Hi everybody, Erica here from 5 Little Monsters to share another Geek Craft with you today. I am actually posting this as part of the Happy Harry Potter Series that Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings does each July in celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday. Be sure to go check it out because you will find tons of craft ideas, recipes, and other posts from lots of different bloggers, all Harry Potter related. There are even a couple of giveaways. The series runs for a couple weeks and I will be sharing another Harry Potter project over on 5 Little Monsters next week. Continue reading
(All the photos in this post are mine)
One more Star Wars post wouldn’t hurt before the hype dies down too much. To celebrate the premiere of The Force Awakens back in December (and also to celebrate my birthday, which was the same week) I threw a little Star Wars party. I didn’t have more than five people show up, but all who came had a good time. To get in the Star Wars spirit I prepared themed snacks and games. I thought you might like to read about them, in case you want some Star Wars party ideas of your own and also to review my experience making these treats and games.
Hello faithful readers and everyone else. I am proud to introduce a new feature here at thegeekymormon.com: Geek-Craft! Geek-Craft will appear here on a semi-regular basis and it will feature various geek related crafts, complete with pictures of the finished product and instructions on how you can do it at home. These great crafts will be brought to you by the amazingly talented Erica Dietz, who also happens to be the world’s greatest mom, and my beautiful wife. She also has her own blog, 5 Little Monsters which features her other crafts and projects. I believe the name is inspired by our 5 kids, who, although very lovable, are definitely monsters at times. Today’s craft is just in time for the release of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and in time for the beginning of a new school year. It is a ninja turtle pencil bag. So, without further ado, I present Erica, the momma monster:
Ninja Turtle Pencil Bag
Finished size 9″x5″
What you will need:
- worsted weight yarn; green, white, black, and mask color (red, orange, blue, or purple)
- H crochet hook
- 2 buttons (I used 7/8″)
- yarn needle
Starting with green yarn chain 31
- sc into 2nd chain and each chain to the end, ch 1, turn (30sc)
- sc in each sc (30 sc)
At the end of row 2 cut the green yarn, finish off and continue with the red (or mask color of your choice). You will continue to sc in each stitch across (30 sc in each row) following this pattern:
8 rows red
18 rows green
8 rows red
4 rows green
Do not cut yarn after the last row of green, ch 1, turn, and continue with the green to make the flap as follows
- sc2tog, sc 26, sc2tog
- sc2tog, sc 24, sc2tog
- sc2tog, sc 22, sc2tog
- sc2tog, sc 20, sc2tog
- sc2tog, sc 18, sc2tog, finish off
At this point you should have a shape that looks like this:
Now for the eyes, make 2 as follows:
with black yarn, in a magic ring sc 6, join, change to white yarn
2 sc in first stitch, 1 hdc 1 dc in next stitch, 1 dc 1 hdc in next, 2 sc in next, 1 hdc 1 dc in next, 1dc 1 hdc in next, join to first sc, finish off leaving long tail for sewing
Attach eyes to colored stripe closest to angled flap
Fold bottom half up so that stripes match and eyes are on the outside
Starting with green yarn, side with the eyes facing up in the bottom right corner you will sc up the edge, through both layers to close up the side.
When you reach the red portion switch to red yarn but carry the green crocheting over it and switch back when you reach the green section again.
When you reach the flap, ch 1, then continue sc up the angled edge
At the corner, sc into first sc, ch 4, sk 1, sc in next 16, ch 4, sk 1, sc in last sc, continue to sc down angled edge and begin to join edges like on the other side.
When you get to the colored stripe on this side switch to your color, again carrying the green yarn down, sc 2 times in red portion, then *ch 10, starting in 2nd chain, sc in first, hdc in next, dc in next, tr in next 2, dc in next 2, hdc in next 2,* sc in the side of bag then repeat part between * sc in side of bag then ch 10, wrap around the 2 ties that you just made, continue sc down the side of bag to left corner. Finish off, weave in ends.
Now you just need to sew on the buttons and you are done. Fold the flap down to see where you need to place the buttons and sew them on.
Thank you, Erica. There you have it folks, a ninja turtle pencil bag, perfect for your own hero in a half shell as they begin school. Here’s a great picture of one of our monsters and the pencil bag in action:
Great little project. I appreciate my wife taking the time to share this with everybody. Thanks for reading, and geeky crafting!