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!

January 11

Make Your Own Con Lanyard

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It might be a little early to be thinking about convention season, at least for some people. Not me. I’ve got shows to sell my handmade goodies at lined up starting in February, and I just added another small con for the end of April.  Cons come in all shapes and sizes, but most of them have one thing in common: cheese-wheaty lanyards! Instead of settling for a shoestring with cheap lobster clasp, grab a scrap of your favorite fabric and make your own lanyard with my tutorial! It’s a super fast and easy project, and it’s perfect for busting through those fabric scraps you’ve been holding onto (they’ll come in handy someday!). What’s great about having your own lanyard is you can make it match your cosplay, and it’s washable!  See? It’s not too early to be getting ready for convention season!

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January 10

X-Files Craft: The Stitch-Along is Out There

XFiles Stitch Along by Fandom in Stitches

Who’s ready for the return of The X-Files? Less than two weeks in the countdown to six-episode series event, coming to FOX on January 24th. But you can break out your needles now and head over to Fandom In Stitches for their I Want To Believe: An X-Files Quilt & Stitch Along.

Jennifer Ofenstein of both sewhooked.com & fandominstitches.com has designed an X-Files quilt, and is releasing the patterns weekly through March via the Stitch Along event, which includes 12 free patterns, bonus patterns, plus quilt layout instructions. Participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #XFILESQuilt, and share photos of their blocks via the Fandom in Stitches flickr group for a chance to win monthly prizes.

Will you be watching the new X-Files mini series? Are you hosting a watch party? What’s your favorite X-Files episode? Post a comment below and let us know!

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