Amigurumi – Food

With my newfound addiction to making amigurumi, there was no doubt I didn’t pass the opportunity Father’s Day had to offer. I decided to make a collection of amigurumi with a unifying theme. I had considered a number of themes including farm animals, family, Chinese zodiac, playground, etc. and ended up dropping most of them except food mainly because I couldn’t find enough patterns to make a collection. Besides, I didn’t want to use any animal theme because I had already given an amigurumi elephant and hippo to my father on his birthday. I wanted something new.

Food, mainly desserts and pastries, came through for a couple reasons. First, there were tremendous amount of patterns on different kinds of food online. It not only made my job easier but also offered seemingly unlimited options. Second, my father loves food and he always says we live to eat. I don’t make enough to buy him a lot of fine cuisine and a denture for him to eat. Why not make a bunch of nice-looking foods, albeit fake, to make him happy?

Once I had decided on a theme, I started my quest for patterns. With a project this size, I didn’t wait until after Mother’s Day to begin. Indeed, I started the project in February to be sure I would have enough time to finish by early June. In addition, I spent around $30 on yarn to make sure it will be a colorful gift. In the same vein, I purposely include a variety of food, such as sushi, hamburger, pies, desserts, pastries, candies, and fruits.

Pie

Sushi

Fish

As I was busy crocheting, I thought about the presentation of my gift. Should I make a huge plate to hold everything? Or create a multi-layer lunch box and organize the foods by category? I consulted my younger sister and she suggested pastry boxes. I immediately liked the idea. Since none of the pastry boxes I found at my local retailers and grocery stores suited my need, I decided to make my own out of paper bags and clear plastic wrapping papers. With Elmer’s glue, a pencil, a ruler, and a pair of scissors, I constructed three pastry boxes. I also made a sushi box out of cardboard and construction papers. Nothing was impossible.

Paper Bags

Pastry Box Almost Completed

Finished

This is by far the largest gift by count I have ever given to my father. I was a little embarrassed when I presented it to my father. All he said was “Woah!” He used two cardboard boxes to store my gift.

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25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ulla
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 09:14:21

    Oh my God, its fantastic, I love playfood! from where you get the pattern from?

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  2. sylviachow
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 18:40:51

    Thank you, Ulla, for subscribing to my blog! I love playfood as well and they are fun to make. I got most of the patterns from the Internet (I spent weeks searching for free patterns). One of the sites I used was http://amilist.blogspot.com/. It’s a great resource for free amigurumi (or crocheted stuffed toy) patterns. Hope it helps.

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  3. Melissa
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:45:35

    What book or pattern did you use for the sushi? I am in the process of trying to make some for my daughter for play food but I am having trouble on the rice ball instructions. I have a book called Yummi ‘Gurumi which I am working out of but I seem to keep failing epically on the rice balls. Any tips or suggestion?

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    • sylviachow
      Aug 19, 2011 @ 09:09:24

      Hi Melissa. I used patterns I gathered from different sources for the sushi and at least one of the sushi (e.g. the shrimp sushi) is free form (i.e. created on my own and no pattern). For the rice ball, I used a pattern I found online. I don’t know how to attach the file to this reply but I can email you the rice ball pattern if you wish.

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      • Melissa
        Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:31:05

        I would really love to see the pattern you used. I’m new to crochet but I am determined to get this so any help would be much appreciated. Can you get my e-mail from the guest option to send it? If not we can work something out 🙂

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      • sylviachow
        Aug 20, 2011 @ 15:37:26

        Melissa, welcome to the world of crochet!
        I just emailed the pattern for rice ball to you. Let me know if you get it.

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  4. maria lujan
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 17:45:09

    hola soy maria lujan de argentina me encanta el crochet y me parecen super los alimentos que realizaste , me podras mandar las explicaciones de las hamburguesas y las tortas . Desde ya te lo agradezco

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    • sylviachow
      Oct 02, 2011 @ 16:45:34

      Hi Maria, is that Spanish? I tried to translate with Google and it looks like you want the instructions for the burgers and cakes…is that correct? Let me know. If that’s the case, also let me know which cake you want instructions on.

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  5. Jennifer
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 23:35:23

    These are amazing! Could you send me the links to the patterns for the pies and the sushi? I want to make them for Christmas presents. These are the best food amigurumi online!

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    • sylviachow
      Nov 01, 2011 @ 00:01:27

      Hi Jennifer, many of my patterns come from the following blog: http://amilist.blogspot.com/. I also got a digital copy of the book “Tasty Crochet.” I can try to send you a copy of the book if you want (I hope the file isn’t too large). Let me know.

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      • Jennifer
        Nov 07, 2011 @ 00:51:28

        Thanks Sylvia! I’ve done some searching and found a few but not all, so thanks for the link. Please send me a copy of the book, I’d love it!

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      • sylviachow
        Nov 07, 2011 @ 21:39:10

        You’re welcome, Jennifer. I am glad you found the link useful. I emailed a copy of the book to your inbox. 😀

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      • Lizz
        Feb 05, 2012 @ 14:46:26

        Is there any way you could send me a copy of that book too? I would really love it!

        Your work looks great!

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      • Míša
        Jan 01, 2014 @ 07:36:32

        Hello, could I have your photo book to crochet, it’s absolutely amazing. I’m sorry, but I have translated the text on google, I can not English. Priatkova.M @ seznam.cz

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  6. Rita
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 14:01:26

    Hi! wow you are amazing, this is so cute especially the cherry pie and I wonder if you could send me the pattern for that one? I really appreciate it thank you and keep going with the great job.
    P.S. sorry the bad english ^-^

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  7. Jennie
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 12:12:10

    Hi Sylvia!
    I just love your fish and your sushi that you made! I tried finding the patterns on the link that you had above but could not find them:( Do you mind e-mailing them to me please. I would appreciate it greatly.
    Thank you

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    • Sylvia Hiu Wai Chow
      Jan 08, 2012 @ 15:34:13

      Hi Jennie, I got both patterns from pattern books. I have a digital copy for the fish pattern. I also have a digital copy for the sushi pattern but I can’t separate the pattern from the entire book (it’s a PDF) and the file is too big to send via email. 😦

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      • Samantha
        May 23, 2012 @ 10:01:50

        Hi i was wondering if it was possible for you to send me the patterns for the strawberry, banana, heart shaped cookies and the dango?

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      • Samantha
        May 23, 2012 @ 10:03:00

        try saving it into a zip file and sending it as an attachment that way

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  8. WY
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 03:33:24

    Hi Sylvia,
    Your work are amazing. I am very appreciated if you can email me the patterns of rice ball, fish and also the little blue hippo? I really want to make one by myself. Thank you.
    WY

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  9. Jaclyn
    Jul 01, 2012 @ 22:17:57

    Hi Sylvia,
    Love all of your pie, do you mind to send me the pattern. :o)
    Thanks a lot. jaclyn_475@hotmail.com
    Jaclyn

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  10. Vy Hồ
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 11:42:00

    Hi Sylvia,
    All the crochet things you have made are really beautiful and I wonder why dont you public all the patterns. It will be more helpful for those who love your work on this blog, you dont have to email each of them 😀
    I hope you can pose the pattern because I really want it too. 🙂
    Thank you for your interesting blog!

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  11. Annessa
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 00:59:49

    Hi Sylvia,

    Love your work! I wanted to do food amigurumi for awhile, but always didn’t manage to finish any piece yet. Could you share with me ur book as well. Thanks

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  12. natalia
    Nov 23, 2013 @ 17:33:50

    Hola! Te felicito por el trabajo que has hecho! Es hermoso! Me gustaria encontrar los patrones de las comidas que hiciste. Nuevamente te felicito y agradezco que compartas con nosotros tus trabajos. Saludos, Natalia

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  13. Stephanie
    Aug 04, 2016 @ 11:13:04

    I love the pastry boxes you made out of paper grocery bags. Would you consider sending me the instructions and/or pattern to make these boxes?

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