Sackboy with Zipper Pouch

So I’ve seen a lot of crocheted Sackboys out there and I knew that when I made Sackboy I wanted to add something a little new to the mix. So let’s talk design.

I wanted Sackboy to have an actual working zipper for his body. I also thought to myself, wouldn’t it be nice if Sackboy had a pouch behind the zipper so that it could hold a surprise when you unzipped it? How to make it work in concept wasn’t that difficult to figure out. All I had to do was crochet a rectangle and sew it behind the zipper inside the body. The actual execution and construction of it was a little more challenging because the inside of the body wasn’t that roomy and so it was troublesome trying to manuever the yarn around to sew on the rectangle.

I also wanted him to have an open mouth because he looks cutest that way! This is actually my first time attempting the open mouth and I tried out a new technique for it and I’m happy with the way it turned out. The eyes are buttons that I sewed on. I also used cotton thread to create the sewn look around his head arms and feet.

I created a mini Sackboy and a regular Sackboy. When sitting, the mini Sackboy is about 7 inches tall. Regular Sackboy sits at approximately 10 inches tall.


Let’s take a closer look at the zipper pouch on the Regular Sackboy.
What can we do with a zipper pouch? You can hide a note inside for a friend!

Just unzip it.
Slip in your note.
And zip it back up!

Or you can also use Sackboy to be your coin-carrier!

When I was making Sackboy it was difficult finding silver zippers, so for this one I had to settle with a black zipper. I checked everywhere from Walmart, Joann’s, to Michael’s, and online but it was to no avail! But just recently I found a seller on Etsy called Rugrats who sells the perfect silver zippers for sackboy. She was really great and communication was fantastic! They just arrived in the mail for me yesterday, so I’ll update with a new photo of Sackboy with his brand new silver zipper once that is ready!



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Hand Carved Stamps

Yay, I just received some hand carved stamps in the mail from A Mad Stamper. It’s my first time receiving customized hand carved stamps and I think they’re just wonderful! I love how they came out! A Mad Stamper has mad talents! Now I’m going to think of different ways to use them: For my packaging, for cards, for stationary, anywhere and everywhere! Hooray for Hand Carved Stamps!

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Nightlights Glow in the Dark Yarn Review

I had recently discovered that there was such a thing as Glow in the dark yarn! Bernat had come out with such a yarn in Fall 2008, but it was only available for a limited time and the yarn has been discontinued since then. The other yarn that is currently available right now is called Nightlights. I ordered it from a shop online called Woolstock. The shipping was very reasonable and very quick as well.

The skein itself isn’t all too much yarn. It’s 2 oz in total. It’s made from 100% nylon. I bought it to make myself a glow in the dark Kodama (tree spirit). You can get the free pattern right here on my site.

The texture itself is pretty scratchy. It reminds me a little bit of plastic bags. I wouldn’t recommend it for making anything like clothing. But it does well enough for amigurumis! I think it’ll also work great as an accent for a beanie. The strand itself was too skinny for my amigurumi projects, so I had to double strand it in order to make my Kodama.

Glow in the Dark Kodama

Anyways have you tried Glow in the Dark yarn before? If so, what have you made? I will try and update this post later with links to different patterns you can make using this Glow in the Dark yarn. I’m sure there’s lots of uses for such a novelty as Glow in the Dark yarn! Let me know if there are any other good patterns out there for this yarn!

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Glow in the Dark Kodama Pattern

One day I discovered something special and unexpected. I found out that Glow-in-the-dark yarn existed! I thought it would be really fun to experiment with the yarn, and so I really racked my head to find something special to make from it. I am a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki. In Princess Mononoke, the Kodamas (tree spirits) appear looking ghostly yet cute at the same time. They tilt their heads around and pop it back into place making these rattling noises. The more I thought about it, the more excited I became about what I thought would be the perfect combo of the ami and the yarn.

I went into my studio and I began making 2 different versions of the Kodamas: a sitting one, and a standing one. The sitting one has a more round face and looks like its sitting with its knees up. The standing Kodama has a head more like an alien. The great thing about these Kodomas is that if you make the faces different, they look like different versions, so feel free to experiment with the faces!

If you don’t have Glow-in-the-dark yarn, you can still make them using any sort of yarn and it will still turn out quite spooky cute! With the Nighlights yarn (2 oz), I was able to make 3 different Kodamas, plus have a little bit of yarn leftover.

Check out the video here to see the Glow in the Dark Kodama in action:

Glow in the Dark Kodama

Glow in the Dark Kodama Pattern is copyrighted under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. This pattern is for personal use only. Feel free to make this for yourself or to give as gifts to people. However any sale, reproduction, or distribution of the pattern and or dolls created from the pattern without permission is strictly prohibited.

Kodama #1 – Sitting Kodama

SKILL LEVEL: Easy

Make sure you double strand the Glow-in-the-dark Yarn!

CROCHET HOOK:
Size H (5 mm)
Size G (4 mm)

YARN:
Nightlights Glow in the Dark Yarn

NOTIONS:
Black and White Felt
Yarn Needle
Felt Glue
Polyester Fiberfill

NOTE:
If using the Nighlights Glow in the Dark Yarn, don’t forget to double strand the yarn!

HEAD
Round 1: 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] around – 24 sc.
Round 5-8: Sc in each st around.
Round 9: [Sc dec, sc in next 2 sts] around – 18 sc.
Round 10: [Sc dec, sc in next st] around – 12 sc.
Round 11: [Sc dec, sc in next st] around – 8 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

BODY
Round 1: 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4-5: Sc in each st around.
Round 6: [Sc dec, sc in next 4 sts] around – 15 sc.
Round 7: Sc in each st around.
Round 8: [Sc dec, sc in next 3 sts] around – 12 sc.
Round 9: [Sc dec, sc in next st] around – 8 sc.
Fasten off.

LEG (make 2)
Round 1: 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2-4: Sc in each st around.
Round 5: hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts – 6 sts.
Round 6: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail.

ARM (make 2)
Note: Switch to smaller size hook – Size G (4 mm)
Round 1: 5 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2-6: Sc in each st around.
Round 7: Sc dec in next st, sl st to fasten off – 4 sts.
Do not stuff.

ASSEMBLY
Stuff the HEAD and BODY. Stuff the LEGS loosely. Do not stuff the ARMS.
Sew HEAD onto BODY. Sew LEGS into the Body 3 rows down from the top of the body. It should look as if its knees are bent and it is sitting down. Sew arms onto the side by lining it up to look like a vertical line at the side. You can sew the both hands together so they look like they’re touching or the arms can be free. See photos below. Cut 3 circles of various size from black felt for the eyes and mouth. You can also embroider French knots instead.

Hands Free
Hands Together

Kodama #2 – Standing Kodama

The standing Kodma might be a little more trickier to make because you need to join 2 different body parts by using sc. I will try and get a tutorial up on it soon.

HEAD
Round 1: 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] around – 24 sc
Round 5: Sc in each st around.
Round 6: [Sc dec, sc in next 2 sts] around – 18 sc.
Round 7: Sc in each st around.
Round 8: [Sc dec, sc in next 4 sts] around – 15 sc.
Round 9-10: Sc in each st around.
Round 11: [Sc dec, sc in next 3 sts] around – 12 sc.
Round 12: [Sc dec, sc in next st] around – 8 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

LEGS and BODY
Round 1: 4 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 8 sc.
Round 3-7: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off.

You have created LEG A. Repeat Rounds 1-7 to create LEG B, but do not fasten off. Join LEGS A and B by joining across 2 sts of both LEG A and LEG B with sc. (Another option: You may create the 2 legs first and then sew them together across 2 sts) You should now have 12 sts around when the legs are combined. We will now work on the body.

Round 8: [2 sc in the next st, sc in next 3 sts] around – 15 sc.
Round 9-14: Sc in each st around.
Round 15: [Sc dec, sc in next 3 sts] around – 12 sc.
Round 16: [Sc dec, sc in next st] around – 8 sc.
Fasten off.

ARMS (make 2
Note: Switch to smaller size hook – Size G (4 mm)
Round 1: 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2-6: Sc in each st around.
Round 7: [Sc dec, sc in next st] around – 4 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a tail. Do not stuff.

ASSEMBLY
Stuff everything except for the ARMS. Sew HEAD onto BODY. Sew ARMS onto Body near neck. Cut 3 circles of various size from black felt for the eyes and mouth. You can also embroider French knots instead.

Kodama - Tree Spirits

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Yet Another Mario Mushroom Pattern

I know there’s plenty of Mario Mushroom patterns out there, but I thought I’d throw mine into the mix.  They multiply like Fungi!  Make yourself a Power-Up or a 1-Up or any other color Mushroom that you wish!

Yet Another Mario Mushroom Pattern is copyrighted under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. This pattern is for personal use only. Feel free to make this for yourself or to give as gifts to people. However any sale, reproduction, or distribution of the pattern and or dolls created from the pattern without permission is strictly prohibited.

Yet Another Mario Mushroom Pattern

SKILL LEVEL: Easy
CROCHET HOOK: Size H-8 (5 mm)
YARN:
Red Heart Super Saver
#319 Cherry Red
#316 Soft White
#312 Black (optional for Eyes)

NOTIONS:

Polyester Fiberfill
Black Felt
Yarn Needle
Felt Glue

APPROXIMATE SIZE: 4.5 inches.

NOTES:
Do not join rounds. Rounds are worked continuously in a spiral. Stuff as you go.

TIPS:
Use a bobby pin as a stitch marker to mark your rounds!
For sc dec, use the invdec (invisible decrease) by decreasing in the front loops of the stitches

MUSHROOM CAP
Round 1: 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] around – 24 sc.
Round 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] around – 30 sc.
Round 6: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] around – 36 sc.
Round 7-10: Sc in each st around.
Round 11: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 17 sts] around – 38 sc.
Round 12: [Sc dec, sc in next 17 sts] around – 36 sc.
Round 13: [Sc dec, sc in next st] around – 24 sc.
Round 14: [Sc dec, sc in next 2 sts] around – 18 sc.
Fasten off.

MUSHROOM STALK
Round 1: 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4: In Back Loop Only [2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts] around – 20 sc.
Round 5-6: Sc in each st around.
Round 7: [Sc dec, sc in next 8 sts] around – 18 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

MUSHROOM CIRCLES (Make 4)
Round 1: 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Assembly
Stuff the Cap and Stalk with stuffing. Sew Mushroom Stalk onto Mushroom Cap. Sew the 4 circles onto the Cap, equally spaced out and facing a different direction. For the eyes, you have 2 options. Option 1: Embroider a straight line going down with black yarn. Option 2: Using black felt, cut out 2 skinny rectangles with rounded edges and glue on. The eyes should be placed on the stalk so that there is a white circle directly lined up above on the cap.

CONGRATULATIONS! You have just created your very own Mario Mushroom!
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Gromit Amigurumi Pattern

Gromit Amigurumi pattern is copyrighted under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. This pattern is for personal use only. Feel free to make this for yourself or to give as gifts to people. However any sale, reproduction, or distribution of the pattern and or dolls created from the pattern without permission is strictly prohibited.

Gromit Amigurumi Pattern

SKILL LEVEL: Easy
CROCHET HOOK: Size H-8 (5 mm)
YARN:
Red Heart Super Saver
#334 Buff
#365 Coffee
#312 Black

NOTIONS:

Polyester Fiberfill
Black and White Felt
Yarn Needle
Felt Glue

APPROXIMATE SIZE: 17 inches tall from head to toe.

NOTES:
Do not join rounds. Rounds are worked continuously in a spiral. Stuff as you go. You will not stuff the ears, toes, and fingers.

TIPS:
Use a bobby pin as a stitch marker to mark your rounds!
For sc dec, use the invdec (invisible decrease) by decreasing in the front loops of the stitches

HEAD
Round 1           6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2           2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3           [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4           [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] around – 24 sc.
Round 5           [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] around – 30 sc.
Round 6           Sc in each st around.
Round 7           [Sc dec, sc in next st] 4 times, sc in next 18 sts – 26 sc.
Round 8           [Sc dec, sc in next st] 2 times, sc in next 20 sts – 24 sc.
Round 9           Sc in each st around.
Round 10         [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] around – 30 sc.
Round 11         Sc in each st around.
Round 12         [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 4 times, sc in next 22 sts – 34 sc.
Round 13         Sc in each st around.
Round 14         [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times, sc in next 22 sts – 40 sts.
Round 15         Sc in each st around.
Round 16         sc in next 6 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] 4 times, sc in next 22 – 44 sc.
Round 17          Sc in each st around.
Round 18         Sc in next 8 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 4 times, sc in next 28 sts
– 48 sc.
Round 19-21      Sc in each st around.
Round 22         Sc in next 8 sts, [sc dec, sc in next st] 6 times, sc in next 22 sts – 42 sc.
Round 23         Sc in each st around.
Round 24         Sc in next 4 sts, [sc dec, sc in next st] 6 times, sc in next 20 sts – 36 sc.
Round 25         [Sc dec, sc in next 4 sts] around – 30 sc.
Round 26         Sc in each st around.
Round 27         [Sc dec, sc in next 3 sts] around – 24 sc.
Round 28         [Sc dec, sc in next 2 sts] around – 18 sc.
Round 29-30      Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

BODY
Round 1           6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2            2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3            [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4           [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] around – 24 sc.
Round 5           [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] around – 30 sc.
Round 6           [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] around – 36 sc.
Round 7           [2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts] around – 40 sc.
Round 8-21       Sc in each st around.
Round 22         [Sc dec, sc in next 8 sts] around – 36 sc.
Round 23-26      Sc in each st around.
Round 27         [Sc dec, sc in next 4 sts] around – 30 sc.
Round 28          Sc in each st around.
Round 29         [Sc dec, sc in next 3 sts] around – 24 sc.
Round 30         [Sc dec, sc in next 2 sts] around – 18 sc.
Round 31         Sc in each st around. Fasten off.

ARM (Make 2)
Round 1           6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2           [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around
– 12 sc.
Round 3           Sc in each st around.
Round 4           [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts] around
– 14 sc.
Round 5-6       Sc in each st around.
Round 7           [Sc dec, sc in next 5 sts] around – 12 sc.
Round 8           [Sc dec, sc in next 4 sts] around – 10 sc.
Round 9-23       Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

LEG (Make 2)
Round 1           6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2           2 sc in each st around.
– 12 sc.
Round 3           [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around
– 18 sc.
Round 4           [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] around
– 24 sc.
Round 5           [Sc dec, sc in next st] 6 times, sc in next
6 sts – 18 sc.
Round 6          Sc dec (6 times), sc in next 6 sts – 12 sc.
Round 7-20       Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail

FINGERS and TOES (Make 14)
Note: Sew 4 fingers for the arm, and 3 toes for the leg. See photos above.
Round 1           6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2           Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail.

EAR (Make 2)
Note: Do not stuff Ear! It is to remain flat.
With brown yarn.
Round 1           6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2           2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3           [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts] around – 14 sc.
Round 4-6       Sc in each st around.
Round 7           [Sc dec, sc in next 5 sts] around – 12 sc.
Round 8-14      Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

NOSE
With Black yarn.
Round 1          6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2           2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3           [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4-5        Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

TAIL
With brown yarn.
Round 1           5 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2-15       Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

ASSEMBLY
Stuff all the parts with polyfill, except for the EARS, FINGERS, and TOES.
To create the EYES, cut out 2 circles from white felt. Cut 2 smaller black circles from black felt for the pupils. Glue them together with the black on top of white.
Sew HEAD onto BODY.
Sew EARS onto HEAD
Sew NOSE onto HEAD.
Sew ARMS onto the section where the HEAD and BODY meet up.
Sew LEGS onto BODY. For placement, set Gromit’s BODY upright on a flat surface, and sew LEGS to the bottom so it looks like Gromit is sitting down with his legs out.
Sew TAIL on the bottom back of the BODY.

CONGRATULATIONS! You have just created your very own Gromit!
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Photo Session – GROMIT Afternoon Tea

Here’s Gromit at his photo session. First two pics are Gromit 1.0 and the rest are Gromit 3.0. Looks like Gromit made a new friend!



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Variations on a Gromit Amigurumi

Gromit 1.0

I went through 3 different incarnations of Gromit before I arrived at the shape that I was satisfied at. I love making amigurumis, and with each one I make, I try and learn a new shape or a different technique. With Gromit, the challenge was in making his head. On my first try, it was a basic oval shape. I made the first one actually about 2 years ago. Let’s call him Gromit 1.0.

Gromit 2.0

Just this past week, I decided to revamp Gromit. I wanted to make his snout more pronounced, so then came Gromit version 2.0. Yet still, something was missing.

My fiancee told me that I was missing his forehead groove. So back to the crochet sweatshop I went, and finally I was able to get the shape that I wanted by increasing and decreasing stitches in certain places. You can see the progression below. I was quite giddy when it came altogether. I felt him coming alive. Hooray for Gromit 3.0! Then my fiancee, said “I think he still needs a chin,” but no more! I’m all Gromitted out.

Variations on a Gromit

Gromit Work in Progress

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Kawaii Kitty Amigurumi <3

This is a pattern that’s really near and dear to me because it was my first original pattern that I came up with.  I mean original in the sense that it’s not inspired or derived from anything.  It’s a creature I can call all my own!  It’s much easier for me to translate an existing character into amigurumi.   But a goal I have for myself, is to really push myself creatively and to come up with my own original characters as well.

I really love cats, so besides my 2 cats, I also have a bunch of these little Kawaii Kitties lying around as well.

KawaiiKittyCollage

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Slime or Kiss?

Is it a Slime or a Kiss? Either way it’s a fun and cute creature to crochet! Slime or Kiss works up fast and easy. The pattern also comes with wings you can attach to your Slime/Kiss. If you want to turn the Slime into a Kiss, just create and attach your Hershey string!

Slime or Kiss? pattern is copyrighted under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. To view a copy of this license, please visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ ; This pattern is for personal use only. Please feel free to make this for yourself or to give as gifts to people. However, any sale, reproduction, or distribution of the pattern and or dolls created from the pattern without permission is strictly prohibited. Please respect the rights of the designer.

SKILL LEVEL: Easy
CROCHET HOOK – Size H-8 (5 mm)
YARN:
For Slime: LIONBRAND Vanna’s Choice Yarn
For Kiss: Patons Brilliant
NOTIONS:
Polyfill, Yarn Needle, Black Felt, Felt Glue
APPROXIMATE SIZE: 4 inches tall
NOTES: Do not join rounds. Rounds are worked continuously in a spiral.
TIPS: Use a bobby pin as a stitch marker to mark your rounds!

BODY
Round 1                6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2                2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3                Sc in each st around.
Round 4                [2 sc in next st, sc in next sts] around – 18 sc.
Round 5                Sc in each st around.
Round 6                [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] around – 24 sc.
Round 7                Sc in each st around.
Round 8                [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] around – 30 sc.
Round 9                [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] around – 36 sc.
Round 10-13         Sc in each st around.
Round 14              In back loop, [Sc dec, sc in next 4 sts] around – 30 sc.
Round 15              Sc dec, sc in next 3 st] around – 24 sc.
Round 16              [Sc dec, sc in next 2 st] around – 18 sc.
Round 17              [Sc dec, sc in next st] around – 12 sc.
Round 18              Sc dec around – 6 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Sew the open end together.

ANGEL WINGS
Round 1                6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2                2 sc in each st – 12 sc.
Round 3                2 dc in next st, dtr in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

HERSHEY STRING
Foundation         Ch 11
Row 1                Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st back the row – 10 sts.
Fasten off, leaving a tail

ASSEMBLY
Stuff the body with polyfil. Attach optional wings or Hershey string. Cut 2 small circles from felt for the eyes. Cut a smile from black felt for the mouth. Glue them on the poring. You can also embroider the face instead.

CONGRATULATIONS! You have just created your very own Slime!
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