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Arts and crafts: Crochet teddy bear

Fill your spare time with arts and crafts!

With so many beautiful arts and crafts tutorials out there it’s easy to find inspiration for your homemade gifts.

I came across this teddy bear when I was looking for ideas for a baby toy. My baby nephew’s 1st birthday was coming up, and I wanted to make something special for his first birthday. After all, you only turn 1 once :D!

This teddy bear is very easy to make if you already know how to knit. To find out how you can make your own, keep on reading.

Supplies

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  • Scrap yarn (if you have some, if not, 1 small skein of each color would be enough)
  • A crochet hook (you’ll need to calculate your gauge)
  • Fiber fill
  • A yarn needle
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Instructions

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This teddy bear is not my original pattern, I found it in this amazing website dedicated to all things amigurumi, crochet, and knitsThe pattern is free, which is super nice and generous of the designer, but you may only use it for your own personal arts and crafts projects.

I know there are thousands of free patterns that you can find online for your arts and crafts projects. But there are several reasons why I chose this particular one.

For example, I love that it’s a Picasso bear! Pablo Picasso is probably one of my favorite artists of all times, and not just because I am from Spain. Actually, I find his art very inspirational.

What makes this bear a “Picasso” bear is the shirt; check out this picture of Picasso wearing his iconic stripes.

Another things that I love about this pattern is that you can find it in both English and Spanish, in case you only speak one of the two languages. Así que si no hablas inglés, o si no sabes hablarlo muy bien, todavía puedes tejer el osito siguiendo las instrucciones en español 😀

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Homemade gift for babies: Bee rattle

A rattle is the perfect homemade gift for a baby

This homemade gift was one of the most satisfying toys that I have ever made. It was my first time making a rattle and I really enjoyed it! I also love that the finished product looks so good. My baby nephew loves it, and the best part is that it cost me exactly $0 because I had everything I needed at home already.

If you want to make your own, keep on reading!

MATERIALS

  • Scrap yarn in yellow, black, and white.
  • A crochet hook (size will vary depending on your yarn, check how to calculate your gauge)
  • Red thread
  • A knitting or darning needle
  • Fiber fill
  • Uncooked rice
  • A ping-pong ball or some small, hollow plastic object (I used this little kid toy that I found at home)

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. First, you are going to fill your plastic, hollow item with rice. If you are using a ping-pong ball, you’ll have to drill a hole in it so you can put the rice inside. Then, seal in the rice using duct tape and set aside. You’ll need it later to fill in the body of the bee.

**Make sure you seal the rice very well to avoid choking hazards!

This will be inside the body of the bee.

2. Then, crochet the bee following the instructions in this crochet pattern.

I modified the original pattern a little bit because I didn’t like the thick, black stripe. Instead, I crocheted alternate rows using yellow and black yarn. Also, I decided to stitch the eyes with black yarn instead of sewing beads because I didn’t want my nephew to choke accidentally.

**Make sure to avoid working with small objects that a baby can accidentally choke on or stick in his/her nose or ears.

3. Last, fill the bee’s head with fabric fill, and place the plastic object full of rice inside the body of the bee. Alternatively, you could place the plastic object in the head of the bee, and use the fabric fill for the body. I decided to use mine for the body because the shape fit the body perfectly.

4. Finally, stitch the bottom of the bee, and you are all done!

I hope you like! Leave a comment and let me know how yours turns out 😀

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