July 16

Superhero Comic Book Magnets

In nearly all flea markets, you can find a stash of comic books. What to do with them after reading them? You can make magnets! Amanda over on Crafts by Amanda has written a great post that gives you a tutorial on making them!

Comic Book Magnets

 

After you’ve made your plethora of magnets for yourself and friends and gifts, she has a link to learn how to make comic book coasters!

So the next time you’re at a flea market, hunt down those comics, and let the fun begin. Amanda also has 2 craft books, be sure to check them out!

 

November 25

Lovable Monsters

I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I was young, I always wanted a big scary monster to be my friend and carry me around (I wanted a Luck Dragon so bad!). Although I never found any wandering dragons, I have found new ways to create big, lovable monster friends!

While studying abroad in Scotland a few years ago, I got to visit Loch Ness, and, of course, kept an eye out for any sign of long-necked Nessie. I didn’t spot her then, but Hannah from We Lived Happily Ever After has created a great version of her!

Loch Ness Monster Stuffed Animal Tutorial

Made with only 1.5 yards of felt and some stuffing, (she suggests using the tons of plastic bags that we all have – which is a brilliant idea), this Nessie is big enough for a two-year old to ride, and would make the perfect  addition to any geek’s toy room. Full details, great pictures, and a tutorial are available at her website.

The next project is especially for any cephalod-lovers out there! Less expensive than finding one in the deep blue sea, Emily over at the Philadelphia Weekly blog posted patterns for how to sew your own 8-foot giant squid pillow.

Giant Squid Tutorial

Emily recommends 2 yards of felt, 1 yard of polka-dot type fabric to serve as suckers, and 5 lbs of stuffing. If anyone completes this, she’d love to see pictures – email her at eguendelsberger@philadelphiaweekly.com. You can also find the tutorial on Tumblr as well.

Who is your favorite monster? Sully from Monsters Inc.? Ludo from Labyrinth? Falkor from the Neverending Story? Let me know in the comments!

November 16

Doctor Who Crafts and Trivia

Hopefully, you all aren’t too tired of seeing Doctor Who crafts (although, let’s be honest, you’re on Geek Crafts, so what were you expecting?), because I have some more for you! These are especially for those who don’t knit or crochet, or just those who want nerdy plushie toys and jewelry!

First up is a tutorial for sonic screwdriver earrings, posted by Julie over on Crafty Tardis.

Sonic Screwdriver earrings

“Starting with a 2 inch silver tone headpin, I used some glass seed beads (black, blue, and silver), metal tube beads, a clear glass tube bead for the extended conformation, and a few smooshed crimp beads (squashing them flat into donut shape). I finished by trimming the headpin with wire cutters and then bending a loop with pliers.”

They can be used as earrings, for a necklace, or even a charm bracelet!

The next craft is for you sewing-types out there – your own Adipose plushie! (They were definitely one of my favorite aliens – they’re just so cute!)

Adipose plushie toys

ImaginaryBF kindly gave us both the instructions and pattern for these adorable guys, also on Crafty Tardis. You’ll need white polar fleece, and black and white embroidery thread.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must go prepare for Doctor Who Trivia Night! Geeks Who Drink are hosting a bunch of Doctor Who Trivia nights at several places all over the US TONIGHT! You can check out the times and places here.

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
November 1

Live Long and Prosper, Baby

Well, Halloween is over. The pumpkin flavored everything season is over, let the peppermint flavored everything season begin. And I don’t know about all of you people, but it seems like my friends have caught a serious case of baby fever. This leaves me trying to come up with baby gifts for everyone, and in that search, I stumbled across this adorable onesie.

Star Trek

Based on the Star Trek: The Next Generation’s command uniform, Leigh of Fun Things to Do While You’re Waiting created this onesie from two t-shirts and a pattern she found. She used small round buttons for the pips, and created the comm-badge out of sculpey clay. This gift would be perfect for any Trekkie and their next generation (hehe), or a gift from a nerdy aunt or uncle. So head on over to the walkthrough and get to sewing!

October 18

The Subject of Towels

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels. A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.”

So for any intrepid adventuring interstellar hitchhikers, Nerd By Night has quite thoughtfully created a wonderful tutorial for how to make a towel even more useful by turning it into a messenger bag. Of course, to improve it even further, one should include the words “Don’t Panic” in large, friendly letters across the front. All you need is a towel and some thread!

Don't Panic Towel Messenger Bag

“Partly it has great practical value — you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble?sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindbogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you — daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

“More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might have accidentally “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man that can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.”

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