Star Trek fans who are looking for summer projects to do with their kids will want to get The Star Trek Craft Book: Make It So! Contained in this book are 25 ridiculously awesome projects with very clear and easy to follow instructions.
When my copy arrived, I could not contain my “squee” when I saw instructions for a Spock sock monkey! Tribbles! Vulcan hat! Khan finger puppet! Commander Shran Andorian rattle! Captain Kirk uniform-inspired gadget case! Star Trek wineglass charms! IDIC pillowcase! United Federation of Planets centerpiece! Klingon serving tray! “Make it so” pennant banner! And much, much more! Before opening this book, you need to set your phasers to fun!
Not only are the instructions very clear, but at the beginning of the book is a complete list of tools and supplies. This list does not contain quantities for specific items, but it allows you to know, at a glance, what you will need to complete all of the projects. Complete quantities for items are found at the beginning of the instructions for the craft in question.
The projects are divided into five sections: The “décor effect,” “Tribbles and more,” “the wearable alternative,” “Trekkers in training,” and “set your phasers to party.” The projects are also ranked by difficulty levels: Ensign, which is perfect for beginners; Captain for those who are intermediate crafters; and Admiral for the pros. Also, there are “Personal Logs” spread throughout the book written by the author and contributors.
At the back of the book is a section with all the patterns you will need to complete the projects, with enlargement specifications, when applicable. Plus, for those who have never crocheted, or who have never done any type of decoupage or embroidery and hand-sewing stiches, there is an easy to follow glossary of terms and techniques. If you are an Ensign when you begin using this book, there is no reason you and your children cannot be an Admiral when you are finished with all the crafts.
The most difficult thing will be deciding where to start. I started by making what I have dubbed “The 10-minute Tribble.” The Tribbles are extremely simple and quick to make, and they’re a perfect craft for children of any age. Small children can stuff the Tribbles. Primary school children can cut the fabric. Once you are comfortable with your child using a sewing machine, they can do the entire project on their own.
Be warned: Making a Tribble is extremely messy. When cutting the faux-fur, it will look like Tribbles had an unfortunate accident involving photon torpedoes. I strongly recommend that you cut the fabric in an area that is nowhere near carpet. If that isn’t an option, you’ll want to cover your carpet with newspaper or plastic sheeting. It doesn’t matter how careful you are, that Tribble fur will get into everything.
Bonus: Interspersed between the instructions is a lot of Star Trek trivia and images from our favorite episodes. You can tell a lot of love went into the creation of this book. I’m not sure what caused the most squee: The awesome projects or the fact you can tell it was created by strong fans of the franchise.
The Star Trek Craft Book: Make It So! coupled with Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting have enough projects to keep you and your children crafting for just over one year. That is, of course, if you can contain yourself and limit your crafty enterprises to one project a week.
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