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He’s a charming stuffing-filled glove creature with lots of personality (for example the one above is hangry, a combination of hungry and angry). It takes about half an hour from start to finish to make a Glovetopus and it only requires rudimentary sewing skills. They’re cute, easy and a blast to make. I’d like to share my love of Glovetopus with the world and teach everyone how to make their own Glovetopus families! (What do you call a group of Glovetopi? a Clutch? a Gaggle? A Sock Drawer?) Obviously, teaching the entire world will take some time, so I am going to start with Maker Faire 2012.
I want to have a booth at Maker Faire where people can make their own Glovetopi for free.
What's the best part of Maker Faire?
For me, it's always been sitting down and making something tangible. Whether it's painting wine bottles, learning to solder, or bringing a special piece of clothing from home to silk screen, Maker Faire is about people sharing their skills and ideas with other people. I want to share mine.
This Kickstarter Project seeks to raise money to purchase supplies to bring this activity to the Maker Faire community for free.
People who can't attend Maker Faire will be able to participate too; when you pledge to this Kickstarter Project, I will send you a complete set of instructions to make your own Glovetopus. Higher levels of pledges will be rewarded with Glovetopus Creation Kits and other fun goodies. These kits contain what you need to make your own Glovetopus. Please see the rewards for a complete description of what you get.
What is the plan?
We will offer 6-10 Glovetopus Creation classes per day at Maker Faire. When someone attends a class, they will be given everything needed to make a Glovetopus. A volunteer will lead each class through the process of sewing, stuffing, and decorating their Glovetopi.
These sessions will last between 45 and 60 minutes. I can make a Glovetopus in less than 15 minutes, so hopefully 45 will be enough for others.
Where do your pledges go?
The money raised by this Kickstarter will be used to buy gloves, stuffing, thread, needles, buttons, felt, instruction sheets, and other supplies needed to make Glovetopi. The $1000 I am asking for will be used to purchase approximately 500 Kits to give away at Maker Faire. Approximately 100 kits will also be put together for sale in the Maker Shed and at the booth to help pay for the event. Additional kits will be put together to be sent out as rewards to help repay your amazing generosity. If additional money is raised, I will use it to get more kits to give away and to help recover some of the other costs associated with attending the Faire, like making sure my volunteers are fed.
What else can you do?
- Donate clean, new gloves or other supplies. If you have unneeded knit gloves, please bring them. Really you can bring any kind of gloves a person can sew.
- Volunteer to help in the booth! We'll probably need as many people as we can get. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Discounted or free tickets are available for volunteers.
- Pledge a little extra so we can give away more kits!
Please help me bring Glovetopus to Maker Faire!
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