They really stand out from the fabric and look great – and there’s nothing you need to fuss with.
But when I was designing Bean I decided I wanted the face to look younger. That means bigger eyes and I knew safety eyes would give me just the shine and roundness I wanted.
The problem is the 9 mm safety eyes (the size I wanted to use) have a back that’s larger around than the eye itself.
That’s not an issue with fabrics with a bit of pile to them (like fleece or fur) but I didn’t like the way it looked with the woven cotton I was using for the face.
You can see the sharp edge of the backing in a little ring around the eye on the finished doll. It doesn’t look too bad – until you stuff it. Then it looks very pronounced.
Luckily – the solution is super easy!
It doesn’t have to be perfect.
If you’re using fabric in a light color, make sure to use felt in a light color too so it doesn’t shadow through.
When you insert the eyes, slip the little felt circle between the fabric and the washer. It’ll be on the inside of the doll head.
Make sure you lock the washer down tight.
Now when you stuff your doll the felt will act like a little layer of stuffing between the washer and the “skin” – softening the hard edge of it.
See? I told you it was easy!