How to Embroider Faces on Knitted Projects

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How to Embroider Faces on Knitted Projects
After knitting a stuffed animal, add an embroidered face. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

With basic knitting skills, you may wish to expand your knitting projects to include cute and whimsical stuffed animals. Because these homemade toys usually do not require large amounts of yarn, you may be able to finish them quickly. After knitting the pieces and sewing them together to make the finished project, the final task involves embroidering the face on your knitting project.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut a 12-inch length of black or brown embroidery floss for the eyes. Thread the embroidery needle with the floss and knot the end.

  2. 2

    Insert the needle through the back of the knitted project's head and push the needle through the head until the point comes out the front where you want the left eye. Pull the needle out from the knitted surface of the face to bury the knot on the end of the floss in the stuffing in the centre of the head.

  3. 3

    Sew an X with 1/2-inch-long stitches for the first eye. After you complete the X, poke the point of the needle up at the spot where you want to make the second eye. Stitch the second eye using the same technique.

  4. 4

    Insert the needle down into the knitting to complete the X and push the point of the needle back across the stuffing in the head so the needle emerges from the back of the head. Pull the needle taut and tie a knot in the floss. Clip the floss immediately after the knot and manipulate the head in your hands gently. The knot will bury in the stuffing inside the head.

  5. 5

    Cut a 12-inch length of pink embroidery floss for the nose and mouth. Thread the needle with the floss and knot the end.

  6. 6

    Repeat the same process of inserting the needle through the back of the knitted project's head and poking it out the front where you want to stitch the nose.

  7. 7

    Make two stitches for the nose, in the form of a V with 1/2-inch-long stitches. Make the mouth extend down from the nose with a 1/2-inch-long vertical stitch. Stitch a small U shape to the right and left of the vertical stitch for the mouth.

  8. 8

    Push the point of the needle back across the stuffing in the head and knot the floss using the same technique.

Tips and warnings

  • Make the face out of embroidery floss instead of buttons so your knitted project will be safe for small children.

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