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Easy To Crochet Cat Toy

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Easy to crochet cat toy.

Easy to crochet cat toy.

Easy To Crochet Cat Toy 

Here’s a cute little cat toy pattern that has a bell attached for extra playtime fun. A quick and easy crochet project, this makes a great pet toy project for beginners

A couple of weeks ago we had the great fortune to be able to give our daughter Noelle a kitten for an (early) birthday gift. She’s been asking for a cat for the past few years but since my husband has a mild allergy to cats he’s always told her no (notice I said that “he” said no). After being subjected to Noelle’s drawing after drawing of our family with our old dead cat still drawn in it, Michael had had enough and gave in to his daughter’s dream to have a cat.

We did a lot of research and found out that while there are no completely hypoallergenic cats there are some breeds that carry less of the protein that aggravates allergies. We hunted high and low and finally found a breeder of Balinese cats on Vancouver Island and she just happened to have one kitten left.

We went on a road trip and totally surprised Noelle. When she finally saw the kitten and we told her that it’s her’s to take home she totally didn’t believe us. The poor girl had been told for so long that we would never be able to have a cat that she thought we were putting her on. I’m sure it wasn’t until we were home with the little furball that it started sinking in that this really was her cat.

Little Milo Fluffy Pasta has been home with us now for almost 2 weeks and he’s so great. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed having a pet. He’s absolutely adorable and highly entertaining. Kittens have so much energy and they play non-stop so I thought it would be fun to make Milo some cat toys.

I created this crochet pattern (quite accidentally I must admit because I was going for something completely different) but I love how it turned out and so does Milo.

Materials:

  • Medium weight yarn (I used Red Heart)
  • Crochet hook (5.00mm H hook)
  • Toilet paper tube (I used 1/2 a roll for the small cat toy and a full roll for the large toy)
  • Bell
  • Needle and thread
  • Darning Needle to weave in ends
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, dc = double crochet (All U.S.)

  1. (Ch) 20, join with (sl st) to form ring (keeping tension firm but not tight – you want both ends to be a little tighter so they hug around the toilet paper tube).  Make sure to not to twist your stitches.
  2. (Ch) 2  in first chain and then (dc) in each remaining stitch in round. (Sl st) in last stitch in round to join.  Repeat for 7 rounds for 1/2 toilet paper roll size toy or 11 rounds for full toilet paper roll.
  3. Finish off last round with 1 (sl st) in each stitch and join.
  4. Ch 30 then make 2 (dc) in the 3rd chain from the hook. (If you’d like a  longer curlicue than make the chain longer).
  5. Make 3 (dc) in each chain until you get back to the start of the chain. (Sl st) to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.
  6. Sew bell on end of curlicue.
  7. Fit over toilet paper roll.
Toilet paper roll crocheted cat toy

Toilet paper roll crocheted cat toy

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20 Easy and Adorable Crochet Toys That’ll Melt Your Heart

| Crochet, Kids Fun

These free amigurumi patterns and crochet toys are so fun, it will make you want to be a kid again. These cute patterns are imaginative and sweet. #AmigurumiPatterns #CrochetPatterns #FreeCrochetPatterns

Know a little one with a birthday coming up? Or maybe you’re involved in the local schools and children’s charities? Check out these free amigurumi patterns and crochet toys.

There’s an army of adorable crochet friends here that are waiting to be stitched up by you. Make crochet yarn dolls or animals like a crochet elephant. Learn how to crochet a cute toy with these easy patterns and gift them to someone special.

These cute crochet patterns are imaginative and sweet, and the perfect way to brighten up the life of someone small. 

 

Pocket Fox

Introducing the Pocket Crochet Fox! These cute little foxes are a close cousin of the fox we know and love; but much smaller! These little Pocket Foxes are worked flat and then joined together in the same style as Ragdoll crochet patterns. The pattern is made up of just 2 separate pieces. 

Via Spin A Yarn

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Baby Bunny Amigurumi 

Super easy and quick this Baby Bunny Amigurumi crochet pattern will bring a taste of spring to any season. One of these cuties is the size of a tennis ball and works up in about 45 minutes. There’s nothing stopping you from working up this adorable crochet bunny when it’s so easy. 

Via Simply Collectible Crochet

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Mrs Fox Toy

The Mrs Fox Crochet Toy is adorable and fun, and so imaginative. This little project will work up quickly as it’s done using single crochet. You’ll need 5 different colors of yarn to complete this pattern, and 5 skeins total. 

Via Mermaids & Monkeys

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Cube Piggy Pig Amigurumi

Piggy Pig just joined the cube animals family! It shares the same basic body and is made in a spiral of crochet in the round. This crochet toy is the perfect friend for a tea party! 

Via Crafty Bunny Bun

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Ragdoll Lamb

This crochet doll pattern is quick to make, and you can probably stitch it up in one evening. It is soft and squishy and made with simple crochet stitches, like single crochet and the bobbles stitch.

Via Yarnhild

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Small Long-Legged Cat

This is a great crochet cat 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 crochet basics of amigurumi making. 

Via Kristi Tullis

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Itty Bitty Crochet Kitty 

The itty bitty crochet kitty is the cutest little crochet cat pattern. It works up very quickly (great for beginner crochet!) and would make the sweetest gift for any cat lover.

Via Thoresby Cottage

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Snowman Friends 

The pom-pom hats of these crochet toy snowmen are cuddly and sparkly which makes for an oh-so-cute snowman! Although these little guys are perfect as toys, you can easily attach a gold cord through the top of their heads to turn them into Crochet Christmas Ornaments for the tree!

Via Lovecrochet

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Little Crochet Bunny

This is the cutest little Easter bunny holding a sweet bouquet of flowers! The crochet toy is approximately 7 inches tall. This crochet bunny is the perfect project to warm your heart and put a smile on your face. 

Via Knitted Story Bears

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Pink Crochet Elephant

This Crochet elephant is a beloved children’s toy. Use this all free crochet pattern to create a sweet toy for your baby! 

Via AmigurumiToday

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Crochet Shark Amigurumi

 This crochet shark amigurumi is just a ball with fins, so we’ve named him Bernard the Ball Shark, and he works up pretty easily, but as always, the devil is in the details – the gills, teeth, and fins.

Via One Dog Woof

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Bertie & Beatrix Bear 

This is Bertie and Beatrix. It is a wonderfully simple and speedy amigurumi pattern. The crochet bear pattern is worked in spiral rounds. This means there is no closing slip stitch at the end of a round, the first stitch of the next round will be worked in the first stitch of the previous round – a stitch marker to keep your place is a must!

Via Lovely Little Life

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Amigurumi Octopus Baby Toy

You can make this amigurumi octopus for your little ones. All those tentacles would be fun for little fingers and you can rattle to make it fun to wave around. And with the eyes and smile, it will be so adorable for your child to play with! Add them to your collection of crochet toys. I guarantee you’ll keep this one around. 

Via The Friendly Red Fox

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A Yummy Carrot

This free crochet baby toy pattern makes a quick DIY gift for all the tiny “bunnies” in your life. It can be made in one sitting while you catch up on “House of Cards.” This crochet toy is going to get a lot of chewing action and you can really use any worsted weight yarn you’d like.

Via Make & Do Crew

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Mouse Toy

Mitty is easier to make than she looks so take each step as it comes and you’ll discover that she’s a dream to make. Little boys need not miss out either! If you omit the skirt, make the braces in yellow and sew each one to the topmost yellow round of the trousers, you’ll soon have a male version. Why not make a set of these yarn dolls?

Via Top Crochet Patterns

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Crochet Toy Avocado

Avocados make for cute patterns! This amigurumi crochet pattern works up really quickly and doesn’t take much yarn to make. The finished avocado stands about 7 inches tall. Make a couple for all of the avocado-lovers in your life. 

Via RedTedArt

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Square Bear

Crochet these cute little Crochet Bears. A flat like crochet doll that is lightly stuffed to be a child’s best friend. Using Bernat Blanket Tiny Yarn, this doll feels as plush as it looks. Really soft.

Via The Crochet Crowd

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Sam the Dog

This crochet dog project is so easy to make. It’s perfect for beginner crochet. Have fun whipping up this little stuffed friend.

Via Craft Yarn Council

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Little Crochet Lamb

This baby or kids toy is just the right size for carrying everywhere, playing with on the go, or snuggling during quiet time. It works up pretty quickly and is so much fun to give to any little one. Make several crochet baby toys for the local daycare or just make one amigurumi lamb for your little one. 

Via Sewrella

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Crochet Ragdoll Jellyfish

If you are looking for an easy and quick crochet pattern then look no further! You can whip up one of these in one evening and you can go crazy with the color combinations. The crochet ragdoll sea pattern is very beginner friendly and you just have to know the crochet basics to make one. 

Via Yarnhild

Crochet Ragdoll Jellyfish - These free amigurumi patterns and crochet toys are so fun, it will make you want to be a kid again. These cute patterns are imaginative and sweet. #AmigurumiPatterns #CrochetPatterns #FreeCrochetPatterns

 

These free amigurumi patterns and crochet toys are so fun, it will make you want to be a kid again.

Instead of spending money on commercial toys like Barbies and Hot Wheels, make something from the heart with these fun little crochet ideas.

The little ones in your life will always get to hold on to the keepsake you made with your bare hands. 

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Curb the Chaos – Cord Identification with Washi Tape

| For the Home

Tame cord madness with washi tape.

Tame cord madness with washi tape.

Cord Identification with Washi Tape – Charge cords have to be one of my biggest pet peeves. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a tech toy junkie and with all those devices comes a myriad of charging cords in various shapes, sizes and colours.  They drive me absolutely batty!  Seriously, how is it that no one has come up with a universal cord and charger for all electronic devices?

Since I have so many of these cords, and require them all on a somewhat regular basis, I thought I should come up with some sort of identification program because many of them look similar.  This is where washi tape comes in.  Oh, how I love washi tape. Such fun colours and designs and great for so many things.

Simply cut off a length of washi tape, wrap around the cord, trim the end and use a sharpie to write the name of the device on the tape. I keep all my cords together in a basket on my desk and now it’s easy to quickly pick out the exact cord I need right away.

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Guest Crochet Pattern Designer

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Are you the next Ami from “All About Ami”, Sarah-Jayne from “Bella Coco”, or Jess from “Make and Do Crew”? Now’s your chance to make a name for yourself in the crochet world.

Ideal Me is excited to announce that we’re looking for up-and-coming pattern designers for the fall and winter season. We’re on the search for creative and talented bloggers and designers who’d like to get more exposure and share their amazing creations. 

If selected, your pattern will be seen on one of our 6 blogs: Ideal Me, Dabbles & Babbles, Simply Collectible Crochet, Stitch 11, Cream of the Crop Crochet, or Mermaids and Monkeys.

What You’ll Get

  • First off, how about some free yarn! How does that sound? We’ll supply you with all the yarn you’ll need to make your gorgeous creations.
  • You get your name in lights! Well maybe not lights but you’ll have an ample introduction as the pattern designer on our blog as well as links to your social media, blog and/or shop (in the email to our newsletter as well as on the blog post.)
  • Your pattern will be seen by our list of over 120,000 members as well over 315,000 social media followers.
  • Your work will be seen by other bloggers and companies looking for guest pattern designers… do an amazing job and your email inbox will be overflowing!

If you’re unsure whether you’d qualify to be a guest designer, we’re happy to provide you with our list of the criteria of what we’re looking for. You certainly don’t need to be a professional, but you need to be creative with a good sense of design and understand the technical aspects of writing a crochet pattern.

Guest Pattern Designer Criteria

  • Fresh, innovative, modern yet simple and understandable crochet patterns. 
  • Patterns can include: clothing, accessories, blankets, toys, amigurumi and homeware.
  • A strong technical understanding of crochet and pattern documentation.
  • If you’re a photography pro with amazing project shots all the better but if not don’t worry, you can send us your creations and we’ll get our professional photographer on it.
  • While it would be amazing if you have a huge online following, this is not required in order to apply.

Ok, so it looks like you fit the above criteria to submit an application… what’s next?

What We Need From You

  • 5+ photos of your best crochet patterns
  • 2-3 examples of your written patterns (these will not be shared or used in any way)
  • (IF APPLICABLE) Links to your blog, online store, and venues where you sell your patterns/projects
  • Links to any social media followings you have (Optional/ You don’t need a following to be accepted) 
  • A 300-word bio about yourself, the history of your time as a crocheter, what you love about crochet, and your favorite Netflix series (just keeping you on your toes)

To submit your application please use our APPLICATION FORM HERE.

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