Pikachu Card Holder/Wallet – DIY #10

Pika… I’m just a Pika on a wallet.

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Shoonie turned 18 on April Fool’s day. I still remember going to visit 3 days after she was born, and now she’s going to start college in a few more months. (;w;)

If there’s one thing I can recommend to a prospective college student, it’s to keep a wallet or card holder on your person at all times. (That is, if you don’t already) Along with your student ID card, you will need to carry your bus pass/driver’s license, health card, points cards, and debit card, to name a few. And as you get closer to graduation, it’s nice to create and keep a business card with your information on it, to hand out at job fairs.

This project was inspired by a Pika phone case Shoonie made for me years ago, back when I was about to graduate high school. Sadly, the case was too small for my clunky LG Neon. Said phone up and snuffed itself out about a year later. Good riddance.

Now it’s 8 years later, and both Shoonie and I have come quite a ways since our beginning years in crafts and design. I decided to make this as a tribute to how far she’s come.

The initial design for the wallet included a few slits for card holders, a clear window for a photo ID, and a pocket for cash money. Kind of like this, but with a photo ID window instead of the zippered change pocket. To make the ID window, I took inspiration from one of Yumi King’s past tutorials. And you know that Rilakkuma = YASSS.

Then, I gathered the materials needed:

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1 sheet yellow fabric

Scraps of dark brown, red, and black fabric

White 3D paint pot

Needle and matching threads

scissors

measuring tape

seam ripper

clear ziploc bags

money and cards (for reference)

Pencil and paper

 

…and promptly decided that the scope was too great. As you can tell from the lighting, it was very late at night, and we had to travel to Shoon Land the next morning. After much hesitation and deliberation, I decided to just duplicate my own basic cardholder. The outside would be a Pika face and tail, while the inside would resemble a 3DS. I made a paper prototype:

I cut a 10 x 13 cm rectangle, and two 5.6 x 5 cm rectangles. The “dip” in the center is meant to make it easier to slide your cards in and out of the holder. The small rectangle on the right was meant to become a tail for Pika’s backside, but decided it would only cover the stripes on the back.

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In the end, it wasn’t as all-in-one as planned, nor did it have the fancy 3DS detail on the inside. But it does what it’s supposed to do. And look, it holds $18!

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Overall, I have quite a ways to go in terms of my felt/needlepoint skills. Attach11638_20170425_165436Luckily, the upcoming month’s project will grant plenty of time to work on that…

Watch out for this at the end of the month, along with a plushie to go with!

Have you tried making a wallet/purse before? If so, what did you use? What were the results? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

Bunny – Amigurumi #34

It’s still December 17 somewhere…

Hey kids, wanna see a magic trick?

Last year, I made Top Hat a top hat for his sheep. This year, I made a bunny for Top Hat’s top hat.

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This little bunny was made with yarn I bought during our fancy date. Here is a summary of every crafter’s inner dilemma, whenever they walk into a craft store:

Okay, I’m here for [item]. I’ll just get it, and get out.

*walk into store*

Come to think of it, I don’t have anywhere else to be, might as well take time to look around first. Oh look, [item A] is on sale! I should get some just to stock up. Ah, here’s the [item]! But if I get [item] and [item A], it’ll cost too much. Wait, I’ll just use a coupon! …. and the wifi is down. Well would they even count it towards sale items? Forget it, it’s not much anyway, I’ll just pay whatever they ask for. Let’s go cash out—*gasp!* [Item B]! I just remembered I was gonna make [project], better get some of those. Or could I just get these at the dollar store? There’s more of a selection here, but will I really need this many? Okay you know what, I can just [solution that is a lot more complicated than it really seems] so I’ll just buy this thing instead…oh whoops, I’ve been here for an hour. Better go cash out. Ughhh there is a line up, as if I have all day…

 

It ended with me picking up two little balls of yarn, and sending Top Hat to return the big roll. So much for not spending any money that day. ;w; But it was worth it, because I found soft, lightweight yarn to make this cutie pie.

 

It was a debate, as to whether or not the bunny should also have a top hat. I got lazy and decided to give him a bow tie instead, reminiscent of Top Hat’s red tie, that he wore to our date. Bunny ended up borrowing Sheep’s top hat. Now he looks like Pharrell Williams.

I attached the eyes using a method called french knot. The very first plushies I made, simply used embroidered “lines” for their eyes. This worked fine for certain designs, but eventually I wanted to make more detailed plushies. Goomba required his eyes to be cut from felt and sewed on. I started to get lazy, and began gluing the eyes. And then I discovered the wonders of 3D paint. This is the first time I’ve made a french knot. The trick is to catch a bit of yarn on the body, to really anchor the eyes on. Otherwise, if you pull the knots, they will sink into the head. It took me more tries than I’d like to admit, to get this part right.

Here is a nice tutorial on how to make french knot eyes.

The tail is simply a brushed ball. If anyone asks, the aliens came and made it.

I watched the latest episode of the Big Bang Theory last night. It got me reflecting on how much things have changed in the past year. Top Hat and I were just friends for the longest time. In fact, I originally turned him down, because I didn’t want to spoil the friendship. But I understand now, that some things in life are worth risking. Just as Alice followed the white rabbit down the rabbit hole, and encountered the Mat Hatter, I will take risks in a similar fashion, with my Mad Hatter at my side.

By the way, if Top Hat asks, I totally wasn’t staying up late to type this. I looked like this from the time we said goodnight:

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Honkshoo honkshoo zzz…

If you followed a white rabbit down a rabbit hole, what would you expect to find? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 2 – Favourite Animal

Truth be told, I like all kinds of animals. But being a dog person in particular, this funny little guy came to mind:

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Daschunds combine two of my favourite things: doggies, and food. Ta-da! Sausage dog! As you can see, I had improved somewhat in my colouring techniques. One of the best tips is to not be afraid to press harder when colouring. Also, try using the very tip of the pencil, rather than laying it on its side.

I went back and touched up this doggy, after realizing the shading on its back leg was actually not too bad. You know, I never liked when people took pictures of their drawings, because they would hold the drawing (creating an obvious dent in the page) or turn on flash. (Seriously bro, what is your life about?) But after seeing what scanning does to pencil drawings, taking pictures may not be a bad idea. Now, if I could just get the lighting right…

And now, some sausage dog stories. Because everyone likes dogs, right?

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Percy the Dog

I once went with M to his friend’s birthday party, and the friend had two doggies: a white dog (Maltese, I think?) called Sophie, and a sausage called Percy. When I tried to pet Sophie, Percy came, shoved her out of the way, and put his snout in my hand. Later, when I was sitting on the porch step, he squeezed himself under my legs, and he felt like a squishy pillow. When M came outside, Percy ran away, and I was upset with M for scaring him away. M was forgiven after he gave me a drink. 😛 Percy was also staring at me while we were eating dinner. I think he was confused as to why I was eating a sausage. His eyes looked like he was saying, “but… I thought you loved me!”

You might also remember Edgar, a long-haired daschund from doggy days a couple years back. I sang him a song called, “I’m so Edgar” by Doggy Azalea. It went as follows:

I’m so Edgar,
you already know,
I’m in the Edgar,
from Edgar to Edgar land. (8)

He had a bit of small dog syndrome: when Abby the big rottweiler came, he started barking at her. XP; Here is a video of me feeding him doggy snacks. (Warning: Vertical video incoming)

Finally, Top Hat drew this for me, for my birthday. Now, I just need to find the right frame. (Click for original link)

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Doggies are great, aren’t they? I often wish I had one for companionship, but too many factors stop me from getting one. Oh well… hopefully one day I can post about doggy DIYs. Other girls my age are all, “OMG LOOK AT MAH NEW BABEH” while posting pictures of their, well, human babies. I’ll be that one lady who’s 30, wears dresses from Hot Topic, and when I say “new baby,” I’ll mean furry baby, as seen above.

And that wraps up this week’s post. Tune in next time when — gasp! — a new ami will appear!

What is your favourite kind of dog? Or do you prefer cats? Have you attempted the 30 day drawing challenge, as well? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

Chibi Doll Base – Amigurumi #26

Last week’s post was postponed due to extended work on this project. Today’s blog was delayed because I was gathering pictures of our subject. Excuses aside, I present to you… Mini M!

Mini M is all ready to go to his new home.

Mini M is all dressed and ready to go to his new home.

Quick facts about this plushie

This is made from my improvised standard chibi base, using a big head and chunky body. The ribbon was suggested by Shoony, instead of wrapping the doll in tissue. His hair is sewn in strands using brown yarn. Yes, it was time consuming. Yes, it was worth every second. Eyes are made from scratch, not safety eyes.

The pattern is a change up from my original pattern that tried to make things look more realistic. See here, with a Mini Shoony doll made circa 2011.

Penguin Shoony doesn't approve

Penguin Shoony doesn’t approve

Perhaps I’ll remade this Shoony doll with the new pattern. Forget the “Draw This Again” meme, I’ll doing the “Make This Again” meme. 😛

But who is M, you ask? He’s one of Huggie Buddy’s roommates. And last Wednesday, M and I had one of the best days of this boring summer. We went for lunch, had froyo, watched the movie Stealth, and found a secluded area in the park that had couches. I also got a gigantic mosquito bite on the back of my leg. Woo…

Today, we had an adventure. M has been very kind to me, so it didn’t feel right to go over empty handed. And so I made the journey with Mini M and a bunch of homemade peanut butter cups.

Riding in Pika's Bag, to his new home.

Riding in Pika’s Bag, to his new home.

You can probably tell his eye is a bit messed up. While trying to make simple paint dots, the squeeze tube suddenly decided, “hey, know what this tiny squeeze needs? LOTS of paint!” BOOM! Gigantic blob of black paint. At first, I tried to fix it by scooping up the paint and duplicate stitching over the stained area. Then I tried painting it with a bit of white paint. Both… barely worked. M seemed happy nonetheless.

Famished from the journey

Famished from the journey

And yes, M was responsible for the hungry hungry Deku in the last post. 😛

Mini M always repays his debts.

Mini M always repays his debts.

Today was a day of movies and general cuddles. Hey, anyone else out there notice that Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a really long movie? Well, you don’t miss much by the end. John Cleese can call my mother a hamster any day. XP What a lovely day, sans the lactose intolerant tummy aches endured by yours truly. (You just HAD to get cheesecake bits on yours, huh, Pika? D: ) M was truly a sweetheart to cut our walk short just to take me to the nearby restaurant for the washroom. >_<;;; Here’s our selfie to commemorate the good parts of the day!

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Pika introduces Mini M

I can’t wait to see M again! ^w^

Have you made something you want to retry? What other characters would you like made using this pattern? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

Deku Link – Amigurumi #25

Happy Saturday! I think I’ll buy a box of funnel cake sticks today.

This plushie started as a request from Shoony’s friend, who requested the Navi plush way back when. It is one of three things. And it just so happened that Huggie Buddy’s belated birthday was coming up, so I decided to make one for her, too. And then this happened…

And yes, I am of legal drinking age in both Canada and US. n_n

And yes, I am of legal drinking age in both Canada and US. n_n

Deku Link! Or “Harold,” as she called it. :3 As you can tell, I glued the felt instead of sewed. Oh yeah, I also drew the blueprints. All those years of drawing have finally paid off! ^_^; Here are the reference images used, in case anyone wanted to vouch for my ability to work visually:

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Here’s a question: What do you do when you want to make a plushie present for your friend’s belated birthday the next day, but you also have Fire Emblem: Awakening and just figured how marriages work in game? If you said, “keep playing Fire Emblem, we can finish the plushie in a night” then congrats, you and I share the same mind. Yes, I was working on it at her place, too. Fortunately they played a card game I didn’t like, so I sat out working. At least Deku Link was finished in time for pizza.

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It ain’t easy staying light enough to bounce on water.

I liked how this request came right after I finished Majora’s Mask 3D. This time, I didn’t use a walkthrough at all! Hey, I was young, still getting into gaming, and didn’t really have the logic/puzzle solving skills I have today. What else is there to say about this game, other than it’s short, sweet, and very, very sad.

As I was playing through the water level on the Moon, I kept missing the jump and was getting frustrated. Do you know what you have to do in this place? You have to LAUNCH yourself up at the right time in order to land in front of the doorway. If you miss, guess what? You have to start ALL over from the beginning! I looked up, thinking, “are you laughing at me right now, sensei?” (As a prospective game developer, I felt obliged to refer to the late CEO of one of gaming’s biggest companies as such)

I wonder what it would’ve been like to meet Iwata-sensei. Though at least my dream of one day meeting Miyamoto may yet be attainable. XP Meanwhile, I found this image buzzing around the internet, and figured it would be relevant. (Not sure of the original creator) RIP Iwata-sensei. To us, they aren’t just games. They’re inspirations.

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In fact, did you know that Majora’s Mask is entirely about death? Huggie Buddy and Andrew the new guy explained that each of the five main environments represented the five stages of grief. I knew death was a common theme in the game, since all your transformation masks were the embodied souls of a dead Deku, Goron, and Zora, but I never thought of how deep this really was. Especially coming from one of Nintendo’s most popular series. Again, I’ll come back to it with examples in another submission. Meanwhile, let’s be happy and enjoy Deku Link with his sheep friends:

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For now, he’s just gonna chill on the TV. Like all my plushies, Deku Link can also be… a hat.

Huggie Buddy! :D

Deku Link and Huggie Buddy!

What are your summer plans with friends? Have you played Majora’s Mask? Which release was your first: original N64, collector’s edition, or the 3DS remake? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

Sadaharu (Gintama) – Amigurumi #24

Boo! Did you miss the plushie posts? Of course you did. And so, here is Sadaharu from Gintama.

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The yarn used for this project was actually recycled from an old project: the Hello Kitty scarf. Which in turn was made from yarn I originally bought for a Hello Kitty plush that never got made. So much history in this one little plushie! This fluffy yarn is great, because you can’t see the seams and/or mistakes. On the other hand it sheds a lot, like a real doggy. Face is all felt, and the collar is a red ribbon.

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I love the way his bright red collar stands out against his snow white fur. He is very small, so he can’t eat your head. Maybe this isn’t Sadaharu; it’s the small doggy. I can’t say much else about Gintama because I haven’t watched it yet. Although I would like to know the story behind that white penguin thing…

Surely I’m not the only one who can’t crochet with textured yarn. Converting a crochet prototype to knitting proved to be more of an ordeal than expected, and the end result wasn’t as great as expected. But I think it’ll be worth it to see Tay happy.

And of course, don’t forget to top off with a kiss on the forehead so Tay will be blessed.

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Sadaharu kinda looks like Doge, don’t you think?

 

So compare. Much attempt. Wow.

So compare. Much attempt. Wow.

 

Sadaharu is a present for Tay. You may remember him from the whale tissue box.

I asked Tay if he wanted anything from Anime North, and he said, “if you find a Sadaharu plushie, let me know!” I went looking for a Sadaharu plushie, but couldn’t find one. And I’m not just saying that because of the crafter syndrome; Gintama seems quite popular, but apparently not enough to be at Toronto’s biggest anime convention. :\ Humph. Well you know the drill by now. The original plan was to finish Sadaharu and give it to Tay as thanks for hanging out post-birthday.

Twin poses.

Twin poses.

For my post-birthday, he and I drove to the town centre… and had quite a journey doing so. Ask anyone who’s driven with me about my direction-giving skills. >_<; We went to the candy store and bought a box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. Final verdict: good ones are good, bad ones are AWFUL.

We stopped into the pet store next door to look at the small animals. Two hamsters were running on a wheel. A third hamster came, shoved one of them off, and took his place. What a mean hamster! X3 Kind of a shame they no longer sell dogs anymore, but considering how they used to acquire those poor puppies, this is for the best.

Sadaharu and Leo are looking at each other.

Sadaharu and Leo are looking at each other.

We went to Boston Pizza for dinner, and Tay introduced me to cactus chips. They’re basically potato chip-cut fries served with “cactus dip.” (Whatever that is; I think it’s blue cheese or ranch) I had steak. Yay, two steaks in one week! Sadly, this steak wasn’t as great, since it had a huge chunk of fat on one end. Tay taught me something: the tough, inedible, rubbery-yet-bone-like part of the meat is called the gristle. Gristle is nasty.

Finally, we watched Tomorrowland. It was all right; the effects were incredible, but the movie fell into that sci-fi trap of spending too much time focused on the scenery effects, rather than giving us an actual conflict/story. We got 20 – 30 minutes into the movie and I wasn’t sure what was happening, or why. The sad thing about movie nights is that once the movie ends, so does the night. Our ride home was much smoother, despite not getting our bubble tea and/or cinnamon rolls.

This is how I want my birthday to be every year: good friends, good food, good times.

 

By the time this blog is posted, Tay will have moved away. It probably won’t be so bad; I’ve gone almost a year without seeing my two closest friends, so surely I can go a while without seeing Tay. Until then, I’m not letting his number and Skype name out of my sight. I’m going to watch lots of anime, make lots of fan plushies, and save up lots of money so he can join us next year at Anime North! >: O Meanwhile, this picture is here as a reminder:

Just so we don't forget!

Just so we don’t forget!

*Bonus: I am going to enter Sadaharu in this month’s Knitting and Crochet contest! The theme is Cartoons and Anime. I’m thinking of adding more entries; a Bulbasaur plushie is long overdue.

 

Are you a fellow dog lover? Have you watched Gintama? What cool things have you discovered thanks to your friends? Comment below!

Very pika. Such happy. Wow.

Let’s Super Mario!

E3 happened this week, so I bet you know what I’m going to talk about… Yoshi’s Woolly World!!!!

Well… yes and no. I’m going to mention my thoughts, and then get into what I really wanted to talk about.

 

I just sat watching all the yarny goodness. Then it cut to the rows upon rows of Yoshi plushies. I think, “oh man I could totally do that. I could make them all. I can make EVERYTHING. I CAN BE AWESOME!!!”

Life goal: Emi Watanabe.

I don’t consider myself a programmer, and my art skills could never compare to the artists in our class. But I can utilize my skills in a way that not everyone can. I was the only person in our class who could make plushies. It’s basically 3D modelling, but using craft supplies instead of a $3,000 modelling software.

Now let’s talk about this week’s real post: a throwback to the Super Mario themed plushies I’ve made. Or rather, the #LetsSuperMario contest they’re running over at Nintendo. It’s been 30 years since the first Super Mario Bros came out, and what better way to celebrate than by making a video in honour of the series? It’s for a good cause, too! Proceeds go to Operation Smile, a charity that offers free corrective surgery for children born with cleft lip. I won’t have time to make a video, but hopefully by spreading the word, someone reading this will be inspired to do so.

Anyway, let’s take a look at the plushies, shall we? All patterns are from WolfDreamer. Click on the picture for the specific pattern link.

Here’s one of my first successful plushies made from a pattern: the classic red mushroom. Man, is it derpy. Back then, I liked my work to be nice and smooth. That’s why I left everything on the wrong side. Problem is, when you leave the wrong side facing out, it distorts the shape and looks derpy. Past Pika, that right-side texture isn’t all that bad. You might even forget it’s there!

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Iz mashram.

I improved a bit by the time I made the green mushroom. The spots sewed on correctly, too! But again, wrong side out because “SHMOOTH SHAILING LOLOL!” I like the colour of the blue mushroom.

Iz moar mashrams.

Iz moar mashrams.

These mushrooms are a fun project for beginners. Once you master those, you can make mini mushroom earrings.

Fire Flower! I always forget about this guy. It’s become such a permanent fixture on the lamp, I often forget it’s there. Yet the lamp looks weird without the flowers. Huh. I put a pipe cleaner inside the stem hoping it would hold its bend like the other flower, but that didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped. Oh well, it’s still cute.

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We can’t have helpful powerups without enemies to avoid and/or defeat! I tried to squish the Goomba into a shape closer to the game. Maybe I should’ve actually jumped on him. I’m impressed with myself: I could amp up the lighting and contrast, put in my name and blog, and add the views side by side, yet I couldn’t ‘shop the stray thread in between his eyes. From here on, I preferred to glue felt, instead of sew.

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I also made Toad and Toadette. They were Christmas presents for my then-sweetheart and his sister. Word is that Berry (his sister) was raving about Toadette. Sadly, I didn’t get a very good picture of Toad and Toadette before sending them off. You can look at WolfDreamer’s pattern for pictures; the finished plushies looked the same, except Toadette had both eyes open, and they didn’t have mouths. As a way of avoiding copyright infringement, I tend to not draw mouths on my plushies unless it’s an important part of the character’s design. I might try making and selling my own versions of these two.

And last but not least, Bob-omb. I made this one in a rush the night before some cute kiddos came to visit. One of them stuffed the mushrooms and Bob-omb in his shirt, and I said, “but now they’ll blow up!” He panicked and dropped them all. XP

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And that’s it for now. Tune in next week when (hopefully) you can see the cutest, probably most difficult plushie I’ve made!

Once again, here are the main links:

Let’s Super Mario!

–> For more information about the beneficiary, visit Operation Smile’s official website.

Wolfdreamer Off The Hook

What was your favourite part of E3? Comment below!

Yoshi! Wa wa wa wa wa wa~