Guest Feature: DIY Kamui Senketsu Shoes

Geek Fashion

I was delighted to receive a request to feature this DIY pattern from Lace and Lore for a pair of Kill La Kill inspired shoes. While wearing an actual Kamui Senketsu would be chilly (bordering on illegal depending on where you live), these Kamui Senketsu shoes are a nice way to pay homage to anime without going full cosplay. Not that there’s anything wrong with cosplay! I personally like blending little geeky touches into my everyday wardrobe without being too obvious, and these shoes would look great with jeans and a tee.

senketsu shoes


Click the photo for a link to their tutorial. You’ll need shoes, fabric paint, and crafting supplies that you probably already own if you’re reading my blog (X-acto, masking tape etc.) I’m a big fan of all-black high-top Converse, and I’m wondering whether fabric paint works on rubber too…

While you’re at it, check out Lace and Lore’s site for more fabulous geek fashion.


My Neighbour Totoro pillow

Anime and Comics, Sewing Projects

Haven’t finished any more projects yet so I thought I’d post something I made a few months ago.  More Miyazaki-inspired cuteness.  I saw a picture of a similar pillow online and wanted to figure out how to make it.  This is one of the rare things I’ve made twice: one for my sister and one for my niece.


Amigurumi No-Face (Kaonashi) from Spirited Away

Amigurumi Projects, Anime and Comics

I love Studio Ghibli movies: Spirited Away is my favourite.  I’ve never seen a pattern posted for No-Face, and thought he’d be easy to make since his body is a simple shape.  So here it is, my first pattern!  Of course, I don’t own the character or the movie: please feel free to use the pattern, but don’t sell the pattern or anything you make with it.


I added a twist to make him more like the movie character…


What you’ll need:

  • black yarn (I used cheapie Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight)
  • 3.75 mm (size F) crochet hook
  • white and pink felt
  • black and silver/gray embroidery floss
  • white and pink thread to attach face and mouth to body (you could also use glue)
  • stuffing (I used polyfill with a bit of unpopped popcorn in the base)

He’s worked entirely in the round with single crochet (sc), increase (inc), and invisible decrease (invdec) stitches.  Nothing tricky here if you’re a beginner.  Here are some closeups for embroidering the face — I’ve never embroidered before as you can tell :)


Head and body (make 1):

  • 1) sc 6 in magic ring (6)
  • 2) inc2 x 6 (12)
  • 3) *sc, inc* x 6 (18)
  • 4) *sc x 2, inc* x 6 (24)
  • 5) *sc x 3, inc* x 6 (30)
  • 6 – 13) sc around for 8 rounds (30)
  • 14) *sc x 4, inc* x 6 (36)
  • 15) *sc x 5, inc* x 6 (42)
  • 16 – 17) sc around for 2 rounds (42)
  • 18) ch 28 then sc 14 starting in the 28th sc from round 17 (this makes the mouth opening)
  • 19 – 20) sc around for 2 rounds (42)
  • 21) *sc x 6, inc* x 6 (48)
  • 22-36) sc around for 14 rounds (48)
  • 37) *sc x 6, invdec* x 6 (42)
  • 38 – 42) sc around for 5 rounds (42)
  • 43) sc around but work in the back post only (42)
  • 44) *sc x 5, invdec* x 6 (36) (work in the inside loop of the previous round, this is a bit fiddly but rounds 43 and 44 will help make a flat bottom so he doesn’t tip over)
  • 45) *sc x 4, invdec* x 6 (30)
  • 46) *sc x 3, invdec* x 6 (24)
  • 47) *sc x 2, invdec* x 6 (18)
  • 48) *sc x 1, invdec* x 6 (12)
  • 49) invdec around until the hole can be covered over by the flap of your working yarn, weave in tail to close off bottom
  • You don’t need to stuff him yet because you’ve left an open mouth

Circles for top and bottom of mouth (make 2):

  • 1) sc 6 in magic ring (6)
  • 2) inc x 6 (12)
  • 3) *sc, inc* x 6 (18)
  • 4) *sc x 2, inc* x 6 (24)
  • 5) *sc x 3, inc* x 6 (30)
  • 6) *sc x 4, inc* x 6 (36)
  • 7) *sc x 5, inc* x 6 (42)
  • Finish off and leave a long tail to sew mouth to head/body

Felt pieces

  • Size of felt pieces will depend on the weight of your yarn and size of your hook
  • Face: cut out an oval of white felt and embroider on a face (or use felt, markers, etc. if you don’t like embroidery)
  • Mouth: fold your pink felt in half, put it inside No-Face’s mouth and trace the edges, then cut out the resultant figure-8 shape
  • Teeth: use scrap white felt to cut out little teeth; I deliberately made them irregular for a scarier effect


Don’t like sewing?  Just replace ‘sew’ with ‘glue’ here, unless you’re really expecting a lot of wear and tear.

  • Sew face to front of head (over middle of mouth area)
  • Optional: stuff lower 1/3 of body with unpopped popcorn kernels or other heavier stuff (helps with stability)
  • Stuff remaining head and body with stuffing of choice (I used polyfill)
  • Use the long tail on your black yarn circles to sew them into head/body to form the roof and floor of No-Face’s mouth
  • Sew pink felt figure-8 into mouth (pink thread)
  • Sew teeth into mouth (white thread — it didn’t show through the black yarn if I pulled it tight)

Now have fun scaring people with this guy!  Or just use him to store your spare coins ;)

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