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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d do a round-up of special Valentine crocheted projects that you could make for your loved ones or for yourself to celebrate ♥  The free patterns are available for all of these projects (click through the links to access them)!
Row 1: Valentine Teddy by me (my second ever original design!), Hearts by Little Birdie Secrets (I LOVE using these hearts to embellish cards- see here and here), Valentine Popsicles by Jennygurumi (her first original design!)
Row 2: Lovebirds by Lion Brand (a cute set that you can personalize with your own special colours, a hat, or maybe initials), Amigurumi Hearts by Roxycraft (perfect if you want a 3-D heart instead of the 2-D ones above), Sweetheart Bunny by me (my Valentine project from last year!)
Row 3: Heart Box of Chocolates by Red Heart (How amazing is this?  These chocolates will last forever…and are calorie-free ;D), Valentine Envelopes by Lion Brand (such a cute way to send a special letter or photo), Chocolate Truffle Scarf by Twinkie Chan (super kawaii for chocolate lovers to wear proudly!)
Hope these give you some ideas of how you can add some crocheted touches to your Valentine’s Day!  They’re a fun take on your traditional chocolate, flowers, and stuffies that are typically gifted for the occasion! Much love to you all ♥

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d do a round-up of special Valentine crocheted projects that you could make for your loved ones or for yourself to celebrate ♥  The free patterns are available for all of these projects (click through the links to access them)!

Row 1: Valentine Teddy by me (my second ever original design!), Hearts by Little Birdie Secrets (I LOVE using these hearts to embellish cards- see here and here), Valentine Popsicles by Jennygurumi (her first original design!)

Row 2: Lovebirds by Lion Brand (a cute set that you can personalize with your own special colours, a hat, or maybe initials), Amigurumi Hearts by Roxycraft (perfect if you want a 3-D heart instead of the 2-D ones above), Sweetheart Bunny by me (my Valentine project from last year!)

Row 3: Heart Box of Chocolates by Red Heart (How amazing is this?  These chocolates will last forever…and are calorie-free ;D), Valentine Envelopes by Lion Brand (such a cute way to send a special letter or photo), Chocolate Truffle Scarf by Twinkie Chan (super kawaii for chocolate lovers to wear proudly!)

Hope these give you some ideas of how you can add some crocheted touches to your Valentine’s Day!  They’re a fun take on your traditional chocolate, flowers, and stuffies that are typically gifted for the occasion! Much love to you all 

Crochet Corner: Valentine Teddy 2

Hey everyone!  It’s been a long time since my last Crochet Corner post, but I thought it’d be another great opportunity to highlight YOUR work based on my patterns since Valentine’s Day was this week!  Valentine Teddy still remains very popular, and I absolutely love seeing photos of your teddies since everybody has a different take on him (see my first Crochet Corner post on Valentine Teddy here).  Here is my fuzzy cutie in case you haven’t seen him before:

I love how Ziale of Florence, Italy gave her teddy red pants to match his red bow!  Her Valentine Teddy looks very suave and ready to go out on the town, doesn’t he? What a great idea!  A matching girl teddy wearing a red dress and a red bow on her ear would be perfect!

Emilee of California gave this sweetie to her Mom for Valentine’s Day, and she tells me that her Mom absolutely loved it!  Who wouldn’t? Emilee even used the same yarn that I did, which is why they look so similar!   She didn’t have a dog slicker brush, so she fluffed up her little guy with a brush they use for their cats!  This is only Emilee’s second amigurumi project and fourth crochet project ever.  She did such a great job!  Beginners can do absolutely beautiful work :)  I would’ve guessed Emilee had years of experience by looking at her Valentine Teddy!

Shannen of Sweet N’ Cute Creations is another amigurumi artist who I’ve become friends with since since starting my blog (we’re both on tumblr!).  She is a sweet girl who is only 16 years old- she is definitely inspiring the younger generation!  Shannen provides many cute free patterns on her blog here, and is very prolific as she’s done many many amigurumi projects!  Here’s a big-eyed teddy that she made using my pattern :)   Keep up all your great work, Shannen!

Julie of One Little Red Fox made a grey Valentine Teddy with a snazzy gingham bow. What a great idea to use a different colour!  Julie says that she loves to crochet since she finds it easy and because it helps her with her insomnia.  Crochet certainly helps pass the time away…

Lastly, Malarie from California was looking for a gift for her boyfriend, so she decided to give my pattern a try even though she was new to amigurumi.  Malarie loves to crochet, but her carpal tunnel hinders her from crocheting all the time.  And so, she spread out her crocheting over time and was very happy with the results.   Her boyfriend absolutely loved him!  You did a wonderful job, Malarie, and I love the little buttons you added.  Thank you for sharing your story with us!  Keep on crocheting with all your love and patience!

If you’re interested in making your own Valentine Teddy, check out my free pattern here!  It’s neat to think that these Valentine Teddies are being made and loved all over the world :)   Thank you so much to everyone who’s taken the time to send me photos!  I still have more photos to share, so if you didn’t see your work yet, it’ll probably be featured in the coming weeks!   Happy crocheting :)

Sweetheart Bunny

My sister Ashley came to me almost half a year ago, asking if I could design and make a special amigurumi for a silent auction that she was helping to organize.  The proceeds of this special evening were going to a local children’s hospital, and the theme was the “Queen of Hearts" of Alice in Wonderland.  Of course, I happily obliged and started thinking what crocheted creature I could make to tie in with the theme.  I thought about the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland and thought it was the perfect opportunity to make this cutie on my pencil case: 

I found this pencil case at a store along CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood and had been itching to make this sweet bunny ever since.  Thus, we began planning how to turn this two-dimensional cute picture into a three-dimensional amigurumi!

I crocheted a wide, round head and Ryan added the sweet pink cheeks and petite nose/mouth.

I crocheted these long, relatively narrow ears and attached them to the head.  Then we added pink felt for the lining!

This body was crocheted differently than my other amigurumi as I wanted to create a flat circular base that would serve as the bottom of her dress.  I expanded outwards into a circle, crocheted in the back loops only to give it a distinct edge, and then decreased my stitches.

Once I reached my desired height for the dress, I fastened off my yarn.  Then I reattached the pink yarn into any stitch, crocheted about 3/4 of the way around, turned, and then crocheted around the raised edge I had just created.  The gap in the dress serves as the neckline for the bunny!

Next, I crocheted a small white panel as the bunny’s neck.  We then glued this panel into the gap, making sure to leave a long end of white yarn to attach this part to the bunny’s head later.  We also inserted a circular piece of cardboard into the base of her dress to give it more structure (see my Crocheted Desserts post to see this cardboard tip).

I then crocheted a dainty red heart using this pattern from Little Birdie Secrets and then some skinny arms and legs…

Ready for assembly!

First I attached the legs onto the base of her dress.  Next, I used the white yarn to attach the white neck to the head, and then the pink yarn to attach the rest of the dress to her head.

I attached her arms around the same level as her neck so it looks like she’s wearing a cute dress or jumper!

We decided to use fabric to make her bow.  Does anyone recognize this fabric?  Once again, it’s the same fabric I used for the Spring Bunnies and as the lining of my cell phone cozy.  That material sure has been well-used!  You could also crochet a bow using your desired yarn colour by following the videos here or here.

And now the finished Sweetheart Bunny with her bow :)

Thus, I actually made this bunny back in September/October, around the same time I made the Minion from Despicable Me and the Scarecrow.  I was so sad to see this little bunny go, as I really felt like she exemplified all that my blog is about: cuteness, sweetness, hearts, bows, pinkness and bunnies!  And so, I decided to quickly whip another one up so I could keep the original and still give Ashley an item for the silent auction!

She’s pretty cute without a face too, hey?

Double the cuteness and sweetness!!!

I was so excited to hear how my Sweetheart Bunny did at the silent auction!  Apparently there were two moms in particular who were outbidding each other, and you’ll never guess how much she went for in the end!  I was STUNNED when Ashley told me: Sweetheart Bunny went for a whopping $200!  I was ecstatic to hear that my little crocheted creation had raised so much money!  Bless their generousity- they knew their money was going to a great cause.  Ashley told me that the little girl presented the money to them and happily walked away with her new crocheted bunny in hand :) 

Even though I made her so long ago, I knew I wanted to save her as my Valentine project on my blog since Valentine Teddy was such a hit last year!  Time certainly flies by, and I can’t believe it’s February already…

I absolutely LOVE this picture!  Doesn’t she look adorable sitting on the edge of our island?  She looks like she’s waiting patiently for someone to give her a hug :)

A sweet bunny and some beautiful flowers…wouldn’t that be the perfect Valentine’s gift?

Here are some close-up’s of the Sweetheart Bunny: her floral bow and pink-lined ears!

Her cute smile and pink cheeks

Red heart and jumper

The bottom of her structured jumper and little legs :)

Her relative size!  How perfect was it that I was sporting pink nails when taking this pic?

White bunnies galore!  It certainly was a challenge getting all these cuties to balance on my arm, but Ryan thought it’d be such a great shot.  Needless to say, I tried to stay as still as possible and not move a muscle.  I was so worried I was going to sneeze or cough, but I managed to hold still long enough to get a couple shots!  From left to right we have Sweetheart Bunny, the girl Spring Bunny, the Bunny from Ana Paula Rimoli's book, and the tiny little bunny that was held by the Chinese New Year Doll last year for the Year of the Rabbit!

As you can tell, I do love my teddies and bunnies!  We had so much fun creating this bunny based on the picture on my pencil case, and I am still beyond thrilled with how much money she raised for the children’s hospital!  It makes me so happy when I can put my love and talent of crocheting to help benefit such a great cause.  I’ve received e-mails from some of you who also use your love and talent of crocheting to raise money for charity, and I love hearing your stories.  I commend you all!  It’s amazing what we can do with our hobbies and passions!  ***The free pattern can be found HERE, just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Also be sure to check out my Valentine Teddy from last year too!

Sneak peek of upcoming Valentine amigurumi: Sweetheart Bunny

Sneak peek of upcoming Valentine amigurumi: Sweetheart Bunny

Pattern: Valentine Teddy

I’ve written out the pattern for my Valentine Teddy, so if you’re feeling crafty and adventurous, do give it a try!  He’d make anybody’s heart melt with his fuzziness and adorable bowtie :)

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Valentine Teddy

After making the little fuzzy white bear with 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?

Valentine Teddy

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. 

Valentine Teddy

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!

Valentine Teddy

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. 

Valentine Teddy

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? 

Valentine Teddy

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?

Valentine Teddy

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 :(

Valentine Teddy

Here is how he turned out!

Valentine Teddy

I thought it’d be nice to make this bear a Valentine Teddy since Valentine’s Day was coming up, and he already looked so classy with his red bowtie.  I followed Pepika’s free tutorial on how to make a 3-D heart.

Heart

And now to give the teddy this special heart!

Valentine Teddy

Valentine Teddy

This is the biggest amigurumi project I’ve ever made!  Look how big he is when I hold him up!

Valentine Teddy

And this is how big he is compared to the little fuzzy white bear!

Valentine Teddy

And here’s one last pic of the Valentine Teddy sitting atop my shelf :)

Valentine Teddy

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!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  No matter how you’re celebrating (or not celebrating), hopefully this classy teddy will brighten up your day :)  Full blog post to come soon!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  No matter how you’re celebrating (or not celebrating), hopefully this classy teddy will brighten up your day :)  Full blog post to come soon!

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