Our little Penny turned 3 years old this Saturday. She’s such a good sport for being so willing to be a part of our family….
For once, instead of tormenting the poor child, we decided to invite her friends over for a birthday party. Penny’s choice was a Lalaloopsy theme.
After grieving the fact that she didn’t ask for a Harry Potter themed party (I’ve majorly failed her as a parent…), I decided to start by crocheting Lalaloopsy hats as party favors for the girls. After searching the internet for ideas, these were some of my favorite inspirations:
I found these adorable hats on this website here. I really liked the mixture of crochet and sewing (especially for the cheeks), and the super boingy hair curls.
I decided to pilfer … I mean honor the beautiful work of the multitude of crafters that have gone before me…. by creating a similar version of this hat. Here is mine.
To make the beanies, I used this free pattern from Ravelry as the base (child size) with the following changes:
-rows 1-12 done in the hair color
-change rows 10-12 as follows* (for the little divot in the bangs) :
*20 hdc, 6 dc, 1 sc, 1 slip stitch, 1 sc, 6 dc, finish row in hdc
-Row 13: change to flesh colored yarn, crochet through back loop only
-Row 14-19: continue pattern in hdc then bind off
For the curls, I chained 6 stitches, turned, skipped one, and did 5 hdc in each chain
Sew 5 curls onto each side of the hat.
I used 1-1/2 inch buttons for the eyes, felt for the cheeks, and yarn for the mouth. I found a fantastic bow tutorial here that I highly recommend. Also, in the hat-making process I discovered this great tidbit for jogless color changes when crocheting in the round for all you OCD types out there like myself.
I then saw these mice/ rabbits that some kiddie Lalaloopsy partiers had hand sewn and stuffed.
I thought the kids should sew Toffee Cocoa’s dog to match their party-favor hat:
After many, many frustrating and ugly failed design attempts, this is how it finally turned out.
To make the puppy, I went onto the Lalaloopsy website and printed out a copy of him as a template. I used felt and cut the front half with ears and the back half without. Since my kids have a weird addiction to “fluffies” (it’s like kiddy catnip to my very strange children), I decided that I would pre-stuff the pups so they wouldn’t start acting weird at the party. I sewed on the eyes and nose and decided to stamp the cheeks because I got tired of sewing. The head “fluffies” are contained by a zigzag stitch, and the body is stuffed and hand sewn. Thank goodness for the crochet scarf, which not only serves as a design element, but holds up the heavy and overly-floppy head. I punched the holes in the head using one of those tools that attaches snap-buttons and eyelets. At the party the kids sewed around the head using yarn and plastic needles.
I then saw this adorable photo wall on the time-bandit called Pinterest.
I think my husband felt sorry for me when he found me one night sitting maniacally in the middle of felt mountain. He kindly advised me to draw grids on the picture and increase the scale accordingly. After remembering how to effectively do math that involves letters, this is how the photo wall turned out:
This is the point in time when I lost my mind…. and started making Lalaloopsy wig-hats as “props”:
Mittens Fluff N’ Stuff
Crumbs Sugar Cookie
Pix E. Flutters
All in all, I think the party was a success as measured by the fact that no one cried (including me). I hope that Penny will remember her party fondly and on her way to 4 I’ll work on brainwashing her to appreciate the finer things in life. That way, maybe I can realize my dream of someday playing….
Pin the scar on Harry Potter (OMG HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!?!) found here. Do I dare to dream???….