DIY Crochet Dobby and Painted Scabbers the Rat

I hinted in my last post that I had already done some shopping, and I will get to that in a future post, but LOOK WHAT I MADE!  These are just too cool to wait their turn in the spotlight…

It’s Dobby the House Elf and Ron Weasley’s rat Scabbers!

Scabbers was made first, I found black plastic Halloween decor rats at my local Dollar Tree and I figured that if I couldn’t make that work I’d only wasted $1 and some time.  No big deal.  But neither was wasted.

This is what it looked like fresh from Dollar Tree (on the left) and after a paint job (on the right):

Pretty remarkable transformation if you ask me.  Here’s some more photos:

Then I began my house elf:

I started out writing a pattern as I went, but his construction became way too complex for me to make instructions.  So sorry, can’t share a pattern with you all.  But I CAN share some more pictures!

He hasn’t been terribly helpful around the house though – I made the mistake of crocheting him a sock.

The sock even fits his feet!

Hopefully I can convince him to help with the party prep…  This is getting a bit out of hand.  More on that in a future post.  Until then – go make something!  I have to remind myself a lot, and this is good advice for you too, it’s not a waste if you learned something.

Adventures in Panty Making

So lately I’ve been reading some wonderful blog posts by extraordinarily talented people who have successfully sewn their own bras and underwear.  Madalynne is one such seamstress, I drool over all her beautiful pictures of perfectly sewn lusciousness.  But what really convinced me to give it a try is  verypurpleperson.  Her tutorial is so clear, and the pictures so detailed, I immediately thought – I CAN DO THIS!

That thought was ambitious.  And premature.  And so, so naive.  But I’ve gotten ahead of myself. Continue reading