How to join amigurumi pieces

Almost all amigurumi require pieces to be put together, whether that’s an arm to a body or a beak to head. The method below explains how to join an open piece (in yellow) to a closed piece (in blue). With this method, the seam and remaining yarn tail should be invisible.

Needle being inserted in and out of a closed piece

1. Hold the open piece on top of the closed piece. Insert the needle into the closed piece, at a point under the first stitch (the yarn tail). Bring it out under the next stitch. Draw the yarn tight.

Needle coming out of closed piece to a stitch directly opposite to it on an open piece

2. From the bottom up, insert the needle through the next stitch of the open piece.

Needle being inserted through top of a stitch on the open piece, towards the closed piece

3. Insert the needle through the following stitch, from the top to the bottom.

Needle being inserted through a stitch on the closed piece

4. Insert the needle into the closed piece, at a point under the current stitch and out under the next stitch.

Attached pieces close-up

5. Continue steps #2-4 until you make it back to the very first stitch.

Needle being inserted through the closed piece

6. To secure the stitches, weave in the yarn tail. Insert the needle into the closed piece, at a point under the current stitch and out of the other side of the piece.

Needle being inserted again through the finished piece, into same point it came out of

7. If you have extra yarn tail, insert the needle back into the point where it came out, and out of a different point on the other side of the piece. Tug on the yarn just enough so that it can’t be seen from the outside. Repeat this entire step as many times as you like. I like to do it twice.

Scissors about to cut off yarn tail

8. Cut the yarn tail as close to your piece as possible. If the yarn tail is still visible, just massage your piece until it disappears.

TIPS

💡Use pins to plan where you’ll attach your pieces, and to help keep the pieces in place as you sew.

💡As you sew the pieces together, you’ll get a better sense of how the final piece will take shape. You may want to add more stuffing to the open piece as you slowly seal it off.