January 25

Make an Upcycled Doctor Who Tote Bag

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With the holidays over, school’s definitely back in session.  Why not dress up your everyday look with a fun DIY Doctor Who Inspired Tote Bag made upcycling clothing? Elizabeth Hudec on DIY Ready has got a tutorial on making this fun bag using a tweed jacket, button down dress shirt, bow tie, and couple of belts (for the straps).  And if you were feeling adventurous, you could probably take the leftover sleeve parts and make pockets for the inside! A-llonsy!

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January 24

Quit Dragon Your Feet and Get Started on This Blanket!

Dragon blanket by MJs Off the Hook Designs

You may have seen the various mermaid tail blankets all over Pinterest lately – check out this dragon version! MJ of MJ’s Off the Hook Designs created this beauty incorporating two strands of bulky weight yarn with a Q hook, in newborn to adult sizes.

She also has other varieties, including a dolphin, large mouth bass, and a car seat cozy collection. And her shark blanket went viral during Shark Week!

Done with a large Q hook, I’m curious how quick these dragon blankets stitch up. Have you tried one of these cocoon type blankets? How long did it take you? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

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January 24

Wookie the Chew

As a way to help us all try and think warm, fuzzy (furry) thoughts today in the midst of Winter Storm Jonas, I present a homemade Wookie the Chew!

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AMC3586 posted a series of photos of the Chewbacca Teddy Bear here being made by his wife, over at Imgur. She’s making the bear for their son, who will be born in May…when it’s supposed to be nice and toasty warm outside again. The bear is based on Florida artist and illustrator James Hance’s book, The House at Chew Corner. ‘Wookiee The Chew’, in the style of the original Pooh books tells the adorkable tale of the little biped that belonged to Chrisolo Robin (and Chrisolo Robin belonged to him). 24 pages of affectionately crafted adventure, brand new b&w illustrations and sneaky Star Wars references- a tribute to the combined genius of George Lucas, A.A.Milne and E.H.Sheppard. Suitable for jedi apprentices of all ages!

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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January 17

A Wonder-ful Blanket Buddy

Wonder Woman blanket buddy by Amy Anderson

Lately my crochet queue has been filled with Yoda hats and Ewok scoodies, in honor of the recent Star Wars madness premiere. But I think I may have just found my next project – this adorable crochet Wonder Woman-inspired blanket buddy designed by Amy Anderson of Spicy Tuesday Crafts.

As a fellow curly girl, I am in love with her springy hair and that the blankie portion forms a sort of starry skirt. Just imagine the heroic adventures some child in your life could have with this fun lovey.

Amy’s Ravelry shop also features other geek-tastic blankies, like Batman, the Joker, and the Hulk, and you can find free patterns on her blog.

What’s currently on your knit or crochet to-do list? Have any fun patterns to share with us? Leave us a comment below!

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January 16

Creating a Better Stormtrooper Helmet

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Steakbellie recently posted a repainting project he did, over at Imgur. His wife bought him a Star Wars shirt and it came in a small plastic (classic style) Stormtrooper helmet. (Quick note, if you’re looking for one of these for yourself, go check your local Kohl’s. I’ve seen them there, but not in my size. All they had left in the store I was at was the small sizes.)

For a simple painting/weathering job, this is amazing!