I get a little thrill when I see crafty projects that repurpose/upcycle a useful something into a geekier version of a useful something. Case in point: Cation Design’s Totoro variation on an existing “Snugabunny” bouncer. I mean, really, if a manufacturer can make up something called a Snugabunny, it equally stands to reason it could be morphed into a Totoro.
For those unfamiliar, “My Neighbor Totoro” is a highly popular anime movie written and directed by the world-renowned Hayao Miyazaki, who also made “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.”
Cation’s post walks readers through her creative process, including crafting a fleece-lined Totoro-shaped slip cover and dangling Soot Sprites.
What geeky repurpose/upcycle projects have you created? Link us up in the comments!
I must admit that among my many crafting hobbies and interests, sewing is probably the one at which I am least adept. I often see sewing projects on blogs and Pinterest and marvel at how the seamstresses are able to whip things together and customize projects to challenging fabrics or body shapes.
I recently cyber-met sewing whiz Annie Case Hanks via the Female Geek Bloggers G+ Community, and did a little squee when I saw this Marvel-based shirt she sewed for her son. I was impressed that she took an indie-designer pattern and geeked it out with some Marvel-licensed fabric, modifying it a bit to suit her husband’s/son’s tastes. While I often stray from paper crafting instructions and examples, veering off from sewing directions terrifies me, so kudos to Annie for her sewing prowess!
I love her idea to add just a strip of the comic book art fabric – sometimes those licensed or fandom-inspired fabrics are pretty busy, so a full project made from the fabric might be a bit much, but a two-inch strip at the collar or hem might be just the right touch of geek flair.
BTW, Annie’s blog name is also geeky – “The Enantiomer Project” refers to a chemistry term for a stereoisomer which has a mirror image. She likes to think of those enantiomers when it comes to her sewing projects, and considers her blog her “lab notebook” of sewing projects, with all of the materials, procedures, and products. By day she is a science professor, and by night, a “sewing mad scientist.” Girl crush.
Have you ever strayed from directions to geekify a project? How did that go for you?
Have you heard of Spoonflower? It’s a company/site that allows you to create print-on-demand fabric, wallpaper and giftwrap. Which makes it a geekcrafter’s dream, both for designers and general crafty folk. You can upload your own designs to print on fabric and such, or browse the thousands of patterns created by others. There are a bounty of categories, including Geek, and pretty much every fandom you can think of is represented, including Doctor Who (see also Whovian), Star Trek, Firefly, Sherlock, and Hobbit. I’m personally eyeing this swirly Doctor Who fabric by Risarocksit to make a skirt in the near future. (I actually took a skirt making class, just so I could use this fabric!)
I recently met a geekcrafter who uses Spoonflower to print her designs and then creates items to sell in her Etsy shop – Elinor Parker, aka The Costume Wrangler. I purchased a cool Doctor Who headband (pictured above) from her at a local craft fair, which features her custom design of TARDISes spinning in the cosmos.
Have you created anything with Spoonflower fabric? Or purchased anything made from custom-designed fabric? Link us up in the Comments section below!
We recently re-viewed the Star Wars movies, and I was struck anew by the Ewoks, those bear-like creatures from the Forest Moon of Endor, seen in “Return of the Jedi.” More than just cute, they’re actually pretty tough little critters, instrumental in bringing down their share of stormtroopers and AT-ST walkers.
Some fun Ewok trivia (courtesy IMDb and Wikipedia):
- Several Ewok lines are in the Filipino (Tagalog) language. Most Ewok lines, however, were inspired by the Kalmyk language, spoken by nomadic tribes living in Russia.
- The word Ewok is never spoken in the movie, nor are the individuals (Wicket, Paploo, etc.) referred to by name.
Stephanie Woodson of Swoodson Says was likewise captivated by the furry little warriors, and created a fun Ewok Costume Hood for her son – it’s basically a balaclava with fuzzy ears. Clever! I’m sure my son would have loved to romp around in one of these!
Have you ever rewatched geeky shows or movies and come away with a new appreciation for a character or story line? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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One of my son’s favorite comic book characters is Green Lantern. If I were a quilter, I would make him something like this Green Lantern baby quilt from Jenny Quilts. I love how simple yet bold it is.
What geeky quilt projects have caught your eye?
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It’s been a while since I shared one of my own projects, so I thought I’d share my most recent geekcraft – a Geek Memo Board.
Using this tutorial for How to Make a French Memo Board, I wrapped an 18×24 canvas with batting and fabric and stapled it to the frame, and added ribbon and buttons. Knowing most of my memorabilia was space-themed, I used this fun fabric from Jo-Ann that had a blue swirly background with little stars.
Once I had the board all assembled (it took maybe an hour), I added my geek fandom references:
I have this memo board on my desk at work where I can gaze upon its geeky loveliness often. What geeky homages do you have at your desk/cube at work or home office?