No-Sew Whale – Crochet Pattern Review

This is a crochet pattern review of the No-Sew Whale by Stitch by Fay. You can find all the details about where to find this pattern, how the pattern works up, and how to package these adorable whales below.

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For Valentine’s Day last year, I crocheted small amigurumi bees for all of the kiddos in my daughter’s daycare class. I was in love with how cute they turned out, so I wanted to share some adorable ideas for free patterns that you can use to make some Valentine’s or Easter gifts to gift this year!

The adorable No-Sew Crochet Whale pattern by Stitch by Fay is the first in my series of 20 free and easy crochet minis. Be sure to stay tuned for the rest of the pattern reviews coming soon! Best part – each design will have an adorable printable that you can use to gift with ease!

What Do You Need to Make a No-Sew Whale?

Yarn: You will need two different colors of yarn – one for the body and one for the belly. Make sure that both colors of yarn are the same weight.

Crochet Hook: Choose a crochet hook that it is an appropriate size for the weight of yarn that you are using. Since this is an amigurumi project, you will want to make sure that your hook size is slightly smaller than what is recommended for your yarn so that your stitches are tight together and do not let the stuffing poke through.

Stuffing: You will need some polyester fiberfill to stuff the whale. This is my favorite type.

Yarn Needle: While this is a no-sew pattern, you will need a yarn needle to close up the whale at the very end. I also added some additional details using my yarn needle, which you may want to do as well.

Scissors: Any pair of scissors would work for this project, but I absolutely love using these!

Eyes: You can use safety eyes or felt eyes for this project. I usually prefer felt eyes for the safety of children and pets. If you would like to use your Cricut machine to cut out felt eyes, I highly recommend this tutorial by KayteDid’s.

No-Sew Whale Crochet Pattern: This is a free crochet pattern by Stitch by Fay. You can also find an ad-free printable version of the pattern on Etsy.

No-Sew Whale Crochet

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to find out how to get these awesome printable whale-themed gift tags!

Mini No-Sew Whale

Materials I Used

Yarn: I used cotton yarn in teal and white.

Crochet Hook: I used an E4/3.5 mm Clover Amour crochet hook.

Eyes: I used 6 mm black safety eyes.

Finished Size

My mini no-sew whale was 2.5 inches wide, 3 inches long, and 2 inches tall.

Small No-Sew Whale

Materials I Used

Yarn: I used Premier Just Chenille in hot pink and double-strands of Bernat Velvet in white.

Crochet Hook: I used a 7/4.5 mm Dots crochet hook from WeCrochet.

Eyes: I used 10 mm black felt eyes.

Finished Size

My small no-sew whale was 4 inches wide, 4.25 inches long, and 2.75 inches tall.

Medium No-Sew Whale

Materials I Used

Yarn: I used Premier Just Chenille in hot pink and double-strands of Bernat Velvet in white.

Crochet Hook: I used a 7/4.5 mm Dots crochet hook from WeCrochet.

Eyes: I used 20 mm black felt eyes.

Finished Size

My medium no-sew whale was 5.5 inches wide, 5.5 inches long, and 5 inches tall.

Making the No-Sew Whale

This is a super simple pattern that is great for any crocheter that is familiar with amigurumi techniques. The body is created all in one piece, and then the belly is created with just a simple color change. I love how the fins and tail are made as part of the last round of the body, and the tail provides an excellent cover-up for the color change to the belly color.

No matter what weight yarn you decide to use, I can guarantee you are going to end up with an adorable little whale! I definitely recommend you try out this no-sew whale pattern by Stitch by Fay!

No-Sew Whale Crochet

Packaging Ideas

To package up your whales to give, you have a bunch of great choices! Whether you choose to put your whale in a bag, or just attach a tag, I have some ideas for you!

No-Sew Whale Crochet

Cellophane Bags

Cellophane bags are a great way to package gifts! They give the gift the wrapped effect, while still allowing the recipient to see inside the bag. This is especially great for gifts at school or parties where you may want to the recipient to have to wait until they get home to open up and play with the present. You can also add other goodies to the bag like candy to fill it up. If you want a more filled look, but you don’t want to include more items, you could use some tissue paper or paper shred in the bottom to help fill out the bag.

Here’s a picture of my mini whale in a cellophane bag. I used a coordinating ribbon and some leftover yarn to tie it off and add one of my printable tags!

Organza Bags

If you are looking for a similar option to the cellophane bags, but want to dress up the gift more, organza bags are great for packaging small toy gifts like these no-sew whales! You can use the ties from the bag to attach a gift tag! Just like the cellophane bags, you can stuff them full of goodies or you can just showcase your gift.

Just a Gift Tag

If you’re in a hurry or don’t want to use extra packaging, you can also attach a gift tag right to your no-sew whale. I used a piece of yarn that I pulled through one of the stitches on the whale to attach the gift tag. You could also tie the string around an arm or the tail of the whale, or you could use a safety pin to attach the tag instead.

No-Sew Whale Crochet

However you decide to package your whales, I have created some whale-themed gift tags that you can use! You can download them below!

More Fun DIY Gift Ideas

Looking for some other fun DIY gift ideas? Be sure to stay tuned for all the adorable mini crochet pattern reviews I will be sharing soon!

If you need some inspiration for great DIY Valentines, check out my DIY tutorial for Crayon Name Valentines!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern review of the adorable No-Sew Whale by Stitch by Fay! If you decide to make some, please be sure to tag me on social media or comment below so I can check out your work!

Happy Crafting!

~ Candace

10 thoughts on “No-Sew Whale – Crochet Pattern Review”

  1. Oh my goodness!! What awesome valentines! I would love to have gotten one of these when I was a kid. Heck, I would love one now. So stinking cute. Thanks for joining for First Friday Favorites- these are bound to be the favorite Valentines for anyone who makes and gifts them.

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