Thursday, April 5, 2018

Crochet Toy Sugar Bowl

I've been continuing on my donation tea set project. I finished up the sugar bowl from Amigurumi Two!: Crocheted Toys for Me and You and Baby Too but I made some adjustments. I find hollow toys tend to collapse which is why I stuffed and closed the tea pot.

However, I didn't want to close off the sugar bowl. Instead I crocheted a white circle and sewed it into the sugar bowl to hold in the stuffing and to create the illusion of sugar in the bowl. I've done this when making play toy drink cups for younger family members when they went through their toy food phases. It is an effective strategy for giving some strength to the item and providing a little extra imaginative fun with an inserted color for milk or juice. I like the way this worked out. I have the tea cups, saucers, cookie plates, and cookies still to make.

This set will be a fun addition to my annual toy donation.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Crochet Toy Tea Pot

I got inspired to add food and food related items to my toy donation and it sent me back into books, leaflets, and patterns I own to try to see what fun stuff I could add to my donation. This teapot comes from Amigurumi Two!: Crocheted Toys for Me and You and Baby Toowhich I was sad to find had gone out of print. I rather love her books and they are my favorite ami books on my shelf. I guess this means I will just have to take better care of them as it will be harder to replace them.

This was a great stash busting project as I finished off the last of a pink Caron Pounder that had been hanging on for some time. One challenge I have with making containers in crochet is I find without putting some kind of container or reinforcement inside it doesn't hold it shape unless it is stuffed. This pattern didn't call for either. I made the decision to stuff my tea pot and sew the cover on as I was concerned it would likely not stay on even if I crocheted a cover for the top of the pot to keep the stuffing inside.

I've started work on the sugar bowl and am thinking about experimenting with a plan that might allow me to stuff the container and still allow the cover to come on and off to allow maximum pretend play with the play spoons and the sugar bowl. I'll have to see what happens as I move forward.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Easter Bunny Brought Crochet

The Easter Bunny hopped on by and left me a basket of new patterns and a new e-book of food patterns. Who knew the Bunny knew about gifting Amazon books.

I've got some great new items to work on for my toy donation project and some patterns I'm going to be using for a family member's birthday that will be coming up this summer.

Food Patterns

Big Book of Amigurumi. Over 85 patterns!

Cookie Baking

Grocery Shopping

Lemonade Play Set

Gift patterns


Stacking Bunny

18 Inch Doll clothes


Dolly Halter Dress

Monday, April 2, 2018

Baby Doll Diaper Bags

Crochetville's Wishlist came through again to help me with my doll donation project. These doll diaper bags arrived from a Polish Fairy Godmother last Tuesday. Now I just have to make the items to fill them up before the deadline which usually arrives around Thanksgiving. This is such a relief as I really don't like making bags. These are so adorable and will make some little girls quite happy.

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