Tamagotchi On/Meets Bell Bag Case: free crochet pattern
Sirdar Hayfield Bonus DK ‘Fields of Gold’
Sirdar Hayfield Bonus DK ‘Chocolate’ (if you are crocheting your star)
Small amount of red yarn
3mm crochet hook
Felting needle (if you are needle felting your star)
Dark brown wool roving for felting (if you are needle felting your star)
Tamagotchi for measurements
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – treble crochet
inc – increase
Main Case (make one):
rnd 1: ch 5 (5 sts)
rnd 2: skipping first 2 ch, sc in 3rd ch from hook (first 2 ch count as 1 st). inc, 4sc in one st and turn, inc, inc. join with a sl st into the 2 ch at the beginning of the round (12 sts)
rnd 3: ch 1 (counts as first st), inc *sc 1, inc in next st* rep * until end of round, sl st into ch 1 (18 sts)
rnd 4: ch 1 (counts as first st), sc, inc, *sc 2, inc in next st* rep * until end of round, sl st into ch 1 (24 sts)
rnd 5: ch 1 (counts as first st), sc 2, inc, *sc 3, inc in next st* rep * until end of round, sl st into ch 1 (30 sts)
rnd 6: ch 1 (counts as first st), sc 3, inc, *sc 4, inc in next st* rep * until end of round, sl st into ch 1 (36 sts)
rnd 7: ch 1, inc, sc 5 ,inc , sc 6, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 6, inc, sc 7, inc, sc 2, sl st into ch 1 (42 sts)
rnd 8-11: ch 1, sc around, sl st into ch 1 (42 sts)
rnd 12: ch 1, sc 17, ch 4 and skip 4, sc 20, slip st into ch 1 (42 sts)
rnd 13: ch 1, sc 17, sc 4 into the space made from ch 4 in previous round, sc 20, slip st into ch 1 (42 sts)
rnd 14-18: ch 1, sc around, slip st into ch 1 (42 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends. Don’t worry if the chs that you crocheted into at the beginning have made large holes – you can use the tail at the beginning of your work to sew the gaps shut.
Cover for the case (Make two, finishing one at the end of round 6 so it is slightly smaller than the other):
rnd 1: ch 7 (7 sts)
rnd 2: skipping the 2 ch closest to the hook (counts as first st), sc 4, 4sc in 1 st and turn, sc 3, inc, join with sl st into ch 1 (14 sts)
rnd 3: ch 1, inc in next st, sc 3, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 1, join with sl st into ch 1 (18 sts)
rnd 4: ch 1, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 3, inc, join with sl st into ch 1 (24 sts)
rnd 5: ch 1, inc, sc 8, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 6, inc, sc 1, inc, join with sl st into ch 1 (30 sts)
rnd 6: ch 1, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 4, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 4, inc, sc 1, inc, join with sl st into ch 1 (36 sts)
Stop here for the smaller cover, fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.
rnd 7: ch 1, sc 2, inc, sc 11, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 12, inc, sc 2, inc, join with sl st into ch 1 (42 sts)
Fasten off and weave in all ends apart from the long end left on the smaller oval. Again if you have large ch holes at the beginning, you can use the ends here to sew them up.
On the larger oval, find two stitches on one of the longer sides that are evenly placed so that the side is split up into equal thirds- using pins to judge this may be helpful. Once you have found your two stitches, sl st and ch 4 into each of them before fastening off, leaving long ends for sewing. Weave in the beginning tails.
Button Fastening (make one):
rnd 1: sc 6 in magic ring (6 sts)
rnd 2: sc around (6 sts)
rnd 3: dec around (3 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long end for sewing. Weave in the end of your beginning tail.
Top of the Bell Bag (make one):
Leave a long end at the beginning for sewing this part onto the main case.
rnd 1: ch 20 and sl st in first ch to join (21 sts)
rnd 2-6: sc around (20 sts)
Fasten off and weave in the end you have just created, leaving your beginning tail
Star (make one):
This is an optional step depending on whether you would like to needle felt your star or crochet it. Choose whichever you’d prefer!
rnd 1: sc 5 in magic circle (5 sts)
rnd 2: *sc, ch 1, tr, ch 1, sc* all in one st. Rep * around (25 sts)
Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Gather the bottom of the top bell bag piece and sew it together to hold it in place. Then, place it on the top of the main case and sew it on, in the rough position of where rounds 15-16 are. The gap you made in the main case is very helpful here to judge the central placement. Once it is secure, you can weave in the ends and tie a small length of red yarn around where the two pieces now meet.
Put your Tamagotchi into the main case and retrieve the bigger oval cover you attached the two chains to. Place the cover over the Tamagotchi and use pins to identify where the ends of the chains must be placed to hold the cover straight. Take the Tamagotchi out of the case and sew the ends of the chains into the area you have pinned. I find it is helpful to pull the tail of the chains through into the case, but before continuing sewing I will place the Tamagotchi back into the case again to triple check the positioning is perfect! Once your cover is securely attached, weave in the ends.
Next, put the Tamagotchi back into your case once again to judge where the button should be. I try to get it as close to the middle as possible, marking where the best location is with a pin before taking the Tamagotchi back out and sewing the button into place. Make sure to double check the positioning before sewing it in too securely, so you can change it if it isn’t even. Weave in the ends.
Now your button and cover are both attached, put the Tamagotchi back into your case and judge where the loop should be that will go around the button and secure the cover when it is closed. Pick a stitch on the edge of the cover that lines up as closely as possible with the middle of the button, and sl st into it, then begin to chain. The amount of chains you will have to make depends on the yarn you are using and your tension, but I usually find it to be in the region of 8-11. Continually test your loop by wrapping it around the button to test if it is too tight or too loose. Once you are happy with the loop, sl st back into the original stitch and fasten off, before weaving in the ends
Next, it is time to either needle felt or sew on your star onto the front cover, depending on whether you chose to crochet it or not. Continue to occasionally place the Tamagotchi into the case to double check your star is straight, especially if you are needle felting – sometimes it may look straight but it isn’t!
Finally, you can attach the smaller cover to the larger cover by sewing it on. This strengthens the cover and conceals any messy areas made from sewing or felting the star. To avoid the sewing stitches showing through on the front of the cover, I use the needle to pick up only half of the crochet fabric, so it does not go all the way through and is invisible but still secure.