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Crochet a Teeny Chewbacca Zipper Pull

29 July 2010 13,960 views 10 Comments

by heather

I have recently become highly amused with superfine crochet using the smallest of hooks and embroidery floss. I made this teeny Chewbacca (you know, from Star Wars!) zipper pull for a Star Wars swap. Crocheting with embroidery floss is great because it's cheap, it comes in a huge rainbow of colors, and you don't have to spend $3 and beyond to try a new color out. For less than a dollar in floss, you can be up and running. Plus, everything's cuter when it's teeny, right? This would be a fun back-to-school gift for a grade schooler.

Project Estimate:

  • 1 skein of embroidery floss, $.25
  • 1 small size crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Scrap of leather (or felt) for his bandolier
  • Jump ring (jewelry finding) and zipper pull, a few cents

Total: $.25 and up

There are two challenges in crocheting with embroidery floss. One, it's small, so it's a bit harder to work with, and to get a comfortable hand position and work flow. The good news is that it doesn't take too long to adjust to the reduced scale. Two, the six strands of floss aren't twisted together like yarn, so the individual strands can get caught in your work a lot more (see the little errant loops on Chewy's legs). You can combat this by slightly twisting the floss with your index finger and thumb as you go. You can also pull out the offending stitches as you go and redo them, or pull the loops through your work to hide them.

I can't give you the straight pattern for crocheting Chewy because I made him up as I went along, but I will give you a bunch of pointers gleaned from the process of making him.

Hook: My crochet hook was a steel hook, size 12 US (.70mm/size 5 UK). A hook a couple sizes larger would probably be fine!

Thread: I used variegated brown embroidery floss to crochet Chewbacca.

Amigurumi vs. Flat Crochet: I started with his body, and crocheted in the round, amigurumi style (amigurumi are crocheted dolls, usually crocheted in a continuous spiral in single crochet). I quickly discovered that for such a fine project, amigurumi is pretty difficult! This project would have been just as cute, easier, and quicker if I had just crocheted him flat.

Stitch to Use: To avoid having any holes in Chewy, you want to stick with single crochet. The good news is, you only need to know the most basic of stitches to make this guy!

Limbs: I used a chain stitch coming out from the shoulders to make the arms, and then came back up the chain stitch with single crochet to make the arms more substantial. I did the same for the legs, but on the bottom of the body.

Face: Embroider the face on with contrasting embroidery floss.

Blocking the Crochet: After Chewy's crocheted, you will probably have to block him to keep his limbs and body from curling up. I used a scrap of corrugated cardboard, a few straight pins, and a splash of water. A misting of water would probably have been better, but I didn't have anything to mist with! To block, pin the figure all stretched out the way you want it to be, get it wet, and let it dry (probably overnight).

Chewy's Bandolier Bag: I happened to have a scrap of leather lying around, so I cut a tiny pouch-shaped piece and a strip of leather and sewed them together, and stitched them to Chewy. If you don't have leather lying around, you can use a scrap of felt or any other non-fraying fabric to make his bandolier. Or crochet a wee pouch (and attach shiny seed beeds for the cartridges on the strap - that would be super cute!).

Making the Zipper Pull: Slip a large jump ring into the top row of stitches on Chewy's head. Attach a zipper pull hook to the jump ring (I clamp the hook with my pliers just to make it a little harder for the hook to come out of the jump ring).

Beyond Chewy: Obviously, you can use embroidery floss to make much more than Chewbacca zipper pulls. You can crochet anything in miniature, as long as you have patience and adequate lighting! Another favorite project of mine has been tiny granny square necklaces. Maybe I'll post about them tomorrow!

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10 Comments »

  • Chrystal said:

    Awesome! I have tons of embroidery thread and a couple teeny crochet hooks. I may give it a try!

  • Kathy V. said:

    It’s really cute. I like your super small crochet, Heather.

  • Care said:

    SO stinking cute! I am a sucker for teeny-tiny!!

  • Daphne Gorczynski said:

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    […] If you don't crochet, pick up some dollar store doilies, a couple embroidery hoops at the craft store, and use felt to cut out a bitty spider. If you crochet, it's still a lot quicker to use the dollar store doily, and crochet a few rows in a spiral with black embroidery floss and a teeny crochet hook. Check my teeny Chewbacca zipper pull project for tips on crocheting with embroidery floss. […]

  • Sally Glick said:

    Love your Teeny tiny crochet zipper pull. I will get lots of hugs from my 6-year old grandson. Love those hugs.
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    I Thank you very much, I might even get a kiss on the cheek along with those hugs. Love um, Love um, Love um, so much!

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  • Anne Koontz said:

    I have crocheted 78 of my 88 years.
    Will make these “adorables” to as companions
    to the hats I crochet for sale. Thanks for
    the ideas. Love ‘em all!

  • Norma Austin said:

    I was wondering if you had come up with any little zipper pulls for girls or even old women. I have such a time with zippers and think these would be such a help to grasp. Such a darling idea. Norma

  • heather (author) said:

    @Norma, great suggestion. I’ll see what we can do!