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The pattern book that changed my life

July 14, 2014

My favorite stuffed animal designer is also an amazing craft business blogger –  Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps.  She is currently running a series on her blog talking to sewing/crafting people about the Pattern that changed their life!  This got me thinking about what my inspiration was for getting all crafty and diving into the sewing/crafting/kids toy world with jeni ro designs.  I really thought about it and it really boiled down to one book that I found at Joanns about 4 years ago.

amigurumi world book

And yes it’s not a sewing book!  I remember being at Joann Fabrics with my Mom and looking at the craft book section.  A super cute toy book caught my eye –  it was a book of patterns for crocheted toys (also know as Amigurumi) – catch was I didn’t know how to crochet.  So I grabbed the book and announced to my Mom – “You have to teach me how to crochet, because I need to make these toys!” (ok I don’t know if that is exactly what I said, but I know that is what I felt).
i heart amigurumi
My Mom taught me how to crochet with a simple granny square and I took off.  The first year I made a ton of toys from Amigurumi World – and Ana Paula Rimoli’s subsequent books – Amigurumi Two! and Amigurumi Toy Box.  I made a crocheted toy for each of the babies in my mom’s group for their 1st birthdays – and working on those cute toys totally made me fall in love with making toys.
more amigurumi

I still crochet toys – mainly for my kids now.  I haven’t jumped into the realm of selling crocheted toys frankly because they take more time.  I can sew up a toy in an evening – but it would take several evenings to crochet a decent size toy.

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I have dipped my toe into designing crocheted toys – but only a tiny bit.  I took Stacey Trock’s Design your own Monster Amigurumi class on Craftsy and it was fabulous.  That class gave me the confidence to try and design my own toys (I made a whole slew of original monsters for my son’s 1st birthday party) – but I still prefer designing sewn toys.  I will let the crochet artists out there make the amigurumi patterns for the world. 😉

fish on bobber

Funny how one pattern book (full of crazy cute patterns) really did launch my love of toy making.  I know I am early on my journey but I am enjoying the ride so far!

crochet train

All pictures in this post are amigurumi that I crocheted using patterns from Ana Paula Rimoli’s books!

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