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Wedding Bears Amigurumi

Recently, our brother, the website manager/promoter of Cute Amigurumi, recently got married…and of course we couldn’t help but make some wedding bear amigurumi for his wedding!!

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It was a beautiful and unique wedding with a theme, inspired by the opening scene of the movie “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” where Indy wears a white tux and a red carnation in his pocket, and Willie comes out as a singer in a nightclub dressed in a qipao (Chinese traditional dress).  My brother even encouraged all the lady guests to wear qipao and all the gentlemen to wear bowties.  So, that explains the garb our wedding bears amigurumi have haha!

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wedding-bears-amigurumi-1

So let’s start off looking at the bride wedding bear amigurumi (of course, because weddings are all about the bride, duh!).  We used a special fuzzier yarn from Joann called “Beautiful Sensations”, I think, that is super soft and hides the stitches well because of all the hair on the yarn.  It also made the stitches harder to see, but once you’ve crocheted enough to watch TV while crocheting with no problem, this is actually a cinch!  And seriously, even if you miscount and are off a stitch or two, who can tell anyways. :P

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What we did to make this bride wedding bear amigurumi match the theme of our brother’s wedding was give it a qipao belly, rather than the usual felt belly piece.  My mom used to sew qipao tops for us when we were younger, and you can even see some of her finished products at her blog here!  We had lots of qipao cloths to choose from, but this one had a pattern that matched our sister-in-law’s qipao very closely so we chose this one.  My sewing, felt-cutting, stripes subcontractor sister then went about her usual task of doing menial, tedious duties by painstakingly gluing rhinestones along the edge of the belly piece.  She also cut out and sewed together a veil, and proceeded to bling it up too!

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wedding-bears-amigurumi-6

She covered the entire veil.  Very nice, yes, I agree.  And then my mom did some Chinese knotting and made this super cute adornment to add to the top of the veil!

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wedding-bears-amigurumi-9

You can even flip up the veil and it looks super glamorous too!

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You can take the veil off too!  We’re getting real fancy here.  And yes, this bride wedding bear amigurumi wears earrings!

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wedding-bears-amigurumi-13

Alright alright, let’s give the groom wedding bear amigurumi some spotlight.  Isn’t he sooo handsome?!  My sister first cut out felt pieces to make up the tux part, and then she cut up some white satin ribbon to cover the felt, so that the tux could have a nice sheen to it  She added a black bowtie, some blingy buttons (can’t be outdone by the super blingy bride wedding bear amigurumi, right?!) and finished it off with a small red polymer clay rose in its pocket.

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Oh!  Here’s the groom wedding bear amigurumi standing at the altar, with the officiant, little gold Buddha figurine!  He’s nervous, but definitely very excited.

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Here she is, the bride wedding bear amigurumi!  Don’t they look so cute already from the back at the altar?!

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Deary beloved, we are gathered here today….zzzzz….What?!  I’m not sleeping, I swear!!  <wiping drool from the corners of my mouth> Haha jk :P

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This is what the bug sitting on the cherry blossom branch sees at people’s wedding ceremonies.  So romantic! <3  Makes me want to become a bug…almost.

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Aww, so sweet, looking deeply into each other’s solid black safety eyes!

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And now you may kiss the bride wedding bear amigurumi!

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Yay!  They’re married, and now called Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Bears Amigurumi!  Look at the groom wedding bear amigurumi leading his bride away from the altar like he owns the world now.  But who can blame him?  And now time for some glamour shots!

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Those origami flower bouquets were my brother’s actual centerpieces at his wedding.  We all pitched in to fold some of them, and my sister, being the neat freak that she is, was able to arrange them so professionally and aesthetically into an awesome-looking bouquet.  Those bouquets were definitely a nice touch to the wedding.  Sorry for all the pictures btw, but as is customary of any wedding, there has to be a ton of pictures!!  It’s a once in a lifetime thing after all.

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Instead of riding away on a carriage, these wedding bears amigurumi will just sit snugly in this luscious basket of silk roses.  Congrats to my brother, the awesome website manager/promoter, and my sister-in-law!  I know this blog wouldn’t even exist without all your dedication and help.  I’m sorry for not posting as often as I should, but I just want you to know I really appreciate everything you’ve put into this blog for me.  I never would have thought that our facebook fanpage could ever reach 1,000 fans, but we have (and btw, there will be a special promotion for this awesome milestone so please keep posted)!  There’s no way I could’ve done this without you.  Wishing you both, and any other newlywed couples out there during this wedding season, the best things in life filled with lots of love and happiness!! :D

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Posted July 19th, 2013 at 9:47pm (Comments: none)
Filed under Amigurumi, Animals, Chinese zodiac, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day, Wedding

Pug Amigurumi

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!

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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.

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pug-amigurumi-20

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! :D

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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!

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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!

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pug-amigurumi-8

Just in case you wanted to see that adorable pug phone charm more close up!

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Oh, it broke loose of its jar!  How cute. :)

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Now it’s just getting restless!

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One last shot!  Thanks for looking!

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Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 10:22pm (Comments: none)
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Christmas Elf Rabbit Amigurumi

To wrap up our Christmas amigurumi friends for this year, we introduce to you the Christmas Elf Rabbit Amigurumi!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!!  :P

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Thanks for looking!  We and our Christmas amigurumi friends wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! <3

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Posted December 16th, 2012 at 7:40pm (Comments: none)
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Rudolph Reindeer Amigurumi

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!!

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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…! !

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rudolph-reindeer-amigurumi-9

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.

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rudolph-reindeer-amigurumi-8

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…

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Posted December 6th, 2012 at 11:03pm (Comments: 2)
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Crochet Me 2012 Amigurumi Calendar: Free Polar Lucibear pattern

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polar lucibear amigurumi 1

Just wanted to let you all know that you can download the Polar Lucibear pattern for free from the Crochet Me site for the first week of December. Sorry for the late reminder, but there are a couple days left before it’s not free anymore.

Update: It’s no longer free :( but you can still purchase it. Click here for more info.

I still cringe everytime I see myself referred to as a “designer” in the pattern. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not cringing out of disgust or anything. It’s more like a surprising cringe, like do I really qualify as a “designer?” Me, really?? Nah, “designer” is the last word I would use to describe myself…

Much to my sister’s chagrin, they also changed the descriptive story of Polar Lucibear to a much milder version of her original story. Polar Lucibear actually had a prop, which was a ring seal plushy made of felt. We forgot to send it in along with the bear when we mailed it. I wonder what they would have done if we had permanently attached the ring seal carcass to the bear haha! Enjoy!

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Posted December 5th, 2012 at 9:47pm (Comments: 2)
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