Here’s a quick post about a cupcake I made a while ago. I have a dear friend who LOVES cupcakes (she makes beautifully delicious ones too), and so I made her this little guy when she came in town to visit. The pattern for this cupcake is taken from Ana Paula Rimoli’s first book.
Making the cupcake was relatively easy since, once again, there were no limbs, tails or ears….just the base and the icing to make!
I added some eyes and a smile to the base.
I found the next part pretty fun: I sewed sead beads onto the pink icing to represent sprinkles! The beadwork adds a nice decorative touch :)
Here is the finished product!
And now a top-down view.
My friend tells me that this cupcake sits atop her window ledge, greeting her as she enters her place :) Amigurumi make such great gifts, particularly when friends have favourite animals or favourite foods!
I will be posting about some projects I did a while ago (made before the Chinese New Year Doll and the Valentine Teddy) as I work on some new projects. Previously, I posted about some stuffies I made using Ana Paula Rimoli’s second book (Koala and Bunny). When I first picked up this book, another pattern that immediately jumped out at me was her adorable “Sweet Peas” pattern. These sweet peas reminded me of the uber cute peas in Toy Story 3, a movie which I absolutely loved! I was itching to try out this pattern, but I did not have any shades of green yarn. A trip to the craft store fixed that, and I happily began, knowing that this project would be simple and quick. I initially followed Ana Paula’s pattern, but the peas were turning out bigger than I expected. I modified her pattern to make cuter, smaller peas :)
I began crocheting a ball to make the first pea…
Then, I added the eyes and a smile and stuffed him.
Making three peas was pretty quick!
And now to differentiate each pea! One gets a pink hat, and another gets pink cheeks :)
Then I crocheted the pea pod.
And now the fun part! I excitedly placed the peas into their pod, one by one :)
Here is a side view of the three peas in a pod. We also modified Ana Paula’s pattern by making the tips of the pod pointy (vs. rounded), just like a real pea pod! We did this by adding some glue to the inside corners of the pod so it would stick to itself.
You can see a better view of the pointy tip in the following picture. Doesn’t this pea look like Robin Hood now?
It’s pretty fun taking the peas in and out of their pod!
And here’s another pic of the peas in their pod, arranged horizontally now! We pushed the edges of the pod around each pea. Now they look so cozy and snug!
Haha, Ryan made me laugh when he rearranged them like this, exclaiming, “Look! These two are in love, and this one’s sad” :( Poor little pea….
This project was a nice change from my previous projects since there were no arms, legs, ears or tails. There was no sewing or assembly required! Once the three peas and the pod were complete, the whole project was done. I highly recommend trying out this project as these peas are so easy to make and so fun to play with. Kids and grown-up’s alike all love playing with them (trust me, this comes from experience)!
Here at long last is the pattern for the Chinese New Year Doll that I made as many of you have been asking for it! Once again, thank you so much for your encouragement and support of this blog! I am happy to provide this pattern since, as many of you have written, seeing this doll has rekindled your passion for crocheting or got you interested in amigurumi.
This is my first original pattern and the first one I’ve ever written up, so if you have any questions or find any errors, please let me know! I would be delighted to hear from you as you try to make this doll, and please feel free to share the photos with us on my facebook fan page!
After making the little fuzzy white bearwith brushed fur, I wanted to make another teddy bear, but this time a bigger one using thick brown yarn that I had picked up. I took inspiration from Pepika's absolutely adorable bears with big fuzzy heads and limbs of a different colour.
We did a very rough sketch of what the bear would look like and thought it would be sooo cute to give the big bear a tiny bowtie. I made up my own pattern for this bear and excitedly began…
I started off by crocheting a big round head, placing 12 mm safety eyes, and then stuffing it. He kind of looks like an alien since he doesn’t have a nose or ears yet, hey?
Then we brushed the yarn vigorously with a dog slicker brush (see fuzzy white bear post to see what this brush looks like) to fuzz up the yarn. To make the nose, we used a piece of felt and black yarn.
I crocheted the head, body and ears using the same thick brown yarn that was easily fuzzed up. I used a different yarn for the arms and legs to give a nice contrast. Once all the pieces were crocheted, we were ready for assembly!
Before assembly, however, we decided to add more details to the arms and legs. Ryan helped me add a piece of felt (we used a glue gun, but you could also sew it on) and then sewed three black lines on the top portion of the felt, giving a cute ”bear paw” effect.
Then it was time for assembly! We attached the body, the arms, the legs, and the ears! Teddy bears look so funny without their ears, hey?
I must say that sewing the body and ears to the head proved to be a bigger challenge than expected. I used the same thick brown yarn to attach these parts, and this particular yarn became stretched very thin when I pulled too hard. You can see how wispy it could get in the picture below:
There were a number of occasions where it actually just came apart when I was sewing. This was quite frustrating, so I tried to be as gentle as possible. Thankfully, I used the “normal” yarn to attach his arms and legs, so that was done much more easily.
To make the bowtie, I made three separate parts: two “triangular-ish” parts and one round ball. Then I attached the three pieces together! The bowtie gives the teddy a classy look, hey?
I also made my teddy bear a tail so that he could sit more easily. These pics are funny because it looked like poor teddy face planted onto the ground :(
This is the biggest amigurumi project I’ve ever made! Look how big he is when I hold him up!
And this is how big he is compared to the little fuzzy white bear!
And here’s one last pic of the Valentine Teddy sitting atop my shelf :)
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope this teddy brings a smile to your face no matter how you’re spending the day :) The free pattern to this Valentine Teddy can be found HERE. Check out how other people’s Valentine Teddies turned out in my “Crochet Corner" post here! Please "like" my facebook fan page if you would like regular updates on my projects!
Thank you Craftzine for featuring my Chinese New Year Doll! I’ve officially been blogging for one month now, and the support and response to my projects have been overwhelming! I’ve really enjoyed reading everybody’s comments and e-mails. Thank you so much, and I can’t wait to keep making more!
I’ve also created a Facebook fan page so that you can keep up-to-date with my posts: be sure to “Like” my page :) I’ll also be posting the Chinese New Year Doll pattern soon since people have been asking! Thanks, everyone!!!
I used to have a teddy bear collection when I was younger, and my sister Ashley and I would dream up elaborate storylines with these bears as our cast. And so, I was excited to work on my very first hand-made teddy bear, one of many to come.
I scoured the internet for pictures of amigurumi teddy bears, and I saw many cute images of fuzzy ones! I researched into how they got their teddy bears so fuzzy, and I found this great tutorial by Roxycraft in which she explains how to make brushed amigurumi with a dog slicker brush.
I picked up some white yarn from Walmart that I knew would be easy to fuzz up, and I started crocheting my bear, surprisingly using this pattern on Ana Paula Rimoli’s blog even though the finished products look nothing alike! You can see what a difference the yarn, the placement of the limbs and the nose can make even when you use the same pattern. I made the feet a bit bigger so that he could sit, and we also decided to make our bear sad by omitting the smile.
I started off by crocheting a round ball for the head. Ryan then helped me fuzz up the yarn by brushing it vigorously with a dog slicker brush that we picked up from Walmart.
We fuzzed up the body and the ears and then got ready for assembly! His limbs look so little, hey?
I attached the ears, the body, the arms, and then the legs.
And here he is all complete!
So cute and fuzzy in the palm of my hand!
Can you spot him? He’s pretty tiny sitting in this massive chair. Hope no one sits on him!
And one last pic looking sad atop the sugar jar.
I love using this new technique of brushing up the amigurumi to give them fur. It gives such a nice effect! I’m currently working on a Valentine Teddy that also has brushed fur, and he’s turning out pretty cute! I’ll be posting about him shortly since Valentine’s Day is coming up! Stay tuned :)
Since I made my sister Ashley a bunny, I tried to think of what I could make for my younger brother Corey. Corey is a hardcore gamer, so I knew that anything video game-related would be ideal. WolfDreamerhas some beautiful Pokemon and Mario Brothers Patterns (e.g. Chain-Chomp, Goomba) up on her blog for free (check out her list of patterns on the right side of her blog)! I thought Bob-omb (pattern found here) was so cute with his little details, and I knew he’d be pretty quick to make.
I have so many fond memories of playing Super Mario 64 with Ashley and Corey back when it first came out. I remember picking Bob-ombs up and throwing them at enemies and also running away from them in terror as they flashed red, threatening to explode if you came too near!
I started off by making his body with black yarn and stuffing it.
Then I made the various parts of his cap and wind-up key with grey yarn.
Next we cut out ovals from white felt for the eyes. I had to go out and buy yarn for the feet because I didn’t have a nice yellow-gold colour (I had a baby yellow at home, but I knew that wouldn’t look too good. I also didn’t have any orange either).
And here’s the finished product now with the feet attached from different angles! He looks so cute, hey?
Here’s a picture so you can see his actual size. Excuse my extremely dry hands in the photo :S The cold, dry winter has not been good for my hands…
I gave it to Corey wrapped up, and he was able to guess what it was as he felt it in the wrapping paper! He really liked it and proudly displays it on his desk in his room. You can see what a big Nintendo fan he is with his Luigi, Waluigi and evolutions of Eevee in the back. Haha, there’s so much going on in this photo. Corey really likes chocolate too :)
I’m definitely going to be making more video game amigurumis in the future, including a certain character from my favourite video game of all time ;) I haven’t started yet, but keep checking back to see who it’ll be! Who is your favourite video game character?
I’m so honoured that on Friday I was featured on one of my all-time favourite blogs, Angry Asian Man, where I keep informed about Asian Americans in the media! Thanks so much, Phil :) Glad you think that crochet is cool too!
With Chinese New Year coming up, I wanted to create a special Chinese New Year Doll. Ryan and I thought it would be so cute if we could make a little bunny that she could hold since this upcoming year is the Year of the Rabbit! I knew this would be quite the challenge since it’d be my first original design and I wanted to make her quite intricate.
Ryan and I roughly sketched out different designs. Here’s one of them:
My mind was swirling with ideas as I thought about how I’d make each piece, from her hair to her sleeves. I meticulously wrote down how I made each part and wrote out the pattern, which I am providing for free HERE.
I started off with her head and face, using 9 mm safety eyes and embroidery floss for her eyelashes and her mouth. She looks so funny when she’s bald!
The hair was the challenging part. I wasn’t sure what shape to make and how to position the hair on the head. If I made one big circle and sewed it ontop, it would simply look like she was wearing a hat (or that she had a bowl cut!). I really wanted to make a part in her hair as well. And so, I made two circles of varying sizes and overlapped them to create a side part for her! I flipped the circles inside out (as seen in photo below) since they fit the head better this way.
Then I made a red dress (red symbolizes good fortune and joy in traditional Chinese culture, and it’s found everywhere during Chinese New Year) consisting of two parts: a tube and a circle for the bottom. I joined the circle to the tube with single crochets to create a frilly edge for the bottom. We cut out a cardboard circle, placed it in the bottom, and then filled her dress with rice so that she would stand nicely.
Next, I sewed a cute bun ontop of her head. Then we placed toothpicks in her hair (representing chopsticks of course :D) and Ryan used a glue gun to secure a little yellow and grey ball to the toothpicks. The glue gives it a nice oramental look, almost like a jewel or crystal.
I then made sleeves that flair out and two balls for her hands. Ryan helped me glue gun the hands into her sleeves. I attached the sleeves to her dress (doesn’t it look like she’s ready to give a big hug in the second photo?) and then tied her hands together so she’s ready to hold something!
Now onto her little bunny toy! To make such a tiny bunny, I had to get special extra fine crochet thread as seen below:
My eyes were going a little wonky when I was making this bunny since the stitches were so tiny! I had to take breaks and work on it bit by bit. I pretty much made this bunny the same way as my other bunny, adjusting the pattern to make it smaller. Look how tiny the head is:
Assembling the little bunny didn’t take too long. She sure is tiny, hey?
And now to place the little bunny into her arms :)
Here are some side views:
I had to bring out the other bunny too because they look so cute together!
And with some Red Pocket Money :)
Have a Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! Let me know what you think of my first original creation :) And once again, the free pattern that I’ve written out can be found HERE!