Craft The Perfect Eyes For Amigurumi And Bring Your Softie To To Life
Craft the perfect eyes for amigurumi and bring your softie to life.
Eyes are what bring your amigurumi doll or animal an expression. There are a number of options for great looking eyes – here is our take on some of them!
Plastic Craft Eyes
This type of eyes can add a “professional touch” to your amigurumi doll or animal. They are easy to insert and usually survive a trip or two to the washing machine. Unfortunately, plastic craft eyes are not recommended for children under three years of age as they can easily come out of the fabric when chewed on.
Check out this great tutorial and image by Kristi Tullus from Engsidrun Crochet. Please click here: Where To Buy And How To Use Safety Eyes
Sewing buttons on your amigurumi can be a great alternative to plastic craft eyes and can give great looking eyes. However, just as the plastic eyes, they can easily come out of the fabric when chewed on.
We also have a helpful video, created by Sharon Ojala from Amigurumi To Go To. Please click here: Add Buttons To Crochet Doll
Felt eyes can be a good option as they are baby-safe if properly sewn on. You an easily mix and match different colors to make the eyes “more interesting” and expressive.
For a good photo tutorial, we have chosen one by Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World, please click here: How To Add Felt Eyes To Your Softie
Together with a Video alternative, created by the team over at Studio Crafti:
This is by far our favorite technique. They are quick and easy to do and your probably already have the yarn!
Here is a tutorial on how to easily crochet eyes for you amigurumi projects. In the demonstration, worsted weight is used and the eyes are about an inch across. If you would like to have smaller eyes, you can just use a thinner yarn.
If you are looking for a project to try out the crocheted eyes on, why not make one of the little bears that is featured in one of our other articles. You can find the FREE pattern here: Amigurumi Bears.
This great video is created by Tanya Naser from Hodge Podge Crochet. See below:
Simple Knotted Eyes
Probably the easiest technique to learn for adding faces to your amigurumi are French knots.
Whenever you are making a toy for a small child, a simple smiley face might be just the look you’re after. The following photo tutorial will show you how to use French knots for eyes.
Give them a try and remember that a little practice makes perfect. It’s what gives an amigurumi its personality.
You’ll enjoy this one!!
Created by Jennifer Olivarez from Squirrel Picnic. Please click here: How to Give Your Amigurumi a Smiley Face
Just because you asked!
You can craft your Panda eyes in several ways, but if you want to crochet them, Kerri from Kerri’s Crochet has created a Panda Applique, which is very useful. She has created a written pattern as well as a photo tutorial and video, so even if it’s just the eye technique you need… take a look:
To view the written pattern for this, please click here:
Here is another fabulous way to make eyes with expression and dimension. These eyes will also be perfect for the dolls and hand puppets.
Indent the eyes on your amigurumi using a strand of yarn and a yarn needle. A video tutorial by Jess Huff shows you how to make these amazing eyes!
To follow her written instructions on how to do this, she discusses this on her pattern page for Dash Deer, about half way down the page, so please click here: How To Indent The Eyes
This is another terrific option, and a a great video tutorial if you want to embroider your eyes on amigurumi dolls.
We have a fabulous tutorial video from Aneta Wawro from Crochet Arcade who suggests using templates, to guide your embroidery to the correct place. It’s invaluable, and you’ll wonder why amigurumi eyes ever became a challenge in the first place!
For her written instructions on how to do this, you can check out her website direct. Please click here: How To Embroider Almost Perfect Amigurumi Eyes.
For that final added touch, and spark of magic, June from Planet June teaches us how to give that final glint in the eye. Incredibly easy to master and the final piece in the puzzle. Please click here: Glinting Eyes For Amigurumi
Featured Images-Planet June, Hodge Podge Crochet, Kerri’s Crochet, Ali Express, Many thanks!