Keychains and bag charms are all the rage right now, and I get why! Having a little plushie that hangs around with you (literally) is such a cute touch and can add a bit of color to a neutral bag. After all, what’s the point of life if you can’t have some fun?
You can make a keychain out of any crochet or amigurumi pattern by adding a simple ball chain and lobster clasp to your amigurumi. You can find lobster clasps and ball chains on Amazon here or at a local craft store. If you prefer to crochet a small strap onto your amigurumi instead of attaching a ball chain, follow this tutorial here on how to attach one to your amigurumi as you crochet it.
Most amigurumi are made using sport or worsted weight yarn, but the lighter the weight, the smaller the amigurumi will be. However, all of the patterns below are keychain sized, so you don’t have to worry too much about adjusting the size!
My recommendation for amigurumi bag charms would be cotton yarn, because it’s durable and can be gently wiped down if it gets a little dirty. Paintbox DK has a huge array of colors, perfect for amigurumi, and can be machine washed. Find it on Lovecrafts here. I would also recommend Ricorumi DK. Similar to Paintbox DK, it also has a huge color palette and can be machine washed, but it comes in smaller balls which can be more cost effective when you need a larger palette to work from. Find it at Universal Yarn here!
1. Amigurumi whale
Amigurumi whales are the classic beginner project, because they are made of simple balls with a few extra parts worked in the round to create the fins and tail. This whale was my first beginner project, and it was incredibly helpful to me because it boosted my confidence and gave me a quick win so that I felt motivated to continue crocheting!
This video tutorial includes step by step instructions for complete beginners, so although it’s recommended to know the basics (magic ring, single crochet, increase/decrease), the tutorial will show all the steps on screen without fast forwarding so that you can review them.
For a list of the complete basic skills of amigurumi along with video tutorials for each, read my blog post here.
This tutorial is also accompanied by a written pattern, so if you want to practice reading a written pattern so that you can follow those later on, it’s a great video for that as well.
Stuck on what kind of yarn to get? Check out my blog post on my nine favorite yarns for amigurumi — with tons of examples for each yarn!
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2. Picnic Bears Crochet Keychain
If you’re in the mood for something a little more classic but still adorable, this set of teddy bears is sure to please. This pattern includes the cutest summer accessories that you can mix and match to suit your mood or the season!
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3. Ice Cream Monster Amigurumi
This Ice Cream Monster pattern is another of the more unique patterns on this list. A completely original design, this dorky yeti is sure to bring a smile to your face, along with the whimsical touch of melted ice cream.
4. Donut Keychains
Amigurumi food are such a classic and these tiny donuts are so fast to whip up and are sure to be a crowd pleaser. You can make them in a huge variety of colors and flavors, from realistic to fanciful. Make one for yourself and all your friends, or use them as party favors!
5. Biscuit the Beagle
This adorable beagle is the perfect bag charm for dog lovers. Along with the precious bow, this pattern is utterly adorable and can be customized to suit your own dog.
6. Baby Yoda Amigurumi
If you’re a fan of Star Wars or the Mandalorian, this adorable baby Yoda keychain is a must make. It’s simple enough to whip up quickly but still has the distinctive robe and pointed ears.
7. Cinnamon the Mini Bear Amigurumi
Another teddy bear variant, this cute pattern includes a tiny top hat and bowtie that can be made in a fun coral color as pictured, or can be customized to a black tie outfit. This cute design would be right at home on a child’s backpack!
8. Shiba Puppy Amigurumi
Another dog design, this shiba puppy can stand on four legs and features a shiba’s distinctive coloring. This cute pattern would be perfect as a bag charm since it’s a little larger!
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9. Avocado Keychain
Avocados are super cute! If you’re also a fan of all this avocado and guac, this mini keychain might be perfect for you. It’s small enough to fit on a set of keys, but also the perfect size for a purse.
10. Amigurumi Minis
This is just a few of A Menagerie of Stitches’ 100 days of amigurumi minis. However, the one uniting factor is that all of these tiny objects and foods make perfect keychains! From succulents, to igloos, to beanies, there’s truly something for everyone. Check out her entire ebook to see the entire 100 minis, and also her previous two ebooks!
12. Fruit Keychains
Amigurumi fruit is such a classic and these cute lemons and berries are adorable for fruit lovers. Attach one to your child’s backpack to encourage them to eat healthy, or use them as playfood at home!
13. Porg Amigurumi
Another one for those Star Wars fans out there, this porg (first seen in The Last Jedi) makes the perfect keychain for anyone’s inner geek.
14. T-Rex and Pterodactyl Amigurumi
And finally, my last pattern to show you is this adorable set of dinosaurs! These would make the perfect addition for the dinosaur obsessed kid in your life, and I could imagine them being a huge hit at a themed party.