Casual Cosplay Connections: Blossom

This month's theme for Casual Cosplay Connections was 90's cartoons! 

I had so many favorites that it was hard choosing which one I wanted to do. Then I remembered that I was limited to what I had in my closet and came up with an outfit that had all the ingredients I was looking for (sugar, spice, and everything nice... maybe a little bit of chemical X...)

Blossom from the Powerpuff Girls!!!

Casual Cosplay Connections: Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls



That was one of my favorite shows from when I was younger. Though I have to say I related more to Bubbles, and nowadays I feel more like Buttercup!

Casual Cosplay Connections: Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls


Funny thing is, I have two more dresses in similar flower lace in blue and green! I thought dressing as all of them might be a bit much though, lol

Casual Cosplay Connections: Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls


"Fighting crime trying to save the world. Here they come just in time! The Powerpuff Girls!"

Always a fun link up with you all! (Even if I was a wee bit late...Going to catch up with posts soon) Looking forward to next month's theme: Strong Female Character!

Be sure to link up with our hostesses Charlie from Happy Little Geek and Danielle at From Girlie To Nerdy if you decide to join in on the fun! This challenge makes me want to try and casual cosplay every day!

Monster Storage Book of Monsters

Greetings fans! Welcome to 
the Fangirl Crafter's school of WitchCRAFT and WizarDIY!

Today's lesson:

The Monster Book Of Monsters

The Monster Book Of Monsters







Written by Edwardus Lima, the book provides a lot of helpful information, but also has a nasty bite if you don't take the necessary precautions first.

The Monster Book Of Monsters


It made its first appearance in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban during which Hagrid thought it would be a useful textbook for his Care of Magical Creatures class.

The Monster Book Of Monsters


Its scary appearance and mean reputation for biting ankles is what makes this book a great way to store your most precious possessions. Not even a Dark Lord would dare to mess with its contents!

The Monster Book Of Monsters





What you will need:

The Monster Book Of Monsters


-A storage box in the shape of a book, or pieces of cardboard
-Enough craft fur to cover the box and make tentacles
-A hot glue gun and LOTS of spare hot glue sticks
-Plastic safety eyes or clear glass gems from the floral section with eyes drawn on
-Red, brown, and white polymer clay
-Chalk pastels or acrylic paint
-Brown felt and gold paint or a printable text
-A small amount of stuffing
-(Optional) a belt (for protection)


Continue reading to begin the lesson

Back to Wizarding School Giveaway

So much has been going on in the Harry Potter fandom lately! A new Wizarding World opened in Hollywood earlier this year, there has been a lot of exciting hype for the "Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them" movie, and at the end of July the book version of the "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" play will be released. Not to mention just recently J.K. Rowling revealed more about the American wizarding school Ilvermorny and its houses! I'm a Hufflepuff/Pukwudgie!

With all this going on, I've decided to have a Harry Potter-themed giveaway!

Fangirl Crafter Back to Wizarding School Giveaway


I've rounded up some handmade and fandom-related goodies to help you go back to whichever school of magic you plan on attending this year! (Or at least get you through the days at the Ministry of Magic as an Alumni.)


We'll start by sending you your very own Hogwarts acceptance letter! (Via Owl Post, of course.)

Fangirl Crafter Back to Wizarding School Giveaway



(Note: This is just an example. I will be crafting one for the winner personally!)

Next, you'll be sorted with A Hogwarts House flower hair clip/pin of your choice

Fangirl Crafter Back to Wizarding School Giveaway


Rep your house with a unique twist! Handmade by me.

Then we'll head to Quidditch practice where you just might end up catching a Golden Snitch necklace

Fangirl Crafter Back to Wizarding School Giveaway


I've sold and given away a handful of these and every person that has gotten them has loved them! I have a lot of fun wearing mine and it really brightens my day when I see my friends wear theirs!

If you've got a craving for something sweet, A Chocolate Frog and some Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans from Honeydukes is next on the list. 

Fangirl Crafter Back to Wizarding School Giveaway


(Unfortunately it won't be as pictured because they're actually from Lolly & Pops, a candy store which is equally as magical! But not as accurate)

And finally, to make it perfectly clear to even muggles how much you love the world of Harry potter, you'll receive an "Always" pin and one mystery pin

Fangirl Crafter Back to Wizarding School Giveaway



Along with this giveaway, I will be attempting to share a few HP inspired posts with 5 Fandom Friday as well as a few crafts and recipes so keep an eye out for them as well! You might have spied a peek at one in my Instagram already.


Anyway, go ahead and throw your name into the Goblet of Fire (Rafflecopter) if you are of the Wizarding Age of Majority (within the U.S. only. Sorry international friends!) and may the odds be ever in your favor! (Oh wait, wrong fandom!)


a Rafflecopter giveaway


*All Harry Potter inspired texts came from dafont.com

Casual Cosplay Connections: Link

Hey everyone!

If you haven't heard, two of my favorite bloggers (Charlotte from Happy Little Geek and Danielle at From Girlie To Nerdy) are having a link-up celebrating everyday cosplay called Casual Cosplay Connections! 


The last Saturday of the month you post an outfit based on the theme of the month. I am so looking forward to seeing the looks and making more up! If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, please join along! (See all the themes here)

This month's theme is "video games." At first I was really struggling to come up with an outfit since I don't play games often or can bring many characters to mind, but then earlier today I saw this green dress in my closet and knew immediately what I could do.

Casual Cosplay Connections outfit Link by Fangirl Crafter




I'm Link from Legend of Zelda!

Casual Cosplay Connections outfit Link by Fangirl Crafter



I had a lot of fun putting this look together and I felt really cute wearing it too. Plus, it goes great with the Triforce earrings I made a while ago!

Polymer Clay Triforce Earrings


And of course I had to do this:

Casual Cosplay Connections outfit Link by Fangirl Crafter


Now if only I could catch the darn thing...


Did you join in the linkup? Will you plan to do so in the future?
Let me know in the comments!



ALSO!!!!
Keep an eye out because in July I will be hosting a Harry Potter themed giveaway celebrating the release of the new book! Winner will receive a few handmade goodies and some other magical treats!

Lightsaber Scarves For the Crafty Jedi

Hey fellow fans! Happy Star Wars Day part II! 

I've kept these a secret for over two months, and I figured May the 4th would be the best day to finally share! (I know it's almost over, shhhh)

Lightsaber scarves! 

Blue and Green Lightsaber Scarves by the Fangirl Crafter


I am so very proud of these! I crocheted them completely without a pattern using my lightsaber hilts and various internet photos for reference.

Luke Skywalker Blue Lightsaber Scarf by the Fangirl Crafter


I tried to include as many details as possible to make it look semi-screen-accurate.

Luke Skywalker Green Lightsaber Scarf by the Fangirl Crafter


As I said in my last post, I grew up with Star Wars. It was a huge part of my childhood. It never mattered that the hero was a boy, I knew from the beginning that I was a Jedi just like Luke Skywalker. The green lightsaber was (and still is) my favorite.



Then The Force Awakens came along, and here's Rey being everything I've always wanted in a hero, completely solidifying my choice.

Luke Skywalker Blue Lightsaber Scarf by the Fangirl Crafter


When I saw the blue lightsaber in her hands, I knew had to make it too!

Luke Skywalker Blue Lightsaber Scarf by the Fangirl Crafter


The crocheting student has become the master!

I have a New Hope for the Star Wars franchise. (Oh yes, I went there.) I can't wait to watch Rogue One and Episode VIII!!! GIVE ME ALL THE STAR WARS

Luke Skywalker Green Lightsaber Scarf by the Fangirl Crafter


Now if they would just put more Rey merch on the shelves! Amiright?!


What other lightsaber would you like to see crochetified?
I've got some other ideas marinating in my noggin'. I'll get around to them eventually. ;)

FYI: if I ever do make these to sell or on request, they will not be cheap. If you're absolutely serious I will consider making another one. Send me an e-mail and we'll chat!


May the force be with you, fans!

Thanks to my mom for putting up with all my geeky photo requests. You're a trooper ;)

Yub Nub! Knitted Ewok Hood

It's May the 4th and you know what that means!
It's Star Wars Day!

One of my favorite geeky holidays! And boy do I have some awesomeness to show you! (Considering you like Star Wars and/or knitted/crocheted things.) Keep an eye out for new posts today and/or tomorrow for Revenge of the 5th!

Star Wars is my ultimate favorite fandom. It was the first one I really became a part of, and has stuck with me for over 18 years. This past winter, I finally decided to add a really cute Star Wars inspired hood to my collection:
The Ewok hood!

Knit orange Ewok hood like Wicket from Star Wars


This idea has been marinating in my mind for the past 8 years or so. I was never able to find a pattern that was exactly what I wanted. That is until the day that I decided to design my own!

Knit orange Ewok hood like Wicket from Star Wars


The results are really satisfying and super cute! I even wore it to the theater when I went to see The Force Awakens. Once people figured out what it was, they loved it!

Knit orange Ewok hood like Wicket from Star Wars


While I will not be releasing a pattern in the near future, (mostly because I'm rubbish at it,) I will give you an idea of how it came to be! If you are more advanced with knitting, you may be able to work out a pattern that suits you!

The piece was knit flat long enough to go around my neck and more. Then I bound off 15 or so stitches from the end and continued upwards with the hood. At a certain point, I began decreases in the center to add a curved shape to the back of the hood. (I HATE pointy hoods! Unless they're elf hoods...) When the length was right, I kitchener stitched the top sides together.

Knit orange Ewok hood like Wicket from Star Wars WIP


If you make a hood based on this, please tag me in it on Instagram or Twitter and use #fangirlcrafter!

For the ears I used a pattern from Stitch Geek that I found on Ravelry. Adjusting the pattern according to my needs, I knit the pieces together using two types of yarn for my desired look. I used (my favorite) Caron Simply Soft solids in brown for the plain front and Jo-Ann Sensations Beautiful for the fuzzy back.

Knit orange Ewok hood like Wicket from Star Wars


It's so comfy and so much fun to wear!

Knit orange Ewok hood like Wicket from Star Wars


Have you ever made an Ewok hood or something Star Wars related? Let me know in the comments!
Also, feel free to add me on Ravelry. Even if I'm not on that often, it's fun seeing what friends are making and connecting with other yarncrafters!


I hope you have a FANtastic day, and May the 4th be with you, always. 

Kaylee Frye Dress

Hello fellow fans!

If you read my post from last week, you know that on April 10th I went to Emerald City Comicon in Seattle wearing a Kaylee Frye inspired frock.

Kaylee Frye inspired Dress at ECCC
Captain Kaylee's in command



Photo Credit: Hilary from the Cutie Life <3

Now, I'm finally getting around to laying out all the details for those who are interested.

Little backstory: A few years ago, I got all the necessary items to make a Kaylee Frye cosplay, but being as it was a last-minute thing, my friends and I were too late to buy tickets so it was never completed.

Flash forward to the beginning of April this year: I had decided that I wasn't going to go to comicon without wearing something fun. The two other conventions I've been to I regretted only wearing a geeky t-shirt. It's so much more fun to wear a cosplay! (If also stressful and quite a bit sweaty, as I learned.)

It all started with an idea: a dress combining the details of both of Kaylee's most memorable outfits from Firefly.

Three Kaylee Fryes at ECCC


Thankfully, I already had the dress. It was given to me by a bestie of mine. However it would need a bit of tricky alteration to look more like Kaylee's outfit. That involved turning a button up dress into one with a zipper, which is something I had never done before. Here I was going to attempt it anyway!

Before and after green Kaylee Frye inspired dress


After removing all the buttons and plackets, I seam ripped the inside of the casing underneath where the buttons were so I could install the zipper to the other side. With a tricky bit of manipulation, it worked! I sewed back down the stitch line and shortened the bottom of the dress and that was all that needed to be done. Then I hand/basted the patches on just in case I ever wanted to wear the dress plainly.

Kaylee Frye inspired Dress at ECCC


The "shindig" part of this outfit was a little trickier. I started with a plain slip and a couple of children's tutu skirts, all of which were thrifted for under $15. I then sewed them together so it formed a long strip (we're talking 6-8 feet here!) and gathered it with the sewing machine.

So frustrating to sew, but so rewarding to watch those perfect gathers happen.

sewing tutu fabric for Kaylee Frye inspired dress


Then I simply sewed the tutu fabric to the slip. Well, not so simply considering that the slip is stretchy! And well... slippery. (haha) But I followed the words of sewing guru Tim Gunn and made it work!

Before and after of Kaylee Frye inspired dress slip


I finished off the look with a pair of strawberry earrings. Very happy to say that the dress turned out almost exactly as I imagined! It was so comfortable to wear around the con too! Tutu slips might be the next big thing! You never know...

Kaylee Frye inspired Dress at ECCC with Groot


Also, a shout-out to the PDX Browncoats booth where I got the awesome Jayne hat pin! I should have had my bear wearing it during the con!

Kaylee Frye bear patch wearing a Jayne Hat pin from PDX Browncoats


I hope this post inspires you to follow your sewing and cosplay dreams. Think outside the box and make the ideas your own. Anything is possible!