How To Embroider Amigurumi Faces

There are many different ways to create faces on amigurumi projects. You can use safety eyes or buttons, but one of the most popular methods is embroidering. When you use embroidery to create amigurumi faces, you can create the face, mouth, and any other facial feature you want your project to have. Embroidering faces can also make your project safer for small children to play with.

Below, I’ve included step-by-step instructions and photos to help you learn how to embroider amigurumi faces!

Embroidering An Amigurumi Face:

Materials you’ll need:

  • Darning/Tapestry needle (You can use a regular size needle but it can be easier to use a 5″ needle, which is what I use in the demonstration photos below. You can purchase one here
  • Embroidery thread or fine yarn
  • Pins
  • Scissors

Step 1:

Mark where you want the eyes to be placed with four pins. Use two pins for each eye and place the two pins two stitches apart. If you want to add a nose, place the middle two eye pins five stitches apart.

Step 2:

Insert the needle in the back of the head and through to one of the pin locations.

Step 3:

Pull the needle through leaving a little bit of a tail and insert it through the next hole with a pin in it. Then insert the needle through a stitch in the row above and wrap the yarn around the needle.

Step 4:

Pull the needle through and insert the needle into the same stitch to secure the eye. If you want to add eye lashes, insert the needle one stitch to the right side of the eye and insert it back into the stitch that we first used. For the top eyelash, insert the needle one stitch diagonally from the first stitch we used and insert it into the same stitch as the previous step.

Step 5:

Repeat Steps 1-4 on the other side. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Nose (Optional):

Place two pins one stitch apart and one stitch apart from either eye. Insert the needle through the top of the head through one of the two stitches with a pin. Pull the needle through leaving a little bit of a tail and insert it through the stitch with the other pin. Repeat the step shown in the second picture about three or four times and then fasten it off and weave in the ends. If you’d like to add blushing marks to your embroidered face, repeat the steps for the nose underneath the eyes.


There you have it, now you know how to embroider an amigurumi face! Obviously, this is one of many ways to embroider faces, but I found this method to be the most beginner friendly and I think it looks so cute. I hope you found this helpful, and I will have more tutorial-style post like this in the future. If there is anything you guys would like to see or learn, please let me know. I’m also planning on updating the stitch dictionary soon; so if there are any particular stitches you’d like to see, let me know.

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