April 27, 2011

The eyes have it...

I tend to do the eyes on all of my Softies the same.  A circle of felt attached with a very small (1/4" wide) button.  In the book, at the back there is a list of resources, and these are the buttons which I use,

But, there are a number of ways to stitch the eyes if you don't have any of those buttons to hand...

A small circle of felt attached with an embroidered french knot, 

also a small circle of fabric again, attached with a french knot will work, although to prevent the fabric from fraying, I'd dab some glue or fray check on the edge.

Another way is to embroider the whole eye.  This one is made by satin stitching a circle (I drew a border with an air erasable pen first), then sewing a french knot in the center.

Similarly, you can stitch a circle using darning stitch (seen in more detail here), and again embroider a french knot in the centre.

The stitched eyes are also safer if you are making a Softie for a child as there's nothing to come off and be swallowed!

I tried one with a bead, but it kind of stuck out from the base fabric a little too much.  Hopefully these ideas will be helpful if you find the buttons hard to get hold of.  Let me know if you can think of any other ways!

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Plushpussycat said...

Great mini tutorial! I like the fact that there are so many ways to achieve a similar effect! Your plushies are adorable!

sam-diablo said...

Excellent! I sometimes feel like giving my softies eyes that aren't buttons, now i can! TY :)

WoolenSails said...

I collect buttons from the wool I recycle, great for eyes.


Valspierssews said...

The felt circle under the button looks good. Thanks.

Hana - Marmota said...

The fabric one made me think this would also work with a small crochetted circle!

Simone de Klerk said...

Thank you for these great tips!
I just ordered your book. I fell in love with it, the moment I saw it on Christina's 'Sometimes Crafter' blog. I am so looking forward to it!
Thank you for sharing your projects with us!