Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Things I Made in 2014

We're only halfway through January, so it's not too late to do a 2014 review post right?


Crafts are split up into the following categories (click to jump to that section):

Personal Projects

I craft a variety of different things for different purposes, but let's start with the one that took me the longest.

Personal Projects:

Tardis Blanket:

Pattern: Blue Police Box Pattern from Ravelry by Sandra Petit

Materials: So many skeins of blue yarn. So. Many. If I had to guess, I'd say 8, maybe more.
1 skein of white yarn (for box and lantern)
1 skein of gray yarn (for windows)
2 skeins of black yarn (for outlines)

Time: 2 years, off and on. (Started November 4, 2012, finished May 18, 2014)

Measuring over six feet tall, I started this way back in November of 2012 and crocheted it off and on ever since. It was my fist big crochet project and established my habit of needing something to work on while watching tv. I might still embroider 'Police Box' and the 'Pull to Open' sign, but I consider it pretty much done.

The finished product!

Book Tree:

Materials: I used a lot of books, so it really depends on how tall you want it. I think I used about 100-150 books and mine was about five feet tall.

Time: 2.5 hours.

We wanted a tree for the Christmas season, but since we were going to be gone, and our cat was going to be by herself, we needed a tree that didn't require watering and that Pepper couldn't knock over.

Voila! The most geeky solution!

Bonus points for adding geeky ornaments!


Steampunk Fem!Indiana Jones:

Pattern: Duct tape whip tutorial from Skip to My Lou

Materials: All thrifted items; Hat, jacket, two brown skirts, my Frankenshirt, whip made of brown duct tape braided over a jump rope, leather bag, plus goggles!

Time: As long as it took to find all the items at thrift stores and con my friend Carissa into braiding the whip for me

Made for the first day of AnomalyCon 2014, I had a lot of fun putting this outfit together.

Steampunk Tinkerbell:

Materials: Corset from Corset-Story, 5 yards of green satin for the skirt, 2 yards of bronze contrast fabric, thrifted shirt, belt, boots, and homemade flight pack!

Time: 2 months

My main costume for AnomalyCon 2014 (hosted at the end of March), I started this costume in the beginning of February, although I had been keeping my eye out for steampunk items at thrift stores for quite a while. I made my own wings and flight pack, and collected things to hang on my belt (tinker's tools, a genie's lamp, a spyglass, etc). One of my favorite steampunk outfits. Read the full tutorial here.

Steampunk Riker:

Pattern: Simplicity 2333 (Mad Hatter, Captian Hook jacket), inspired by citizenkanev on Deviantart

Materials: 4 yards of red wool, 1 yard of black wool

Time: 1 month

Made for Jim to wear for AnomalyCon 2014, I saw citizenkanev's amazing costume on Deviantart and convinced Jim to come with me if I made it for him. I learned a lot about construction and using a muslin, and how evil sleeves are during this project, but enjoyed creating this all the same. You can read the full tutorial here.


Eowyn (Lord of the Rings):

Pattern: Simplicity 4940

Material: 7 3/4 yrds of white crepe suiting, 7/8 yrd of brown suede

Time: 4 weeks, more or less

One of my favorite characters from Lord of the Rings, I decided to make Eowyn's iconic dress for the 2014 Denver Comic Con in June. You can read the full tutorial here. I also got to wear it again for a post-Christmas photo shoot with my two nerdiest friends!

Rose Tyler (Doctor Who):

Pattern: None

Materials: Thrifted blue jacket, shirt, pants, and boots. Nerf Longshot borrowed from my brother Luke and painted by my friend Ian.

Time: However long it took me to find the blue bomber jacket at a thrift store. All the other pieces came together pretty quickly.

Rose Tyler is my favorite companion from Doctor Who, and I knew that I had to dress up as her for the 2014 Denver Comic Con. I must say, I felt pretty awesome! Full costume write up here.

Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish (Game of Thrones):

Pattern: Simplicity 5386 (Matrix Coat pattern, can also use Butterick 6844)

Materials: 5 yards of a jaquard-like fabric, 1 yard of a heavy woven fabric

Time: 3 weeks

A friend of mine commissioned me to make him a Littlefinger costume for a Game of Thrones party we were going to on Halloween. You can read the full costume tutorial here.

Jon Snow (Game of Thrones):

Pattern: None

Materials: Thrifted faux fur sewn on to a robe that was remade into a cape, with a cut up belt going across the chest.

Time: 1 day

Made for the same Game of Thrones party as the Petyr Baelish costume, this was much more haphazard simply done. Jim wore his dwarven shirt (minus the chainmail), and I wore a borrowed Daenerys dress. Overall, I think we look pretty good!

Galadriel (Lord of the Rings):

Pattern: Simplicity 1551

Materials: 3 3/4 yards of white satin, and lots of thrifted sheer fabric (5 yards-ish?)

Time: 2 weeks

Made for our Christmas Lord of the Rings photoshoot for my friend Melaine, I bought a lot of the sheer fabric that hangs behind curtains from thrift stores for $2 a pair, then bought 3.5 yards of white satin and realized it was just short of how much I needed. Nevertheless, I made it work, and I must say it turned out amazing for the amount of time I had! (Mostly due to the fact that Melaine is basically an elf already)


Fleece Football Pillow:

Pattern: Sporty Pillows from

Materials: 1/2 yd of brown fleece, white shoelace

Time: 3 hours

Made for my friend's son's first birthday, I go to experiment with my embroidery machine for the first time! On a related note; always use stabilizer when trying to embroider fleece, or else it will chew right through it. Also, don't bother downloading the template from the website. Just cut out approximate football shapes, measure how long you'd like the laces to be, then make holes where it starts and ends.

Crochet Mr. and Mrs. Octopi:

Pattern: Octopode Pandemonium! from PepperKitty on Craftster

Materials: Less than 1 skein for each color

Time: 3 hours each

Made for a friend's baby shower, I knew they were decorating their baby girl's room in pink and brown, so I decided to make a pair of octopi! Mr. Octopus has a blue bowtie hot-glued to the front, and Mrs. Octopus has a matching hairbow.

Hobbit Meal Clock:

Pattern: Hobbit Clock on Imgur

Materials: $5 Clock from Target, gold leaf pen, Map of the Shire, Aniron Font

Time: 4 hours (it took me a while to realize the face of the clock was attached with two prongs on the top and bottom and to pop it off)

A Christmas gift for my friend Amanda who loves making delicious food. Now, it's always mealtime! (Click here if you'd like to see Pippin recounting the different meals Hobbits observe.)

Baby Groot:

Pattern: A modified version of this stencil from

Materials: 1/3 yrd tan fleece, scraps of white fleece for the flowerpot, brown fleece for the 'dirt', green felt for the leaves, plus wire and safety eyes.

Time: 2 days

This was one of my favorite projects, mostly because it's first posable plushie I have ever created, plus when Groot posed next to the Hobbit Meal Clock, my heart nearly exploded with geeky happiness. If you'd like to create your own baby Groot, see the full tutorial here.

TARDIS Baby Blanket:

Pattern: A modified version of Blue Police Box Pattern from Ravelry by Sandra Petit

Materials: 2 skeins of blue, 1 skein of black, less than one skein of white yarn

Time: Around 6 months, off and on

Once I heard that some good friends of mine were having a baby girl named Clara, I knew that the baby needed her own Tardis blanket, until the Doctor could come sweep her away. I was so familiar with Sandra's pattern that I really did this one from memory. I added a black background to make it wider, then embroidered Clara's name on the top left corner.


Pattern: T-Rex Softie Tutorial and Pattern by Made by Enginerds

Materials: 1/4 yd argyle fabric, scrap of minky fabric, ric rac, and safety eyes

Time: 5-6 hours

Made for a good friend's daughter's first birthday, I was inspired when Ellie kept roaring at things, and quickly realized she needed her own Ellie-saurus to play with. I modified the pattern slightly to move the arms on the sides of the belly, instead of up by the neck, and used safety eyes for a more complete look.


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