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How to Add Faces to Your Amigurumi: Safety Eyes with Embroidered Nose and Mouth

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This is the technique I use to add faces to my crocheted squirrels. I find it is easier to embroider on felt than directly onto the crochet fabric and safety eyes pop on in a snap. With this method, your amigurumi will have a face in no time flat.

How to Embroider a Squirrel Face Tutorial

Materials

Beige felt
Scissors
A pair of 4.5 mm black safety eyes with lock washers
Thread to match the felt
Brown or black embroidery floss
Chenille needle
Sewing needle

Instructions

Eyes

Note: Safety eyes can really only be added before you close up the head of the amigurumi, usually when 12 to 18 stitches remain. Sometimes it helps to stuff the head in order to position the eyes, then take the stuffing out to put on the lock washers.

Step 1: Cut 2 squares out of beige felt approximately 1” by 1”.

How to embroider a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 2: Fold a square in half and snip a hole into the center with a pair of scissors.

How to embroider a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 3: Unfold and insert the shank of a safety eye into the hole.

How to embroider a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

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

How to embroider a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

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. 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.

Nose and Mouth

Step 1: Cut a square out of felt approximately 3/4” by 3/4”.

How to embroider a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 2: 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 a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 3: 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 a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 4: Tie a knot on the end.

How to embroider a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 5: Work the needle up through the felt from the back, just above the middle of the circle and about 1/4” from one edge.

How to embroider a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 6: Push the needle back down about 1/4” from the other side.

How to embroider a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 7: 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 a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 8: Repeat Steps 6 and 7, 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 a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 9: Come up from behind the last stitch, pulling the needle out from below the stitch.

How to embroider a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 10: Go back down about 1/4” below.

How to embroider a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 11: Come back up to the right of this. Go back down through the same entry point as in Step 10.

Step 12: Come back up to the left. Go back down through the same entry point as Step 10.

Step 13: Tie off your thread and trim the ends of the floss.

Sew on the Nose and Mouth

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

Step 1: Thread your standard sewing needle with thread to match the beige felt.

How to embroider a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 2: 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 a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 3: Using a running stitch of about 1/8” per stitch, sew the felt nose and mouth to the amigurumi doll.

Step 4: End by coming out from under the felt and tie off your thread.

How to embroider a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

Step 5: 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.

How to embroider a face for squirrel amigurumi tutorial by Squirrel Picnic.

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10 thoughts on “How to Add Faces to Your Amigurumi: Safety Eyes with Embroidered Nose and Mouth

  1. The only thing I can tell is THANKS for your tutorials!They are so precious!

  2. Awesome tutorial! Can’t wait to see more 😀

  3. This is a really nice post. Thanks for the detailed instructions and wonderful pictures!

  4. Great one Jennifer! Was great for me to see how you work with safety eyes and make them so special looking on your toys. Can you believe that I have never worked with safety eyes? Was thinking buying some online, but have no idea what size to order. Was great seeing how you do it and what you use. Might even give it a try making one of your squirrels and using safety eyes using this technique. Can’t thank you enough for this how-to.
    Still waiting for you to show me embroidered eyes! 😉
    Thank you dear for all you hard work and great ideas you share with us.
    Hugs

    • Thanks, Vanja! Safety eyes are easy to use. Concerning size, I’ve noticed that most manufacturers list the size in mm. That should give you an idea of how big they are. But even with that information it is sometimes hard to tell. I almost always go for the bigger size, thinking bigger eyes are cuter. But it’s all a matter of personal taste. I’m glad you enjoyed the tutorial. Sorry I’m keeping you in suspense on the embroidered eyes. I’ll try to do that one next!

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