February 21

A Felt R2-D2 Handbag

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Moscow, Russia-based Lyuba and Max of Krukrustudio have created a fantastic felt Star Wars handbag that looks just like the cute astromech droid, R2-D2.

Made of fine quality wool felt and decorated with prints and embroidery, this bag is designed with attention to details. The bag is padded and keeps it’s shape well, with a removable adjustable strap, and an inner pocket.

Dimensions:
full height: 17″
“effective” height (body height): 12″
diameter: 7.5″

It is available to purchase online from their studio or from their Etsy shop, for $185 plus shipping. Order yours today. Droids are standing by to take your order! Or if droids aren’t your thing, they’ve got tablet and iPad covers, even other bags, for the Whovian, Anglophile, or other type of geek in your life.

February 20

Hoth Is Where the Hearth Is

Hoth is Where The Hearth Is

On cold, dark winter nights my old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere bears an unsettling resemblance to the mountain caves of Hoth.  When the world outside my front door is supposed to be devoid of human forms I love to park myself in front of our little fireplace with a book or a board game.  Recently I’ve been trying to think of ways to make the space even cozier, and stumbled across the rustic charm of this DIY Wampa“ bear rug” from Health, Wealth, and Home.

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…and this DIY wall-mounted Wampa head created by Kat and Cam from Our Nerd Home.

The best part is that both of these crafts are handmade and don’t require any actual hunting of Wampas, so there’s no risk of running into red tape with the Galactic Alliance.

And speaking of Our Nerd Home, do you remember this 8-bit fireplace?  What a creative (and surprisingly inexpensive) idea for a fireplace, don’t you think?

February 16

Geek Chic Clothing DIY Roundup

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These days more and more people are rocking their personal geek chic style than ever before. So I’ve rounded up some fun DIY tutorials on starting (or adding to) your own geek chic wardrobe for everyday fabulousness. Take this awesome gathered skirt tutorial from the blog Set to Stunning by Lindz and Scruffy. It’s an easy-to-follow tutorial with pictures, and the idea is so simple you can use any fabric you want. Heck, make a bunch of these beauties, one for every day of the week if you like.

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If sewing isn’t your thing, then perhaps peel-n-stick is more your style. Maya Murillo from the blog I Love to Create has a quirky and quick video tutorial on making your own sequin Godzilla shirt, no sewing required. It’s a cute idea, and another one you can easily customize without a lot of effort. She uses Aleene’s Peel and Stick Sheets to adhere the sequined Godzilla to a t-shirt. I haven’t used the product myself, but it’s gotten some mixed reviews. If you want an alternative, try Wonder Under Fusible Web. All you’ll need is an iron. Be sure the fabric you’re using for the Godzilla shape is ironing friendly, however (so, maybe glitter instead of sequins).

 

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If you’re feeling a bit more artsy, then Alessandra from The Sparkle Queen has a nice photo tutorial on making your own galaxy shirt with a hidden TARDIS using bleach and paint. The process is similar to another technique featured here on Geek Crafts. Though Alessandra uses acrylic paints, if you’re looking for something that won’t change the hand of the fabric as much (you know, make your shirt feel a little crunchy once it’s all done), try some fabric paints designed to have a softer feel on fabric once dry. I’ve used Pebeo fabric paints before with good results myself, but there are tons of products out there available at your local craft store. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous try out Dharma Trading online for some really excellent fabric paints, techniques, and tutorials. You can even get clothing blanks from them too.

Have fun spicing up your wardrobe!

February 15

Doctor Who Craft: TARDIS bag

TARDIS bag by Jade Falcon

Sometimes you just need a bag that’s bigger on the inside. That’s where Jade Falcon comes in. She has posted a very detailed account of her process for creating a TARDIS shoulder bag to take with her to cons.

I loved her write-up of how she came up with the design, then modified it after a trial run before hitting a con. As a not-so-great-seamstress myself, it was fascinating to read how a pro attacks design issues to come up with a winner of a project.

Have you ever created a project, then gone back and reworked it after a test run? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!

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February 14

Lego Marvel Galactus Figure

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This Lego Marvel Galactus minifig actually started out in life as the Lego Monster Fighters Mummy Clock, and it stood just over 9″ tall. The poster did some serious deconstruction to the clock to get it ready for sanding and painting. The horns on Galactus’ helmet were created from clear Plexiglas. Most of the detail pieces are 2mm craft foam; the others are dowel rod.

The poster was able to order decals online for the body details, but within the Imgur post, he/she posted the decals they designed, to scale, in case anyone wants to use them.