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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Super Mario Question Mark Block Ottoman! on: July 31, 2009 08:41:42 AM
Hello everyone!  This is my second project I've posted on Craftster.  The first was a crocheted 7x7ft Raccoon Mario rug that sits in our livingroom.  I wanted to keep the Mario theme going since our bathroom has these wall decals already, so I  decided to make a large Question Mark Block ottoman slipcover! 

What's inside! Coin? Extra life? Leaf? And how does a leaf turn Mario into a Raccoon, and how does it make him fly... Cheesy

Close up to show that the shadow is cut out from the yellow background with black showing from behind.

Ottoman and Rug side by side

This project was moderately easy but was difficult at times, because I have never worked with vinyl fabric before.  I bought a non-stick presser foot for my machine especially for this!  I hope it turned out okay.  I actually threw it in the trash because I wasn't happy with how it was coming along.  But the bf rescued it and said I should finish it since I was almost done with the project.  So I fixed the imperfections that drove me insane and finished up the slipcover for him   Wink

Any comments are welcome, I'd love to know what you guys think!  Thanks very much for looking.

22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 7x7ft Raccoon Mario Rug! on: July 30, 2009 01:29:44 PM
Do you have a pattern for the granny squares that made for the rug?
Actually I watched a really good video tutorial on it  Smiley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDEoLWcEEvQ ...she also has the written pattern here: http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/2008/01/solid-granny-square.html

I must've watched the video more than 5 times before I got the concept and was able to start on the project, haha! 
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 7x7ft Raccoon Mario Rug! on: July 28, 2009 01:18:22 PM
can you give the details on this? Hook size, how many squares of each color are needed, what size are the squares?, etc. Thanks!!!!
Yes!  I'm so sorry I completely forgot to email that to you yesterday.  I sent it to the email address you PM'd me with.  If anyone else wants the Excel spreadsheet I made which details the number of each color and tracks your daily progress (there's also a formula already added that subtracts the number of squares you make each day from the final total), just let me know and I will send it to you   Smiley

Thanks again everyone, it makes me so happy to know that others are really supportive!
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 7x7ft Raccoon Mario Rug! on: July 23, 2009 10:36:01 AM
when i get to the point where there's 4 squares being sewn together, that little space between all the squares... i dunno what to do. =*( how did you sew this together?
I mapped out all the pixels first, then divided it into 4 sections, like this:

I began from the bottom left section, and sewed 4 black granny squares together.  Then continued sewing the rows separately, like this:

And once I got the bottom left and right sections complete, I began sewing those separate rows together (this way, the point where the corners being sewn together won't make a gap).  And I did the same for the top half for Mario's head, and just sewed his head to his body once the two halves were complete  Smiley

I hope I explained it okay.  Basically you sew long rows of granny squares, then sew those rows together to avoid a wonky looking gap in the connecting corners of the granny squares  Cheesy
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 7x7ft Raccoon Mario Rug! on: July 23, 2009 08:40:08 AM
Thank you everyone for your encouraging comments!  If anyone wants to use this idea, go for it!  It's so much fun.  Someone on Ravelry said they're going to make an 8-bit Link!

I'm working on a question mark block slipcover for a cube ottoman now, I'll be sewing this one by machine though  Smiley
Hopefully some day there will be an entire Mario theme in the apartment! 

We have these wall decals in our bathroom already (http://i32.tinypic.com/zmh5cn.jpg), I think that's what prompted me to keep the theme going  Cheesy
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 7x7ft Raccoon Mario Rug! on: July 22, 2009 01:37:46 PM
Thank you for all the nice comments!  I felt kind of intimidated posting another Mario related project here after Gege's blanket.  Tongue

This totally rocks!   Grin My brother would love it.  I might try it out for him if that is okay with you.  Great job!

E.T.A. I forgot to ask, what yarn did you use?
Yes go right ahead!  I used Vanna's Choice since it was on sale 5 for $10, haha.  I should add that each skein of yarn made exactly 17 granny squares (sometimes 18 if I were lucky!) so I bought a little over 20 total. 
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 7x7ft Raccoon Mario Rug! Featured in NINTENDO POWER!!! on: July 22, 2009 12:12:09 PM
Hello everyone!  This is the first project I've posted on Craftster (he's on my Ravelry page now).  It is a 7x7ft 8-bit Raccoon Mario rug!  This is my bf's birthday present  Smiley

He's made of 386 granny squares, each one representing 1 pixel (3.5" each) that makes up Raccoon Mario.  I learned to crochet in February by watching youtube videos and recently watched another video for granny squares and got started on this project right away.  I had originally thought that it would take me over 1 month to complete if I made about 10 granny squares per day.

Flying through our livingroom!

We're playing Mario Kart Wii upside down here  Cheesy

Bottom left corner complete with remaining granny squares lined up above.

Box stacked with granny squares...

I finished him in 15 days (approx. 120hrs put in)!  It took 13 days to complete all the individual granny squares, then 2 days to sew them all together.  I made an Excel spreadsheet with columns and formulas detailing the number of granny squares needed for each color, then used this to track my daily progress (like a true geek, haha) and motivate me to keep out-doing myself.  

The bf loves it!  I hope you guys do too...I was afraid to post this because I just saw Gege's Super Mario Obsession blanket, and this one's no where close to being as RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING.  Thanks for any feedback and responses you guys may have.  I hope I still did a good job though... Smiley

07/30/09: Changed first picture to show my question mark block ottoman  Cheesy

01/22/10: The rug's been featured in February's issue of Nintendo Power!!!  AHHHH! 
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: X-Men Beans Stuffies! on: July 22, 2009 10:08:34 AM
Haha these are too cute  Cheesy
29  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Eric the Snail on: July 13, 2009 02:36:09 PM
Haha!  Oh my gosh this is too cute!  His little beanie is too much to handle  Cheesy
30  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Nightcrawler Amigurumi on: July 12, 2009 12:54:29 AM
You did such a great job!  How tall is he?  I love his tail  Smiley
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