Hello there! After I found a lovely little pattern by minazara on Ravelry, I just can't stop making these bunnies. They're so cute! I have altered the original pattern quite a lot, rounding off the top of the head and attaching the arms and legs a bit differently, but the original idea, including the skirt, is all minazara's. She has a few very cute patterns available on Ravelry, why don't you go and have a look?
I designed this little owl rattle, using my free owl amigurumi pattern. Instead of aran/worsted yarn, I made this little guy in sportsweight organic cotton yarn. To make the handle, I picked up twelve stitches and made a long tube, which I stuffed as I crocheted, using scraps of an upcycled felted woollen blanket. As you may know by now, I always line all my crocheted toys because I find that my crocheting, especially when using cotton yarn, is never tight enough to keep all the stuffing inside. I've had a nasty surprise in the past when I washed a toy before giving it away, and all the polyester stuffing had started to seep through the holes. But lining a 12ch tube made of sportsweight yarn is impossible, so I reckoned bits of felted blanket wouldn't be able to go through and would be safe if baby decides to chew the handle. The body of the owl is lined and stuffed as usual, and I added a rattle insert before sewing the whole thing closed. These two items will shortly be available in my Etsy shop. If you're interested and I haven't yet put them up there, please leave me a comment or send an email using the link on my profile.
Have a great week!