Posts tagged ‘Cute’

July 31, 2015

DIY Friday: Bumbling Pig Plushie

How to make a pig plushie

Last week in my Bandit the Bumbling Panda video, I gave you all a sneak peak of Bandit’s friend. So here she is! And I still have no idea what to call her. 🙂

But at least I know how to make her, and now so will you, with this tutorial.

I’m not sure what happened but the last video clip was suddenly not there. The only step missing was to flip her right side out through the opening at the bottom, stuff her with polyester stuffing, and sew her up by hand. Hopefully that isn’t too confusing, but you can always watch the panda video which uses a similar step to finish up the plushie.bumbling snugglies panda and pigI gave her dreamy anime eyes. 🙂 I would call her Sakura but that seems too cliched and overdone. Any suggestions on her name, anyone?

By the way, she’s currently available on-order on my Etsy shop as well.

** Today’s post is inspired by and dedicated to my friend Beverly, for her love of pigs! Congratulations on your recent engagement, yo! May your marriage be as full of stuffing life and dazzle-eyed with dreams as this pink-alicious, adorable, nameless pig. **

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July 24, 2015

DIY Friday: How to Make a Bumbling Panda!

How to Make a Bumbling Panda

bandit the bumbling panda and mommy

Meet Bandit, everyone! He’s been with me through thick and thin over the past few years since I’ve started my YouTube channel, stopped, and then re-started. I make so many things, including plushies and pillows and all sorts of snugglies and cuddlies. Then it hit me the other day that, of all the things I’ve made, my cute little panda has never been one of them. So I decided to get cracking down on it. And while I was at it, I also made a tutorial:

Bandit staring at an orchid

So in the video I mentioned that everyone keeps asking me why he’s so sad. Guys, he’s a BUMBLING panda. Has anyone ever looked happy while they’re bumbling?

Haha, joking aside though, I kind of love how “meh” and dejected he always seems. Like no matter how hard you try he’s never going to cheer up. Some people might say this says a lot about me, but I don’t know any of those people, so…meh. Besides. Pain builds character. So his painful smile gives him a lot of character, in my opinion. Right?

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Bandit Dejected at an Orchid

Right now, he’s available on-order at my Etsy Store. So if you’d like a Bandit for yourself but don’t feel like making one, feel free to message me on how you want him customized. I can make changes to his size, facial features, etc. (Like, maybe, if you don’t like him looking as sad and tortured as I do, I can give him a smile. If I must. *Sigh* Haha.) But if you want to order Bandit just the way he is, then feel free and I’ll make him as he’s shown here.Mommy stop embarrassing me

I know this doesn’t come close to the real thing, but I do feel like a mommy in these photos. Like, look at me embarrassing the stuffing out of my baby. I can pretty much hear him going, “Mommy. Staaaaahp.”

Oh and here’s a sneak peak at an upcoming DIY Friday. I thought Bandit seemed lonely, so I made him a little friend. Actually, she’s not quite so little since her head is way bigger than mine (and my swim cap size tells me I have a pretty large head–literally, not figuratively. Although I might also have a figuratively large head as well haha). I don’t know what her name is yet, so if you want to help me name her, leave a comment below! bumbling snugglies panda and pig

And who knows, this might be part of a new series of Bumbling Plushies I’m doing. 😉

One last thing, if you know me at all then you know how obsessed I am with pandas. So in honor of Bandit’s debut into the world Internet, here are some past panda arts and crafts I’ve done.

Have a great weekend everyone. Don’t forget to check back on Monday for my next makeup and beauty review, and on Tuesday for the next dress in the 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks Summer Sewing Series!

July 14, 2015

Week One! Floral Fit and Flare Pleated Dress

Fit and Flare Pleated Dress

Oh em gee, yo, I’m excited to post this dress. I think of all the ten I’m doing for my 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks summer series, this is still my favorite. But not really because I love them all!

This fit-and-flare, floral dress fits absolutely perfectly, but that wasn’t so much due to my sewing talents as it is to the stretchy knit fabric. It’s perfect, thick enough that I didn’t need a lining, but light enough that it won’t suffocate me during those hot 100-degree Southern California days. (First world problems, I know, I know.)

I got this fabric for half off at Joann’s, so I think it came out to about $6 to $7 a yard. Since I only need one yard to make a dress (on average, anyway, depending on the style) because I’m short, that’s definitely a steal!

The bodice is fitted, and modeled after another fit-and-flare dress I own that’s shrunken to a miniature size of what it used to be. The bodice hits me just above the waistline–though I wish I would have dropped it about an inch or two below that.

The skirt is a boxy cut, and I pleated it at the waistline. Want to know a secret? I did it wrong at first. The front pleats were facing the wrong way (inwards, when I wanted them outwards). I was too lazy to change it at first, but then it bothered me so much in the pictures that I had to go back and rip up the seams, which has got to be the worst thing ever (in sewing life, anyway). I’m so glad I sucked it up because I love the dress so much now that it’s done and just the way I like it.

Fit and Floral Pleated Dress OOABFit and Flare Pleated Dress

In the video, I’m pairing it with my black lace booties. Only because stilettos make my legs look longer and I’ll take what I can get in the vertical department. I think it would look lovely paired with some round-toed flats, some sheer tights, and a comfy cardigan for extra warmth.

Then in the summer you can tone it down to some cute sandals and a big floppy hat (to please my Asian mother and protect from the sun) and head to the beach!

So go grab some floral knit fabric and whip up this dress. I made it with half a yard, but I’m petite and wear a small to medium in most brands. If you’re taller, you might want to consider buying a yard and a half, but I still have some leftover from that yard of fabric.

Please send me pics or links if you do make this dress. I’d love to see what you come up with!

Next week, we’ll be working on the pink swimsuit cover-up (or oversized sweater dress, depending on how you look at it 😉 ), so go grab yourself a yard of a sweater-like or crochet-like fabric. I got mine at Jo-Ann, and it was half off apparel knits when I went, so my dress was around $6 to make. Good look, and see you next week!

September 20, 2013

5 DIY Halloween Costumes and Video Tutorials

Halloween’s coming up! It’s like the holiday that’s made for crafters and people who sew. Do you know what you’re going to dress up as? Instead of spending too much money on a single costume you might never wear again, why not put together something yourself and show off your creativity? We’ve put together a list of five sewing tutorials on YouTube. Hope they inspire you to make your own!

Pirate Costume

Threadbanger shows you how to make an entire pirate costume.

Hooded Cape Costume

Capes are simple and easy–to make and to wear. You’ll probably be grateful if Halloween night happens to be chilly.

Mad Hatter 

One of my favorite storybook characters, the Mad Hatter has got to be the coolest costume to dress up as. Learn how to do the makeup also with this cool tutorial.

Poison Ivy

A flashback from the old Batman movies, this Uma Thurman Poison Ivy-inspired costume is cute, sexy, and really creative.

Totoro Hoodie

I love Totoro! Enough said.

BONUS: Dog Hoodie

Dogs love to dress up too. 🙂 Check out this tutorial for a dog hoodie, which includes instructions on how to make your own pattern.