They're also pretty darn cute: furry, big eyes, delicate wings, erratic flight patterns... what more could you ask for? So with that in mind, I bring you a spring bee.
Click HERE to download the free pattern.
This is an image file that you can adjust to any size you want. A tiny bee would make a cute pin. A big bee would make a great quilt block. A really really big bee might even make a comfy cushion. If you prefer a PDF version of the pattern, one is available through Craftsy HERE (PDFs can't be resized though).
Here are some other fun and free bee project ideas:
- Need a felt beehive and some friends to go with your bee? This beehive appliqué pattern from Wee Folk Art can be adapted for number of projects and materials.
- Painted rock bees can be a fun addition to any garden. I made some insect rocks as a kid and loved it! If you have some littl'uns around, I'm sure they would love to help. With the right kind of paint, rock creatures will last for many years.
- For the really little ones, Craft Passion has a pattern and tutorial on how to hand appliqué a bee on a onesie (there is also a ladybug and caterpillar). While you're at it, why not crochet them a matching stuffed bumble bee from this pattern by Crafster user frecklesinoureyes?
- Does your favourite four legged friend like to dress up? You could make them a bumble bee hoodie! The Dog Clothes Pattern blog offers a tutorial, as well as tons of other dog clothing patterns and information. (My apologies to your dog for providing you with this information.)
- My favourite of all is the Beehive Tea Cozy by Patons, free on Ravelry! This is the kind of thing that makes me want to relearn crochet. If I could justify cluttering up my kitchen with one more questionably useful thing, this teapot cover might just be it.