Friday, October 21, 2016

Plush Black Cats and Not-So-Scary Bats


Cute & Cuddly Black Cats & Bats in Plush


Handmade and available on Etsy
Plush Black Cat on Etsy
Black cats are no particular breed, or rather, can be from any breed or mixed breed. Simply stated, these felines are called 'Black Cats' because their fur is all black!

Black cats have had superstitions attached to them in many cultures and are considered to be either 'good luck' or 'bad luck'. At some point in history, black cats were suspected of being the 'familiars' of witches and this may be why they are now associated with Halloween.

Bats, on the other hand, are flying mammals. There are over 900 species of bats, but the only ones I like are Plush Bats! :)

Lets take a tour through a world of plush black cats and 'not-so-scary' bats!

Black Cats

Black Cats in Plush are Purr-fect!


Ziggy the Plush Black Cat

Ziggy the Curious Black Cat is soft and silky and loves to be petted. He has an extra-long body (nearly 15 inches) that is a bit ‘understuffed’ which makes him as posable as a real cat.

Ziggy the black cat is cute and cuddly and lovable.  He is available on Amazon.

Black Cat in Plush Crochet
Plush Black Cat on Etsy

This cuddly black cat seen in the introduction photo is a perfect plush cat in crochet for a child's toy, a Halloween decoration, or anyone who loves black cats.  He measures 7.5 inches in a sitting position and 10 inches tall overall and is cute and cuddly soft.  He can be found in the Etsy Shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts!

Are You Superstitious About Black Cats? 

Do you think they bring 'Good Luck' or 'Bad Luck'?

On the "Good Luck" side, several friends have given me their opinions:

  • Black Cats Bring 'Good Luck'. That black cat 'bad luck' belief is Hogwash!
  • Since I've had several black cats over the years, I definitely don't think they bring bad luck. To me, Black Cats are 'lucky'!
  • I've had black cats before and they are just sweet and loving. The only time I'd think they were bad luck is if one was coming at me with a chainsaw, otherwise, no worries :)
  • I've never thought black cats were bad luck. A cat is a cat.
  • Any cat is good luck, in my opinion! Send your black cats my way.
  • Where I'm from (the UK), black cats have always been a symbol of good luck!

And, in the opinion of a friend's dog.....
Silly humans, all kitties are good to chase - I have no color preference :)


Scary Looking Black Cat for Halloween!


Furry Bones Black Mao Mao Cat

Now This is What I Call a Halloween Cat Face!

This Black Mao-Mao Cat Furry Bones Soft Plush Doll would make a terrific Halloween decoration. The 'face' is perfect for getting the attention of the 'trick or treaters' at your door on October 31st. 

After Halloween, Mao Mao Cat can then keep you company throughout the rest of the year. (Just watch out you don't come across him in a dark room on a 
stormy night! )

On the other side of the bad luck/good luck question, here are some 'bad luck' quotes:

  • No, no.... keep them away! Black Cats are Scary and bring 'bad luck'.
  • I would like to say I am not superstitious, but just yesterday a black cat ran quickly across the path of my car and I have to admit I shuddered!
  • Not sure but never let one cross my path lol guess i need to pick no no no...:)
  • I don't take any chances one way or the other so am always on my guard when I spy a black cat.
It looks as though most people LIKE black cats and think they are just fine.



The Best Kind of Bat - A Bat in Crochet!

Plush Toy Amigurumi Bat Pattern to Crochet

A Cute Bat to Crochet

If you are a crochet crafter, you could make a whole collection of toy bats with this darling pattern. A stuffed animal bat is the best kind of bat, in my opinion!

A clever crafter on Etsy creates adorable Amigurumi animal patterns from her home in Portugal. This crocheted bat pattern is just one of a wonderful group you will find in her Etsy shop she calls MevvSan. Check out all Mevlinn's patterns from a Sloth to a Unicorn to a Giant Squid. She has some quite unique and original patterns in her shop.

THIS is MY idea of a fun bat - a BATman PLUSH blanket.


I Like this Kind of Bat! - Soft and Warm. It's a super-soft fleece throw that measures 50" x 60".

This will make a great gift for my SuperHero crazy grandsons -- perfect for their BOY-cave! :-)


Unique Decor - A Bat Pillow


Metallic Bat-Shaped Pillow on Etsy
For a comfy soft spot for your head, or simply to decorate a sofa or chair for Halloween, you can't beat this handmade Bat-Shaped Pillow. This pillow is just one of a number of "Bat" pillows in a variety of colors and fabrics created by Theda of New York. She has a darling collection of bat pillows and other items in her Etsy Shop she calls Deflated Mouse.
Made with black synthetic satin with bright red metallic bats flying hither and yon. It's like a mad house!  Bat pillow measures approximately 18" x 8".

Black Cats (and the occasional Bat)... Wish you a Happy Halloween!


My children at ages 3 and 6 wearing their 'Mama-Made' Black Cat Halloween costumes




"Black Cat Appreciation Day" 


© 2012 Wednesday-Elf

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Plush Pumpkins for Halloween and Harvest Time

Kitty in Pumpkin Crochet Pattern. Source: Etsy
Plush Pumpkins can be a Halloween decoration for a party, or a hugable toy stuffie for a child, or a lovely part of your Autumn decor. 

Plush pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, just like real pumpkins. Come browse this page of 'pumpkin patches' from Amazon and Etsy to see how many different plush pumpkins we can find.

*Kitty in Pumpkin seen here is a crochet pattern to make your own plush pumpkin with a kitty sitting inside and holding the top.  This cute Halloween pumpkin pattern was created by Barbara of Cape Coral, Florida for her Etsy Shop BVOE668.


A large, edible, orange-yellow fruit of the gourd family.

Plush Pumpkin & Toy Squiggly Spider


A plush pumpkin and a squiggly stuffed spider

Halloween Toys or holiday decorations

A little plush pumpkin crocheted in the Amigurumi style has safety eyes for features and comes with a friendly squiggly yarn spider. Fun toys for kids or cute Halloween party decorations.

Handmade in acrylic yarn and filled with a soft new fiberfil, these pumpkin toys are fun for kids. The set can be found in the Etsy shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts.

A Beanie Ballz Plush Pumpkin

Ty Beanie Pumpkin Plushie on Amazon

Measuring 5 inches long, you can throw 'em, catch 'em, or roll 'em and they will always land on their feet --- or leaves, that is. :)

Pumpkin Translations
  • pumpkin in Afrikaans is pampoen
  • pumpkin in Dutch is pompoen
  • pumpkin in French is potiron
  • pumpkin in Swedish is pumpa

Babies & Toddlers Love this Pumpkin Season too.

Pumpkin Pooh Bear Bean Bag
Plush Pooh Bear and Pumpkins... Fit Together Nicely for Halloween!

The perfect plush pumpkin for a baby is a Teddy Bear version. As an 'Elf', I relate to the smallest people in our households! :-) Soft sweet teddy bears, especially in a 'Pooh Bear' style, let little ones join in the Halloween season.

First in the Disney series of Halloween bean bags comes this adorable plush Pumpkin Pooh bean bag toy. Measures about 8 inches tall.

Don't Forget the Family Dog this Halloween!

Rubber Squeaky Pumpkin Pet Toy
For Halloween (or anytime) fun, here's an adorable addition to any pup's toy selection. Great for throwing and fetching games. Made of non-toxic material, this Halloween chew toy is currently one of the most popular with the dogs (and cats, too).

Dogs Love Plush Pumpkins Too.

Enjoy Plush Pumpkins in all forms for any age group.  Have a fun Pumpkin Season!

Oh how we love pumpkin season

You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin....We anxiously anticipate it every year.

        ~Unknown Quote

© 2012 Wednesday-Elf. Article originally written for another site.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Crochet a Cheeseburger - Handmade Pot Holders Tutorial

Free Pattern to Crochet a Set of "Cheeseburger" Potholders for Summertime Grilling, Fall Football Tailgating, or Anytime!

I love to crochet and enjoy sharing with fellow fiber art crafters. Here is a free pattern to create five unique potholders and/or sturdy hot pads that -- when stacked together -- look like a cheeseburger! Perfect for summertime grilling, for camp cookouts, or for tailgating at sporting events.

Dress up your kitchen or store in your camper for all your summertime cooking with these fool-the-eye pot holders! Put on your kitchen shelf next to your stove for a conversation piece all year round. Easy to crochet with these simple directions.

*All photographs of crocheted cheeseburger potholders on this page are the property of (c) Wednesday Elf.

Cheeseburger Potholders in Crochet 

- A Novelty Item that is also Practical and Useful


Cheeseburger Potholders Set of Five
Set of Five Novelty Potholders

An easy pattern to crochet-for-the-kitchen (or patio). Each potholder is crocheted double-thick for extra protection. I used acrylic yarn for it's ease of handling and the fact that it is easily machine washable & dryable, but cotton yarn can also be used. This particular set I call a 'Cheeseburger' potholder can be varied with less or more pieces (leave off the cheese potholder and you have a 'hamburger' or add a green round potholder for 'lettuce'). The set shown here consists of five pieces -- top and bottom buns, hamburger, cheese slice and tomato slice. All potholders except the cheese slice are done in single crochet in the round and are quite simple to do, so it becomes a good 'take-along' project for busy crafters.

*Each potholder begins with a Basic Round listed below, with variations for individual pieces described later down the page.


  • Worsted-weight (4-ply) yarn: about 1-1/2 oz. beige or tan, 1 oz each of white, brown, yellow, orange and red.
  • G/6 Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle

Crochet Abbreviations Used in this Pattern

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
Rnd - round
sts - stitches


NOTE: Bun top and bottom potholders, and Hamburger potholder are each made from this Basic Round. Make in brown for hamburger, in tan and white for bun.

  • Rnd 1: ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook (6) [Do not join rounds]
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
  • Rnd 3: (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (18)
  • Rnd 4: (sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (24)
  • Rnd 5: (sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (30)
  • Rnd 6: (sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (36)
  • Rnd 7: (sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (42)
  • Rnd 8: (sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around (48)
  • Rnd 9: (sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (54)
  • Rnd 10: (sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (60)
  • Rnd 11: (sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (66)
  • Rnd 12: (sc in next 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. (72)

Cheeseburger Potholder Bun Top and Bottom

Crocheted Cheeseburger Potholder Set - Bun Top
Bun Top

Hamburger Bun Top with Seeds

  • Rnds 1-12: With tan or beige, make Basic Round through Rnd 12.
  • Rnds 13-15: Sc in each sc, fasten off yarn at end of Rnd 15.

Scatter seeds over top of bun by making 25 to 30 short stitches at random with white yarn and tapestry needle.

*White yarn is used for the inside of the hamburger bun and for the 'seeds' on the top bun.

View of the Inside of Top & Bottom Buns

Cheeseburger Bun in Crochet Potholder
Inside top and bottom bun

Crochet Inside Piece in White for Top and Bottom Bun Potholders

Make Basic Round in white, cut and fasten off at end of Rnd 12.

With tan yarn, sew inside of bun to bun top.

Cheeseburger Potholder Bun Bottom


Cheeseburger Potholder Crochet Tutorial
Cheeseburger Bun Bottom

Bun Bottom Potholder

With tan yarn, repeat Bun Top through Rnd 14.

Repeat Inside of Bun Top with white.

Sew two pieces together with tan yarn.

Red Heart with Love Yarn
Red Heart with Love Yarn, Tan.

Tan yarn is needed for both top and bottom buns.

Hamburger Potholder - If you prefer, you can make this into a 'Veggie' burger! :)


Hamburger Potholder in Crochet
Hamburger Potholder

Hamburger Potholder Instructions (Make 2)

  • Rnds 1-12: With brown yarn, make Basic Round through Rnd 12.
  • Rnd 13: Sc in each sc around, fasten off.

Make a second piece through Rnd 12, fasten off.

Sew two sides together with right sides facing, wrong sides out.

Red Heart Soft Chocolate Yarn

Red Heart Soft Yarn in Chocolate.

Dark brown yarn, like this chocolate one, is used for the hamburger patty.

Cheese Slice Potholder

Cheese Slice for Crocheted Cheeseburger Potholder Set
Cheese Slice Potholder

Cheese Slice Potholder is a Square!

The cheese slice is worked around the starting chain, making the front and back at the same time, then closing the top with a row of single crochet.

NOTE: Since rounds have a tendency to veer to the right (or left, if you crochet left-handed like me), stop every few rounds and pull work to the left (right) until stitches seem to be straight up and down.

  • Rnd 1: With Yellow, ch 24, sc in 3rd chain from hook (turning chain counts as 1 sc), sc in next 20 ch, 3 sc in end ch, turn, working back side of chain, sc in next 21 ch, mark end of Rnd. (46 sc).
  • Rnds 2-24 (or until piece is square): Sc in each sc around.
  • Rnd 25: Holding both sides together, sc across top to close, fasten off.


Available on Amazon

Bright Yellow Red Heart Super Saver Economy Yarn

Different Yellows for Different Cheeses...

Use a bright yellow yarn for your standard American cheese slice. If you want to get fancy, use a light yellow yarn for a different kind of cheese. In crochet, you can create anything you can imagine. :)

Tomato Slice Potholder


Tomato Slice Potholder for Crocheted Cheeseburger Potholder Set
Tomato Slice Potholder

The seed effect of the tomato slice is made by bringing the hook through from the wrong side and working sc (reverse sts) with 2 regular sc separating each seed section. Each round is increased 6 sc as in the Basic Round, with increases always worked in the reverse sts (seed section) after Rnd 3 is completed.

Tomato Slice Potholder Instructions with Seed Stitch
  • Rnd 1: With Red, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join rnds.
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around.
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, reverse sc in next st, repeat from * around (start of seed pattern).
  • Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sc, 2 reverse sc in reverse sc, repeat from * around.
  • Rnds 5-10: From here on, sc in each sc, reverse sc in each reverse sc, increasing 1 reverse sc in each seed section, or 6 increases per round (60 sts at end of Rnd 10).
  • Rnds 11 & 12: Sc in each st., increase 6 sts each rnd.
  • Rnd 13: Working back loop only, sc in each sc around, cut yarn and fasten off.

To finish: Make two pieces and sew together through both loops of Rnd 13 on first piece and through back loop of Rnd 12 on second piece


MY PERSONAL NOTE: If you want to keep this pattern simple throughout and don't want to fuss with learning a new technique, just crochet the tomato slice in the Basic Round through Rnd 12.

Red Heart Soft Yarn, Really Red

Red Heart Soft Yarn, Really Red

Red yarn is used for the tomato slice potholder.



Stack hamburger, cheese and tomato slice between two bun halves

Cheeseburger Potholder Crochet Tutorial
Cheeseburger Potholder Set of Five

Crocheted Cheeseburger Potholders - Set of 5. Or -- a 'calorie-free' Cheeseburger :)

A 'Made for You' Set!


If you don't crochet, or don't have time to make your own set of Cheeseburger Potholders, a ready-made set handmade by me can be purchased through my Etsy Shop, Coastal Crochet Crafts

September 18th... 

is National Cheeseburger Day!  

This set of Cheeseburger Design Potholders would fit in perfectly when grilling your cheeseburgers on this... and 'any' day!



Novelty Potholders Make Fun Conversation Starters. Fill Your Crafting with some Fun. 

*Tutorial originally published on 6/2/2012
on another site

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Beautiful Blueberry Handicrafts

Blueberry Plush Food - Source: Etsy

Blueberries Abound in the World of Handicrafts

Much has been written about the blueberry as a delicious and healthy fresh fruit. As a delightful food item, blueberries can be served plain in a bowl, enjoyed in fruit salads or cooked and/or baked into everything from blueberry pancakes for breakfast to pies, cheesecakes and cobblers for dessert  for a delicious, healthful taste of summer all year long. 

There is even a special month - July - designated as "National Blueberry Month."

But blueberries can be more than a fresh fruit food item. Crafters have found blueberries charming in their world too. Let's put our Blueberry Muffin down for a bit and visit a few handcrafted Blueberry items.

Blueberries in Music -- "Blueberry Hill" - by Fats Domino

The song "Blueberry Hill" was published in 1940 and is best remembered for its 1950s rock n' roll version by Fats Domino. Browse these Blueberry Crafts to this well-known Blueberry music!



Blueberry Tart in Felt


Felt Blueberry Tart by fairyfox on Etsy
A Creative Pattern by Fairy Fox on Etsy

This darling Blueberry Tart toy is an original pattern with a unique design to create a fun playfood for your child.
This felt blueberry tart is just one of a number of adorable felt toys and playfood designed by Fairy Fox on Etsy.

Blueberry Pie Candle

Blueberry Pie Candle by gelDlights
How about Blueberry Candles? This Blueberry Pie Candle smells like a fresh baked blueberry pie. It measures 3" around by 1" deep. It weighs 3- 3/4 oz. and has a burn time of approx. 35 hours.

Blueberry candle and many other delightful handmade candles can be found in the Etsy Shop of gelDlights.

Blueberry Cheesecake Soap

This slice of Blueberry Cheesecake believe it or not -- is soap! Looking good enough to eat (but don't take a bite!) this delightful, delicious looking bar of soap is topped with ripened blueberries and a sweet and tangy blueberry drizzle coating. It's even scented with blueberry cheesecake fragrance. Each soap weighs 6 ounces.
Unique handmade soaps like this blueberry cheesecake is just one of many different designs created in soap by Denise of Copiague, NY and are available in her Etsy Shop she calls AJs Sweet Soap.

Blueberry Jewelry

Blueberry  Earrings by GentleDecisions
These woodland blueberry earrings are made of clay, then painted with oil paint.  They measure 0.98 x 1.02 inches in size with a length of 1.18 inches.  These lovely earrings are just one of over 100 items in the line of romantic handcrafted jewelry & accessories in the Etsy shop called Gentle Decisions by Anna.

Blueberry Wearables


Blueberry Baby Bib 

Blueberry Baby Bib by applejax studio

Adorable hand-drawn blueberry design and lettering applied as a heat transfer iron-on to a handmade cotton bib for baby.  A clever and crafty design created by Barb of Ohio and featured in her Etsy Shop applejax studio

Knitted Blueberry Baby Booties and Hat 

Baby Booties, Hat and/or Set by gentleness on Etsy

Baby's head and feet will be toasty warm with these Blueberry Booties and matching hat. Hand-Knit in infant sizes and featured in the Etsy Shop of gentleness.

Knit your own Baby Beanie - Blueberries and more...

Baby Beanies Pattern Book
Happy Hats to Knit for Little Heads.  This 144-page pattern book has patterns to knit 25 super-cute beanies for your baby. 

The patterns are perfect projects for beginning knitters and include directions for basic stitches and techniques. Create an darling hand-knitted gift for a special new baby.

Blueberry Home Decor


Blueberry Beverage Coasters by HometownUSA

A lovely set of beverage coasters with blueberries design.  The coasters are made from plastic canvas, hand stitched with medium weight acrylic yarn. Felt is glued to the back. They measures about 4.5" square.

These drink mats are handmade by Barbara Lynn of MIchigan and featured in her Etsy Shop called HometownUSA.

Blueberry Potholders

Blueberry Potholder Set by KellettKreations

Blueberry with gingham check fabric potholders are a heart shaped pot pincher style.  This potholder hot pad set of 2 measures 9 X 7 1/2  each.

The fabric in this set is blueberries that look good enough to eat. the binding is a blue and white gingham check, as is the inner lining.   

This set is handmade by Elizabeth of Wisconsin and featured in her Etsy Shop KellettKreations

When You Are Not Crafting or Baking Your Blueberries...


Enjoy them in Other Ways!
Blueberries are very versatile... whether you grow them, bake, cook and eat them, or craft with the color of blueberries... it's a popular fruit. Enjoy your blueberries in many ways.

Don't be Blue... Be Berry Happy!

July is National Blueberry Month

Article originally published on another site.(c) 2012 by Wednesday Elf