Not everything cute is hard to make. This is what I had in mind when creating this project. In Making Sense of Amigurumi #1 and #2 we mostly use the round concept, however this time I am going to show you the basics of making an oval shape, which is used to make this cute mint fox pouch.
Awhile ago I stumbled upon this tutorial on how to crochet an oval written by Louie from Louie’s Loops (check his page out he has TONS of awesome tutorials including crochet basics, basic shapes, geekery amigurumi, etc). I am posting the oval pattern he made (contacted him for permission and he immediately said yes!) then decided to use it to make a very simple and easy pouch. Often, the cutest things are actually simple (just look at all those Japanese characters!). When creating my own designs, the thing that I always try to keep in mind is keeping things simple and not think too much or try too hard.
So I designed this pouch to prove that cute stuffs that last long does not necessarily mean that it’s difficult to make. The oval shape actually used a yarn with suggested size of needle size 6-7 but I used a size 9 because I do not have much of the material left and I’d like to test a few things. It actually worked just fine since it’s a basic shape and the front part would be covered anyway. On the other side, there is still no hole visible. Successful experiment 😀
The fluff combined with a larger needle resulted to less work and less yarn used. However if you only could found a smaller size fluffy yarn you can always add some rounds (Louie actually wrote more rounds, it’s just that I only used it until round 5). So if you do, just jump over to Louie’s website linked above. For the ears, I used the regular size suggested (size 6) to create a more decent look. Though it says tutorial, it’s actually half way between a walk through and a tutorial because there are no templates, just the basic steps though there are basically patterns provided as well.
- Linie400 fluffy polyester yarn 50 g/85 m in mint
- 9 mm crochet hook
- 6 mm crochet hook
- White and baby pink fabric of choice (recommended: fleece, minky, felt)
- Lining fabric of choice (mine is cotton)
- Matching zipper in mint (approx 20-22 cm)
- Brown or black embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Tapestry needle
- Sewing needle and matching thread
sl st: slip stitch
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
tc: triple crochet
FO: Fasten off
Rnd 1: sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook, don’t turn. (6)
Rnd 2: sc 3 in first st, 2 in next, 1 in next, repeat once. (12)
Rnd 3: sc 1 in first st, 2 in next three, 1 in next 3, 2 in next three, 1 in last two sts. (18)
Rnd 4: sc 1 in first two sts, 2 in next (inc), 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in next four, 2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in last two sts. (24)
Rnd 5: sc 1 in first three sts, 2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in next seven, 2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in last four sts. (30)
Make two ovals, it does not have to be exactly identical since it’s normal to miss one or two stitches so don’t worry about it (cause you know, it’s so fluffy). Leave one oval with a long tail to sew. If you would like to decorate your oval with a cute animal face, do it before you sew them together. I would suggest to decorate the piece without the long tail. I drew a design on a paper, trace it to the wrong side of the fabric, then cut leaving around 3/4 cm seam allowance. I attached this piece by snipping the fabrics between the line and the seam allowance, fold the snips inside then sew it on the oval. If you are using felt or fleece then feel free to skip this and glue it on or just use a simple running stitch because unlike minky they do not unravel easily. I just chose minky because I like them and I happen to have them lying around (also I’m not very fond of felt and don’t use them when I have other options).
The triangle on the fox’s face (the one on his forehead) was sewn separately afterwards with a regular sewing thread. The triangle was made by making a chain as the widest length, than turning around each new round while using sl st on both sides and sc’s in the middle until the end/the end was pointy.
Again I basically used the crochet on the surface technique by making a loop and starting a new round on the oval. I do this after the face part is finished because placing the ears always depends on where the eyes are. Look up here in the fin parts to see the details.
Ch 1, to the 2nd ch after hook: hdc, dc, tc, dc, hdc. Sl st to the next ch. FO and weave in so it does not get tangled while sewing the lining fabric.
Inner Lining How-To
To make the inner lining, fold the lining fabric (right side inside) and trace the ovals. Cut and leave around 3/4 to 1 cm seam allowance. Mark the ovals on where you would like the opening to be, and mark the fabric lining at the same points. Sew both (separately). You should have a pocket by now, and the inner lining should fit the ovals nicely. Make sure they are sewn open at around the same points. This is important to make sure the zipper would snug in perfectly. It should look like the picture below.
Open the zipper and snip the sides so it could follow the curves of the oval nicely. This is optional but I find it helpful. Place the head of the zipper on the right then start carefully placing the zipper between the fabric and the oval. The inner lining should be folded inside around the traced line you made earlier. Tips: to avoid the zipper getting stuck in the fluff later when opening and closing, it’s better to keep the distance between the three materials.
Here is my formula: The zipper should be placed slightly lower than the fluff so it doesn’t show up when it’s closed and also prevent the zipper to get stuck. The inner lining should be around 2-3 mm under the zipper’s teeth. After pinning, don’t be worried too much if it doesn’t look that neat yet cause it will look much better after sewing.
There is a trick to make that clean, professional look without any seams showing on the inside and outside. Use a thread with a matching color to the yarn you use, instead of the color of the inner lining. Since the yarn is really fluffy, the stitches will be hidden on the outside anyway. To make it invisible but sturdy, the stitch I use is quite similar to a regular running stitch. However when stitching inside-wards I made sure the needle catches a small amount of the inner lining, then make use the folded part of the inner lining itself to hide an invisible, yet sturdy seam. Then continue stitching outwards, back inside and repeat.
Yup, here is the result: a nice, crisp and clean inner lining. I reckon that a question would come if it’s possible to use sewing machine for attaching the zipper. Yes of course it is but I definitely won’t recommend it because it’s quite easy for the fluff to trap sewing needle and thread, so I imagine it would be a mess. Also, it’s actually easy and faster to handsew it due to the fluffiness.
Of course, you are free to make any animals you like. For some unknown reasons I just really wanted to make a fox so here it is ^^; I hope you like this tutorial, and have fun with crafting! As always, would really love to see your creations so if you are on instagram, please do post the photo, tag me (@judithchenart) and use #showoffyourami. See you around!^^