made from a few chopped up belts I found at the thrift store. I glued them together with industrial adhesive, then drilled holes and laced with decorative leather cord for extra reinforcement.

The treat bag is probably my favorite part. I traced a movie still of Gimli's axe and cut it out of fusible web backed felt on my Silhouette. I created an offset around the original design and cut it out of another color of felt, then mounted the first on the second. It was reinforced with cardboard from a cereal box. I used a strip of felt to gusset the front and back together, and another thrift store belt for the handle.



I had so much fun making this costume for him. I already can't wait for next year!
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4  Star Wars Nursery -- Picture Heavy! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by dellastella on: December 28, 2012 06:06:51 PM
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away... I decided it would be a great idea to make our son's nursery Star Wars themed. Never mind the fact that there are very few Lucasfilm products aimed at the infant set! So I ended up making a lot of the things I had in mind. This being Craftster, I'll focus on the DIY goodies.

On the recliner is my R2D2 quilt, as well as a Boppy cover that I made.

The toybox was woodburned by my sister and brother-in-law, using the art of James Hance as inspiration.

The bunting on the wall behind the crib is made out of felt, and you can read more about how I repurposed the mobile in this Craftster post. I also made the crib skirt, which you can't see too well but isn't anything special.

My husband helped me with the wiring on the lightsaber lamp. It's made out of one of the 'spares' from his collection, and some cheap IKEA lamp parts.

I also designed the two little pieces of text art in the center here. The two much nicer pieces are from James Hance.

The biggest DIY project in the room is the fiber optic starfield ceiling. I can't claim too much credit on this one -- I found the idea on Pinterest, but my husband executed 90% of it because I couldn't crawl around the attic in my delicate condition. Here is a video of it in action. I also made the roman shade, using fabric from Spoonflower.

And used the same fabric for closet curtains...

... and an upholstered cardboard initial.

This paper lantern mobile was inspired by some others that I found on Pinterest and Etsy.

Hope you enjoyed our geeky little nursery! Thanks for looking  Smiley There are lots more pictures on my flickr and my blog if you're interested.
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5  Star Wars Mobile in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by dellastella on: October 21, 2012 01:18:50 PM
Recently, I repurposed a mobile and small toys for our January baby's nursery.

Star Wars Mobile by staarlight, on Flickr

Once upon a time, it looked like this:

Mobile, Before by staarlight, on Flickr

Then I took it apart, and used the fabric pieces as patterns to make new pieces from fabric leftover from the R2D2 quilt that the room is based around.

Let me be clear that I did not make the plush characters. They were 'talking plush keychains' that I repurposed for the mobile. I did make the Death Star, using felt and embroidery floss.

Star Wars Mobile, Death Star by staarlight, on Flickr

In an ideal world, it would play the Imperial Death March or something, but it's limited to a traditional lullaby. (Lame.) The characters do make their own noises when you squeeze them, though, from Chewbacca's signature roar to R2D2's beeping and booping.

Star Wars Mobile, Chewbacca by staarlight, on Flickr

Star Wars Mobile, R2D2 by staarlight, on Flickr

Star Wars Mobile, Jawa by staarlight, on Flickr

Star Wars Mobile, Darth Vader by staarlight, on Flickr

Star Wars Mobile, Yoda by staarlight, on Flickr

Each plush is securely attached with floss, buttons, and generous amounts of hot glue.

Thanks for looking. C&C welcome!
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6  Re: R2D2 Baby Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by dellastella on: September 14, 2012 04:23:36 AM
Hi blair83, the answer to your question is that I used both techniques, but mostly piecing. The only parts that are appliqued are the three circles on the gray top section, and the two black rounded squares in the blue section in the center. Everything else was done with traditional piecing. The blue strip on the right of the 'eye' is a little different, too. I sewed a thin rectangle together on three sides and then inserted it into the seam along the raw edge side. So that portion was sort of 'free' until I quilted the quilt when I was sure to tack it down. Too much math to have to figure it out the 'right' way... so I cheated a bit!

Here's a close up for reference.

R2D2 Folded by staarlight, on Flickr
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7  R2D2 Baby Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by dellastella on: September 09, 2012 01:59:40 PM
I'm so excited to have finished the first major project for our January baby's nursery: an R2D2 quilt! No pattern -- just made it up as I went along using lots of reference photos from the movies. All of the fabrics are from JoAnn's. Approx. 36" x 48".

Kept the back very simple on purpose. I figured there was enough happening on the front. Love the effect of the rounded corners up top.

Used my machine's zig zag stitch for the embroidery on the back. It's not perfect, and got even wonkier after quilting, but overall I think it works.

Off to work on a stuffed Chewbacca...
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8  Star Wars Valentines in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by dellastella on: February 14, 2012 06:28:43 PM
My hubby didn't want anything for Valentine's Day... But then he sent me flowers at work. And gifted me some sweet fabric. I felt like a schmuck! So I really wanted to do a little nice something for him.

Enter... homemade Star Wars valentines for my jedi-wannabe hubby.

I got the idea for the stormtrooper one online, but the other puns are (sadly) mine. "I wanna  Leia"... "You're the Obi Wan for me"... "Need someone to love? I'm-a-ya-doll-a!"

Designed the greetings in Word, then printed them on card stock and assembled with a glue stick. Couldn't be easier.

For the backs, I used the awesome exchange between Han and Leia in The Empire Strikes Back. Add in coupons for cookies, foot rubs, and uninterrupted time with his favorite (awful) Star Wars show...

I hid them around in his stuff so he'd find them throughout the day. Pretty sure they were a success -- he voluntarily posted the Obi Wan valentine in his office at work!  Grin
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9  Innocent Crush Canasta Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by dellastella on: January 22, 2012 04:58:49 PM

Dimensions: 72" x 96" (twin)
Pattern: Natural Canasta Quilt from Oh, Fransson!
Fabric: 11 prints from Anna Maria Horner's 'Innocent Crush' line, one Amy Butler print, and six solids
Quilting: Free motion stipple

Can't say enough good things about this pattern. Keeping track of all the little strips was tricky, but worth it. I think it has the artsy, bohemian sort of look that I was going for.

This is my second finished quilt of 2012, though admittedly it's a UFO from 2011... it was supposed to be a "good luck at college" present, but I had some serious problems with my sewing machine that caused lengthy delays in quilting. I'm so glad to have put the final stitch in this one!

I'm shipping this quilt to my cousin tomorrow to (finally) brighten up her dorm room. I hope she likes it!
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10  Modern Baby Train Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by dellastella on: January 10, 2012 05:15:38 AM
There's no better way to kick off the new year than with a quick, fun baby quilt.

Unfortunately, I was working on it until the very last minute and forgot to get final dimensions, but it's around 30" x 38". The fabrics are all from my scrap bin. The train cars are pieced, and the wheels and letters are appliqued on.

This is the second quilt of this kind that I've made -- this one was commissioned from the first one, completed in 2009, and is very similar in colorway. I'd love to make a girly version someday. I think pink with a circus theme would be so much fun! Maybe with some appliqued animals? But I digress...

This is my favorite locomotive on the quilt.

The website that I got my original inspiration from has since been moved, but I posted a workaround on my blog so you can still check it out if you're interested.

Congratulations to Logan's family... he should be arriving any day now! I hope he uses the heck out of this quilt.
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