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How To… Make an Amigurumi (Crochet Animal Friends) Guest Post

  

I am VERY excited to bring you Clara from amieggs and her most adorable Amigurumi or Crocheted Small Things. She makes wonderful creations, that are normally available for purchase. But she has decided to be VERY generous and share two of her patterns with you. Below you will find the most adorable teddy and then hop over to her blog for a bunny (get it – “hop over”? ahem). She has inspired me to learn to crochet. I have never been interested before.. but now, my crochet hooks are on order! Woohoo. Over to the lovely Clara and her fabulous creations:

Hello! My name is Clara and I run the amieggs blog over at http://ami-eggs.blogspot.com/ =)

I love crocheting, and dedicate my blog to all my creations. The name of the blog, amieggs, comes from the name I’ve given my own little creatures:
Amieggs are little crochet eggs dressed up as a bunch of things… from animals to food! Here are some of my favorites:
The fox, the penguin, the elephant and the corn on the cob!
I also enjoy crocheting furniture. My first project was this tiny living room:
And I further on moved to slightly bigger furniture like the following armchair, in a 1:6 scale to fit my Blythe doll =)
I sell my patterns and eggs in my etsy shop, you can visit it here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/nayami
Today, I would like to share a free pattern with you all!!! It is part of the newest patern in my shop, the toy chest! 

As you can see, in my patterns I draw diagrams to explain the difficult parts of a project and include many pictures to make your work as easy as possible!!!

While the toy chest pattern is available in my shop, you can get the teddy bear pattern here totally for free and the bunnies pattern on my blog! Hope you enjoy it, and I love to see all your finished creations!!! Feel free to leave a comment on my blog (http://ami-eggs.blogspot.com/) or even share your pictures with me on flickr!!! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clara_amigurumi/)
Teddy bear
You will need:
Tan cotton yarn
A number 5 crochet hook
A yarn needle
Head:
1 – make a ring with 6 stitches
2  – inc each stitch (total 12 stitches)
3 – sc 1, inc 1: repeat 6 times (total 18 stitches)
4 – sc 3, inc 1, sc 2: repeat 3 times (total 21 stitches)
5 – sc 1, inc 1, sc 5: repeat 3 times (total 24 stitches)
6 through 9 – sc 1 on each stitch (total 24 stitches)
10 – sc 1, dec 1, sc 5: repeat 3 times (total 21 stitches)
11 – sc 3, dec 1, sc 2: repeat 3 times (total 18 stitches)
12 – sc 1, dec 1: repeat 6 times (total 12 stitches)
13 – dec 6 (total 6 stitches)
Stuff and bind off
Body:
1 – make a ring with 6 stitches
2 – inc each stitch (total 12 stitches)
3 through 5 – sc 1 on each stitch (total 12 stitches)
6 – sc 2, dec 1: repeat 3 times (total 9 stitches)
7 through 8 . sc 1 on each stitch (total 9 stitches)
Bind off leaving long tail for sewing, stuff and sew to head.
Nose:
1 – ch 2
2 – ch 1 to turn, sc 1 on each stitch and one on the ends (total 6 stitches, see diagram)
3 – sc 6
Bind off leaving a long tail for sewing. Embroider nose, stuff and sew to the head.
Arms:
1 – Make a ring with 4 stitches
2 – sc 1, increase 1: repeat 2 times (total 6 stitches)
3 through 6 – sc 6
Bind off leaving long tail for sewing, stuff and sew to body.
Legs:
1 – Make a ring with 4 stitches
2 – sc 1, increase 1: repeat 2 times (total 6 stitches)
3 through 7 – sc 6
Bind off leaving long tail for sewing, stuff and sew to body.
Ears:
1 – ch 1
2 – ch 1 to turn, sc 3 stitches in 1 stitch.
3 – ch 1 to turn, increase 3 (sc 2 on each stitch)
4 – ch 1 to turn, sc 6
Bind off leaving long tail and sew onto head.
Finally, attach a brown ribbon around the teddy bear’s neck and cut the edges into a V shape.

 

Clara @ amieggs
I can’t wait for my crochet hooks to arrive… and to get learning!
 
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How to.. make a No Sew new Tee out of an old favourite Tee! (Guest Post)

 

The lovely Helen from Ickle Babe makes a range GORGEOUS gifts, from baby quilts, to bunting, to Aprons and New Home gifts. You simply have to pop over and check it out! I knew that ANY Guest Post from her would be a winner and a winner it is! Ever had your child grow out of a favourite t-shirt that tearfully had to be packed away? Look no further, re-use key features and make a new one. Not only is it clever, cut and fun, it is NO SEW! Hurray!

Recycled Tee Project!

This make was inspired by the lovely Milly, at a year and a half her most favourite thing in the world is her Lola tee. She Loves “yoya” (lola) as she calls her , and wears this top constantly, patting her belly as she runs about, as if Lola is actually playing with her. Its very cute! But unfortunately, we all knew the day would come… it’s getting to small.

So I have decided to re-cycle it, it was super easy and Milly LOVES it, maybe even more now that she did before. I figure I can just keep doing this until “yoya” falls apart or when Milly gets bored of her and wants a boyfriend instead ;P So here goes…..

You will need…

  • A sharp pair of scissors Pinking shears (optional)
  • An old t-shirt
  • A plain new t-shirt
  • A sheet of BondaWeb (like big sheets of wonderweb, John Lewis or Ebay always has it )

1) First roughly cut around the pieces you want to feature . I used two old jumpers for this. One had Lola on it and as she looked like she was running away on the pic I cut a little bee and some flowers out of the other one to create a little scene. Find a background piece, this can be new fabric like mine or another recycled piece, you could even use the back of the old tee, as long as its in a co-ordinating colour from the new tee your putting it on to.

2) Using a hot iron, fuse the bondaweb to the pieces. All you have to remember here is to place the rough side on the wrong side of your fabric and iron for 4-5 secs using dry heat. Use the wrong side and you just end up with sticky bondaweb on your ironing board!

3) Cut around them carefully, I used pinking shears for an extra bit of texture, but you don’t have to if you don’t have any, normal scissors are fine.

4) Peel the back off the bonda webbing and arrange your “collage” on your new tee. Place a damp tea towel (make sure its a plain one, I did this with a red one once and dyed the t-shirt pink) over the piece and iron down. I find it easier to just put the iron on sections and leave for about ten seconds at a time and then move to the next. As if you just sweep your iron around you can disturb your pieces underneath.

5) Remove the wet tea towel, Give it a final good iron and leave fused pars flat to cool for about 20mins.

And there you have your new fully washable original *designer* tee!

 You could customise it further with buttons (I have some cherry red vintage ones to add to Milly’s) or ribbons. Very easy but very fun, you can let your imagination go wild. I have even saved some of the other jumper for customizing some jeans too, the possibilities are endless!

I think Helen came up with a fabulous way of recycling AND keeping little people happy! Fabulous!

Previous How Tos:

Super Cute Flannel Cupcake (Guest Post)

 

Tactile Felt Donuts

Delicious No Sew Lavender Bags

Make Scented Playdough

From T to Halterneck (Guest Post)

Easy & effective Fish Pinata

Simple but effective paper frames (vlog) 

– How to make a Flower Pom Pom (guest post) – simply gorgeous – use as wedding decor! 

How to make a Paper Envelope  

How to make a No Sew Bib (out of an old shirt)  

How to make a Fabric Mâché Bowl (from old scraps of fabric!)  

How to make a Paper Flower (from newspapers)  (guest post)  

How to Make a Cupcake from a Flannel (Washcloth)

 This was featured on UndertheTableandDreaming Lovely! As well on  Hurray!

Remember the gorgeous Guest Post that the wonderful Anjie from Pom Pom Emporium did for us a little while back – well if you don’t, simply head back in time and take a look at these beautiful Pom Pom Flowers.

Anyway, she is BACK and with yet another fabulous idea – these Flannel Cupcakes! How simple and yet how gorgeous are they!? Perfect baby shower gifts or stocking fillers or a “just like that” present. Inexpensive, fun, FABULOUS! Here we go:

cupcakes made from washcloths/facecloths/flannels

To get started you will need

  1. washcloth 
  2. Paper cup 
  3. Rubber band 
  4. Lollipop 

For the cupcake wrapper I cut a paper cup down to the required size. I estimated my paper cup should stand about 5cm (2″) tall. Resting a pencil on a box, of the desired hight and with it touching the cup, I turned my cup slowly to give me a perfect line. I cut the excess paper away. Alternatively you can find printable cupcake wrappers on the internet to download, but I decided my idea using paper cups was easier and held the washcloth really well.

To form the ‘cake’ from the washcloth just follow the photographic tutorial below or watch this very good demonstration video I came across by Jonathan Fong How to make a cupcake from a washcloth What a star!

I think these cupcakes would make a really nice ‘thank you’ gift for a teacher or alternatively a very easy project for a class to make. You could buy white paper cups and let children design and colour their own cupcake wrappers

paper cups, washcloths, rubber bands and lollipops

Resting a pencil on a box, of the desired hight and with it touching the cup, I turned my cup slowly to give me a perfect line.cut the excess paper away

Folding the washcloth to make the 'cake'  

Folding the washcloth to make the 'cake'

Rolling the washcloth to make the 'cake'

Rolling the washcloth to make the 'cake', put the rubber band in place to hold it together

Squeeze the base of the 'cake' to push out the centre to form the icing swirlPut a lollipop in the centre of the swirl to form the cherryFinished cupcake!

Gorgeous! Please do go and visit Anjie and check out all her other wonderful things!

Previous How Tos:

Tactile Felt Donuts

Delicious No Sew Lavender Bags

Make Scented Playdough

From T to Halterneck (Guest Post)

Easy & effective Fish Pinata

Simple but effective paper frames (vlog) 

– How to make a Flower Pom Pom (guest post) – simply gorgeous – use as wedding decor! 

How to make a Paper Envelope  

How to make a No Sew Bib (out of an old shirt)  

How to make a Fabric Mâché Bowl (from old scraps of fabric!)  

How to make a Paper Flower (from newspapers)  (guest post)  

How to… make Felt “Strawberries & Cream” & Gingerbread Men!

With the Wimbledon Tennis on at the moment, you may want to indulge in some “Strawberries & Cream”, or if that isn’t quite your thing, why not take a chomp out of this Gingerbread man – after Sunday’s World Cup performance, maybe the “England” shirt needs to come of very quickly – why not replace it with a Stars & Stripe one in type for 4th July?!

The lovely Aly from Life’s Laundry shows us how (hop over to see how to make felt cream!). If you like what you see, do go for other craftiness – e.g. she has a great door stop owl or just visit for a great read!

Scroll down to the bottom to see my, erm, attempt. I didn’t actually have any felt in the house….. Recycle away! Now to Aly!

Hi!

I’m Aly from LIFE’S LAUNDRY.Maggy approached me to ask if I would fancy doing a guest post tutorial on felt food for Wimbledon and the World cup.I designed a gingerbread man myself.The strawberries are a smaller version of the large one I did for Get Crafty May 2010.

Strawberries & Cream

You will need:

  • Red, green and white felt.
  •  3 or 4 circle templates (an egg cup, a mug or a pair of compasses and pencil, anything with a circle).
  • Red and yellow thread.
  • Fibre fil (or felt off cuts if you want to cut down cost and waste).
  • Pins.
  • A sharp needle.

Optional:

  • Buttons.
  • Beads.

1. Cut out as many circles of different shapes as you want.Each circle makes 2 strawberries.Cut the circles in half to make a semi circle.

2.Take a semi-circle and fold in half.Sew along the straight edge using red thread.

3.Repeat with the others.Then turn inside out.

4. Using yellow thread, sew little lines intermittently to represent the seeds.You could use beads, remember not to give the strawberry to a child under 3.

5. Sew a running stitch a little way in around the circle edge.Make sure the knot from the thread is the inside.Repeat with others.

6. Now gently pull the thread until it starts to gather.Stuff with fibre fill/ cloth.Repeat with others.

7. Pull the thread tightly and over sew around the edge.Repeat with others.

8. Now cut out a rough star shape from the green felt to make the leaf on top.Sew on using a large cross.Over sew underneath the leaf to keep it neat.

Repeat until you have done all the strawberries. Click here for how to make felt cream.

Gingerbread man mascot

You will need:

  • Mid-brown felt.
  • White felt.
  • Red felt.
  • Brown thread.
  • Red thread.
  • White thread.
  • Buttons or beads for eyes.
  • Pins.
  • A sharp needle.
  • A pen.

1. Using a gingerbread man cutter as a template, cut two bodies out of brown felt.

2. I hand drew the shirt on to tracing paper first using the gingerbread man template underneath to judge how long to have the sleeves and the T-shirt length.I cut out a front and a back, drawing a yoke on the front shirt and a rounded neck on the back shirt.The cross I drew free hand, tidying up with a ruler. 

3. Pin the two body shapes together.Sew all around, except the head using brown thread with a blanket stitch.Draw on where you want the eyes and mouth to be.I stitched the mouth and used buttons fro the eyes.You could use beads if use wish or felt.Lightly stuff the gingerbread man with fibre fill or material off cuts.I used a chop stick to push the stuffing into the arms and legs.Blanket stitch (see drawing) around the head. 

4. Now to make the England T-shirt.Pin on the cross.Using red thread neatly sew a back stitch around the cross. 

5. Now pin the back on top of the front, so the cross is sandwich in between the two body shapes.Neatly sew around using a running stitch with white thread.Do not sew the neck,body and arm openings. 

6. Turn the T-shirt back the right way.Now put it on your gingerbread man mascot. 

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, and I hope have fun making your own. 

Aly of  

LIFE’S LAUNDRY.

I really do hope that these inspire you to have a go, it is so much fun and so simple. As always, I try (!) to have a go at my Guest Post’s crafts. I didn’t have any felt, so I, erm decided to recycle an old pair of Red Ted’s jogging bottoms (already with holes and splattered in paint). It actually came out quite well (after I decided to sew on the eyes, as buttons made our gingerbread man look like a voodoo doll!). Interestingly, Red Ted LOVED watching, “had a go himself” (I vigilantly watched over him as he “played” with the needle) and ADORED the final product – but I believe only because he watched it being made… Oh and I filled mine with old carrier bags (2.5 to be exact!).  I love it when you combine recycling with craft.

 Ok… and then my felt arrived! So I had a quick go at the strawberry too. My only comment is, that I used a glass as a measure, out comes a lovely strawberry, but a little small for Pip Squeak, so will prob try something bigger next! I do LOVE how tactile mine turned out, I used embroidery thread for the seeds and it feels lovely!!

Now go and Get Crafty!

Previous How Tos:

How to make a No Sew Tea Towel Kid’s Apron

Easy & effective Fish Pinata

Simple but effective paper frames (vlog) 

– How to make a Flower Pom Pom (guest post) – simply gorgeous – use as wedding decor! 

How to make a Paper Envelope  

How to make a No Sew Bib (out of an old shirt)  

How to make a Fabric Mâché Bowl (from old scraps of fabric!)  

How to make a Paper Flower (from newspapers)  (guest post)  

How to… make Fabric Pom Pom Flowers (Guest Post)

  
 How lovely! This post was featured on   New NostalgiaWell, Anjie did do a rather grand job, no?!
  

Fabric Pom Pom Flowers

How wonderful! Anji over at the Pom Pom Emporioum has made this WONDERFUL tudorial for us! Scroll down to the bottom, to see my “quick and ready go at it”! And now to Anji:  

Hi my name is Anjie, over from http://www.pompomemporium.com/ doing a guest blog exchange with Maggy.   

Fabric flowers – Alliums from pom poms  

Last week I wanted to make some pom poms from fabric, in particular try out some purple organza I had. I have noticed fabric pom poms seem to be a popular decoration at weddings at the moment, I get a lot of hits on my website from search engines looking for fabric pom poms for this purpose.  

To start with I tore the organza into long strips (the width of the fabric) of about 1.5cm wide, tearing makes the fabric nice and ‘hairy’. From the strips I made my pom pom in the traditional way, winding the fabric round and around two cardboard discs (a basic pom pom tutorial can be found here.   

The finished pom pom looked like an Allium flower, it just needed a stem.  

Wooden skewers from my kitchen fitted the bill, just the right size, a quick coat of green acrylic paint and I had a stem.  I  was very pleased with the result so I made two more. White pom poms given the same treatment might look like dandelion seed heads.  

Organza strips

  

Winding the Pom Pom

  

Cutting the Pom Pom

  

Painting the Stems

  

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

Aren’t they simply GORGEOUS? I love the so simple idea of painting the stems by holding them in place with blue tack. I tried these with “normal” fabric and it doesn’t work, as it is too thick! So it really has to be organza – especially for that whispy look. Not having any organza and wanting to give everything a  go, that I post,  I did it with some tissue paper: Not as amazing, but still pretty. Thank you Anji for your FABULOUS post! Please DO pop over to Anjie’s as a “thank you” and explore the other wonderful things she makes!  

My attempt: Tissue Paper Pom Pom

More “How to…”s: 

How to make a Paper Envelope 

How to make a No Sew Bib (out of an old shirt) 

How to make a Fabric Mâché Bowl (from old scraps of fabric!) 

How to make a Paper Flower (from newspapers)  (guest post)