Gamer’s Bag of Holding Embroidered Bag

Gamer’s Bag of Holding Embroidered Bag

I’ve seen everyone doing all these really fun looking swaps via Instragram and other social media and I’m always a bit jealous. I never join them for a variety of reasons mostly to do with my weirdness and the size and uncertainly of the swaps and swap-ees. I thought it might be fun to do one on a much much much smaller scale so I put a call out on Instagram for someone that might want to swap with me. Simple rules – any medium, less than six hours from start to finish, no extras, no stress. How lucky was I when Kristy from Please Excuse My Craftermath answered my call? Kristy is one of my favorite online people. I find her way smarter than me, fearless, and a bit nerdy birdy – all things I really admire in other people. I happen to have picked up that she’s a Pathfinder so I thought she might like a gamer’s bag to carry around dice, cards, figures etc. Since I can digitize – it seems like making it personalized is just a natural extension of what I do. I took notes along the way and saved the machine embroidery files in several formats should you want to make one for your gamer! Supply List Embroidery machine with 5″ x 7″ hoop space (files provided below in “The Embroidery Files” section. Formats are .pes, .jef, and .vp3. If you need another format, please drop me an email) Synthetic woven apparel weight suede (at least two pieces 11″ x 14″, I like a little larger) Bag lining (same size as suede) Pellon...
Wonder Woman Cross Stitch Pattern

Wonder Woman Cross Stitch Pattern

“Lynda” Finishes 5 x 7, framed to 8 x 10 Download the pattern You don’t see a lot of super hero projects or even discussion on this blog. Despite all my best efforts, I’ve never really cared much for comic books and their characters outside of a brief digression with Spawn 1 – 1-00.  There are times when comic book characters have become so twisted with pop culture that they do find their way into in my fandom. Wonder Woman is one of those characters. The Justice League cartoon on Cartoon Express and Lynda Carter’s twirl from mild mannered Diane to woman of super strength gave me a real soft spot for the lasso of truth and invisible jet. As with all my projects, this one started with sketches My biggest goal was to create cross stitch pattern with large sections of solid color and a very limited palette. It looks cool when it is finished and this project travels really well. I can fit everything I need in a small zippered bag to bring out at guild meetings, on flights, in waiting rooms, pretty much anywhere I sit. The large sections are easy to stitch and don’t require significant through so it is a nice TV project too. I really wanted my Wonder Woman to look like Lynda Carter, so I used one of the iconic images of her with the wide open cape. I did some color blocking over the image and created this to work from in making the actual cross stitch pattern. I did switch the top pattern with Justice League version because, well, I...
Free! R2D2 Star Wars Pixel Quilt Pattern

Free! R2D2 Star Wars Pixel Quilt Pattern

Over the weekend my very best friend ever came to the house and we spent beaucoup de time in the studio. One of the projects we worked on is her newest quilt, the R2D2 pixel quilt. We started by using a freebie pixel image from Cory Kerr at corykerr.com. I used cross stitch software to lay out the squares and get an auto-magic count of each of the colored squares required. Download the R2D2 pattern in .pdf now! Pattern Note: This is not a complete step by step pattern with yardage counts or how to’s. It’s simply the layout tool we used to figure out how many squares of which colors we would need and where they should be placed. I have a few tips for you in this post as well as a step by step pixel piecing method link from a previous project. I thought some of you may be interested in making one yourself so I’m saving you the leg work of drawing it out. We didn’t finish her quilt, but we did make good progress, her R2D2 has two shoulders and a half a head. She had great Star Wars blueprint and character novelty prints. We cut those up for the background squares and I gotta tell you – as a non-Star Wars fan – I kind of love it! I’m really looking forward to seeing her finish, should be awesome! How did we piece it? Almost exactly like I did the mini-frogger name badge. Instead of starting with 1” drawn squares, we drew 2.5” to finish with 2” square pixels. Tracing paper is really...
Free Pattern! Code Monkey Cross Stitch with Banana Hanger

Free Pattern! Code Monkey Cross Stitch with Banana Hanger

I made this code monkey as a gift for a friend. I love him so much and thought you might too so I decided to put together a step by step pattern and tutorial. Let’s get started! Code Monkey Cross Stitch with Banana Hanger Finished Size: 4″ x 4.75″ Supplies Cross Stitch: 14ct Black Aida Cloth DMC E990 Florescent Green Light Effects Thread Size 24 Tapestry Needle Embroidery Hoop or Frame download free .pdf pattern from TheBoredZombie.com Supplies Finishing: Small piece of black fabric Misty Fuse (preferably black, but white will work) black cotton 40wt thread sewing machine with zig zag stitch Supplies Banana Hanger: Flat metal push pin Premo! polymer clay in ‘Wasabi’ 800 and 1000 grit auto sandpaper (optional) Black Paint and small brush Prepare Thyself and Supplies DMC E990 Light Effects Thread is a polyester metallic thread. Metallic threads have special considerations and are not as forgiving as standard six strand cotton floss. Taking a little extra time with this thread is worth the effort. The way it reflects light and glows, it feels like you’re stitching with actual light. It is an ideal choice for this project since this monkey’s binary code is supposed to be mimicking old terminal screens. Here’s an image that sold me when I was auditioning threads: The two greens at the top are cotton threads, the two at the bottom are the E990 Light Effects thread. Notice how the cotton thread reflects light, but the color remains consistent and flat across the entire skein. The two at the bottom are far more dynamic with changes in color based on where...
Approved by #5, The Futurama Quilt: Index of all posts

Approved by #5, The Futurama Quilt: Index of all posts

Approved my #5 is a fan art quilt I’ve put together as a gift for a friend. There’s tons of Futurama goodness here – and tons of tips and tidbits I discovered while making it. Following is the “BIG LIST” of all the posts related to this quilt with short synopsis of the information in the post. I hope you find something useful and as always – ask any questions you have, I’m happy to help! Want to start with the big reveal? Check out this post!     Introduction:This first post is a teaser introducing the quilt and showing off all the fun solids that go into it. There’s quite a bit of discussion on pre-washing and a quick tip to help avoid that annoying fraying in the machine.   Design and Planning: In this first look I walk through some of my failed ideas and how I landed on this set of art for my quilt. There’s a sneak peek of Leela and a short description of what is coming.   Leela: This post talks about how to make the applique templates yourself or how to use my pre-sized downloadable templates. There’s a description of fabrics purchased for the entire project.You’ll also get Leela’s 15″ x 20″ template, her shopping list, and a few special notes for her panel.   Bender’s Turn!In Bender’s post, I show you how I think about the art to split the applique pieces into large layered sections. There’s helpful graphics and Bender’s printable template with color palette.   Here’s Fry! In this post we take a look at how these panels came...