Amigurumi is Japanese for a crocheted or knit stuffed toy. Amigurumi tend to be small animals or inanimate objects (e.g. a smiling pear), although some amigurumi do not have an assumed shape. Your amigurumi could just be a stuffed rectangle with arms and legs. Amigurumi can be small enough to fit in your hand but many people make larger ones. The goal is to make a cute toy, regardless of what the toy is "supposed to be." You can achieve cute results by embroidering the face on a amigurumi.
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Things you need
- Finished amigurumi
- Embroidery thread or yarn
- Sewing needle
- Marking pen
Decide on how you want the face of your amigurumi to look. You could do this by sketching different possibilities on a piece of paper or by laying thread or yarn directly on the amigurumi.
Draw the face directly on your amigurumi or leave the yarn in place as a guide.
Knot your embroidery thread and use a running stitch to frame your amigurumi face. Try to weave around your stitches rather than piercing them; this gives your embroidery a neater look.
Work back over your running stitch, filling in the gaps. Make sure your stitches overlap slightly with the running stitch you started with; this will help ensure that there are no gaps in your amigurumi's smile, nose or eyes.
Finish by knotting your thread and burying the end on the inside of the toy.
Tips and warnings
- To get ideas for your amigurumi, search the Internet for pictures of amigurumi
- Drawing your ideas onto paper can help you decide what face you want for your amigurumi.
- If using a marking pen, use the same colour as your embroidery so that if it peeks through it won't be noticeable.
- If you are making an amigurumi for a baby or small child, avoid using buttons for the eyes or the nose of the toy; they are choking hazards.
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