It’s been a while since I crocheted an amigurumi, especially one of my puppy amigurumis, so what better way to celebrate than by revisiting my favorite hobby with a pug amigurumi!
This pug amigurumi was based off my baby Chihuahua amigurumi, with a few tweaks here and there. If you look closely, you’ll notice this pug amigurumi’s paws get a little bigger at the ends to give it more of a cartoony feel. My original pattern was just a straight tube.
I also changed the back legs to be small nubbins, just because I thought it would look cuter that way! My previous pattern had short tubes that you would sew near the back end of the puppy amigurumi. I did a similar look for my Polar Lucibear amigurumi, which was published in a small pamphlet called “Crocheted Amigurumi.” Some people have questioned whether the back legs are wrong, but they indeed are correct as written in the pattern. The back legs are supposed to resemble nubbins for that cuter look, so please go ahead and sew them in place like that! To make this amigurumi a pug amigurumi, I cut out small circles from brown felt for the eyes, and a larger circle for the snout. Such a simple and easy thing to do to change up the look! I’m all about simple and easy things.
So, has anyone gotten into the trend of terrariums lately? Terrariums are super neat! Just the thought of creating your own ecosystem in an enclosed space is pretty awesome. But what if you just suck at taking care of plants? Don’t worry! There’s hope for us yet! Since all we can do is crochet, let’s just make some amigurumi terrariums instead!
Actually this idea came from someone who was paranoid about getting their pug amigurumi dusty…a thought that never crossed my mind before. I guess some people are just super anal and paranoid! :P But it did make for a really cute idea!
The brown paper trimmings were bought from Daiso. The little hearts came with the trimmings too, so convenient! I also had a random sticker with a dog bowl and bone in it, perfect for decorating, so I had to stick it on the jar. And we picked up a cute pug phone charm on our trip to Taiwan recently too!
Just in case you wanted to see that adorable pug phone charm more close up!
Oh, it broke loose of its jar! How cute.
Now it’s just getting restless!
One last shot! Thanks for looking!
Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 10:22pm (Comments: none)
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If anyone is having trouble deciding what to crochet…hows about a Valentine’s Day tiger amigurumi? :]
Good idea? Bad idea? Who doesn’t like a tiger amigurumi? Tigers and Valentine’s Day makes perfect sense, right? The truth is we just really wanted to make a pink tiger. <3
It doesn’t look like much, but this tiger amigurumi used up quite a bit of felt. In case you were wondering, there is a total of 22 black felt stripes on this thing…! Never bothered to count it up until now, and now that I have, it’s quite a shocking number haha. o_O
Of course, if there’s a female tiger, there’s got to be a male one too! Ah~so handsome. He’s even waving at you flirtatiously. That little casanova…
Wonder what kind of chick he’ll pick up today~?
Ah, looks like he’s found the cutest Valentine’s Day tiger amigurumi he’s ever laid his eyes on. O_O!! How will he get her attention? Any guesses?
Yep, you called it. Failed attempt at throwing the heart plushie at her. Too bad~
Oh, but what’s this? Seems like she heard something fumbling around behind her!
“I think you dropped this” she says “here you go!” <3
And what do you know, they’re together now! Yay! Happy ending. The end.
The heart plushies were made out of felt by the way. If you were even bothering to wonder haha. I made a crapload of them just for these tiger amigurumi. Did they serve their purpose well?
Have a good one this year! Spend it with your loved ones like these Valentine’s Day tiger amigurumi <3<3<3!!!
Posted January 27th, 2013 at 6:47pm (Comments: 1)
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To wrap up our Christmas amigurumi friends for this year, we introduce to you the Christmas Elf Rabbit Amigurumi!
This rabbit was made fromt the same rabbit amigurumi pattern I recently wrote up and posted for sale. All I did to transform the rabbit into a Christmas Elf Rabbit amigurumi was change up the colors. I made the body green, the feet black to resemble boots, and alternated red and white on the arms to simulate the festive sleeves elves wear.
We further jazzed up this Christmas Elf Rabbit amigurumi by adding some adornments here and there. My sister cut out a band from black felt and glued it across the waist to resemble a belt. I cut out four small strips from some gold trimming and glued it in place onto the belt to look like the belt buckle. My sister also cut out small strips from a puffy white pipe cleaner and wrapped it around the Christmas Elf Rabbit amigurumi’s feet and neck to give it that “wintery” look. We also found some small gold confetti dots and glued them down the center of the body to be buttons.
One last thing that made this Christmas Elf Rabbit amigurumi really special was the placement of the left ear. Usually we make both ears stick straight up, but this time we made one ear flop. We did this because we were curious to see if what it would look like. I also originally planned to give this Christmas Elf Rabbit amigurumi a little Santa hat too, but the hats I crocheted just never came out quite right, and it didn’t sit very well on the floppy ear :(. But, at least the floppy ear still looks cute, and I even think it gives the rabbit some more character! Kind of a smart-alecky look, in my opinion.
I think this Christmas Elf Rabbit amigurumi really shows how easy it is to customize amigurumis based off of one pattern. Just simply changing the colors of the arms, body, and feet, can make the amigurumi look like it’s wearing clothes, without actually having to crochet clothes! If only dressing up in real life were that simple and cheap haha. And of coruse, adding some special adornments, like a belt, buttons, and fur, also help to take this amigurumi to the next level. That’s what I always found most fascinating about amigurumis. You can do whatever you want! There really is no limit to what you can do, which may be a bad thing because it just makes me want to do EVERYTHING!
Uh oh! The Reindeer Amigurumi has come by to check on the Christmas Elf Rabbit Amigurumi’s progress. Quit lolly-gagging and get back to work, we need to make those gift deliveries on time!!
Thanks for looking! We and our Christmas amigurumi friends wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! <3
Posted December 16th, 2012 at 7:40pm (Comments: none)
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To continue our streak of Christmas-themed amigurumi this year, we present to you Mrs Claus Christmas monkey amigurumi!
This idea was also spurred by a suggestion from my workplace. It’s so nice that my co-workers are so encouraging and supportive of my hobby! They not only offer moral support, but also give me great ideas!
Our Mrs Claus Christmas monkey amigurumi has almost everything the real Mrs Claus has, like a cute apron and a…night cap/shower cap? Sorry, my vocabulary is quite lacking, but you know what I mean! She even has some holly to be extra festive! Pictured above, she is in the kitchen, ready to bake some cookies for when Santa monkey amigurumi comes home from a busy night of gift delivery.
Here’s a closer look at the back of our Mrs Claus monkey. The lace of her apron was simply lightly glued onto her body. I spent a really long time knitting her cap, using a very small crochet hook and very thin yarn. I’m almost willing to bet the total number of stitches for the cap is greater than the number stitches needed to crochet the whole monkey itself! My mom thought I was crazy for crocheting such a large cap, but I just didn’t think the Mrs Claus Christmas monkey amigurumi would look complete without a cozy cap to at least cover her big ears!
The only thing I wish I knew how to do, is to give her some white curly hair. I guess I could have used some curly doll hair from the craft store, but then I’d have to glue the hair onto her head, which just seems too messy. Anyone have any recommendations on how to add hair to amigurumis? I’m clueless!
All right! Mrs Claus Christmas monkey amigurumi is ready to welcome Santa monkey amigurumi home with her delicious home-made amigurumi cookies!
Say what, Santa monkey amigurumi? You’ve eaten your fill of milk and cookies to last you until next Christmas? Well, too bad, that’s all I made!
Just kidding, honey…Merry Christmas!! <3
Posted December 10th, 2012 at 10:08pm (Comments: none)
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It’s my favorite time of year again, and since I already made a Santa monkey amigurumi last year I knew I just had to give him a friend to help spread the holiday cheer, and who better to help than a Rudolph reindeer amigurumi!!
The idea of a Rudolph reindeer amigurumi actually came from a co-worker of mine, and after she suggested it I thought, “Why didn’t I think of that??” I guess I’ve been avoiding making any animals like deer, horses, or cows, because they have long, slender snouts that I could never replicate. But then I just decided to give it a try this year, and it came out much better than I expected! Although, I must admit, halfway through making this Rudolph reindeer amigurumi I was seriously doubting how well it would turn out, especially the face. Luckily, just felt with a red sparkly felted nose was enough to take the place of a slender snout. I kind of like the cartoony look it achieved!
You know what else saved the Rudolph reindeer amigurumi from being another addition to my Pile of Failures? The antlers…! !
Notice how the antlers kind of arch a little bit? There’s actually no wire or anything inside the antlers, it was just molded into that shape from the outside by the sewing genius. I would never have thought of molding it into that shape, but somehow once it takes on that arch it just looks more like an actual reindeer.
And the ears on the reindeer are actually the same exact shape as my Chinese dragon amigurumi. I noticed that my dragon without the whiskers and spiky mane would look a lot like a deer, so I just based this reindeer off of that pattern. My motto for creating patterns is stick with what you know best…because it’s so much less work in the end haha! I think the real secret is I’m incredibly lazy…
And of course we can’t ignore all those fancy embellishments on this Rudolph reindeer amigurumi. Did you notice the bells on his collar? I sewed each and every one of those seven bells onto the collar that I crocheted. It took a long time, and believe me, I am not a good sewer so it was tough for me. But it’s ok, it was totally worth it! The seven bells on its collar give it extra jingle! You could probably use the Rudolph reindeer amigurumi as a tambourine if you wanted to for that extra “umph” in your Christmas caroling! Haha jk, if you did that, its head might fall off and you’d have stuffing all over the place…which might look like snow too…ok I’m just being weird now, I’ll stop haha.
The holly leaves were also cut out by my laser-precise felt-cutting sister. She cut them out without even having to trace anything! I couldn’t even draw holly leaves correctly on paper if someone told me to. I don’t know how she knows these random things and can translate them into an actual cut-out. Alas, my brain is not formatted for art. I was always the least artsy of my siblings. I think my artwork was only chosen twice in my elementary school career, whereas my brother and sister were chosen yearly and were the art teachers’ pets. I felt like such a failure then…I’m so glad I found amigurumi hahaha.
Did you notice the really cool-looking Christmas tree behind the Ruoldph reindeer amigurumi? That was actually a present from my future sister-in-law. She went through great lengths in Taiwan to buy them and lug them around in a crowded train in order to give them to us as Christmas presents last year. So glad she did, because that tree is awesome! The light inside fades away and changes into beautiful shades of color, and the white-ness and sharp edges really give it a clean look. It came as a paper cutout that you have to assemble yourself. A very fun process and worthwhile end product!
That’s all for now! Thanks for looking and I hope our Rudolph reindeer amigurumi has brought you much cheer and joy for the holiday season!
Posted December 6th, 2012 at 11:03pm (Comments: 2)
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