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Saturday, July 27, 2013

How to make lively eyes for amigurumi or crochet toys

crochet childsafe eyes amigurumi
 
There are quite a few eye-making methods for amigurumi or crocheted toys : safety eyes ( plastic eyes ), felted eyes, embroidered eyes, or crocheted eyes. 
Safety eyes are secure with a lively look, also come in various sizes and colors but they are not recommended for babies and small kids due to choking hazard. 

Personally, I hate to see scratched plastic eyes after used for a long time. So the other options may be better, the point is...two little embroidered "black beans" is cute for small amigurumi but with big crocheted toys: felt, crochet or embroidery may make a dull look. They just can't give a lively look like those plastic eyes.
Anyway, I tried some "highlight" methods and I wish I did earlier.
Here I'd love to share my favourite way of giving a bit lively look for crocheted or felted eyes.

Felted eyes:
Simply cut felt into round or oval shape.

Then add the " highlight" factor with different felt color: white, light blue..

Make it your style! As long as they go well with your crochet toy

Crocheted eyes:
The basic pattern is made with magic ring and single crochet.


 With just a few simple fly stitches or whip stitches embroidery you can create the " highlight" .

Iris only or...

crochet childsafe eyes amigurumi

with conjunctiva.

lively eyes amigurumi

Very simple and easy. Hope you find this useful xD


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4 comments :

  1. hello from france , thank you for that very usefull post ! I knitted a bear for a child and was looking for a cute way of making its eyes ! thanks a lot !

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  2. Super cute and great alternatives to buttons and the snap on eyes. I personally prefer the crochet and felted eyes as well.

    Maria
    www.millyvanillyhandmade.com

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  3. What a great and safe alternative to buttons! Thank you for a fab tutorial and thank you for linking up at my first link party today :) I really appreciate it!
    Rhondda

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  4. Great tutorial! My sister is making some amigurumi toys for my baby and she was wondering how to make safe eyes but nice ones as well! I'm visiting through Oombawka link party!
    Mary

    http://tatsmary.blogspot.it

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