How to Embroider Facial Features on your Amigurumi

Facial features can sometimes be tricky in amigurumi. After all, you know how to crochet but who said anything about embroidery? Well, we feel you and so we’ve put together a little embroidery tutorial for amigurumi for you here. We will keep adding to it as we go along.

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Crochet Eyes

While most of our patterns call for safety eyes, you may not always have those on hand or you may prefer to crochet eyes for safety reasons for younger children. For our dolls and toys, when we want crochet eyes, we use sock yarn (again, you may use embroidery thread or regular yarn even but you will need to adjust the number of stitches that you make in the magic circle – based on the size that you want).

Make 5 SC into a magic circle. Slip stitch to the first stitch and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew the eyes onto your doll or toy based on the eye placement instructions in the pattern. If you want eyelashes, use the tail that you used to sew on the eyes to add the eyelashes, using the tutorials below.

Use white embroidery thread to embroider on the eye glints. The eye glints should be on the top corner side of each eye. You can also add an outline in white around the eyes like our little crochet dinosaur above to make them stand out more.


Eyelashes can really add character to your crochet doll. In these step-by-step pictures we show you how to do the eyelashes in two ways.

For eyelashes, we often like to use a sock yarn, as we have in this tutorial. It’s a little thicker than embroidery thread but thinner than the DK yarn that we use to make our toys. However, if you just have embroidery thread on hand, you can use that too.

Eyelashes – Method 1

This method is the method that we use on most of our Juna crochet animals, as well as some of our Zoya and Zayd crochet dolls. Below are step-by-step photo instructions on how to add these eyelashes to your amigurumi.

Eyelashes – Method 2

This is the second method that we use to embroider eyelashes on our crochet dolls. Below are step-by-step photo instructions on how to add these eyelashes to your amigurumi.