December 21

3 Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas!

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The holiday clock is definitely ticking, and if you’ve still got shopping to do, never fear! You’ve still got time to make something handmade. Take those comic book magnets in the picture above. They’re super simple, and they’d make great stocking stuffers. Just check out the tutorial by Amanda Formaro over on her blog Crafts by Amanda for step-by-step instructions.  She’s even got a separate tutorial on making a comic book decoupage picture frame if you’re looking for something a little more special.

Ewok

Mollie over at Wild Olive has a tutorial on making your very own little, cuddly, Mini Ewok Softie.  This little Wicket would make the best stocking stuffer!

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Got a techie on your list? Why not try crocheting a monster phone case? Trish from the blog Genuine Mudpie has got a great step-by-step tutorial on making this fun gift.

Got some last minute DIY gift ideas? Be sure to share them with us!

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December 13

Crochet Totoro Lovey: King of the Blankie

Crochet Totoro lovey by Katie Stevens

“Do you like spirits, mommy? Even fuzzy ones?”
Mei Kusakabe in My Neighbor Totoro

Here’s a fuzzy spirit you can’t help but like – a crochet Totoro lovey by Katie Stevens at Craft Sauce. This adorable half-amigurumi, half-blankie looks like it would be quick to stitch up, and oh, so huggable!

Katie also has patterns for other geeky loveys, like Pikachu and Nyan Cat!

Are you madly stitching for the holidays? What’s left on your to-craft list? Let us know in the comments!

October 25

Finn the Human crochet hat

Finn the human beanie by Janet Neeth

Looking for a quick geeky Halloween costume that’s algebraic? Look no further than this Finn the Human Earflap Beanie from Dammit Janet, Let’s Crochet.  Those familiar with crochet could probably whip this out in an evening or two. Janet even offers a handy, printable PDF of the pattern. Pair the hat with royal blue shorts and a sky blue t-shirt, and you got yourself a costume!

What are you planning to wear for Halloween this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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October 12

Make Your Own Zombiebot Amigurumi!

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I’m not exactly sure what a zombiebot is, but it sure is cute. Check out this free crochet pattern available on CraftFoxes.com, sourced from a super cute book (Crobots: 20 Amigurumi Robots to Make, by Nelly Pailloux).

I like this kind of pattern.  It offers up instructions for you to make the zombiebot as is, or if you’re feeling daring, you can mix things up with different colors, “injuries”, stitches, and embellishments.  Just think, you can crochet your own army of crobots as you plan world domination!

Plus, read the Geek Crafts review of Nelly Pailloux’s Crobots book!

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October 10

Crocheted Bugs Bunny

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Luckygirl360 from India, recently posted her crocheted Bugs Bunny over on Craftster.

Bugs here is 15 inches tall standing, or 18.5 inches if you include his ears. Luckygirl360 used 4ply acrylic yarn, his eyes are made of felt (and it looks like his ears and teeth might be felt too), and his nose is embroidered.

She didn’t mention if this is one of her own patterns, but if it is an original pattern, then she’s done a wonderful job with him!

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September 27

Pay the yarn price for these Game of Thrones pillows

Game of Thrones crochet pillows by ICrochetThings

One of favorite crafts is crochet – when watching my geeky favorites, my hands are rarely idle. I can also knit, but I’m much faster at crochet. I have taught myself Tunisian crochet, which looks a lot like knitting, but have so far only made a pet mat. So I was intrigued when I saw these Game of Thrones Tunisian crochet pillows by icrochetthings.

Her pillow example features the Stark direwolf sigil on one side, and the Lannister lion sigil on the other. She also provides charts for the other house sigils, so you can customize to your favorite. She also commented that she plans to crochet all of them and make one big blanket. What a lovely gift that would make for a GoT fan!

Have you tried Tunisian crochet? Which houses would you represent in pillow form? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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