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Feb
5

DIY Harry Potter Valentine’s Day Cards

I love making handmade cards, so when DoSomething.org asked me to put together a video tutorial for some original designs, I jumped at the opportunity! Of course, my first thought was to design some Harry Potter-inspired cards.

Watch this video to learn how to make your own golden snitch card, an owl post card, and a deathly hallows card! And if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, you could customize them to work for other holidays!

To download the template pdf so you can print out the pieces you’ll need, click here! The file is free, but consider writing a quick post for your social media if you’d be willing to share the tutorial with your friends!

Here are all of the supplies you’ll need to make these cards:
1. Print out both pages of this template PDF.
2. Scissors
3. Cardstock in the following colors (or whichever colors you choose): white, solid yellow, gold glitter, black, red, and parchment.
4. Pencil
5. Gluestick
6. Double sided foam mounting adhesive
7. Black pen or marker

These cards would be such a thoughtful and simple gift to make for all of the Harry Potter fans in your life. I even designed the owl valentine to look like the owl plushies I make and sell on my etsy shop, Fairweather Friends if you’re looking for something soft and cute to give in addition to the card!

If you make these cards, I’d love to see how they turned out! Post a photo of them on social media using #laurenfairweather.

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Oct
4

Make Hermione Granger’s S.P.E.W. Badge!

Hermione Granger is one of my all-time favorite literary heroines. So when I was putting together my Halloween costume, I decided to make a little S.P.E.W. badge to pin onto my Gryffindor robes. It even features a tiny bit of knitting since her S.P.E.W. duties included knitting hats and socks for the house elves she was trying to free (without their permission).

Watch this video tutorial to see how it’s done! You can also scroll down for a list of materials, the free knitting pattern, and some links to knitting and sewing tutorials if you need extra help with those steps.

Materials needed to make this project yourself:
-red and yellow felt
-red and yellow embroidery floss
-matching yellow yarn and knitting needles OR other fabric cut down to the same sort of arrow/upside down house shape
-scissors
-embroidery needle
-safety pin with a flat back (I got mine in the jewelry section at Michael’s)
-regular sewing thread or glue

Follow the instructions in the video above to stitch up a super cute accessory for your Hermione Granger cosplay or Halloween costume! If you’d rather see it written down here is the knitting pattern for the top piece:

CO 7 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 (WS): Purl.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: Knit.
Row 6: P2tog, P3, P2tog.
Row 7: K2tog, K1, K2tog.
Row 8: P2tog, P1.
Row 9: K2tog.
Cast off.

In case you’re new at knitting or hand sewing, here are some more detailed tutorials for all of the stitches I used while making this project. This is a perfect project to learn on because it’s tiny!

Knitting tutorials for the stitches used:

Hand sewing tutorials for the stitches used:

If you end up making one of these yourself, definitely show me the finished project! Post a photo to #laurenfairweather on social media so I can see how it turned out.

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Sep
23

Giant Harry Potter Time-Turner Decoration

Ever since I started making Harry Potter-inspired craft tutorials, I’ve received loads of requests to make a DIY time-turner! For a while, I couldn’t wrap my mind around how to make one using materials that were easy to find and that would actually spin.

Giant DIY Time Turner

Eventually, I figured out that if I aimed to make a large hanging decoration rather than a tiny necklace pendant, I could use inexpensive wooden embroidery hoops! What resulted is one of my all-time favorite projects because it’s so different from anything I’ve seen in the realm of Harry Potter-inspired DIYs. And it actually spins (with a little bit of help)!

Watch this video now to learn how to make your own!

Supplies you’ll need to make this decoration:
-3 wooden embroidery hoops of varying sizes (mine are 8”, 6”, and 4”).
-spherical wooden “decorative fillers” or similar. You could also try to build an hourglass, but I went for the general shape instead.
-twine
-scissors
-crochet hook (big enough to hold your twine, small enough to fit through the wooden ball)
-tacky glue
-metallic gold spray paint

As always, I would love to see what you end up making using my tutorials (and how they fit into your decor)! Post photos of your projects on social media using #laurenfairweather. And if you loved this project, consider telling your family and friends about it! Feel free to use this tweet or write your own.

Also, if you adore Pinterest as much as I do, pin this graphic! That way, you can easily come back and make this project when you have free time.

DIY Giant Hanging Time-Turner Decoration

Thank you for watching this tutorial! If you enjoyed my video, consider subscribing to my YouTube channel where you can sign up to be notified whenever I post new content.

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Apr
3

LeakyCon 2014 in Orlando!

Yesterday, LeakyCon announced that I will be performing on the mainstage at LeakyCon 2014 in Orlando!

If you’re unfamiliar with the event, LeakyCon is a fandom conference that started out about Harry Potter and has since grown into this amazing place for people who are enthusiastic about all kinds of nerdy, wonderful things.

The event will be taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from July 30-August 3rd. For more information and to buy registration, visit leakycon.com.

See you this summer!

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Mar
25

Muggle Friends shirts and a Providence RI Show.

After my last batch of Muggle Friends t-shirts sold out, DFTBA switched t-shirt printers so the “My Muggle Friends Just Don’t Understand” shirt is back! They are no longer offering ladies’ sizes, but the new shirts are on much softer, nicer material and they’re slightly more form-fitting than the old Gildan shirts. Exciting! The design is also a little bit smaller on the new shirts.

mugglefriendsnew

You can buy the Muggle Friends shirts again on DFTBA.com, along with a ton of other awesome nerdy items from content creators like me.

Also, I just added a pretty last-minute show to my tour dates. I’ll be performing a short set at an event called Fans for Change in Providence, RI this Friday afternoon (March 28)! This event, run by a local  Harry Potter Alliance chapter, will raise money for a charity that YOU will get to choose! Representation from lots of organizations will be attending and giving presentations on what they do, and the attending audience will decide where the money raised will go. For more information, check out their Facebook event.

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Mar
1

Cute Quidditch Quaffle Plushie Tutorial

I designed this cute quaffle plushie for my friends on the Long Beach Funky Quaffles quidditch team! If you’re a crafty quidditch fan or player (or just a Harry Potter fan), stick around because I’ll show you how to make your own.

If you’ve never made a plushie before, this is a perfect place to start! It’s pretty easy to make and it doesn’t use a lot of fabric or stuffing. Watch my tutorial to learn how it’s done!

Click here to download your copy of this plushie’s pattern pdf and if you liked it, consider writing a social media post about the video!

Please do not sell anything you make from this pattern. They work well as gifts!

Materials Needed:
-Printed pdf of pattern
-Paper scissors
-Sewing scissors
-Red fleece fabric
-Marker that will show up on red fleece but not bleed through it
-Black felt
-Sewing needles
-Black thread
-Red thread
-Black pearl cotton or embroidery floss
-White pearl cotton or embroidery floss
-Sewing pins
-Sewing machine (optional but recommended)

Note regarding fabric: the red anti-pill fleece I use stretches up and down but not left to right, which is why the body pattern is more of an oval than a circle. It becomes a circle when I stuff it due to the stretch. If you choose to use a different kind of fabric that has no stretch or an even stretch in all directions, you may want to make your own pattern that is a perfect circle instead.

On the same topic, if you are using fleece like mine, make sure that you line up the pattern so the shorter part of the oval is pointing up and down in the same direction as the stretchy part of the fabric (with the wider part of the oval pointing left and right in the direction where the fabric does not stretch).

If you need extra help, here are some sewing tutorials for each stitch I use in this tutorial. These show the way I do the stitches, since there are several methods out there (and some people call the stitches different things):

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you make your own quaffle plushie, post a picture of it on social media with #laurenfairweather so I can see how it came out!

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Feb
21

H&H Tickets and Will It Waffle

Every year, I play a big show in Manhattan, Kansas called the Hallows and Horcruxes Ball. This will be year seven, which is a really important number in the Harry Potter books. Today, advance tickets went on sale and they are now available! You can buy them on the event’s website. Tickets should also be available at the door! The show is March 8th at Kansas State University’s Alumni Center. For more information, check out the facebook event here.

I hope to see you in Kansas in two weeks!

Also, I recently guest hosted on my friend Lauren Bird’s youtube series, Will It Waffle! We attempted to waffle a Valentine’s themed cupcake! Watch the episode here to see if we were successful.

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Feb
14

Patreon Campaign

This week, I launched a Patreon campaign to fund my YouTube channel. This is especially exciting because it means I’ll be able to do what I love full-time for the foreseeable future and provide YOU with more awesome content (both more in quantity AND more in awesomeness). I’ve already passed my first milestone, and there are some lovely rewards for you if you decide to contribute. Because this campaign raises money for each video I release, you can set a monthly limit in case I am too productive for your wallet during a certain month. You can also stop contributing or edit your contribution amount at any time if you wish, so you don’t have to worry about it being too much for you to afford eventually.

For more information on how I make money currently, why you should contribute to my Patreon campaign, and how much it would mean to me if you did, I made you this video. To check out the campaign, size up the rewards, and see how well I’m doing so far, visit patreon.com/laurenfairweather.

If you’ve already contributed to the campaign, thank you so much for supporting me! If you’re still thinking about it or you are unable to afford it, thank you for supporting me in an equally wonderful way. I’m honored and thrilled and lucky to have people like you who enjoy my content, no matter how you choose to do so.

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