September 21

Join the Zompocalypse by Making Your Own Zombie Plushie!


I just spent the weekend selling my handmade goodies at TopCon, a small pop-culture convention in Topeka, KS. One of the guests, Mike Mundy, was a zombie on The Walking Dead, so there was a lot of zombies hanging around this weekend.  All those undead inspired me to share this great tutorial on making your own zombie plushie on the blog Heidi Boyd.  This tutorial offers more inspiration than actual techniques, but if you’re familiar with basic hand sewing skills, you’ll have no problem making your little Zombie Plushie friend to hunt down brains with.  You could even mix it up a bit and use different colored fleece, felt scraps, and embroidery floss.  The tutorial offers up a great, basic starting point for your imagination to take over.  Be sure to share your adventures in zombie making with us!

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February 23

Plushy DIY Roundup!


This week on Spoonflower, the contest involves original designs for mythical creature plushies, and when I saw Gila’s UniPug design I knew I had to share it on Geek Crafts.  You can purchase your own DIY UniPug Plushy Pattern on a variety of fabrics (I recommend Spoonflower’s new Minky fabric for this one because it’s super soft and cuddly, like the ever elusive UniPug himself) in Cross The Lime’s Spoonflower shop.  The design fits on a fat quarter and costs about $17 with shipping.


If you’re more of a cat person, you might enjoy making your very own Grumpy Cat with this Instructable by username elewis03, complete with step-by-step instructions and pictures, as well as a rudimentary pattern you can download for free.  This little guy would make an excellent cubicle pal at the office, don’t you think?


If grumpy kitties and mythical unipugs aren’t your thing, how about a Frog Prince named Ferdinand from Abby Glassenberg’s blog While She Snaps? This DIY has a free downloadable pattern along with excellent pictures and instructions.  While you’re there, you should check out the other free plushy patterns on Abby Glassenberg’s site–super cute!

November 8

Ewok Softie Tutorial

As I start to hear Christmas music being played (it’s only November!), I realize that I need to start on planning gifts for people. Nearly everyone who watched the original Star Wars wanted an Ewok at some point. I know I did! While you probably can’t give your friends a real Ewok, this adorable stuffie toy might just work!

Ewok stuffie toy

Mollie from Wild Olive created this stuffie tutorial for Star Wars day, May 4th, and it’s one of the cutest Ewoks I’ve ever seen. She provides the pdf pattern for the Ewok and its hood, and the only thing I would change about it would be to add arms and legs. The only things you need are two fabrics in the colors you’d like (she used corduroy), some stuffing, and embroidery thread. So easy, and super adorable! Guaranteed to be loved by Star Wars fans of all ages – give it to a friend or keep it for yourself! Happy sewing!

  • Ewok Stuffie tutorial from Wild Olive
  • More Ewok crafts from Geek Crafts
  • More Star Wars crafts from Geek Crafts
March 23

My Little Pony: Dr. Whooves


Craftster user dfabbric made a cute MLP as the pony-fication (is that even a word?) of Tom Baker, the fourth actor to portray the Doctor.

“I’m really happy with how he turned out, though he looks a little angry. The pattern is by Valleyviolet. I hand knit his scarf and it’s removable.” dfabbric also has a blog, where she’s known as Diane, out of Alberta, Calgary.

Valleyviolet owns Violet’s Curious Miscellany over at Etsy, where the pony patterns range anywhere from $15-$45. And just in case a plush pony isn’t enough for you, check out the “Pony Creator” by General Zoi at Deviant Art.

July 15

Meet Spocktopus: A Highly Logical Octopus


Often when I can’t fall asleep at night, my thoughts turn to crafts. I solve all sorts of crafty conundrums in that drowsy half-dozing state – the perfect glue to adhere something, the right binding for a sewing project, where I last saw my size “P” crochet hook…

Plagued with menopause-induced insomnia, Karen at SewMuch2Luv lay awake one night and thought of crafts, too. That’s how she came up with the idea to combine an octopus with Star Trek for a friend. The result: Spocktopus.

I love that he has the gold rickrack on his tentacles – nice detail.

What kind of crafty meanderings keep you awake at night? Or what project would you work on if you had insomnia?

July 14

Have You Hugged a Nightmare Lately?

Have You Hugged a Nightmare Lately? Why would you want to do that?  Well, how about when the nightmare is a huggable version of Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas?  Jack is crocheted in not-so-living black and white acrylic yarn.  The free pattern is the creation of April Folts of April Draven Designs.  When completed, Jack measures about fifteen inches tall and is worked in single crochet throughout.