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.
  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to share your contact information with InLinkz and/or Underground Crafter. You can read the InLinkz Privacy Policy here and the Underground Crafter Privacy Policy here to understand how this information is used.
  • 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.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Crochet Pattern: Hygge Owl amigurumi by Hooked by Kati

Hygge Owl, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Soft and Hygge yarns by Hooked by Kati via Underground Crafter

I’m thrilled to be sharing another adorable amigurumi crochet pattern by Hooked by Kati today! The Hygge Owl is a cute buddy to the Hygge Hedgehog.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Photos in this post are © Kati Brown (Hooked by Kati) and are used with permission.

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. 

Show your support by following Kati on Hooked by Kati | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Ravelry

Hygge Owl

Crochet Pattern by Hooked by Kati

Hygge Owl, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Soft and Hygge yarns by Hooked by Kati via Underground Crafter

The second woodland critter in the Hygge amigurumi series is a pudgy, round owl. Big feet and fuzzy wings give this guy personality beyond his 6.5” tall stature.

  • Pattern Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Terminology Used (U.S. or U.K.): US

Finished Size

  • 6.5” (16.5 cm) tall x 4.5” (11.5 cm) wide x 4.5” (11.5 cm) deep when made with worsted weight yarn
Hygge Owl, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Soft and Hygge yarns by Hooked by Kati via Underground Crafter

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
  • sc3tog – decrease over 3 sts: Insert hook through st, yo, pull up a loop, insert through next st, yo, pull up a loop, insert through next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all four loops on hook. – Watch a helpful video tutorial by FreshStitches here.
Hygge Owl, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Soft and Hygge yarns by Hooked by Kati via Underground Crafter

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.
  • For more help with part attachment, check out 5 Tips for Perfect Amigurumi Part Attachment at Hooked by Kati.
  • A video tutorial of the feet is available here.
Hygge Owl, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Soft and Hygge yarns by Hooked by Kati via Underground Crafter

Pattern Instructions

Eye Circles(Make 2)

  • With AC1, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: 7 sc in second ch from hook. (7)
  • Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (14)
  • Rnd 3: [sc, inc] 7 times. (21)
  • Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 7 times. (28)
  • Bind off and weave in ends.

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: [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: [7 sc, inc] 6 times. (54)
  • Rnd 10-31: Sc evenly around. (54)
  • Insert safety eyes through center of Eye Circles. Do not attach washers. Insert back of safety eyes though body at Round 14, with Eye Circles touching. Attach washers.
  • Rnd 32: [7 sc, dec] 6 times. (48)
  • Rnd 33: [6 sc, dec] 6 times. (42)
  • Rnd 34: [5 sc, dec] 6 times. (36)
  • Rnd 35: [4 sc, dec] 6 times. (30)
  • Rnd 36: [3 sc, dec] 6 times. (24)
  • Stuff.
  • Rnd 37: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)
  • Rnd 38: [sc, dec] 6 times. (12)
  • Rnd 39: Dec 6 times. (6)
  • Bind off leaving a long tail for sewing. Thread yarn through front loops of remaining 6 sts. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Wings (Make 2)

  • 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 evenly around.
  • Rnd 4: [sc, inc] 6 times (18)
  • Rnd 5: Sc evenly around.
  • Rnd 6: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)
  • Rnd 7: Sc evenly around.
  • Rnd 8: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)
  • Rnd 9-14: Sc evenly around.
  • Rnd 15: [3 sc, dec] 6 times. (24)
  • Rnd 16: Sc evenly around.
  • Rnd 17: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)
  • Bind off leaving long tail for sewing. Press flat. Wings will curve slightly. Working through both layers of last round, sew wing to body at Round 13, 1 stitch away from edge of Eye Circles on either side of body.

Beak

  • With AC1, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)
  • Rnd 2: [2 sc, inc] twice. (8)
  • Rnd 3: [3 sc, inc] twice. (10)
  • Rnd 4: [4 sc, inc] twice. (12)
  • Rnd 5: Sc evenly around.
  • Bind off leaving long tail for sewing. Stuff. Sew to body below and centered between Eye Circles.

Eyebrows

  • With AC2, ch 24.
  • Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, 9 sc, sc3tog, 10 sc. Turn. (21)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, 9 sc, sc3tog, 9 sc. (19)
  • Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing. Sew eyebrows to body overlapping Eye Circles, with center point between safety eyes. Do not tack down last 6 sts on each end of Eyebrows.

Feet

  • Note: For each foot, you will make 2 loose toes and bind off. Use continuous yarn from 3rd toe to attach all 3 toes and finish foot.
Hygge Owl, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Soft and Hygge yarns by Hooked by Kati via Underground Crafter

Loose Toes

  • (Make 4)
  • With AC1, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)
  • Rnd 2: [sc, inc] 3 times. (9)
  • Rnd 3-8: Sc evenly around.
  • Bind off.

First Toe and Foot

  • With AC1, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)
  • Rnd 2: [sc, inc] 3 times. (9)
  • Rnd 3-8: Sc evenly around.
  • Do not break yarn. You will now be working around the last round of all 3 toes.
  • Rnd 9: 4 sc on 1st loose toe, 9 sc on second loose toe, 5 sc on other side of first loose toe, 9 sc on starting toe. (27)
  • Stuff toes.
  • Rnd 10: [sc, dec] 9 times. (18)
  • Rnd 11: Dec 9 times. (9)
  • Rnd 12-16: Sc evenly around.
  • Finish stuffing.
  • Rnd 17: [sc, dec] 3 times. (6)
  • Bind off leaving long tail for sewing. Thread yarn through front loops of remaining 6 sts. Pull tight to close.
  • Attach feet to bottom of body, at a slight angle with back of feet touching. Body should balance on top of feet.

Finishing

  • With AC1, sew 5 evenly-spaced Vs on body between Eye Circles and Feet.
© 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/2019/03/25/crochet-pattern-hygge-owl-amigurumi-by-hooked-by-kati/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Cricut Basics: Modern Quilted Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade

Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter

This is the second post in my series about the Cricut Maker Rotary Blade. The Rotary Blade makes using your Cricut Maker for quilting, sewing, and other fabric crafts super easy. It can cut fabric very precisely and without wear and tear on you and your back and joints. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing a project for a Modern Quilt Pillow that I made with the Rotary Blade.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were generously provided by Baby Lock and Fairfield.

If you missed the first post in this series, don’t forget to read Get To Know the Cricut Maker Rotary Blade (Part 1).

Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | supplies

I’ve been doing much more sewing since I got my Cricut Maker, and the Rotary Blade is the main reason why! It’s one of the tools that can be used in the Maker’s Adaptive Tool System, and it allows you to use your Cricut to cut fabric without a stabilizer. You’ll also need the FabricGrip Cutting Mat. Both the FabricGrip Cutting Mat and the Rotary Blade are included in the box with your Maker,  so as soon as you take it out of the box, you’ll just need some fabric and you are ready to go!

Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | Rotary Blade

I used to do a lot of strip quilting back in the day, but in my current apartment, I don’t have lots of space to set up a cutting table, or a large, unused surface that I can use for cutting. And, let’s be honest, my back is not as it once was, so the idea of bending over cutting fabric for hours is not really something that makes me excited! Today’s project is a Modern Quilt Pillow. It’s a simple project that doesn’t require a large amount of cutting, but with the Maker and the Rotary Blade, it definitely works up faster and with less back and wrist strain than cutting by hand.

I’m sharing a link to this project in Cricut Design Space. You can use my pillow design or create your own! (If you do create your own, be sure to add 1/2″ to each side of each piece for a 1/4″ seam allowance.) And, if you just want to try out the Rotary Blade without doing any math (which is fine by me), you can use my project or any one of the great sewing projects that are included with your Cricut Access Standard subscription.

Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | pillow flat lay on couch

Modern Quilted Pillow

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter

I used a simple, geometric design and the “quilt-as-you-go” method to add some depth and softness to this pillow. Use colors that coordinate or contrast with your room for different looks. This pillow would add some brightness to your home decor. It also makes a great gift for a housewarming, wedding, or baby shower.

Tools

Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | supplies

Materials

Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | supplies

Instructions

Prepare Your Fabric

  • Prewash and press your fabric to remove wrinkles using your EasyPress 2 with EasyPress Mat, or an iron with ironing board.

Cut Your Fabric and Batting

Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | fabric on mat
  • Using your fabric scissor or rotary cutter and cutting mat, cut a 20” square of the fabric you will use to back the inside of your pillow. This will not be seen, so it can be made with orphaned quilt blocks, muslin, or scraps. Cut a 20” square of batting. Neither needs to be perfectly square because you will trim both pieces down to 18.5” later.
Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | cut fabric

Sew Your Pillow

  • Start by sewing the 2 sets of 3 short rectangles into strips using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Once you have 2 strips of short rectangles, set aside the 2 large rectangles (for the pillow back) and the 2 long, narrow strips (for the sides of the pillow front) and arrange your remaining fabric strips in the order you will sew them together.
Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | positioning strips
  • Create a “quilt sandwich” for the front of the pillow. The 20” square of fabric will go on the bottom, the 20” square of batting will go in the middle, and your first 2 strips of rectangles will go on the top layer. Align your rectangle strips with the top of your quilt sandwich with the first strip facing right side up and the second strip on top of it, facing right side down. Both strips should be centered relative to the sides of the quilt sandwich.
Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | positioning strips
  • Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the rectangles together along the long edge, working through all layers.
Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | sewing strips
  • Finger press the rectangles flat. Place the next rectangle in your series face down over the last rectangle you sewed. Continue adding rectangles in this fashion.
  • One you have the main set of strips sewn, position the first of the long, narrow strips. It should be face down, perpendicular to the rest of your strips. Sew into position using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Position the second of the long, narrow strips face down on the opposite side of the pillow and sew into position.
  • Press or iron the front of the pillow with all the sewn strips using your EasyPress 2 with EasyPress Mat, or an iron with ironing board. Trim the front of the pillow to 18.5” square.
Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | quilted front of pillow
  • Press or iron an approximately 1/2″ strip down on the wrong side of the long edge of each of the larger rectangles for the pillow back with your EasyPress 2 with EasyPress Mat, or an iron with ironing board. Using  a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew down these strips to create a hem.
  • Create another sandwich. Place the pillow front right side up. Place the 2 hemmed rectangles over the pillow front, with right sides facing (wrong side up).
Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | pillow sandwich for final sewing
  • Sew a 1/4″ seam around the entire pillow case.
Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | pillow with Baby Lock Jubilant
  • Pull the pillow case right side out and insert pillow form.
Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | pillow back

Enjoy your pillow!

Modern Quilt Pillow with Cricut Maker Rotary Blade tutorial by Underground Crafter | pillow on couch

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sewing Project: Heart Softie

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground CrafterI’m kicking off the Little Gifts Sew Along with the Heart Softie, a quick sewing project that makes a delightful gift year round. I’ve included different options for customizing it for the recipient, so read on for details.

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 this post were generously provided by Baby Lock, Fairfield, Fiskars, and Plaid.

The Heart Softie is a cute little project that you can customize in several ways. First, choose how you will decorate the face.

  • Use safety eyes, a craft nose, and embroidered mouth, or
  • Use fabric paint to customize the facial expressions, or
  • Embroider all the facial features.

You can also customize the stuffing.

  • Make flat facial features with paint or embroidery and stuff with Fairfield Poly-Fil to make a pin cushion.This makes a great gift for the sewists or quilters in your life.

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - Heart Softie as pin cushion

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - Heart Softie on tableAre you just hearing about the Little Gifts Sew Along? Get all the details here.

  • You can join in by sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #sewlittlegifts and #stockingstuffersal on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other sewists, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • By the end of the SAL, you’ll have up to 25 handmade gifts.
  • Use the button below on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.

Little Gifts Sew Along 2019 with Underground Crafter

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Heart Softie

Sewing Project by Underground Crafter

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground CrafterThe Heart Softie sews up quickly and can be used to cuddle, or as a pin cushion, sachet, or paper weight. It also makes a great gift for your special Valentine. You’ll spend more time customizing the face than you will sewing and stuffing. This is the first of 25 free sewing projects by 12 bloggers in the Little Gifts Sew Along.

Materials

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - fat quarter bundle

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - supplies with sewing machine

Instructions

Prepare fabric

  • Print the Heart Softie pattern and cut out around dotted lines.
  • Iron your fabric.
  • Fold the fabric over and position with the pattern on top. Iron the fabric again on the folds (so that you can cut through 2 layers for each Heart Softie) and pin the pattern through the layers.

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - pattern on fabric ready to cut

  • Cut out the pattern.
  • If you will be using safety eyes and craft nose, cut 3 small pieces of felt to use as backing (Shiny Happy World has a photo tutorial here).

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - pattern with felt pieces

Decorate facial features

  • Use paint to decorate face, using pattern as a guide. Wait for fabric paint to set as instructed on bottle.

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - paint supplies for facial features

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - heart faces with pattern

Sew heart together

  • Position heart with facial features face down onto other heart.

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - sewing with Baby Lock Jubilant

  • Using your sewing machine or hand sewing needle, and a 1/2″ (1 cm) seam allowance, sew around the heart, leaving the bottom point and about 1” (2 cm) on each side of the bottom point unsewn. Since you will be stuffing the Softie, be sure to back stitch to make the seams more durable.
  • Trim the thread tails so they don’t snag on the stuffing. Turn the Softie right side out.
  • Stuff firmly with your chosen stuffing. See notes before the tutorial for options.
  • Once your Softie is full enough, sew the last seam closed by hand. Start with the thread knot on the inside of the Softie so it will be hidden. Then fold the raw edges towards the inside so the seam allowance will be similar to the rest of your Softie. Sew along the edge. Back stitch to finish and then draw the needle through the inside of the Softie. Trim the thread on the outer edge so the thread tail recedes into the inside.

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - Heart Softie on faux fur background

© 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/2019/01/08/sewing-project-heart-softie/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground CrafterDo you remember that restless feeling from the night before Christmas in childhood? Well, even Santa needs to get some rest before the big night! The crochet Sleepy Santa Pillow pattern makes a cute and cozy pillow for any child to cuddle with. It also makes a great decorative project for cheering up your home around the holidays.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This project is sponsored by Fairfield World, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Red Heart.


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This is the last in a series of three pillows I designed for Fairfield for the holiday season, and it just might be my favorite. If you missed the other two, check out Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow and the Christmas Tree Pillow.

I did a lot of sketches before I actually finished this pillow because I had so many different ideas about how I wanted him to look. In the end, inspiration struck and I realized that Santa needs sleep, too. I remember how hard it could be for my mom to get me to bed on Christmas Eve because I didn’t want to miss out on seeing Santa.

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter | pillow on faux fur backgroundOriginally, I was going to make the whole project using just the Red Heart Super Saver yarn, but I’m so glad that I actually went through with using the Red Heart Loop-It yarn, too. I love how the beard and hair turned out! I included step-by-step pictures for incorporating the Loop-It yarn in the pattern.

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter | crocheting over Loop-It yarnAnother bonus of using the Loop-It: no need to make button holes! The yarn will keep your project closed, and you can still take off the pillow case to wash it in case of spills.

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter | detail of buttons on backThe nose is stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Fiber Filling. Even though it “sticks out,” the nose is pretty soft and squishy. Tip: Unlike with softies, don’t stuff the nose too much. That will let you still get some rest on this cozy pillow if necessary.

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter | stuffing noseIf you don’t want to give Santa a break, you could also embroider a different expression, including open eyes, on his face.

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter | nose attached and preparing to embroider eyesBut seriously, don’t you want to curl up for a nap with the Sleepy Santa Pillow at your side?

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter | pillow on bed

Sleepy Santa Pillow

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter

Even Santa needs to get some sleep before the big night!

 

Finished Size

  • Fits a 12” (30.5 cm) square pillow form.

Materials

  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g, 364 yd/333 m) – 1 skein each in 319 Cherry Red (CA), 311 White (CB), 334 Buff (CC), and 312 Black (CD), or approximately 168 yd (153.5 m) in CA, 105 yd (96 m) in CB, 55 yd (50 m) in CC, and 5 yd (4.5 m) in CD in any medium weight yarn.
  • Red Heart Loop-It yarn (100% polyester, 3.5 oz/100 g, 7.6 yd/7 m) – 1 skein in 115 Snow Way (CE), or approximately 5 yd (4.5 m) in any jumbo weight loop yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle with eye small enough to sew through buttons.
  • 75” (2 cm) sew through or shank button – 4 buttons.
  • Stitch marker.
  • Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Basic Pillow Form.
  • Small amount of Fairfield Poly-Fil Fiber Filling.

Gauge

  • 15 sc = 4” (10 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Get the free crochet pattern here on the Fairfield website.

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