Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote

Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter

The Quilted Tote is a quick project for using up existing quilt blocks or for busting through your stash of fat quarters. You can gift it to another crafter (it makes a great project bag), pair it with a book or tablet (it’s also a cute, padded carrying case), or use it as gift wrap.

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I’ve included instructions for piecing the quilt blocks for the bag front and back, but you can substitute existing 8.5” square quilt blocks for the front or back of the bag instead. I made my Quilted Tote small enough for my tablet, but you can adjust the basic parts of the pattern to make it larger or smaller. If you’re resizing, cut the lining and batting to the size of your finished squares for the front and back, and cut the bag straps to 2.5” (6.5 cm) wide by about 2.5 to 3 times the length of the front of your bag. It’s always better to make the straps longer than necessary because you can tie a knot or use a decorative pin to shorten them, but if the straps are too short, there’s not much you can do to fix the bag!

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Quilted Tote

Sewing Pattern by Underground Crafter

Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter

The Quilted Tote is a quick-to-sew project you can gift to your favorite crafter (as a project bag) or to a techie or reader (as a padded carrying case for a tablet or book). You can also use it as gift wrap! This is the eighth of 25 free sewing projects by 12 bloggers in the Little Gifts Sew Along.

Finished Size

  • Tote: 7.75” (19.5 cm) x 7.75” (19.5 cm).

Tools

Materials

  • 100% cotton fabric.
    • I used most of 2 batik fat quarters for my version, and some “ugly fabric” muslin for the backing. You could also use 3 fat quarters.
  • Cotton thread
  • Fairfield Poly-Fil Project Fleece Small or a small piece of batting (see measurements below).

Instructions

Prepare fabric and batting

  • Iron your fabric.
  • Layer 2 fat quarters on top of each other with the right sides facing. Trim the edges so both pieces are the same size.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | cutting fat quarters with Fiskars rotary cutter
  • Cut pieces for the quilt blocks, lining, and straps in the following sizes through both layers. With each cut, you will make 2 pieces, or 1 piece in each fabric.
    • Lining fabric: 8.5” (21.5 cm) square.
    • Strips for quilt blocks: Cut 2 strips to 3” (7.5 cm) x 18” (46 cm). You will have 4 strips since you are cutting through 2 layers of fabric.
    • Bag straps: Cut 2 straps to 2.5” (6.5 cm) x length of fabric (approximately 22”/56 cm). You will have 4 pieces since you are cutting through 2 layers of fabric.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | cut fabric
  • For the backing, cut 2 pieces of 8.5” (21.5 cm) square. This will not be seen so you can use an “ugly” fabric, muslin, or scraps.
  • Cut 2 pieces of 8.5” (21.5 cm) square from the batting.

Make quilt blocks for front and back of bag

  • Note: If you are using existing quilt blocks for your version, skip down to “Quilting the blocks.”
  • With the right sides together, sew the strips for the quilt blocks together along the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Press the seams flat on the strips.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | fabric strips
  • Trim strips to 8 pieces, each measuring 4.5” (11.5 cm) long.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | cut fabric strips
  • Place a trimmed strip with right sides facing perpendicular to another trimmed strip and sew together with 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat until you have 4 sets of blocks.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | piecing blocks
  • Trim each block to 4.5” (11.5 cm) square.
  • With a 1/4″ seam allowance and with right sides facing, sew 2 blocks together for the front and 2 blocks together for the back.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | assembling blocks
  • Trim your new blocks to 8.5” (21.5 cm) square (or, to the same size if they are smaller or larger).

Quilting the blocks

  • Make 2 “quilt sandwiches” for the front and the back of the bag.
  • Layer the quilt blocks right side up at the top, put the batting underneath the block, and put the backing fabric underneath the batting.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | quilt sandwich
  • Quilt the blocks. I used the “hand-look quilting stitch” (#17) on my Baby Lock Jubilant and the Stitch Guide Foot from the Quilting Foot Kit and started by working a diagonal line across the center of the blocks.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | quilting
  • I used the Stitch Guide Foot’s ruler to create lines that were the same distance from previous quilt line.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | quilting
  • Trim the quilted blocks if necessary.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | quilted block

Make bag straps

  • Position the strips for the bag straps right sides together and sew closed along each long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Press flat and trim straps to the same length.

Assemble bag

  • Position the quilted blocks right sides together and sew closed around 3 sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn right side out.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | bag front
  • Place the lining fabric pieces with the right sides together. Sew closed around 3 sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 4” (10 cm) opening on one of the side seams.
  • Pin the short edges of the straps to the bag as pictured below. With the first strap, pin one short edge to the top of the front and the second short edge to the top of the front of the bag. Repeat with the other strap on the back of the bag, being sure to line up the straps.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | bag front with straps
  • Using your machine’s free arm and with the right side of the bag facing up, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance along the top edge of the bag, sewing the straps in place. Remove pins as you work.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | sewing on straps
  • Place the quilted part of the bag with the right side out inside of the lining. The lining should still have the right sides together/wrong sides out. Pin in place.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | bag liner with bag inside
  • Using your machine’s free arm, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance along the top of the lining, sewing the quilted part of the bag with the straps in place to the lining. Remove pins as you work.
  • Turn the bag right side out, pulling through the 4” (10 cm) opening in the lining.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | open seam in fabric liner
  • Sew the opening in the lining closed.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | sewing up fabric liner
  • Put the lining back in the bag. Leave some of the lining (about 1/4″/0.5 cm) visible at the top.
  • Working on the right side of the bag and using your machine’s free arm, make a seam using a decorative stitch. I used the “hand-look quilt stitch” and the J presser foot on my Baby Lock Jubilant.
  • Trim threads and enjoy your tote.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | finished tote

Crochet Pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler by 3amgracedesigns

I’m so excited to share a guest post for an adorable (that is, kawaii!) birdhouse softie by Donna and Michealene from 3amgracedesigns. This is a beginner-friendly crochet project that can be embellished with safety eyes, embroidery, or fabric paint.

Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter

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About 3amgracedesigns

Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter - Donna and Michaelene from 3amgracedesigns illustration

Donna Beavers & Michaelene Nelson are the crochet designing duo behind 3amgracedesigns. While a three hour time difference & 2,600 miles geographically separate them, they talk daily and draw inspiration from the maker community to create fun, original designs for their crochet-loving audience. They can accomplish anything with Jesus, enough coffee, and a good Wi-Fi connection.

When they’re not designing, they can be found spending time with their families and loudly supporting their children at their sporting competitions.

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Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler™

Crochet Pattern by 3amgracedesigns

Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter

Hello Makers! I’m Donna from 3amgracedesigns. We’re so honored that we get to hang out with you today!

I’m absolutely convinced the crochet community is filled with the nicest, kindest people around. I’ve met and been inspired by so many amazing human beings through Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest all via a little hashtag #crochet.

My goal for 3amgracedesigns was to give back to an amazing fiber community that supported me through some of life’s darkest challenges.  Crochet kept my hands busy when my heart was hurting over post-partum depression with my first child, unsuccessful infertility treatments trying to have a second child, and battling a rare form of cancer in 2015. Life can be hard – but crochet has always provided beauty & healing from the ashes.

Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter - with cloud and bird

I launched 3amgracedesigns with our Big Bang Theory C2C Crochet-along. Soon after, God crossed my path with Michaelene and we connected on so many levels within our hearts. We’ve been designing together ever since. We’re 2600 miles apart in distance yet we still finish each other’s thoughts & designs in a way that astonishes us both. We can’t wait to see where God takes our Maker journey next.

Together we have designed nine C2C Crochet-alongs, our most recent being for the popular video game Fortnite. We also love all things kawaii and have designed over 100 Kawaii Cuddlers, a line inspired by our love for food with faces. They are a bit bigger than traditional amigurumi – they just have TOO much personality to be small!

Today we’re sharing our Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler™ pattern.  This is a beginner level design and we hope you enjoy making it as much as we loved creating it for you!

Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter - with bird

Materials

Dimensions/Gauge

  • 11” x 11.5”

Abbreviations

  • BLO – Back Loop Only – Marly Bird has a helpful video for identifying the back loop here.
  • Ch – Chain
  • Dec – Single Crochet Decrease – Fiber Flux has a helpful video for this stitch, also known as sc2tog, here.
  • FO – Fasten Off
  • HDC – Half Double Crochet
  • Inc – Single Crochet Increase
  • MR – Magic Ring – Oombawka Design has a helpful video for the magic ring here.
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • Sl St – Slip Stitch

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern uses U.S. crochet abbreviations.
  • Unless otherwise specified, you will Ch1 and turn at the end of each row throughout the pattern.
  • A photo tutorial for the whipstitch is available here.

Birdhouse Base (Make 2)

  • Row 1 – With Lavender yarn, Ch36, SC in second Ch from hook and in each Ch across (35)
  • Rows 2-3 – SC across (35)
  • FO, Weave in ends.

Birdhouse

  • Row 1 – With Waterslide yarn, into the third stitch from the right of the Birdhouse Base, SC31 (31)
  • Rows 2-28 – SC across (31)
  • Row 29 – Dec, SC27, Dec (29)
  • Row 30 – Dec, SC25, Dec (27)
  • Row 31 – Dec, SC23, Dec (25)
  • Row 32 – Dec, SC21, Dec (23)
  • Row 33 – Dec, SC19, Dec (21)
  • Row 34 – Dec, SC17, Dec (19)
  • Row 35 – Dec, SC15, Dec (17)
  • Row 36 – Dec, SC13, Dec (15)
  • Row 37 – Dec, SC11, Dec (13)
  • Row 38 – Dec, SC9, Dec (11)
  • Row 39 – Dec, SC7, Dec (9)
  • Row 40 – Dec, SC5, Dec (7)
  • Row 41 – Dec, SC3, Dec (5)
  • Row 42 – Dec, SC, Dec (3)
  • Row 43 – Dec, SC (2)
  • Row 44 – Dec (1)
  • FO, Weave in ends.
  • Using Waterslide yarn, SC along row ends of Birdhouse peak. This will allow a clean line when you whipstitch the Roof onto the Birdhouse
Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter

Roof (Make 2)
Left Side

  • Row 1 – With Lavender yarn, Ch6, SC in second Ch from hook and in each Ch across (5)
  • Rows 2-34 – SC across (5)
  • FO, Weave in ends.
Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter - Roof

Right Side

  • Row 1 – With Lavender yarn, into the fifth stitch from the end of Left Side Roof, SC5 along edge (5)
  • Rows 2-28 – SC across (5)
  • FO, Weave in ends.
  • Center Roof on Birdhouse. With Lavender yarn, whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) Roof into BLO of stitches along Birdhouse peak.

Bird Entrance

  • Bird Entrance is worked in a continuous round, do not join.
  • Round 1 – With Shocking Pink yarn, MR, SC6 (6)
  • Round 2 – Inc x 6 (12)
  • Round 3 – (SC, Inc) x 6 (18)
  • FO, Leave long tail for sewing.

Door

  • Row 1 – With Turqua yarn, Ch17, SC in second Ch from hook and in each Ch across (16)
  • Rows 2-18 – SC across (16)
  • Row 19 – Dec, Dec, SC8, Dec, Dec (12)
  • Row 20 – Dec, SC8, Dec (10)
  • Row 21 – Dec, HDC6, Dec (8)
  • FO, Leave long tail for sewing.

Cheeks (Make 2)

  • Round 1 – With Pink yarn, MR, SC6 (6)
  • Join. FO, Leave long tail for sewing.


Alternative to Safety Eyes (Make 2)

  • Eyes are worked in a continuous round, do not join.
  • Round 1 – With Black yarn, MR, SC6 (6)
  • Round 2 – Inc x 6 (12)
  • FO, Leave long tail for sewing.
  • You can also embroider or use puff paint to create sleepy eyes like this:
Free crochet pattern: Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler amigurumi in assorted Red Heart yarns by 3amgracedesigns for Underground Crafter - Eyes

Assembly

  • Sew or glue Bird Entrance and Door in desired locations.
  • Place safety eyes between Rows 12-13 of Door, roughly 5 stitches apart.
  • Sew or glue Cheeks in desired location.
  • Use embroidery floss or puff paint to create mouth.
  • Align Birdhouse halves so ends of rows match. SC around both pieces to join together. If you want your edging to match  – make sure you change colors as you SC around. Stuff with Poly-Fil prior to completing stitching. Make sure you work in a counter-clockwise direction so your stitches face forward.

We hope you enjoy our new pattern. When you make a Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler™, we’d love to see it! Tag us @3amgracedesigns on social media. We’re always available via email to 3amgracedesigns AT gmail DOT com or in our Facebook group to answer any questions you might have. Happy crocheting!

© 2019 by 3amgracedesigns and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate 3amgracedesigns’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/04/29/crochet-pattern-birdhouse-kawaii-cuddler-by-3amgracedesigns. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: Hygge Squirrel by Hooked by Kati

Hygge Squirrel, free crochet amigurumi pattern by Hooked by Kati for Underground Crafter

They say all good things must come to an end and I’m happy to share the third and final another adorable amigurumi crochet pattern in a series of guest posts by Hooked by Kati! The Hygge Squirrel is the companion of the Hygge Hedgehog and Hygge Owl.

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About Kati Brown

Kati Brown is a designer who lives in Colorado with her husband and two sons. Kati works in bright colors and fun shapes, and she loves making anything with safety eyes. Her inspiration mostly comes from the games and imaginations of her energetic boys, who thoroughly test all amigurumi for durability and aerodynamics. She is a regular contributor to several print magazines and runs Hooked by Kati, a blog about patterns and the craft business journey. 

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Hygge Squirrel

Crochet Pattern by Hooked by Kati

Hygge Squirrel, free crochet amigurumi pattern by Hooked by Kati for Underground Crafter

The third in the Hygge amigurumi woodland creature collection, this little fellow has a bushy tail and an attitude to match.

Hygge Squirrel, free crochet amigurumi pattern by Hooked by Kati for Underground Crafter - Hygge Squirrel, Hygge Owl, and Hygge Hedgehog with yarn
  • Pattern Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Terminology Used (U.S. or U.K.): US

Finished Size

  • 7” (18 cm) tall x 4.5” wide x 4.5” (11.5 cm) deep when made with worsted weight yarn

Materials

  • Red Heart Soft worsted weight yarn, 100% acrylic, 256 yds / 5 oz / 141 g, 1 ball (20 yds) #E728 Cocoa (MC), < 1 ball #7933 Wheat (AC1)
  • Red Heart Hygge bulky yarn, 70% acrylic, 30% nylon, 132 yds / 5 oz / 141 g, 1 ball #E869 Latte (AC2).
  • G (4.25 mm) crochet hook
  • Two 15 mm brown safety eyes
  • Fairfiled Poly-Fil Fiber Filling
  • Tapestry needle
  • Straight pins
  • Stitch markers (if desired) 

Gauge

  • Gauge is not important for amigurumi. Be sure to use the same hook throughout to ensure proportional size.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
  • AC1 – Accent Color 1
  • AC2 – Accent Color 2
  • ch – chain
  • dec – decrease (sc2tog) – Watch a helpful video tutorial by Whistle & Ivy here.
  • inc – increase (2 sc in next st)
  • MC – Main Color
  • sc – single crochet
  • sc join – With slip knot on hook, insert hook into stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo pull through both loops on hook.
  • sl st – slip stitch

Pattern Notes

  • Work in continuous rounds unless otherwise specified by pattern.
  • For best results, assemble parts in order specified by pattern.
  • Do not weave in ends of each part until the end. This allows for repositioning of parts if needed.
  • Ch-3 at beginning of round counts as dc.
  • For more help with part attachment, check out 5 Tips for Perfect Amigurumi Part Attachment at Hooked by Kati.
Hygge Squirrel, free crochet amigurumi pattern by Hooked by Kati for Underground Crafter - Hygge Squirrel, Hygge Owl, and Hygge Hedgehog

Pattern Instructions

Body

  • With MC, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)
  • Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)
  • Rnd 3: [sc, inc] 6 times. (18)
  • Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)
  • Rnd 5: 12 sc, change to AC1, 12 sc. (24)
  • Rnd 6: Change to MC, [3 sc, inc] 3 times, change to AC1, [3 sc, inc] 3 times. (30)
  • Rnd 7: Change to MC, 15 sc, change to AC1, 15 sc. (30)
  • Rnd 8: Change to MC, [4 sc, inc] 3 times, change to AC1, [4 sc, inc] 3 times. (36)
  • Rnd 9: Change to MC, 18 sc, change to AC1, 18 sc. (36)
  • Rnd 10: Change to MC, [5 sc, inc] 3 times, change to AC1, [5 sc, inc] 3 times. (42)
  • Rnd 11: Change to MC, 21 sc, change to AC1, 21 sc. (42)
  • Rnd 12: Change to MC, [6 sc, inc] 3 times, change to AC1, [6 sc, inc] 3 times. (48)
  • Rnds 13-20: Change to MC, 24 sc, change to AC1, 24 sc. (48)
  • Rnd 21: Change to MC, [6 sc, dec] 3 times, change to AC1, [6 sc, dec] 3 times. (42)
  • Rnd 22: Change to MC, [5 sc, dec] 3 times, change to AC1, [5 sc, dec] 3 times. (36)
  • Rnd 23: Change to MC, [4 sc, dec] 3 times, change to AC1, [4 sc, dec] 3 times. (30)
  • Rnd 24: Change to MC, [3 sc, dec] 6 times. (24)
  • Rnd 25: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)
  • Stuff.
  • Rnd 26: [sc, dec] 6 times. (12)
  • Rnd 27: Dec 6 times. (6)
  • Bind off leaving long tail for sewing. Thread tail through remaining 6 sts, pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Head

  • With MC, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)
  • Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)
  • Rnd 3: [2 sc, inc] 4 times. (16)
  • Rnd 4: [3 sc, inc] 4 times. (20)
  • Rnds 5-6: Sc evenly around. (20)
  • Rnd 7: [4 sc, inc] 4 times. (24)
  • Rnd 8: [5 sc, inc] 4 times. (28)
  • Rnd 9: [6 sc, inc] 4 times. (32)
  • Rnd 10: [7 sc, inc] 4 times. (36)
  • Rnds 11-16: Sc evenly around. (36)
  • Insert safety eyes between Rounds 9 and 10, 7 sts apart. Position eyes so the space between them is on a flat side of the head, giving the squirrel a flat forehead and face.
  • Rnd 17: [4 sc, dec] 6 times. (30)
  • Rnd 18: [3 sc, dec] 6 times. (24)
  • Rnd 19: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)
  • Stuff.
  • Rnd 20: [sc, dec] 6 times. (12)
  • Rnd 21: Dec 6 times. (6)
  • Bind off leaving long tail for sewing. Thread yarn through remaining 6 sts and pull tight to close.
  • Attach head to narrow end of body around Round 4, between Rounds 9 and 16 of the head. Center narrow end of head over AC1 side of body.
Hygge Squirrel, free crochet amigurumi pattern by Hooked by Kati for Underground Crafter - Squirrel face detail

Ears (Make 2)

  • With MC, ch 4.
  • Row 1: 8 dc in fourth ch from hook. (see Pattern Notes) (9)
  • Sl st in top of ch-3 to join.
  • Bind off leaving long tail for sewing.
  • Sew 2 stitches of ears to head along Round 16, 8 sts apart, aligned with eyes.
Hygge Squirrel, free crochet amigurumi pattern by Hooked by Kati for Underground Crafter - Squirrel profile

Hind Legs (Make 2)

  • With MC, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)
  • Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)
  • Rnd 3: [sc, inc] 6 times. (18)
  • Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)
  • Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)
  • Rnd 6: [4 sc, inc] 6 times. (36)
  • Rnd 7: [5 sc, inc] 6 times. (42)
  • Rnds 8-11: Sc evenly around. (42)
  • Bind off leaving long tail for sewing.
  • Attach to body between Rounds 9 and 25, equally covering MC and AC1. When leg is sewn ¾ around, stuff, then complete attachment.

Hind Feet (Make 2)

  • With AC1, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: 5 sc in second ch from hook. (5)
  • Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (10)
  • Rnds 3-8: Sc evenly around. (10)
  • Bind off leaving long tail for sewing. Stuff lightly. Press last round of Hind Feet flat. Sewing through both layers of the last round, attach across last 4 rounds of hind legs and one round of body. Attach so that first 6 rounds of feet stick out in front of body and act as a stabilizer when body is upright.
Hygge Squirrel, free crochet amigurumi pattern by Hooked by Kati for Underground Crafter - Squirrel with Red Heart Soft and Hygge yarns

Arms (Make 2)

  • With AC1, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)
  • Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)
  • Rnds 3-4: Sc evenly around. (12)
  • Rnd 5: [4 sc, dec] twice. (10)
  • Rnds 6: Change to MC, sc evenly around. (10)
  • Rnd 7-20: Sc evenly around.
  • Bind of leaving long tail for sewing. Press paw flat with a slight curve. Holding paw flat, stuff arm. Do not stuff paw. Press last round flat. Working through both layers of the last round, sew arm to body vertically between Rounds 5 and 10, 4 stitches behind the color change. Sew along arm along top and bottom for 4 stitches to tack down and hold pointing forward.

Tail

  • With AC2, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)
  • Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)
  • Rnd 3: [sc, inc] 6 times. (18)
  • Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)
  • Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)
  • Rnd 6: [4 sc, inc] 6 times. (36)
  • Rnd 7: [5 sc, inc] 6 times. (42)
  • Rnd 8: [6 sc, inc] 6 times. (48)
  • Rnd 9: Skip 24, 24 sc. Leave skipped stitches unworked. (24)
  • Rnd 10: Sc evenly around. (24)
  • Rnd 11: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)
  • Rnd 12: Sc evenly around. (18)
  • Rnd 13: [sc, dec] 6 times. (12)
  • Rnd 14: Dec 6 times. (6)
  • Bind off and weave in ends. Continue tail by working on unworked stitches from Round 9.
  • Rnd 1: Sc join (see Special Stitches), 23 sc. (24)
  • Rnd 2-16: Sc evenly around. (24)
  • Rnd 17: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)
  • Stuff tail.
  • Rnd 18: [sc, dec] 6 times. (12)
  • Rnd 19: Dec 6 times. (6)
  • Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing. Thread yarn through remaining 6 sts and pull tight to close. Sew to body with bottom of tail at Round 22, evenly placed between hind legs, acting as support when body is upright. With scrap yarn, sew center of Round 1 of tail to center of last round of head. Tail will curve along body.

Nose

  • With long strand of AC1, sew from the center of the nose, up 2 rounds, and back through center of the nose. Continue in stitches on either side of upper stitch to create a triangle, always threading back through center of nose.

Face Shaping

  • Thread yarn up through center of nose and down through stitch 4 rounds straight down from nose. Thread yarn back up through center of nose. Pull tightly to crease snout.
© 2019 by Kati Brown (Hooked by Kati) and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Kati’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/04/22/crochet-pattern-hygge-squirrel-amigurumi-by-hooked-by-kati/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: Zebra Pocket Pillow

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

I’m kicking off the second annual Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central with the Zebra Pocket Pillow! This crocheted amigurumi pillow has a pocket panel that you can use as gift wrap, to tote a favorite book, or to store your tablet.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Materials for the sample were generously provided by Clover USA, Fairfield World, and Red Heart.

Last year, I made the Lion Pocket Pillow for the first Softie CAL and I kind of felt like he needed a buddy.

Free crochet pattern: Lion Pocket Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver yarn and stuffed with Fairfield Original Poly-Fil by Underground Crafter. This pattern is one of 10 free crochet patterns by 10 designers in the 2018 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central

Since the basics of the panel shapes would be the same, I decided to add some interest with stripes, and that’s where the idea for the Zebra Pocket Pillow was born.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - back pocket

Just like its Lion Pocket Pillow pal, the Zebra Pocket Pillow has a generous pocket panel. This is great for encouraging your littles to read, for including a small gift, or for putting a tablet out of reach.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - back pocket

For this year’s Softie CAL, Fairfield World generously provided all of the participating designers with Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill. This happens to be one of my favorite fiber fillings to use for making crocheted softies.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - Marie with fiber fill bag

It’s coarser and denser than the standard Poly-Fil. That means it doesn’t “fluff out” as much when you are stuffing your project. It helps because then you aren’t accidentally crocheting your Poly-Fil onto the right side of your projects.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - comparing fiber fillings

If you’re just hearing about the Softie Crochet Along, you can get all the details here.

  • You can join in by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CALCentral on all social media. If you use Fairfield World Poly-Fil for your project, tag @fairfieldworld and use #fairfieldworld, too.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the CAL Central Facebook group or visit this thread in the CAL Central Ravelry group.
  • By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 10 awesome projects. Make adorable softies while having fun with us! Enter here to win one of the great end-of-CAL giveaway prizes!
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

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Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

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Zebra Pocket Pillow

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Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

Stripes, facial features, and a mane add character to a simple, stuffed pillow. The pocket on the back can be used to hide a gift or to keep a book safe during travels.

Finished Size

  • Pillow: 10” (25.5 cm) wide x 12” (30.5 cm) tall before stuffing.

Materials

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - supplies

Gauge

  • 18 sc x 20 rows = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • Rnd(s) – Rounds
  • sc  – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo  – yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Front Panel, Back Panel, Pocket Panel, and Ears are crocheted flat in rows.
  • Eyes and Muzzle are crocheted in unjoined spirals in the round. Move stitch markers up each round to mark position of last stitch.
  • Mane is crocheted in the round when joining layers with single crochet seam. A helpful photo tutorial for seaming with single crochet is available here.
  • When choosing colors, note that CA and CB are used for Panel stripes. CA is used for Eyes. CB is used for the Muzzle and Ears.
  • Change colors in the last yarn over of the final single crochet of designated rows. Moogly has a helpful video tutorial here.
  • Oombawka Design has a helpful magic adjustable ring tutorial here.
  • If you are crocheting in low light conditions, you may find black yarn difficult to work with. Choose two high contrast colors instead of black and white to make it easier to see your stitches.

Pattern Instructions

Front and Back Panels (Make 2)

  • With CA, ch 46.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and in each ch across. (45 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across, changing to CB in last yo of final sc (see Pattern Notes).
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across, changing to CA in last yo of final sc.
  • Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
  • Rows 6-57: Repeat Rows 2-5  – 13 times, or until Panel measures approximately 12” (30.5 cm) tall, ending after Row 5. Fasten off.

Pocket Panel

  • Repeat instructions for Front Panel until Pocket Panel measures approximately 7” (18 cm), ending after Row 3 or Row 5. Fasten off.

Muzzle

  • With CB, start with magic adjustable ring (see Pattern Notes).
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tightly to close ring, pm in last st to mark position. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; repeat from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; repeat from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts; repeat from * around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts; repeat from * around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 8: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts; repeat from * around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 9: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts; repeat from * around. (54 sts)
  • Rnd 10:  Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 11: Repeat Rnd 10. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 1 yd/1 m) for joining.
  • Position the craft nose at the top of the Muzzle and secure with washer.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends of starting yarn from magic circle on back of Muzzle.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

Ears (Make 2)

  • With CB, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch. (2 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st. (3 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. (Increases by 1 st)
  • Rows 4-16: Repeat Row 3 – 13 times, ending with 17 sts. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 1 yd/1 m) for joining.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends of starting yarn on back of Ears.

Eyes (Make 2)

  • With CA, ch 4.
  • Rnd 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch, sc in next ch, 4 sc in next ch, turn to work along underside of foundation chain, sc in next ch, 2 sc in first ch, pm in last st to mark position. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sl st to first st to join.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 1 yd/1 m) for joining.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends of starting yarn on back of Eye.

Decorate Face

  • Using locking stitch markers, pin Eyes, Muzzle, and Ears on Front Panel using pictures as a guide.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - positioning face
  • Once satisfied with positioning, place safety eyes in crocheted eyes. Attach by firmly securing washers on back.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - decorating face
  • With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew Eyes to Front Panel. With yarn needle, weave in ends from Eyes on back of Front Panel.
  • With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew Muzzle to Front Panel, leaving about 2” (5 cm) unseamed. Stuff Muzzle firmly and continue to sew Muzzle to Front Panel. With yarn needle, weave in ends from Muzzle on back of Front Panel.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - stuffing muzzle
  • With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew the lower edge (final row) of each Ear to Front Panel, shaping each Ear so that it is curved. With yarn needle, weave in ends from Ears on back of Front Panel.

Assemble Pillow and Add Mane

  • With locking stitch markers, pin the Panels together as follows. Position right side of Front Panel with face up on top, with Back Panel underneath, and the Pocket Panel at the bottom.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - assembling panels
  • With right side of Front Panel (face) facing you, join CB with sl st at bottom of Front Panel. Lining up stitches and working through all layers, begin working a single crochet seam (see Pattern Notes). Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 44 sts, turn to work along long edge and begin to crochet Mane, [sc in side of next row, ch 6] across to final row of Front Panel, turn to work along top of Front Panel, [sc in next st, ch 6] across top of Front Panel, turn to work along long edge, [sc in side of next row, ch 6] across to Front Panel until approximately 4” (10 cm) remain. Stuff pillow firmly with Poly-Fil. Continue to seam side of long edge by working [sc in side of next row, ch 6] across, sl st to join to first sc.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave any remaining ends into inside of pillow.
© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/04/01/crochet-pattern-zebra-pocket-pillow. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Announcing the Second Annual Softie Crochet Along!

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

The Softie Crochet Along is the second crochet along of 2019 hosted in the CAL Central Facebook and Ravelry groups. We’ve brought together ten of the top crochet designers out there to bring you free crochet patterns for softies. Five of our favorite companies are providing prizes for our end-of-CAL giveaway. Join us to make great amigurumi projects to cuddly and play with, chat with other crocheters, and enter to win fabulous prizes!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links.

This is the main post for 2019 Softie crochet along. Read on for more details including:

  • How the 2019 Softie Crochet Along Works,
  • How To Join the 2019 Softie CAL,
  • 2019 Softie Crochet Along Schedule,
  • 2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway Prizes, and
  • Enter the 2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway.

How the 2019 Softie Crochet Along Works

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

Every Monday from April 1 through June 3, 2019, we’ll share a free crochet pattern for a softie! You can make fun softie projects to keep, for gifts, or to donate to charity while chatting with other crocheters in our groups and sharing your projects to win giveaway prizes!

Fairfield World has generously provided all of the participating designers with Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill to use in their softies. They will also be also be awarding the grand prize, a 5 lb. box of Poly-Fil and two Poly-Fil Basic 16” x 16” Pillow Inserts, to the crocheter whose project gets the most votes!

Clover USA, Search Press North America, LeitherCo, and Morgan’s Mane have also generously provided us with prizes for this CAL. Share your completed project pictures in this post (scroll down for details)by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, June 10, 2019 to enter for your chance to win!

How To Join the 2019 Softie CAL

  • You can join in by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CALCentral on all social media. If you use Fairfield World Poly-Fil for your project, tag @fairfieldworld and use #fairfieldworld, too.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the CAL Central Facebook group or visit this thread in the CAL Central Ravelry group.
  • By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 10 awesome projects. Make adorable softies while having fun with us!
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

2019 Softie Crochet Along Schedule

This list will be updated during the CAL to include links to each pattern as it is released.

2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway Prizes

We work hard to find the best crochet along prizes from around the web for each CAL Central Crochet Along. Read on for more details about the prizes and how to enter for your chance to win.

The most popular project will win the grand prize from Fairfield World: a 5 lb. box of Poly-Fil and two Poly-Fil Basic 16” x 16” Pillow Inserts. Show your support by following Fairfield World on Instagram | Facebook.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - Fairfield World Prize

Clover USA is providing one winner with a Swatch Ruler and Needle Gauge and a Quick Locking Stitch Marker Set. Show your support by following Clover USA on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - Clover USA prizes

Search Press North America is providing one winner with both Cuddly Animals to Crochet by Lucia Forthmann (reviewed here) and Crocheted Bears by Val Pierce. Show your support by following Search Press North America on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - Search Press Prize

MorgansMane is providing one winner with a Chakra Crochet Hook. Show your support by following MorgansMane on Etsy | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - MorgansMane Chakra Crochet Hook prize

LeitherCo is providing one winner with a subscription box. Show your support by following Ashley on Etsy | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - Leither Co Prize

Continue on to learn how to enter the giveaway for your chance to win one of these fabulous prizes!

Enter the 2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway

  • This is the end-of-CAL giveaway for the 2019 Softie Crochet Along. The Crochet Along is hosted by CAL Central and the giveaway is organized by Underground Crafter.
  • To enter the end-of-CAL giveaway for one of the prizes described above, share one picture of each project you completed using a 2019 Softie Crochet Along pattern by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, June 10, 2019. Each completed project will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • If you do not wish to share a project picture, you may also enter by mailing a letter with your name, the name of the CAL, and your email address (so we can contact you if you win) to Underground Crafter, Planetarium Station, P.O. Box 340, New York, NY 10024 USA. The letter must be received by Monday, June 10, 2019 to be eligible to win this end-of-CAL giveaway.
  • You are not required to use a link to enter, but if you do, please link directly to the project on your blog/Ravelry/Instagram and not to your main page. If you are new to InLinkz Link Ups, you can find a tutorial here.
  • The most popular project as selected by voting will win the Fairfield World grand prize.
  • Four winners will be chosen from the remaining entries at random to win one of the prizes from Clover USA, Search Press North America, LeitherCo, and Morgan’s Mane. Each will win one of the prizes listed above.
  • Winners will be contacted approximately one week after the entries close. Winners will have two weeks to claim their prizes. If winners do not respond within two weeks, prizes will be awarded to alternates.
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  • The names of winners will be made available in list form by request from Underground Crafter.
  • This giveaway is open worldwide, except where prohibited by law.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in our Facebook and Ravelry groups, too! You can share as many pictures as you like in the groups, but only pictures submitted here will be entered in the giveaways.

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