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Why is Myla dressed as Minnie Mouse you ask?  It’s BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!  As you all know, we are huge Disney fans, and I’ve been visiting the Disney parks ever since I was a little girl…I can’t believe that I get to take my own little girl now!  There is something so nostalgic and classic about Disney.  I love how some rides never change, but there are also new areas and attractions, such as “New Fantasyland”, and we even have dinner reservations at the “Be Our Guest" restaurant in the Beast’s Castle (which were very hard to come by)!  Have any of you visited this new area yet? 

And so, the blog will be quiet for the next while.  I’ll try and post updates about our trip on my Instagram (@AllAboutAmi) and Twitter (@AllAboutAmi)!  If any of you have upcoming Disney trips too, you can crochet your own Minnie Mouse Ears with my tutorial HERE!  See you later, everyone :)

Baby Panda Outfit

As you know, when I was pregnant I went on a crochet spree, trying to crochet as many cute items for our baby as I possibly could!  I knew we would be doing a newborn photoshoot, so I tried to crochet some special props for it (including this cute stork pouch).  While looking up crochet ideas for newborn shoots, I came across this adorable turtle outfit as well as this sweet ladybug outfit.  I wanted to make Myla a little outfit too, so we decided to go with a panda bear!

I had already made some owl hats using Sarah’s pattern on “Repeat Crafter Me”- I loved how the seam was hidden and how she had hat patterns for newborns all the way to adults!  And so, I followed her newborn pattern to make my panda hat.  I used Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend in “Bakery Boxy White to crochet the hat and some black yarn for the braided tails.


Next, I crocheted the ears using black yarn and Ryan cut these oval shapes out of black felt for the eyes. 


We sewed the black ovals onto the white hat and then sewed these black buttons onto the black ovals.  Ryan then stitched on this sweet little nose consisting of an upside down triangle and an upside down “Y” (see my “Amigurumi Nose Tutorial" HERE for detailed instructions).


Here are some more views of the face…


I think this panda has such an adorable, tender face :)


Then it was time to attach the ears…


We looked for these specific buttons that had a smooth surface on one side and could be attached with little loops on the other side.  Typical buttons with holes in the center could work too but we wanted to go for this smooth look as they kind of look like amigurumi safety eyes!  We ended up buying these buttons in both black and white from Fabricland as we wanted to see how both would look for our panda hat!


I followed this pattern to make a matching diaper cover!  It’s a great pattern as it consists of double crochets and the flaps on the sides can be attached onto the black button at various points, depending on how big your baby is, making it adjustable!  We used this diaper cover in Myla’s birth announcement HERE and I hinted how it was part of a special animal set that I had crocheted.  Haha, five months later we’re finally revealing that it’s a panda set!


I made a black pom-pom using this tutorial HERE and added it to the diaper cover.  I did not secure it with a knot (I just tied the loose ends into a bow) so that the this pom-pom tail was easily removable.


Here is our finished Panda set: an adorable panda earflap hat with a diaper cover!


Here it is again with the diaper cover flipped so that you can see the cute black pom-pom tail!


I was incredibly excited to see Myla wear this little outfit!  The hat was actually a little small for her, but the diaper cover fit well.  It’s hard knowing how big to make your hats since you never know how big your baby’s head will be!  We tried to get a cute sleeping shot but our little girl woke up, haha…  And so, we made the most of it by taking some shots while she was awake!  Doesn’t she look so adorable with her little tail and hat and her expression?  You can see her neck was already quite strong as she could lift her head up at less than a week old!  Myla was probably thinking, “Mom and Dad….how dare you disturb my slumber?  And why am I dressed like a panda?  Where are my clothes?!?


We tried again another day, but this time with just the hat, making it easier…here you can see the face of the panda better!  Doesn’t Myla look so sweet?


We made a bigger panda hat for our friends who were expecting a baby boy, this time using the white eyes!  You can see how using the black or white buttons gives the hat a different look :)



Here are the patterns for the small and big panda hats:


  • Black and white yarn
  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • Black felt
  • Black or white buttons (for eyes and diaper cover)
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Yarn needle


Using white yarn, follow Sarah’s pattern to crochet the earflap hat with black braided tails.  Follow the newborn pattern HERE for the smaller panda hat and the 3-6 month pattern for the bigger panda hat HERE.  I know many of you are interested in making this panda hat in an ADULT size too!  Sarah offers these earflap hats from toddler to child to adult sizes as well, so check them out HERE!

EARS (make 2)

Smaller hat:

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

R3-6: Sc 12

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Sew ontop of white hat.

Bigger hat:

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (18 sts)

R4-7: Sc 18

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Sew ontop of white hat.

*** To make bigger ears, try increasing by intervals of 6 [e.g. R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (24 sts)].  If you need help figuring out how to keep increasing by 6, follow the pattern for Sweetheart Bunny’s head HERE

Adding details:

- Cut oval shapes out of black felt.  Sew onto white hat.

- Sew buttons towards top part of black ovals.

- Embroider nose (upside down triangle and upside down “Y”) with black embroidery floss (refer to my “Amigurumi Nose Tutorial" HERE).


Using white yarn, follow this pattern HERE to crochet the diaper cover using a black button for closure.

Make a pom pom with black yarn following this tutorial HERE and add to the diaper cover.


Sarah of Repeat Crafter Me is the queen of cute hats, and she offers so many free patterns!  Check them all out HERE.  If you like my baby panda set, here are some other sets that Sarah has made, including this Mickey & Minnie Mouse set!  Some of you guessed that I was making a bunny set since Spring officially started this week- you can check out Sarah’s Bunny set here!


I’m so glad we have Myla’s newborn photos to look back upon as time is flying by so quickly.  Myla turned 5 months old this week!  Here I am with our sweet, precious little strawberry :)



Hope you like this little baby panda set we made!  They’d make a great gift for a baby boy or a baby girl, and you could even adapt this set to make different animals, like a koala bear too!  Who is going to try making an adult panda hat?  I’d love to see your pics!  Connect with me through e-mail (, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@AllAboutAmi).  If you absolutely love pandas, you could also try making our amigurumi Panda since his face looks very similar to this hat :)  You can get the free pattern HERE.  Happy crocheting, everyone!


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Minnie Mouse Ears Headband

I am a HUGE Disney fan and I’ve actually lost count of how many times I’ve been to Disneyland and Disney World as my parents used to take our family very frequently during our summer vacations.  Thankfully, Ryan is ALSO a big Disney fan and we actually went to Disney World during part of our honeymoon two years ago!  We wore our Cinderella and Prince Charming ”Just Married” pins wherever we went and had a very magical time :)

When we were planning our family trip to Tokyo this past June, we knew we HAD to pay Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea a visit as they were very highly rated.  Part of the fun of going to Disney parks is getting into the Disney spirit, so I thought I would crochet a special set of Minnie Mouse ears that I could wear during our visits to the theme parks!

I picked up a set of Goody headbands that I could crochet around.  The “no-squeeze” tips of these headbands were quite comfy, but of course any headband would do for this project!  The little teeth at the top of the headband also provided some grip for the crochet stitches later on…


  • headband
  • worsted weight yarn in black and red
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook

Here is a step-by-step picture tutorial I made showing you how to crochet around a headband!  I used pink yarn for this tutorial so it would show up better on camera, but for my actual headband I used black yarn.

This is what my actual black headband with black yarn looked like as I was crocheting around it:

Next I crocheted my mouse ears!  I actually crocheted four round circles… 

Ears (make 4)

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (18 sts)

R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (24 sts)

R5: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (30 sts)

R6: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (36 sts)

R7: Sc 36

Finish off and leave long end for sewing.

I sewed two ears together (right sides facing outwards) to give the ears more thickness so they would not flop down or be as flimsy.  I sewed the two circles together by leaving the braided edges visible

Then I sewed the two thick black ears onto the headband.  Of course, you can always adjust the size of your ears if you want them to be bigger!  If you want to make a Mickey Mouse Headband, you can simply stop here :)

[Update: Some people have been asking me tips on how to attach the ears to the headband so the ears stand up straight!  I made sure to attach the ears to the headband by going through both loops of the single crochets of the headband with a good chunk of the ears (the whole single crochets of the last round of ears).  I connected about 5-6 single crochets of the ears (or as much as possible) with the headband so it had a steady base without flopping too much. I sewed together these parts multiple times to try and make it more secure too.]

Since I wanted a Minnie Mouse headband, the last part was Minnie’s delicate little bow!  Here is the pattern:


Ch 11

R1: Starting in second chain from hook, Sc 10

R2-4: Ch 1.  Turn.  Sc 10

From there, single crochet up the right side of the resulting rectangle, across the top, down the left side and across the bottom, doing three single crochets in each corner.  Please see the bow picture from my slippers post HERE for clarification.  Scrunch the bow slightly and wrap yarn around the center.  Tie a couple knots and attach the bow to one of the ears on the headband.

And here is the finished product: my crocheted Minnie Mouse Ears Headband!

I was so incredibly excited to wear these ears in Tokyo Disneyland, and I knew I had to take a picture in front of the castle!

I had also previously purchased these Hello Kitty frames a couple days before in Shibuya, so I thought I would whip them out for a quick picture too.  Little red bows make everything so adorable!  It just so happened that both bows were positioned on the same side as well…

I thought I might as well share some photos of our visit to Tokyo Disneyland in this post too since most people are probably more familiar with the American Disney parks!  Tokyo Disneyland is extremely popular and can fill up very quickly.  Everyone was recommending that we visit during a weekday (trying to avoid weekends or holidays) and go as soon as the park opened.  There was already quite a line-up formed when we arrived early, and guests ran into the park as soon as they opened the doors!  A big difference between Tokyo Disneyland and other Disney parks is that their “World Bazaar" (their alternative to "Main Street") is covered by a glass Victorian-style conservatory roof to protect guests from rain and snow.

One of the most popular attractions in Tokyo Disneyland is “Pooh’s Hunny Hunt”, and it differs from the American versions because it uses a “trackless” ride system.  There is a master computer that generates random paths for the honey pots that you ride in, and since there are many different variations possible, apparently each journey through this ride is unique!  We really enjoyed this cute ride, and the technology was very cool!

This ride typically has one of the longest wait times in the park, so we ran to get a Fastpass for “Pooh’s Hunny Hunt” as soon as the park opened.  The park filled up so quickly that we were only allowed to get one fastpass for the whole entire day! 

Snacking on Disney treats is another highlight for us when visiting the parks!  While they did offer the typical churros, popcorn stands were everywhere and were extremely popular as it was common to see long line ups and many people carrying commemorative popcorn buckets.  Their variety of flavors was very unique and unlike those typically offered in North America!  We tried our best to sample most of the flavors :)  Just outside of Pooh’s Hunny Hunt was the honey popcorn

The soy sauce and butter popcorn had the longest line-up out of all the stands!

This flavor seemed to be the most popular, but we weren’t blown away by it…

Even though caramel popcorn was not a unique flavour, we had to buy some since it’s such a classic!

We ended up really liking the curry popcorn!  We loved eating Japanese curry on our trip, and the tasty savory flavour of this popcorn made it one of our favourites :)

Some more sweet popcorns that we tried included strawberry popcorn and milk tea popcorn.  Both were very good.  We love drinking milk tea, so the milk tea popcorn ended up being one of our favourites as well!  Overall, we had a fun time locating different popcorn stands and snacking on such a variety of flavours.

Another treat that I really loved in Tokyo Disneyland was their apple popsicle!  It was incredibly sweet and refreshing.  We snacked on this while waiting in line for an attraction called “Monsters Inc Ride and Go Seek" in which you use a flashlight to search for hidden monsters (making it different than the Monsters Inc ride in California Adventure).  We ended up waiting the longest for this popular ride (more than 1.5 hours) since all the fastpasses had been distributed early on…

Here are some more photos in front of the castle, taken with the Hipstamatic on my iPhone :)  I ♥ Disney!

Ryan and I in front of the castle…this trip brought back memories of our honeymoon two years ago!

My sister Ashley and I!  Ashley sported these little clip-on Winnie the Pooh ears she bought from Hong Kong Disneyland when we visited a couple years ago (I bought matching Piglet ears during that trip).  Don’t our dainty little ears look so cute?

Everyone visiting Tokyo Disneyland really got into the Disney spirit as the vast majority of guests were sporting some sort of Disney headwear.  I saw some people wearing hats like this one pictured below which I thought was hilariously cute!  The characters had massive heads with tiny little bodies in the back….it reminded me of amigurumi with the disproportionately large head and undersized extremities!

Many Japanese girls were wearing these oversized floppy bows and they looked incredibly kawaii!  I ended up buying this light pink polkadot bow headband (the bow is detachable) and sparkly red bow scrunchie to wear for future Disney trips.  I wasn’t sure if they were selling them in the American theme parks, so I thought I might as well pick these up as my Tokyo Disney souvenirs!

Tokyo Disneyland also had a baby gift store in Fantasyland and I saw this cute pajama dress that was very fitting since I was 21 weeks pregnant when we visited the parks in early June!  I didn’t end up buying it, but my parents bought an adorable Winnie the Pooh outfit for our baby :)  Even though I wasn’t able to go on some of the “high thrill” attractions because of my pregnancy, I still had a very fun time in Tokyo Disneyland with the yummy snacks, fun attractions and great shows.  I would love to visit again…if only it weren’t so far away!

The neighbouring park Tokyo DisneySea was VERY unique and unlike any Disney park we had visited before.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate when we visited this park the next day as it rained the whole time.  I can do a separate blog post on that park if anyone is interested!  We have many many photos from our Tokyo trip so perhaps I can do more travel blog posts in the future…

I hope you enjoyed this long post showing you how to crochet your own Minnie Mouse Ears Headband as well as our experiences in Tokyo Disneyland!  It’s neat being able to put your own touch on the iconic Mickey/Minnie Mouse Ears, and many people definitely did a double take when they saw me wearing this headband walking around the park.  It felt very special since I was the only one wearing these!  You can easily adapt this pattern to make different ears (e.g. yellow yarn for Winnie the Pooh, make triangle shapes for cat ears).  Try making these for your next Disney trip or even as a part of your Halloween costume!  Let me know how it goes, and I would love to see pictures :) 

I know there are other big Disney fans out there!  What are some of your favourite Disney rides and snacks?  I love “Peter Pan’s Flight”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Indiana Jones Adventure”, and some of my all-time favourite snacks are the Dole Whip Float, honey-roasted almonds and blue raspberry slush!  Let me know in the comments below :)  You can follow me on facebook, twitter and instagram (@AllAboutAmi) for more updates as well!  Have a magical time making these ^-^

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Something special I crocheted for our trip to Tokyo Disney this past June….. a Minnie Mouse Ears Headband!  Step-by-step tutorial and pattern to come soon!

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Something special I crocheted for our trip to Tokyo Disney this past June….. a Minnie Mouse Ears Headband!  Step-by-step tutorial and pattern to come soon!

Pattern: Newborn Teddy Hat



This easy-to-make teddy hat is the perfect gift for any newborn!  It’s a wonderful way to show your love and support with this soft and cute accessory that will keep a newborn warm and looking uber adorable :D

Note: Feel free to follow along with my blog post here to see step-by-step photos.


  • brown yarn (I used “Bernat Satin in Mocha, Medium (4) weight”)
  • 5.50 mm crochet hook
  • tan felt
  • brown embroidery floss
  • yarn needle


R1: *Chain 3, 11 dc* in magic ring.  Sl st in top of beg ch-3 (12 sts).

R2: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, *2 dc in each dc* around, sl st in top of beg ch-3 (24 sts).

R3: Ch 3, *2 dc in next dc, dc 1 in next dc* around, sl st in top of beg ch-3 (36 sts).

R4-9: Ch 3, dc 35, sl st in top of beg ch-3 (36 sts).

Finish off.


R1: 6 sc in magic ring.

R2: Sc 2 in each sc around (12 sts)

R3-6: Sc 12

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Cut out two semi-circles of tan felt.  Sew onto ears with brown embroidery floss.  Sew open end of ears together.  Sew ears ontop of hat.

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This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie of All About Ami (September 2011). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.


Newborn Teddy Hat

I’ve been having lots of fun trying other crochet projects besides my usual amigurumi (see my cup cozies and my cell phone cozies).  Recently, I’ve been obsessed with crocheting hats!  There will be plenty of blog posts about the ones I’ve been working on in the future, but to kick things off I thought I’d start out with this newborn teddy hat that I made!

I designed and made this hat as a gift for our new baby nephew.  I had plenty of soft brown yarn left over from making the P.J. Teddies, so I had the idea of making a baby hat! I think giving a crocheted hat is a wonderful gesture to show the new parents that you were thinking of them and that you are supporting them!  Sometimes parents have baby clothes ready but no hats yet, or perhaps other hats are simply too big for newborns.  These crocheted hats are small but can also stretch, and they can help keep newborns warm as they are being transferred out of the hospital or transported around to their appointments!

I started off by crocheting around a circle as I usually do for my amigurumi.  Notice how big the stitches are when I use a big hook (5.50 mm) instead of my usual small hook (2.00 mm). 

These hats are super fast to whip up compared to making amigurumi!

I wanted to put a twist on this simple hat by adding teddy bear ears!  After all, I do have a lot of experience making bear ears ;)  Note: in this photo, I sewed the open ends together, but I later had to undo this so I could sew the brown felt in place.

Crocheted bear ears + hat

Since I’m so used to lining the ears of my bunnies and teddy bears with felt, I thought I’d do the same with these ears!  Here you can see how we sewed the felt shape onto the ear with embroidery floss. 

Both ears are complete, so now the open ends can be sewed together!

Ears ready to be attached to the hat now!  Don’t the felt and stitches add great detailing?

Here is the hat all complete!

I thought you’d probably like to see some pictures of this hat being worn, so here it is, being modeled by a newborn less than a day old!  The great thing is that if this hat is too big, you can easily fold the edges up.

It can also be worn without the edges folded up too…

Isn’t this picture super adorable?  It looks like Ryan is carrying a little baby bear… and how fitting is it that the baby is being wrapped in a cute “Winnie the Pooh" blanket?

The pattern for this simple, easy-to-make teddy hat can be found here!  Newborns are already adorable, but newborns wearing these teddy hats definitely up the cuteness factor!

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Newborn Teddy Hat

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Newborn Teddy Hat

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