How to Embroider Faces on Amigurumi

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How to Embroider Faces on Amigurumi
Embroidering a face on your amigurumi is the last step in making a toy that is sure to be loved. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

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
  • Paper
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Draw the face directly on your amigurumi or leave the yarn in place as a guide.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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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