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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wii Lightsaber Cozy on: December 17, 2008 02:53:56 PM

Keep your Wii controller dust free with this handy Anakin Skywalker lightsaber cozy.  I made it with colored felt squares (gray, black, red) and yellow yarn or felt scraps. It's pretty easy to make.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Star Wars Bantha Plushie on: December 17, 2008 02:50:03 PM

Every Tusken Raider needs a trusty bantha to ride around Tatooine. These elephant-sized creatures with long ram-like horns first showed up in Star Wars. I made this cuddly bantha with some felt, buttons, pipe cleaners, stuffing (i used holey socks), and fake fur. It took about a day to make.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Star Wars Hammerhead (Momaw Nadon) Sock Doll Craft on: August 08, 2007 02:53:10 PM

If you have a pair of old brown socks with holes in them, instead of sticking them back on your feet make your own Hammerhead sock doll! Otherwise known to his Cantina pals as Momaw Nadon, this gentle Ithorian was sitting quietly in a darkened booth that fateful day that Luke Skywalker wandered in.

I made him for our Star Wars Crafts section (url is in my signature below) and he seems to be a big hit. It's a super easy craft and a great way to get rid of beige socks. Luckily socks already kind of have a built-in Ithorian hump. It's the heel of the sock! And because of their long necks, you can use almost the entire foot of the sock as the head.

Materials I Used:
Old brown or dark green sock
Chenille stems (aka pipe cleaners)
Googley eyes
Old t-shirt the same color as the sock
Needle and thread
Brown yarn (for his belt)
Beige fabric (for his robe)
Napkins or pillow filler for stuffing

For photos of all these steps go here.

1. Use binder clips to guestimate where you want to place his eyes later.

 2. Cut the ankle part of the sock in two parts for his legs. Start stuffing the sock with napkins or pillow filler. Fill it up like there's a fake foot in the sock. Then start sewing it up.

 3. When you get to the bottom part of the sock that will be his feet, sew it closed but fold the bottoms down like flaps. Then cut two slices in each flap for his toes and sew around them using a simple stitch like you did with the rest of the sock. Or better yet, have a grown up do the complicated sewing part.

 4. Now you need to make his arms and his long fingers. Cut two long rectangles from the shirt fabric about the length you want his arms from shoulder to finger tips. Then sew the individual rectangles as though you're making two tubes. At the end of each tube, cut (like you did his feet) three slivers to make fingers, but make them slightly wide enough so you can fill his fingers with pieces of chenille stems instead of stuffing. That way his fingers will bend and he can hold stuff like his staff.

Sew his arms to his body about where you think his shoulders will be. Also, scrunch up his neck a little so it bends like an S shape from the side. You can keep his neck in place by sewing the lower back of the lower part of his head to his body.

 5. For his eyes, cut out four ovals from the t-shirt fabric and sew two together (making one for each eye) leaving enough room to stuff with napkins. Stuff with napkins so it looks like a lima bean and place the googley eye inside each one so it's barely visible. Sew around fabric to make more secure. That way he looks like he's squinting. Sew on either side of his head.

6. Make some clothes for Momaw by draping beige fabric around him like a toga. Use the brown yarn to make his belt! And make his staff by twisting two pieces of gold-colored chenille stems together.

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Yoda Felt Doll on: June 19, 2007 03:10:04 PM
Hi! I do the crafts section on starwars.com, and I figured since there were so many Star Wars fans here, I'd occasionally post about some of the craft projects I've posted on the site. Here's our big archive list of projects I've done so far:

First up -- Yoda Felt Doll!

This is a super-easy craft and usually can be completed in a could of hours. I did this tutorial as a craft demo at both Maker Faire and Star Wars Celebration IV, and it was a big hit. So hopefully you'll dig it too!

The complete instructions with photos and downloadable doll pattern can be found here.
Make This Yoda Doll, You Must!

And if you'd like to see how people personalized their own Yoda dolls, check out my Flickr here of completed dolls:

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Jeaneology: Crafty Ways to Reinvent Your Old Blues on: June 18, 2007 10:58:16 PM
I have to say I'm really impressed with the new book Jeaneology: Crafty Ways to Reinvent Your Old Blues by Nancy Flynn. You might recognize Nancy's name from her column on GetCrafty.com, plus she's done sewing demos at Maker Faire. She has a blog here too: http://www.belleepoquewhimsy.com/

When I picked up her new book, I was happy to see that she has all kinds of sewing projects in the book and not just really advanced stuff -- especially since I don't sew that much.

Her book has cool sewing projects that help you find uses for old jeans you'll never fit into again, or were ruined, or you bought and never wore. For the projects jeans are reinvented as other clothes, bags, wallets, jewelry, coasters and pillows. And there's some pretty cool projects that guys can do to like wrist cuffs -- which is nice to have a book that isn't just for the crafty ladies.

And the book is on Myspace with blog updates in case you want to see what Nancy is working on lately -- she often links to DIY projects both in the book and new stuff:

So if any of you get the book, let me know what projects you're making from it. I've made a few so far and I'd love to see how other people customized their projects too!
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