I made this sweet little crocheted amigurumi sea turtle for Daniel recently. It was my first try at making an animal, and it was really fun. It was so quick! I worked on it intermittently, and it still only took two days. I might even make a whole turtle family.
I used this pattern from For the Love of Yarn. The pattern has lots of great photographs included. I used my favorite kind of yarn, Lion Brand Homespun yarn. It comes in the best colors!
I used black embroidery thread instead of safety eyes because I wanted Daniel to be able to put it in his mouth without having to worry about the eyes coming dislodged by accident.
|All the turtle parts, ready for stuffing and assembly|
(top shell, bottom shell, tail, legs, and head)
|Fully assembled except for the top shell|
I added a rattle to the center so he could have fun shaking it (that's the first thing he does when he picks up a toy—he shakes it to see if it makes a sound). I made the rattle out of a tiny empty glass bottle (about an inch long) and some small spare hardware, so it makes a higher-pitched sound than most other rattles. (I forgot to take a photo of the rattle before I closed up the turtle...oops.) If you happen to know where I can find a squeaker to put inside the next critter I make, I'd love to know!
We haven't named the turtle yet. Do you have any suggestions?
March’s Families, Create! challenge was filled with awesome animal-themed posts. From Mo Willems to monkey finger puppets, our writers and crafters kept busy getting creative with the little animals in their lives. Visit Code Name: Mama and Living Peacefully with Children to find out how you can participate in the next Families, Create! Carnival. Our April's theme is "Fantasy" - childhood is a fascinating time, filled with magic around every corner. What can your family imagine and create?
Please take time to read the March submissions by the other carnival participants:
- Lizz at Am I a Funny Girl turns a family outing at the zoo into a picture book to keep.
- Maman A Droit shares her easy pattern for a felt monkey finger puppet with you!
- The kids at Living Peacefully with Children celebrated the emergence of Spring with butterflies. Check out their Coffee Filter Butterfly mobile and Pipe Cleaner Art.
- Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes offers helpful ways for a child to remember calming techniques with a “Calming your Beast” basket.
- Most of us have monkeys running around our house at times. Or lions. Or elephants. Make your child's creative animal play even better with stuffed animal tails! Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares an easy tutorial.
- Galit Breen at These Little Waves shares an easy way to get creative with Mo Willems' "We Are In A Book."
- Maman A Droit shares her pattern for a felt bunny finger puppet-a perfect Easter basket filler!
- Brenna at Almost All The Truth shares a look at butterflies through metaphor, books and a coffee filter craft.
- Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children knitted some simple Nugget Bunnies for her children's Ostara baskets while practicing a new technique.
- Amy at Anktangle shares photographs of crocheting a lovable stuffed turtle for her son to play with.
- Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes knows a few ways to bring beneficial birds to the garden.
- Megan at Purple Dancing Dahlias shares a fun little first sewing project.
- Lauren at Hobo Mama has a fun and easy game to make to stimulate your preschooler's memory.
- Using her children's artwork as inspiration, Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children woodburned wooden eggs for them to color in honor of Spring.
- Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes is making nature bags or field bags for nature journals and the other things we may need as we explore our planet.
- Animals are the inspiration for this set of handmade clay items for an I Spy bag at Living Peacefully with Children.