DIY Geek Gift Ideas

I love my geek goodies

For the past couple of years, I’ve gotten in the habit of starting my holiday crafts a bit early. By “a bit”, I mean “August” and “October”. It’s less about being a holiday crazed person, which I’m not, and more about getting enough done early enough that I’m not stressed beyond belief by the time December rolls around.

This year, I’ve decided to get a little geekier than I usually do when it comes to presents. Here are five faves that I’ve either done, or plan on trying.

Turtle Crochet Pattern
This is the crochet pattern I came up to make my little turtle key chains. Although the pattern itself only entails the turtle part, the TMNT headbands, belts and arm/leg bands are very simple to do, as well.

I personally knit them, by casting on four stitches for each, and knitting stockinette until they were long enough to fasten onto the dolls. I then secured them in place with hot glue. For the masks, I just made button holes large enough to show the eyes. They can just as easily be crocheted, or sewn out of bits of fabric.

Leo and Donnie are still for sale in my shop, by the way.

Towel Messenger Bag
Do I have any Douglas Adams fans reading this entry? I personally love The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I now always know where my towel is, because of it.

If you happen to have a Hitchhiker’s fan in your life, check out this great messenger bag tutorial. It looks extremely easy, so you’ll only need minimal sewing skills.

Bat’leth Knitting Pattern
I’m currently working on this one as a gift for someone. This pattern would be pretty challenging for beginners, but if you’ve been knitting for a while, it’s relatively easy to follow. You’ll need to know how to knit short rows, reduce, increase and join different knit parts together.

Fortunately, there are a couple of tutorials included in the pattern itself, which makes it a bit easier to do. Here’s how far I was with it the week before last.

I’ve made quite a bit of progress since then, and I might actually finish it this week.

Floppy Disk Coasters
If I can find cork coasters in time, I think I might make these for someone, this year. You won’t need any kind of sewing, knitting or crochet skill, only tracing and some rough drawing. These are some of the cutest DIY home deco crafts that I’ve seen in a while.

Duct Tape Laptop Sleeve
Last, but certainly not least, is a beloved duct tape craft. Not only does it hold the world together, but you can make some pretty awesome crafts out of the stuff. Now that it comes in such a wide array of colors and patterns, it’s a great choice for fashionable accessories, too.

This laptop sleeve is great for computer users on the go, and have slightly quirky tastes. The tutorial looks very easy, and rather inexpensive, to boot. I might just give this one a try for myself.

Geek life can be so much fun, especially when you toss a little DIY magic in for good measure.

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