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Alice in Wonderland Bridal Shower

Alice in Wonderland Shower

While I absolutely adore amigurumi, I love all things crafty. Back in May I had the pleasure of hosting my sister’s bridal shower and I decided to get crafty with it.  For as long as I can remember my sister has loved Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and as soon as we started talking about a shower she asked if it could be Alice themed.  I thought long and hard about how I was going to make the event whimsical without being childish. After lots of internet browsing for inspiration I was able to put together a an event everyone had a great time at. I thought I’d share how it all went and hopefully inspire you for parties of your own.

What’s an Alice themed shower without a tea party? It seemed like the natural choice so we decided on hosting it at a popular local tea house. I knew they had a great outdoor space with beautiful water features as well. Once the location was secured I took to invitations.

There were tons of choices to choose from.  Here are some of my favorites:

By Cupiddesigns on Etsy
By P27Creative Etsy Shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end I decided to go digital and went with a fun, bold and colorful design from paperless post.

Alice in Wonderland Invitation

The bride and I decided not to go the costume route but instead asked guests to wear Alice inspired attire.   Forseeing that some guests may not have time to get inspired outfits I decided to have a backup plan, create head pieces for photo ops. I ended up with 3 different ones to choose from.

The first was bunny ears inspired by the white rabbit and the March hare. I decide to try and create something inspired by a Japanese trend of usamimi headbands.  They are appropriate for everyday wear since they are subtle but still very reminiscent of bunny ears.  Traditionally they are made of fun fabric and I found two awesome patterns, one on the minted strawberry blog and also a different take on the twirling betty blog

EASY USAMIMI (RABBIT EAR) HEADBAND on Minted Strawberry Blog
bunny ear headbands on Twirlingbetty blog

Not having a sewing machine I decided why not put my crochet talents to good use the do the same with yarn? I decided to try and create the look with yarn ears. I was able to buy a few plastic headbands at my local dollar shop and transformed them using a variety of techniques covering them with fabric, felt and spray paint. They turned out great and the guests really enjoyed them. I’ll be doing another post down the line with the pattern and will link to it soon.

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The second was a play on the flowers scene from the book. I used the same plastic headbands and sprayed them with matte gold paint. Being on a budget I was able to grab some faux flowers from the dollar store as well. I trimmed them to size and glued each blossom onto the headband.

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The last was a top crocheted top hat. I’ll be working on patterning out this project for a future post as well.

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For the table centerpiece, I recreated the flowers scene with a a little Alice figurine, some silk flowers and a large candy jar. For the rest of the table I was able to find hardcover copies of Alice in Wonderland and through the looking glass. The tea cups and tea pots provided by restaurant fit right in with the theme.

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To round out the decorations I was able to find some metal keys at Michael’s and some tea ware at my local Goodwill for $2 each. I created a dormouse to go with the sugar bowl.

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A beautiful cake and some themed cupcakes tied everything together nicely. This cake was created by Los Angeles baker Eleana Perez of Elemakescakes.

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What party would be complete without games and prizes? I created a jumbo version of my white rabbit as a prize for our shower games.

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As the guests started showing up I was ecstatic to see all the inspired outfits. We specifically asked that people avoid costumes but encouraged fashion inspired by all the characters. We had our own Mad Hatter, Tweedles dee and dum, and of course our bride found a white apron to go with her chic navy dress.

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I hope this has provided some great inspiration for you to throw your own Alice themed celebration. I’ll be following up this post with some patterns soon!

All photos courtesy of Raechel Denise Photography.

Free Aviator Fox Pattern

I got such positive feedback for Foxtrot and Echo, my aviator fox and his wife I wanted to create a simple mini version to share with you all. Enjoy this free fox pattern!

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Materials:
3.0 mm Crochet hook
Embroidery needle
1 pair 9 mm safety eyes
1 12 mm safety nose
3 mini gold brads
polyfil stuffing
Worsted weight orange yarn, brown yarn, grey yarn, white yarn
Recommended yarns:
Lionbrand Vanna’s choice in the following colors:
Chocolate (or Taupe), Terracotta and silver heather
Lionbrand pound of love in Antique white

Abbreviations
sc – Single crochet
inc – increase
dec – decrease
slst – slip stitch

Head
With orange yarn
Magic circle with 6 sc
R1: inc (x6) – (12)
R2: sc, inc (x6) – (18)
R3: 2 sc, inc (x6) – (24)
R4: 3 sc, inc (x6) – (30)
R5: 4 sc, inc (x6) – (36)
R6-10: sc 36 -(36)
R11: 4 sc, dec (x6) – (30)
R12: 3 sc, dec (x6) – (24)
Place safety eyes between rows 9 and 10 approx 9-10 stitches apart
Start stuffing head
R13 2 sc, dec (x6) – (18)
R14 1 sc, dec (x6) – (12)
Finish stuffing head
R15 dec (x6) – (6)
Bind off and weave in ends.

Nose

With orange yarn
Magic circle with 4 sc
R1: sc 4
R2: inc (x4) – (8)
R3: sc 3 inc (x2) – (10)
R4: sc 1, inc (5) – (15)
fasten off and leave tail to sew onto face
Insert the safety nose
Lightly stuff before sewing to the head.

Hat

With brown yarn
Magic circle with 7 sc
R1: inc (x7) – (14)
R2: sc, inc (x7) – (21)
R3: 2 sc, inc (x7) – (28)
R4: 3 sc, inc (x7) – (35)
R5-10: sc 35
R11: sc 6, chain 1 turn (6)
R12: Dec 3 (3)
R13: Dec (1)
Bind off and weave
Attach brown yarn on the opposite end of the flap you just created (R11)
Repeat
sc 6, chain 1 turn (6)
dec 3 (3)
dec (1)
Attach white yarn and sc all the way around to trim the hat.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Goggles
Using white yarn (make 2)
Magic circle with 5 stitches
R1: inc (X5) – (10)
R2: sc,inc (x5) – (15)
Switch to grey yarn
R3-4: sc 15

For the first disk bind off and weave in tail.
For the second disk chain one at the end and slst to any part of the 2nd disk

Finally opposite the slst connection on one of the disks attach the grey yarn and chain 30
connect with the other circle using a slst and sc back along the chain until you are back where you started.
This will make the goggle band. Bind off and weave in ends.

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Ears (make 2)
With orange yarn
Magic circle with 4sc
R1: sc4
R2: in (x4) -(8)
R3: sc 3, inc (x2) -(10)
R4: sc 1, inc (x5) -(15)
R5: Sc 15

Body
With Orange yarn
Magic circle with 6 sc
R1: inc (x6) – (12)
R2: Sc, inc (x6) – (18)
R3: 2 sc, inc (x6) – (24)
R4: 3 sc, inc (x6) – (30)
R5: 4 sc, inc (x6) – (36)
change to brown yarn
R6: sc 36 in back loops only
R7: sc 4,dec (x6) -(30)
R8: sc 30
R9: sc 3, dec (x6) – (24)
R10: sc 24
R11: sc 2, dec (x6) – (18)
R12: sc 1, dec (x6) – (12)
swtich to white yarn
R13: sc 12
Leave tail for sewing

Now go back to row 6 where you crocheted in the back loops there should be a set of front loops
where you can attach your white yarn and crochet around to create the trim for the jacket.

Insert your gold brads for the buttons and stuff the body.

Arms (make 2)
with orange yarn
Magic circle 5 sc
R1-2 sc 5
Change to chocolate yarn
R3: sc 5
R4: sc 5 in back loops only
this will create a line of raised stitches where you can easily attach the trim later
R5-7 sc 5 (both loops)
bind off and leave tail for sewing
go back and attach white yarn to the row of raised stitches and sc around. Bind off and weave in tail.

Legs (make 2)
With orange yarn
Magic circle 9
R1: sc 2 inc (x3) – (12)
R2-6 sc 12
Fasten off and leave tail for sewing

Tail
With white yarn
Magic circle with 4 sc
R1: 4 sc (4)
R2: inc (x4) – (8)
R3: sc, inc (x4) – (12)
R4: 2 sc, inc (x4) – (16)
R5: sc 16 – (16)
switch to orange yarn
R6-8 sc 16 – (16)
R9: sc 2, dec (x4) – (12)
R10: sc 12 – (12)
R11: sc 2, dec (x4) – (8)
R12: sc 8 – (8)
R13: dec (x4) – (4)
R14: sc 4 (4)
bind off and leave tail for sewing

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Scarf
R1: Chain 35 turn
R2: Sc 35 back along the chain
Fasten off and weave in tail

You now have all your pieces simply assemble! Note that the ears go onto the hat and the hat should be sewn down to the head.

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Thank you so much for supporting us! If you make Foxtrot, we’d love to see! Post on Instagram with #foxtrotYT. Please feel free to let me know if you see any mistakes.

©2014 Yarn Treasures. This pattern is intended for personal use only. You are not allowed to resell, redistribute or share this pattern. Products made from this pattern may not be use sold or used for commercial purposes.

Colorful birds free pattern

While I was yarn shopping at Michael’s I found the most beautiful color changing yarn by Red Heart. It’s part of their boutique line called Unforgettable. It’s a worsted weight yarn and is 100% acrylic though it feels super soft and almost like wool. My photos can’t really quite capture the true color but the yarn is almost iridescent and very bright. There were several colors to choose from and I couldn’t resist so I bought 3 different ones in the colors of Parrot, Dragonfly and Winery. Aren’t those pretty names for the colors? My only tip is that this yarn is very delicate. If you pull too hard the strand will literally fall apart so take care to be gentle while working this yarn.

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I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with the yarn but after some thought decided on some beautiful brightly colored birds. I’ve always been a big animal lover which is why amigurumi really appealed to me. I came up the with the simple pattern below and I’m happy to share it with you all. You can make it with any yarn you like in fact I plan on making a black bird with a colorful beak. I hope you enjoy. Please let me know what you think and if you make one of my birdies I’d love to see them! E-mail them to us at info@yarntreasures.com or post it on social media with #YTbirdies.

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Materials:

  • Yarn of your choice for the body, orange or yellow yarn for the beak
  • 9mm safety eyes
  • Embroidery needle
  • Stuffing
  • Recommended hook size 2.3mm or 2.5mm

Head
Magic circle with 6 sc
R1: Inc X6 (12)
R2: *sc 1, inc* x6 (18)
R3: *sc 2, inc* x6 (24)
R4: *sc 3, inc* x6 (30)
R5: *sc 4, inc* x6 (36)
R6: *sc 36 (36)
R7: *sc 5, inc* x6 (42)
R8-11: sc 42 (42)
R12: *sc 5, dec* x6 (36)
R13: *sc 4, dec* x6 (30)
R14: *sc 3, dec* x6 (24)
Place safety eyes toward the lower half of the head 10 stitches apart.
R15: *sc 2, dec* x6 (18)
R16: *sc 1, dec* x6 (12)
R17: dec x6 (6)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. String the long tail through to the top of the head and make a bow for the little feathers.

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Body
Magic circle with 7sc
R1: inc 7 (14)
R2: *sc 1, inc* x7 (21)
R3: *sc 2, inc* x7 (28)
R5: in back loops only sc 28 (28)

Note: This will help birdie sit better on his own but creating almost like a 90 degree angle. Since he will be very top heavy he’s not going to sit on his own very well. If you absolutely need him to balance and sit on his own I recommend filling the body section with some marbles or beans or something to keep it heavy during assembly.

R6-8: revert back to working in both loops
R9: *sc2, dec* x7 (21)
R10: *sc1, dec* x7 (14)
Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing

Beak
I use Red Heart’s Soft line in the color Tangerine. It’s my favorite orange yarn and I use it frequently for my tigers as well. It’s also super soft and the color is bright and iridescent not muted and dark like some of the others.

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You will create a foundation chain and crochet around it

Ch 5
R1: starting 2nd chain from the hook sc 4 continue around the other side sc 4
R2: sc,inc, sc 2 inc, sc, inc, sc 2, inc, sc
R3: sc around (14)
Wings (make 2)
Create a magic circle with 10sc but don’t close it up all the way. This should produce a U shape out of the stitches. Leave a tail for sewing

Tail
Ch 4,
R1: Second from the hook inc 3 (6)
R2: ch 1, turn *3dc, sl st* x3 this should create 3 scallops along the long end of the flap you just created. Weave the remaining tail back torward the beginning. You’ll be sewing the small end of the triangle to the body.

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Assembly:
Attach the beak to the head between the eyes.
Attach the body to the head
Attach the wings on either side half way down the body
Lastly attach the tail and voila. All done!

*Please note this pattern is intended for personal use only and may not be used for commercial purposes or claimed as your own. You may link to this pattern but please don’t copy the pattern and list it on your own page.

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