My friends and I recently got to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida (it was a-mayyyyy-zing!), and we decided that we each wanted to rep a Hogwarts house, and what better way to do so than to crochet our very own house scarves! Read on to find out how we did it!
This pattern is great for turning a wide range of characters/animals into a cuddly plushie! I’ve used it a couple times to make plushies as accessories for cosplay, and this particular plushie that I’m showing you in this tutorial is for a friend who is going to cosplay as an Espeon (from Pokemon) for this year’s Fanime convention. It’s very easy to change this pattern into a different character or different animal simply by altering the shape of the ears and tail, so please have fun with this versatile pattern! Click “read more” to get the pattern and tutorial!
So… I’m studying Japanese, and the final exam for my Beginning Level 3 class is tomorrow. I’m supposed to be studying right now … but instead, I was reminded of a Japanese luck charm called a “sarubobo,” so I decided to make myself one!
Sarubobos are traditionally red and have no facial features, and are meant as an amulet for protection against bad things. Modern sarubobos, while still faceless (I’ve read that they are faceless so the owner can project his or her own emotion onto the sarubobo and imagine the expression), can be in a variety of colors, each granting a certain kind of luck:
So I made mine blue, hoping that it will help me pass my exam tomorrow! I probably should have just studied instead … but hey, the sarubobo is a very quick project, it only took about 30 minutes out of my studying time! Although … now I’m on Tumblr and still not studying … hehe(*^_^;)
Anywayyyy … wanna make your own sarubobo?? I discovered this great tutorial years ago and have been making lucky little sarubobos with it ever since! There are 4 variations for the pattern, my favorite is #4 because the sarubobos turn out a little chubbier with this one. Like I said, it’s a really quick project and uses very little material. Also, these make a very nice and thoughtful handmade gift! :)
A few years ago, my relatives from Japan sent me a set of adorable little owls that were made of beautiful Japanese fabric, and I’ve had them on my computer desk ever since. They look so simple, but I’d always been too lazy to figure out maing one myself. Recently though, I saw a pin on Pinterest that had a tutorial on making owls that were very similar! So I checked out the tutorial and it’s such a simple and quick project that I went ahead and made a couple owls to add to my little mini owl family :)
The original tutorial is here, but I did things just a little bit different, so I’m going to make my own little tutorial.
What you’ll need for your owl:
Fabric scraps (I used scraps of kimono fabric that I ordered on Etsy, but you can use anything!)
Weight pellets (These are for making your owl sit correctly.If you can’t get a hold of weight pellets, you can use the method in the original tutorial, which is to cut a circle of cardboard and put it in the owl’s butt so it sits upright hahaha)
Needle and thread
Fabric paint (optional, for decoration)
Print this pattern and cut out the pieces. If you want to make a bigger or smaller owl, you can scale the pattern up or down.
Trace the pattern pieces onto your fabric and cut out the pieces. The smaller triangle will be the belly of your owl, and the bigger one will create the rest of the body, so the two pieces should contrast in color.
With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, sew along the long sides of the triangles. Like this!
Turn the piece inside out. Section off the top corner of your triangle by sliding a needle through the fabric like this:
That top corner is going to fold down to create the owl’s face, so we don’t want any stuffing in it. If you can see around the bottom of my piece, I’ve done a loose slip stitch all the way around the base. That’s because after I stuff it, I’m going to pull the stitches tight to close up the hole. You’ll see in the picture!
Stuff the piece with your stuffing (with that top corner still blocked off by the needle!) And then put your weight pellets in the bottom. If you’re having trouble getting your weight pellets in without spilling them, you can loosely wrap them in a scrap of saran wrap so they are kind of like a little bean bag. Once your stuffing and weight pellets are in, pull your slip stitches tight until the hole is closed, and stitch it up securely, like this:
That’s the bottom. Now, if you set the piece right side up, it should look like this!
Fold down the top corner and use a couple stitches to secure it at the tip. Almost done!
Use your felt, fabric glue, and fabric paint to give your owl a face!
And there’s your cute little owl! Since this is such a quick project and it uses so little material, you can make a bunch of them :)