How to use safety eyes

Safety eyes are plastic bulbs that help give some character and life to your amigurumi, crochet stuffed toys. Safety eyes are easy to attach but difficult to remove. They come in multiple shapes, colors, and sizes. They’re measured in millimeters, which represent the diameter of the eye.

Safety eyes aren’t safe for children younger than 3 years old, or pets. If you don’t want to use safety eyes, simply embroider them on instead.

Watch the video below for a demonstration on how to attach safety eyes securely.

Step-by-step photos

Bead and washer of safety eyes

Safety eyes come with a bead and washer. The washer keeps the eye in place.

Bead of safety eye in an open piece

Before stuffing your amigurumi, insert the bead between 2 stitches, with the right side of your work facing you.

Back of bead of safety eye on the inside of a piece

Turn the piece over so you can see the end of the bead.

Washer, flat side facing the piece, on the bead

Place the washer, flat side toward your piece, onto the bead.

Two thumbs pushing down on the washer

Place the safety eye on a table and push down on the washer with both thumbs, so that it cinches the fabric evenly.

TIPS

💡If you’re having trouble putting the safety eye into the fabric, try making a hole in the fabric with a wider crochet hook first.

💡Put a magazine between your safety eye and table, to prevent unwanted dents in your table.