Tuesday, July 3, 2012

GOSH! Napoleon Dynamite Amigurumi

Napoleon:  It took me like three hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It's probably the best drawing I've ever done.

Napoleon: Tina, you fat lard, come get some dinner.

Napoleon:  I caught you a delicious Bass.

D-Qwon: Welcome to D-Qwon's Dance Moves.  Are you ready to get your groove on?
Napoleon: Yessss.

Napoleon: Who are you?
Lafawnduh: I'm Lafawnduh.
Napoleon: What are you doing here?
Lafawnduh: I'm waiting for Kip.
Napoleon: Kip?
Lafawnduh: Why are you so sweaty?
Napoleon: I've been practicing.
Lafawnduh: Practicing what?
Napoleon: Some dance moves.

Holy Hannah, I love that movie.
Kitchy Goodness.  Another custom order to be shipped to Niagara Falls Toot-Sweet.  Am gonna have to make one for myself as well, if I can bring myself to cut out all those teeny letters again. 

 Just for funsies, here is a list of Things I Tried while making the "Vote For Pedro" t-shirt:
  • Sewing it with yarn (not good enough)
  • Nicer embroidery (yeah.... not my forte)
  • considered an iron-on (didn't have any on hand),
  • toyed with just writing it on white fabric to sew on (again, not good enough)....
....and then! I remembered how Lindsay over at Filth Wizardry makes these awesome iron-ons out of plastic bags (she DOES! It's so cool!), and I tried that, too--- writing on a white plastic bag with red Sharpie and ironing it to a test swatch (ok... I tried it like, 5,000 times), but, alas! When ironed, the red Sharpie faded to fuchsia, which made me kinda sad. And slightly bummed. Then I tried printing out the logo on a piece of paper and sandwiching THAT in between two pieces of clear plastic. It WORKED, but was a little too thick for my liking.  for THIS project, anyway.  I'm totally going to try that again for something else.

(Have I ever mentioned that I can be a bit of a perfectionist? No? Mmmm. It's true. To the point of making myself insane, really... it's a tossup as to whether it's a good quality or not.)

So the only thing I had on-hand (that I could think of) as some Heat-N-Bond iron-on fusible stuff. The kind that you aren't supposed to sew. The kind that is really tough once ironed. I also had a bit of red satin left over from Miss M's Snow White costume a few years back.

And here's the really fun part..... did you know you can PRINT on Heat-N-Bond???

You Totally Can.

I found the "Vote for Pedro" logo on the web, reversed the lettering as I would to print a regular t-shirt iron-on, sized it to fit my Napoleon t-shirt, cut out a 4"x6" swatch of Heat-N-Bond and ran that baby through my ink jet printer. Then I fused the Heat -N-Bond to my red satin and cut out a much of it as I could. With tiny fabric scissors. For a loooooong time. Couldn't get the interior of the "P"s, though. Too tiny! It isn't perfect, but it's the best I can do.

Although, I think if I make one of these for myself, I will probably go the easier route and just do it with a regular iron-on, even if it won't look as nice. I'm just a big cheapskate, and geez that took a long time.


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