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My previous post was about a Chibi doll I made that required large manga eyes. It was my first time trying that style, and since I had to figure out how to make them I thought it would be nice to share a tutorial to show you how I did it. It turned out to be very simple!

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Before starting on the eyes, I spent some time browsing through images of manga eyes to find a design I liked that would be easy to replicate with felt.  My doll had black eyes so I used felt in the following colors: black, dark brown, and white. I also used scraps of black yarn to embroider the top edges. If your doll has blue eyes, use the blue instead of dark brown.

You will need really good scissors to cut the felt, preferably small ones to cut the small pieces. I bought two pairs at the craft store, one large and one small, and they come very handy!

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  • Cut two ovals shapes with black felt, the size will depend on the head. You can start with large ovals and cut them down until you are happy with the size. Mine were about 1.5 inches because the head of my doll was quite large.
  • Next you will cut two small circles using white felt, and two rounded croissant shapes with brown felt.
  • Finally, cut two triangles with your white felt for the corner of the eyes. Curve them at the bottom to fit the shape of the side of your eyes.

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Glue the pieces together (except for the white triangles). Glue  your eyes to the head, then glue the triangles on each side of the eyes (I used a glue gun, it holds the pieces really well together).

With a long strand of black yarn, embroider from top to side on each eyes just once.

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That is it! You can even glue some eyelashes to make her look even cuter. I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.

Happy crocheting!!!

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Not long ago my mum asked me if I wouldn’t mind making a Pikachu for my little nephew who is only two years old but already crazy about that little Pokemon character. I said no, because I hate my nephew… I am joking of course, I adore him and I was really excited to make something for that little cutie pie.

I looked for free patterns online until I found one that I really liked. It is a tutorial by Sabrina which she published for free on her blog, Sabrina’s Crochet.  It is really easy to make,  and it took only a few days of my time to finish it. I didn’t follow the pattern to the letter, I made some modification to my liking like changing the numbers of rows, partly because I used a different brand of yarn and hook (I used Red Heart Super Savers and a 2.75mm hook).

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It ended up being about 12 inch tall, and I think it turned out really cute. The pattern was easy to follow, I added some augmentations at the bottom of the body to simulate the legs. I also used a different technique to make the feet just because I like to change things around when I use other people’s patterns, put my own touch!

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I really liked the way she made the tail, I thought it would be the hardest part but it turned out to be very easy. I didn’t use yarn to make the stripes, or the cheeks. I cut pieces of dark brown felt that I glued on the back of the body, and red circles that I glued on the face.

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The tail is a bit heavy, so I put some glue on the bottom instead of sewing, which allows it to stand up. (about 1.5 inches, all the way up to the first stripe).

My nephew really enjoyed his new toy, and I can’t think of anything better but the smile of a child when you give him something you made with love.

Happy crocheting!

Here is a little graduation owl that just made it through the school of cuteness, class of 2016. It even has his little diploma under his wings to prove it!  This is a crochet pattern that is available on ETSY. This project only take a few hours to make, and doesn’t require a lot of materials.

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Crocheted with a 2.5mm hook, the size of this owl is approximatively 5 inch tall. You can check out more photos, and details about this pattern at The Lofty Loop.

Happy crocheting!

I don’t know about you, but I love mushrooms! In omelettes, salads, and pies… When I don’t eat them, I like to make them with my hook and yarn. They don’t end up in my plate, but they make very cute decorative items such as ornaments, and keychains.

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Today I am sharing my pattern to make cute little ones. For this project you will need:
– scraps of beige and red yarn (or colors of your choice)
– light brown and off white felt
– fiberfill for stuffing
– glue gun, or fabric glue
– yarn needle

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The size of the mushroom is approximatively 3 inches, crocheted with a 2.75mm hook (the larger the size of the hook, the larger your mushroom will be).

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Abbreviations:
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
inc = increase
dec = decrease
blo = back loops only
flo = front loops only
ch = chain
tr = treble

PATTERN

Stem:
With beige yarn, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in the center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 5 times (15)
Rnd 4: blo, sc in each st around (15)
Rnd 5: [5 sc, dec] 2 times, 1 sc (13)
Rnd 6: sc in each st around (13)
Optional: I put a little piece of cardboard at the bottom to keep it flat
Rnd 7: [4 sc, dec] 2 times, 1 sc (11)
Rnd 8 to 9: sc in each st around (11)
Rnd 10: [3 sc, dec] 2 times, 1 sc (9)
rnd 11 to 13: sc in each st around (9)
Rnd 14: ch 3, 2 tr in same st, 3 tr in each st around, join to first tr (26)
Fasten off, and stuff your stem with fiberfill. Cut a circle in a piece of light brown felt, a little smaller than the circumference of your last row. Glue it on your mushroom then resume your work.

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Cap:
With red yarn, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in the center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 5 times (15)
Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 5 times (20)
Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 5 times (25)
Rnd 6: inc, 24 sc (26)
Rnd 7 to 8: sc in each st around (26)
Rnd 9: flo, sc in each st around (26)
Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing. Insert your remaining thread on the other side of the cap to start embroidering. Sew around using the stitches underneath the cap and front loops of the stem. You can add stuffing half way through the sewing, but don’t stuff too much or the bottom of the cap will not be flat. Fasten off, and hide your loose threads by embroidering them within stitches.

 

Voila! your mushroom is done. You can hook a chain to it, or a piece of yarn if you just want to turn it into an ornament. I hope you enjoyed this pattern, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section of this page.

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Happy Crocheting!

Today I am posting a tutorial to crochet doll feet. Not just one tutorial, but two of them because there is more than one way to make them. One is very simple and starts with a basic round, the other one uses a chain.

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Two different methods to make a foot.

I personally like the shoe shape foot, even though the other one is easier to make. If you are a beginner I would recommend to start with the first tutorial.

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You can decide which one you like best for your projects, or use both depending on the doll you are working on. Once you understand the concept, you can modify the tutorial to make feet larger or smaller.

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On the left, the foot is crocheted with a chain at the beginning. On the right, it is crocheted in rounds with a magic ring.

Abbreviations used for both tutorials:
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
inc = increase
dec = decrease
ch = chain
st = stitch
BLO = back loop only

ROUNDED FOOT:

The foot is crocheted in continuous spirals without joining the rounds.

With yarn, and crochet hook of your choice (I use a 2.75mm hook):
Start with a magic ring, or crochet 2 stitches in a chain and work your first round in the second stitch:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in center of the ring if using a magic ring, or 6 sc in second st from hook if using a chain (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around (18)
Rnd 5: dec 3 times, 12 sc (15)
Rnd 6: dec 2 times, 11 sc (13)
Rnd 7: dec 2 times, 9 sc (11)
Rnd 8: sc in each st around (11)
Stuff your foot with fiberfill.
Now you can continue with rounds of sc to make the legs!

In this second tutorial, the shape of the foot is more defined as a shoe. You will start with a chain, but you will still work in rounds without joining the rounds.

SHOE SHAPE FOOT:
Rnd 1: ch 6, 4 sc, 3 sc in next st, continue on
the opposite side of the chain, 3 sc, 2 sc in
last st (12 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in first st, 3 sc, 2 sc in next 3 st, 4
sc, 2 sc in last st (17)
Rnd 3: (2 sc, inc) 5 times, 2 sc (22)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around BLO (22)
Rnd 5: 8 sc, dec 4 times, 6 sc (18)
Rnd 6: 7 sc, dec 3 times, 5 sc (15)
Rnd 7: 7 sc, dec 2 times, 4 sc (13)
Rnd 8: 7 sc, dec 2 times, 2 sc (11)
Rnd 9: sc in each st around (11)
Now you can continue with rounds of sc to make the legs!

Tip: If you want to make a sole for your foot, just change colors at round 4. You don’t have to work round 4 in back loop only if you don’t want to. You can just crochet both stitches if you don’t want a sole.

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Foot without back stitches.

I hope you find these tutorials useful, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.

Happy crocheting!

A few months ago I found a really cute pattern to make tiny little owls, designed by Josephine Wu from A Morning Cup of Joe. I crocheted a bunch of them last December to decorate the Christmas tree, then recently I made a few again as keychains.

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It is the perfect pattern for beginners, the owls are very easy to make. Watch out though, once you crochet one it is very difficult to stop… Hello, assembly line! Since it doesn’t require a lot of yarn you can use scraps from leftovers.

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The pattern ask for safety eyes, but I just glued some goggly eyes instead because I had just bought a pack. I also used felt for the nose instead of embroidering it, and added little feet.

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I love this pattern, if you run out of gift ideas, or if you don’t have a lot of time to take on big projects, this little owl will make anybody smile!

Josephine’s pattern is a free PDF file that you can download on Ravelry, or on Crafsty.

Happy crocheting!

Yesterday I published a pattern to make a heart applique, and today I am going to continue my Valentine’s day inspiration with a heart coaster pattern that will include the applique.

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This coaster, just like the heart is  very easy to make, and can be finish in no time. Tie them up with a ribbon to make a pretty presentation. This is a perfect project for last minute gift ideas for Valentine’s day or any occasions!

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Crocheted with a 4mm/G hook, the coaster is worked with half double crochet without joining the rounds. Use a stitch marker (I use a safety pin) to mark the end of your rows.

Abbreviations:
rnd= round
ch= chain
hdc= half double crochet
inc= increase
st = slip stitch
sl st = slip stitch

Coaster Pattern:
with color of your choice, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 12 hdc in center of the ring (12)
Rnd 2: [1 hdc, inc next st] 6 times (18)
Rnd 3: [2 hdc, inc next st] 6 times (24)
Rnd 4: [2 hdc, inc next st] 6 times (30)
Rnd 5: [3 hdc, inc next st] 6 times (36)
Fasten off with a sl st. Using same color as your heart applique, make a loop in one of the stitches to start a new round.
Rnd 6: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st around (40)
Join with a sl st, and embroider the rest of your thread in the back of the stitches.

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Now you can glue your heart on the coaster with a glue gun or fabric glue.(I prefer that to sewing this way it doesn’t leave ugly stitches in the back of the coaster).
I also like to flatten my coaster with a steamed iron. I cover the coaster in a towel and put the iron on top for a few seconds. (do not iron directly on the yarn).

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I hope you enjoyed this pattern, Monday I will post the last part of this series using the coaster and the applique to make a keychain.

Happy crocheting!


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