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My previous post was about a Chibi doll I made that required large manga eyes. It was my first time trying that style, and since I had to figure out how to make them I thought it would be nice to share a tutorial to show you how I did it. It turned out to be very simple!
Before starting on the eyes, I spent some time browsing through images of manga eyes to find a design I liked that would be easy to replicate with felt. My doll had black eyes so I used felt in the following colors: black, dark brown, and white. I also used scraps of black yarn to embroider the top edges. If your doll has blue eyes, use the blue instead of dark brown.
You will need really good scissors to cut the felt, preferably small ones to cut the small pieces. I bought two pairs at the craft store, one large and one small, and they come very handy!
- Cut two ovals shapes with black felt, the size will depend on the head. You can start with large ovals and cut them down until you are happy with the size. Mine were about 1.5 inches because the head of my doll was quite large.
- Next you will cut two small circles using white felt, and two rounded croissant shapes with brown felt.
- Finally, cut two triangles with your white felt for the corner of the eyes. Curve them at the bottom to fit the shape of the side of your eyes.
Glue the pieces together (except for the white triangles). Glue your eyes to the head, then glue the triangles on each side of the eyes (I used a glue gun, it holds the pieces really well together).
With a long strand of black yarn, embroider from top to side on each eyes just once.
That is it! You can even glue some eyelashes to make her look even cuter. I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.
Today I am posting a tutorial to crochet doll feet. Not just one tutorial, but two of them because there are more than one way to make them. One is very simple and starts with a basic round, the other one uses a chain.
I personally like the shoe shape foot, even though the other one is easier to make. If you are a beginner I would recommend to start with the first tutorial.
You can decide which one you like best for your projects, or use both depending on the doll you are working on. Once you understand the concept, you can modify the tutorial to make feet larger or smaller.
Abbreviations used for both tutorials:
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
inc = increase
dec = decrease
ch = chain
st = stitch
BLO = back loop only
The foot is crocheted in continuous spirals without joining the rounds.
With yarn, and crochet hook of your choice (I use a 2.75mm hook):
Start with a magic ring, or crochet 2 stitches in a chain and work your first round in the second stitch:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in center of the ring if using a magic ring, or 6 sc in second st from hook if using a chain (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around (18)
Rnd 5: dec 3 times, 12 sc (15)
Rnd 6: dec 2 times, 11 sc (13)
Rnd 7: dec 2 times, 11 sc (11)
Rnd 8: sc in each st around (11)
Stuff your foot with fiberfill.
Now you can continue with rounds of sc to make the legs!
In this second tutorial, the shape of the foot is more defined like a shoe. You will start with a chain, but you will still work in rounds without joining the rounds.
SHOE SHAPE FOOT:
Rnd 1: ch 6, 4 sc, 3 sc in next st, continue on
the opposite side of the chain, 3 sc, 2 sc in
last st (12 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in first st, 3 sc, 2 sc in next 3 st, 4
sc, 2 sc in last st (17)
Rnd 3: (2 sc, inc) 5 times, 2 sc (22)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around BLO (22)
Rnd 5: 8 sc, dec 4 times, 6 sc (18)
Rnd 6: 7 sc, dec 3 times, 5 sc (15)
Rnd 7: 7 sc, dec 2 times, 4 sc (13)
Rnd 8: 7 sc, dec 2 times, 2 sc (11)
Rnd 9: sc in each st around (11)
Now you can continue with rounds of sc to make the legs!
Tip: If you want to make a sole for your foot, just change colors at round 4. You don’t have to work round 4 in back loop only if you don’t want to. You can just crochet both stitch if you don’t want a sole.
I hope you find these tutorials useful, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.
When you change colors while working in rounds you usually end up with a zig zag pattern that doesn’t look very nice if you really care about details. That’s the downside of working in spirals, your row is not leveled with the previous one, and any change of color will show. There is another way to make your rows look seamless, and it is actually very easy to do.
Here are two pieces I crocheted, one was done the basic way, the other one is seamless. The one on the right looks much better, obviously, so here is a tutorial to show you how to do it.
Make a slip stitch with your new color, then a single crochet in the same stitch. You can start hiding the loose threads behind your stitches as you go.
Continue to single crochet in rounds as usual until you are ready to change color again. Fasten off and repeat the same process from the beginning with the new color.
That’s it! As easy as that. If you have any questions about this tutorial don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section. Happy crocheting!
Here is a short tutorial to teach you how to embroider the extremity of an amigurumi part. Amigurumis are worked in rounds that you increase then decrease at the end. Usually you end up with a small hole at your last row that you have to embroider to close up if you don’t decrease until your last stich. Here is the best way to do it, it leaves the extremity seamless and neat.
Here I have the body of a piggy I have been working on. I only have one row left to finish it, but if I decrease until I have no longer any stitches left, this is what will happen:
You will end up with a lump that doesn’t look very nice. Instead of decreasing all the stitches of your last row, just decrease until you have 6 stitches left. fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
With a yarn needle, insert your thread in the front loop of your first stitch, and pull. Do the same with the remaining 5 stitches.
Now pull your thread until the hole is closed up. All you have to do is hide the remaining thread by weaving it between the rows. This is a very easy method and I think the one that works best.
When I write amigurumi patterns, I always assume people know how to change color, so I only tell them what row they are supposed to do it, but not how. That inspired me to post this tutorial for crochet beginners who would like to learn how to do it. I hope this tutorial is comprehensive, I put a lot of pictures to help you understand the process.
Assuming that you have to change yarn color for the next row, you will then do it while working on the last stitch of the previous row (amigurumi rounds are worked in spirals). In this case, we are doing it with single crochet stitches.
– Insert your hook in the stitch, wrap your yarn over it, then pull it through both loops of the stitch. You have now 2 loops on your crochet hook.
– Grab the yarn you want to change color with, fold it into a loop, and wrap it over your hook to draw through the 2 remaining loops in your round.
– Now you can cut the yarn you won’t be using anymore, but leave a long tail of strand (you are going to hide it within your next crochet stitches).
– Insert your crochet into the next stitch, and make a single crochet with your yarn over the two loose strands.
– Once your loose strands are secured, just continue working your round normally. Another way would be to embroider the strands with a yarn needle after you finish your round, but I like doing it this way better.
Voila! I hope you found this tutorial useful, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment.
This is a very clever idea to make pompoms! So easy, but I would have never thought about doing it that way.
My craft storage box looks like I have dumped the content of my bathroom in it, and friends often ask me why I have hairspray, makeup, and a pet brush amongst all the other odds things I use for my craft. Well, I do not brush my dog, fix my hair or put on makeup while I crochet, but I use these items often to work on my dolls.
The pet brush
I use this tool to brush the yarn when I need my plush to look fuzzy and fluffy. It’s better to use a wire brush for a better effect, simply brush the yarn in different directions until you get the effect wanted. Here I used a ball as a dummy to show you the result:
You could use this method to make a yeti, or a fuzzy spider for example.
I buy the makeup at the dollar store. Palette of eyeshadows with a variety of colors, and blush. I mostly use it to make pink cheeks, or to accentuate the eyes. On occasion I put black eyeshadow under the safety eyes to give the amigurumi a dramatic look. Simply tap gently with a small brush on the area you want to cover, and if you feel you have put a bit too much, you can always remove the extra powder by dabbing with a dry piece of tissue or cloth. Here is an example with a white ball dummy:
You can really play around with a palette, for instance using red or green if you make a zombie.
It’s funny because I never use hairspray on my hair, and my hairdresser always shakes her head when I tell her what I do with the samples she gives me to try at home. I style my dolls *hair to keep them together, or like in the example below, make them stand up. I use a chemical-free organic hairspray, but you can also use eco-friendly spray starch. Just spray generously and style the bundle of yarn in the shape you want it to be, then let it dry:
You can repeat the process if necessary. In this example, I held the hair together for a minute while drying.
Voila! This sums up the purpose of these odd items. Now the question is, what am I going to do with these three stooges?
*If you want to learn how to make hair, check out my 4 ways to make doll hair tutorial.