With the new school year right on the horizon, now is when everyone is busy looking at school supplies – pencils, notebooks, backpacks, lunch bags and water bottles. In a sea of squeaky new backpacks, why not set your child’s bag apart with one of these adorable amigurumi keychains!
I love the idea of leaving a love note in my kids’ lunch bags every day, but I also have to admit that remembering to do something like that every day is not my strong point. I’m just happy I can remember to make their lunches! But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to send my children to school with a bit of love from their momma. Since my strength is in making crochet amigurumi, I thought it’d be nice for each of them to hang a crochet bag charm off their backpack. It sets them apart, is a conversation starter, and most of all, is a reminder that despite me being overwhelmed by yarn all the time, I sometimes do come up with little designs that they like.
I have several amigurumi designs in my collection that would work well as keychains, including all 25 of my Christmas Amigurumi Advent creations. They are all free patterns, but you can buy the Advent collection as a downloadable e-book as well, both on LoveCrochet and Etsy.
Just to get you started on some bag charm ideas, here’s a quick round-up of 15 free amigurumi keychain designs overloaded with cuteness.
For these designs, you can use any yarn you have in your stash. I like Paintbox Yarn’s Cotton Aran for the perfect keychain size, but Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice works well too! Some of these designs were not originally made to be keychains, but all you need to do is add a simple ball chain and lobster clasp to hook it to your backpack or purse. You can find lobster clasps and ball chains on Amazon, or in local craft stores.
15 Free Amigurumi Keychains
Let’s start off with some yummy treats, since who can deny their love of ice cream?
Make a watermelon, or change up the colors and make a candy corn with the same pattern!
Just the thought of freshly fried donuts is making my mouth water.
Encourage your child to reach for the stars with this Rocket amigurumi.
I promise this little guy won’t sting.
As a yarn lover, I had to include a sheep design, right?
Have a woodland lover? The next few are right up their leafy alley.
Down to the water and some adorable marine animals!
Why not make a backpack to hang on your backpack?
This pencil amigurumi would make a cute teacher’s gift!