Amigurumi + your home = BIG fun

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

From Amigurumi at HomeIf you’ve got kids (or if you’re a BIG kid at heart), you have the perfect excuse to fill your home with fun and happy accessories!

Everything from ladybug ottomans (left) to cheerful cloud pillows fill the pages of Ana Paula Rímoli’s brand new book, Amigurumi at Home—along with plenty of tips for bringing smiles to your living space.

Ana designed many of the projects in Amigurumi at Home to pull double duty. They’re adorable and huggable, as amigurumi are, but they’re also happily functional. Take a look at a few of Ana’s favorite oh-so-useful projects.


Keep Feet Happy and Warm

From Amigurumi at Home“Our little dogs, Santiago and Federico, are not allowed upstairs because of my daughter Oli’s allergies, but I’ve always thought it’d be amazingly comforting to have one of them sleep on my feet in the winter. So I made these Dog and Cat Foot Warmers for the end of the girls’ beds—it will NOT be the same at all, but at least their feet will be extra warm.”

See more bedtime amigurumi, including a Robot Pajama Holder that doubles as a foot warmer, in Amigurumi at Home.


Tote Anything: Books, Toys, or Yarn

From Amigurumi at Home

“My girls Oli and Martina love to read, which is great. But what’s not so great is that whenever they bring their books downstairs, they forget to put them back in their bookcases. I figured it was time to do something about this mess, so I made a basket and added the mushroom in the middle. This way they can put their books inside and take it upstairs to put everything back in its place. You could also use it for magazines or toys, or my favorite, lots of yarn!”

Quick Tip--choosing stuffing for amigurumi
Need more organization? Check out more cute catch-all characters in Amigurumi at Home.

Make Chores a Little More Fun

From Amigurumi at Home“This one’s for your kitchen! My relationship with dishwashing is definitely complicated. It’s not about the amount of dirty things piled in the sink, or the time of day, or my mood—sometimes I just do not want to wash dishes. Period. Still, I’m positive that a smiling cup will make it a lot easier on the ‘hate days.’ ”
(Finished size of “Little Teacup Rug,” right: approx. 13″ x 19″.)

How about a cute rug for your playroom, living room, or bedroom? Check out more happy rugs in Amigurumi at Home.


Amigurumi at HomeYou can get your copy of Amigurumi at Home right now at ShopMartingale.com! And remember that when you buy the book, you’ll get the eBook version for FREE right away. Happy nesting!

Which room in your house could use a happy new accessory? Tell us in the comments and you could win an eBook copy of Amigurumi at Home! We’ll pick the winner one week from today and notify you by email if you win.


26 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Every room will make good use of a new accessory in the change of season for a change, but mostly the living room. My nephews join us here and I like them to enjoy themselves very much.

    —Marthese on June 13, 2014
  • Our family room is the most used room (next to the dining area)that we use together and we want it to be a fun room where the kids and adults can relax without having to constantly worry about keeping it tidy. I think a bunch of whimsical items in this room will encourage the kids to have more "fun" in this room. I was especially thinking of making huge (but fun) throw pillows that the kids can sit on while watching television or playing video games.

    Annette J. on June 13, 2014
  • I would love to make the mushroom basket for my granddaughters room! Very cute designs!!

    —Monika on June 13, 2014
  • All the rooms in my house could use some cheering up, especially some bright ladybugs.

    —Betty on June 13, 2014
  • Goodness….several! We’re in the process of moving and I plan to add a touch of whimsy to all the rooms in the new house. :o)

    —Cheryl on June 13, 2014
  • I would love some cheer in my kitchen it is really dark and drab…and because I cook most of my families meals I am in there a lot.

    —jenn on June 13, 2014
  • I need rugs for the kitchen and bath. Good luck everyone.

    —CindyM on June 13, 2014
  • My grandson’s room needs a quirky little something.

    —Mary P on June 13, 2014
  • My baby girl’s room…she is due to arrive this November!

    —Launa on June 13, 2014
  • Our living room could use some cheering up. I would love the sweet little basket for my yarn or a nice little rug for the floor. Something nice for under the TV would be great. Maybe even some toys for the cats.

    —Tina on June 13, 2014
  • That "ladybug" stool looks like just what I need for seating for preschool grandchildren who visit us. Living full time in an RV means little space for extra seating and that looks like an ideal addition — cute, colorful and could be a seat or a foot stool.

    —Diane Luhrs on June 13, 2014
  • My most needed book is dog-safe amigurumi. You know – the cat, the bone, the bird. My dog’s favorite is an old bird that lost its squeakie and stuffing long ago. These could also be baby’s first amigurumi.

    —Lynne on June 13, 2014
  • My three kids’ rooms and the playroom where we also snuggle up to read. The baskets are ideal, great looking and great for clean up time.

    Yuri on June 13, 2014
  • Until now Imhave jot been much interested in this style of crochet, BUT these rugs are just gorgeous and my 1 year old granddaughter would just love them. I can even see uses for the storage tub in my sewing room, so I have just changed my mind about amigurumi. I would love this book and definitely use some of those patterns.

    —Linda Beyerle on June 13, 2014
  • My bathroom could certainly do with some revamping! A new rug, a basket to hold toilet paper rolls, well you get the picture.

    —Lena Truitt on June 13, 2014
  • My 2 year old grandson and granddaughter will be staying with with us for a few months while their home is being fully renovated so we have to set up a nursery at our home for them. It would be wonderful to have the pattern book so i can whip up some lovely safe items to decorate it with. This book has some wonderful designs that would work for both children in a combined bedroom. I need this so desperately even just the ebook would be valuable as it is portable and i can make the items anywhere i go….

    —Penny on June 13, 2014
  • My room!!! Although it already is very bright and happy, there’s nothing like too much happiness ^_^

    Pauleen Potter on June 13, 2014
  • The sewing room in my house could use a new accessory: a long-arm quilting machine!

    —Marianne on June 13, 2014
  • Ooo! A basket, a basket and lots more baskets! Knitting, sewing, magazines, books – I could go on all day!

    —Virginia Leacy on June 13, 2014
  • My kitchen and bathroom both could use new accessories.

    —Cindy Dahlgren on June 13, 2014
  • My bathrooms could use some updating. I think a cute critter would be just the thing. It (they) wouldn’t hurt like my stone hedgehogs do when bumped into.

    —Sharon Howell on June 13, 2014
  • My kid’s bedrooms could use updating. My daughter would love the dog foot warmer. It looks like a lot of good and useful patterns in this book. Thank you for a chance to win.

    —Jamie Todhunter on June 14, 2014
  • In the next few months if all goes as planned. My son and his wife will be coming home from the Army. He will then go into the reserves and go to school. I could use some interesting things to get ready for their prolonged visit as they will be with us while they get situated.

    —Louise Buker on June 14, 2014
  • I would love to make some pillows for my new home. I just bought my first house last summer and then I retired in December. So now I have more time to start creating for my home.

    —Debrielle Welch on June 15, 2014
  • I would just love to make some Amigurumi’s for my 7mon. old great grandson. Yes! I did say great grandson. Good luck to everyone.

    —Theresa I Peters on June 21, 2014
  • I would love to make some cute functional items for my daughter’s playroom. A rug, the ottoman, and basket would all work perfect in it and my daughter would love them! Thanks for the chance!

    —Victoria Richards on July 18, 2014

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