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: 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.

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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

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

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!

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.

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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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Crochet Pattern: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow

Free crochet pattern: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow by Underground CrafterNorman Buttons the Snowman Pillow is a beginner-friendly free crochet pattern for a festive, winter pillow that is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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I love searching for good finds in my grandmother’s button collection. I can always rediscover some buttons for a project. (If you also love the combination of buttons and crochet, you may like my free crochet pattern for the Layered Button Cuff.)

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.When I started working out my design for Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow, I knew I would need a lot of buttons. I wanted them to match, too, so I had a little adventure and stroll down memory lane in the button boxes.

Free crochet pattern: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow by Underground Crafter - supplies

There’s a bit of sewing involved when putting together this snowman pillow, since you’ll need to add his hat and carrot nose to his face.

Free crochet pattern: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow by Underground Crafter - front pieces ready for assembly

As for the crochet parts, you’ll make a front panel in the round. That’s where Norman Buttons’s face will get his character. Then you’ll crochet all the other pieces (the back panel,  buttonhole panel, carrot nose, and hat) flat in rows. You’ll seem it all together with sturdy single crochet, so you can get years of holiday fun out of Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow!

Free crochet pattern: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow by Underground Crafter - back of pillow

I like to include button bands on my pillows so you can easily remove the pillow cover for washing. With two cats with sensitive stomachs, I know all about removing pillowcases. Enjoy!

Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow by Underground CrafterBring some cheer inside on a cold day with this classic snowman pillow.

 

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 311 White (CA), 334 Buff (CB), 256 Carrot (CC), and 312 Black (CD), or approximately 40 yd (36.5 m) in CA, 225 yd (206 m) in CB, 15 yd (14 m) in CC, and 40 yd (36.5 m) in CD in any medium weight 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.
  • Sew through or shank buttons:
    • 0.75” (2 cm) buttons – 6 for smile,
    • 1.5” (4 cm) buttons – 2 for eyes, and
    • 0.875” (2.5 cm) buttons – 2 for back closure.
  • Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Basic Pillow Form.
  • Stitch marker or scrap yarn.

Gauge

  • Front Panel = 6.5” (16.5 cm) diameter through Rnd 6 in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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Crochet Pattern: Chipper the Christmas Tree

Chipper the Christmas Tree, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver and Pomp-a-Doodle yarns with Fairfield Poly-Fil stuffing by Underground CrafterAs you can tell, I’m on a Christmas crochet spree! Chipper the Christmas Tree is a huggable holiday friend that can be gifted as a softie or used as a decorative pillow. The crochet pattern for this plush Christmas tree is decorated with comical eyes and pom pom yarn.

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While I was crocheting the Christmas Tree Pillow, I had the idea to crochet a plush Christmas Tree pal to go with it.

Chipper the Christmas Tree, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver and Pomp-a-Doodle yarns with Fairfield Poly-Fil stuffing by Underground Crafter | hand holding crocheted Christmas tree

I knew I wanted to use the extra Consumer Crafts 30 mm Comical Eyes that were left over after I made the kits for my Crochet Rag Doll Characters class at In the MKNG. And, since I was thinking about In the MKNG, I was reminded of this super cute pom pom garland made with Red Heart Pomp-a-Doodle yarn… And, that’s how my idea for decorating Chipper the Christmas Tree with pom pom tinsel was born.

 

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It’s a fun way to use Pomp-a-Doodle, and it really adds a cute look to the little guy. You can use more or less, or space it out differently to suit your preferences.

Chipper the Christmas Tree, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver and Pomp-a-Doodle yarns with Fairfield Poly-Fil stuffing by Underground Crafter | flat lay of crocheted Christmas tree (back with pom pom tinsel)

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Chipper the Christmas Tree

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Chipper the Christmas Tree, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver and Pomp-a-Doodle yarns with Fairfield Poly-Fil stuffing by Underground CrafterThis simple crochet pattern makes a huggable holiday pal. Chipper can also be used as a decorative holiday pillow.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 13” (33 cm) tall before stuffing.

Materials

  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g, 364 yd/333 m) – 1 skein each in 368 Paddy Green (CA) and 365 Coffee (CB) and small amounts of 319 Cherry Red (CC), or approximately 155 yd (142 m) in CA, 40 yd (36.5 m) in CB, and 2 yd (2 m) in CC in any medium weight yarn.
  • Red Heart Pomp-a-Doodle yarn (100% polyester, 3 oz/100 g, 14 yd/13 m) – 1 skein in 6520 Mint (CD), or approximately 4 yd (3.5 m) in CD in any pom pom yarn.
  • US F5/3.75 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Consumer Crafts 30 mm Comical Eyes – 1 pair.
  • Fairfield Poly-Fil Fiber Stuffing.

Gauge

  • 18 sc = 4” (10 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CBColor B
  • CCColor C
  • CDColor D
  • chchain
  • reprepeat
  • scsingle crochet
  • sl stslip stitch
  • st(s)stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • When choosing colors, note that CA is the color of the Christmas Tree, CB is the color of the Christmas Tree Bark, CC is the color of the Mouth, and CD is the color of the Tinsel.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of Rows and Rounds does not count as a stitch.
  • A helpful tutorial for working a single crochet seam is available here.
  • Helpful video tutorials for embroidery stitches, including the backstitch, are available at the end of this post.

Pattern Instructions

Christmas Tree Panels (Make 2)

  • With CA, 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 4-55: Rep Row 3 until final Row has 56 sts. Fasten off CA.
  • Row 56: Skip 18 sts, join CB with sl st to next st, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 19 sts, skip remaining sts. (20 sts)
  • Row 57: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in next 19 sts.
  • Rows 58-65: Rep Row 57, 8 times. Fasten off CB.

Assembly and Finishing

Decorate Facial Features

  • Position safety eyes on Christmas Tree Front Panel approximately 7 rows above Bark. When satisfied with position, lock washers into position on back (wrong side) of Panel to secure.
  • Thread yarn needle with approximately 24” (61 cm) in CC. Use backstitch (see Pattern Notes) to create mouth in CC below eyes. With yarn needle, weave in ends on wrong side of Front Panel.

Decorate Tree with Pom Pom Tinsel

  • *Cut off first pom pom of CD. Thread yarn needle with CD yarn before next pom pom. Starting with pom pom on Front Panel above eyes, use yarn needle to draw yarn before pom pom to the back (wrong side) of panel. Weave in ends of CD securely on back. Fasten off CD on back, leaving pom pom and yarn from ball of CD hanging at front.

Chipper the Christmas Tree, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver and Pomp-a-Doodle yarns with Fairfield Poly-Fil stuffing by Underground Crafter | tutorial 1

  • Thread yarn needle with approximately 24” (61 cm) in CA. Starting on back (wrong side) of Front Panel, use CA and yarn needle to secure yarn between pom poms by stitching from the wrong side over CD back to the wrong side as pictured. Use yarn needle to secure CA on wrong side.

Chipper the Christmas Tree, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver and Pomp-a-Doodle yarns with Fairfield Poly-Fil stuffing by Underground Crafter | tutorial 2

  • **Position next pom pom in CD on front (right side) with yarn slack hanging like tinsel before the next pom pom. Use CA and yarn needle to secure yarn between pom poms by stitching from the wrong side over CD back to the wrong side. Repeat at other side of pom pom. Use yarn needle to secure CA on wrong side; rep from ** until front is decorated with Pom Pom Tinsel.
  • Rep from * on Back Panel, starting at long edge above Bark.

Assemble and Finish

  • Place Back Panel underneath Front Panel with wrong sides together (facial features and tinsel sides out). Join CB with sl st at side of Tree Bark. Join Tree Bark with single crochet seam (see Pattern Notes), working 1 sc through each st or side of Row through both layers of Panels until you get to bottom of Tree Panel. Fasten off CB, change to CA, and continue to join Tree Panel with single crochet seam, working 1 sc through each st or side of Row through both layers of Panels until Tree is about 75% seamed.
  • Stuff firmly with Poly-Fil. Continue working single crochet seam around until you reach first single crochet adding stuffing if necessary. Join with sl st to first single crochet. Fasten off CA.
  • With yarn needle, weave in remaining ends on inside of Tree.
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