My youngest daughter is due to have her second baby this summer. This means I’ve got to get busy making baby stuff. Of course my daughter sent me a list of crochet projects ranging from baby blankets, swaddles, booties, and stuffed toys. I thought I’d begin with the cute Octopus Amigurumi.
First of all Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed yarn critters. While the art has been known in Japan for decades it only became popular in the West recently in 2003. In recent years thanks to online craft market places like Etsy, Ravelry, and Pinterest it has become very popular.
I used the free pattern designed by Dorteja the designer behind Croby Patterns. I experimented with her original pattern by using different size hooks and also added a few rows to make different size ocotpus amigurumi.
Her Octopus Amigurumi are pretty simple to make, her pattern very easy to follow. In fact the pattern is down right addictive!
I ended up making several octopus amigurumi.
For the 3 small octopus amigurumi pictured here, the pink, yellow, and blue I used a smaller hook than the pattern required and #3 weight yarn. The result are these smaller critters.
The red octopus was made with the required hook and #4 yarn. The blue one was made with a larger hook and the big multicolored octopus was made with a large K 6.5mm hook and I used 2 strands of yarn through out the who piece.
I ended up making 5 small octopuses, or is it Octopi? I strung them up on a wooden hoop and made this adorable mobile!
Here we go again. Just in time for summer vacation Disney is releasing the newest Star Wars movie. This one’s called Han Solo – A Star Wars Story.
Just like Roque One released two summers ago this movie is not part of the original Star Wars saga. Instead it’s a stand alone story designed to eventually tie all the movies together by filling in the background for characters and events brought to life in one of the movies starting with the very first Star Wars classic now called the New Hope or episode 4. Long story and actually even debatable as to which order the first 6 movies should be viewed. I’m not going to even get into that debate. I’m a Star Wars fan pretty much but I’d hardly call myself a hardcore fanatic.
Regardless what order one chooses to view the Star Wars saga I know that this latest addition will stir up interest in all things Star Wars yet again. Just like how The Last Jedi stirred up interest in the later part of last year when it was released during the holiday season.
So to give you a heads up here are a few Star Wars related crafts that should keep the kids busy for a while. So go ahead take them to see Han Solo and gather your craft supplies and let them get creative. I know I’ll be taking the grandkids to see the movie and we’ll probably end up making some of the crafty things I’ve posted here!
By the way Star Wars aren’t just for kids, adults love them too! I’ll be posting some crafting ideas and even recipes that are Star Wars related in the coming weeks so check out my posts this may get interesting! If you can’t wait check out my round up of Star Wars free crochet patterns!
Chewbacca Hand Puppet
Since the movie is clearly about Han Solo it’s only fitting that the first craft the kids make is this cute Chewbacca Hand Puppet.
A Grande Life gives you step by step instructions on how to make them out of brown paper bags!
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With Easter right around the corner it was time to make Easter outfits for my twin grandbabies. I found a couple of crochet patterns for the hat and diaper cover and made a tutu for my granddaughter. I tweeked them a bit for a better fit.
The twins are 6 months old so I used the 6-9 month old hat pattern but changed the hook to a smaller “F” size to make it a bit smaller. The pattern calls for a size “H”.
Here is the bunny hat pattern from Repeat Crafter Me. She has step by step directions from newborn to adult sizes. I used this same patter for both hats, just changed the color of the inside part of the bunny ears.
The pattern for the diaper covers are from Crochet A Flower that has instructions for 0-9 month covers. The diaper is adjustable. For the girl’s cover I used the same color yarn for the border and added a pink pom-pom to match the bunny ears. For the boy’s I used a contrasting color to match the bunny ears and pom-pom.
I made a Tutu for the girl using the same technique I used for her Elf Tutu I made for Christmas. I just made the tulle strips shorter so you can see the pom-pom. I used 6″ strips so the tutu is about 3″ all the way around.
It’s Easter time again, and one of my favorite Easter crafts is making Easter Baskets for my grandchildren. I know there are many plastic and metal baskets out there, and they’re all very inexpensive. But I like to make them baskets that a different from those you can buy at Walmart.
The other day I went to our local craft store and found this pretty yarn by Red Heart. It’s color is called Sherbet. When I saw it I just knew I had to turn it into a Sherbet Easter Basket.
This basket is very simple to make. It would be a perfect project for a beginner. It does however use foundation single crochet for the handle. So it’s a great way to learn one of my favorite techniques if you aren’t familiar with it.
Foundation single crochet is a technique that combines the foundation chain with the first row of any project. Instead of making a row of chains, something I find tedious, and going back to make the first row of single crochet, or any stitch for that matter, this technique is initially worked vertically and you have the chain on one the left side and the single crochet on the right. Using it for the basket handle is a great way to learn it!
To make the basket a bit sturdier I used 2 strands of yarn held together for a thicker strand. To do this it’s easier to use 2 skeins of yarn, but you can roll a skein into 2 balls and work with that. The Basket doesn’t use a whole skein.
To make the sides of the basket round 5 is worked in backloops only. This brings the sides up from the bottom of the basket.
The handle is also made with 2 strands of yarn. You make 2 separate handles which are then twined together. If you want it to be stiffer you can twine the bands around a pipe cleaner.
The basket is worked in rounds that are joined at the end of each round. The beginning Ch 2 if each round counts as the first stitch of that round.
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Here’s the pattern! You can make it any color you want and even use bulkier yarn and a larger hook if you prefer.
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Ch = Chain
Sl St = Slip Stitch
FSC = Foundation Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Backloop DC = Backloop Double Crochet
DCdec = Double Crochet Decrease
Hook size I (5.50mm)
#4 Worsted yarn in Sherbet
Ch 5, join to first Ch to form ring
Rd. 1: 12 HDC in ring, Sl St to first HDC (12HDC)
Rd. 2: Ch 2, DC in same st, 2 DC in each st around, join to top of Ch 2. (24DC)
Rd. 3: Repeat Rd. 2. (48DC)
Rd. 4: Ch 2, DC in same st, DC in next st, *2DC in next st, DC in next st*, repeat **around, join to top of Ch 2. (72DC)
Rd. 5: Ch 2, Backloop DC in each st, join to top of Ch 2. (72DC)
Rd. 6-8: Ch 2, DC in each st, join to top of Ch 2. (72DC)
Rd. 9: Ch 2, *DC decrease over next 2 sts, DC in next st* repeat ** around, join to top of Ch 2. (48 DC)
Do not fasten off. You will now make the first band of the handle.
Make 45 FSC, fasten off. Leave 6” tail for attaching to opposite side.
For the second band of the handle attack a double strand of yarn to the DC next to the first band and make 45 FSC, fasten off. Leave 6” tail for attaching to opposite side.
Foundation SC: Its basically worked in 2 parts – the chain part which you make first, and the SC part made right after it.
Ch 2, insert hook in 2nd. Chain from hook, yarn over, pull up loop, you will have 2 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull thru 1 loop, (you just made the chain part of the FSC and you will have 2 loops on your hook), yarn over and pull thru 2 loops, (this is the SC part of the FSC and you will have 1 loop on the hook). You’ve now completed the first FSC.
Now insert hook between the chain st you made in the first part of the st and the SC you made in the second part. Yarn over, pull up loop so you have 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull thru 1 loop, you now made the chain part and have 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull thru 2 loops, you made the SC part and have 1 loop on the hook. Continue this pattern until you have the length you need.
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Your basket is done! You can fill it up with all sorts of Easter goodies. I filled this one up with Pom Pom Bunnies and Chicks. Click here to learn how to make them!
Valentine’s Day is in less than a month. Valentine’s is such a fun holiday, specially for crafters! I made up this super cute set of Valentine Heart Hot Pads to use in my kitchen this Valentine’s Day. They make great gifts too!
Set of 3 Heart Hot Pads
Red Heart Hot Pad
This pattern is very easy, it’s perfect for beginners! It uses rows of alternating single crochet and double crochet stitches to get the textured look. To make it heart shaped you just increase and decrease stitches at the appropriate rows.
I used Lily’s 100% Cotton Sugar’n Cream Yarn in Pink, Red, and White for the main colors and Azalea Ombre for the border and the matching ring holder. The holder is made by crocheting SC stitches in a plastic shower ring I got from Walmart. The shower rings come in a set of 12 rings and sells for about $1. You can buy them in different colors, but I like to buy the clear ones so that I can use it for several projects. It doesn’t really matter what color you buy as you will be covering it in yarn and will only see the ends.
You will need to make 2 hearts in the main color, the hearts are held together by the boarder. Using 2 hearts makes the pad thicker and less floppy. If you only want to make 1 heart you can, but it would be more like a washcloth, which are super cute too!
I used a J hook to make these Valentine Heart Hot pads, but really you can use any size hook you want as guage really isn’t an issue. Here’s the pattern, hope you love it!
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Hook size J
100% Cotton yarn in colors you want for the main color or colors – I used Pink, Red, and White
This pattern starts at the bottom point of the heart. Ch 1 at the turn does not count as a stitch.
Increases are made in the 1st. st of each increase row with a HDC & DC in the same st, and in the last st of each row with a DC & HDC in the same st. This adds 2 sts every time you increase.
Decreases are made in the First 2 sts of each decrease row with HDC decrease, and HDC decrease over the Last 2 sts. This subtracts 2 sts every time you decrease. Decrease begins on Row 18. To make an HDC decrease – yo (yarn over), insert hook in 1st. st, pull up loop (you will have 3 loops on hook), yo, insert hook in 2nd. st, pull up loop (you will have 5 loops on hook), yo and pull thru all 5 loops.
With main color Ch 2
Row 1: SC, DC, SC in 2nd. Ch from hook, Ch 1, Turn (3 sts)
Row 2: HDC, DC in 1st. st, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (5 sts)
Row 3: HDC, DC in 1st. st, SC in next st, DC in next st, SC, in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (7 sts)
Row 4: HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 2 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (9 sts)
Row 5: HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 3 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (11 sts)
Row 6: HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 4 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (13 sts)
Row 7: HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 5 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (15 sts)
Row 8: HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 6 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (17 sts)
Row 9: HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 7 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (19 sts)
Row 10: HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 8 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (21 sts)
Row 11: HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 9 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (23 sts)
Row 12: HDC, DC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 10 times, SC in next st, DC, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (25 sts)
Row 13: HDC in 1st. st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 11 times, SC in next st, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (25 sts)
Row 14: HDC in 1st. st, (DC in next st, SC in next st) 11 times, DC in next st, HDC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (25 sts)
Row 15: Repeat Row 13
Row 16: Repeat Row 14
Row 17: Repeat Row 13
Row 18: HDC decrease over first 2 sts, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 10 times, SC in next st, HDC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, Turn (23 sts)
Row 19: HDC decrease over first 2 sts, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 9 times, SC in next st, HDC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, Turn (21 sts)
First Lobe of heart:
Row 20: HDC decrease over first 2 sts, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 3 times, SC in next st, HDC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, Turn – leave rest of heart unworked (9 sts)
Row 21: HDC decrease over first 2 sts, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 2 times, SC in next st, HDC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, Turn (7 sts)
Row 22: HDC decrease over first 2 sts, SC in next st, DC in next st, SC in next st, HDC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, Turn (5 sts). Fasten off and weave in ends.
Second Lobe of heart:
Row 20: Turn work so that unworked portion is on the right side. Attach yarn to the 1st. st on row 19. Ch 1, HDC decrease over the same st you attached yarn to and the next st, (SC in next st, DC in next st) 3 times, SC in next st, HDC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, Turn ( 9 sts)
Repeat Rows 21 & 22 of the first lobe.
Round 1: Hold 2 hearts together and match sides and points. Attach contrasting yarn to the bottom tip of the hearts making sure you attach to both hearts. Ch 1, SC, HDC, SC in same st you attached yarn to. SC evenly along the side 20 times until you get to about row 16 ( the part that starts to curve out), 2SC in each st along the curve (15 times) until you get to middle point. SC in middle point st, Ch 7, SC in to the same middle point st you placed the last SC in (this forms a chain loop), 2 SC in each st along the curve (15 times) , SC evenly along the side until you reach the bottom tip, Sl St to first st, Ch 1, DO NOT Turn.
Round 2: SC in same st as join, SC, HDC, SC in next st (HDC of round 1), SC in the next 30 sts, (2SC in next st, SC in next st) 4 times, SC in next 12 sts – this takes you to the middle point, HDC into the middle point st you worked SC in the 1st. round, work 8 SC into the loop you made in round 1, HDC into the middle point st you worked HDC in, SC in next 12 sts, ( SC in next st, 2SC in next st) 4 times, SC in next 30 sts, Sl St to first st of round, fasten off and weave in ends.
Attach yarn to one end of plastic ring, attach to the main part of the ring leave the opening clasp free so you can open and close the ring. Work 40 SC in to the ring, bunch st close together so that the plastic ring is completely covered.
I saw this baby super hero costume on Pinterest and just had to have it for my newborn grandson, until I saw the price. It’s available by special order on etsy.com for at whopping cost of $46. In my opinion it was too costly for a photo prop that he would really use only once, twice if it still fits on Halloween.
I was determined to find a way to make this costume for fraction of the cost. But I didn’t want to haul out my sewing machine for such a tiny project so I went searching for a way to make it without a sewing machine.
I found a handy product by Ditz called Stitch Witchery, a fusible tape that attaches materials together. It costs less than $2 at the Walmart craft department. It’s a Godsend!
I “googled” cape and mask patterns and found many. I made my own paper pattern by drawing a picture I found for the cape. I printed out the mask pattern from ambrosiagirl.com.
The mask pattern can be adjusted to different sizes when you print it by selecting the image size you need. I crocheted the diaper cover from a free pattern I found on The Bradens blog.
With a bit of ingenuity and about 2 hours of work I made this reversible mask & cape, and crocheted diaper cover set for I estimate under $5. The materials I purchased for a grand total of $10 will make a cape and mask for my 1 year old grandson as well.
You can use any color material and make your own design for the applique. You can even use scraps you have on hand so it won’t cost anything. I used left over yarn for the diaper cover.
Here’s what you need to make this costume for your kids. The instructions are for newborn. You will have to adjust them for larger sizes.
1/4 yd. each of Red Satin and Yellow Satin (or colors of your choice)
1/4 yd. Pellam Fusible Interfacing
1 roll of 5/8″ Coordinating Satin Ribbon
1 roll Super Weight Stitch Witchery by Ditz
Directions for Cape:
1. Make your paper pattern and cut it out. You can also make your “applique” pattern.
2. Pin pattern on to material and cut one of each color. Cut out your “applique”
3. Place wrong sides of cape together and slip the Stitch Witchery tape along the edges. Iron on according to package directions.
4. Iron on your applique to one side of the cape.
5. Cut lengths of Stitch Witchery tape to fit half of the neckline to the edge of it. Cut out length of ribbon for one side of tie. Do the same for the other side. Attach ribbon one side at a time making sure they overlap at the center of the neckline.
Your cape is done!
Directions for Mask:
1. Print out the pattern and cut out the one you want.
2. Cut rectangles that will fit the mask pattern. 1 of each color material and 2 interfacing.
3. Attach interfacing to the wrong side of each piece of material according to directions on the interfacing. Your rectangles will bit a bit stiffer.
4. Pin mask pattern on to both material rectangles. Cut out pattern. You will have 2 masks.
5. Place 3 strips of Stitch Witchery tape on the interfacing side of one of the masks.
6. Place the interfacing side of the other mask on top of the Stitch Witchery tape. Iron together according to package directions.
7. Make small slits on either side of the mask. Attach ribbon or elastic cord to each side. Make sure cord/ribbon will go around your baby’s head comfortably.
Your Mask is done!
Images by Carmina Ahmed
Use yarn to crochet the diaper cover in a coordinating color. Sew the button on the finished cover.
For the Braden’s free Diaper Cover Pattern click here!
This set will make a cute photo prop for newborn pictures as well as a great Halloween costume. Make it in any size you want, you can skip the diaper cover for older children.