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Learn how-to stitch faces for amigurumi with Jennifer from Squirrel Picnic and then put your new skill to the test and make her adorable squirrel.


  • How to embroider . Faces for Amigurumi Part 1: Using Safety Eyes And Simple Embroidery - Step 1
    Step 1

    Eyes

    First, cut 2 squares out of beige felt approximately 1” by 1”.

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    Step 2

    Fold a square in half and snip a hole into the center with a pair of scissors.

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    Step 3

    Unfold and insert the shank of a safety eye into the hole.

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    Step 4

    Using the eye as a guide, cut the felt into a circle, approximately 1/8” – 1/4” wider than the eye.

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    Step 5

    Insert the shank of the eye into your amigurumi and press the washer onto the shank until it clicks to lock it in place. This can’t be undone, so it’s important to check the placement of your eyes before you pop on the back. For instance, check to see that the eyes are in the same row or round.

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    Step 6

    The washers have 3-6 little points on one side, which grab the fabric. Make sure that these points are facing toward the fabric when you pop them on.

    Repeat steps 2-5 for the other eye.

  • How to embroider . Faces for Amigurumi Part 1: Using Safety Eyes And Simple Embroidery - Step 7
    Step 7

    Nose and Mouth

    Cut a square out of felt approximately 3/4” by 3/4”.

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    Step 8

    Cut this into a circle by rounding out the corners. Or use a fabric pencil to trace onto the felt around a US penny (or another coin that is 3/4” in diameter). Then cut along the line.

  • How to embroider . Faces for Amigurumi Part 1: Using Safety Eyes And Simple Embroidery - Step 9
    Step 9

    Thread brown floss onto the chenille needle (or any needle that has a sharp point and an eyehole large enough to accommodate the floss).

  • How to embroider . Faces for Amigurumi Part 1: Using Safety Eyes And Simple Embroidery - Step 10
    Step 10

    Tie a knot on the end.

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    Step 11

    Work the needle up through the felt from the back, just above the middle of the circle and about 1/4” from one edge.

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    Step 12

    Push the needle back down about 1/4” from the other side.

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    Step 13

    Come back up through the felt just below the stitch you made and push the needle back down on the other side ever so slightly below the last stitch.

  • How to embroider . Faces for Amigurumi Part 1: Using Safety Eyes And Simple Embroidery - Step 14
    Step 14

    Repeat Steps 12 and 13, each time coming in a tiny bit more from the edge to create an upside-down triangle shape to the nose. End with the needle at the back of the work.

  • How to embroider . Faces for Amigurumi Part 1: Using Safety Eyes And Simple Embroidery - Step 15
    Step 15

    Come up from behind the last stitch, pulling the needle out from below the stitch.

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    Step 16

    Go back down about 1/4” below.

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    Step 17

    Come back up to the right of this. Go back down through the same entry point as in Step 16.

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    Step 18

    Come back up to the left. Go back down through the same entry points as Steps 16 and 17.

  • How to embroider . Faces for Amigurumi Part 1: Using Safety Eyes And Simple Embroidery - Step 19
    Step 19

    Tie off your thread and trim the ends of the floss.

  • How to embroider . Faces for Amigurumi Part 1: Using Safety Eyes And Simple Embroidery - Step 20
    Step 20

    Sew Nose and Mouth onto Your Amigurumi

    Note: Because the nose and mouth are sewn on, this can be done after you have stuffed and closed up the amigurumi’s head.

    Thread your standard sewing needle with thread to match the beige felt.

  • How to embroider . Faces for Amigurumi Part 1: Using Safety Eyes And Simple Embroidery - Step 21
    Step 21

    To secure the thread, I like to tie it to the floss in the back, but you could use a knot if you prefer.

  • How to embroider . Faces for Amigurumi Part 1: Using Safety Eyes And Simple Embroidery - Step 22
    Step 22

    Using a running stitch of about 1/8” per stitch, sew the felt nose and mouth to the amigurumi doll.

  • How to embroider . Faces for Amigurumi Part 1: Using Safety Eyes And Simple Embroidery - Step 23
    Step 23

    Pass the needle and thread through the head of your amigurumi, coming out the back. Trim off your thread close to the back of the head and the thread should disappear into the head.

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    Step 24

    Yay! Now your amigurumi has a super cute face like my squirrel friend here. Want to make a squirrel friend of your own? Be sure to check out my crochet squirrel pattern here on Cut Out + Keep!

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lilianajllo
lilianajllo · Panama, Panama, PA
thank you, I hope use this technique soon
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