I’ve been wanting to post this for awhile now, but it was a gift, so I had to wait until my expectant friend got it. ANNND, she loved it =)
One of my absolute favorite Crochet blogs, is by the talented Miss Sarah, creator of Repeat Crafter Me. I tell ya, I just don’t know how she has the time! Her blog is so professional, and she has such amazing creations. She has perfected the “Lovey,” a fleece piece, with a crochet border, and crochet stuffie attached. For years there have been the crochet Lovey dolls, a stuffie attached to a crochet square. Maybe because Joanne’s constantly has fleece sales, but I just like Sarah’s version better.
I used Repeat Crafter Me’s tutorial for a Monster Fleece Lovey as a starting point. Here’s the thing, I bought a skip stitch blade, BUT, it was the wrong one….of course! On to plan B.
I am not a pro with a ruler, or measuring, or making straight lines. Weird right? So I stitched a long serger stitch around the edge of my fleece with my sewing machine. Using light weight yarn, and a 2.75 metal crochet hook, I crocheted 3 double crochets (DC) in every 3rd sergered stitch. Since the sewing machine already made a hole for the thread, it was easy to make the hole larger to accommodate the yarn. Then I crocheted two more rounds of 3 DC between each cluster. On to step 2. I couldn’t find a cute, and free, flower pattern so I made one.
Abbreviations: st- stitch; sc-single crochet; dc-double crochet; dec-decrease; * repeat
Petals: Hook- 3.25 mm; I made this in a continuous round, you can always slip stitch to the first stitch and chain 1 in the beginning of each round if you are more comfortable doing that.
Make 5 sc in magic loop (6)
*2sc in same st, sc in next 2 st* (8)
*2sc in each st* (16)
*sc in each st* (16) *repeat for 2 more rows*
*sc in next 2 st, scdec* (12)
Repeat previous row (9)
I slip stitched the ends together, you can do this or just bind off, these will be hand sewn. to flower face. Leave long tail to sew. Make as many as you want to get the look your trying for (I made 12).
Flower face: Make 2
Make 6sc in magic loop
*2sc in each st*
*sc in next st, 2sc in next st*
*sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*
*sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st*
sc in each stitch for 2 rows
Bind off, leaving a long tail to sew.
Here is what you have, a whole lot of small pieces, AAAAGH!!!
Now you will sew your petals to one side of the face. I used a whip stitch, but really, any hand stitch will work. If you want eyes and a smile, now is when you will sew it on one of your flower faces. Then you will begin stitching your faces together. When you have about a couple inches left to sew, now comes the stuffing. I used the poly-fill for stuffed animals, you can get it at any craft store. I also put a bell in the middle of the fill to form a rattle effect.
All what’s left is to stitch it up, and sew it onto your fleece.
FYI, I used some fleece from another project, I didn’t measure it, I just used what I had left =)
Have a Crafty Day!