Simple embroidered nose

There are so many beautiful techniques for embroidering noses on your teddy bears, just do a Google search for "artist teddy" and you'll see what I mean. But most of them take quite a bit of time and effort - all stitches really need to be very precise. It's not easy with fabric toys, but almost impossible to get a nice result on crocheted toys.

When working with bumpy crochet surface, I think it's best to keep things simple. In this post I will show you how I usually embroider noses on my teddy bears, cats and bunnies - it's very quick and easy and as long as you keep your stitches straight, it's going to look great. 

Amigurumi tutorial: Embroidering teddy bear, bunny and cat nose // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Smaller version of the sheep pattern

When I first published my sheep pattern, it quickly became (and still is) the most popular one. It's one of my all time favorites as well – I love the textured and fluffy fabric the bobble stitches create. But it does take a long time to make. So, when you guys suggested I make a smaller version, I immediately thought it was a great idea and now I finally found the time to actually finish writing the pattern.

Crochet pattern: Small amigurumi sheep // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Leaving holes for safety eyes

Have you ever finished your crochet piece just to discover your stitches are just too tight to push the safety eyes or joints through? It's happened to me a few times. And no matter how much you try to stretch the stitches, you just can't get the eye through them.

It's usually not a problem with softer and more flexible yarns like wool or acrylic, but if you are using tougher yarns like cotton, linen or hemp or plan to use oversized eyes, it may be worth to think ahead and leave little holes in the fabric for your eyes, nose or joints.

Amigurumi tutorial: Leaving holes for safety eyes and joints // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Free pattern - Small long-legged cat

I took my bunny pattern and turned it into this little cat. The body pattern is the same, I only changed the ears and tail. I think it would also work as a teddy bear, so keep an eye out for another pattern in a couple of weeks.

Free crochet pattern: Small long-legged cat // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

This is a great pattern to try if you are new to toy making - it's not difficult to crochet and doesn't take too long, but does include a few different techniques, so you can learn all the basics of amigurumi making.

 

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Classic teddy bear pattern

When I showed you a large teddy bear I made combining two of my patterns, I got so many requests to write a separate pattern and of course I was happy to do it. I can totally understand why it was so popular, it has quickly become one of my favorite patterns as well.

Crochet pattern: Classic 4-way jointed teddy bear // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Stripy cat pattern

I made a yellow and orange stripy kitty for my niece four years ago, one of my very first toys. That little cat quickly became her favorite toy and she wouldn't leave the house or go to bed without it. So, as you can imagine, after all these adventures the kitty started to look a bit tired. And this spring I made her a new one, so the old cat could retire before it fell apart completely (although, as I hear, my niece and her mom still have arguments almost daily whether or not the old kitty has to stay at home or not). 

Crochet pattern: Stripy amigurumi cat // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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