Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! Enrich their holidays and their playtime with these creative and fun projects.
OMG It's A BFF
These crocheted Besties dolls are as “best” as it gets! You’ll find seven dolls—each with her own unique style and personality! Choose from any of these unique girls, or design your own by mixing and matching. Caffeinated Cathy, here you come! Or perhaps Yarn-Loving Yancy? No matter which girl we choose to crochet, you’re sure to have a sweet friend for life!
Seize the Clay
Teach yourself the fun and easy craft of sculpting with polymer clay! Step-by-step photo instructions will guide you through adorable figures and magnets in fun shapes like animals, bugs, and holiday figures. You'll be a pro before you can say "I Can't Believe I'm Sculpting Clay Figures!"
In Fidget To Focus, you'll find cubes, mats and squares for the fidgeters in your life. Plus, the designs are easy enough that you can quickly create each one in no time.
Oh Baby, You're Gonna Love These
Crochet some adorable homemade fun with Sensory Baby Toys! Inside you’ll find three sets of colorful cuteness, each providing hours of enjoyment and engage baby’s sweet little senses. The only challenging part will be choosing which irresistible set to crochet for baby.
Talk About The Purr-fect Gift
Designer Kristi Simpson shares her daughter Kimmie’s experience at a cat shelter in Cool Cats. Choose from 14 meow-gical projects that represents a cat from the shelter. Each feline has it's own special personality and come in all shapes and sizes.
A Nursery That Packs A Punch
Designer and Craft Expert, Bérénice Robert spills her heart into each project inside Baby Punch Needle in hopes you’ll find the best for baby. The projects are easy enough for beginners to create, experts to enjoy, and baby to adore!
Make playtime more personal with these home-made creations they're sure to play with and cherish for years!
What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!
With the school year ending and schedules winding down, June brings us more time for fun, relaxation, and yes, a splash of creativity. Get out your supplies, imagination, and get ready to create with a splash.
Add a splash of color to your bath with 15 unique, fancy and fragrant Sparkle And Fizz Bath Bombs. Bath bombs have a magical way of turning ordinary bath time into a sublime, spa-like experience. These bombs also make adorable pieces to brighten up your bathroom décor.
Vibrant and Bold Are the Words of the Day
Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners will unleash your inner artist and open your mind to what's possible. The stroke-by-stroke how-to photo guides take you through six projects that will allow you to express yourself in vibrant and bold ways. So, what are you waiting for? Express yourself!
You'll Have a Whale of a Time
Next we'll head under the sea for some darling Water Babies Amigurumi. These crochet sea creatures are not only the cutest, they will be your budding marine biologist's best friends! The baby seal is, of course, totes adorbs, but I'm kind of partial to the puffer fish myself. You'll get to choose from a crab, seahorse, octopus, puffer fish, mermaid, seal, shark, starfish & whale. Or, crochet them all!
A Pour Decision You'll Be Happy With
Paint Pouring is mesmerizing and relaxing—a great way to spend a summer afternoon out of the heat. Get Started In Paint Pouring gives you the tips, techniques and inspiration to create amazing abstract works of art.
Got a Full Plate? Wipe it Clean With Vibrant Dishcloths!
If you're the more practical type who enjoys form AND function, look no further! These crochet Dishcloths are easy to make so you'll get instant gratification, and they're so bright and cheerful everyone in the house will be clamoring to do the dishes!
Set Your Table for Fun
A Splash of Color Livens Up Any Meal, and Playful Place Matswill do just that. Using one simple shape, and your choices of fabrics, you can sew up countless different looks. These mats will soon be screaming, "Dinner's on me!" and everyone will come running.
It's time to brighten up your life with bright colors and bold creativity. Your house will love you for it, your family will love you for it, and you will love creating these vibrant works of art. Whichever project (or projects) you choose, you'll be impressed with the results.
We love to see what you've created. Don't forget to post photo on social media and tag @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy your creations with you!
We've got plenty of new fun, stitching, crocheting, and crafting for you. Read on and we'll share a few of our favorite kits, which include everything you'll need to create to your heart's content.
We’ve got a lot of new stitching kits for you to try out!
You'll be stitching until the cows come home with these kits — they come in 4, 6, and 8 inch, and have everything you need including a hoop, needle, pre-printed fabric or felt, needle, floss and instructions.
These Teal Leaves will bring you restfulness as well as mental, spiritual balance. You won’t want to leaf this project behind.
In the past, yellow poppies represented wealth, fertility, strength, or even protection from evil spirits. We love them because they are full of cheer and color, which you can bring into your world with our Poppy Stitch Kit.
“A flower blooming in the desert proves to the world that adversity, no matter how great, can be overcome.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo
If you're more down to earth, our Flowers kit will suit your fancy!
The only problem with so many new items is which one you'll pick first! These will bring joy, calm, and appreciation whether you hang them on your wall or gift them to your favorite people. We'd love to know which you pick and how it turns out! Don't forget to post on your social media channels and tag @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts.
Since all of us are stuck at home, the time is now to use up our extra stashes of yarn. We’ve assembled a collection of ePatterns you can download NOW, and are readable on any device. Plus, they all use a skein or less of yarn — perfect for quick projects for yourself or to get a huge head-start on holiday or birthday gifts.
Hang Around With Your House Plants In Style
For plant-loving crocheters, this Ivy Stitch Plant Hanger ePattern was designed by Sarah J. Green and rated Easy, so whether you’re a beginner or looking for a quick afternoon activity, this project has you covered. Display your favorite little plants in 6” (15 cm) pots that fit perfectly in this cute little hanger. If you want to take a stab at more than just one plan hanger, you can find this one and more in Pretty Little Plant Hangers e-book.
Get Your Favorite Baby Ready for the Big Leagues
For your future basketball star, or just because of their incredible adorableness, you MUST crochet these tiny high-tops. High-Top Sneakers ePattern is rated Easy and includes instruction for small (2” wide x 3” long, or 5 cm x 7.5 cm) and medium (2” wide x 3.5” long, or 5 cm x 9 cm). If you know more than one baby, or you just want to enhance your own child’s shoe collection, this sneaker (along with other equally adorable baby booties) can also be found in Modern Baby Booties e-book. We know your baby is fashion-forward, so grab your yarn and get to crocheting!
Dress Up Your Kitchen with Darling Dish Soap Dresses
Who says dish soap can’t be pretty? We say hogwash! Outfitted with an apron, your prettied-up soap is ready and willing to get the job done! The Dishcloth Dress with Apron ePattern, the apron is easily created by changing use between solid and variegated colors. Basic stitches are used with a thirsty, medium-weight cotton yarn. If just one dress isn’t enough, you’ll want to take a look at the Dishcloth Dresses e-book for several different styles. Pick your favorite colors darling up your kitchen.
We Can All Use the Positive Energy a Cardinal Brings
This Cardinal is a gorgeous crocheted songbird with uncanny lifelike characteristics. This amigurumi spirit guide a team player and bold defender of your family and surroundings. It is also a popular state bird and a popular sports team mascot. So whether you’re a Cardinals fan, bird lover or appreciate the symbolism, this little bird is a keeper — you will surely want to make a few to give away as well. This Cardinal ePattern is rated easy and has an approximate finished size of 3.5” tall, or 9 cm. This ePattern is included in Spirit Animals e-book, which is also downloadable and has a wild selection of animals. Go Cardinals, go you!
Let the Good Times Roll with a Roll-Brim Hat
Winter is coming (well, eventually anyway). Knit this Quick & Easy Roll-Brim Hat in no time with Easy Plus skill level instructions. The completed hat circumference measures 20.5" or 52 cm. This design by Patsy J. Leatherburry can also be found in Hats for the Family e-book, which includes designs from cozy to chic. Top off your day with a stylish hat or 10.
You Don’t Have to Bend Over Backwards to Knit These Yoga Socks
Add style and comfort to your workout with knit Diamond Yoga Socks ePattern. Three sizes are included in the instructions (rated easy): small (6 1/2” or 16.5 cm) circumference, medium (8” or 20.5 cm), and large (9 3/4” or 25 cm). The socks in the photo was created using Red Heart Baby Hugs Medium. If you want more than one accessory (doesn’t everybody?), this design by Cathy Hardy and more can be found in Wild About Texture e-book.
Life in the Craft Lane is Much Better than Life in the Fast Lane
All of these projects are a great way to spend the afternoon, or heck, why not six afternoons? The projects we’ve discussed are just a small sampling of our available ePatterns. You can find them all on our website by searching for “ePatterns” or clicking here.
April is Stress Awareness Month, and it couldn’t have come at a more fitting time! If you are looking for ways to relax and bring those stress levels down, crafting could be your answer. Stepping back and taking these little moments in life to crochet, knit, paint, or do anything creative, does more good for your body than you may realize. When you are crafting, you are taking charge and focusing on your mental and physical health, which is critical in times like these. So craft away your stress with any creative project—here are just a few ideas to help inspire you!
Jump on the Diamond Art Bandwagon
If you enjoy crafting AND puzzles, it’s time to jump on the Diamond Art bandwagon. Our Rainy Day Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, powered by Diamond Dotz kit has what you need for a stress-free creative activity. The color-coded chart makes it easy for you to complete this abstract modern surrealist beauty, along with the pre-printed adhesive. With high-quality color printed fabric, 13-faceted diamonds, and handy tools like the comfort grip stylus and wax caddy, you’ll be dipping, dotting, and dazzling your way to a colorful masterpiece!
An Apron a Day Keeps the Stress Away
Sooooooo, you want to relax and be productive at the same time? (See what we did there?) Sew your way to calm with functional and adorable Simple to Sew Aprons. Whether you’re into gardening, chicken-raising, crafting, harvesting, or cooking and baking, we’ve got an apron pattern for you. You can never have too many aprons, right? Designer Billie Steward takes you step by step with instructions that will have you sewing these 13 quick projects and calming your nerves before you know it. With styles from bandanna to eggs to summer picnic or retro, these aprons also make amazing gifts.
Wrap Yourself in Hand-Knitted Warmth
Wrap yourself in hand-knitted warmth and comfort with theseKnit Cardigans by designer Andi Javori! Choose from 12 gorgeous cardigans, or heck, why not all of them? The hard part will be choosing which to knit first. Most of these aprons are rated Easy, with a couple of Intermediate ones sprinkled in just to keep you on your toes. Grab your knitting needles and make yourself a new sweater today! Each is destined to become a favorite.
Double the Creativity, Double the Fun
You and your kids can double your creativity with Play Mats from Leisure Arts—make your own interactive felt scenes, and then enjoy using them to make up your own fun stories. Seven different sets are all easy to cut and assemble with glue and simple stitching. Designs by Kimberly Layton include a castle complete with princess and unicorn, life under the sea, a sweet cupcake shop, a campsite, a farm, a cottage in the woods, and a neighborhood. Arrange the colorful pieces in endless ways and mix with other toys to expand the settings and characters.
Let Marvin Mega Boy Come to Your Rescue
Let Marvin Mega Boy save you from your worries! This Mini Maker Yarn Crafts kit is a bite-sized craft experience that will leave you with a cherished and cuddly super hero. The kit has everything you’ll need to create your own adorable 8.5” Marvin Mega Boy amigurumi, including easy-to-follow instructions, yarn, crochet hook and yarn needle. This little guy packs a big punch when it comes to bringing you joy. PS. He also makes a great companion for napping and watching TV.
Color Your Life with Paper Flowers
Not only are Paper Flowers easier to create than you’d expect, they bring out your creativity and wash away stress. With each turning page of this book, designer Jennifer Maker inspires you to create fabulous florals full of texture and color. And you’ll craft it all using tissue paper, cardstock, floral tape, and other readily available craft materials. You’ll uncover 10 projects in all that include a daisy, dandelion, orchid, and rose — one is sure to be your favorite. The best part — you’ll soon be diving into your very own blossoming projects. We’re sure of it.
Be Homebound in Comfort With This Cozy Quilt
Picture this: Lounging on your couch binge-watching your latest show, covered in a cozy blanket you quilted yourself! Our Homebound: Quilt with Leisure Arts pattern pack has a classic look, but never goes out of style. By adding a twist here or a fabric substitution there, you can go modern or traditional, or both! The finished lap quilt measures 49' x 65' with optional crib, twin, full, and king/queen sizes. The possibilities are endless-ish! And that makes us (and you!) very content.
A Bike Ride That Will Soothe Your Soul
Any Cycologist will tell you that this Bicycle Ride is good for your soul. You’ll have the sudden urge to jump on your own bike, gather flowers, and frolic your heart out, but not until you finish this charming embroidery project. If you find this Bicycle Ride embroidery project as charming as we do, then might we mention that your kit will contain everything you’ll need to embroider it into existence? Plus, the pattern itself is pre-printed on the enclosed fabric, so it’s ideal for beginners and experts alike. Yields one hoop of bicycle bliss. So go ahead – frolic away!
Yes, We Do Believe in Unicorns
Do you believes in unicorns? We do! Let this Unicorn Dreamcatcher protect you from your worries. The kit has everything you need to craft yourself to relaxation and create this unique dreamcatcher. But wait, there’s more! A bonus 32-page project book comes with your kit so you can create more great projects. You’ll be creating an organizer, doily dreamcatcher, ribbon chandelier, wreaths and more! Using the easy to follow instructions that come with our Mini Maker kits, you can easily bring creativity into your everyday life.
Pamper Yourself With Cotton
Pamper yourself and your family with the soft cotton creations featured in All About Cotton. This book guides you easily through 10 projects like making baskets, bottle carrier, tote, plant hanger, bath set, coasters, dishcloth and hanging dishtowel, potholder, napkin ring, and a rug. You’ll use soft and cool, yet sturdy and durable, cotton medium-weight yarn, perfect for quick crochet projects. Not only will you relieve stress by crocheting, you will be beautifying your home as well!
Choose one, two, three of these projects to bring some calm into your days, and come out of it with memories and cherished items. All of these projects are easy to accomplish and are perfect for you to do by yourself or include your children or other family members. Once you finish one or many of these stress relieving projects, be sure to share it with us @leisureartsinc or using the hashtag #LeisureArts on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in the craft universe. In addition, most of the items we’ve written about in this blog post are included in our April Giveaway on our website. Enter to win all of these great projects and craft your way to calm.
Lion Brand has compiled a list of great colors for 2019, and every month we pick a hue and match some of our favorite Leisure Arts patterns to the color palette. Here's a little more information on Kombucha:
Sounds right up our alley! Kombucha is a great warm transition color from fall into winter, and we have some really great Lion Brand Yarns on our website to showcase the different color variations of Kombucha you can play with. Heartland - Yosemite is a perfect color match to the main color of kombucha (below), and Hometown - Tampa Spice (below) is a darker tone that would give any of your projects dimension if you laced these two hues together.
Work your kombucha color into some mandala magic! This pattern from Mindful Mandala Afghans features kombucha as a great accent with the teal and neutral blanket. This afghan can keep you warm on a chilly day, or dress up your couch with some geometric style. This is a project that takes a little effort and a chunk of time, but in the end you come out with a beautiful statement blanket that looks good year round in your home.
Mirror Image Scarves are some of the most satisfying patterns you can crochet, because everything lines up perfectly and your lacework comes out symmetrical. This fall toned scarf features a darker side of kombucha, but it pairs so well with the bright mustard yarn next to it. You even pair up the kombucha color with a light blue, or even a multicolored yarn if you wanted to. The main point is that the scarf ends up symmetrical no matter what yarn you use, so it's easy to make, and fun to wear.
Who wouldn't want this crochet amigurmi fox? Enchanted Forest Creatures is full of mystical and magical patterns of woodland garden friends and cuddly animals. You can make this adorable fox in kombucha orange, or make a fun garden gnome to give your herbs some good luck! These patterns work up super quick, so this is definitely a unique beginner project to get you started in crochet.
Cowls are a fall fashion staple, and this cowl pattern from Knit Cowls has got some great color work going on. The kombucha is a great accent to the reds and browns, and the scalloped edges of the cowl make this garment look lacy and luxurious. This is an accessory that can be worn not just into winter, but maybe even into those cool spring mornings.
Scarves make the best gifts, even if it's just a gift for yourself. This pattern from Cozy Scarves looks good in kombucha orange, and the texture and pattern looks super easy to make. You can even play with the coziness of the scarf by varying the weight and texture of the yarn you choose. This is a great starter project for someone who's learning how to knit!
Kombucha is a tone of orange that pairs well with other colors, like this color blocked throw pattern from Decorator Throws. These colors normally wouldn't be placed together, but somehow it works! The whole throw makes any couch stand out with the colorful yarn, making it a statement blanket.
Modern Punch Needle gives you a window into an old craft that's making a comeback, and that's super easy to learn. This storage pouch with a kombucha accent is a great décor item to hold your yarn or fabrics in, and you can change up the size of the pouch to whatever size you need! This geometric and modern design is perfect for a minimalist home, and it takes little effort to create.
You can make modern and crafty wall art without knowing all of the background in crochet or knit. Learn To Make Woven Wall Hangingsis a great resource for weaving intricate and colorful works of fiber at with simple and easy to follow directions. You can make these projects in just a few hours, and have a boho chic piece of wall art for your living room!
Quilts bring a unique and eclectic style to the home, each one different with it's patterns and textures.Big Block Quilts gives you all the opportunities to get crazy and creative, especially with this pattern shown above. The oranges and purples are surprisingly well tied together with accents of red in the florals and stripes of the design. This is definitely a project that would take a lot of work to compete, but you know it would be worth it.
This pincushion from Crafty Critters is not only adorable, but it's functional too (just ignore that you're stabbing an adorable fox with pins). You can create this adorable fox pincushion in kombucha orange with simple stitches and some creativity! You can even dress up the fox like you see above, giving it a bow tie for that special '007 look. This little stunner is a must have in your sewing room.
Aren't these projects beautiful? If you've made these projects before, tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios.
It's a spooky time of year, Maker friends! The things that go bump in the night are ready to rumble. Halloween is just around the corner, and soon we'll see monsters and goblins and vampires roam the streets till the late hours of the night. If you're one of those die hard Halloween enthusiasts, then go out there and stir up some trouble! But if you're wanting to be less of a Frankenstein and more of a Casper The Friendly Ghost, then you've visited the right blog post. We've got some addicting and crafty creations that you can make before 'All Hallow's Eve' approaches.
Don't worry, these projects are warlock tested, mother approved.
Create Your Own Frankenstein
Get in the mindset of Dr. Jekyll when you create these Amigurumi Monsters! You can create endless possibilities with different colors and types of yarn, until you have created the perfect masterpiece.
Amigurumi Monsters - Mohawk and Flame
Amigurumi Monsters - Sunny and Pom-Pom
Practice Your Black Magic
Bubble bubble, toil and trouble! Sometimes you need a little magic in the air to make your night special. This potion for activated Charcoal soap is sure to work it's magic and make your skin soft as the silk off a witch's hat. Become your everyday Sanderson sister with these recipes for homemade soap from Home Soap Making.
Activated Charcoal Soap - Home Soap Making
Conjure A Fairy Wonderland
Make some fairy friends this Halloween, by creating a magical garden for them! These creative DIY Fairy Garden landscapes from Kristi Simpson are sure to brighten up your home for the mystical and magical holiday.
Rose Garden - DIY Fairy Gardens
Moss Garden Hut - DIY Fairy Gardens
Get Enchanted by Seasonal Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch is a fascinating craft that hooks you in once you start sewing. Trust me when I say that after looking at these Halloween patterns, you'll be under the Cross Stitch spell.
Seasonal Cottages - Halloween
Sample The Seasons - Halloween
Become The Halloween Pumpkin King
David Pumpkins who? Become the aficionado on all things pumpkin decor when you create our projects from Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins! Make lasting Halloween decor that can be used for years to come with craft pumpkins.
Most of these crafts will last you for years to come too, so you'd be creating some long term decorations that will impress your friends and family. These are the perfect projects to work on while you watch your favorite Halloween classic and fill up on Snickers and Paydays! The best part is that you can start working on these projects right now! Just follow the links to our website and purchase our eBooks. If you've created some fun Halloween crafts, tell us below, or even better, share a picture to our Leisure Arts Facebook Page! We'd love to see how our fellow makers are decorating their homes for Halloween.
Hey Makers! It's the most wonderful time of the year, and no, it's not Christmas. It's I Love Yarn Day on the 13th! A National Holiday that feels like Christmas to us seasoned craftsman. We get to show our appreciation for the fuzzy and fluffy crafts that have kept us company over generations. We use yarn for all types of crafts, for quick fixes, for the occasional birthday party, and for finishing touches. It's an all encompassing medium. But, have we ever shown yarn how much we care about it?
If you haven't, that's okay. Make up for lost time! We've put together a list of ways that you can show your love for your multicolored and miscellaneous yarn bin tucked away in your closet at home (don't lie, we all have one).
Knit Or Crochet For A Cause
There's nothing better than doing something nice for others. Charity is the best way to lend a helping hand to people in need, and what better way to lend a helping had than with crafts? We can help you think of some great patterns with A Charity Guide for Crochet, and A Charity Guide for Knitters, based on what craft you prefer. Just look at some of these patterns! A blanket with pockets? Insanity. Show your Love by trying out some of these daring designs.
Charity Guide For Crocheters
Charity Guide For Knitters
Blanket With Pockets Charity Guide Crochet
Update Your Space With A Stylish Wall Hanging
Vamp up your Home Decor situation with a new wall hanging! Yarn can create the most versatile styles of wall hangings, ranging from pristine and proper one color wall tapestries, to grungy and eclectic color blocked frocks. Learn to Make Woven Wall Hangingsand Wall Hangingsare two books that show a grand variety of wall decor patterns that you can choose from.
Spiral Stem Wall Hanging
Triangle Woven Wall Hanging
Give The Gift Of Cozy Feet!
Ah, Fall. The best time for leg warmers, scarves, and fuzzy socks. Check out these rockin' awesome sock books that will keep your feet warmer than a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Amigurumi! The craft everyone loves to make, but hates to pronounce. Homemade Amigurumi stuffed animals knock your traditional stuffed animals out of the ballpark when it comes to quality, and cuteness factor. I mean, just look at these adorable designs from two of our Leisure Arts books, Cute Amigurumi Monstersand Huggable Amigurumi.
Make someone an adorable Amigurumi doll for I Love Yarn Day!
Make Your I Love Yarn Day A Little Brighter With A Pom-Pom Project
Pom-Poms aren't just for cheerleading! They can also be for home decor. There are a lot of things that you can make with a simple pom-pom, big or small. All it takes is l little bundle of yarn. Show your love for yarn projects by trying out some of these pom-pom patterns in Crazy About Pom-Poms!
Pom-Pom Dream Catcher - Crazy About Pom-Poms
Make an old love new again with Macramé
Macramé is one of those vintage crafts that is making a hard and fast comeback to the maker community. We have been seeing new Macramé projects all over our social sites, and it's hard not to notice beautiful projects like these ones from A New Twist On Macraméand Get Started in Macramé. If you haven't tried Macramé, give it a go for I Love Yarn Day!
Give the Gift of Imagination with creative toys and playsets
Do you have a special little one to shop for? If you do, show your love for yarn by making the best baby toy patterns around! Busy Baby Boxesand Baby Stackshave some great homemade toy patterns that give your baby that extra nudge to learn and process.
Pass Your Love Of Yarn To Someone Special
One thing that we need to keep alive is passing on our skills from generation to generation. Imagine what your children or grandchildren can come up with after learning great craft techniques from you and your maker friends! We've got you covered with Teach me to Crochet, and Teach me to Knit. These books teach the foundations of two of our most popular crafts, and from there, that special someone you have in mind to teach can pick up on some of your styles!
If you have an itch to teach your skill or craft, don't forget about the Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructor Program. The best way to show your love of yarn is to share your love of yarn, so sign up today!
Use up your scrap Yarn and make something new to love!
If you have a scrap pile that needs to be taken care of in your maker space, then check out these patterns from Scrappy Afghansand Projects From Your Scrap Bagthat use up those extra scraps that you can't seem to part with. Show your love of yarn by giving it a clean home!
More Projects From Your Scrap Bag
Get Crafty With Yarn
You don't have to knit or crochet to use up that favorite ball of yarn! Our book, Yarn Crafts is an exception to the typical yarn user, where you can get more creative with your projects and your yarns! Try making string art with just a few nails and wrapping methods, or give that frumpy vase some added flair to spice up your dining room table. The possibilities are endless!
Rainbow Yarn Vases - Yarn Crafts
Ampersand String Art - Yarn Crafts
There are many other ways to celebrate I Love Yarn Day, but we're glad that we could give you just a few! If you have thought of something fun that we haven't thought of, comment below! We'd love to hear it. Be sure to share your projects that you have created for I Love Yarn Day on our Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram pages. We love to see what you guys are working on.
Huggable Amigurumi offers a unique take on Amigurumi. Instead of miniature crocheted creatures,, Kristi Simpson has created supersized Amigurimi amimals any child will love. We love the huggable crocheted designs so much that we invited today's guest blogger, Kristi Simpson, to talk about the inspiration for her fabulous designs in Huggable Amigurumi. Welcome Kristi!
Amigurumi patterns flood the internet, but you will not find anything like these sweet Huggables! They are 19” from sitting position and will quickly become one of the family!
Hi! I’m Kristi Simpson, designer of the patterns in the Leisure Arts’ book: Huggable Amigurumi. I have enjoyed designing and teaching for many years and this book is one of my new favorites! I can’t help it, even in designing, these little buddies made me so excited! I hope in reading about this collection, you will be just as excited and make one (or all 5!) for your next project.
When thinking about this book I was inspired by the mountain of stuffed animals that my kids have. Seriously, they are going to take over the house….but I was drawn to the larger ones. They all have so much character! I wanted to design a collection that would be fun to have for babies to larger kids that they can use as comfort and play.
I tried to create a collection that was similar in shape for the body and head but I added details that would set each apart. Some have large ears and hands and feet, others have a bow or collar with mitten hands…. Each are unique but as a collection, it all comes together.
Now, I have to brag about the wonderful job Leisure Arts did on this book. The photography is phenomenal! It really brought the animals to life and showed the true size—and fun that they are!
Seriously, isn’t the girl on the cover so sweet!?!?! The cover captured the entire theme, fun and huggable.
Huggable Amigurumi by Kristi Simpson
Next, I have to say that the first photo for the inside cover is my favorite. Seriously! You can’t see their faces but you can see the bodies, head detail and tails. They look like they are buddies with their arms on each other’s shoulders! I just can’t get over how cute they are lined up like that!
Huggable Amigurumi Designs - Back View
Now, let’s talk yarn. I used Bernat Softee Chunky throughout. It helps the animals be naturally larger and hold shape. I love working with bulky/chunky yarns and Bernat Softee Chunky offers not only a great yarn but a lot of colors to choose from! So now…meet the Huggables!
Bunny from Huggable Amigurumi by Kristi Simpson
She was designed with giant floppy ears and a sweet ruffle collar. The head was made from nose to middle back, unlike the others. It is easy and the pattern steps you right through from start to finish! I love the idea of a toddler pulling it along by it’s ears…like a sweet buddy!
Giant Stuffed Bunny in Huggable Amigurumi by Kristi Simpson
Say hello to Elephant.
Elephant from Huggable Amigurumi by Kristi Simpson
Being from Alabama, the elephant was an easy-pick. I wanted to make it ‘just right’. So, I worked for hours on the trunk so that it would be in perfect proportion. I didn’t want it to just stick straight out, or hang down---so, I worked and worked and made it easy for YOU! Now, the ears. I love them. Large and floppy! I used the variegated yarn on the ends of the hands, feet and the ears so that you can see the contrast and have the extra special touch. And you can see how BIG these animals are by this photo… look at him with the sweet boy!!!!
Giant Stuffed Elephant in Huggable Amigurumi by Kristi Simpson
Squishy Level 10: Lion
Lion from Huggable Amigurumi by Kristi Simpson
My kids vote this their favorite hands-down! They love the ears, nose and the mane. I made it from the top down and I step you through each part of it… don’t worry! The mane is actually from the neck, to the top and back down (not all over) so it’s just a fun feature, not all over. I love this one, and how it came together. I can just see it being squished and loved on for many years.
Cuteness alert! Giraffe is here!
Okay. This is MY favorite. I love it from the top of his horns to the ends of his hooves. Such cuteness! I love the spunk of his spikey hair fringe to the spots all over! I love it! I actually tried different ways to add his spots: circles, rectangles, odd shapes….but stitching them on was the perfect way to do it! I have been asked to re-make this one multiple times…. It has been a hit!
Hello Handsome…Meet the Monkey
Monkey from Huggable Amigurumi by Kristi Simpson
Dressed up in his bow tie, he’s ready to hit the town with his best buddy. His goofy grin always makes me smile and I just love his hands. Seriously, they are made like mitts to give him the most huggable effect! His perky-side ears give him the mischievous monkey look and he’s sure to impress with his big eyes too!
From designing this book to seeing the final product, I have loved each and every step…..and I just know you’re going to love making (AND GIVING) these squishy Huggables! I hope you create your own Huggable that will be cherished for years to come. So, what are you waiting for? Get your hook and yarn and get busy!
All Designs in Huggable Amigurumi by Kristi Simpson