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Amigurumi Gudetama free pattern

September 10, 2017


Hello lovelies! Hope you all are doing good. Last month i was busy setting up  my new Etsy shop and hence very little time for blogging. One of the most favorited item in my shop is Gudetama amigurumi. Gudetama is a lazy, depressed egg and one of sanrio character. Although it is not as cute as hello kitty, i think most of us can relate to Gudetama and that's the special charm about it.
Making this kawaii little character is not so difficult and even beginners can wing it. Here's a pattern on how to make a gudetama amigurumi


Materials needed:
Acrylic yarn in yellow and white color
Crochet Hook according to the size of your yarn
Little felt for eyes and mouth
Tapestry needle
Black embroidery thread

This project is worked in continuous rounds unless stated otherwise
sc -single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
st- stitch
dec- one single crochet decrease
sl st - slip stitch


Head and body
R1: 7 sc in magic ring (7)
R2: 2sc in each st (14)
R3:  *sc in next st, 2sc in next st* rep **(21)
R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (28)

R5-17: sc in each stitch (28)
R18: *sc in next 2 st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(21)
R19: *sc in next st, dec 1 in next st*, rep** (14)
stuff firmly
R20: dec 7 times (7)
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Arms: (make 2)
R1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
R2- 4: sc in each stitch (6)

Legs:
R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next* rep ** 3 times (9)
R3-R4: sc in each st (9)

Egg white part:
R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: 2 sc in each st (12)
R3: 2 sc in each st (24)
R4:* sc in next st, 2 sc in next* rep ** (36)
R5: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st* rep ** (42)
R6: sc in each st  (42)
R7:  *hdc in next st, dc in next 5 sts , hdc in next ,  sc in next, hdc in next, dc in next 3 st, hdc in next, sc in next * rep ** 2 more times (42)




Assembling:
Attach arms and legs to the body
Cut 3 pieces of smal oval shaped black felt (2 for eyes and one for mouth)
Cut a pieces of small oval shaped white felt (a little bit smaller than the black felt for the mouth and glue to it.
Glue the eyes and mouth to the gudetama using fabric glue.


Hope you guys enjoy making this cute lazy egg. Happy crafting!







amigurumi unicorn

Unicorn macaron amigurumi pattern

August 22, 2017

Embrace your uniqueness, believe in miracles and sparkle from within..
Unicorns are the first thing that comes to my mind when i read this quote. Unicorn fever is catching up all over the world and doesn't look like it will fade anytime soon. So today I've come up with a pattern on how to make Unicorn macaron amigurumi. Let's head on to the pattern..




Materials needed:
Acrylic yarn in white, pink,blue and violet and light brown colors
Crochet hook according to the size of your yarn
Embroidery thread in black
Felt in black color for the eyes (optional)

This project is worked in continuous rounds unless stated otherwise
sc -single crochetst- stitch
sl st - slip stitch



Macaron: (Make 2)
R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)  
R2: 2sc in each st (12)
R3:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* rep **(18)
R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (24) 
R5: *sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (30)
R6: *sc in next 4 st, 2sc in next st* rep ** (36)
R7: sc in each st (36)
Switch to blue or pink color
R8: working in back loops only, sc in each stitch (36)

Sew the roses on the head and embroider the eyes and mouth before joining both the pieces

For rose: (make 3)
chain around 12 to 15 chains using blue, pink and lavender color yarns and leave a long tail
Roll the chained yarn from one end to other like we do for deco rose and stitch them in place when you are satisfied with the arrangement.

For ears: (make 2 )
R1: 4 sc in magic ring (4)
R2: *sc in first st, 2sc in next st* rep ** once (6)
R3:  *sc in first st, 2 sc in next st* rep ** twice (9)
R4: sc in each stitch (9)

Horn (make 1)
R1: 3 sc in magic ring (3)
R2: *sc in first 2 st, 2sc in next st (4)  
R3:  *sc in first 3 st, 2 sc in next st (5) 
R4: sc in first 4 st, 2 sc in next st (6) 
R5: sc in first 5 st, 2 sc in next st (7)





Joining:
For joining the macarons, with blue or pink yarn (that you've chosen for the filling) slip stitch in the back loop of the top macaron filling part (blue here) with the front loop of the bottom half of the macaron filling, start stuffing with poly fibre fill when you're three fourth done closing the macaron and continue stuffing a little till the end. 

Assembling:
Attach horns and ears to the finished macarons and you can also add black felt pieces cut in small rounds for the eyes. 






I also have another important anouncement to make. After lots of thinking and procrastination, i've finally opened my etsy shop (yay!) Although i'm still new and trying to grasp everything about etsy, i do hope you will check out my Etsy shop Currently there are only few listings and i have intended to add more items very soon. Also as an introductory offer, i give free shipping on orders over 20$ using coupon code FREESHIPOVER20 or click here  to get the offer.



May you have a magical and sweet day by making these cute little unicorn macarons..

baymax

A new look and a giveaway!

July 31, 2017

Hello people! Hope you all are doing good. I guess most of you have noticed the new look of my blog. I was content with the old one but recently i heard someone mention in fb that my site has some malwares and i have to go check them myself if it's true. I scanned using Sucuri sitecheck and found out it's true indeed. Having no idea of how to remove them i googled for some infos related to it and learned that having a third party blogger templates is one of the prime reason for malwares. There are indeed some new and beautiful templates available in blogger but missing some functionality that i liked. So i end up using another third party blogger template but removed the malware manually using this instructions. Now i'm happy that my blog is free from malware. So if you have installed a third party templates in your blog, i suggest scanning your site using any sitecheck for malwares.
My blog is still a work in progress trying to add and remove widgets and getting used to the new look.


Also i have another news to share.. Recently i hit 1K followers in instagram and so i'm hosting a giveaway in instagram. Visit my Instagram profile  if you'd like to enter or know more details about it.
That's it for now. Have a fantastic week ahead! Cheers:)

crochet bookmarks

Crochet roses

July 19, 2017

The Earth laughs in flowers - Ralph Waldo Emerson
 Just looking at flowers brings joy and put a smile on our faces. So what to do when you can't grow them?? you make them of course! I made some crocheted roses recently and really loved it. They are simple and not time consuming. Here are some of the pictures...



You can find the free pattern on how to crochet these roses in here



I turned some into bookmarks with tassels at the end (inspired by pinterest)


This rose will make a lovely embellishment for crochet headbands (Unfortunately my little one hates to wear any headbands) Guess i can make hairclips out of them and use it myself :)


Handmade flowers are just as special as real ones, aren't they?

Hope you all are having a wonderful week. Happy crafting!

amigurumi

DIY headphone holder

July 11, 2017

Hello lovely people! can't believe we are halfway through 2017 already! It's summertime and most of my Instagram feeds are loaded with summer themes and watermelon comes on top of it. Be it a food, toy or accessories, watermelon theme is seem to be on rage now. I think the vibrant colors of watermelon clearly depicts the radiance of summer. So here's a little Diy on how to make a watermelon headphone holder.


Materials Needed:
Acrylic yarn in red and green colors
Crochet hook according to the size of your yarn
Black and pink felt pieces (for eyes) or embroidery thread.
Snap fastner

sl st- slip stitch
dc - double crochet
ch - chain

Instructions:
(With Red yarn)
R1: In a magic ring, chain 3 (count as dc) and 11 dc and sl st at the top of chain 3 (12)
R2: Ch 3 and dc into the same stitch and 2 dc in each of the stitch and sl st at the top of ch 3 (24)
R3: ch 3 and dc in the same stitch and *dc in next stitch and 2 dc in next st* rep ** and join with sl st at top of ch 3 (36)
R4: ch 3 and dc in the same stitch, *dc in next 2 stitch and 2 dc in next* rep** and join with sl st at top of ch 3 (48)
R5: ch 3 and dc in same stitch, * dc in next 3 stitch, dc inc in next * rep ** and join with sl st at top of ch 3 (60)
R6: ch 3, dc in the same stitch, *dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next stitch* rep ** and join with sl st at top of ch 3 (72)
(Switch to green color)
R7: ch 3, dc in the same stitch
, *dc in next 5 st, 2 dc in next st* rep ** and join with sl st at top of chain 3 (84)

Assembling:
Cut a small round of black felt for eyes and little seeds
Embroider the mouth and add a blush with small pink felt
Sew in the snap fastner inside of the crocheted piece

Your headphones are now ready to  be placed in the new watermelon holder. I'm sure this holder will avoid the headphones from getting tangled and will make your life a little easier. It's easy to carry on your bag too.



Hope you enjoyed this DIY. Have a fabulous day everyone!


bullet journal

Bullet journal: June

June 29, 2017

Hello lovely people! The monsoon season has started here and we've been getting some decent rainfall lately. The weather is nice and cold which makes me wanna stay in bed and read a good book whereas my little girl hates being confined inside and wants to go out and play. Finally we both would settle to sit nearby the windows and relish watching the rain drops forming ripples in the puddle and the soft rain drenched surroundings. How is it out there? I guess it's the start of summer in most part of the world. Are you guys enjoying the summer so far?

Here's a peek into this month in my bullet journal. I try to squeeze in journal and crafting in the little time i have after my daughter sleeps. So i use lots of pictures and washi tapes to decorate. I did managed to draw a little here and there.


 How do you guys prefer to decorate your journals? I love little adding sketches and quotes. I mostly use color pencils but would like to try on watercolors. Which medium do you prefer to use on journals/ sketchbooks?



Hope you guys enjoyed a little peek into my journal. Wishing you all a happy summer! 

crochet watermelon

Currently..

June 23, 2017

Hello lovely people. This month is going pretty good for me so far.  How about you? So i thought why not make a litte list of what i've been doing this month..

Cooking: Masala Sandwiches
Making: crochet tiny watermelon slices
Reading: My not so perfect life by Sophie Kinsella
Listening: to 'Old friends' by Jasmine Thompson


Obsessing: over Korean dramas (it's addictive)
Watching: the Heirs (K-drama ofcourse)
Bookmarking: This beautiful Magnolia mandala
Loving: this adorable amigurmi doll by Yun shu


Reminiscing: Our recent trip to Circular fort near Kanniyakumari.
Looking: For my  little girl's shoe
Discovering: our dog bite that shoe (which was thrown out from the window by my little one obviously)
Marveling: at how my little girl has grown up in a year


Wishing: i have more time for crafting.
Realizing: there's only a few days before my college starts.
Dreading: how am i going to do my masters degree after seven years gap
Craving: for my mom's pineapple kesari


Feeling: grateful for all the blessings Lord has bestowed upon our family.
Enjoying: the change of climate after a hot summer.
Have a fantastic day everyone! Cheers and hugs :)

cloud paperclips

DIY paperclip bookmark

June 05, 2017

Paperclips always come in handy to bookmark important pages in planners/ journals or any kind of books. There are many ways to decorate paperclips such as buttons, ribbons, washi tapes. Today let's make a cute paperclip bookmark using felt material. Keep reading below on how to make them.



Materials needed:

1. Felt material in pink,black and another color of your choice.
2. Paperclips.
3. Sewing thread and needle.
4. Fabric glue.
5. Scissors


Instructions:
1. Draw a cloud shape in a thick paper and use them as a template to draw and cut two pieces of cloud on pink felt.
2. Also cut 2 pieces of small circle in black for eyes and a little rectangle in color of your choice for bow.
3. Sew the back piece of cloud to the top of paperclip.Sew it nice and tight.
4. In the front piece of cloud, add eyes using fabric glue and embroider the mouth using black thread. Pinch the rectangular felt in middle and sew them on side of the cloud head. You can also add blush to cheeks by pasting dark pink felt cut in small circle.
5. Apply a generous coat of fabric glue on the clouds and join them together..



Now your paperclip bookmark is ready to adorn your books and notes. I made a bunch of these and send them to my penpals. Hope you like it. Have a fantastic new moth everyone.

art journal

Bullet journal: May

May 23, 2017

Hello friends. After two months hiatus, I have so much catching up to do both in crafting and journaling. While i'm yet to take my crocheting hooks and yarn, i did manage to journal a few pages in my bullet journal this month.

Here's a little peek into my May journal pages.


I love adding quotes and hope this journal will help me in improving my calligraphy skills.


I also love drawing in my journaling pages..



I'm really enjoying the process of journaling and like the fact that this single note serves as multipurpose use. Have a creative day!





amigurumi pattern

Hello Kittty amigurumi pattern

May 10, 2017

Hello friends! I'm finally back after two months of cramming for my exam. I'm happy to be back and missed blogging and reading all your posts so much. I'll definitely catch up with you all soon.
I'm a big fan of kawaii characters in general and Hello kitty comes on top as one of my favorites. I really wanted to create a mini amigurumi version of hello kitty and happy with the way it turned out. Here's the pattern to amigurumi hello kitty if you guys like to make one too.





Materials needed:
Acrylic yarn in white, light and dark pink colors
Crochet hook according to the size of your yarn
Little piece of black felt (for eyes) and yellow felt (for mouth)

Black embroidery floss
Tapestry needle


Instructions:
This project is worked in continuous rounds unless stated otherwise
sc -single crochet
st- stitch
dec- one single crochet decrease
sl st - slip stitch

Head and body:
R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: 2sc in each st (12)
R3:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* rep **(18)
R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (24) 

R5: *sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (30)
R6-10: sc in each stitch (30)
R11: *sc in next 3 st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(24) 

R12: *sc in next 2 st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(18) 
R13: *sc in next st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(12) 
stuff the head firmly with fiberfill and switch to pink color 
R14: sc in each stitch (12)
R15:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* rep **(18)
R16: *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (24) 

switch to dark pink color
R17-19: sc in each stitch (24)
R20: *sc in next 2 st, dec 1 in next st* rep ** (18) 
R21: *sc in next st, dec 1 in next st*, rep ** (12) 
stuff firmly
R22: sc dec in each st (6) Fasten off.

Optional: surface crochet with slip stitch at R17 with dark pink color for a neat finish.

The tutorial on how to surface stitch is available here

Dress strap: (make 2)
With dark color pink chain 8 or the desired length leaving a long tail for sewing on both ends to the trousers at R17.

Legs: (Make 2)
with white color yarn, 
R1: 8sc in magic ring (8)
R2-3: sc in each stitch (8)
fasten off  and leave a tail for sewing


Hands: (Make 2)

with white color yarn
R1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
R2-3: sc in each stitch (6)

Switch to pink color
R4-5: sc in each stitch (6)
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.


Ears: (Make 2)
R1: 6sc in mc 

R2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* rep (9)
R3: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st* rep (12)
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. 


Hairbow:
In a magic ring, ch 1,hdc,dc,trc,dc,hdc,ch 1, slipstitch and again sc,hdc,dc,trc.dc.hdc,sc and close the ring. Wind the yarn around the bow three or four times and attach it to the head

Assembling:
Attach the ears to the head and attach hands and legs to the body. 
With tapestry needle sew the dress strap to the bottoms at Row 17.
Attach the bow at the head.
Use small pieces of black felt for eyes and a small yellow piece for nose. You can also embroider the eyes.
Finally embroider whiskers using black embroidery floss.


Now your hello kitty is ready! Hope you guys like this pattern and enjoy making them as much as i did.





art journal

Bullet journaling march

March 28, 2017

Hello lovelies! March is almost over and i haven't posted for a while. I've been preparing for Teacher's eligibility test and so there wasn't much time for crafting. Here is a little peek inside my march month bullet journal page.


I love drawing illustrations and doodling with bits of quotes here and there in my page.


Instead of habit tracker, i've added a weekly task list and colored them once the task is finished.


Hope you like this little page. Will come up with a new amigurumi project in my next post. Have a productive week :)

art journal

Bullet journaling

February 26, 2017

               I really love the idea of keeping a journal. Be it a simple journal full of texts or artsy one with lots of pictures and drawings, a journal is a way to record our memories, keeping track of events, and serves as an outlet to our inner thoughts.
               Last year i tried fauxbonichi method of journaling. I also used it as a place to write down some lists, important things to remember but i had difficulty finding those important pages when i needed to have a look at it in a hurry. 
               Although last year journal wasn't a complete success, i'm happy that i tried at the least. This year i wanted to resume my journaling with a few changes and that's when i came across bullet journal. Basically it's a blank journal and you can customize it according to your likes. That's the beauty of it. Bullet journal is a system introduced by Ryder Carroll and you can see the details about it here


You can use any type of notebook but most prefer using Leuchttrum 1917 dot gridded notebook. Since i'm trying this out newly i opted for a much cheaper one with a good quality paper.
One of the important thing to write down in bullet journal is an index. Number all the pages before you start so that you can enter the content and the page where it is in the index. I find this so handy in case i want to search for any specific page. Most write down their intentions/word of the year in their journal. I chose 'Take chances' as my motto of this year as i really wanted to have the courage to say yes when provided with opportunity rather than saying no without even giving it a try and regret it later.


Another important page is calendar, It's easy to write down important events, appointments when you have a calendar in the front pages of your journal


Here are some of my weekly spreads



At the start of each month, i write down events, goals and tasks to do in that specific month. It's easy to have a glance at all of it in one place.


I do try to be creative sometimes and dab in a bit of quotes, pictures and doodles.




 So this is how my bullet journal looks so far. You can create some specific pages that you want to keep track of like books to read, movies to watch, places to go and the list is endless. More of those in my next bullet journal post. You can get lots of inspiration for bullet journaling from instagram and pinterest. There is only one important thing to remember, don't get intimidated by those beautiful journal pages and try to compete with it. Each of us have our own styles and your journal should bring out your uniqueness. Have a fantastic day friends!




amigurumi heart

Table decors..

February 07, 2017

Families that eats together, stays together
No matter how busy our day is, dining room is a place where family gets together not only to have meals, but also to bond with each other and share our stories. Decorating the dining table makes meal times more warm and welcoming. You don't have to spend lots of money on table decors, it's just the love and thought we put in counts.

Even inexpensive artificial flowers arranged well can turn a dining table more inviting.


The important thing to remember is decorate with what you have at home. Just let your creative juices flow.


Have a flower garden at home? That's even more better. You can decorate with your own flowers and it brings such a joy every time you see them. I also crocheted some heart shaped coasters just to welcome valentine's day. More coasters in the making.. You can find the pattern here



 Seems like i'm making everything with hearts lately.

Looking for some inspiration to decorate your table this valentine's season?? Here are some links
Diy valentine's day table
14 Ways to decorate your table for valentine's day
Table decor ideas for valentine's day

Wanna buy some dining table for your home? Here are links to some dining tables that i like

Have a wonderful day my friends! Cheers:)