April 25

What Team Are You On? Cap or Iron Man?

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With this tutorial from Crafty McFangirl you won’t have to choose sides. You can make both cool boxes, and just in time for Mother’s Day, too. I don’t know a mom out there that doesn’t like organizational tools. Plus, you can run with the concept and techniques covered in the really excellent video tutorial and make boxes for all the Avengers (or Justice League too!).

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April 11

Paper Piecing in a Flash

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Designer Michelle Thompson has come up with another amazing paper piecing pattern for quilters, this one featuring everyone’s favorite speedster, the Flash. You can find the pattern on Fandom in Stitches, along with dozens more superhero and pop culture paper piecing patterns. I think what makes Michelle Thompson’s patterns so striking is her use of decorative stitching to enhance the details (take a look at all the line work–it’s all satin stitching done by machine!). This pattern is definitely not for the faint of heart, so if you’re new to paper piecing, I’d suggest looking for something with fewer pieces to start with.  You can find all sorts of ideas and even tutorials on Fandom in Stitches.  Go forth and conquer, quilters!

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April 10

Harley Quinn and The Joker Take a Selfie

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Mark Hamill has been my favorite version of the Joker for the longest time, so I geeked out a little bit, as both a fan girl and as a crocheter, when I saw this blanket that prettigirl2203 made about a month ago. The finished product is 6’9″ X 7’2″.

She used a perler bead pattern as her inspiration and her pattern came from Kandi Patterns. As far as the crocheting itself goes, prettigirl2203 made 3,600 squares. Each one measures 1.5″ squared. For those who crochet, she created the squares by chaining 6, (turn and half double crochet 5) X5. It looks like she used a simple acrylic yarn, which holds up really well for blankets and especially in the washer.

February 15

Deadpool Earrings

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In honor of all the big bucks Deadpool is raking in at the movie theaters (some of my money is included in that pile), here are a pair of Deadpool earrings that I think we all need.

Made by TroppaMangaStyle of Spain, they are made with polymer clay. They can also be bought in pairs or individually. For just $10.33 each, you too can have the Merc with a Mouth hanging from your earlobe(s). They look to be abut 1.5″ long.

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Or, if up-cycled earrings are more your style, and probably a little lighter in weight, these 1/5″ cardboard circles, paper, glue, metallic paint, Dimensional Magic, bead, and clear plastic backed dangle earrings might be more your style.

Made by NCSustainableStyle of Prundale, CA, these earrings are on sale for just $7 for the pair.

January 31

Smashing Crochet Slippers

Crochet Hulk slippers by Mel Garcia Tello

Even though the weather in Kansas City can’t seem to decide if it’s winter or spring, I’m still in the mood to stay in, craft, and be cozy. These fantastic Hulk slippers might just be the perfect project to accomplish all that.

The Ravelry pattern page indicates the finished slippers are 19 cm (7.5″), so they would probably be more of a child size, but I would bet you could add some extra rounds in the middle to lengthen them.

Mel Garcia Tello’s Facebook Page offers a discount code through January 31st, so be sure to hop over there if you want to buy this pattern.

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January 18

Upcycle Old Comics Into Cool Jewelry

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I got some great free comic books over the last year, and now that I’ve read them, I don’t have a burning desire to keep them.  But I hate to just throw them away.  I mean, the artwork is cool. So I turned to Pinterest for ideas on what to do with old comics, and ran across this great tutorial by Shala on Don’t Eat the Paste. You can make your own stylish, one-of-a-kind bracelet using old comics, Mod Podge, and a bracelet blank.  Shana’s got step-by-step instructions along with pictures that make creating this jewelry masterpiece a snap. Isn’t Mod Podge glorious? I’ve seen great examples of using comics on furniture, shoes, and even coasters.

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