Hate attaching limbs to amigurumi? Not after reading this post!

 

How to Attach Limbs to Amigurumi - tutorial from Shiny Happy World & FreshStiches

Most people tell me that they’ve got a handle on the crocheting part… but when it comes to assembling amigurumi pieces, they dread it! That makes me sniffle… making amigurumi should be 100% fun!

So, in this post, I’ll show you how to attach limbs easily and evenly… taking all the stress out of sewing. The trick to easy attaching is planning out your placement ahead of time. It’s a piece of cake after that!

Plan where to place your limbs

We’re making a cow (not too late for you to join in on our Cow Crochet-a-long!), and I’m about to attach the legs/arms.

The instructions say, ‘attach legs to rounds 9-14’. Of course, this is just a suggestion! You can attach your legs wherever you’d like… but I’ve told you where I attach mine so there’s no guesswork on your part!

What you want to do is find out where round 9 is, and place a locking stitch marker there. Start counting (see the ridges?) from the center:

Count until you’re at round 9, and place a marker. Place another at round 14. Now you know where your leg should be located on the body!

If you find that your pieces tend to move around a lot when attaching, you might want to go one step further and use locking stitch markers to hold your piece in place. The more you prepare your pieces, the easier sewing will be!

Stuff your limbs

Grab some Polyfill and stuff your limbs:

I like to stuff both legs at once, so I can be sure they are the same size:

Sewing!

It’s not as hard as you think… I promise! We’re going to use a simple whipstitch to attach the limbs… the important thing is to let your guides (the rows and stitch markers) do all the fancy work!

Thread the needle

To begin: thread a tapestry needle with the long tail of a leg. As the first step, I like to hide the knot… so I run my needle through the first stitch on the leg:

This hides the knot beautifully! See?

Whipstitch!

The leg that we’re attaching has 24 stitches. So, if we attach along 6 stitches to round 9, 6 stitches going up to round 14, 6 stitches on round 14, and then 6 stitches going back down to round 9… the leg will be attached evenly! So, begin by threading the needle through one stitch on the body and one stitch on the leg:

That’s it! You did a whipstitch! Check out this little video if you want to see it in action:


Continue to do 6 stitches on round 9… and then continue stitching (sorta turning 90 degrees) to get to round 14. See? You’re using the stitches on the body to guide you! Easy!

As long as you keep attaching one stitch of the body to one stitch of the leg, you’ll stay on track!

Continue all the way around, and tie a knot on the inside of your work.

Ta da!

Repeat for second leg

Now, at this point, you may want to get picky. See how there’s a jag in the leg where the colors changed?

If that jog bothers you… no problem! Just decide where to place your second leg so that the jog ends up at the back of the cow! See… I’m going to put my second leg over here (on the other side of the jog), leaving the color change nearly invisible:

Now attach the second leg… same as the first! Don’t forget to place your helpful markers if you need them!

Repeat for arms!

You’ve got it down, now! Attach the arms using the same method!

You did it!

That wasn’t so bad, was it?

Let me know when you give it a try… and tell me if these tips helped you! (maybe sewing *won’t* be your least favorite part, anymore…)

Does your pattern tell you the flatten the piece and then attach it? Then click over here for this tutorial. 🙂

24 COMMENTS

  1. This post taught me so much! I love how the rainbow cow is looking, he is going to be super cute!

  2. Cindy SAYS...

    Looks to me as if your sewing on the legs BEFORE stuffing the body, do you have any tricks to make it easier when all parts a stuffed and fastened off ?

    Waiting hopefully
    Cindy

    • I do all of my attaching before stuffing the body, since it makes hiding the ends much easier!

      • Patty SAYS...

        I have attached both ways. To hide the knot after stuffing, push needle through the opposite side of the body and gentle pull. It will catch in the stuffing and you can continue to stitch from there.

        • Jacqui SAYS...

          Great tutorial, but I still have trouble with angiogram smaller than 4″ 🙁

          • I had to look up the word ‘angiogram’! Do you mean when the piece is that small?

  3. Tami SAYS...

    I have trouble putting on the head, making sure it stays straight. Any suggestions?

    • I would recommend using locking stitch markers (or safety pins) to pin the head in place before you start attaching… that will help you position it!

  4. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who uses stitch markers to place my limbs! c:

    Awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Joannette Grandón Luna SAYS...

    Quisiera aprender a hacer todos los amigurumi me encantan.
    Gracias por compartir estos modelo.

  6. Monica Shaw SAYS...

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve bookmarked it on my desktop so I can refer back to it easily. I’m addicted to amigirumi but have always had trouble sewing the limbs on. Thanks again. Your talent is awesome!

  7. I love making amigurumi but attaching limbs is not my favourite thing to do. This is a great tip/tutorial, makes the task seem less daunting so thank you for sharing!

  8. Maro SAYS...

    I just strated out making Amigurumi and in my first project, i wanted to throw the pieces away! So difficult not to mention frustrating having to put them together. But after reading your suggestins, yes, it might make it more enjoyable though i hate sewing…! Lol but thanks so much!

    • I’m so sorry to hear you are having trouble… but I think you can do it! At least now 🙂

  9. Cheryl SAYS...

    This is a great tip for attaching limbs, Stacey. These tips have made it so much easier for me. Thank you.

  10. Brittany SAYS...

    Can you explain how to tie a knot on the inside? A video would also be helpful. Thank you!

    • It depends on the pattern. Sometimes they’re touching, and sometimes they’ll be further apart. The pattern should give you some indication – sometimes saying how many stitches are between them.

  11. Lynn Blanning SAYS...

    Thanks for this, I only used these markers for row markers, how useful with this be now, always struggles with pins. can’t wait to try them on this

  12. Sandra Taylor SAYS...

    I hate sewing on the parts also! I make the body and head as one continuous piece so I only have to sew on the legs and arms. I made one where I joined the legs together with a “bridge” of single crochet and tacked it centered on the nose and it kept all the guesswork on placement. It seems to me that something this simple could even be made as one piece — that’s what I’m after. I’ve got the head and body down, now for the arms . . .

  13. KirstenNB SAYS...

    Oh my gosh! I’ve been stuffing all my pieces and then trying to attach! Can’t wait to try it this way!

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