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amigurumi seal from front

I designed this little cute amigurumi seal for a swap-bot swap, inspired from the “kawaii” Sanrio seal Mamegoma. It’s pretty easy to make, and I tried to write the pattern down to post…but it’s pretty messy and I didn’t quite finish writing down about the tail. But if you know the basics of starting and crocheting an amigurumi, the body is worked in the round, with more increases on the top of the body, and then decreases until the tail starts. At the start of the tail, I crocheted from the body edge to the middle, and then back to the body edge around the other side, closing off half the tail and decreasing sharply to be triangular. Then I joined the yarn and did the same for the other side of the tail. I made the 2 front flippers with large increases to be somewhat triangular as well, and then sewed them on. Then I cut out felt eyes (I have sticky felt so it’s easy to attach :)) and the mouth area and sewed on the mouth with embroidery floss.

Here’s the top/side view:

amigurumi seal from top

Here’s a cute photo with the mini seal sitting pretty with the amigurumi panda and a mini panda which I also made for a swap :).

seal with pandas

I’ve lately gotten back into some more swap-bot pic swaps (click the icon to see my SB profile)- I just finished a swap for some kawaii sticker flakes, and got some really adorable stickers from my lovely partners. I had stopped swapping for a while, and am excited to be back and checking my mailbox looking for nice packages again! My next swaps coming up are:

  • Teeny Surprise Swap in Harajuku Lovers group
  • Private swap, where I am sending a surprise small amigurumi 🙂
  • Magic Yarn Ball swap in Crafting Queens group
  • 2 blog swaps

So, I’m trying to make extra special little cute amigurumis for my swap partners, since that is my favorite thing to make! Even though the swap says “tiny surprise” I’m sure most people will send really nice things, and I want to make sure I do too! Don’t tell my swap partners yet, but I designed a few new fun, cute amigurumis that I hope they really like. Here is the first one, which actually came out bigger than I was planning at first, perhaps I will make mini sized versions for everyone? I also wrote up the crochet pattern and have added it to my etsy shop…

Panda Amigurumi 1

I also finally found time (and a tiny brief moment of not-foggy-gloomy weather) to set up an “indoors beach mini photoshoot” with the panda amigurumi hehe. I set up a beach calendar as the background in front of a window, turned on all the lights in the room, and then placed 2 lights next to the panda (what a diva!). Overall, the design is pretty simple, only go-backs I had to do were making him shorter, since I first made the body too tall and he looked weird, not as fat and jolly as I wanted. I kind of always do the “happy” kawaii eyes like the emoticon: (^_^) but this time I had to figure out the black spots under eyes, so I used felt and wasn’t sure how the white eyes would work out, but I like it. Hope you like it too! Next time, more about the other ami(s) I’m making for swaps :).

Panda Amigurumi 2