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Which eyes should I use for Amigurumi?

What Kind of Eyes Should I Use - Tips for choosing eyes for sewn and crocheted softies from Shiny Happy World

I love crocheting stuffed animals. And do you know my favorite part? Putting the eyes in! It’s when the animal comes to life!

Eyes are what gives the animal an expression… and my heart always fills with joy when it’s time to add them!

There are lots of choices for eyes, so today, I’m going to talk about your options!

This post was originally written about amigurumi eyes – but all the tips and info apply to sewn softies too!

Plastic Craft Eyes

plastic craft eyes from FreshStitches

In most of my animals, I use plastic craft eyes. I think they add a ‘professional’ touch to the animal, and they’re really easy to insert!

The downside is that plastic eyes are not recommended for children under the age of three. Although the washer is nearly impossible to take off the back of the eye, the eye could come out of the fabric if the animal is chewed or fabric is torn.


duck with felt eyes

Felt eyes are a great option! They’re baby-safe and since felt comes in lots of different colors, you have lots of choices! Read this blog post for a tutorial on how to add felt eyes to your cutie!



Any button can be sewed on for a great-looking eye! (In the photo above, I used a buttons on top of felt). I’ve seen some great monsters on Pinterest that make use of mis-matching buttons… so cute!

Some people use button eyes as a ‘safe’ alternative to plastic craft eyes, but I don’t feel comfortable making that recommendation. If a button is chewed on, it can become dislodged in the same way as a plastic eye.

Crocheted Eyes

crochet owl

This is my second-favorite technique… it’s quick and easy! I mean, you already have the yarn!

For instructions, visit this blog post!


You can either embroider the eyes directly on the head, or use embroidery to add flecks of light to felt or crocheted eyes!

Which are your favorite?

What kind of eyes do you like to use?

And let me know if you have an idea I haven’t listed here!

Here are handy links to all the posts about amigurumi eyes. . .

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Happy stitching!


  1. I used to be all into crocheted eyes. They are safer than buttons for small kids and less troublesome than the embroidered ones. Besides, we just didn’t have safety eyes in craft shops, even online at first (yeah, I started making toys very long ago :)) Later I found out that hematite beads work well for softies that aren’t meant for toddlers and began adding beads to small decorations. They are perfect on black background. But these days I really prefer safety eyes. The recent love – oval eyes in solid colours, but, unfortunately, they are quite rare..

    • Melody SAYS...

      Apparently even safety eyes aren’t recommended for kids under 3 years old. They can bite them off if determined enough.

  2. patricia titus SAYS...

    When It Comes To The Type Of Eyes. It All Depends On Who The Toy Is Going To. Like They Say “Not RecommendEd For Childern Under The Age Of 3.

  3. Dona SAYS...

    Hi Stacey — when will you be selling the eyes again?

    • Hi there! This info is on the eyes page:

      The Eyes shop is closed while I am on Maternity leave! I will be opening the shop for occasional sales in late spring and summer 2015. Subscribe to blog updates (in the right sidebar, scroll down a little bit) to receive email updates about the shop!