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A quick, easy, and inexpensive way to add eyes to your toys!
I’m back with another tutorial on how to add faces to your amigurumi. This time I wanted to show you what I do when I just need a simple pair of child friendly eyes and I need them fast. As I’ve mentioned in previous episodes in this series, whenever I’m making a toy for a kiddo, I try to use embroidery instead of safety eyes or buttons.
These eyes use a common embroidery technique: French knots. I used to be really intimidated by this stitch, but just like anything in life, the more you practice, the easier it will get. Making amigurumi eyes is a great way to get in your practice.
If you’re like me and find that it’s hard to achieve consistency with your French knots, you will love this technique. With these eyes, you’re doing one eye at a time (breaking your thread between each eye), so you can pull the knot as tight as you like without having to worry about the slack at the back of your work. We’ll be tying the tails at the back, so the knot will stay in place as well.

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  • How to stitch a French knot. How To Add Faces To Your Amigurumi Part 5: Simple Eyes With Felt And French Knots - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut 2 squares of felt 3/8” x 3/8”.

  • How to stitch a French knot. How To Add Faces To Your Amigurumi Part 5: Simple Eyes With Felt And French Knots - Step 2
    Step 2

    Turn one square into a circle by using your scissors to round the corners.

  • How to stitch a French knot. How To Add Faces To Your Amigurumi Part 5: Simple Eyes With Felt And French Knots - Step 3
    Step 3

    Repeat for the other square.

  • How to stitch a French knot. How To Add Faces To Your Amigurumi Part 5: Simple Eyes With Felt And French Knots - Step 4
    Step 4

    Thread your needle with embroidery floss. Come up with your needle through the center of the felt circle.

  • How to stitch a French knot. How To Add Faces To Your Amigurumi Part 5: Simple Eyes With Felt And French Knots - Step 5
    Step 5

    Make a French knot by wrapping the working thread around the needle three times. Make sure that everything stays taut.

  • How to stitch a French knot. How To Add Faces To Your Amigurumi Part 5: Simple Eyes With Felt And French Knots - Step 6
    Step 6

    Push the needle back down through the felt a slight distance away from where you came up.

  • How to stitch a French knot. How To Add Faces To Your Amigurumi Part 5: Simple Eyes With Felt And French Knots - Step 7
    Step 7

    Lightly pinch the thread wrapped around your needle to hold the wraps in place. It helps to hold the free yarn (the end closest to your wraps) taut as well.

  • How to stitch a French knot. How To Add Faces To Your Amigurumi Part 5: Simple Eyes With Felt And French Knots - Step 8
    Step 8

    Push the needle down through the wraps and out the back of the felt. Pull the thread through, continuing to pinch the wraps slightly to keep them together.

  • How to stitch a French knot. How To Add Faces To Your Amigurumi Part 5: Simple Eyes With Felt And French Knots - Step 9
    Step 9

    Secure the two ends of thread by tying them at the back in a square knot and trim the tail end close to the knot so that it won’t show from the front.

  • How to stitch a French knot. How To Add Faces To Your Amigurumi Part 5: Simple Eyes With Felt And French Knots - Step 10
    Step 10

    Repeat steps 4-9 for the other eye.

  • How to stitch a French knot. How To Add Faces To Your Amigurumi Part 5: Simple Eyes With Felt And French Knots - Step 11
    Step 11

    Sew the eyes to your toy’s head.

    You can find my pattern to crochet this adorable parrot amigurumi here at CO+K!

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