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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Argon Tano, Jedi, little brother to Ahsoka Tano on: November 02, 2012 12:19:25 AM

This is my son. Every year since he was 2 and my daughter was 5 I have made their costumes. My son this year wanted to be a Togruta Jedi. So, being a can-do girl, I jumped in with NO idea on how I was going to create the Togruta head for his costume. I did seek out the advice of jennieingram because she is much more skilled with costumes. She gave me some great advice and I was going to order fosshape and make this awesome headpiece. The best laid plans...living in Alaska and not being able to find anyone who sells fosshape and learning that it would cost me twice as much for shipping, I opted to go another route.

I used several yards of muslin and paper to create a pattern for basically a really puffy hat for his head. No matter what I tried, it kept falling off! I took another piece of Jennie's advice and built the headpiece on an old hat my husband had. (Well, it wasn't old, but it was sitting unused in the garage until I cut the bill off of it, then all of a sudden it was a treasured item)

Anyway, I put together the top two horns/montrals and the front lekku, then stuffed them and set them aside. I made the back lekku and stuffed it, then sewed it by hand to the hat, followed by handsewing the front piece. I left a gap to add more stuffing and got the shape right then closed the gap. It worked well, but it would slide off his head just a little because he is a 6 yr old boy- and he has to swing lightsabers and use his taekwondo skills while in costume! I added a small blue band in the front that keeps his headpiece on no matter what move he is doing. I painted it with fabric paint, made the teeth from thick fun foam and paint, then made the silka beads and hand sewed them on.

I made his inner and outer tunic from jersey knit (not Jedi authentic, but we live in AK and trick or treat when it is 20 degrees out and wear thermals under our costumes) as well as his tabard and obi. The belt is leather, it ties in the back and has a band on the back to cover the ties. His lightsaber I made from $19 of plumbing parts from the hardware store. His pants are just kids dockers and the boots are covered with strips of jersey fabric to hide the woodland camo pattern. He decided through this process that he wanted to be Ahsoka tano's little brother, so we scoured the internet looking for good Togruta names and chose Argon Tano. He's a Jedi Padawan and he really loved Halloween this year!

The back of his headpiece

Thanks for looking!!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Force Unleashed- Starkiller on: November 08, 2011 11:31:13 AM

My son is very much a Star Wars kid- he has been Luke Skywalker and Boba Fett in past years. This year he wanted to be Starkiller/Galen Marek from The Force Unleashed video game. I ordered him karate pants online, then found a shirt that looked right in the thrift store. The shirt was way too big, so I re-sized it. I then took a cream colored gauze and dyed it grey to use for the arm and leg wraps. He wore his bogs boots, which was helpful since it snowed the day of Halloween and we had a few inches on the ground. I made his robe from black flannel, the picture online of Starkiller makes the robe look like it is one piece, but with my guy being so small I had to make a few adjustments, the buckles are placed at a slant and are just large hook and eye closures. The original Starkiller costume also has a ton of belts- I made mine by cutting a thrift store belt and punching a new hole to fit my son, I then used E6000 to glue the buckles on to the belt in the front, it buckles in the back so all you can see are the buckles I made from craft foam and paint. I didn't even bother with the other belts, one was enough. My son is all of three feet tall and super skinny, so the leg belt would have been necklace sized for an adult  Wink  I also glued the black fabric scrap onto the belt to mimic the one Starkiller wears.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Party in the Gryffindor Common Room on: October 07, 2011 10:20:52 PM
Link to the blog post

My daughter turns 8 on Oct 8, and she is a HUGE Harry Potter fan. These are just a few of the pics from her party, I have more but I will post a link to my blog later.

She had a Honeydukes table with chocolate frogs, peppermint toads, chocolate pretzel wands, bertie botts every flavour beans, lemon drops, troll toenails and cockroach clusters- LOTS of sugar. The kiddos enjoyed a muggle treat for dinner- pizza and of course we had butterbeer!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Owl-y goodness Kindle cover on: December 02, 2010 08:08:09 PM
For our 9th anniversary my hubby surprised me with a 3G-wi-fi Kindle- blew me away! So I made a cover for it because I couldn't bring myself to pay for the covers. The outside is corduroy and the inside is flannel- it's padded with fleece and has a velcro closure. I am thinking of adding two buttons on the velcro tab, I can't decide though.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Young Boba Fett and Jaina Solo on: November 07, 2010 06:07:00 PM
I ended up making three costumes this year- but I am only showing these 2 because they look the best- it was...hectic...getting everyone ready this year. Next year I have decided I'm not costuming 7 people- or hoping they'll maintain their costumes.

I was supposed to get these started in the beginning of October, but a family emergency pulled us away from home for over two weeks and when we got home I had about 10 days to get them finished.

My son wanted to be Boba Fett from the Clone Wars cartoon, so I ordered him a flight suit in xtra small- he's a tiny kid and it was much TOO small so he ended up wearing the one I had ordered for his sister- since that was too small for her. I made the cape, his belt, holsters, pouches and modified his blaster from a dollar store neon green toy gun. For his blaster I used some parts from lowes- some clamps and a pipe fitting, black spray paint and cut up 3 plastic straws. His belt is made from brown naugahyde and velcro, pouches and hoslster from the same material. His cape is olive green fleece and I cut an opening big enough for his head and sewed it down to keep it from stretching. The knee pads are souble thickness white naugahyde and velcro. They wrap around his knees and a piece of velcro on his flightsuit and the knee pad keep it in place.
Young Boba Fett:

The helmet he got at target- but it was pretty heavy so it rode in the wagon with our baby ewok. Smiley

Jaina Solo is the daughter of Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo- she is a pilot and a jedi- and since my daughter didn't want me doing Leia buns like I did last year she chose this costume- because Jaina's hair is just like hers.
Her flightsuit didn't fit and we didn't have enough time to order a replacement- so we hit target for the black skinny pants and a black long sleeve shirt. She got the boots for her birthday. Her costume was fairly simple, the belt is all I really had to make for it. It's made from brown, gray and black naugahyde. Her blaster was also a dollar store repurpose. I used a pipe fitting epoxied to the end to make it more "Star Wars" and use a hot knife to cut off a trigger guard and extra handle, then I spray painted it black. She was pretty happy with the result.
Jaina Solo:


Blasters and belts:

6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / I cannot figure out what this is! on: September 13, 2010 05:42:23 PM
So this is the costume I am making for Halloween. I cannot for the life of me figure out what to use for the top. Some type or ribbed material, but on denverfabric, hancock fabric, joann- and the like a search for ribbed fabric doesn't narrow it down. Is it a technique or a fabric that I don't know the name for??

Once I figure out the fabric I am good, the cloak I am just going to use a crushed velvet for, its for trick or treating with my kids (and possibly a parade) so movie accuracy isn't necessary- not that that stops me from trying LOL. If I have to a plain black long sleeve shirt will work.

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Star Wars Rd. 4 Swap Gallery on: June 14, 2010 11:29:02 AM

Post all your Star Wars goodies here.  

Green = Sent
Purple = Received & No Pictures Posted
Blue = Received & Pictures Posted
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Strikeout = Feedback Given
= still waiting to receive, pkg in transit





Once your partner has received and posted pictures I will give feedback, can't wait to see everyone's pictures!!


8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Star Wars Swap Rd 4 (Signups 5/16/10-5/31/10; Sendouts 6/30/10) SWAP FINISHED on: May 16, 2010 05:14:41 PM

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350744.0 <---GALLERY

Swap name:Star Wars Round 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:tankrgrl
Sign-up date range:5/16/10 - 5/31/10
Date to send item by:6/30/10

Limited to a certain number of people?:24 (unless I get a co-organizer)

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO
If so, which country? NO

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions: YES MEETS ALL CONDITIONS
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide:
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant:
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now:
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants:
- Is at least 18 years old:

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:This swap for all things Star Wars classic, clone, fan fic, extended universe, anything goes. We will be crafting 1 large, 1 medium, 2 smalls

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=255744.0 (gallery of past swap)

Size guideline:

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Classic? Clone? Expanded Universe? All of the above?
What would you love to get?
Would you like to receive crafts you're able to make or something you can't? (please list the crafts you can make)
What kind of crafts would you prefer not to receive?
What is your favorite Star Wars episode?
Are there any episodes you don't like?
Who are your favorite characters?
Are there any characters you don't like?
Favorite quote? Favorite scene?
What are your favorite colors?
What are your least favorite colors?
List any allergies or allergens:
Anything else you want your partner to know?

Tell your partner why you love Star Wars, it will give them a chance to get to know you better outside just a questionnaire.  Do you plan on going to Celebration V in Florida??

Star Wars tags for inspiration


Please remember a DC# is required when packages are sent, inform the organizer and your partner via PM, for overseas shippers keep a copy of your receipt until your partner receives and posts pictures.


Chelsea K

Thanks for a flake-free swap!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dr Who K-9 makeup case on: March 25, 2010 04:58:27 PM
I made this for a swap a while back,  one of the ideas was makeup case and also a Dr. Who theme- it was a pick and choose..so I chose to make K-9 from Dr Who...
(with some bad poly clay I did...yikes)
before I sent it I also added red sequins for eyes, but forgot to take pictures of course.

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / ideas for ASL memorial quilt on: February 13, 2010 01:16:42 PM
I've hit a mental block in trying to design 2 twelve square memory quilts.  They are for the husband and sister of an amazing woman who lost her battle with brain cancer last Friday.  She was an interpreter and pastors wife, a loving mom of 3 and sister.  I know I want to try and possibly paper piece different ASL signs on it...but I'm new to paper piecing and wondered if there were other ideas you all might have...
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