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Proptober Day 15 - Repurpose

Proptober Day 15 - Repurpose

I was wandering through Cracker Barrel the other day and all of the vintage candies and toys made me think of Fallout so this seemed a perfect craft for this theme. We repurpose things ALL THE TIME in costuming, whether its a glass bottle, a Nerf Gun, or this project using an Altoids tin. Whatever your interest, take today to turn something into something different. Here's a whole list of Fallout printables in case Mentats aren't enough.

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Proptober Day 14 - Organize

Proptober Day 14 - Organize

Organization is really a personal thing and to some it's merely piling things up in a particular place. I prefer a combination of digital and physical storage, and have come to rely heavily on Dropbox because I can access it from any computer as well as my phone. I then use Trello to organize all my projects, set dates, add photos, and links to my folders. Whether it's your thread, images, paints, or thoughts, take a moment to organize something today! Here are a couple of free programs that may help with planning and organization: Free and premium subscriptionsApple and...

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Proptober Day 13 - Sketch

Proptober Day 13 - Sketch

This is so not my forte but it's an essential part of fabrication. When I'm working with clients from a distance, a sketch is absolutely essential to ensure we are on the same page with regard to the finished product. I actually have half a dozen spiral-bound notebooks full of my awful chicken scratch and notes about various projects. Today, however, I'm going to try my hand at a more formalized sketch with the help of a book I picked up off Amazon last month. Interested in something more item-related? Try the video below or Basic Guidelines to Product Sketching...

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Proptober Day 12 - Sew

Proptober Day 12 - Sew

I could have done any number of sewing projects, but since I was trying to keep this to props I decided to make Scrump from Lilo and Stitch. This s really a great project for someone unsure of their finishing skills because she's supposed to be imperfect and handmade. Lilo herself mentions that she's been through multiple "surgeries" over time to patch her up after a tear. However, feel free to use the Gunther pattern I shared yesterday or sew any darn thing that catches your fancy. You could even just practice your hand or machine stitches!   6 Basic...

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Proptober Day 11 - Pattern

Proptober Day 11 - Pattern

Patterning is kind of an essential skill of fabrication and has popped up in so many different projects I've done over the years. I've yet to try my hand at doing any large patterns but I've sure done a bunch of small ones. My boys have always enjoyed scifi, fantasy, and video games so I've spent a fair amount of time creating plushes of some of their favorite critters. My first real year at DragonCon, one of the amazeballs women I'm proud to call a bestie flew out and we threw together some Adventure Time costumes. I made myself some...

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