Do you love to crochet amigurumi toys and have ideas for your very own designs? Learn How to Become an Amigurumi Designer in these eight easy steps. You’ll learn everything from the design process, to how to write a crochet pattern and finally how to get your patterns out to the world.
I’m an accidental amigurumi designer.
It was never my plan.
I love to crochet toys and was happy to make amigurumi toys from other designer’s patterns to sell and feature here on the blog and YouTube channel.
Although I had designed a handful of simple toys, they were mostly for teaching purposes and I had no intentions of ever doing it on a regular basis. I had everything well planned and I was very content.
Unfortunately, the idea for a little crocheted pig in a turtleneck sweater started to make its way into my brain. And it blossomed into an entire collection of characters (that are mostly still in my brain).
For that reason the topic of How to Become an Amigurumi Designer is fresh in my mind and several of you have asked for my tips.
I definitely don’t consider myself a professional in this area, but I’ve learned a thing or two and I’m always happy to share what I’ve learned along the way.
You can make money crocheting and knitting, but it’s important to set yourself up for success. Find out how to make your crafting business dreams come true with advice from some of the biggest creative entrepreneurs in the crochet & knitting world.
There’s a common misconception out there that you can’t make money crocheting and knitting. When I began my own small business, I vividly remember a dear friend telling me that my creative endeavor was doomed to failure.
She wasn’t trying to crush my dreams, she was just trying to save me a little time and a lot of disappointment.
I’m very glad that I didn’t listen to that popular opinion and that I took a chance on myself. It truly is a dream come true for me to be able to make money for my family by doing what I love to do most.
And I’m here to tell you that you can do it too.
But don’t just listen to my opinion.
Learn How to Stay Motivated on YouTube as a Small Crafting Channel with these seven powerful suggestions. You will also find YouTube related resources + download my own personal content calendar especially geared for crafters.
Staying motivated on YouTube can be tough, especially if you’re a small channel (like mine).
Maybe you’re just starting out on YouTube and you want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to set yourself up for success.
Or maybe you’ve been slogging away at this YouTube thing for years and you need a little kick in the pants and some friendly encouragement as well.
Go ahead and get your FREE YouTube Resource for Crafters with loads of information and my own personal printable content calendar specifically created for you.
In How to Price Amigurumi for Sale we will deep dive into the topics of selling handmade toys. You’ll find my unique pricing formula, but we will also discuss the unique challenges of pricing amigurumi for sale.
Have you been making amigurumi for fun and suddenly people are coming out of the woodwork asking you to crochet toys for them?
Or are you enjoying amigurumi so much and you’re toying with the idea of making this a little side business for yourself? (See what I did there?)
The problem isn’t with crocheting or knitting the toys. That’s the great part. Your conundrum is how to price amigurumi for sale.
I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt and I’m sharing my own personal formula specially created for selling handmade toys.
You may be wondering how much does a small crafting YouTube channel make. I’m sharing what I’ve actually earned (and learned) in the six months since I got officially monetized.
When I became officially monetized on YouTube six months ago I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Was I going to suddenly be a millionaire? When would I get my first paycheck? How often would I be paid? Would I wake up to paparazzi sitting outside my front door?
While YouTube’s Creator Studio is a wealth of information, it can be hard to navigate through the plethora of articles and videos. And sometimes it’s just fun to be nosey.
In this post I’m going to share my own experience, how much I’ve made and a few surprising things that happened along the way.
It’s time to crush your WIPs (works in progress) once and for all. Honey, Get Control of Your WIPs is a simple step-by-step plan for tackling those projects languishing in WIP-land. We all know WIPs take up valuable space in our homes, but studies have proven they cause mental anxiety as well.
We all have WIPs. I don’t know a single crafty human who doesn’t. They sit in our craft rooms, are tucked in dark closets and have been shoved under our beds. Not only are they causing clutter, studies show that unfinished projects actually cause us mental distress.
My road to Youtube monetization has been a lesson in patience and persistence. It took me five hundred sixty days to reach that milestone. And while it is a big accomplishment for me, I’m hoping it is just the beginning. In How I Got Monetized on Youtube as a Crafter, I’m sharing what worked, what didn’t work and how you can do it too.
Crafting Youtube channels are a very popular source of education and inspiration. I’ve learned so much from different channels and credit them with being able to finally improve my knitting skills. Before the days of Youtube, learning a new craft could be difficult. You either had to know someone who could teach you or have a great local library with the perfect book that explained each step perfectly.
Planning is a tool makers can use to become more productive, stay motivated and feel less stressed. This new action plan for knitters & crocheters has helped me organize what needs to be done and how to do it.
My love for planning began in middle school. I had this cute little calendar from the Hallmark store and I wrote in it every single day. Without fail, I detailed all my important appointments like getting on the school bus and making friendship bracelets with my best friend, Katie. I even began documenting my crushes and the outfits I wore each day.
As I matured I continued using a planner throughout high school, college and into life as a wife and momma. I found that planning made my tasks seem less overwhelming and a little more manageable.
My Etsy shop has been on vacation mode for almost a year. Fear and self doubt were the primary reasons for my hiatus, but I am determined to overcome that this year. I am reopening my Etsy shop, but things will be a little different (and hopefully a whole lot better) in 2020.
2019 was NOT my year for Etsy profits. In fact, I made one sale. That’s right folks, one whopping sale, and on the second to last day of the year. Now in my defense, I also wasn’t trying to sell for reasons I will explain in just a moment. But for 2020 I’m shifting my focus and reopening my Etsy shop.
Who loves a giveaway? Meeeeeeee!! I am teaming up with Love Crafts Knitting to give one lucky winner 5 balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn! Eeeeeeek!! I am so excited, if you can’t tell! The yarn giveaway will run December 9 – 15th, 2019. The winner will be randomly selected, is open worldwide, and is in no way affiliated with Instagram or YouTube.