Happy Hunger Games Katniss and Gale Looks!

Hunger Games Gale inspired look and how to make cargo pockets

I’m excited to have two of my sewing blogger friends up today sharing their Hunger Games inspired looks today! First up is Emily of Nap Time Creations. She does a really cool book inspired children’s clothing series every year (remember Teddy’s Brown Bear hooded vest?). Today she is sharing a Gale inspired look. She also has a free pattern and tutorial on how to make those awesome cargo pockets!

Kid sized Katniss cowl

I don’t think I can get enough of those Katniss style cowls. Every time I see one I want one for myself. Time to learn how to knit or crochet right!? I love this awesome kiddo version of the Katniss Cowl that Ajaire made for her little one. It looks so so cozy! Make sure to go see more about how she made it at Call Ajaire. And while you’re there you have to check out the darling most ruffly skirt she made it’s any little girl’s dream skirt.

Free Hunger Games Mellark Bakery design and great craft ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

And in case you missed my post earlier today I shared a free Mellark Bakery design/printable courtesy of Heidi of Digknity I used it to make Teddy a shirt, an apron for the giveaway and some labels for the yummy chocolate chip banana bread recipe I shared!  Speaking of the giveaway, don’t forget to enter. Both our guest also shared the giveaway on their posts too so you can go enter on their blogs for even more entries!

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Mellark Bakery Printable and Mrs. Mellark’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Great Hunger Games Mellark Bakery Printable/design perfect for using in craft projects and parties - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m so excited to share a few awesome Hunger Games projects that I made from Heidi of Digknity‘s Mellark Bakery design. I love the design so so much, it’s so perfect. And luckily for you she has graciously allowed me to share it here so you can make your own awesome creations (see below for more details). I made Teddy a little onesie with the design on it which you might remember from my baby book round up post a few weeks back, I definitely will be making myself one soon!

Mellark Bakery printable and Mrs. Mellark's banana bread recipe - Rae Gun Recipe

You could also use the design to make treat tags like I did for my Chocolate Chip Banana bread. I tried to print it directly on my cute treat bags but my printer wasn’t cooperating. If I had time I would have run out to get some clear shipping labels. I have dreams of printing some paper to wrap around fresh loaves of homemade bread, wouldn’t that be fun.

Delicious and easy Chocolate Chip Banana bread recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Mrs. Mellark’s Banana Bread Recipe

  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 1 C Mashed bananas
  • 1/2 C Sour Cream
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 C All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C Chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Cream the sugar and butter. Mix in the banana, sour cream, eggs, flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts if you are using them. Pour into baking dish and bake until a toothpick comes out clean about 60 minutes.

Free Hunger Games printable. Mellark Bakery - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love how versatile the design is. You could print it up as is, throw it in a frame and give it to your favorite Hunger Game fan. Or if you are like me and can’t leave any plain tote back or tee shirt unembellished you can use it as a stencil for freezer paper stenciling or if you have a cutting machine as a design for iron-on vinyl.

Free Hunger Games Mellark Bakery design and great craft ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

The apron I made came together SUPER fast. I bought one of those premade blank ones from the craft store and then I just cut some iron-on vinyl out on my Cricut and slapped it on. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl I’m kind of an addict and I have a post all about how to use iron-on vinyl. Really it’s great stuff!

 FREE Hunger Games printable and design for crafts (for personal non-commercial use only) Mellark Bakery - Rae Gun Ramblings

Click here to download the full resolution version. Please note the design is intended for personal (non-commercial use only). Also please do not repost it anywhere.

Mellark Bakery stencil/printable and great Hunger Game craft ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m giving this apron away as a part of the giveaway. It has a little discoloration on it but I like to imagine that that’s just the wear and tear of long hard hours in the bakery (but really it’s brand new). Also don’t forget to go check out the rest of Heidi’s awesome designs in her Etsy Shop!

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Happy Hunger Games Nightlock Berry Cheesecake

Hunger games Nightlock Berry Cheesecake recipe

Do you guys know Alli from Cupcake Diaries? She makes the yummiest looking things. I can’t wait to give her crock pot mac and cheese a try. And we are so lucky because she’s joining the Happy Hunger Games series with a Nightlock Berry Cheesecake! Ha I love it. maybe serve it up to your most annoying dinner guest ;) Hop over to get the full recipe and see more.

If you loved the Hunger Games this is a fantastic list of books to check out! Rae Gun Ramblings

Also just in case you missed it I shared 17 of my favorite books to recommend to Hunger Games fans. If you loved the Hunger Games and you’re looking for more to read this is the list for you.

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Finally don’t forget about the giveaway! And remember you can get more entries each and and by visiting the different bloggers and entering on their sites!

The prize pack includes:

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17 Books to Read If you Liked The Hunger Games

If you loved the Hunger Games this is a fantastic list of books to check out! Rae Gun Ramblings

One of the great things about the Hunger Games books is that it reminded so many people that they actually do enjoy reading. But I don’t think most people know what to read next or how to go about finding something good to read. I mean most of use really only have so much leisure time we don’t want to waste it on a book that’s just meh. That’s why I love sharing the books that I have found and enjoyed. To me there’s very little that is more fun than talking to someone about a book that we both enjoyed. It’s like meeting some one who has been on vacation to your favorite place on earth or grew up with people you know. So while we’re in the middle of my Happy Hunger Games series here are some of my favorite books to recommend to people who enjoyed The Hunger Games books!

 Great list of books perfect for Hunger Games lovers and why each would appeal to the Hunger Games fans - Rae Gun Ramblings

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I know I know it’s probably a no brainer and most of you have probably read this one already but, if you haven’t go do it. Like The Hunger Games it’s a dystopian with a strong female main character. It’s a story that as a dose a romance but not too much that boys who turn their noses at the mush stuff should stay away. Also there’s lots of fighting.

Legend by Marie Lu

This is such a unique story. You get two really strong characters and both a male and female point of view. You really get to watch the character mature and develop and fight for what is right. The this is a completed series and I just adored them all!

Ender’s Game and the  Ender’s Shadow Series by Orson Scot Card

You know me Ender’s Game and the Shadow books (the books the follow Bean and the battle school kids) are my all time favorite books. If you liked the war and survival strategy in the Hunger Games and you’re up for hanging out with the brightest and best kids ready to save the world check these out.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Love is a disease in this dystopian where teens undergo operations to make them incapable of feeling properly. The idea is that it protects them and society at large against the delirium. If you liked the fight against the oppressive government in The Hunger Games and the love story this is a good one to pick up. The series is finished but be warned it’s one of those endings that leaves a lot hanging.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments books are some of my favorites, the first is City of Bones. They are VERY different from The Hunger Games, for one there’s magic and fantastical beings like Vampires and Warlocks. It takes place in our world but there happens to be a shadow world of magic right among us. It is not dystopian BUT if you thought that Katniss Everdeen was a kick but heroine then you should meet Clary Fray. There’s fighting, there’s romance, and real friendship and teamwork. If you’re interested in something that has TONS of wit and some of the funniest characters these are loads of fun.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

One of the things you always hear when people talk about The Hunger Games is how Katniss is such a strong female character. Well let me tell you she has NOTHING on Katsa, Fire  and Bitterblue. Each of the Graceling books focus on a different girl in the same interwoven world and they are ALL ah-mazing. These are some of my all time favorite books, ever, ever, ever. There’s tons of fighting, there’s romance that is realistic and  admirable, and the portrayal of women and girls is unbeatable.

Matched by Allie Condie

Matched is another of the dystopians that follow the familiar story line that once the kids hit a certain age are put into a sort of lottery, this time it’s to determine their mate. The government controls all unions through the matching system. The corruption and control of the community, with the reflective female perspective, and revolutionary excitement make it a great match for Hunger Games fans (you see what I did there? oh yeah you do).

Partials by Dan Wells

In this dystopian a disease has rendered humans infertile. The babies that are born die quickly after birth. As a result there are strict rules on reproduction. Basically teens are expected to get pregnant often to try and see if their babies will survive. Kira strong willed sets out to find a cure. This series is action packed with some great biological and technological related science fiction.

The Program by Suzanne Young

There is a suicide epidemic among the teens and for their own protection there is constant monitoring and everyone is encouraged to report anyone who shows signs of depression. Once identified as a risk (which almost most tens are) the kids are sent to a facility where they undergo treatment to try and prevent their suicidal inklings from panning out. But all the kids come back changed and dulled. I think the Hunger Games fans will relate to the spirit of revolution and fighting against the dangerous

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

If you loved the idea of fighting back of Katniss and Peeta and the rest of them standing up against Snow then you should meet Juliette. These book may catch you off guard at first. I remember thinking, “what am I reading” but I ended up just adoring the series. Talk about fighting, character growth and maturation, and ending that’s totally not the same old same old and some good romance a long the way all lead by a strong powerful girl and you’ve got Shatter Me.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

And one of my favorite series for kick butt heroines has got to be Throne of Glass. Like The Hunger Games there is a competition to the death. The prize? To be the king’s champion basically to do his bidding. Celaena is the most deadly of assassins and just a teen. She faces all kinds of opponents and she is amazing. There are some cute boys if you are into a bit of love while you’re fighting and the story gets more and more complex as it goes. It is a 7 book series and only 3 books are out, but be warned while the first two books start out as fun assassin stories the third book has you in full fantasy. But even if fantasy isn’t your favorite I think you might be willing to make an exception since these characters and story lines are just great.

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Everyone has chips in them to help control their emotions without the destructive thoughts and impulses there is no more pain or war. Any glitch is supposed to be reported right away so that it can be fixed. In this dystopian you quickly learn that things aren’t as perfect as they want everyone to believe. And once you’ve learned that it’s hard not to want to resist.

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

In this dystopian everyone has a twin or alt who is raised by another family. When you become “active” some time as a kid or teenager you have 30 days to kill your alt. If  you liked the competition, fight for survival questions of right and wrong, and action of Hunger Games this is perfect for you. I really enjoyed this unique series.

His Fair Assassins by Robin LaFevers

This books are crazy good. They are on this list because they have some great great great strong strong strong female characters. But their greatness and strength isn’t necessarily typical but in their own way they are each amazing. Also these books have some of the best treatment of romance I have seen in young adult books which so so often suffer from instalove or relationships that hardly seem like anything that would survive in the real world. Also a bonus (at least to me) you get royalty, castle life, oh and did I mention assassin teen nuns? Just trust me you want to read these.

These books were not my favorites (I liked them enough to finish and to even read the sequels but they aren’t at the top of my list and all of them had stuff that really bugged me. BUT I saw similarities in them that Hunger Games fans may enjoy and I do know lots of people who really liked these books.

The Last Survivors by Susan Beth Pfefer

I found these books to be very depressing and stressful. They are about the end of the world. Almost everyone dies and it’s written journal style and is just what you’d expect a teen to write if everyone around her was dying. But they are also a story of fighting for survival. I’m adding them here because even though they totally made me want to buy up some 72 hour kits I think Katniss and Peeta did go through a holy crap everything is totally awful and how is there any hope but we still have to survive type of thing. Plus even as much as I say I don’t like them there’s something about the writing that makes you just want to keep going (I’ve read 3 of the 4 books the first is Life As We New It)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Classic dystopian. I know lots of people have a warm fuzzy place in their hearts for The Giver but it was not my favorite. It was okay but there are so many other books I like better. But I know that so many people find the corrupt controlling dystopian society to be a natural fit for Hunger Games lovers.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I really wish that I liked these books more. I’ve read all except the prequel. I like them alright. I really like the ideas, but for some reason I just didn’t click with the writing. The movie on the other hand I think was pretty great. It didn’t drag like the book for me. But yes another dystopian this time a bunch of boy living in this crazy place with a maze and their memories erased. If you especially liked the parts in the arena in Hunger Games and the whole dystopian set up I think these books would appeal to you.

This post has been a part of my Hunger Games series. Make sure to check back later today to see the other bloggers that shared today!

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Happy Hunger Games Embroidery Hoop and Katniss Doodle

Hunger Games Dandelion Quote Embroidery Hoop

Are you ready for today’s Hunger Game posts round up? First up is one of my favorite book reading crafty girls Kyla of Funky Polkadot Giraffe also know as Mormishmom. She has a squisher that’s almost exactly the same age as Teddy and so so cute! She took one of the sweetest quotes and is sharing an amazing Hunger Games embroidery hoop tutorial. She makes it look SO doable, I really need to try my hand at embroidery! While you’re visiting Kyla make sure to check out her Harry Potter costumes she made for her kiddos this Halloween. Seriously I was dying from cuteness overload when I saw them…umm baby Dobby, just saying. Oh and as a bonus this embroider hoop will be a part of the giveaway prize pack!

Sneak peek at Katniss Doodle art

Who is feeling artistic? I’m only showing you a sneak peek because I want you to go visit Flavor Pink to see the full awesomeness and I’m telling you it’s amazing. I was giddy when I saw the gorgeous Katniss Doodle that Crystalyn shared for her contribution to Happy Hunger Games! She also makes really cool brooches and we are so lucky because she’s turning this piece into one to add to the giveaway too! See more about the brooches while you’re checking out her art!

Boys can match their mamas too! DIY Hunger Games inspired shirts - Rae Gun Ramblings

And just in case you missed my post from earlier today I may have gone crazy geek parent all over Teddy and made him dress up like Hunger Games peeps with me. Oh you know that he LOOOOVEED it! Make sure you check out my super easy Hunger Games Shirt tutorial and all the silly ahem awesome pictures of me and Teddy playing Katniss and Peeta!

Don’t forget you can still enter the giveaway and you can get more entries each and and by visiting the different bloggers and entering on their sites!
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Hunger Games Inspired Shirts for Mommy and Me

DIY Hunger Games Shirts for any size - Rae Gun Ramblings

Oh yes I did. Yup I made Mommy and Me Hunger Games inspired shirts for me and Teddy.

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But I totally blame it on Stacey of Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy Crafts. She’s having this awesome Mom of Boys Match with Me series and I just had to.

How to make your own faux leather paneled Hunger Games inspired shirt - Rae Gun Ramblings

I am actually pleasantly surprised at how my shirt came out! I used The Hey June Union St. Pattern and just altered a few things to add faux leather detailing that screamed Hunger Games to me.

Baby faux leather detailed shirt - Rae Gun Ramblings

Teddy’s shirt on the other hand… well let’s just say that I did his first and when the binding was too short and I got impatient unpicking it I ripped it and that ended up ripping some of the front…well yeah so that’s why the neckline is SO huge. But when you’re baby has been sick for the last 4 days and your post is due you just go with the flow.

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But let me just say screwing up on a mini sized thing is so much better, it made it so I totally knew what to pay attention to and how to tweak things so my shirt came together very quickly and with only one last adjustment.

If you want to make your own Hunger Games shirt it’s actually very easy.

how to make faux leather detailed Hunger Games Inspired shirts - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Cut your pieces out of the regular knit according to the pattern.
  2. Cut a diagonal line from the collar to the bottom of the armhole on the front piece while it is folded in half.
  3. Use that top little piece as your pattern and cut two mirror pieces out of your faux leather making sure to ad about 1/2 inch along the bottom for a seam allowance.
  4. Cut your pocket shape out of the faux leather.
  5. Sew the front bodice pieces back together. With right sides together match up the bottom edge of your faux leather piece with the cut edge of the bodice and sew together. Now you should have a piece that looks like the front bodice piece before you sliced it.
  6. Sew your pocket onto the front. I draped the fabric over me and found a position I liked it to hit and then using packaging tape I taped it to the bodice front. I did this since I didn’t want little holes from using pins.
  7. I stretched and rubbed the edges of my faux leather and decided it wouldn’t be unraveling so I just topstitched around the pockets, easy peasy.
  8. Next just continue putting the shirt together according to your pattern’s directions.

Mommy and Me Hunger Games DIY tops - Rae Gun Ramblings

Finally throw on a Mockingjay pin, dress your baby up and go out in the front yard umm I mean woods of Panem and don’t let any of the other tributes kill you. Make sure you hop over to check out all the other Mommy and me looks this week at Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy and tune in later today to see who else posted in the Happy Hunger Games series today!

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Happy Hunger Games Katniss Cowl, Tick Tock Shirt and Free Printables

Katniss Cowl and Hunger Games Tick Tock Shirt

Eep when I checked my mailbox I was so excited the Happy Hunger Games posts for today are Ah-mazing. I’m just in love! First up Kelley from Casa Crafty who also joined us for the Harry Potter party. If you missed that she made the most incredible Harry Potter spell book and magic set, no really you must see it!  For today’s post she made an awesome version of the now famous Katniss Cowl. Okay isn’t it gorrrrrrgeous! Not just that but she make a cool Tick Tock shirt too! Click over to see better pictures and learn how she made both. Also she has the image she used for the shirt available so you can make your own shirt or even use it as a printable.

Free Hunger Games Printable

Rachel also is sharing a Hunger Games Quote printable today. I just love the quote she used! You can get the 8×10 printable on her site. I think it would be so fun to have quotes all over the walls or just to use it for a Hunger Games party. While you are visiting R & R Workshop make sure you check out her Kid”s Chore Chart, it’s brilliant!


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May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor Key Chain

Hunger Games May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor key chain

How adorable is this Hunger Games May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor key chain that Emily from The Benson Street made! If you have never been to her blog she is one creative cookie and also a book lover. Make sure to hop over to learn more about how to make this key chain and while you’re there be sure to wander and you’re bound to bump into delicious recipes, crafts, and some even that have to do with your other favorite books ahem Divergent ahem Harry Potter.

Also don’t forget about the giveaway! There are some great Hunger Games goodies and a few more are being added. I’ll be sure to share what they are as soon as I can. I blame it on the sick-o baby sucking up all my time this last week. Luckily he seems to be on the mend. Some of the entries can be done each day and on multiple blogs! Don’t forget to check back in tomorrow to see more awesome Hunger Games posts to get us ready for Mockinjay part I’s movie release!

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Happy Hunger Games DIY’s Crafts Recipes and More (and a giveaway!)

Great Hunger Games recipes, crafts, party ideas and book recommendations - Rae Gun Ramblings

Who is excited for Mockingjay part 1 to hit the theaters? Oh you know I am! To celebrate some of my favorite Hunger Games loving friends and I will be sharing Hunger Games DIY’s, crafts, recipes, and more for the next few weeks. I’ll have some non-Hunger Games posts through out also but get ready because the second Happy Hunger Games series is starting now.

I thought it would be a blast to kick it off by sharing a round up of all the awesome Hunger Games creations that were a part of the very first Hunger Games Blog party a few years ago! Also make sure you make it to the bottom of this post because I have an awesome giveaway for you!

So how about that giveaway!

Hunger Games Giveaway

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If you follow me on Instagram you know my baby Teddy has been sick with croup ewwwy! So I didn’t get a chance to finish/photography some of the giveaway prizes so for now just know that there were be a few more mystery giveaway items joining the bunch you see above. I promise they will be awesome :) To enter just enter through the rafflecopter above!

The prize pack includes:

Also don’t forget to check in later today I’ll be sharing the posts from the other bloggers who are posting their Hunger Games goodness today :)

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Happy Hunger Games! DIY Tutorials, Recipes, Party Ideas, and More

Well the Hunger Games DVD is due out tomorrow! If you’ve been around here you know I’m a huge fan of the books and I think they did a pretty good job on the movie too. I wanted to share my most recent Hunger Games crafts tutorials since I figured you all probably need some fan goods to ring in the movie.

I made this necklace by using bottle caps made with Heidi’s tutorial and printables that she shared during my Hunger Games Blog Party and instead of using a pin back I picked glued on a necklace bail. So easy right? I love it so much and I wear it all the time.

You’ve got to have something to carry your movie home in right? I’m pretty sure an awesome I Shop The Hob market tote is exactly what you need. Make your own with my quick and easy tutorial.

Are you having a viewing party or just want a feast fit for the film? Try my crock pot Katniss Stew. Yes that Lamb and Dried Plum Stew that our favorite tribute gushes over, that’s what should be on your menu.

Or maybe you’ve got district pride. Show the district 12 tributes that they are in your heart by wearing this awesome chunk of coal coal inspired pendant around your neck (or on your keys). Oh yes I do indeed wear that, and I feel awesome whilst doing it!

And last but not least every HG fan needs her own Mockingjay Shirt. I mean really does that need any explanation? And if you want more tutorials, recipes and party ideas (oh yes I even show you have to make your own Hunger Games Parachutes) be sure to check out all the awesome posts from me and my friends from the Hunger Games Blog Party!

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