The Starburst Ball Crochet Toy

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A crochet toy that bounces? YOU BET! Meet the unique and beautiful “Starburst toy”

(This post contains affiliate links which means if you choose to purchase an item I have linked I will receive a small commission at no cost to you! I only link items I love and use from companies I shop with, work with, and love.)

Do you ever have those ideas that wander around in your mind for ages? They might be there for years and you get so used to them being there that they become part of the furniture in your mind? Each of the three toys I have designed were that way for me. They have been with me since I was a kid myself. Oh, but it has been so refreshing to bring them to life and share them!

The Starburst Crochet toy

First the specs!

The “Starburst Toy” is created with 24 individual spikes that are sewn together in a cube. This is really exciting to me because the toy is a ball, but it is constructed like a cube! Which makes it the perfect addition to my cube-shaped toy collection!

My very favorite feature is the BOUNCE. Did you know a crochet toy can be a bouncy ball? Because it can!!! I designed this toy to be crochet tightly and stuffed well. With these two features that bounce is on point. The spikes make it unpredictable on the post bounce direction which will keep kids entertained for hours! Adding a little bell into the center makes it a mild jingle which adds to the fun factor too!

Naming this toy was a little tricky. I had so many ideas in my head and I just couldn’t decide which one fit best. As is often the case it came organically from my tester Leah. I told her I was struggling with the name and listed only a few of the names I had floating around in my brain. She told me she thought they were good ideas, but she had been calling it “Starburst” in her head. And just like that the toy named it’s self!

A starburst is a pattern of rays that radiate from a central object like a star!

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Look at those rays of sunshine!

Isn’t that the perfect name!

Now that the name and design are perfect I’m ready to send it out into the world!

You can find the link for the easy to read PDF that features photo tutorials, written instructions, and schematics to aid in the construction! This pattern is good for the intermediate crocheter or for a beginner level crocheter that is looking to expand their skill set! With nearly 20 photos to go along with written instructions, the pattern is very user friendly and approachable!

The spikes themselves are quick to assemble with easy repeats which makes this great for working on in the evenings while you are watching a show!

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These little spikes work up quickly and area great for evening crochet while you watch a show and drink hot cocoa since its to late for coffee!

These toys are fun for kids of all ages. And I do mean all ages. Because I showed my grown adult sister the toy a couple weeks ago and she squealed and bounced it around just like my little ones do! It is one of those toys you will want to make for everyone in your life with a little or a big who likes to play!

Check out my Ravelry, Etsy, or LoveCrafts to find the PDF and get going on those Christmas gifts! And while you are there see my Intermediate pattern Not a Square and my Beginner friendly pattern Solve for X!

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These crochet blocks are great as rattles, pillows, and quiet toys! The ridges are easy for baby to grab and can be kicked and bounced around!

Lastly, I wanted to offer some yarn options! I know yarn weights can be confusing so I thought I would compile a list of yarns you might like to use for this project that are available for sale through LoveCrafts.com

Paint Box Yarns Simply Aran

StyleCraft Special Aran

Lion Brand Vanna’s Palettes

Lion Brand Vanna’s Style

Tell me in the comments who you think would love this. I am seriously thinking about making some for a couple adults I know who are kids at heart. And I kind of wish my Grandpa was still on earth because I think he would have gotten a kick out of it!

How to price Custom Orders so you aren’t even mad about it.

We’ve all been there, right. Someone asks for a special order and you are left feeling a combination of proud, scared to really say the number you think it will be, and stressed out because “How much time is this really going to take?”. Let me walk you through a list of things to check to ease the stress of taking custom orders. This can help you find new revenue and grow your business. All without stealing your peace of mind!

I am going to walk you through the processes that help kick those feelings and set you up for success when you are getting ready to say yes to making that dress (Get it. Yes to the dress. I entertain myself).

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How I look at everything I’ve made!

First of all. You should be proud! Look at that beautiful piece of fiber art goodness you made! Someone thinks it’s so amazing THEY want one! It IS that good. Believe it. Advertising doesn’t just happen on your shop or website. You can get customers just walking around out in the world with your amazing creation. So when someone says “I love that” Tell them “Me too! It took me a long time to make, but I love it SO much. It was worth it.”

I’m pretty proud of my work, and I don’t blame others for wanting to have something this beautiful!

A huge part of this is you acknowledging your own craftsmanship. Don’t downplay how hard it was to create it. Don’t hide how long it’s going to take you to make another. I respond with an immediate warning shot “Ooo, I will have to think about that for a minute. This takes a long time to make. I will have to see if I can even fit it in.” If they want to pay for it and they can, they will. If not you can either change something about it to make it more affordable (the size, intricacies, and supplies are where I start), or just stick to your guns and say it with all the intensity of feelings you have “I would have to charge $— to even think about it.”

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This beautifully textured bag will be available as a free pattern on my blog later on this year!

Next thing to consider. Are they using a pattern or guide you already have in place, or are they asking you to create a new thing. This changes your initial time investment IMMENSELY. Creating a new design can take time. What is that going to look like? This is often a one time benefit as it’s not very often that a special order is going to turn into a regular item in your shop. So you must get paid for this time from this one custom order.

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Crochet cube baby toy “Solve for X” designed by Ila Quinn Designs and made with Lion Brand Cupcake in the colorway “Clown car” For some serious 90’s retro vibes!

This is where the heavy lifting begins. You have to do research to be able to respond accurately and with confidence. Don’t just say “$40 or $50”. You need to know how much it’s going to costs. Because most people will just hand you the $40 and expect that to be enough. It’s often not the customer being willing to pay us, but our willingness to really SAY what we know it’s going to cost. SO be sure before you say it. Do the colors they want need to be sourced elsewhere? Will you need to order product in? Allow me to walk you through this cheat sheet of information you need to gather before you say “yes”:

1: What is it being made out of. If it’s yarn make sure you have access to the colors and quantities they are looking for. If it’s thread make sure of the fabric and thread used. Ask a series of questions “What color do you want it in?” “How big are you thinking?” etcetera. Stitching a 6 inch circle framed cross stitch is a lot different cost to you in time and product than an 8 x 10 framed with a mat and stretched onto sticky board. Don’t go in blind.

2: My next point is very important and is really a part of the first point. YOU be very specific. If the customer doesn’t have an idea then you tell them what you are thinking. If not at some point you are going to tell them “I decided to do this” and they might have a very different idea. Their ideas can cost a lot more time and effort, and those surprises can be infinitely more stressful for you. Don’t be scared to up the price if THEY change the parameters. But set YOUR parameters beforehand so none of that can come back on you.

3: Know you worth, and the actual time. We all hear about how we need to charge for our labor so I’m not going to lecture you on that. Those numbers vary widely depending on what we are doing and how deeply it cuts into our time. But an oversight can be forgetting just how much time it really takes to make that. Perhaps the stitching was accounted for. But are there extras? The finishing, weaving in ends, blocking, framing, assembling, and the cost to YOU for those items can take a lot more time and finances than we remember. Perhaps you made yours from some yarn you found on clearance 2 years ago. But this is going to have to be purchased at a store tomorrow. That is not even close to the same financial impact. So remember to add those things into your hourly wage.

Smaller parts and more assembly effect the price too!

4: The Shipping! Lets be real. That can be the biggest hit if you aren’t prepared for it. I do a couple of different things to make sure I have this in hand. The first is to check shipping from the USPS website. The second is to use an Etsy listing. If you go into a listing to edit it you can mess around with the shipping and set specific destinations. They will tell you how much it costs to ship from any carrier you choose. A very helpful tool if you need to come up with an answer on the fly! It can be off by a few dollars, but it’s generally pretty close and will give you an idea of the area of cost you are looking at.

5: The packaging. Specialized and curated packaging is a must in todays market. People are ordering from small companies and sole proprietors because they want it to show up pretty and feel special. So if you are mailing it you have to account for those costs too. Perhaps a little gift wrapping and a sticker is enough. But if you also have a box to ship, a ribbon, a card, etc. It all adds up and should be included in your cost, otherwise it will eat away at your bottom line.

6: Lastly before you say the number. Add in a little wiggle room. There will always be something that comes up, and an extra 6-12% of breathing room helps a TON in creating peace of mind.

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I Lava you is a fun and easy cross stitch pattern that will make you want to make more! Perfect gifts for people who love puns! But also a beautiful retro 70’s vibe along with gorgeous cursive lettering! Available for sale as a PDF pattern or as a full kit soon!

Ok. Last point. And this one is huge. If you are strapped and you have to take this special order for less than you really want to and there is nothing you can do about it right now because you need that cash flow. Be kind to yourself. Know that having to make that choice does not devalue your work. It doesn’t make you any less of an artist if you have to get the power bill paid. It is true that more people will order when the cost is less. Do your best to protect your time and sanity in as many ways as you can. Only buy the yarn on sale. Offer things you know you can make inexpensively so you get the lions share of the profits. Do a minimum amount of work for the product offered. Do all you can to look out for yourself. And when you can up the price, DO. It will feel so good to start getting paid what you are worth.

Leave me a comment below about the hardest custom order you have taken? What went wrong? Let us commiserate with you!

I will start. Look at the caption under the photo below!

I once made this beautiful costume for $40. It was awful and I cried from frustration and anxiety.

Here is a handy infographic you can Pin to reference back to!

Free Pattern: The Baby Dragon’s Egg Basket

Hello, Friends! It’s been such an amazing weekend! I am so excited to have published my first Crochet Costume Pattern! Live on Etsy and Ravelry and Lovecrafts!

The Egg basket is also available in an add free Beautifully formatted PDF HERE!

Quick disclosure! There are affiliate links in the post below! This means that if you choose to purchase a product from my link I will get a small commission at no additional cost to you! I only link to products I love and use from brands I trust!

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Grown ups like stuffed animals too! Especially when it’s actually their baby!

It’s not a pattern launch if something doesn’t go wrong, right? So the blog hiccupped and I wasn’t able to post on release day (until very late). But it’s back up and acting normal, so now I’m going to share a little freebie I wanted to have as a bonus companion pattern to go along with The Baby Dragon Crochet Costume.

Before we get to it, can we take a moment to appreciate how stinkin’ cute this lil’ guy is as a Dragon?

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And you thought your baby was cute before you put them into a life-size amigurumi Dragon costume!

Above is a shot of him in the first costume I made for photos. This isn’t even his Halloween Costume this year, but I still made him one!!! I left his toes out on the second one because my little guy wants to walk so badly, and he just got mad when I put him in a costume with feet the other day. He doesn’t look mad up there, but it didn’t last long!

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This little man was ready to fly off! Keeping him contained during photos was a chore. His siblings helped with, but not with lasting effects.

I wanted to make him a little trick or treat basket he could carry around and play with. Something not to big, but that he could stuff toys in or something. I love crocheting baskets, but I wanted this one to be themed for the costume and dragons and eggs go together, so….

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Tiny and cute just like the baby who goes in the dragon costume. This basket is small enough for them to carry around and fill with candy or blocks, what ever the baby sees fit to fill it with!

I designed three different baskets before I landed on this one. I wanted it to actually look like an egg, and really struggled to get yarn held single to do this for me. I’ve been making baskets for years and always held two are three strands together to create a better fabric. Fun fact. I don’t own a dresser. I have green crochet baskets on shelves in my closet that house my clothes!

So after I quite fighting what I already knew the pattern came quite quickly!

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What came first, the crocheter or the egg?

Supplies to collect before we begin!

6.5 mm K hook

1 skein of Worsted weight yarn (since we are holding the yarn together you can just pull from the center of the skein and from the outside. This makes it easier than separating out sections) I used Loops and Thread Impeccable from Michael’s in white. But really anything will do! I want someone to make a golden egg so I can gasp and squeal!

A pair of Scissors

A Dull pointed darning needle.

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Look at the texture!!! I’m such a sucker for a textured stitch…

Basket/Egg:

Make a Magic ring

8 SC STs

Round 1: *DC SC* in each ST around. 16

Round 2: *DC, SC DC, SC, DC SC* around. 24

Round 3: *DC, SC, DC SC* around. 32

Round 4: *DC, SC, DC, SC DC, SC, DC, SC, DC SC* around. 40

Round 5-12: *DC, SC* evenly around. 40

Round 13- 14: *DC, SC, DC, SC, DC2Tog* around. 32

Clip yarn and pull through.

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Is mom looking? Maybe I can chew on her peppermint patty…

Handle:

Chain 7

Row 1: DC in the second chain from hook, SC in the next ST. *DC, SC* across.

Row 2-12: Repeat row 1. Clip yarn and pull through.

Weave in all ends and attach the handle to the basket like shown on the sloped sides of the egg near the top!

Fill with candy, and then eat it all!!!

This basket also makes a great Easter basket! An egg filled with tiny eggs makes the cutest gift! Make sure to make them in all the colors of the sherbet rainbow!!!