Top 10 Summer Picks

Probably the rest of you have already had your holidays and it certainly seems like holiday mode has been in full swing for the last month. The kids are out of school, evening activities are on hiatus, the weather is warmer. At our house, we’re renovating, so even though I’ve just begun my holidays from work, I don’t really get a break, as we’ve got a lot of work to do around here.

But it doesn’t mean that I’m still not finding great crafty things to share the good news with you about! Don’t forget to follow my Pinterest boards to keep up with all the great crafty stuff I share on there. It’s my fave. If I’m not posting here as often, I’m always there saving awesome ideas.

So today I’ve gathered up my top 10 Summer Picks for gift-giving (or gift-making!) from my favourite online crafty place, Etsy!

With work planned in nearly every room of the house, I’ve tried to find one place I can finish. We built a new deck a few years ago, and we got some lovely deck furniture and a gazebo which I love, so that’s been the “room” I’ve been working at finishing and I have found some great crafty things that I love.

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I love bright colours outside, so check out these awesome outdoor pillows from Say It With Pillows

This one is my personal favourite

Also, birdhouses are such a fun way to decorate an outdoor space. Check out these adorable vintage camper birdhouse kits from 1Man 1 Garage!

Aren’t they amazing? What a fun crafty gift idea to make with the kids this summer? So adorable! I think this would fit in great with my outdoor space!

Another nice touch to my cute little deck “room” might be a fun sign. I’m not sure Mr Evanglist is on board with signs as much as I am (though he was ok with some signs for the kids’ basement space, so maybe he’d be ok with this one): Country Angel Rustic Decor has a wide variety of signs. Here’s a cute one I found for the deck:

Of course, summer for most people isn’t all about renovations and finishing an outdoor deck space. Mr Evangelist and I, like a lot of people, got married in the summer, so we celebrated our anniversary. And anniversaries are a great time to gift jewellery gifts! And I wouldn’t scoff at a beautiful ring like this one from Rutledge Jewelers:

Isn’t it gorgeous? So delicate and pretty! It would make a super simple wedding band for an understated bride!

But I wouldn’t be the Craft Evangelist that I am unless I directed you to some great crafty patterns that are perfect to work up in the hot summer months. Small projects that are light and easy to travel with are perfect for summer. It’s also a great time to teach the kids in your life to crochet. Check out some of these great patterns you could get for them (or make for them!)

Qians Little Creation has this super cute amigurumi doll crochet pattern that would make a super sweet little gift or an inspiration for a new crocheter to learn the craft!

And once you make one of those, you can make some amigurumi furniture to furnish an adorable little amigurumi doll house! This pattern is by Amigurumisnl and I think it’s so creative! You can make anything out of crochet!

Or you could make this adorable Lewis the Lion amigurumi! Another little project perfect for travel or the beach by Theresa’s Crochet Shop!

Or if toys aren’t your thing, perhaps you’d like to make a super sweet Crochet Tunic for the beach for your summer vacation?

I love the look of lacy crochet patterns for casual wear! And this pattern is a steal at only just over $2 CAD! Instant digital downloads mean you can get crocheting right away! carolrosa designs has plenty of other affordable patterns you can try out too!

Or, maybe you could use a new pair of flip-flops? Make your own for yourself, or as a gift from this pattern (for Child-Adult, sizes 3-10) from Mamachee!

As sad as it may seem to think about the end of summer, summer is also a great time to start working on projects for fall. We’ve had a few chilly, rainy days this week, so curling up with a ball of yarn doesn’t sound so bad. And then you could make this adorable hooded fox crocheted jacket.

At least you could if you read German (haha) which I do not. It’s so cute, though: I hope there’s an English pattern available soon! (Maybe I could figure it out, though… one of my colleagues is having a baby and she loves foxes…)

That about wraps it up! Enjoy the rest of your summer! Make some memories with your friends and family and make some stuff!

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Check out my top 10 summer Etsy picks! There's plenty of summery goodness to be had!

Cute crocheted flip flop pattern for child to adults in sizes 3-10! What a great summer crochet pattern idea! Check out craftevangelist's summer top 10 Etsy picks!
Gorgeous rose gold infinity ring. Great for a wedding band or anniversary gift. Love this delicate hand-crafted ring! Beautiful find on craftevangelist's summer top 10 Etsy picks! #craftevangelist
What a sweet crocheted doll pattern! Love this adorable little doll with her teeny purse and hat! Sweet find in craftevangelist's summer top 10 Etsy picks! #craftevangeilst
Adorable crochet pattern for a little amigurumi lion. So cute! Great find in craftevangelist's top 10 summer Etsy picks! #craftevangelist
Love this pretty crocheted lacy summer tunic pattern! Perfect handmade beachwear! Super affordable pattern, too! Part of craftevangelist's top 10 summer Etsy picks! #craftevangelist

Super cute kitchen amigurumi crochet pattern for a doll house. This pattern creator also has an adorable gnome family too! So sweet. Part of #craftevangelist's top 10 summer Etsy picks!

Gorgeous pillows! So bright and perfect for the deck!  Great summer pick by #craftevangelist

ADORABLE DIY Vintage Camper Bird House kit! I love this! It's so cute! I want one for the deck! Great find by #craftevangelist

Summer is a great time to start fall projects! Check out this adorable fox cardigan for kids! One of #craftevangelist's top 10 summer Etsy picks!

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Crochet Bee

Why are teeny things soooo cute?!?! Adorable! Something about tiny dolls and toys takes me back to my childhood so easily. I wrote at least a few little stories as a child of having a little friend that could fit in my pocket. And these sweet, little, crocheted amigurumi dolls remind me of that!

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Check out this adorable little bee pattern that I found on Etsy.

I love yellow! The little honeycomb flower that this little bee sits in is one of my favourite parts of this sweet little pattern.
Tiny crochet projects are great because they are quick to work up, they don’t require hauling around a lot of yarn so they make great summer travel projects and great little gifts for summer travellers to use their imagination on long car rides or waiting in airports.
Go pick up this pattern today so that you’re all ready when the crocheting mood strikes!

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Love this adorable tiny crochet bee amigurumi pattern! What a sweet tiny doll to make! Great summer project found by #craftevangelist #pattern #crochet

DIY Crocheted Bangle Bracelet Pattern

I love finding patterns for jewelry I can make myself! There are plenty of lovely crochet patterns to make your own bracelets and necklaces and today I have found another one! They would make a lovely boho accessory and perfect for summer! When you don’t want to crochet with a heavy yarn or carry around a lot of supplies with you, this would make a handy project for summer travel!

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Check out this beautiful crocheted bangle pattern that you can DIY!

This yellow one is so pretty with the sparkle of the metal bangle!

I love that it is crocheted around existing metal bangles (which I’m sure you can just get at the dollar store) to add structure to these bracelets!

Don’t want to make your own? Buy one from the maker here.

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Check out this awesome crocheted bangle bracelet pattern! Make your own jewelry! I love this; so simple and gorgeous! Would make a perfect project for summer travel!

Fat Face Tigger Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

Check out what I’ve found for you amigurumi lovers today! I’ve pinned some other super adorable patterns by this artist and this one is just as cute: Tigger! These sweet stuffed toy crochet patterns all have adorably oversized heads and stubby little bodies. They look super quick to crochet up and would make a perfect pattern for a fast last minute handmade gift idea!

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Get the pattern here.

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Superhero Amigurumi

Absolutely loving this adorable superhero amigurumi crochet pattern bundle! Check out all the detailed patterns in this bundle! Super sweet deal! These look easy to make and would make great handmade gifts for a superhero-loving child.

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It’s always such a good deal to get a pattern bundle! Save $4.50 USD

You can get the pattern bundle on Etsy from Tippaya Crochet. There are also a bunch of other great patterns in that shop that you might be interested in, including little Baby Groot (my kids love Baby Groot!).

I love small amigurumi projects like these because it’s a great opportunity to use up leftover yarn from previous projects!

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Check out the great deal on this adorable superhero amigurumi crochet pattern bundle! Love these cute little stuffed heroes! found by #craftevangelist

Gorgeous Amigurumi Dolls

As you know, I love amigurumi! And I’m so impressed by the lovely amigurumi doll patterns that are available out there! I’ve tried to make crocheted dolls without a pattern, but I don’t usually manage to finish them because I come to a part where I don’t know what to do and then I let it sit until I don’t care about it anymore and then I give up and get rid of it. What a waste! Next time I should try one of these lovely amigurumi doll patterns. And so should you!

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Today I came across this sweet little doll pattern! Perfect for the upcoming summer vacation season! She’d be a great doll to give a child embarking on a trip.

You can get the crochet pattern for Chloe Go Holiday amigurumi doll here.

Here’s pretty little doll by Manuska that looks ready to travel:

I love Abigail’s sweet braids under the removable hat! And do you see those adorable bloomers?! Cute! Try the pattern out here. Manuska has plenty of other adorable amigurumi patterns you should also check out.

I just can’t get over how many of these beautiful amigurumi doll patterns there are on Etsy! Do you think if we all worked on one, we might be able to get to them all? Because we should also try this one:

This absolutely sweet little doll (with her adorable accessories) is named Petunia, which I think it just a perfect name for this stunning doll. The pattern is designed by CrochetGarage who also has many other lovely amigurumi doll patterns you should check out.

Let me know if you make one of these sweet amigurumi dolls! I would love to see your creations. Comment here or on one of these pins (Or pin them for later!) or check out my entire Pinterest board devoted to knit & crocheted amigurumi!

I love these gorgeous crochet amigurumi doll patterns! So detailed and beautiful! They would make great handmade gifts! found by #craftevangelist

Love this sweet travelling doll crochet amigurumi pattern! She would make a great handmade gift for a child embarking on a trip! found by #craftevangelist

Abigail crochet doll pattern. Such sweet and unique details on this beautiful amigurumi toy pattern. So cute! #craftevangelistCheck out this gorgeous crochet pattern for Petunia and her lovely accessories! Lovely crochet doll pattern! #craftevangelist


Donkey Ruda the Sweetest Amigurumi Donkey

I absolutely love this adorable amigurumi pattern! This little donkey is a sweet handmade toy you can make as a unique gift for any child that you love. While not known for their cuddly-ness, donkeys can make absolutely snuggle-able toys!

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Check out Donkey Ruda

Isn’t he sweet? I love that his arms and legs are attached with buttons. Not perfect for baby (choking hazard!), but completely rustic and charming! Get the pattern to make him here.

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The most adorable donkey crochet amigurumi pattern! I love the arms and legs attached with buttons. Perfect handmade gift idea for any child! #craftevangelist

Geoffrey the Giraffe

So many cute amigurumi! How will I get to them all? I know, let’s do it together! You make some, I’ll make some. MAKE.ALL.THE.CUTE.THINGS.

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But we might have to fight over who is going to make this guy:

Isn’t he adorable? You can find the crochet pattern to make Geoffrey the Giraffe here on Etsy (have I mentioned how much I love Etsy? You can find everything there!).

I love the cartoonish-look of this giraffe amigurumi crochet pattern. If you’re into amigurumi… or maybe you’re really into Madagascar, because I think this guy looks a little like Melman.

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Love this adorable cartoon toy giraffe amigurumi crochet pattern! What a fun character toy to make for a jungle-loving kid! Great handmade gift idea!

Tiny Crochet Doll Pattern Bundle

Eeek! This is the cutest little doll pattern! I get so excited when I stumble upon adorable amigurumi that I can’t keep it to myself! I need to share the good news! You need to check out this adorable tiny crochet doll pattern!

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Isn’t she adorable? And it looks like she would fit in a mint tin! What a sweet little handmade gift idea for a little girl. I know my kids loved tiny things they could travel with and give tiny homes to! What am I talking about? I love that kind of stuff! So cute!

This little pattern bundle includes the doll, the clothes, and the sleeping set (including the super-teeny-tiny-adorable teddy bears!). This looks like a great little project to make while travelling or crocheting outside in the beautiful weather!

I hope you enjoy this project! Please let me know if you make it!
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Love this sweet little amigurumi doll crochet pattern. Would make a great handmade gift idea for a little girl! #craftevangelist

Boho Rug Crochet Pattern

I’m really attracted to boho style, but I find it really hard to incorporate into my house because I feel like eclectic styles like boho often look messy if not done right –and decorating isn’t necessarily my forte– so I’m torn. So, I mostly just collect ideas on Pinterest!

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Check out this super great boho rug crochet pattern. It would be a great stash-buster!

Just a word of warning, though: those first few rounds will go quick, quick, quick and you’ll really feel like you’re making some progress. As it gets larger, the rounds (unsurprisingly) take longer… and longer. I made this race track rug for my son quite a few years ago and the outer rounds took FOREVER…

It is really cool, though.

I hope you enjoy this pattern and let me know if you make it and send me a picture of it in your boho-decorated room! I need to find a place to get some more boho in my life!

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