How to…Baby Safe Amigurumi Eyes

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of buddies for babies. The safety eyes used for amigurumi are hard and the baby can get hurt, these buddies need to be completely soft.

I tried out several ways of making baby safe amigurumi eyes. Some methods I didn’t like the end result and others weren’t consistent.

The following methods are what I came up with. =)

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1. The eyes for my buddies usually have a white background, but you can use the same techniques directly on your amigurumi. Make sure you are using yarn made specific for babies.

2. Insert the needle in a space on top of the first round of the white background. Secure the tail in the back.

3. Insert the needle, going to the back, in a space opposite to the first one.

4. Insert the needle, from the back, in the same space as in Step 2.

5. Insert the needle, to the back, in a spot a little bit to the side of the space you used in Step 3.

6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until a majority of the eye is covered.

7. Insert the needle, from the back, in a spot where the eye isn’t covered already. Change directions, if before you were working vertically, now work horizontally. 

8. Insert the needle, to the back, into a space opposite to the one in Step 7.

9. Repeat Steps 4 to 6 until the center is completely covered.

10. Make small stitches around the black yarn to make it rounder.

11. With a fine weight white yarn, sew a few stitches on top of the black yarn to give more “life” to the eyes.


Crochet eyes for soft toys


With this method I can have soft eyes that are around 9mm across which is the size that I use the most.

Amigurumi soft eyes

Here I used the same technique off center of the white background. To give the pupil the oval shape I made vertical stitches only, with the one in the center being the taller one.

How to crochet baby safe eyes

The second method I like to use is to simply crochet the pupil. I usually use this method for buddies that have bigger eyes.

Crochet eyes for dolls

And if you want you can make the pupil even bigger just by adding another round, like I did for Mr. Owl. =)

Hope you find these helpful! =D

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  1. Thank you for this! It is exactly what I am looking for to finish off some owl mittens (my knitted eyes were looking AWFUL!).

    • Hi Kerry!

      Thank you so much for your comments!!! It makes me really happy to know that you found this tutorial useful and helpful!!!
      Thank you! ^^

  2. Hi there I am new to amigurumi. I was just wondering if there’s any special way you attach these eyes to your piece?
    Would you sew it on with yarn or thread? And should you stuff the toy first Or do you see them on and then stuff and close off the piece? I’m trying to make an amigurumi owl and there aren’t really any assembly instructions, so I’m wondering what the best way to go about sewing these type of baby safe eyes On is.

    • Hi Katherine,
      To attach the eyes I simply sew them on, usually with invisible thread. You can also use thread or yarn that is the same color as the eyes.
      I like to stuff the toy first and then sew the eyes on, I think this way I have a better idea where I want to place the eyes.
      Hope it helps!
      If you have anymore questions don’t hesitate to ask! =)

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