Crochet Tiny Ninja Pattern


Tiny Ninja Crochet PatternDid you know that December 5 is International Ninja Day? That’s right! I just could not resist creating these tiny Crocheted Ninjas to celebrate, and they are so quick and easy to crochet your own. As I was making these, I kept thinking how perfect they would be for a toddler boy…I mean, you can use them to teach colors, with color sorting and stacking and rainbows, primary colors, secondary colors, etc. If my little ones were still little I would definitely be using these on a regular educational basis!

Anyways, all you need to know to crochet your own tiny ninja is worsted weight yarn (red heart super saver is just PERFECT for these), a crochet hook (I’m really enjoying the F/5-3.75MM size right now), and some stuffing. And then the skills necessary to complete this crochet pattern are minimal and very beginner-friendly: Ch (Chain), ss (slip stitch), sc (single crochet), inc (increase, working two sc in the same stitch), sc2tog (single crochet 2 together), and that’s it!

Tiny ninjas are so quick and easy to crochet up, I managed to make all seven of these in a couple of hours. So much potential. If you need a last minute birthday gift for a 2-yo boy, I can imagine a bunch of these would be so great! Just go to my etsy shop and get the pattern, use up some of your scrap yarn, and have some fun 😀 And check out the CUUUUTE stop motion video I made with the ones that I crocheted…it was a lot of fun to make as well.

Emoji Explosions!


I was doing some research back in December trying to find inspiration for some new patterns. I’m trying to move away from the copyrighted “character” franchise of Disney, Marvel, Nintendo, and all of those big names. I mean, if one of these giant corporations noticed me and weren’t happy that I was using their success to power my own, they could easily shut down Family Bugs, and completely ruin my life. Plus, it’s just not an honest way to earn my income. So, what is a designer suppose to do?

Crochet Texas Flag Pillow PatternShortly after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, I harvested the idea of State-shaped, Flag-colored decorative throw pillows. And I’m pretty sure that I’ve hit gold with this idea. I’ve written a few blog posts about these that are linked at the end of this post, as is a link to each of the pillow patterns that I’ve published thus far. My Texas pillow actually managed to raise a nice chunk of pocket change to help victims of that hurricane. And I am continuing to work on designing all of the American States. But, it takes me about a month to create even one of these patterns…they are huge! And such a long-term project pushes my endurance and attention span past its limits (for the same reason why I don’t crochet blankets). So, what better than to add in some smaller, quick little patterns to break up the monotony of these larger crochet projects? But, seriously, what could I create that is original and unique to the FamilyBugs name?

During my perusings, I came across a “National Day Celebrations” calendar. A what, now? So, every single day of the year has some absurd holiday that can be celebrated. I’m sure you know the more popular ones like “national donut day”, “national talk like a pirate day”, and “Star Wars day” (may the fourth be with you?). But, there is also “national pickle day”, “national Handwriting day”, and “national croissant day”. And I thought that these would make wonderful inspirations for me! Probably not on a daily basis, because I’m not that good, but surely I can figure out two a week to create tiny crochet patterns from. The best part of this idea, is that it is open to my interpretation!

I include detailed step-by-step instructions in each pattern so that you can not only crochet a quick, tiny project, but add a personalized Kawaii-style emoji face. There are several mouth and eye styles that you can combine to form a variety of different facial expressions. There is my claim to fame – emoji all the crochet things! Haha! But really, these tiny crochet toys can make excellent toys, gifts, party favors, decorations, buntings, Appliqués, bookmarks, or anything else you can think of. I just love them!

Crochet pencils and paper patternFor example, National Handwriting Day was an invitation for me to create these adorable crochet pencils and paper. I actually got two super simple patterns out of that one. And three Etsy listings once I’ve posted them separately and together. If I have the discipline and focus, I can almost write up one of these smaller patterns in one day (but I usually take two or more just to get it right). And as I keep making them, I can also offer up bundles to help my customers save even more money, while encouraging them to support my business. It’s really a win-win situation for all of us.

So far, I’ve taken advantage of National Pickle Day, National Sandwhich Day, National Donut Day, National Handwriting Day, and National Get To Know Your Customers Day. Not quite two patterns a week, but I get faster with each pattern!

Kentucky Flag Pillow


Crochet Kentucky PillowThose of you who have been following the blog know that I’ve slowly been working on creating these flag-colored State-shaped crochet patterns for decorative throw pillows. Unfortunately, each state takes about a month from concept to publication, so I’m looking at a three-year long project to get every single American state completed. Of course, I had to start with all of the states that I’ve lived in, the last of which is The Bluegrass state of Kentucky. I only lived in Kentucky for a couple of months shortly after getting married while Mr. Lovely finished up an internship, but it definitely counts!

To date, this is the largest state I have made, but I think the size definitely adds to the novelty of it! Also, one of the most challenging Flag-patterns out of the states I’ve completed so far. I also think that I get a little bit better every time I complete one of these crochet patterns, and I know I’m going to feel the need to go back and redo Florida and Tennessee, and probably some other states as well as I continue to gain experience in this project.

So, now I have completed Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and Kentucky. I’ve had a request for Pennsylvania, and because of where I live, I think Oklahoma should also be done soon as well. But I will definitely take further requests as to which states to complete next. I really am enjoying how these are turning out, and I’m anxious to get every state finished.

MATERIALS NEEDED

• Hook size F/5-3.75MM

• Worsted weight yarn in desired colors (I like using Red Heart Super Saver or Caron Simply Soft, but any brand should work just fine)

• Tapestry needle is optional for sewing in ends

• Stuffing

STITCHES YOU NEED TO KNOW

– Ch – Chain – YO, pull through

– Ss – Slip Stitch – Insert hook, YO, pull through both loops on hook

– Sc – Single Crochet – Insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through both loops on hook

– Sc2tog – Single Crochet 2 Together – Insert hook into first stitch, YO, pull through, insert hook into second stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through all loops on hook

– Inc – Increase – Work 2 sc stitches both into the next stitch

Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️


I’ve never been very fond of Valentine’s Day…er…singles awareness day? Even though I’ve been very happily married for almost ten years now, Valentine’s Day is probably one of my least favorite holidays. I mean, I like chocolate just as much as the next girl, but I don’t want a special day set aside just for all of the yummy romanticism. It is cliche and overdone. I don’t do cliches. But anyways, there ARE some really cute valentine’s themed crochet patterns out there, and I just have to Feature some of my favorites for this month’s featured Friday!

Crochet Patterns To Purchase

I mean, these heart dolls from MakeItEasy Classroom are just stinking adorable! Those are some very well-made Hearts, and the addition of facial features, limbs, and the other details are just perfect. It is important to consider that she uses UK crochet terms and not US ones…there IS a difference.

This crochet heart beanie pattern has been making the rounds on Pinterest. I’m actually tempted to get this one from CAABCrochet and make up a few for my daughters. It’s the color combinations that make it so adorable. I particularly like the confetti look up at the top near the Pom Pom. Just a little bit of detail that is easy to overlook, but makes a big difference!

If you’ve got some gifts to give this Valentine’s Day, I can highly recommend these precious tapestry tags. I imagine that they look just as good on the back as they do in the front. HighlandHickoryDsgns has done an excellent job with the shape of these, too. Just think of the color combinations you could play with…scrap buster!

Happy Patty Crochet has several flower patterns that are just lovely. Not only are these just gorgeous creations, but the look pretty simple to duplicate. If I had the time, I would make these up and display them in my house all year long. Everlasting flowers that don’t require water or sunlight…a simple shaking could remove dust, or you could probably wash them on a gentle cycle in the washer machine depending on the yarn you use. Delightful.

Free Crochet Patterns To Enjoy!

I knew there just had to be a perfectly adorable love bug pattern available somewhere! Laura Kaltman has managed to fir that bill with this tiny little thing. Available on one of my favorite pattern sites: Ravelry! Heart-shaped wings, heart-shaped antenna and the Valentine’s Day traditional colors of pink, red, and white make this a perfect toy for small children 😊

I’m not a huge fan of wreaths in general. Most of them feel too 80’s for my preference. But, for those or you that are so inclined, RepeatCrafterMe has a really cute love wreath that is prefect for Valentine’s Day. Those tiny crochet hearts could have a lot of applications, too.

Not to be left out, I have to include my own emoji hearts pattern! I had a lot of fun working up this quick little pattern. The free version only includes the heart pattern, but you can purchase it for just a few dollars (discounted for Valentine’s Day) and get the addition of how to make several different Kawaii-styled emoji facial expressions.

And because she’s just such a wonderful designer, I also have to Feature this table runner also from RepeatCrafterMe. If you are hosting a Valentine’s Day party, this would be just perfect to set the mood. It’s sure to get a tone of compliments, too!

Crochet Fox Alice Pattern Review


Crochet Fauxy Fox patternMy mother-in-law is obsessed with foxes. When she first moved into town three years ago, she found a quaint little house to rent that was located on Fox Avenue. Of course, that was all the excuse she needed to go crazy with all the Fox things. Last year, I created this pattern of Fauxy for her as a Christmas gift, and I knew that started a tradition that would need to be continued for as long as I am able to create.

Since I’ve already got a crochet pattern in my library that I’ve designed, and because I really didn’t have the time to create another one, I went on the prowl. About two hours worth of research, I found this adorable fox Alice pattern from Aradyia. She has several wonderfully-made toys, and the details are just incredible. The plants vs. zombies patterns first grabbed my attention several years ago, and I’ve been an avid fan ever since. However, I had no reason to purchase one of her patterns until just recently.

Wowzers! That is really the only word I can use to describe this pattern. Not only is it available in several different languages (which was actually pretty pointless for me. I felt like I paid for five different patterns but can only use one), but the amount of detail and intricate instructions provided is just amazing. It is obvious that a ton of time, energy, and effort has gone into this particular crochet pattern and I’ve no doubt that she is equally as meticulous with all of her patterns.

Fox Alice crochet patternThis is not a simple pattern to follow, though. Definitely geared more towards the intermediately-skilled artist and not the beginner. While not difficult, there are some techniques that I have never come across before (notice the fox’s unique feet), and the terminology is a bit different than I am accustomed to. I was able to figure it out without any additional assistance.

I do have two complaints against this pattern. I started off making it with the “correct” hook and yarn size and when I realized just how large it was going to be, I switched to a larger hook and thicker yarn. I’m not going to torture myself in using tiny hooks for a project that is not going to be tiny. The images taken for the listing do not portray the finished size very well. My second complaint is how many pages and images are included in the pattern. It’s great for digital purposes, but if you want to print it out to have a hard-copy on hand, you are looking at 38 pages FULL of colored pictures. I like to print off my purchased patterns so that I always have them, but the size and nature of this particular pattern wasn’t worth it to me.

Aradyia crochet pattern reviewOverall, I highly recommend Aradyia’s crochet patterns for you to try out. The detailed instructions that she includes, and the very precise directions means a higher likelihood that you will be able to duplicate her pictured results. The finished toy is definitely going to be of high quality, just like the pattern is!

5 Projects to Make via the Tapestry Crochet Method


Tennessee State throw pillow crochet patternColor changing, while not inherently difficult can drive a crochet artist insane! If you’ve never learned how to do this properly, petals to picots has a simple tutorial that you can learn from. Tapestry crochet usually involves lots of different colors and a carrying of the yarn while you go. Lilla Bjorn Crochet has an excellent guide with very helpful pictures about how to do tapestry crochet. I actually used some simple tapestry crochet to create the Tennessee State throw pillow crochet pattern (although I do plan on creating a version that doesn’t involve any color changing (like the Texas one). This week’s post of “Telling Tuesday” is full of some beautiful Tapestry crochet patterns that you can complete yourself!

Tapestry coffee coziesIf you are wanting to start off small and simple, ladesideloops has some wonderful coffee cozies done in tapestry crochet. It’s great that this particular pattern also seems to include the entire alphabet, too!

Tapestry crochet beanieMy daughter is obsessed with elephants and I might need to make her one of these adorable tapestry crochet hats from Bowtykes. But, seriously, this is a great way to achieve the very popular “fair aisle” look that is so popular right now.

Tapestry coaster crochet patternAtelierSopra has several gorgeous coaster sets done in the tapestry method. I love how the complex combination of few colors make such wonderful patterns. These are great, small projects, to really master this particular skill of color changing and carrying yarn.

Tapestry crochet London city bagThere are so many gorgeous bags and purses that have been created via tapestry crochet that I really couldn’t pick a favorite. The possibilities are so vast and numerous, that you could probably work up any one of these patterns 50 different times and never result in the same pattern twice. While I am a big fan of the geometric and tribal patterns, this London skyline from CrochetShopCarolina is just incredible! I particularly love how Big Ben was designed, here.

There are so many different articles of crochet that have been spruced up via tapestry workings. Rugs, socks, sweaters, gloves, wall hangings, ornaments, toys, jewelry…if it can be created with single crochet stitches, it can be colored with tapestry methods. Do you have any favorite tapestry crochet projects? Please, share them in the comments below!

Thanksgiving Crochet Pattern Round-upi


From turkeys to cornucopias, pilgrims and Indians, to pumpkins and gourds…Thanksgiving is looming ever nearer! But if you are tired of crocheting the same old generic pumpkins and giant turkeys, why not try these crochet patterns to spruce up your holiday decor!

I really enjoy this Harvest Crow from PamsPatterns. Definitely not your typical Thanksgiving decor, but with scare-crows and sunflowers being very much “fall”, I think he fits right in. Plus, he looks pretty well-done from what I can see.

The idea of newborn cocoons is a fun one. They are so versatile. My kids were all a bit too old by the time I discovered the novelty, so I’m not sure how practical they are…but definitely great for photo shoots. This corn on the cob cocoon from June Bugs Crochet is definitely different and worth considering for all of your baby needs. I think if you were to swaddle the baby, then wriggle them into the cocoon, it might make for easier passing around to the relatives (if you are so inclined).

Is there such a thing as “thanksgiving gift giving”? I’ve never heard of it, but for the more generous of you out there, this gift basket from Yarnovations might be a must!

I love most of Planet June’s patterns. I’m not sure what these mushrooms have to do with thanksgiving, but they are pretty adorable and very well-done to boot. I definitely recommend checking out all of her patterns!

There aren’t a whole lot of crochet wreaths out in the market. There might be a desire for them, if done properly (hint, hint). This fall-themed one by Crochet Shop Carolina would be adorable on someone’s door to welcome feast goers for sure! I’m not sure if the little animal is suppose to be a hedgehog or a possum, but either way it’s pretty cute…oh, if I were to actually read the description, it is a hedgehog 😛

This acorn pattern by Caper Crochet is absolutely precious! How much fun would it be to make up a bunch of these, give them to the children attending your feast, and letting them pelt each other (preferably not within reach of breakables…so, send them outside!)? OR, as favors for all of your visitors. Whatever you want to use them for, I love it!

These cow dolls from Pams Crochet might be one of the best things Ive come across in a long time. They are patriotic, and summery, and Christmas-y, and halloween-y, and a bit of some thanksgiving-Ness thrown in there too. This is how I need to be marketing all of my crochet dolls 😛

I think we need to work together to expand this list! Please, find some “interesting” crochet patterns that are marketed as Thanksgiving, or fall. Comment below with your treasures, and not only will I edit this post to include it, but I will also include a link back to you. So, free publicity on your part, and a really fun, interactive, list on my part.

State-shaped Flag-colored Pillow Crochet Patterns


PURCHASE THE PATTERNS FROM THE FAMILY BUGS ETSY SHOP

I am one of those people. A blissfully ignorant soul who doesn’t watch the news. I know that most people do not understand how I can go through life not knowing the events that are going on. Really, I find the news to be horribly depressing and scary, and I like to fill my life with positive influences. For the most part, I see the world as being safe and good and honest. And I’m happy, and I want to keep believing that way. Besides, if something big enough happens, word always gets around via Facebook or word of mouth. I don’t live in a bubble.

It was a Monday of the last week of August, and I was working on the girls’ Halloween costumes. Mr. Lovely’s birthday is in mid October, and I am throwing him a party this year, because it’s a big number-year. The kids decided that it should be a Texas-themed party complete with costumes. So, Mr. Lovely is going to be the Texas flag, I am going to be a mockingbird, the Grasshopper has decided to be an armadillo, and Bumblebee and Ladybug want to be a Bluebonnet and Cactus, respectively. So, I was crocheting some hats to go with their costumes (of course I’ll be publishing THOSE patterns, too), and I started getting texts from friends that live elsewhere in the U.S. “hope you are safe from these storms.” Well, as a person who also doesn’t watch the weather, I just shrugged my shoulders and answered, “we are high and dry, sunny and hot. I appreciate your concern.” Mostly, I don’t think people realize how big Texas really is. I didn’t think much of it until I got on Facebook the next day. Even then, I didn’t comprehend the magnitude of what was happening, “flooding in South Texas? What a tragedy.” And my life continued going as it always had. But, as more and more people kept talking about what happened and what was continuing to go on, I started to realize just how catastrophic this thing really was.

By Wednesday afternoon, I made the decision to do something to help. After some quick research, I came up with the idea to create a Texas-shaped flag-colored decorative pillow Crochet Pattern. And everything that I made from the sale of the pattern would go to help fund relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey. I loved the idea of sending money directly to people, but I also realized how incredibly biased and unprofessional that would be. As a business, I didn’t feel that I could honestly do that. So, Mr. Lovely suggested Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF). After a bit of research I agreed.

LCIF sent $100,000 to aid victims to Hurricane Harvey just as soon as they could. And as a foundation, they can help in ways that an individual just can’t. We have been very active in the local Lions Club for several years, so I know that it is a trustworthy foundation that is going to use the $$ I send in an appropriate and helpful way, not pocket it like so many other foundations.

And so I got to work designing. This first pillow was definitely not the hardest thing I’ve ever designed. In fact, it was actually quite simple. I found a graph for perler beads and just adapted it for crochet stitches. Each square (or bead) represented one single crochet stitch. Of course I wasn’t happy with the first one I made, so I had to make another one and tweak the colors a bit. The end result, though was quite pleasing to me. So pleasing, in fact, that I soon decided to abandon my previous designing plans and create more state-shaped Flag-colored decorative throw pillow Crochet patterns.

Of course I had to start with the states that I’ve lived in, so after I completed the Texas Flag state Pillow (where I have been raising my own family for the past seven years), I made Tennessee (I was born and raised there), and then Florida (where I went to college and met Mr. Lovely), and I’m currently working on Kentucky (which is where I lived for a few short months while Mr. Lovely was interning). So, those patterns are all currently available on my etsy shop. I am taking requests for which state to make next, so feel free to comment that bellow!

As I’ve been overhauling the FamilyBugs design business, my first goal has been to keep the crochet patterns as simple as possible so that they can be easily duplicated. What’s the point of designing a crochet pattern if it is too complicated for anyone else to follow it? So, each of these pillows use basic crochet stitches: single crochet (sc), chains (ch), slip stitch (ss), and single crochet two together (sc2tog). Most of them don’t even include color changes (because I know how much you hate changing colors all the time). Tennessee has a lot of color changes (it’s done in a method called tapestry crochet), but I’m thinking about changing that to make it even more simple for y’all. I remember how daunting tapestry crochet was to me at first.

All you need to crochet your own decorative pillows is a size f crochet hook. You can use a larger size if you want, but it’s going to result in a looser stitch which will result in some of the stuffing showing through. I HATE seeing the stuffing, so I recommend a smaller hook. Definitely nothing larger than an I. Worsted weight yarn in your desired colors are also needed. I think red heart super saver is perfect for these pillows. It’s a durable yarn, easy to work with, easy to buy, and washes well without fuzzying up. Plus, I’m pretty sure it’s resistant to sun damage (although I’ve never tested that), just in case you want to make these pillows for outside usage. The last thing you need to make your own pillow is the stuffing.

PURCHASE THE CROCHET PATTERNS FROM THE FAMILYBUGS ETSY SHOP

Telling Tuesday’s – Buttons


We all have one: a giant container. A recycled cookie tin, or maybe a cleaned-out butter or icecream tub. That is full of odds and ends buttons. Shaped buttons, colored buttons, small buttons, large buttons, glass buttons, plastic buttons, metal buttons. The beautiful world of buttons. Ever wondered what to do with all of those buttons? I mean, you can’t use them on a garment; there aren’t enough matching ones. Never fear! This week’s link-up is full of delicious button things for you to dream about ☺

JEWELRY

There are so many cute and adorable ways to recycle buttons for necklaces, brooches, rings, hair pieces, and so many more.

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These button necklaces from PiperLondonUK are so cute, and would make the perfect gift for any seamstress or sewing dabbler.

How precious are these tassel button earrings by VintageOoakDesigns?

And finally, the snap button charms from SnapButtonJewelry are just gorgeous! We all know how much I just adore colors.

WALL ART

As the world of Pinterest continues to explode, we see more and more beautiful diy art works. Buttons are, of course, not to be excluded!

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The Ladybug is obsessed with elephants, so you know I have to debut these adorable button elephants by Cool Creativities.

Changing My Marbles shows us how to make our own button letter canvasses.

With Beauty and the Beast coming out, I just had to show case this Belle silhouette. Designed4Her has several of the Disney princesses as button wall art.

CROCHET

As always, I have to dedicate an entire section of my link-up to the beauty of crochet!

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Craft Bits shows us how to crochet our own buttons…how easy and versatile are these?!

Emily Flower made these vintage-ey button flowers that are just precious!

Then I can’t forget to showcase how Elvee Dickenson has used buttons to take a simple crochet cloche and step it up in the cuteness realm.